- Senate has revealed what it would do after the death of senator Uwajumogu
- The senator died in Abuja on the morning of Wednesday, December 18
- Ahmad Lawan, the Senate president, said the red chamber would preserve Uwajumogu’s ideals
Two days after the death the lawmaker who represented Imo north at the Senate, Benjamin Uwajumogu, the upper legislative chamber has declared that it would continue to work for the ideals which the late senator stood for.
The Nation reports that the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, made the disclosure on Friday, December 20, in Abuja.
Legit.ng gathered that he made the statement while responding to the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, who led a delegation of his ministry, employers association and labour unions on a condolence visit to the Senate leadership.
It would be recalled that Senator Uwajumogu was until his death on Wednesday, December 20, the chairman, Senate committee on labour, employment and productivity.
Lawan, in a statement by his special adviser (media), Ola Awoniyi, in Abuja said: “We are indeed very grateful for the show of solidarity. What you have done is to show your love for not only the late senator Benjamin Uwajumogu but for the committee, the Senate and indeed the National Assembly.
“This kind of relationship will continue to blossom because we believe that this is the best way to go. We should have an understanding among ourselves.”
The Senate president recalled Senator Uwajumogu’s last appearance in the Senate a day before he met his death.
He said: “The late Senator Uwajumogu was with us on Tuesday. He made his contributions during our debate on some challenges businesses of Nigerians are suffering in Ghana.
“He was emphatic in his contributions that we have to stand for Nigerians wherever they are in this world. Whether they are here in the country or they are elsewhere.
“It is our duty as senators, as representatives of the people to stand and support them. And we take that very seriously. God knows best while he took his life but that is inevitable like the minister said. What is instructive is for us in the Senate to continue to work for those ideals that he stood for. Seriously the issue of protecting our citizens is a big issue."
On the minster’s acknowledgement of a good rapport with the Senate committee on labour under late senator Uwajumogu, Lawan said that was the character of the ninth Senate and the current National Assembly in general.
“We see ourselves as partners with you on the side of the Executive. Until we are able to work together, cooperatively and harmoniously, Nigerians will not benefit from this democracy.
“In the process, we have been called all manners of name. But we always say people should judge us by what we do and what we don’t. Not by what somebody thinks about us. We will work very closely but we will also ensure that we carry out our constitional mandate of oversight to ensure that what is right is done for the benefit of Nigerians,” Lawan said.
The minister said the presence of representatives of all stakeholders in the labour and employment community was to indicate the kind of fraternal relationship that existed with late senator Uwajumogu-led committee within a short period of the inauguration of the committee.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Uwajumogu died in the early hours of Wednesday, December 18.
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