Senate president tasks new committees on pressing problems

THE Nigeria Senate President, Ahmad Lawal has charged the newly inaugurated Senate committees to tackle challenges of insecurity and unemployment in the country, using the instrument of legislation. 

He gave this charge during the plenary on Wednesday while inaugurating the senate 69 standing committees.

Lawan said though the country is endowed with plenty of solid minerals, Nigeria relies more on revenue from the oil and gas sector resource. 

“Our petroleum industry is almost stagnant and for long needing profound reform. Our oil and gas-related committees are therefore expected to work hard to take the lead in our determination to reform this vital sector,” he said

The Senate said the security architecture of the country had failed to deliver safety to citizens, and the youths have no job despite abundant arable land.

He charged the government to invest more in security as security is a fundamental responsibility of government.

“Our security-related committees are therefore challenged to assess and review both the architecture and structure of our security agencies towards improved efficiency,” Lawan said



    The  Senate president wanted the leadership class to address Nigeria’s problems, using her rich resources more strategically.

    “We can plan and use our agricultural potentials to achieve not only national food security but also the process for exports. Again, our solid minerals sector is largely untapped and we can exploit those resources through the right policies and supportive legislations.”

    He called on the committee to focus on finding a lasting solution to the menace of insecurity, unemployment and other vices decaying the various sector of the economy while discharging their duties.

    The Senate president had announced the sixty-nine members of the standing senate committees on July 31.

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