Adjourns Plenary to April 13, Goes on Easter Break


By Deji Elumoye and Udora Orizu

The Senate yesterday adjourned plenary for 19 days to enable the lawmakers proceed on Easter break.

President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, who made the announcement on the floor of the chamber, said the break would last for three weeks, commencing from today, March 25 till Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

He however said the Upper Chamber would be holding committee meetings during the break.

Lawan added that on resumption from the break, the Senate will receive reports from its committees on Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and the Electoral Act Amendment Bill for consideration.

Meanwhile, the Senate at yesterday’s plenary passed for second reading a Bill seeking to implement paragraph 5 of President Muhammadu Buhari’s executive order on open defecation, to create a legislation on the practice of open defecation with appropriate sanctions and penalties for offenders.

The legislation titled, ‘The Clean Nigeria Agency Establishment Bill 2021, is sponsored by Senator Clifford Ordia (Edo, Central).

Recall that on 20th November, 2019, President Buhari issued a Presidential Executive Order 009 on “The Open Defecation Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters”.

In pursuant to this Order, a secretariat in the Ministry of Water Resources called ‘Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat’ was created to coordinate and drive the implementation of the said Presidential Executive Order.