Lawan Swears In Former Bayelsa Governor Dickson, Others

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan has sworn in four Senators elect to replace vacant seats following the death of three lawameksr and the emergence of Bayelsa Governor and his Deputy.

The new Senators are Seriake Dickson representing Bayelsa West, Cleopas Moses representing Bayelsa Central, Prof. Nora Dadu’ut representing Plateau South; and Tokunbo Abiru representing Lagos East, but the fifth Senator-elect Dr. Stephen Odey was not sworn in.

This is because of a court injunction restraining the Senate President from swearing him in as his election is being disputed.

The Senate also during plenary on Tuesday debated the abduction of students of the government science school Kankara, Katsina state.

The debate comes after gunmen on Friday attacked Government Science Secondary School in the Kankara council area of the north-west state, kidnapping scores of students.

The motion is raised by Senator Bello Mandiya from Katsina state.

In his contribution. Senator Sani Musa from Niger said there is a need for the Senate to take drastic actions and emphasize to President Buhari that the Service Chiefs must go.

Senator Suswam in a passionate debate criticized the service chiefs and says lawmakers will support the Senate President in whatever resolution decided to address kidnappings and insecurity in the country.

Senator Opeyemi Bamidele lamented that the Senate has done its best but the executive is not listening and they are becoming helpless.

He questioned why President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to remove the service chiefs.

The Senate had on December 1, 2020, recommended that President Muhammadu Buhari remove the Service Chiefs and replace them with people with fresh ideas and solutions.

The lawmakers are also asking President Buhari to restructure and remodel the entire security architecture and investigate allegations of widespread corruption and leakages within the security architecture.

The lawmakers made this recommendation at a debate on security in the nation after an attack on rice farmers in Borno State which left at least 40 dead.

Destruction In Lagos Too Much For State To Bear – South-West Senators

This picture taken on October 27, 2020, in Lagos shows the 15 members of the South-West caucus in the Senate, as well as the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat.

 

Senators from the south-west zone have visited Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to commiserate with him on last week’s coordinated destruction of public and private properties in the state.

The delegation of the South-West caucus in the Senate led by Senator Ajayi Boroffice (Ondo North) visited the governor on Tuesday at the State House in Marina.

According to a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, the lawmakers sighed endlessly as they were shown pictures of the buildings destroyed in Lagos.

In his reaction, Senator Boroffice described the destruction as an “orchestrated tragedy” that must be thoroughly investigated.

He was worried that many youths working in the businesses that were destroyed would be rendered jobless, adding that it would take time for the owners of such businesses to recover, given the extent of the loss.

“Members of the South-West caucus in the Senate are here to console you over the demonic violence unleashed on Lagos. Government and private individuals suffered an incalculable loss in the unfortunate destruction that trailed the EndSARS protest,” he stated.

A police facility is vandalised during the violence in Lagos State.

 

The lawmaker added, “Adequate decision had been taken by the government to attend to the demands of the protesters. Of course, some of the demands require a constitutional amendment and cannot be done immediately.

“The Senate showed its readiness to look into the issues with the necessary amendments.”

He said the burden occasioned by the destruction could not be borne by Lagos State government alone, stressing that the senators would be meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly to prevail on the Federal Government in assisting the state to recover and rebuild.

Senator Boroffice stated that the caucus would move a motion that would enable the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to catalog the ugly images from the destruction and send them to Nigerian embassies overseas for those in the Diaspora to see the proportion of damage wreaked.

In his response, Governor Sanwo-Olu thanked the lawmakers for showing solidarity, saying that law-abiding residents had suffered from the violence and borne the brunt in harsh ways.

He was also concerned that some Lagos communities were vulnerable to crimes, following the arsonist attacks on police stations and facilities housing security operatives.

The governor condemned the shooting of protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza by soldiers, insisting that until after a thorough investigation, no one would know how many lives were lost in the incident.

He stressed that the two bodies found on the roads on Admiralty Road and Victoria Island had no link with the Lekki shooting, adding that most of those who were injured in the incident had been treated and discharged.

