Abuja - The Senate has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate former President Goodluck Jonathan's administration over the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) as well as other poverty alleviation programmes, Vanguard reports.
The resolution to hold Jonathan accountable for SURE-P fund was predicated on a prayer introduced by Senator Babajide Omoworare (APC, Osun State) to the motion moved by Senator Albert Akpan (PDP, Akwa Ibom) in which he (Akpan) expressed grave concerns about the soaring unemployment rate in Nigeria, stressing that unemployment has become a time bomb that required prompt intervention of government.
But an earlier prayer by the Minority Whip, Senator Philip Aduda (PDP, FCT), requesting that Buhari administration should immediately fulfil its campaign promise that it would pay unemployed Nigerians a sum of N5 000 monthly stipend was however turned down by the Senate.
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Aduda had after the approval of the initial recommendations of the motion, raised an additional prayer, saying “the federal government should immediately commence the payment of the N5 000 monthly stipend it promised during the pre-election campaign.”
The prayer was quickly seconded by Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
But unsettled by the prayer, Omoworare raised a point of order to oppose the additional prayer.
The development led to a stand-off between APC senators and their opposition PDP counterparts for 22 minutes, prompting the intervention of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.
Saraki thereafter allowed Omoworare to raise another additional prayer.
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- News 24