Senate suspends plenary in honour of late Imo senator

Senate on Thursday adjourned sitting till Friday, December 20, 2019, in honour of the late Imo State Senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu, who died on Wednesday morning in Abuja.

Uwajumogu was the Senator representing Imo North in the Senate and was the Chairman Senate Committee on Employment Labour and Productivity.

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The legislature has maintained a tradition of suspending its plenary over the loss of any member in either chamber of the National Assembly.

The Rule book of the Senate provides that the Senate can only hold plenary three times in a week and it states this in Rule 13(1) plenary shall hold on Mondays Tuesdays. Wednesdays and Thursdays. While it’s committees could on other days.

“(2) On Tuesdays. Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Senate shall meet at 10.00 a.m. and unless previously adjourned shall sit until 2.00 p.m. unless before a substantive motion had been moved by the Leader of the Senate or a Senator acting in that capacity that this Senate does now adjourn,” the rule book states.

Addressing journalists after signing the condolence register for late Senator Uwajumogu Lawan said: “He gave a good account of himself during the labour disagreement while representing the Senate.”

He said Uwajumogu will be a monumental loss to the Senate and Nigeria especially his constituents.

Lawan assured that members the red chamber shall as a Senate protect those ideals that he stands for.

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