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Ethics will be taken very seriously: Saraki

Senate PresidentOlubukola Saraki (CON) on Monday sent out a strong warning to his colleagues at the upper saraki ethicschamber of the National Assembly, advising against any untoward attitude capable of bringing the Senate to disrepute.

‘This 8th Senate takes ethics very seriously,’ he said. ‘It is my expectation that in your dealings with government agencies, you will observe highest ethical standards in discharging your duties. You must realize that you are a mirror that citizens will continuously cast their gaze upon. Your behaviour will determine to a large extent how the larger society will perceive every one of us.

‘You must take care that you do not bring ethical questions upon this hallowed chamber. You must bear that in mind as you make your ethical choices while carrying out your duties. Any committee member found in an ethically doubtful behaviour will be sanctioned by this Senate.

“I have also enjoined management and clerks to observe high standards of ethical behaviour in all their engagement with and for the committees especially on all oversight functions.’

Senator Saraki, who was speaking at the inauguration of another batch of committees in Abuja also said that the committee system of the senate was at the heart of the legislative process and that effective committee systems depended on, among other things, efficient oversight functions and the exposure of corruption and financial leakages.

He also warned against the ‘one man show’ syndrome by some chairmen of committees, admonishing an inclusive structure which dovetailed with the spirit of the 8th Senate’s established Legislative agenda.

The 12 committees inaugurated as well as their chairmen and vice chairmen are listed below;

1 Education (Basic and Secondary) Aliyu Wamakko Rose Oko
2 Women affairs Oluremi Tinubu Stella Oduah
3 Petroleum Resources (upstream) Omotayo Alaosaodura
4 Petroleum Resources (downstream) Uche Ekwunife Jibrin Barau
5 Gas Resources Bassey Akpan Abubakar Moallahyidi
6 Employment, Labour and Productivity Suleiman Nazif Theodore Orji
7 Establishment and Public Service Emmanuel Paulker Suleiman Nazif
8 Culture and Tourism Matthew Uroghide Abubakar Moallahyidi
9 Special Duties Murtala Nyako Sunny Ogbuoji
10 Privatisation Ben Murray Bruce Abdullahi Yahaya
11 Sports and Youth Empowerment Obinna Joseph Ogba Kabir Marafa
12 States and Local Government Abdullahi Gumel Kashamu Buruji

Speaking on behalf of the chairmen of today’s inaugurated committees, Senator Omotayo Donald Alaosaodura (Chairman, Senate committee on Upstream Petroleum Resources) pledged that he and his colleagues would consolidate on the achievements of the previous Senate and seek to rectify the problems bedeviling the sector.

Narrowing the focus to his own committee that accounts for over 70% of Nigeria’s GDP, Senator Omotayo emphasized the importance of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which is yet to see the light of the day and promised to hold quarterly retreats with stakeholders in the upstream sector to chart a course for the nation’s economic mainstay.

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