Connect with us

Uncategorized

SHOCKING …. Why Senate adjourn sitting till Nov 20

Published

on

By Olugbenga Salami

Senate has adjourned plenary session for lack of quorum as as majority of the senators have travelled for oversight functions outside Abuja, the seat of power.

ROYAL NEWS reports that only 20 senators attended the plenary whereas 37 out of 109 lawmakers are required to form a quorum for sitting and making laws.

Consequently, the upper legislative chamber adjourned and fixed the next legislative day for Tuesday, November 20.

Barely three minutes into the session that began at about 10.55am, the Minority Whip of the Senate, Senator Philip Aduda, PDP-FCT rose through Order 10(3) of the senate’s standing rules to draw the attention of his colleagues for the lack of quorum and the need for the adjournment.

According to him, since the Order states that “a session of the senate can only be held when the required quorum of 37 members out of 109 is formed, the Senate should adjourn the sitting till next legislative day”.

He said: “We are less than 10, Mr. President, I want to move that since we have not formed quorum, we may therefore adjourn, but in doing so, I want to say that the senate is empty because various committees are carrying out oversight duties, they are all over the country, ensuring that the budget is performing.

“On that note the senate may wish to extend the period of oversight functions if the senate so wish by another week till Tuesday, November 20”.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu seconded the motion by saying “I rise to second the motion ably moved by Senator Aduda, but let me add that we are more than 10 but certainly not up to 38. We are somewhere between 15 and 20. Just for the record we are not less than 10 but less than 20”.

Accordingly, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki put it to voice votes and got overwhelming adoption from the 20 senators in the chambers.

But after adoption of the motion, Saraki said: “it is important that our members who are not here, we should communicate to them, those on oversight to finish what they have during the week – in the area of oversight.

“Some of the findings from the oversight are important and it is important that the exercise is done diligently and we should ensure that it is completed by the end of this week. That is in line with order 10(3)”.

In finally moving for adjourning of the plenary till Tuesday next, the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, APC-Yobe North, said: “having adopted this motion it is mandatory that we stand down all the items on the order paper to the next legislative week , precisely next week Tuesday, November 20, 2018” which was seconded by the Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, PDP-Taraba South.

Out of the 20 senators who attended the scanty session, non of the seven female senators was in attendance while some of the remaining 102 male senators in attendance included Senators Saraki, Ekweremadu, Lawan, Bwacha and Aduda.

Others are Senators Francis Alimikhena, APC-Edo North, Abu Ibrahim, APC-Katsina South, Rafiu Ibrahim, PDP-Kwara South, Joshua Lidani, PDP-Gombe North, Emmanuel Paulker, PDP-Bayelsa Central, Ben Murray-Bruce, PDP-Bayelsa East etc.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Metro

FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

Published

on

By

Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
Continue Reading

Metro

SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

Published

on

By

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
Continue Reading

Uncategorized

Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

Published

on

By

Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2019 Royal News. MODISULT Media Concept 85 Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Ilorin +2348061346946 For events and parties.