By Sadiq Umar, Abuja.
The outgoing Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman has described the award of ‘Man of the year 2014’ bestowed on the Senate President, Senator David Mark, by the board and management of Independent Newspapers Limited (INL) as a well-deserved honour.
In a statement issued by Abatemi-Usman’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Michael Jegede, the Senator representing Kogi Central Senatorial District in the Red Chamber, maintained that INL made the right choice in settling for the outgoing Senate President as their man of the year.
The Niger Delta Affairs Senate Committee Vice Chairman, said Mark effectively steered the Senate affairs and helped a lot in stabilizing the polity under the downright cluelessness and weakness of the administration of the outgoing President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, which rendered the executive arm of government directionless.
“The Senate President, Senator David Mark rightly deserves the recognition given to him by the Independent Newspapers Limited (INL). Mark is a quintessential leader. As the Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly, he has greatly assisted in ensuring stability in the polity under the totally weak and clueless Jonathan’s administration. He (Mark) is one man I respect so much for his political sagacity and maturity. His excellent leadership style, no doubt, completely removed the ‘banana peel’ that caused serious unsteadiness in the Senate leadership between 1999 and 2007 before he became the number-one lawmaker in the country. As the youngest Senator in the seventh Senate, David Mark has been a great inspiration to me,” Abatemi-Usman said.
Mark was honoured by the media organization with the award last Thursday in an occasion which took place in Abuja. According to the media outfit “The award is in recognition of Mark’s mastery of the rules and procedures of the National Assembly and the excellence with which he has managed the leadership at the Senate. Since becoming the president of the Senate on June 6, 2007, amidst the volatility that has become the hallmark of the National Assembly, Mark has managed the affairs of the Upper Chambers with exemplary maturity and historic success.”