From Edem Comfort Sam, Abuja
Today, at a fully attended senate session, rowdy was the word for about 30 minutes after its President, Bukola Saraki, read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari seeking legislative confirmation of appointments into the board of the Federal Emergency Road Maintenance Agency.
Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, raised a point to protest against non-compliance by the President with his appointment of heads of Federal Government department, agencies and parastatals.
Accordinggly to him, the recent appointments made by Buhari and for which he had sought legislative approval showed that the nominees were from a particular parts of the country.
The Majority Leader, Ahmad Lawan, however argued that the appointments were balanced ”if you look at the larger picture.”
Saraki pointed out that the Senate would not act on sentiments and opinions, ruling that the Committee on Federal Character investigates Buhari’s appointments and present a report to the chamber on Tuesday.
The chamber however became noisy as the lawmakers shouted yes and no.
Apart from Ekweemadu, three lawmakers from the South-East successively raised points of order to ask the chamber to suspend further consideration and screening of nominees pending the presentation and adoption of the report by the Committee on Federal Character.
Those who protested were Senators Chukwuka Utazi, Mao Ohuabunwa and Obinna Ogba.
Saraki however insisted that only the report by the committee would determine if the protesters were right or wrong, and if the Senate would continue to act on Buhari’s requests for confirmation of appointments.Senators Chukwuka Utaziv