Senate reshuffles committees, Marafa, Tinubu get new posts

THE Senate, on Thursday, reshuffled the standing committee and increased it from 65 to 66.

The parliamentarians also began the routine seven-week annual leave with the Senate resuming on Tuesday, September 13.

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, while announcing the recess to his colleagues, disclosed that during the period, members would be performing their oversight responsibilities through the committees.

He also announced the names of the new members of the committee during the plenary.

The reshufflement saw Senator Hope Uzodinma, who was chairman of the aviation committee, moved to committee on customs.

Senator Adamu Aliero swapped position with Uzodinma, becoming chairman, aviation committee, while Oluremi Tinubu, wife of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who formerly headed women affairs, now in charge of Environment.

Senator Kabiru Marafa, who rejected his former position as the chairman of committee on population and national identity, would now chair petroleum (downstream).

Also, Barau Jubril, who was the acting chairman of the committee on petroleum (downstream) is now in charge of the committee on tertiary institutions, while Senator Binta Garba Masi, formerly in tertiary institutions, is the new head of the women affairs committee.

Committee on Public Procurement would now be chaired by Senator Joshua Dariye, who was in solid minerals committee, while Senator James Manager, who was in committee on power, now takes over the solid mineral committee.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, formerly in information and national orientation, now to head committee on power while Senator Adokwe Sueiman now chairs information and national orientation.

Senator Baba Kaka Garbai takes over rules and business from Babajide Omoworare, who now oversees legislative compliance.

The committee on Federal Character is now to be headed by Senator Tijani Kaura, while Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi is the new chairman of national identity committee.

Senator Ahmed Ogembe becomes vice chairmen of committee on marine transport, while land transport committee is now headed by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. Petroleum (downstream) now have Senator Philip Aduda as the chairman.