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Senate to amend standing rules, okays bills for new varsity, college

By Adamu Abuh, John Akubo and Msugh Ityokura, Abuja
09 December 2021   |   4:27 am
The Senate has hinted it would amend the 2015 Senate Standing Orders. Senate President Ahmad Lawan made the disclosure, yesterday during plenary.

[files] Lawan. Photo/TWITTER/DRAHMADLAWAN/TOPEBROWN

• Lawan, others praise Wayas’ role on harmonious governance
• Reps probes bank over N91b agric borrowers’ fund

The Senate has hinted it would amend the 2015 Senate Standing Orders. Senate President Ahmad Lawan made the disclosure, yesterday during plenary.

He said the decision to amend the Senate Rules was to enable the chamber operate better. He explained that the amendment would allow the Senate to accommodate committees created under the Eighth Assembly that were not captured in the Orders.

“It is inevitable. The Standing Orders, as they are today, have to be amended for us to be up to date with everything we do here,” he said.

The Senate also passed a bill to establish the Federal College of Forestry, Wawa Zange, Duku, Gombe State. This was followed by another bill to establish the University of Education Numan, Adamawa State.

The move came after consideration of two reports by the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

In another development, Lawan eulogised the late Joseph Wayas, who was Senate President between 1979 and 1983, saying the deceased was conscious of the need for harmony between the executive and legislature and entrenched the same.

He spoke on Tuesday, while paying tribute to the deceased, following consideration of a motion by Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi.

“Senator Joseph Wayas, as a Presiding Officer, President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly, brought peace, productivity and proficiency in the legislature. Of course, they had a very good working relationship between the two major arms of government.

“Even though they had a House of Representatives that was presided over by another political party, he was able to manage the Senate and the House of Representatives in such a manner that there was productivity and high turnout of legislative interventions that made the executive arm of government at the time to function,” he said.

On his part, Senator Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, said: “He was a strong believer in true federalism as the only solution to Nigeria’s democratic problems, which had been manifested in the Nigerian Civil War.”

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has begun probe into spending of over N91 billion Agricultural Borrowers Programme (ABP) fund.

Managing Director of Bank of Agriculture (BOA), Kabir Mohammed Adamu, who appeared before the House Committee on Agricultural Production and Services, during an investigative hearing on the matter, said the programme created 424,820 direct jobs and 2,124,100 indirect jobs for farming families.

He said N14,678,423,065.03 was repaid, leaving an outstanding balance of N77,179,823,985.20 as at October 2021. His explanation, however, did not go down well with the lawmakers, as they sought relevant documents relating to details of the disbursement, which the BOA boss failed to produce.

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