Senate has reiterated its commitment to assisting the executive in ensuring good governance in the country through effective oversight functions on ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi stated this recently during the maiden meeting of the committee at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.
Senator Abdullahi expressed the readiness of the upper legislative chamber in particular and the National Assembly in general to always support the executive when necessary for the provision of dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
He therefore sought “the support and understanding of every Nigerian to the All Progressives Congress, APC-led administration in the country, especially in this trying hard period, so that it could remain focused in addressing all the challenges presently facing our dear country”.
The senate spokesman said the Upper House would improve on its public outreach and access as well as information flow by improving the current website to standard level through e-parliamentary union.
Senator Abdullahi added that the federal legislature was ready to work with the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE; Nigeria Union of Journalists, NGE; and other stakeholders in the media with a view to ensuring cordial relationship that would benefit the country.
He promised to improve the capacity building of journalists covering the senate and assist them with necessary tools that would enhance their jobs.
According to him, part of his committee’s simple but tasking responsibilities include management of the image of the senate, other public relations and external publicity, which he promised would be discharged effectively.
Also speaking, vice chairman of the committee, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce stressed the need to upgrade the senate website, adding that the National Assembly television station would be revived and started to function very soon.
In his remarks, a member of the committee, Senator Yusuf I. Yusuf advised journalists to intensify their efforts on research about the people and places they report.

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