Senate suspends plenary over Lawmakers’ death

By Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

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Following the successful conclusion of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, Senators on Tuesday reconvened in plenary for the final phase of the 8th National Assembly which is expected to end in June this year.
However, Tuesday’s session was suspended and adjourned until Wednesday in honour of Mr. Temiope Olatoye, a member of the House of Representatives who died recently during the Governorship election in his home state Oyo, South west Nigeria.

The late Temitope Olatoye, member of the House of Representatives who died recently during the Governorship election

Mr. Olatoye until his death, was the lawmaker representing Lagelu/Akinyele federal constituency of Oyo state, in the National Assembly.

In a motion seeking for adjournment of plenary, the Senate Leader Senator Ahmed Lawan referred his colleagues to order 43 of the Senate standing rules which permits them to suspend plenary in the case of lost of any serving lawmaker.

The motion was seconded by Senator Biodun Olujimi, the minority Leader of the Senate. Thereafter the Senate proceeding was adjourned till Wednesday March 13, 2019.

Budget debate begins
Meanwhile, President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki has confirmed that debate on the general principles of the 2019 Appropriation Bill will resume on Wednesday March 13, 2019.

Senator Saraki made the confirmation during his announcements on Tuesday as the lawmakers reconvene in plenary after participating in the general election of 2019.
He urged his colleagues to be present and indicate their interest in the debate by writing their names on the register opened for the purpose of the budget debate.

New minimum wage
The President of the Senate also confirmed Senator Francis Alimekhena as the new Chairman of the ad-hoc committee on the review of the new minimum wage. He replaces Senator Olusola Adeyeye who resigned the position while the Senate was in recess for the elections.
Dr. Saraki tasked the ad-hoc committee on completing the assignment and submitting its report on the new minimum wage within the next one week.