Summary of another Legislative day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Tuesday July 4,2017 compiled by Adekunle L.N
The House was called to order after a chit chat by the Distinguished senators and the official opening prayer was said by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki who led his colleagues to the Chamber into today’s proceedings.
During the Executive Session, the Senate deliberated on issues bothering on the workings of the Senate and the National Assembly in general.
Approval of Votes and proceedings of previous plenary
The approval of votes and proceedings of Thursday 15th June, 2017 was moved by Senator Remi Tinunbu and seconded by Stella Oduah respectively.
Senator Bukola Saraki read a letter from Acting President Profesdor Osinbajo ,request of confirmation of appointment of Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila as Director General of National Lottery Commission.
Senator Sani Ahmed cited order 14 as regards the letter of confirmation from Acting President Professor Osinbajo, stating he earlier said the Senate doesn’t have the power to confirm and wanted the issue to be clarified by the Senate.
Senator George Sekibo stressed the Senate should suspend the request till the issue of power of confirmation is cleared.
Senator Issa Misua stated that there is too much focus on the Senate while there is more corruption in the Executive.
Senator Adeyeye said that every public servant is to obey the Law of the Country, no one is given an exception to dance around the law.
Senator Adeyeye also said that we must choose strong institutions over strong leaders.
DSP Ike Ekweremadu emphasized that the law must be obeyed.
Senator Dino Melaye read the Prayers
I) The Senate should suspend all issues relating to the confirmation of nominees.
III) The Ag.President should respect the rejection of nominees by the Senate.
II) Acting President must respect the constitution and laws enacted by the National Assembly as relating to the confirmation of nominees.
Senator Dino Melaye cited order 14 and said the process of his recall was masterminded by the State Governor and the Senate should act and the Senate would also verify the Legitimacy of the votes before a conclusion is made
Senator Kwankwaso cited order 42 and announces the demise of Alhaji Yusuf Maitama. He sought the approval of the Senate to bring the Motion on the next Legislative day.
Senator Sekibo cited order 42 and states that Aba-PortHarcourt Road that leads to the refinery in a bad condition and seeks a motion for another Legislative Day.
Senator Rose Ooko cited order 42 on the recent communal clash in her constituency and sought a motion for the next Legislative Day.
Sen.Yusuf Abubakar cited order 42 on crises that erupted in his LGA of Taraba central and sought a motion for the next Legislative Day.
Senate Leader moved that other items on the Order Paper be stood down to another Legislative day. Minority Leader seconded
The motions for an adjournment were moved by the major and minority leaders respectively and Plenary was adjourned to Wednesday, 5th July, 2017.