Yahaya, Abaribe, Kalu, others emerge Principal Officers of Senate

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Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday announced the names of eight other principal officers of the upper legislative chamber.
The lawmakers would form the Body of Principal Officers also known as Selection Committee whose responsibility is to assign senators to committees based on interest shown by individual senators.
This followed separate letters sent to the Senate President by the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a letter written by APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, the governing party named the Director General of Lawan Campaign Group, Abdullahi Yahaya (Kebbi State) as Senate Majority Leader, with Ajayi Boroffice (Ondo) as Deputy Senate Majority Leader.
Also, a former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, was announced as Chief Whip while the Spokesperson of the Eighth Senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (Niger State) would deputise Kalu.
In another letter written by PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, it picked Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia State) as Senate Minority Leader and Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba) as his deputy.
Also picked was Phillip Aduda (Federal Capital Territory) as Minority Whip and Sahabi Yau (Zamfara State) as his deputy.
In their separate acceptance speeches, Yahaya and Abaribe accepted the nominations and promised to discharge their duties effectively.

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Lawan denies existence of jumbo pay for lawmakers

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has disclosed that that there was no jumbo salary for federal lawmakers as been speculated in some quarters.

He stated this on Tuesday in Abuja when members of the Senators’ Forum paid him a courtesy call in his office.

While further disregarding the jumbo pay, he revealed that his monthly salary as a lawmaker and that of his colleagues is N750,000.

“What I want to emphasize here is that I never believed that that there is anything called Jombo pay to the National Assembly.

“The National Assembly members both the senate and the House receive what is their salaries and I receive N750,000 as my salary.

“But I need to function as a senator, my office needs to properly be funded”, he said.

Lawan assured that the National Assembly would be open to the general public in the conduct of its legislative activities, particularly in the area of funding

“National Assembly is going to be open to the public , I believe that that the National Assembly should have everything open , let Nigerians Know, what we are doing.

“I believe that Nigerians need to understand this, we need to continually engage with Nigerians and I will also argue that we continue to explain to Nigerians, they deserve to know how their resources are utilised.

“I believe that the National Assembly needs proper funding because the legislature is so critical in any national development,’’ he added.

Earlier, the Chairman of the forum, Khariat Gwadabe said the meeting was a unique opportunity for them to interface with the new Senate leadership.

She also expressed confidence in the capacity of the President of the Senate having spent two decades in the parliament.

 

OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja

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Lawan retains five aides of Saraki

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Mixed reactions have trailed the decision of the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, to retain five aides of his immediate past predecessor, Bukoka Saraki.

While supporters and sympathisers of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) who took to social media on Wednesday, wondered why Lawan could not get ‘loyal hands’ from the party, others applauded him for his bipartisanship in appointments.

A statement on Wednesday by Babagana Muhammad Aji, Chief of Staff to the President of the Senate, had listed the retained appointees to include: Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Mohammed Isa and Special Assistant on New Media, Olu Onemola.

Others are: Betty Okoroh, Special Assistant on Administration; Tope Olowoyeye, Senior Legislative Aide on Publicity (Photographer) and Ogechukwu Nwankwoh, Senior Legislative Aide on Schedules & Events.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) also expressed surprise at Tuesday’s appointment of Festus Adedayo as Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Senate President.

In a statement signed by BMO Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, the group expressed surprise at Adedayo’s appointment, citing his antecedent and ‘undisguised contempt’ for the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari.

“In fact, we are surprised that Adedayo would consider, let alone accept, an appointment under the APC after all he had done to denigrate and diminish the party before, during and after the February elections.

“This was a man who railed unceasingly at the APC and its Presidential candidate. This is the prophet of doom who predicted the imminent disintegration of Nigeria and that Buhari might be the last President of Nigeria”, the group said

BMO recalled that the new SA Media to the Senate President had served two People Democratic Party (PDP) governors in the South-west and South-east and wondered when he became … Read More...