‘Appoint FCT indigene ambassador’, Lawan urges Buhari

…Reprimands aide for not wearing Covid-19 face mask

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to nominate an indigene of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) for screening and confirmation as a non-career ambassador by the Upper Chamber.

Lawan made the appeal on Wednesday during plenary following a protest on the floor by Senator representing FCT, Philip Aduda, over the continuous exclusion of a nominee from the FCT in previous nominations forwarded by President Buhari.

Rising under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rules, Senator Aduda craved the indulgence of the Senate, the President to intervene in the matter and ensure that the people of the FCT have a non-career ambassador.

In his response, Lawan appealed to President Buhari to send in a nomination for the FCT in the fifth non-career ambassadors list to be forwarded to the National Assembly for screening and confirmation.

In another development, the Senate President yesterday reprimanded a legislative aide for his failure to wear a face-mask while within the premises of the National Assembly. Lawan, who was in the company of his security details while making an entrance into the Complex before plenary, spotted the aide – names withheld – standing at the lobby without a face-mask.

Upon seeing the aide, the Senate President stopped to caution him querying, “Where is your face-mask?” The legislative aide, who looked rattled by the unexpected question, mumbled, “It’s in my pocket, Sir”, while making frantic effort to retrieve his face-mask from his trousers.

However, Lawan waited until the aide had his face-mask worn before he proceeded to his office at the White House wing of the Complex to have a leadership meeting before the resumption of plenary.

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