- Senate president Lawan has named two new committee chairpersons
- Lawan named Senator Smart Adeyemi, representing Kogi West, as the chairman of aviation committee and Ibrahim Danbaba as the vice chairman of the committee on police affairs
- The Senate subsequently adjourned legislative activities for the year with the lawmakers expected to resume on January 28, 2020
The president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Friday, December 20, announced two new committee chairpersons.
Premium Times reports that Lawan made Senator Smart Adeyemi, representing Kogi West, the chairman of aviation committee.
Legit.ng notes that the position was previously occupied by Dino Melaye who recently lost his seat to Adeyemi in the Kogi West senatorial rerun.
Similarly, the Senate president named Ibrahim Danbaba as the vice chairman of the committee on police affairs.
The new vice chairman will take over from Senator Abubakar Tambuwal.
The Senate also considered and passed the 2020 budget of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Senate subsequently adjourned legislative activities for the year with the lawmakers expected to resume on January 28, 2020.
In his 2019 final plenary speech, Senate president Lawan urged his colleagues to come prepared and ready for work in 2020.
He said critical issues like the petroleum industry bill, constitutional amendment and electoral reforms will be considered in 2020.
Lawan urged Nigerians who have issues with any of the legislative deliberations to come to the National Assembly to air their views.
“The National Assembly is here and available for people to come with their bills and of course, suggestions or ideas on how to make the electoral process better and sanitized,” the Senate president noted.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Senate on Thursday, December 19, suspended its Order 13 and chose Friday, December 20, as the new date for its next plenary session.
The move by the Senate is contrary to order 13 (2) of its own standing orders (as amended in 2015).
The Order states in part: “On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Senate shall meet at 10.00am and unless previously adjourned shall sit until 2.00pm."
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