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Nigerian Senate adjourns plenary for lack of quorum

Nigerian Senate on Tuesday adjourned its plenary for lack of quorum, after just ten of the 109 Senators turned up for the first session of this week.

Tuesday’s sitting, which commenced at 10:30 a.m local time, was adjourned five minutes later, as the rules guiding the Senate does not permit ten Senators only to legislate on any matter.

The motion for adjournment of plenary was moved by the Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye and seconded by the Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha.

According to Order 10(1)of the Senate Standing Rule, 2015 as Amended, the quorum of the Senate shall be one-third of the members of the Senate.

Also, Section 54(2) of the 1999 Constitution as Amended, states that the quorum of the Senate or the House of Representatives shall be one-third of all the members of the legislative house concerned.

So, 37 lawmakers were expected to be present in the Senate Chamber to form quorum.

A roll call of the Senators who were present at plenary shows that, President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Chief Whip-Senator Olusola Adeyeye, Minority Whip-Philip Aduda and Minority Leader-Emmanuel Bwacha.

Others are, Deputy Chief Whip-Senator Francis Alimikhena, Senator Andrew Uchendu, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, and Senator Shaba Lafiagi. Also present were, Senator Suleiman Adokwe, and Senator Gbolahon Dada.

Minimum wage bill

Meanwhile, the much awaited minimum wage bill earlier set for presentation at the resumed plenary on Tuesday was not read on the floor of the chamber because the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki did not give any indication as to whether the Bill has been received or not from the Presidency.

Voice of Nigeria recalls that the Presidency had earlier in the month, assured protesting workers that a Bill to legalise the new minimum wage of thirty thousand naira (=N=30, 000) monthly, would be transmitted to the National Assembly on Tuesday January 22, 2019.

Following a motion for adjournment, just five minutes into resumption, which did not give room for announcement, President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, thereafter accepted the motion and announced adjournment of plenary till Wednesday January 23, 2019.

Source: Voice of Nigeria