Governor Sanwo-Olu reiterated his commitment to a thorough investigation into the violence and the shooting of protesters by soldiers.

He promised that the findings of the investigative panel would be forwarded to relevant authorities for actions.

NDDC Did Not Pay COVID-19 Palliatives To Senators, Says Ojougboh

A file photo of NDDC’s acting Executive Director (Projects), Dr Cairo Ojougboh.

 

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has faulted a report that it paid various sums of money as COVID-19 palliatives to members of the Senate.

NDDC’s acting Executive Director (Projects), Dr Cairo Ojougboh, condemned the claim in a statement on Tuesday.

Ojougboh who clarified the controversy sparked by the claim also denied issuing any statement as purported in the report.

He stressed that there was no way the agency could have made such payments as there was no provision for such in the NDDC’s budget.

While stating that he would have resisted such a payment if it was brought up, the executive director said the Interim Management Committee (IMC) has championed a campaign to cleanse the NDDC of obvious corruption and frivolous payments.

According to him, the IMC has a mandate to restore the agency to its core mandate of facilitating the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region.

Ojougboh, however, urged the Senate and the National Assembly to discountenance the report and assured them of the IMC’s cooperation to strengthen the NDDC and make it worthy to meet its obligations to the region.

READ ALSO: No Senator Received N20m From NDDC’s COVID-19 Fund – Spokesman

Read the full statement from Ojougboh below:

RE: SENATE CHALLENGES NDDC OVER ALLEGED N20M PALLIATIVES

A CLARIFICATION

I read with utter dismay and surprise the report in the Tuesday edition of The Nation newspaper, titled “Senate Challenges NDDC over alleged N20m Palliatives”, stating that I issued a statement alleging that the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC  paid “varying sums of money as COVID-19 palliative” to members of the National Assembly.

I want to state without equivocation, without any hint of doubt, that I neither issued, nor made, such a statement. Indeed, there is no provision in the Commission’s budget for such a payment.

Let me make it clear, with all due respect to the hallowed chambers of the National Assembly, as well as to the entire Nigeria public, that I would have resisted such a payment if it were ever brought up in the Commission.

In the past few months, the Interim Management Committee, IMC has championed a campaign to cleanse the Commission of obvious corruption and frivolous payments and restore it to its core mandate of facilitating the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region. A pillar of this campaign is instituting due process and plugging every dubious hole through which the funds of the Commission are diverted and frittered away.

In the course of this campaign, it bears to emphasise once more that I and the IMC, as well as the Commission, have been clear to state that the National Assembly, as a distinguished body, as well as the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, are absolved of blame. The main body of the National Assembly is unaware of the happenings in the NDDC.

To concoct this dubious, malicious and infantile lie against me, therefore, shows the extent, and how low, people can go to bring harm to individuals and cause disaffection among people and between institutions.

My service to my fatherland and the zeal of my patriotism, as well as unwavering love for the wellbeing of the Niger Delta region and our people, will not allow me to denigrate the lofty institution such as the National Assembly, an important beacon of our collective democratic journey. As a former member of the National Assembly, I hold that institution in the highest esteem and will not undermine nor denigrate its integrity.

I have always stated that I am a man of peace and a soldier of truth. I have enough integrity and honour to stand by my statements. And let it be affirmed here that I do not issue statements on behalf of the Commission. I do this because it is important, as a man of honour, to speak up when my purpose is questioned and my integrity and character are challenged.

Consequently, I respectfully call on the Senate and the entire National Assembly to discountenance that report. Let me reiterate that I and the IMC, as well as the Commission, will continue to work with the National Assembly to strengthen the Commission and make it worthy to meet its Mandate and obligations to the Niger Delta region.

DR CAIRO OJOUGBOH

Ag. Executive Director, Projects.

[VIDEO] 774,000 Jobs: Drama As Senators Walk Keyamo Out Of Meeting

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, leaves a meeting with members of the Senate and House Joint Committee on Labour at the National Assembly in Abuja on June 30, 2020.

