12-man reconciliation committee set up on Wednesday by the Senate for addressing other contentious issues affecting its smooth running, yesterday swung into action following its inauguration by the Senate Leader, Senator Muhammad Ali Ndume.
Inaugurating the committee, Ndume, said the committee which has been given one week for completion of its assignment, is to resolve all the issues outside and within the senate.
According to him, two influential senators each were selected from the six geo-political zones of the country to address the challenges facing the upper legislative chamber.
He explained that they were saddled with responsibility based on their integrity “because the senate is facing some challenges within and outside the chamber”.
“Every senator is confident that these issues will be put to rest. We are also expecting a memo from the press because the image of the senate needed to be reflected by the press”, he added.
Senator Ndume tasked members to reach out to all those involved in one struggle or the other that has cracked the National Assembly in line with the mandate so as to move the institution forward.
Earlier when the committee was announced after a three hour closed door session by the Senate on Wednesday, he said two members were drawn from six geopolitical zones with the purpose of reaching out to those who might have been aggrieved as a result of leadership tussle that has put the National Assembly under the senate president, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki in bad light in the last one year.
He believes that the development would end all differences which were normal in a democratic setting.
“I have the mandate to inaugurate this Committee which will in the course of their assignments reach out to all those involved in issues that entangle smooth operations of the National Assembly, believing that all differences would be put to rest”, Ndume maintained.