senate presidentChairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics,  Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu said at the weekend that the committee has received over 130 petitions from various individuals and groups since inception of the 8th National Assembly.
Senator Anyanwu, who represents Imo East under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the upper legislative chamber, told journalists in Abuja that “this represents 100 per cent of what was received during the 6th and 7th Senate respectively.”
Out of the total petitions received, the lawmaker further disclosed that over 65 of them had been attended to while 50 had been laid and considered by the senate.
Senator Anyanwu, who added that the remaining petitions were under investigation, commended the senate president, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and other colleagues for their support for the committee, which he said has given senate a new face.
“In carrying our mandate, we ensure that we follow due process and what the law says. We always ensure that we carry out thorough investigation without bias to all parties before laying our reports on the floor of the senate.
“We have really done well and we hope to do more for the people of Nigeria. This committee has been able to give the 8th senate a new face that the entire senators are proud of. We thank the senate president and other senators for their support. There is no doubt that other committees have been working well”, he stressed.
The chairman also explained that the committee always liaises with other relevant committees of the senate to ensure that resolutions of the Upper House were implemented by all concern organizations or individuals.
According to him, the committee has been able to resolve many petitions, including that of a policeman who was suspended from the force for 21 years, noting with delight that the man has not only been called back to duty, but promoted while he has started receiving his arrears of salaries and allowances.
Senator Anyanwu informed that the committee always employed wisdom to handle all the petitions to avoid disagreement among senators after laying its reports.
Also speaking on the budget, the lawmaker expressed happiness that the National Assembly has finally given Nigerians what they had been expecting to move the economy forward, saying “there is no way the economic fortunes of the country can start without budget.”
“It (budget) is the engine room (of any economy). National Assembly look at the budget critically before passing it even though there are areas that still needs to be touched.
“For example, some ministries, departments and agencies didn’t have inputs in budget prepared for them. We want Nigeria to grow beyond this stage and we have directed the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to correct such anomalies in subsequent years.
“If we have not done a thorough work on the budget, like the chairman of the Committee on Appropriation said, some ministries, departments and agencies may find it difficult to pay salaries of their workers,” Senator Anyanwu said.
He was however, happy about the present political awareness of Nigerians, saying “This awareness is a good thing for Nigeria. I can say there was public participation in this year’s budget and everybody was happy about the development.”

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