…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
In a significant announcement on Tuesday, the newly elected Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, expressed his full support for President Bola Tinubu’s proposal to eliminate petrol subsidies.
Akpabio, who represents Akwa Ibom north-west, secured the position of Senate President with 63 votes, surpassing his competitor Abdulaziz Yari, who received 46 votes.
During his acceptance speech, Akpabio emphasized that the 10th assembly would proactively endorse the policies and initiatives put forth by President Tinubu.
He outlined the Senate’s focus on future-oriented approaches, prioritizing economic viability, social acceptability, environmental concerns, and sustainable growth.
Akpabio specifically commended President Tinubu’s boldness in addressing the contentious issue of petrol subsidy.
He affirmed that if legislative support is necessary, it will be provided.
The Senate President stressed the importance of Nigeria becoming self-sufficient in fuel production, urging the encouragement of domestic production of diesel and other petroleum products.
Despite receiving the endorsement of President Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Akpabio emphasized the Senate’s commitment to maintaining its independence and not merely acting as a rubber stamp for the executive branch.
He highlighted the legislature’s autonomy and pledged that the 10th assembly would serve the interests of Nigeria and its citizens.
Akpabio concluded his speech by affirming that while working closely with the executive arm of government, the Senate would safeguard its legislative independence.
He reiterated that the primary focus of the 10th assembly is the welfare and advancement of Nigeria and its people.
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