Senate moves to settle internal crises as peace panel submits report
• Committee wants all factional groups disbanded
The Senate Committee on Peace and Reconciliation has recommended that aggrieved senators who are in court should withdraw their lawsuit for the sake of peace and unity in the Senate.
The Committee, headed by Senator James Manager (Delta South) also recommended that the Senate Standing Orders must be respected and adhered to at all times by senators.
This is contained in a nine-page report of the Senate Peace and Reconciliation Committee, which was considered yesterday by the Senate in plenary during a closed session.
The terms of reference of the 12-man committee included: identifying areas of conflict that have led to disagreements and disunity in the Senate.
The report also asked the Selection Committee headed by Senate President Bukola Saraki to review and adjust the composition of the membership of committees to reflect equity and fairness by ensuring that every senator is a member of the same number of committees with each committee having a minimum number of eight members and a maximum of 12 members.
It recommended that all vacant positions for chairmen and vice chairmen of committees be filled up forthwith and that no Senator should be chairman of vice chairman of more than one committee.
The report said that committee chairmanship should be shared equally to all States of the Federation with a maximum of two chairmen of committee from each State.
The committee recommended that all factional groups in the Senate be disbanded forthwith.
It said that the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs should improve on information management and articulate proper explanations on workings of the Senate.
It said that the Committee on Rules and Business should be strengthened to do its job efficiently without over-bearing influence and all matters not previously approved at the Principal Officers meeting should not be allowed on the Order Paper.
It said that all Senators should recognize and support the Presiding Officers of the Senate.