Sen­ate, House to an­nounce com­mit­tees this week

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ismail Mu­dashir & Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The Sen­ate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Yakubu Dog­ara would this week an­nounce chair­men and deputies of the Stand­ing com­mit­tees of the two Cham­bers.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that Saraki has in­creased the Sen­ate Stand­ing com­mit­tees to 65 from 57.

Since his emer­gence, Saraki had only con­sti­tuted five out of the six spe­cial com­mit­tees in ad­di­tion to the ad­hoc com­mit­tees he set up.

The spe­cial com­mit­tees so far con­sti­tuted by Saraki are Se­lec­tion, Rules and Busi­ness, Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, Ethics, Priv­i­leges and Pub­lic Pe­ti­tions and Pub­lic Ac­count com­mit­tee. He is yet to con­sti­tute com­mit­tee on Na­tional Se­cu­rity and In­tel­li­gence.

Our cor­re­spon­dent learnt that the Saraki might be aim­ing to re­ward sen­a­tors who are loyal to him with com­mit­tees con­sid­ered “Juicy.”

A source in the sen­ate said all the former gov­er­nors who stood by Saraki are be­lieved to get the chair­man­ship of the “juicy” com­mit­tees.

It would be re­called that Sen­a­tor Ahmed Sani Yarima, a former Gover­nor of Zam­fara State nom­i­nated Saraki for the Sen­ate Pres­i­dency.

How­ever, a sen­a­tor who has seen the list said the com­mit­tee on defence has been split into two.

“We now have defence and Army com­mit­tees. We have also cre­ated the com­mit­tee of Cus­toms and Ex­cise from the old Fi­nance com­mit­tee,” he said.

When con­tacted, the spokesper­son of the Sen­ate, Dino Me­laye said the Stand­ing com­mit­tees would be con­sti­tuted soon.

Sim­i­larly, Dog­ara is ex­pected to this week an­nounce the mem­ber­ship of the 95 com­mit­tees of the House.

This comes as the Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee chaired by Dog­ara met and fi­nal­ized all the pro­cesses of an­nounc­ing the com­mit­tees. A mem­ber of the Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee who at­tended yes­ter­day’s meet­ing that lasted for sev­eral hours told Daily Trust that the com­mit­tees would be an­nounced be­fore the end of this week.

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