There was a rowdy session at the Senate plenary today after lawmakers disagreed over the confirmation of members of the Governing Board for the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency.
Trouble started after Senate President Bukola Saraki read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari seeking legislative approval for the appointment of a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Tunde Lemo, as Chairman of the Agency.
In the letter, President Buhari indicated that the six geopolitical zones of the country were represented in the board. The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, however objected to the chairmanship of the board citing nepotism.
Ekweremadu also drew the attention of the Senate to previous appointments of the President where the leadership comprised of one section of the country, saying such is contrary to the Federal Character.
This sparked some dissenting reactions from some members. Senator Saraki consequently referred the matter to the Committee on Federal Character to investigate President Buhari’s appointments and present a report to the chamber on Tuesday.