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Senate to grill service chiefs Wednesday, summons economic team

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The Senate has stated that it would grill the Service Chiefs on Wednesday and Thursday over the state of insecurity in the country.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by Senator Tokunbo Abiru while announcing the postponement of the interface between the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance, and Other Financial Institutions from Tuesday to Friday this week.

Abiru, who is the Chairman of the Committee, told journalists that the planned interface with the CBN Governor, Olayemi Cardoso, was shifted to Friday, since Wednesday and Thursday, have been slated for the grilling of the Service Chiefs.

The Senate had by its resolution on Tuesday last week summoned the Service Chiefs to appear before it in plenary for required explanations on the worsening security situation in the country, just as its Committee on Banking, summoned the CBN Governor to appear before it today ( Tuesday) on the State of the Nation’s economy and free flow of the Naira.

Members of the Committee in line with the resolution, gathered in room 211, the venue of the planned interface with the CBN governor from 3 pm to 4:30 pm before resolving to postpone it to Friday this week.

The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Abiru said, “After waiting for close to two hours for the CBN governor on the planned interface, we have resolved to postpone it to Friday this week by 9 am.

“Postponement of the interface between our committee and the CBN Governor arose from the fact that he and other managers of the Nation’s economy had been interfacing with our colleagues in the House of Representatives since morning without knowing when exactly, the session would end.

“We would have fixed Wednesday or Thursday this week as a new day for the interface but the Senate has fixed the two days for critical and constructive engagement with the Service Chiefs.

“This made us eventually settle for Friday this week for interface with the CBN Governor by 9 am prompt.

“Communication to this effect would be forwarded to the CBN Governor today (Tuesday) and possibly other government officials managing the economy.”

Earlier the Senate in plenary had two two-hour closed-door sessions after which it considered a motion from Senator Ahmad Lawan on the demise of Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim by observing a minute silence for the deceased and raising a nine-man delegation for a condolence visit to the Governor of Yobe State and family of the deceased

The delegation is to be led by Senator Adamu Aliero (PDP Kebbi Central).

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