OrderPaperToday- The red chamber has cut short its sitting to allow Senators attend the African Parliamentary Union (APU) Conference holding at the ECOWAS secretariat in Asokoro, Abuja.

At the start of plenary, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who was presiding announced that the plenary will be adjourned after the adoption of the day’s votes and proceedings to enable Senators attend the APU.

“There is an APU Conference this week and we, the National Assembly are hosting it. Today is the opening ceremony and the President of the Federal Republic Nigeria will be in attendance. So, we will just take the vote and proceedings and adjourn,” he said.

There was, however, mild drama when the Ekweremadu put the question for the suspension of all items listed on the order paper to enable the upper chamber adjourn. There was an overwhelming shout of “nay” in the voice vote that followed.

Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan was forced to appeal to his colleagues to allow for the sitting to be adjourned.

“I will suggest that you should not put the question again,” Lawan jokingly said to the Deputy Senate President.

He continued: “But before you rule, let me make a special appeal. On a more serious, Nigeria through the Senate President who is the current Chairman of National Assembly is hosting APU. It is only proper that we adjourn this sitting with the intention of going there to support the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“Also, the President of the Federal republic of Nigeria will be in attendance. This is a purely legislative matter and we should not allow that hall to be empty.”

Following the Senate Leader’s plea, all the items scheduled on the order paper were suspended and sitting was adjourned to next Tuesday, the 13 of November 2018.

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Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.

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