The Senate yesterday resumed from its two weeks end of the third legislative session break and immediately suspended plenary in honour of Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta who passed on June 12 after a protracted illness.
Until his death, the late senator represented Niger East senatorial district in the Red Chamber.
While moving the motion for adjournment, Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, lamented how tragedy befell senators as a result of Kuta’s death while they were on break adding that in line with Senate’s tradition to cancel plenary in honour of a departed member, yesterday’s sitting would be adjourned till today.
“While we were on break, tragedy befell this chamber with the sudden death of our dear colleague, Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character, who died on June 12 in Lagos on his way for medical treatment abroad.
“Distinguished colleagues, may I in line with our tradition, move that this Senate do adjourn plenary till tomorrow, June 25, in honour of our departed colleague?” he asked.
Accordingly, the motion was adopted by the parliament as Senate President, David Mark, added that today’s sitting would be fully dedicated to the valedictory session in honour of the late senator.
Mark added that the session would be graced by Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu as well as members of Kuta’s family.
While signing the condolence register placed at the entrance of the chamber, Mark told journalists that the nation had lost another patriotic Nigerian whom he described him as a vibrant senator who ensured that agencies under his committee’s watch played by the rules.
“In Kuta, Nigeria and indeed the Senate has lost a very patriotic citizen who at all times, joined hands with other patriots to move the country forward through whatever national assignment given to him.
“Specifically, the late Senator Kuta made the Senate committee on Federal Character to be very vibrant and responsive to its legislative responsibilities in terms of making relevant agencies under it to reflect equity in federal appointments and distribution of resources,” he said.
Similarly, the House of Representatives yesterday adjourned plenary to honour of Kuta.
Addressing the lawmakers in the Green Chamber, Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, explained that members of the House would adjourn sitting in solidarity with members of the Senate, who are mourning one of their colleagues.