BY BEN AGANDE
ABUJA—A senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Pius Ewherido has said the senate would monitor activities of the ministers to hold them accountable to the promises they made before the senate.
In an interview with Vanguard, Ewherido said though the credentials paraded by most of the ministers were impressive, it was imperative that they were held accountable to ensure that they fit into the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said: “Very many of them are qualified for the position for which they were screened, and we were impressed in terms of what we saw. We are a country in a hurry to develop, and the President has promised transformation. Nigerians expect that there’ll be stable power in not too distant a future. Nigerians will expect a better life than what they are living now.
They expect a more secured environment, and not have to live in fear. We hope that all these will happen very quickly.”
Senator Ewherido said as “legislators, our job does not just end with screening the nominees. By our oversight, we are also expected to ensure that the promises they made on the floor of the senate are kept. When they are not doing so, we have a duty to call them to order”.
Speaking on the recently concluded election, the law maker said although it was not perfect, it was a marked departure from the past where election results were awarded even when elections were not held.
He said, “I’m happy that I am a beneficiary of INEC’s fairness in the last elections, and I thank God for my victory. It makes me want to re-dedicate myself to the service of my people in the Delta Senatorial District in Delta State. At the same time, it has affirmed my electoral policies of effective representation and selfless service from my days as Deputy
Speaker in the Delta State House of Assembly to Deltans and Nigerians, alike”. I also accept to extend my hand of fellowship to my opponent and brother, because we are all from the same senatorial district; and the vision to develop the senatorial district, and to change the lives of our people for the better”.