Senate, yesterday adjourned plenary sitting till September 29 in line with the legislative calendar of the National Assembly.
The adjournment followed a motion by the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume and supported by the Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio.
The six-week annual recess of the senators came after the Upper House had barely sat for nine days in three weeks.
The lawmakers said the break would enable them reflect on their legislative functions and use the opportunity to constitute committees of the Upper Chamber which Nigerian Pilot gathered may be announced on resumption in September.
Before the adjournment, the Senate paid glowing tributes to the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II and sent a delegation to attend the burial of the frontline monarch in Ile-Ife today.
Senate President Abubakat Bukola Saraki, who presided over the plenary session, called for a minute silence in honour of the late Oba Sijuwade and later hinted that the delegation would travel to commiserate with the family, government and people of Osun State over the transition of the monarch.
Saraki named Senators Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West), who is the Aare Atayese of the Source (Ile-Ife) as leader of the delegation which would include Senators Godswill Akpabio, Gbolahan Dada, Biodun Olujimi and Babajide Omoworare.
The tribute of the Red Chamber came following a motion titled: “The Apotheosis His Imperial Majesty, Oba Akunade Sijuwade Ooni of Ife”, sponsored by Senator Omoworare, (APC, Osun East), which he presented on the floor of the Senate.
Also yesterday, the Senate set up an Ad-hoc Committee to take a holistic review of the aviation sector and come up with strategies to reposition the industry.
The Senate’s decision was a fallout of a motion sponsored by the Deputy Leader Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi South) on “the worrisome and unstable position of Nigeria aviation industry”.
Senator Na’Allah, who expressed concern that the growth and development of domestic airlines in the country had remained stagnant, called for total review of the extanct laws on the operations of domestic and international airlines in Nigeria.
He lamented that many domestic airlines such as Sosoliso, Concord, Sloak, Okada, Chanchangi and others had gone into liquidation a few years after take-off.
Supporting the motion, the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremmadu told his colleagues that despite the recent infrastructure upgrade carried out by the last administration on some major airports, Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport had remained one of most ill-equipped in sub-Sahara Africa.
Saraki at the end of the debate constituted the committee to review the state of the sector.
It is headed by Senator Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso. Other members areSenators Chuka Utazi, Bala Na’Allah and Stella Odua.
And disturbed by irregular power supply in the country despite huge funds sunk into the sector by previous administrations, the Senate yesterday set up an adhoc committee to investigate the management of funds appropriated for the electricity since 1999.
The 13-member committee headed by Senator Abubakar Kyari (APC, Borno North) is also expected to look into the unbundling of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN and submit its report in two weeks.
Other members of the committee include Senators Mohammed Hassan, Ali Wakili, Akpabio, Dino Melaye, and Olusola Adeyeye.
The Senate also directed the TCN to immediately reconnect Maiduguri to the national grid with a view to improving security and make life bearable for the people of the Borno State capital which has been ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgents.
Similarly, the Senate urged the federal government to complete the Mambilla Power Project not only to improve electricity supply, but also industrial growth of the country.
While directed the military to clear Maiduguri of insurgents for easy reconnection of the city to the national grid, the senate also condemned the inability of TCN to provide continuous and uninterrupted power supply to every part of the country.
These resolutions followed a motion entitled ‘“Disconnection of Maiduguri from the National Grid and General Power Degeneration in Nigeria”, sponsored by Leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South), who lamented that Maiduguri and environs had been completely disconnected since the emergence of insurgency in the state.
Ndume observed that the disconnection of Maiduguri from national grid and the general degeneration of power supply across the country have led to the collapse of several industries which impacts negatively on the national economy.
He also noted that the federal government had spent several billions of dollars from 1999 to date on power generators with nothing to show for it.
Ndume affirmed that “No country can be said to be near development when there is no power. This senate needs to investigate to give support to the government. For years now a lot of money has been spent but there is nothing to show for it”.
In his contributions to the motion, Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe Central) said it was apt in view of hardship which lack of power supply had caused Nigerians, explaining that “the he problem of power was on before 1999 and I am surprised that up till today, the power sector is grappling with insufficient supply”.
“This motion is apt because there is a need to find out what happened in spite of the unbundling and huge amount so far spent”, he said.
Akpabio lamented that many companies had shut down due to irregular power supply in the country.
He regretted that in spite of the financial contribution by some states in the South to improve power supply, Nigerians were still grappling the problem.
“In 2015 we are celebrating 4000 mega watts; for me, this is worrisome. We cannot have employment without power and Nigerians are complaining about the high cost and some localities which have not seen light for months are asked to pay high tariff,” Akpabio said.
He, therefore, urged the senate to do all within its power to assist the Federal Government in bringing an end to the problem.

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