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Fresh crisis looms in Senate over standing rules

27 November 2015, 14:10

Abuja - A fresh crisis is looming in the Senate over a secret plan to print a new Order Book (Senate Standing Orders 2015) by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to cover up the irregularities in some of his actions in the Senate, reports The Nation.

The new rules book may be smuggled into the upper chamber without the approval of the Senate as required by Order 110.

Also read: Senate constitutes 65 standing committees, APC chairs 41, PDP 24

The Senate leadership is believed to have realised that it erred on the constitution of the Standing Committees of the chamber.

Order 97 (1-57) states that the Senate should have 57 committees but without consultations and approval from senators, Saraki allegedly upped the number to 65, a decision considered unilateral and therefore, undemocratic.

Saraki had on November 4 announced the composition of 65 standing committees.

However, several senators consider the plan a desecration of the Upper Chamber and are poised to fight it.

Senators are said to be protesting alleged school pupil treatment being given to them by the Senate leadership.

Read more at The Nation.

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