Senate adjourns plenary for lack of quorum

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday was forced to adjourn plenary for its inabilty to form a quorum.

Less than 20 senators attended the Tuesday’s plenary, forcing the lawmakers to adjourned to November 20.

Senator Philip Aduda (FCT, PDP) drew the attention of his colleagues to the low number of the lawmakers in the chamber.

He said some of the lawmakers were absent because of the oversight functions which they are currently engaged in.

“We are less than 10, Mr President,” he said. “I want to move that since we have not (formed) 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,” he explained.

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu seconded the motion for adjournment, however, saying that the lawmakers present were more than the figure Aduda quoted.

“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. Just for the record we are not less than 10 but less than 20,” Ekweremadu said.

The motion was unanimously adopted through a voice vote.