Akin Akande, Abuja
Senate President, David Mark, has said consideration of report of the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution and the consideration and passage of the Petroluem Industry Bill (PIB) would be among the top priorities as the Senate commenced its third session.
Others, he said, included consideration and passage of the pensions Reform Act (Amendment) Bill, review of the Electoral Act, 2010, preparation for anticipated flooding and preparations for the first African Legislative Summit taking place in November.
The Senate President made this known in his remark at the commencement of the third session of seventh Senate on Tuesday.
He said: “It is obvious from the foregoing that the legislative agenda for the third session is loaded to the hilt.
“This therefore calls for renewed dedication, devotion, commitment, sacrifice and statesmanship.
“More than ever before, our nation expects us to adopt a bipartisan approach and to rise above narrow and parochial considerations in our deliberations.”
Mark also restated his call for capital punishment for those caught in oil theft, saying the escalating malaise would have a devastating effect on the economy, if not checked.
“We certainly have challenges, particularly in the areas of the economy and security…We must do everything possible to address squarely the social and economic needs of our people with determination and sincerity, honesty and transparency,” he said.
Admonishing his colleagues to be prepared for the task ahead, he said, “I have no doubt that the seventh Senate will be adjudged by how well we tackle the items on the present legislative agenda.
“If we get it right, and I am sure we will, we shall succeed in turning adversity into profound opportunity for our countrymen and women and fundamentally alter our collective destiny,” he said.