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Senators Must Justify Trust Vested In Them By Constituents – Akpabio To Colleagues

The President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on Tuesday, urged the Senators to do everything within their jurisdiction to justify the trust vested in them by the electorate.

This was as he claimed that the performance of the apex legislative Assembly last year had raised the expectations of Nigerians, describing it as commendable.

Akpabio noted that the lawmakers have a unique platform to effect change and advocate for our constituents’ interests so that the people will experience the benefits of entrusting their mandate to the politicians.

He told his colleagues that in the months to come, they would be facing a multitude of challenges, from economic recovery and healthcare reform to national security and social justice, stressing that it had become imperative for them to approach these issues with a spirit of collaboration and a commitment to finding common ground.

His words: “When a task is executed with excellence, expectations naturally soar. Thus, the recess provided us with an opportunity to reconnect with our loved ones, reignite our commitment to the public good, and return to this esteemed chamber with renewed vigour and determination.

“Our constituents have bestowed upon us the weighty responsibility to serve, lead, and make decisions that shape our nation’s course and the welfare of our people. We must never forget the gravity of this responsibility or the faith our constituents have placed in us.

“Allow me to recount a story from American history captured in the publication “A Message to Garcia” by Elbert Hubbard. During the Spanish-American war, the United States needed to contact the Cuban rebel leader, Gen Calixto Garcia, for a joint military strategy. However, Garcia was a wanted man, and his whereabouts were unknown.

“The American president, William MacKinley, entrusted a man named Andrew Rowan with a letter to deliver to Garcia, without giving him any directions. Rowan did not ask “Where do I find him?” He strapped the letter to his chest, journeyed to Cuba, found Garcia, delivered the letter and returned with a great reply.

“Just like Rowan, each Senator has been entrusted with a mandate, akin to Rowan’s letter. Our constituents believe that we can navigate the corridors of power, do what is right, make them proud, and return with tangible results. We must carry this mandate close to our hearts, act upon it, and make our constituents proud.

“Like Rowan, we must traverse uncharted territory, break new ground, and find the building blocks needed to create a great and united country. These blocks are courage, unity, integrity, and strategy. We are trusted, just as Rowan was trusted, we must take results home, just like Rowan did.

“Distinguished colleagues, it is our duty to justify the trust vested in us by diligently addressing the challenges facing our nation and striving for the betterment of society. As Distinguished Senators, we have a unique platform to effect change and advocate for our constituents’ interests.

“History and future generations will not forgive us if we squander this opportunity or fail to leave our mark on the annals of time,” Akpabio said, urging the lawmakers to use their time in the revered chamber to delve into pressing issues, engage in passionate and respectful debates, and craft legislation that reflects the needs and aspirations of the people they represent.

“In the coming months, we will face a multitude of challenges, from economic recovery and healthcare reform to national security and social justice. It is imperative that we approach these issues with a spirit of collaboration and a commitment to finding common ground. Let us rise above partisan divides and work together, transcending party lines, for the greater good of our nation.

“Our patriotism demands that we heed no other call except Nigeria’s call—the call echoed in our National Anthem. Let us continue to work and collaborate with the Executive Arm under His Excellency President Ahmed Bola Tinubu, GCFR, without compromising our independence as enshrined in our constitution.

“I urge each and every one of us to embrace the power of dialogue and the importance of compromise. Let us listen to one another with open hearts and open minds, guided by reason and evidence in our decision-making. Let us be champions for the marginalized and the voiceless, advocates of justice and equality.

“Our purpose should be twofold: to do as much good as we can to all the people we can, and to prevent any injustices from befalling anyone in our great nation, for injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

“As we embark on this new legislative session, let us be inspired by the limitless potential of what we can achieve together. Let us remember that the work we do here has the power to transform lives, uplift communities, and shape the destiny of our great nation and the fortunes of our continent. We must be bold in our vision, unwavering in our commitment, and steadfast in our dedication to the principles of democracy and good governance.”

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