Abuja - Deputy Senate President Ike Ekwermadu, has advised members of the 8th National Assembly to brace up for the task of nation building and reciprocate the mandate given to them by their constituents.
He gave the advice on Thursday in Abuja at his closing remarks at the five-day induction course for the newly elected federal legislators.
He described the legislature as the `pillar of democratic governance,’ adding that parliament plays critical role in spurring and sustaining national action toward development.
He said: "As legislators, we must be agents of transformation, particularly at this important period in our national history."
"It is our collective responsibility to work tirelessly toward promoting good governance and consolidating democracy in Nigeria."
"The call is for us to love our country."
"We have made giant strides in the last sixteen years of democracy and we can be proud of our achievements.""But we at the National Assembly can do more toward curbing poverty, corruption, insecurity and a myriad of other challenges that tend to deny our people the joy and hope that democracy holds."
Ekweremadu noted that given the quality of the resources, training materials and presentations, the incoming lawmakers had covered a long distance in understanding the rudiments of legislative practice.
He expressed gratitude to all those who made the induction programme a success.
The deputy president of the senate however stated that the journey to capacity building had just begun for the incoming federal legislators.
He said: "though the workshop ends today, I must hasten to add that this induction programme is truly only the first step as you prepare for the challenges of the 8th Assembly."
"I am aware that the National Institute for Democratic Studies has several follow-up training programmes in its 2015 work plan that are more detailed and specialised."
"I expect the incoming National Assembly to utilise these opportunities to ensure that we justify our mandates.’’