LOKOJAâ€”The Senate President, Senator David Mark, has urged Nigerians to stop denigrating members of the National Assembly over alleged low performance, as on the contrary, legislators at the National Assembly were doing serious business.
Mark spoke at Okene, Kogi State, yesterday, at the constituency briefing and Empowerment Programme of Senator Nurudeen Abatemi representing Kogi Central Senatorial District in the Senate.
He said that all decisions and steps being taken on the floor of the Senate were aimed at keeping Nigeria together as one country.
â€œWhen it comes to national issues, the upper chamber is one, irrespective of party affiliations and so we act with the interest of Nigeria at heart.
â€I also urge Nigerians to have the interest of the nation at heart. They should embrace peace, for without peace, the nation cannot get to where it ought to be,â€ he said.
Senator Mark, however, commended Senator Abatemi for empowering the people of his district, stressing that legislating went beyond law making since, â€œas a representative of the people, you cannot tell Nigerians that your duty is only to make laws without empowering the people.â€
Earlier, Senator Abatemi had said that he had, through his empowerment programmes and debates on the floor of the Senate, kept faith with his mandate and delivered on his promises.
â€I have worked diligently to live up to the promises that I made during the campaign: to build a better future for my people, uplift the poor, empower underprivileged, create jobs and wealth for my district.
â€This day represents not just the distribution of resources, but the beginning of a journey towards sustainable employment, increased income and a brighter future for the beneficiaries and their dependants.â€