22nd June, 2011
Senate President David Mark on Tuesday re-assured Nigerians and the international community that the seventh Senate would make laws for good governance at all levels.
Mark, who made the remark while receiving a group of foreign correspondents in Abuja, said that such laws would bring democratic dividends to the citizenry and stability to the polity.
This is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Paul Mumeh on Tuesday in Abuja.
â€œWe will continue to pass laws that will ensure good governance and once we do that, it is a bold step towards stabilising democracy in Nigeria. It is a collective responsibility of all Senators,â€ he said.
On his re-election as the Senate President unopposed, Mark said the confidence and consensus of opinion did not come by chance.
â€œWe worked hard for it and our colleagues saw reasons to vote for me. I campaigned to be re-elected,â€™â€™ he said.
Mark said: â€œI spoke to every Senator-elect. I spoke to them in their caucuses. Some of them expressed reservations and I explained my position to them and they understood.
â€œOne thing that I maintained is that I will not make a promise to individual Senator but I will be just, fair, transparent and do things I can defend before my God when there will be no witness but only David Mark.â€
Mark said the image of the National Assembly was improving but gave the assurance that the Assembly would do more â€œto let Nigerians understand the activities and appreciate usâ€.
â€œWe know most Nigerians have wrong mindsets about National Assembly. I think with time and as we do things more positively in the interest of all Nigerians, they will come to realise that the legislators are not the devils people think they are,â€™â€™ Mark said.
He also commented on the calls that portfolio of nominated ministers should be attached by Mr. President before their screening by the Senate.
â€œThat may be the preferred option so that specific questions could be asked but that is not the constitutional requirement.
â€œThe constitution wants Mr. President to forward the names of the nominees to us and once he does that, he has fulfilled the constitutional requirement.
â€œThe 1999 Constitution provides that Mr. President forward names of ministerial nominees, one per state to the Senate for screening and confirmation as minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and nothing more,â€ Mark said.