By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—AHEAD of the inauguration of the 9th Senate on June 9, Senate leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, yesterday said productivity and not hostility would drive the Senate.
Answering questions from Journalists in Abuja on what Nigerians should expect from the 9th Senate, Senator Lawan, All Progressives Congress, APC, Yobe North, noted that the Upper Chamber would be well disposed to the aspirations and policy directions of the executive arm of government particularly the presidency .
Lawan said, “being a senate that will be more populated by members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), it will be on the same page with the executive arm of government on business of governance and not antagonistic in anyway.
Lawan, who was the candidate of APC for the Senate President in 2015, said: “We thank God we went for the election and we won. And not only winning, APC gained more seats than they did in the 8th Senate. This will bring the required synergy between the Senate and by extension the National Assembly with the executive arm of government, particularly the Presidency.
“It will be a Senate that will have very positive disposition to aspirations and policy directions of the executive. Our prayer is that oil price in the international market should increase more than it is now. And even daily oil production should increase from 1.9million to the projected 2.3 million in the 2019 budget so that the executive can rake in projected revenue for a friendly National Assembly to give the required Appropriation.
“All in all, the 9th Senate and by extension 9th National Assembly will be one that will be on the same page with the executive in the next level agenda that will be characterized with robust and smooth business of governance “