Senate to screen Ag. CJN on Wednesday — Lawan

Senate to screen Ag. CJN on Wednesday — Lawan

By Kingsley Okoye, Abuja.


The Senate will screen the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, on Wednesday, Sept. 21.


The President of Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, made the disclosure, while delivering his opening remark at the resumption of plenary on Wednesday.


Lawan also said that the Senate would receive the 2023 budget estimates from President Muhammadu Bihari in October.


“Distinguished colleagues, in the next three months, our focus will largely be on the confirmation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, work on Medium-Term Expenditure Framework/Fiscal Strategic Paper (MTEF/FSP) 2023-2025, Budget 2023, working to support our defence and security forces, amongst others.


“The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria will be screened on Wednesday.


“Also, we are expecting Mr President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to present the budget estimates in the first week of October.”


Lawan commended the sense of duty and patriotism of lawmakers for engaging with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), while the Senate was on recess.


“In the last three years, we are prepared to make the remaining period very productive and successful.


“No doubt, the ninth Senate has performed creditably and will end very well.


“We scored so many feats and broke many jinxes through various legislative interventions, I must commend all of us for the commitment, dedication and patriotism and sense of duty,” he said.


The Senate president noted that the engagement of Senate on the security situation before its recess had resulted in an improvement in the security situation in the country.


Lawan said: “Distinguished colleagues, just before we embarked on our recess, the Senate showed serious concerns on the security situation in the country.


“We had intimate discussions on the security challenges across the country. Consequently, the leadership of the Senate had two engagements with the Office of the National Security Adviser, Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs, Inspector-General of Police.


“The Director-General of Department of State Services, the Director-General of Nigerian Intelligence Agency and other heads of other security agencies to ensure that our defence and security agencies improve on their operational strategies to secure citizens and, indeed, our country.


“From the assessment of the prevailing situation, our security agencies are recording more successes and the situation seems to be improving.”


He added that Senate would continue to engage with the defence and security agencies, through its appropriate committees, to ensure that the engagements were sustained.


“I commend our defence and security agencies for stepping up their operations.


“The Senate and, indeed, the National Assembly have always been supportive and will remain so.”


Lawan said that the National Assembly would work with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure successful, transparent and credible elections.


“We are ready to support INEC in all possible ways as a legislature.


“Already, the timely amendment of the Electoral Act 2022 has provided very important innovations in ensuring better electoral climate.


“The economy of our country is still challenged; the Senate, working with the House of Representatives and the Executive need to continually seek better responses to the economic situation.”


He also said that efforts must be intensified to ensure that everything was done to curtail crude oil theft in the oil and gas sector.


According to him, the next nine months, attention should be to bring improvement to the current situations in the country.


“This Senate is a senate that will continue to work for all Nigerians at all times,” Lawan said.


Justice Ariwoola was sworn in as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) on June 27 after the sudden resignation of Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, purportedly on health grounds.

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