The 7th Session of the Senate wound down its operations on Thursday, expressing Satisfaction with its achievements in the past four years.
Speaking through its Leader, Senator Ndoma Egba, the Senate listed the successful conduct of the last general election as well as the smooth transfer of power from a ruling party to the opposition as one of its most striking achievements.
The Senate also listed the Review of the Nigerian Constitution as part of its stewardship, an exercise it stressed has affirmed its responsiveness to the challenges facing Nigeria as a legislature.
Ndoma, the first to make a valedictory speech said all through the past four years, the current Senate has been scandal free and stable.
He said so far, the Senate had passed a total of 133 out of a total of 591 Bills that were processed, while it equally considered a total of 115 motions with concomitant resolutions.
He said also that the Senate has effectively collaborated with the executive arm in stabilizing the polity without undermining the integrity and independence of the Senate.
Key among the Bills passed by the Senate in the past four years Include, Occupational Safety and Health Bill, Pension Reform Act, (Repeal and Re-enactment ) Bill, Same Sex Marriage ( Prohibition) Bill, Discrimination Against persons with Disabilities (prohibition) Bill, Terrorism (prevention) Act 2011 Bill, Proceeds of Crime Bill and others.
Ndoma Egba alluded to the ratification of the state of Emergency proclaimed by the president of Nigeria in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states and the support it gave to the executive for convocation of the National Conference in 2014 as part of its memorable roles in promoting the national cause.
Ndoma, however expressed regrets that the Senate lost some of its men including Senators Gyang Dantong, Pius Ewerido, Awaisu Kuta, Uche Chukwumerije and Ahmed Zannah.
He, however, lauded the virtue of the Senate President, David Mark and the leadership qualities he had all through exhuded.
Said he, “The 7th Senate has discharged itself creditably and had achieved great milestones in the areas of lawmaking, legislative advocacy, over sighting the executive and stabilising the polity” Ndoma Egba also thanked the people of Cross Rivers State who he said gave him the opportunity to be a Senator