The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, yesterday disclosed the names of chairmen and vice chairmen of 65 of the standing committees of the Senate.
A breakdown of the list according to geopolitical zones shows that the North-Central got the highest number of committees (12), North-East, North-West and South-West got 11 each, while the South-East and South-South got 10 each.
Though senators belonging to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), who are in majority in the chamber, are to head 41 committees, the top committees, including Aviation, Power, Finance, Petroleum Downstream and Niger Delta, are to be headed by members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), plus 19 other committees.
The Senate had earlier set up four special committees. They are Rules and Business to be chaired by Sen Babajide Omoworare; Senate Services to be chaired by Ibrahim Gobir; Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to be retained by Samuel Anyanwu who was the chairman of the adhoc committee, and Public Accounts to be led by Andy Ubah.
Shortly before releasing the list of the chairmen and the vice chairmen, Saraki urged them and their members to work together, saying the success of this administration in the next four years lay in the strength of their oversight functions.
The number of committees, 65, is an increment from the 57 in the last assembly.
Senator Ahmad Lawan’s supporters, members of the Senate Unity Group, were made chairmen of committees on Defence, Police Affairs, National Planning, Housing and Women Affairs.
A breakdown shows that Senator Lawan was appointed the chairman of Defence Committee, while the chairman of the Senate Unity Forum, Senator Barnabas Gemade, was made the chairman of the Housing Committee.
Similarly, Senator Abu Ibrahim was named the chairman on Police Affairs; Senator Oluremi Tinubu, chairman, Committee on Women Affairs; Senator Gbenga Ashafa will head Land Transport Committee, and Kabiru Marafa, the Committee on National Identity Card.
Senators Ahmed Sani got Marine Transport; Mohammed Ohiare, Public Procurement; Ali Wakili, Poverty Alleviation, and George Akume, Army.
Of the PDP group, James Manager was named chairman on Power; Ben Murray-Bruce, Privatisation; Hope Uzodinma, Aviation; John Enoh, Finance; Uche Ekwunife, Petroleum (Downstream), and Bassey Albert, Gas.
Others are Ajayi Borrofice, Science and Technology; Abdullahi Adamu, Agriculture; Godfrey Utazi, Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes; Danjuma Goje, Appropriation; Isiaka Adeleke, Capital Market; Mathew Urhoghide, Culture and Tourism; Adamu Aliero, Customs and Excise; Joshua Lidani, Drugs and Narcotics; Lanre Tejuoso, Health; Abdulfatai Buhari, ICT and Cybercrime; Abubakar Kyari, Independent National Electoral Commission, and Enyinnaya Abaribe, Information and National Orientation.
Former Sokoto State governor, Aliyu Wamakko is to chair Basic and Secondary Education Committee; former chairman of the Adhoc Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Dino Melaye, Federal Capital Territory; Monsurat Sunmonu, Foreign Affairs; Shaaba Lafiagi, National Security and Intelligence, and Duro Faseyi, Air Force; Rafiu Ibrahim, Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions.
Former House of Representatives member, Gilbert Nnaji, will chair Communications Committee; Sani Danladi, Cooperation and Integration in Africa and NEPAD; former member of House of Representatives, Rose Oko, Diaspora and Civil Societies, while former governor, Abba Bukar Ibrahim, will head Ecology and Climate Change Committee.
Others are Suleiman Nazif, Employment, Labour and Productivity; Olaka Nwogu, Environment; Emmanuel Paulker, Establishment and Public Service; Salihu Egye, Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs; George Sekibo, Interior; Usman Nafada, Inter-parliamentary Affairs; Sam Egw, Industry; David Umaru, Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters; Shehu Sani, Local and Foreign Debts; Aliyu Abdullahi, Media and Public Affairs, and Rabiu Kwankwaso, National Planning and Economic Affairs.
Meanwhile, the Senate adjourned plenary till Tuesday next week. The Senate president is expected to appear at the Code of Conduct Tribunal today in continuation of a case brought against him on allegations of false declaration of assets.
Former chairman of the Senate adhoc on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Dino Melaye, said the adjournment was to allow adhoc committees to have some time to compile reports of various investigations for submission on Tuesday.