Chief Benjamin Uwajumogu is the Senator representing Imo North and Chairman, Senate Committee on Labour and Employment.
In this interview, the only two-term Senator of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Southeast blamed his absence during the inauguration of the 9th Assembly on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for delaying in issuing him Certificate of Return after he was declared the winner, saying that also prevented him from contesting for the Senate presidential seat.
He gave insight into the 2020 budget and commended President Muhammadu Buhari for restoring the budget circle by presenting the Appropriation Bill on time. He speaks about border closure and the agenda of the 9th Senate. Excerpts:
What is your assessment of the 9th Senate?
The 9th Senate is so far stabilized because we have new leadership led by Senator Ahmad Lawan. We have just resumed and we have passed the legislative agenda on what the Senate will pursue in the next four years. And the Senate has resolved to partner with the executive to improve the economy. So, this is a different Senate from the last one.
What is the importance of the agenda?
Economic development is paramount to us and the executive and this can be achieved if there is harmonious relationship between the legislature and the executive. We must ensure that we create more jobs for our teeming youths, as well as wealth. The way we can achieve economic development is through job creation and this can only happen if there is cordial relationship between these two arms of government. Many have blamed lack of harmony between these two arms of government in last Assembly, which they said resulted to poor performance in the last four years. The 9th Senate has decided to support the executive to deliver the dividend of democracy to Nigerians, especially now that the ruling party is in total control of both chambers of the Assembly.