As both chambers of the National Assembly, get set for legislative
business after inauguration Tuesday, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani (PDP
Enugu east), declared Thursday that his focus in the Senate will be on
debate on the Nigerian project.
Nnamani stated this at a media briefing in his Asokoro residence,
Abuja adding that he is confident that the 9th Senate under the
presidency of Senator Ahmad Lawan, would serve as veritable platform
of driving the debate.
He said rather than the basic bread and butter politics, educated
advocacy on how to make the Nigerian project work better would be made
to be the central focus of the 9th National Assembly.
He said: “My coming to the Senate on a second missionary journey is
driven by a greater sense of the need for the ‘sleeping giant’ called
Nigeria, to wake up from her slumber.
” It is a project that must be made to work for the generality of
Nigerians through robust debate and advocacy in that direction.
“Nigeria as a country, has come of age regardless of her history and
in doing this, basic principles of nationhood predicated on equity,
fairness , unity, justice and rule of law ; must prevail at all
times between the government and the governed at all levels and among
“I believe we are expecting a vibrant Senate. I’ve had opportunity of
studying closely the new president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and I’ve
done a review of his background; he has a PhD, Remote Sensing and
Geographic Information System from a United Kingdom University. That
shows he is an academic, he’s a man of study and an intellectual who
“I have also had cause to work with him. I was in the Senate for four
years. I believe he was the chairman, Public Accounts Committee at
that time. I’ve also had opportunity to interact with him and I’ve
found him a gentleman.
“He comes across as an intellectual and a man in total control of his
temperament. So, I’m looking forward to working with him. He certainly
has my support. I believe he’s going to steer the Senate with