 

Drama played out on Tuesday as some senators walked the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, out of a meeting.

The lawmakers had invited Keyamo to give details of the Special Public Works Programme where 774,000 people would be recruited by the Federal Government under the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

During the meeting which was held at the National Assembly in Abuja, members of the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Labour sought to find out the method of selection of a 20-man committee from each state for the programme.

However, a heated argument erupted between committee members and Keyamo over who should helm the programme which was to be domiciled under the NDE.

As the rowdy session ensued, the committee decided to go into a closed-door session to discuss the matter, but the minister refused, insisting that further discussions be held in the presence of journalists.

This enraged the lawmakers who told Keyamo to apologise to the committee, but he ignored them.

Thereafter, the minister was asked to leave the meeting since he refused to apologise to the committee members.

The lawmakers claimed that Keyamo had no right to direct the committee on how to conduct its proceedings.

This comes a day after the minister inaugurated a 20-man committee in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by virtual means.

According to him, 1,000 persons would be selected from each of the 774 local government areas in the country to be engaged by the government in the Special Public Works Programme.

Senators To Donate 50 Percent Of Monthly Salaries To Tackle Coronavirus

A file photo of lawmakers in the Senate.

 

 

Lawmakers in the Senate chamber of the National Assembly have agreed to contribute 50 percent of their salaries to the efforts to curb the spread and treatment of coronavirus in the country.

The Senate Committee Vice Chairman on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, revealed this in a statement on Monday.

“After due consultations following a keen review of the national efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, the Senate wishes to announce that from March 2020, distinguished senators will be donating 50 percent of their salaries to these efforts to stop the spread of the disease, otherwise known as COVID-19, in our country,” he said.

Senator Akwashiki added, “This monthly contribution from the Upper Legislative Chamber will be sustained until Nigeria is declared safe from the ravages of this deadly disease.

“The Senate commends the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari and the administration towards the goal of securing our nation against this plague.”

According to the lawmaker, the Senate is willing and ready to do whatever is required of the Legislature for the effectiveness of the measures presently in place, or that may be required in the future to win the fight against COVID-19.

He commended all agencies of the Federal and State governments for working in collaboration to protect public health across the country.

Senator Akwashiki noted that the lawmakers also acknowledged the patriotic response of public-spirited individuals and organisations who have contributed in one way or the other in support of this fight.

He appealed to Nigerians to comply with the directives on social distancing and observe the basic rules of hygiene, as explained by public health officials as the most effective way to protect themselves against COVID-19.

“This is a global adversity that is testing the wit and resilience of mankind all over the world.

“By staying resolute and each of us responsibly playing their role, COVID-19 like all epidemics before it will soon be pushed into history,” the lawmaker said.

APC, PDP Senators Shun Political Divide To Honour Late Benjamin Uwajumogu

Lawmakers during plenary at the Senate chamber in Abuja February 12, 2020. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The Senate has held a valedictory session to honour one of its deceased members, late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu.

Until his death, late Uwajumogu represented Imo North Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

During Wednesday’s plenary, a total of 34 senators eulogised and relived individual experiences and last moments with the Imo senator who died on December 18, 2019.

They comprise lawmakers on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, who opened the floor for valedictory speeches, described the lawmaker as an icon who had an active and impactful political life.

“Late Senator Benjamin Chukwumeka Uwajumogu was a distinguished colleague who excelled in every facet of his senatorial duties, whether to his constituency or in his committees’ duties, as well as his usually articulate contributions to Senate debates,” he said.

According to Abdullahi, the late senator was a think-tank for several birds of both private and public sectors, including the Nigeria Shippers’ Council.

After the lawmakers took turns to pay their last respect to Uwajumogu, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, also eulogised his late colleague from Imo State.

“Senator Uwajumogu gave a very good account of himself as a human being. Calm, cool, calculated and purposeful.

“He joined us a little bit late in the Eighth Senate, and being the only Senator of APC extraction from the South East, he was close to everyone, especially in the APC caucus and the entire Senate,” Lawan said.

