The Senate was yesterday engulfed in minor committee reshuffle and changed some chairmen of standing committees.
Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday announced Senator Lawal Gumau (APC-Bauchi), who was elected into the Senate in August, 2018, to replace the deceased Senator Ali wakili, as the Chairman of the Committee on Federal Character.
Gumau took over from Senator Tijani Kaura (APC-Zamfara North), who was appointed to head the Committee on Police Affairs.
Kaura replaced Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC-Katsina South), who is now the chairman, Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity.
A source in the senate told LEADERSHIP that Senator Abu Ibrahim was removed as chairman of the police committee because has allowed the opposition to dictate the agenda over police affairs and constant police-Senate frictions.
” The lack of concern, interest and effectiveness in the many issues of senators and the police and the non interest in the police reform Bill were the reasons.
“The police reform Bill that we have approved today (yesterday ) must be passed in two weeks.
“Whenever, there’s such matters like the withdrawal of Senators Bwacha’s orderly at Jos, halve way into his journey, Ibrahim never intervened.
“Mind you, had it not for the intervention of the senate president, Saraki, police election budget of N27 billion would have been declined today (yesterday ).
“These and several other instances like the attack on Senator Ekweremadu which he didn’t bother to speak out led to his removal”,the source said.
Meanwhile, the former Majority Leader, Senator Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South), is now the chairman, Committee on Establishment and Public Service, formerly headed by Senator Paulker Emmanuel (PDP-Bayelsa Centra).
While Emmanuel Paulker got elevated to the status of principal officer, when he was appointed to the office of deputy minority whip.