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Senate recess tied to frustration over ministerial list – Ekweremadu



By Ada Anioji


Fresh feelers have since emerged as to why the Senate embarked on another bout of recess last week, the third in its two month lifespan.

According to the Senate Deputy President, Ike Ekweremadu, the upper chamber of the National Assembly would reconvene from its recess once it receives signals that President Muhammadu Buhari is ready with his ministerial list.

Ekweremadu, who spoke when the Enugu Zonal Management of Nigerian Television Authority paid him a courtesy visit, said the upper chamber of the National Assembly would also suspend its break once there is a matter requiring their urgent attention.

According to Ekweremadu, “though we are on recess, most of us are very much around doing other legislative duties. Therefore, if the need arises, we will quickly reconvene to give Nigerians the service we were elected to offer; especially if the ministerial list is sent by the President”.

The lawmaker, who represents the Enugu West senatorial zone, insisted that the Senate will at all times put the interest of Nigerians first.

On the issue of pay cut of members of the National Assembly, the Senator explained that they are prepared to make any sacrifice that is required in the interest of Nigerians and Nigeria.

He explained that what has happened was that the Senators did not consult their colleagues in the House of Representatives on the issue, stating that the National Assembly had already cut its budget from 150 to 120 billion naira and required inputs from other wings of the Assembly before a final decision will be taken on the issue.

Reacting to the outcome of his visit to Nairobi, Kenya, the Deputy President of the Senate argued that insurgency is a continental issue that all African leaders and countries must join forces and resources to fight aggressively.

He stated that insurgency undermines the development of any nation and noted that the parliament has a big role to play in addressing the vice by setting up special tribunals that would deal with it.

“Insurgency is a different kind of crime and as such needs a different kind of approach,” he said, while calling for concerted efforts in the reduction of poverty, creation of employment and enhancing livelihood of every Nigerian, which he said will go a long way in helping to reduce insurgency and other associated vices.

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