The Senate has adjourned plenary, as members of the Senate could not form a quorum.
The quorum of the Senate is 1/3 of all the members, but according to Philip Aduda who raised the motion on Tuesday, the members not only failed to reach the basic requirement of the 38 required to sit but not up to 10 senators were present.
Philip Aduda, the senator representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), moved a motion for adjournment citing order 10 (3) which states that the lawmakers could not sit if they do not form a quorum.
According to Aduda, the plenary was “empty” due to oversight activities embarked on my members.
“We are less than 10, Mr President, I want to move that since we have not formed a quorum, we may therefore adjourn but in doing so I want to say that the Senate is empty because various committees are carrying out oversight duties, they are all over the country, ensuring that the budget is performing,” he said.
“On that note, the Senate may wish to extend the period of oversight functions if the Senate so wish by another week till Tuesday, November 20.”
While supporting the motion, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, disagreed with Aduda on the actual number of senators in the chamber.
“I rise to second the motion ably moved by senator Aduda but let me add that we are more than 10 but certainly not up to 38. We are somewhere between 15 and 20,” he said.
“Just for the record, we are not less than 10 but less than 20.”
Senate President Bukola Saraki said the reports of the committees from their oversight functions are important.
“It is important that our members who are not here, we should communicate to them, those on oversight to finish what they have during the week – in the area of oversight,” Saraki said.
“Some of the findings from the oversight are important and it is important that the exercise is done diligently and we should ensure that it is completed by the end of this week. That is in line with order 10 (3).”
The Senate adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote by Saraki.
Thereafter, it adjourned to November 20.