Monday, 20 November 2017

Southern Senators To Hold Confab On Restructuring

Senators under the umbrella of the Southern Senators’ Forum have expressed their desire to ensure that Nigeria becomes equitable, progressive and prosperous.

The chairman of the forum, Senator Hope Uzodinma, in a statement on Sunday, said the lawmakers would continue to seek for lasting solutions to issues affecting Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnicity or religion.

He said the forum has scheduled a retreat for this month to discuss national issues, including the protection of ethnic minorities in the country.

According to Uzodinma, issues for discussion at the retreat would also include the imperative of restructuring in a multi-religious country like Nigeria and the role of the legislature in a constitutional democracy.

He equally pointed out that the sustenance of national unity in a restructured Nigeria would equally be discussed.

He said:“The Southern Senators’ Forum is a consultative assembly of serving senators from the southern states of the federation which has been in existence since the advent of democracy in 1999.

"The forum seeks to evoke progressive conversations among the peoples of the southern parts of the country through their elected representatives in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

"Since it is a non-partisan consultative group, the soothing impact of the forum in proffering progressive path for knotty issues that face the diverse peoples of our country is of optimum value to the sustenance and deepening of our nation’s democracy.”

Uzodinma further added that the forum would continue to partner other consultative fora, captains of industries, religious leaders and professionals, in its bid to ensure a sustainable democracy.

He expressed the forum’s willingness to also partner traditional institutions, governmental and non-governmental organisations in sustaining its legacy for a dynamically changing world order.

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