President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio on Wednesday said that the Red Chambers under his leadership remains matured and will not engage in public display of anger, throwing chairs in fisticuff during plenary while deliberating on issues for the interest of national development.
Senator Akpabio who said this after meeting with President Bola Tinubu at the presidential Villa, Abuja said parliamentary discussions are about disagreeing to agree and for the majority to have their way.
“In the parliament, sometimes you disagree to agree. We are all working in one accord. There is o problem at all. Even if some people disagree on some of the happenings in the senate, still, it is only the majority decision that is going to prevails and Parliament is like that,” Akpabio noted.
The President of the Senate explained that “but we will never get to a point of throwing chairs. We will never get to that point. The senate is too mature, full of matured people, so, if we have a disagreement, we immediately go into a closed session, resolve it and come out smiling.
“We are politicians, no permanent hatred but permanent interest. That interest is is the interest of the nation. To support the President, support his administration in legislation, oversights functions to succeed, in order to move the country forward and that is what we have been doing and that is what we are committed to doing.”
Speaking on why he visited the Presidential Villa, Akpabio explained that he came to update President Tinubu on the planned retreat of the Senate scheduled to hold in Akwa Ibom State to discuss on best ways the government can improve on its revenue generation to fund critical projects.
“I came to inform the President of the first 10th Assembly retreat which is taking place in tomorrow in Akwa Ibom State and also to solicit his support towards ensuring representation at the retreat and he has graciously done that and I told him some of things we are going to discuss – task reform and ways of ensuring the generation of revenue for him to work for Nigerians.
“He needs to be informed that the Senate will not be available in Abuja. We are moving the Senate all the fway to Akwa Ibom for the next four days. Thereafter, will be travelling personally to Angola to attend the internal parliamentary union so, so before he sees me, it will take probably another nine days. So, I needed to inform him,” the Senate President added.