He added, “Every time there was a seeming crisis, he would preach ‘let us unite, let us work for Nigerians who have sent us here’. That was in the Eighth Senate.

“In the Ninth Senate, he was delayed in joining us, so he took his oath of office after the inauguration. He remained the same person up till the last day of the debate in which he participated here.”

Among the lawmakers who extolled Uwajumogu included the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; and the Deputy Senate Leader, Ajayi Boroffice.

Others are Deputy Chief Whip, Aliyu Abdullahi; Minority Whip, Philip Aduda; Senator Rochas Okorocha (APC – Imo West); Ezenwa Francis (PDP – Imo East); Ike Ekweremadu (PDP – Enugu West); and Oluremi Tinubu (APC – Lagos Central).

Opeyemi Bamidele (APC – Ekiti Central); Olamilekan Adeola (APC – Lagos West); Yusuf Yusuf (APC – Taraba Central); Biodun Olujimi (PDP – Ekiti South); Michael Nnaji (PDP – Ebonyi South); Gershom Bassey (PDP – Cross River South); and Abba Moro (PDP – Benue South), were also among the lawmakers who paid tributes to late Uwajumogu.

Senators Condemn Killing Of Briton, Demand Inter-Agency Task Force To Tackle Banditry

Senators Condemn Killing Of Briton, Demand Inter-Agency Task Force To Tackle Banditry

 

The Senate has condemned the killing of a British national, Faye Mooney, by armed men in Kaduna State.

When the matter came up during Thursday’s plenary, members of the upper chamber of the National Assembly observed a minute’s silence in honour of Mooney and Mr Matthew Oguche who was also killed during the incident.

Some gunmen invaded the Kajuru Castle Resort in Kaduna on Friday last week, killed the two victims and kidnapped three other persons in the process.

Deliberating on the matter, the senators decried the rate of banditry and kidnappings in parts of the country.

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They, therefore, resolved to urge the security authorities to intensify the search for the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

The lawmakers urged the Federal Government to set up an inter-agency task force to tackle cases of banditry and kidnapping in Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Niger States.

They asked the security agencies to give special security cover to foreign workers and tourists, as well as deploy the use of drones and interceptors in tracking kidnappers asking for ransom.

The senators also urged community leaders, traditional rulers, and all stakeholders to cooperate with security agencies, and urged telecommunications companies to provide them with information in areas where cases of kidnappings were reported.

They further resolved to send a delegation to the British Embassy and condole with the government over the loss.

The lawmakers, thereafter, invited the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) to brief the Senate on the initiative put in place to curb the current security situation in the country.

They also asked the Senate Leader to ensure that the bills they passed on the Police Reform and Trust Fund be sent to their colleagues in the House of Representatives.

According to them, this is to can get concurrence and have the bills forwarded to the President for assent as quick as possible.

Earlier, Senator Shehu Sani raised a motion on the attack while the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, seconded it.

Senator Ekweremadu condoled with the families of the attack victims and called for “a national state of emergency” to enable the government put in place measures to end the security problems in the country.

On his part, Senator Joshua Lidani believes the challenges can only be tackled by “something unusual,” adding that it is already having an effect on investment and tourism.

“We need to mobilise the military to those areas, and we should not be shy of asking for help,” he said.

Senator Babba Kaita also said, “What have we done as Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? We should marshal out a plan from the chambers of this Senate to secure this country.”

In his remarks, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, decried what he described as the “series of killings,” saying the lawmakers must begin to look at the solutions.

On the way forward, he said there was a need to be frontal on what has led the nation to its present state and take the challenge as one for all, irrespective of the political difference.

”Where there is a fault, we must be bold enough to say where the fault is and where there are sanctions that need to be taken, we must be bold as well to say so,” Senate Saraki said.

“I mean, you have all been in this chamber for one year; we could not even communicate, converse or engage with the Nigeria Police.”

He added, “You were all here when the Head of Police refused to even come before us.

“How can we work together to move things forward because, at the end of the day, we must begin to sit down with those in charge and discuss what we need to do, how do we help you?”

