Why Nigerian Senators shouldn’t be paid for today’s sitting

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Senate Leader, Ali Ndume and Senator Oluremi Tinubu | YNaija.com

The Nigerian Senate has adjourned plenary till May 12, without performing a single oversight function on Thursday, May 5.


Because the number of senators present during the day’s plenary was not up to the required number to form a quorum.

According to the rules of the Senate, a quorum is formed for plenary when one-third of the 108 Senators are present.

But the lawmakers present were not up to 37 – whom were all from the All Progressives Congress.

The Peoples Democratic Party senators had gone for their party’s local government congress, hence their inability to make it to the Red Chamber.

Therefore, Senate Leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume, moved that plenary should be adjourned to the next legislative day after considering the votes and proceedings of Wednesday, the previous day of sitting.

So what: Should the Senate, having failed to do any task on Thursday, be paid for a hard day’s work?

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