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Saraki reshuffles Senate Committees, as Tinubu, Marafa head ‘juicy’ committees


There was Tsunami at the Senate on Thursday, as Senate President Bukola Saraki announced the reshuffling of 13 standing committees.

The development may not be unconnected with moves to pacify members of the Senate Unity Forum (SUF), who laid a complaint before the police over forgery of the Senate Rules (as amended).

Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu are billed to appear in court on September 28 for their full trial.

Saraki who threw the bombshell after announcing the adjournment of the upper legislative chamber till September 13 for annual recess, also introduced a new committee, Legislative Compliance to be chaired by Babajide Omoworare.

Prior to this development, Omoworare was chairman of the Rules and Business Committee.

While, Remi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central), wife of former Lagos State governor Bola Tinubu, now chairs the Committee on Environment, spokesperson of the Unity Forum Kabir Marafa (Zamfara Central) heads the Committee on Petroleum Downstream, even as Secretary of the Forum Suleiman Hunkuyi leads the National Identity Committee.

Tinubu and Marafa previously chaired the Committees on Women Affairs as well as National Identity and National Population respectively.

Other new committee chairmen include: Hope Uzodinma (Customs), Adamu Aliero (Aviation), Barau Jubril (Tertiary Institutions), Binta Masi (Women Affairs), Joshua Dariye (Public Procurement) and James Manager (Solid Minerals).

Others are: Enyinnaya Abaribe (Power), Suleiman Adokwe (Information and National Orientation), Baba Kaka Garbai (Rules and Business) and Tijani Kaura (Federal Character).

In the same vein, the Senate President also announced vice chairmen of three committees namely: Ahmed Ogembe (Marine Transport), Ovie Omo-Agege (Land Transport) and Phillip Aduda (Petroleum Downstream).