Legislators hold valedictory session for late Senator

By Edwin Akwueh and Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

Late Isiaka Adeleke

The Nigerian Senate is holding a valedictory session on Wednesday, April 26 in honour of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke who died at the weekend.

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki who announced this on Tuesday, said the Wednesday’s plenary session would be dedicated to the former Osun state Governor, for all the Senators to pay their individual tributes to the departed colleague.

Tuesday’s plenary session was the first time the Senate was reconvening after the Easter holidays that lasted for two weeks.

In the House of Representatives, the lawmakers paid tributes to the late Senator Adeleke, describing him as ‘an honest grassroots political leader who was committed to the welfare of the Osun people, whom he represented both as a Governor and as a Senator.’

Speaking with Voice of Nigeria on the death of Adeleke, Senator Kabiru Gaya recalled their days as Governors during the transitional programme of the then Head of state, General Ibrahim Babangida.

True friend
Senator Gaya described his late colleague as a true friend who was ‘truly powerful’ in the political cycle.

“He was a great man, honest, someone with frank record and a down to earth politician with whom I have worked together for a long time. He was my colleague as a Governor, I was the Governor of Kano state and he was the Governor of Osun state and we were among the youngest of the Governors in that team. 

“We were the first set of Governors that travelled with the then President Babangida in one of his trips and on this particular trip to Germany, my experience with the late Adeleke showed that he was a just man,” Senator Gaya stated.

2017 budget
Meanwhile, Senator Gaya said that the 2017 Appropriation Act would be ready by the end of this month.

Senator Gaya who is the Chairman of the Senate committee on works also told Voice of Nigeria that the delay in passing the 2017 Appropriation Act was because of some projects recently approved by the Federal Executive Council and included in the budget proposal.

“From the works committee where I am the chairman, the Nigerian Government is still awarding contracts of 2016 and those projects of 2016 were not reflected in the 2017 budget. So, we had to wait to get as many projects as possible being approved or awarded by the Executive Council and then we can find funds or deductions from some areas to fund those new projects that are about 34 in number. They were in the 2016 budget but were never reflected in the 2017 budget now being considered.”

Senator Kabiru Gaya is from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and he represents Kano South senatorial district.  

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