The Upper Legislative Chamber on resumption from the Christmas and New Year break considered and approved the Report of its Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy on the screening exercise of seven nominees for appointment as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Commissioners of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Board.
he report was presented before the Chamber by the Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South). The Senate resolved into the Committee of the Whole where it considered and approved the nominations of six out of the seven nominees. The only nominee rejected by the Chamber was the nominee for Chairman, Prof. Akintunde Adewale.
Consequently, the nominations of the Vice Chairman and five Commissioners of the NERC Board were confirmed while that of the Chairman was turned down. The Senate President congratulated the confirmed nominees and urged them to bring their wealth of experiences to the fore in the nation’s power sector.
Meanwhile, the Red Chamber has sworn in a new Senator to represent Kogi East Senatorial District in the Chamber. The law-maker sworn in by the Senate President is Sen. Atai Aidoku of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Also, the Senate has deliberated upon and passed two Motions during today’s plenary session. The Motions that sailed through as resolutions of the Chamber include:
1) The Planned Closure of Abuja International Airport, sponsored by Sen. Hope Uzodinma and five others. According to the law-maker, the Senate noted with concern the decision of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to close the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for six weeks beginning from March 6, 2017 to carry out repairs on the only runway of the Airport which is reported to be in a deplorable state. The Motion scaled through with a single resolution below:
a) Invite the Minister of Transportation, Minister of State, Aviation, Minister of Works, Power and Housing and the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, the Chief of Air Staff, the Managing Directors of FAAN and NAMA to meet with the Senate and provide details on the planned closure as well as explore other options that can avoid a total closure of the Airport.
2) The Recent Killings in Southern Kaduna, sponsored by Sen. Danjuma La’ah who noted that since 2011, various communities in Southern Kaduna Senatorial District have been consistently attacked by Herdsmen resulting in deaths, injuries, loss of properties and displacement of the communities. The Motion equally sailed through with three prayers below:
a) Observe a minute silence for the repose of the souls of the deceased victims of the attacks.
b) The Senate should set up an Ad-hoc Committee to look at the immediate and remote causes of the crisis.
c) The Senate condemns in strong terms the wanton destruction of lives in Southern Kaduna and other parts of Nigeria.
However, the leadership of the Senate has announced the replacement of the Chamber’s Majority Leader, Muhammed Ali Ndume (APC Borno South) with Sen. Ahmad Lawan (APC Yobe North). The change in the Chamber’s Majority Leader was sequel to a letter presented to the Senate President by the All Progressive Congress (APC) North-East Senate Caucus nominating Sen. Lawan as the new APC Senate Caucus Majority Leader in the Chamber and ultimately the new Senate Majority Leader. The letter was read on the floor of the Senate.