BREAKING: Senate Postpones Plenary Over Absence of Senators

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The Senate has postponed its sitting till next week Tuesday as members are on oversight duties across the country.

The red chamber needs at least 38 senators to carry out legislative activities at plenary. The total number of senators who attended today’s sitting was about 20, who according to order 10.3 cannot sit to legislate.

Lawmakers had converged to start the usual Tuesday plenary when Senator Philip Aduda representing FCT constituency called the attention of his colleagues to the scantiness of the chamber.

“We are less than 10, Mr President, I want to move that since we have not (formed) quorum, we may therefore adjourn” Aduda said.

“I want to say that the senate is empty because various committees are carrying out oversight duties, they are all over the country, ensuring that the budget is performing,” he added.

The motion was seconded by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, but he observed that the members present were not less than 10 but less than 20.

“We are somewhere between 15 and 20. Just for the record we are not less than 10 but less than 20,” Ekweremadu continued.

Speaking on the point of order raised, Senate President Bukola Saraki said: “This is in line with Order 10:3; if we do not have quorum, we need to adjourn”.

Plenary is adjourned to Tuesday, 20th November, 2018.

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