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Senate Shelves Screening For Parade

Senate set up four committees, tasked president muhammadu buhari on boko haram but shelved screening of service chiefs in preference for pullout parade

Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja

Screening of newly appointed service chiefs, earlier scheduled by the Senate to hold today, has been shelved till Tuesday next week, to enable the senate President, Bukola Saraki, and others, to attend a pull-out parade in honour of out-gone chief of Defence staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Barde.

Senate, which had earlier said it would commence the screening today, however considered the pull-out parade, which would hold at the Mogadishu Cantonment Parade Ground, a more important national assignment.

“A pulling out parade is being planned in honour of the former CDS, Air Chief Marshal AS Badeh to mark his formal disengagement from Service. I am directed to respectfully invite the Senate President to attend the occasion.

“Please accept the assurances and esteemed regards of the CDS,” the invitation, which was signed by Major General MA Koleoso for the CDS, read.

The senate president also urged all senators to “endeavour to be in attendance and punctual” at the pull-out parade. Prior to announcing a shift in date for the screening, the Senate President had announced the constitution of four committees to help stir the work of the senate.

They are Senate Selection Committee, Rules and Business Committee, Ethics and Privileges Committee and AdHoc Committee on Publicity.

According to the Senate President, the 18-member Senate Selection Committee, which is charged with the responsibility of coordinating all other commit tees, is to be headed by Senator Ibrahim Gobir.

The Rules and Business Committee will be headed by Senator Babajide Omoworare with the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ali Ndume as deputy while with Senators Kabir Marafa, arnabas Gemade and five others join as members.

He also announced Senator Samuel Anyanwu to head the 11-member Ethics and Privileges Committee, with the Deputy Leader of the Senate, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, as his deputy. Meanwhile, the five-man AdHoc Committee on Publicity will be headed by Senator Dino Melaye, who has Senator Ben Bruce and Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe as members.

With the announcements, Saraki has set the senate in motion for its work as other committees are expected to be constituted in the days ahead, thus ending the long drawn brouhaha over leadership of the senate.

Senators had on Tuesday passed a confidence vote on Saraki, signaling their decision to put feud over their leadership behind and work ahead. Meanwhile, the senate president is expected to lead a delegation of senators on an assessment tout of camps where internally displaced persons (IDPs) are housed.

Announcemnt of this followed the Senate’s call on President Muhammadu Buhari to put an end to the activities of Boko Haram in the country. The Senate also condemned in strong terms the continued assault of the insurgents on Nigerians, especially in the North-East zone.

As a result, the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, would lead a delegation of senators to visit Borno State, internally displayed persons (IDPs) camps and Boko Haram affected places.

These were sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator George Thompson Sekibo and 35 other senators entitled the: Establishment of Presidential Intervention Committee on the Rehabilitation of North-East zone.

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