Se­nate yet to ful­fil ‘stand­ing or­der’ on spe­cial com­mit­tees

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

Pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers of the Se­nate are yet to ful­fil the “Stand­ing Or­ders 2015” on con­sti­tu­tion of spe­cial com­mit­tees, our cor­re­spon­dent has ob­served.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that Or­der 96 of the Se­nate Stand­ing Or­ders 2015 (As amended) stip­u­lated that the six spe­cial com­mit­tees be con­sti­tuted within the first leg­isla­tive days but only five have been done months af­ter the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the 8th Se­nate.

Records have shown that so far, the Sen­a­tors have sat for 19 days since in­au­gu­ra­tion on June 9th this year.

The sec­tion read thus: “Within the first four­teen leg­isla­tive days fol­low­ing the first sit­ting of the Se­nate, the mem­ber­ship of the spe­cial com­mit­tees shall be ap­pointed.”

The spe­cial com­mit­tees as con­tained in the Stand­ing or­ders are Com­mit­tee of se­lec­tion, Rules and Busi­ness, Ser­vices, Ethics, Code of Con­duct and public pe­ti­tions; Public Ac­count, and Na­tional Se­cu­rity and In­tel­li­gence.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that five out of the six spe­cial com­mit­tees have been con­sti­tuted by the Se­nate pres­i­dent but he is yet to con­sti­tute that on Na­tional Se­cu­rity and In­tel­li­gence.

The se­cu­rity com­mit­tee when con­sti­tuted, ac­cord­ing to the stand­ing or­ders are ex­pected to look into public se­cu­rity and re­late with se­cu­rity agen­cies.

But when con­tacted, Deputy Leader of the Se­nate, Bala Ibn Na’Al­lah said the Se­nate Pres­i­dent has not vi­o­lated the Stand­ing Or­ders in that re­gard.

“It was the res­o­lu­tion of the lead­er­ship of the Se­nate that the Se­nate Pres­i­dent should over­see the se­cu­rity com­mit­tee pend­ing its con­sti­tu­tion. It was not that we de­fied it, it was our de­lib­er­ate at­tempt to give more at­ten­tion to the se­cu­rity area,” he said.

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