The Senate President, who thanked the senators for their contribution on the matter, noted that hard and difficult decisions must be taken and with a more structural approach to the issue of security.

Zamfara Killings: Senators Demand Action As Ekweremadu Calls For State Of Emergency

Senate Confirms North-East Development Commission Chairman, Members
A file photo of the Senate during plenary at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja on December 18, 2018. Photo: [email protected]

 

Senators are demanding an end to the Zamfara killings as the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has called for the declaration of a State of Emergency.

A lawmaker, Senator Kabiru Marafa, during plenary on Wednesday asked the Federal Government to step up its efforts in solving the crisis in the state.

He presented a motion calling for its intervention, a situation where he said many lives have been lost and properties destroyed.

READ ALSO: Senate Passes Police Trust Fund Bill, Three Others

The Senator has on several occasion, drawn the attention of lawmakers to the killings in Zamfara state.

He has therefore asked for a Presidential Initiative in Zamfara with a ten-year life span to cater to the needs of displaced persons in the state.

Mr. Ekweremadu also called for the introduction of state police within the country’s security architecture.

He said the insecurity in the state has reached the point where the State of Emergency should be declared in Zamfara, to help stabilise the state.

President Buhari Hosts Dinner To Honour New APC Senators

File Photo

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently hosting a dinner in honour of the newly elected senators on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Although the event is not open to the media, Channels TV gathered that the main purpose of the dinner is to have a discussion about the leadership of the National Assembly.

Those present at the event include the senators, the Chairman of the Party, Adams Oshiomhole, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and some governors.

Speaking at the opening of the event, Oshiomhole thanked Nigerians for voting members of the party in overwhelming majority in both chambers.

He, however, warned that the party must work together to avoid the mistake of 2015 where the Deputy Senate position was given to the opposition.

He believes the APC is in a better position to transform and institute the desired change as the president will now have the backing of the National Assembly.

Reps Challenge INEC On Inconclusive Elections, As Senators Reject Move To Debate Issue

Reps Challenge INEC On Inconclusive Elections, As Senators Reject Move To Debate Issue
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu, with other officials at a briefing in the early hours of Saturday, just before the Commission announced the postponement of the general elections. Photo: ChannelsTV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have questioned the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare an election inconclusive.

The lawmakers who frowned on the number of the elections declared inconclusive by INEC in the 2019 general elections, unanimously agreed to immediately constitute a special committee to take another look at the Electoral Act for amendment.

The members of the House of Representatives had turned out in their numbers for the first proceedings since the elections.

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However, as they got set for the first business of the day, a lawmaker, Sunday Karimi from Kogi State, raised the inconclusive elections as a matter of urgent public importance.

“Inconclusive election has become a demon haunting the Nigeria electoral system, eroding the confidence of the electorate in the electoral system and has become a tool for subverting the will of the people during elections in Nigeria,” he said.

His submission elicited reactions, with the lawmakers questioning the powers of the electoral umpire to declare elections inconclusive.

For the House Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, there is an urgent need for an amendment of the Electoral Act.

He said, “Within a matter of weeks or one week, let us set up a crack team to amend the Electoral Law to limit the powers of INEC,”

Another lawmaker, Douye Diri, called for a change from manual to electronic voting which, he said, would not only be cheaper but also save lives.

He blamed lawmakers for not being proactive in addressing the challenges facing the electoral system in Nigeria. He said, “Mr. Speaker I repeat; the problem of this country is in the National Assembly.”

At the end of deliberations, the House resolved to quickly set up a committee to examine the Electoral Act with a view to amending the law.

Meanwhile, when the matter was raised in the upper legislative chamber, many of the senators opposed the idea of debating the matter but referred it to another legislative day.

Both chambers eventually adjourned sitting to Tuesday March 19, to allow re-elected members attend the presentation of certificates of return to them by INEC on Thursday March 14, 2019.

