Senate supports dialogue with militants

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

Nigerian Senate has backed the proposed dialogue between the government and some aggrieved indigenes of Niger-Delta region, operating under the aegis of the “NIGER DELTA AVENGERS.”

President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki made this known in his official address to mark the one year anniversary of the 8th Senate, which was inaugurated on June 9th, 2015.

Senator Saraki believes that effective management of the dialogue would help to save the country’s economy and allow government to focus on the primary business of ensuring the welfare and security of Nigerians.

Better option
The Senate President also urged the Niger-Delta agitators to channel their grievances to the appropriate quarters and embrace democratic institutions and approaches as better option, noting that Nigeria cannot afford further damage to the ecosystem or public infrastructure.

He assured Nigerians that the 8th Senate has a responsibility to find creative solutions to all problems that have kept the country from realizing its full potentials.

According to him, emphasis is on prioritising lawmaking as a tool to ensuring that the welfare and security of citizens remain paramount in the discharge of governance.

Senator Saraki commended President Muhammadu Buhari for strengthening the fight against corruption, depleting the strength of the boko haram and putting mechanisms in place to tackle the menace of mass poverty.