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Senate to follow ranking rules in allocation of offices, seats

BY INALEGWU SHAIBU
ABUJA—Senate ranking rules, which led to the emergence of Senate President, David Mark, and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, will again be applied in the allocation of offices and seats at the chamber, Vanguard learnt yesterday.

A senator, who belongs to Senate Think Tank vested with the responsibilities of allocating offices and seats for members of the seventh Senate, spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity, saying  the Senate would follow strictly its ranking rules in sharing offices and seats.

“We will follow ranking rules strictly in the way we will allocate offices and seats at the chamber. This, we believe, will add more decorum to the manner legislative businesses are conducted in the Senate,” he added.

The source further said that the 32 returning senators will be given preference in the allocation of offices, ahead of newly elected senators and former members of House of Representatives and others.

The Senate Think Tank group has been holding meetings to fine tune ways to share offices and seats before the scheduled June 28 resumption of the Senate from recess.

By implication, the 32 returning Senators inclusive of the principal officers will have their offices in the just completed Senate new building extension.

The Senate New Building Extension Vanguard has gathered has two bathrooms, one en suit for personal use of the Senator, while the other is for legislative aids. But the old new building has only one bathroom per office, prompting most of the returning Senators to prefer the newly completed extension.


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