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Fresh crisis looms in Senate over committees

14 July 2015, 13:52

Abuja - With the crisis over the selection of principal officers for the Senate yet to be settled, another fresh crisis is brewing in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, reports Leadership.

The fresh crisis is over the sharing of the standing committees’ chairmen and vice chairman among the senators.

The chairmanship positions of the 57 committees have over the years from the 4th to the recently ended 7th Senate been skewed in favour of senators belonging to the ruling party and ranking in status.

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But the tradition is bound to change going by Order 3(4) of the 8th Senate Standing Orders 2015 as amended, which stipulates that the committees be shared equally among the six geopolitical zones of the country, irrespective of political party affiliation.

Accordingly, each zone is expected to get at least nine committee chairmanship seats out of the 57 Senate committees that will be set up.

The new arrangement is expected to provoke protest from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), particularly those who are opposed to Senator Bukola Saraki’s emergence as the President of the Senate.

Read more at Leadership.

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