[The Legislative Blog]: What have some Nigerian senators been up to since recess?

PIC.23. SENATE CHAMBER DURING THE INAUGURATION OF THE 8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY (9/6/15). 3023/9/6/2015/CH/BJO/NAN

by Tolu Omoyeni

The National Assembly has been on recess since July 21 and has now postponed resumption from 13th till the 20th of this month. Why? They said Sallah break. For ordinary Nigerians, hustle resumes on the 14th, we can’t be sleeping through a recession. Don’t they say that while a man is asleep, poverty creeps in? But what do we know?

NASS members are expected to perform official duties even while on recess but we don’t know much of what these ones have been up to…What we do know is that Senate President, Bukola Saraki and budget padding advocate, Speaker Yakubu Dogara were absent at the Council of State meeting that held in Abuja yesterday.

Is there a possibility that Speaker Dogara is pulling strings to make sure he does not get indicted in this budget padding saga? The EFCC have officially begun a covert investigation into the man and we expect that his blood pressure has started racing Mo Farrah style. Hon Dogara has nothing to worry about since he insists that padding is constitutional. But on the other hand, Dilma Rousseff lost her office as President of Brazil to a similar “constitutional act”. So maybe, Dogara should be worried.

Meanwhile, Senator Dino Melaye has been up to some productive activities. He has authored a book “Antidotes for Corruption: The Nigerian Story” and it is set to be released soon. See the work of God. A man we all call corrupt now knows the antidote for corruption. In the venom he spits is contained the antidote to the poison. We must cop one of the books for future reference (if you know, you know).

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has been working hard giving back to his constituency. He presented electric motorcycles to his constituents today. The motorcycles are the first of their type in West Africa. He also launched a N5.6 billion water project that will benefit 130,000 people in Otuoke, Bayelsa state. And yeah, he’s still talking about commonsense.

We will keep you posted with more of your lawmakers’ activities in subsequent posts, as count up to resumption date.

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