ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – The Senate has asked the Federal Government of Nigeria to immortalize the late designer of the national flag Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi.
After the motion moved by Senator Sharafadeen Abiodun representing Oyo South, on Tuesday, the lawmakers observed a minute silence for late Akinkunmi who died in Ibadan on 29 August 2023.
They also urged on the Federal Government of Nigeria to conduct a state burial in his honour for his befitting role in the design of the national flag.
The Senate also dissolved into the committee of the whole to consider the report of the committee on the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA).
Therefore, the upper chamber approved the appointment of Engineer Chukwuemeka Agbasi as Managing Director of FERMA as well as nine others as members of the agency.
During plenary also, the Senate President Godswill Akpabio announced Abba Moro of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the new Minority Leader.
Moro of Benue South replaces Senator Simon Nwadkwon representing Plateau North under the Platform of the PDP who was sacked by the court on 23 October.
An uproar, however, ensued in the upper chamber when Senator Osita Ngwu of PDP, Enugu West, was announced as Senate Minority Whip replacing Senator Darlington Nwokwocha from the Labour Party.
Senator Okechukwu Ezea from Enugu North rose to fault the nomination. His personal observation/ objection was backed by Senator Tony Nwoye of the Labour Party who equally rose to challenge the ceding of three of the minority leadership to the PDP leaving the Labour Party with no representation in the senate leadership.
After an intense argument, the President of the Senate took the majority decision who had voted in favour of the PDP, for Senate Minority Whip.