3 June 2011
Uchenna Awom And Chibuzor Ukaibe,
.• As senators insist on creation of new states in 7th Session
Senate President David Mark yesterday declared that the ‘doctrine of necessity’ resolution saved the country from a major crisis.
Mark made this remark while recounting the achievements and high points of the 6th National Assembly at its valedictory session.
Consequently, he commended his colleagues for evolving the doctrine of necessity, which, according to him, rescued the country from the brink of collapse.
At the session, most senators advocated that the seventh session must concentrate on the creation of new states in the country. Senators Smart Adeyemi, Enyinnaya Abaribe, Uche Chukwumerije, Zainab Kure, Ayogu Eze, Nkechi Nwaogu, Julius Ucha, Buka Abba Ibrahim, Anthony Manzo, Heineken Lokpobiri, among others, declared that state creation must of necessity be given top priority, because it would strengthen fiscal federalism and development.
The session, which was adjourned sine die, was inaugurated on June 5, 2007.
In his valedictory speech, Mark recalled that the circumstances surrounding the ill health and eventual demise of the late President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, was a major test of the nation’s legislative competence.
“That singular action by this distinguished Red Chamber saved our dear country from imminent political crisis to the contentment and applause of majority of Nigerians,” he said.
Meanwhile, the sixth session of the Senate which finally closed shop yesterday passed 91 bills in four years, though 514 bills were introduced within the period.
Out of the number, 130 bills passed second reading, 458 were read for the first time and four bills were negative.