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Senate adjourns in honour of Dantong

10 July 2012, 15:10

Abuja - The Senate on Tuesday resumed from a two-day recess, but adjourned again in honour of its member late Gyang Dantong.

Dantong died on Sunday July 8, following renewed crises in Plateau, while attending the burial of some of the victims of the crises.

The order paper of the Senate, that is the paper that contains the day’s proceedings was empty, as the only business of the day was adjournment.

The Senators, who had entered early into the red chamber, were seen discussing in undertones in a very pensive mood.

Tears flowed freely among some senators, especially Senators Nkechi Nwogu (PDP Abia) and Zainab Kure (PDP Niger) who sadly looked toward the direction of the empty seat of the late senator.

Senate President David Mark then hit the gavel to call the attention of the senators to begin the day’s proceedings and the leader of the Senate Victor Ndoma-Egba then moved the motion.

``On Sunday, the Senate received the sad news of the death of one of us. Today being the first day of plenary after the sad event, and in keeping with our tradition, I move that we observe a minute silence.

``I also move that in keeping with our tradition; we suspend all other activities until Wednesday, July 11.’’

This motion was seconded by the Minority Leader of the Senate George Akume (ACN Benue) and the Senate adjourned its setting.

The Senate president then led the principal officers of the Senate along with other senators to sign the condolence register that was opened by the National Assembly in honour of the late senator.



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