 

 

Senators Debate 2019 Budget Funding, As Others Seek Speedy Passage

Senators Debate 2019 Budget Funding, As Others Seek Speedy Passage
Lawmakers during plenary in the Senate on March 13, 2019. Photo: Twitter- @NGRSenate

 

The Senate has commenced the debate on the 2019 Budget with some lawmakers demanding its speedy passage while others asked the Federal Government to be cautious with its borrowing plans.

This followed a motion sponsored on Wednesday by the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, for an act to authorise the issuance of N8,826,636,578,915 from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation.

Some of the senators were worried about the nation’s debt profile and warned the government to ensure that the country’s debt to GDP ratio does not go beyond acceptable levels.

READ ALSO: At Least 24 Victims Rescued From Rubble Of Collapsed Building, Nine Dead

In his contrition, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, decried what he described as the late presentation of the budget by the executive, saying it often leads to little time for implementation.

“I will like to address the issue of our debt profile,” said the lawmaker. “It is important to address our infrastructural needs in the nation, but I believe there are other ways to fund this asides debt.”

He added, “Another issue is that the Executive usually presents the budget late in the year, giving the National Assembly little time to deliberate on the budget, thereby leaving very little time for implementation.

“It is important that we discipline ourselves and correct this in the future.”

On his part, Senator Ali Ndume, urged his colleagues not to delay the passage of the budget any longer as time was not on their side.

According to him, Nigerians are anxious about the budget and the Executive is waiting to implement it.

“I am appealing that we try our best to pass the budget before the end of this month.

“Let us set that target so that anything else comes up as a supplementary budget or an amendment to the already passed budget,” he said.

The Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Nallah, was part of the members who gave a contrary view, saying that the country’s borrowing was still within acceptable limits.

He urged the National Assembly to fix a date to critically look at the funding of agriculture in the country as opposed to other sectors, stressing that providing food for the people was very important to any nation.

In their separate remarks, Senator Bassey Akpan agreed on the need for the expeditious passage of the budget while Senator Barnabas Gemade called for the blockage of government’s revenue leakages.

Senator Gemade further identified funding as an area that affects budget implementation the most and called for an end to fuel subsidy in the nation.

He said, “Every government that comes into power speaks of abolishing subsidy but does nothing about it for fear of not being re-elected and this has to stop.

“There should be a removal of the subsidy completely. Manufacturing of products within the country should be promoted as this is sure to create more jobs. It is also important that if we must move forward as a people, there should be no incentive given to criminals.”

Also worried about how the budget would be funded, Senator Dino Melaye said, “We have to look at the state of our economy vis-a-vis the allocations in the budget. There is a drop in the revenue of the Nigeria Customs and there are barely any foreign investments.”

“In the midst of the outrageous calamity in this nation, how do we fund the 2019 budget? Should we borrow again or fund it from daily contributions?” The lawmaker queried.

After listening to the debate on the budget, Senate President Bukola Saraki adjourned the matter till the next legislative day.

Senators Disagree Over Composition Of Defence, Security Councils

Senators Disagree Over Composition Of Defence, Security Councils
A file photo of lawmakers at the Senate chamber.

 

Some Senators disagreed on Tuesday over whether or not the South East region has adequate representation in the National Defence Council and National Security Council.

This followed a motion sponsored by Senator Victor Umeh who represents Anambra Central Senatorial district at the National Assembly.

Senator Umeh called for the urgent need to appoint a representative of the South East into both councils, for purposes of equal representation.

READ ALSO: PDP, APC Senators Disagree As Saraki Declines Akpabio’s Request To Speak

The action of the lawmaker was, however, criticised by his colleague from Kano North, Senator Jibrin Barau.

Barau who read the composition of the National Security Council to the hearing of the lawmakers accused Umeh of misleading the red chamber.

He pointed out that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, who is from the South East is a member of the National Security Council.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, then ruled that the matter be put on hold, to avoid further confusion.

The disagreement is the second in the upper chamber in one week.

Some senators had disagreed on Wednesday last week when Senate President Bukola Saraki declined the request of former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to make a contribution to a matter raised by Senator Bassey Akpan.

The dispute was between lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and their colleagues of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The situation was eventually calmed after the Clerk made some clarifications.