Senate adjourn plenary after fire scare

The Nigerian senate was adjourned after a fire scare
The Nigerian senate was adjourned after a fire scare

The Senate on Thursday adjourned plenary abruptly following a fire scare in the chamber, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Huge smoke had engulfed the chamber and the suspected cause forced the air-conditioning system to cease functioning.

The source of the smoke, which had extended to the corridors as at 11 a.m. when the lawmakers converged for the day’s proceedings, could not be immediately ascertained.

To allow the development to be controlled, Senator Ibrahim Gobi raised a “Point of Order”, calling for adjournment of plenary.

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“The environment is not conducive and as we can see, the air-conditioners are not working.

“So, I propose we adjourn to Tuesday,” Gobi said.

In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, agreed with Gobi’s position.

“I can see what you presented to the effect that the environment is not conducive and as such I think we should adjourn to Tuesday when the chamber will be conducive,” Saraki said.

The senate also called for prisons reform across Nigeria. Senators present at the public hearing on the Prisons Reform are Senators Oluremi Tinubu, Jide Omoworare, Clifford Ordia, Andrew Uchendu, Nafada Bayero and Senator Andy Uba, chairman Senate committee on Interior.

Tinubu called different facilities for men and women.

“There should be establishment of separate prison facilities for the women, the female prison should be seperated physically with a certain distance from the male prison.”

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