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Senate seeks to protect Nigerians abroad

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has been charged to look into the worrisome cases of nigeria diaspora killinghuman rights abuses and extrajudicial killings of Nigerians outside the country.

This charge was made on Wednesday by the Senate President, Olubukola Saraki, to its newly sworn-in Committee on Foreign affairs during the inauguration of an additional 13 standing committees.

Represented by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Saraki described many Nigerians as being ‘good and honest people whose integrity must be protected.’

Saraki also charged the Committee on Foreign Affairs to administer its operations and set up a veritable legislative framework that would attract foreign investors and make Nigeria’s economy attractive to the world as well as look into the management of Nigeria’s pilgrimage.

It is recalled that a few weeks ago in late September, as many as 168 Nigerians died (according to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria) during the recent hajj stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, with 144 citizens declared missing.

The other Committees inaugurated include the Senate committees on;

  1. Customs, Excise and Tariffs
  2. Cooperation and Integration in Africa and NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa’s Development)
  3. Diasporas and Civil Societies
  4. Inter-Parliamentary Affairs
  5. Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs
  6. Interior
  7. Science and Technology
  8. ICT and Cybercrime
  9. Information and National Orientation
  10. National Planning and Economic Affairs
  11. Poverty Alleviation and Social Welfare
  12. Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes.

Responding on behalf of his colleagues, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tarriffs, Senator Adamu Aliero appreciated the Senate leadership for the confidence reposed in them, saying that for Nigeria to move forward as a nation, it was expedient to look at the past, make amends in the present and chart a new way forward.

In the light of dwindling Federal revenue due to the sharp fall of crude oil internationally, Senator Aliero urged the Federal Government to promptly diversify Nigeria’s economy and wean it from its overdependence on crude oil for revenue generation.

He promised that the 8th Senate would put national interest above personal gains, assuring Nigerians that they would do their work without fear or favour through proper and timely legislations.

The Senate Committees inaugurated today as well as their chairmen and vice-chairmen are listed below.

  Senate Committee Chairman Vice Chairman
1 Customs, Excise & Tariffs Adamu Aliero Samuel Anyanwu
2 Foreign Affairs Monsurat Sunmonu Shehu Sani
3 Cooperation & Integration in Africa & NEPAD Abubakar S. Danladi Baba Kaka Garba
4 Diasporas & Civil Societies Rose Oko  
5 Interparliamentary Affairs Bayero Usman Nafada  
6 Science & Technology Robert A. Boroffice Marafa Bashir
7 ICT & Cybercrime Buhari Abdulfatai Ogola Foster
8 Information & National Orientation Enyinnaya Abaribe Ibrahim A. Danbaba
9 National Planning & Economic Affairs Rabiu M. Kwankwanso Yele Omogunwa
10 Interior George Sekibo Bayero Usman Nafada
11 Federal Character & Inter-governmental Affairs  Salihu Hussain Egye Suleiman O. Hunkuyi
12 Povert Alleviation & social Welfare Ali Wakili  
13 Anti-corruption & Financial Crimes Godfrey C. Utazi Sani Mustapha









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