Rivers Senators Head Navy, Women Affairs …As 69 Senate Committees Begin Work
Sixty-nine standing committees of the senate constituted by the senate President Ahmad Lawan were inaugurated to officially begin oversight function in accordance with the nation’s constitution.
Lawan had on July 30 shortly before the Senate proceeded on a two-month long annual vacation appointed Chairmen and Vice Chairmen for the 69 committees.
Rivers state senators, George Thompson Sekibo representing Rivers East and Betty Apiafi representing Rivers West are heading the committees on Navy and Women Affairs respectively, while Barry Mpigi, representing Rivers South East is deputy chairman of the committee on Establishment and Public service.
While inaugurating them, he charged the standing committees of the upper chamber to ensure the discharge of their duties with a view to addressing major challenges facing the nation.
He said, “Our country is facing the challenges of insecurity, while our largely youthful population is affected by unemployment, among other problems. Fortunately, we are also blessed with abundant agricultural land. We are similarly endowed with abundant solid minerals in all parts of our country. The oil and gas resources have remained our major source of revenue. Our challenges can be appropriately addressed with our rich endowments. What we require therefore is the strategic deployment of those resources.
Lawan said, “we can plan and use our agricultural potentials to achieve not only national food security but also 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, therefore, called on relevant standing committees to look into the challenges such as insecurity and unemployment, as well as ensure reforms in the petroleum and agricultural sectors of the economy with a view to addressing them through the instrument of legislation.