The Senate is currently enveloped by crisis as the Minority caucus on Wednesday kicked against the approval of the sum of N10.016bn for the Kogi State Government few days to the governorship election slated for Saturday, November 16.
The Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s opposition to the payment was sequel to the presentation and consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts on the issuance of sum of N10.016billion promissory note programme to the Kogi State Government and a Bond issuance to settle local debts and contractual obligations of the Federal Government – refund to states for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government.
Presenting the report, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Clifford Ordia, who represents Edo Central, said that the committee was satisfied with its findings and recommended that the Senate should approve the payment of the amount to the Kogi State Government.
The report which had been slated “to be laid” in the Order Paper was however considered after the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said that the report be laid and equally discussed.
Abaribe had objected to the Bill being discussed but he was overruled by the Senate President.
Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Senate Jibrin Barau, supported the recommendation of the committee and called on the Senate to approve it.
Barau said the approval would motivate other State Governments to follow the example already laid by the Kogi State G