Senate promises improved railway service


Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has promised the commitment of the Senate to tackling the challenges of dilapidated road infrastructure across the country.

To ease the burden of transportation in the country, Lawan says the lawmakers will continue to emphasise the need for a functional railway service.

The Senate president made the remarks on Sunday during the unveiling of the Strategic Senatorial Action Plan for the Niger East Senatorial District by Senator Musa Sani in Minna, the Niger State capital.

While addressing the bad state of the road network, Lawan said the reason most of the roads in the country do not last long was that they were subjected to pressures beyond their limit.

The Senate President, however, stated that the lawmakers would pressure the Federal Government on the need to pay attention to making the rail system functional.

He also assured the Niger State government that the 9th Assembly would play its role in ensuring that federal roads in the state were fixed.

On security, Senator Lawan said the Senate was united and focused on pursuing common goals irrespective of political party differences.

He added that this was to ensure that issues of insecurity, poverty, unemployment and other social vices bedevilling the growth of the country were tackled collectively.

In his address, Governor Abubakar Bello appealed to the Senate President to consider giving Niger State the chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Works.

He gave assurance that his administration would work with all the three senators in the state, as well as both members of the National and State Assemblies to ensure the state develops.

The governor noted that the strategic senatorial action plan of Senator Sani was a demonstration of such synergy.

On his part, Senator Sani informed the gathering that his priority would be to empower his constituents with quality education and ensure the revival of the Child Rights Act, to guarantee the protection of children from molestation.

He also promised to support legislation that would promote family welfare, and whatever efforts the state government would make in the areas of health, road rehabilitation, construction, and security.

The event had in attendance the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo Agege; Deputy Senate Chief Whip, Senator Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi, and Senator Bamidele Opeyemi among others.

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