OrderPaperToday – The Senate has passed a bill that would ensure elected president and vice president of the country to be inaugurated in the precincts of the National Assembly.
This followed after Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako (APC, Adamawa) led the debate of the report of the committee on Special duties on Thursday at the floor of the upper legislative chamber.
If the bill is assented to by the President after concurrence by the House of Representatives, the extant procedure of inauguration of Presidents and vice presidents at the Eagle square in the Federal Capital Territory, would abate.
According to Nyako, the bill will “be a welcome development as the National Assembly represents all segments of the country.”
However, there was bickering amongst lawmakers over the inclusion of prayers before inauguration which was deleted in clause 6 of the report.
The clause reads: “there shall be national prayers in the week of the inauguration in designated places of worship in the Federal Capital city on Friday and Sunday preceding the date of inauguration.”
The arguments entailed that prayer is significant practise but when put to a voice vote maintained deleted.
An amendment was also made in clause 8 which deals with reception of dignitaries at the venue of the inauguration.
Addressing this, Senator Nyako said that “the duty of accompanying dignitaries in a ceremony is totally for ushers appointed to serve in that capacity. Originally, we used to have senators to escort dignitaries; the committee is of the opinion that such exercise should be handled by the clerk of the National Assembly who shall delegate officers to handle the assignment.”