Politics: Senate to screen acting CJN Ariwoola Wednesday Daily Parrot

The Senate will today screen the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, it has been learnt.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan announced this in his address of welcome to senators returning from their Annual Summer Recess during plenary yesterday.

He said the Senate would also work on the Medium Term Expenditure Framework/Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) 2023 – 2025, Budget 2023, and support the nation’s defence and security forces.

Lawan said: “In the next three months, our focus will largely be on the confirmation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, work on Medium Term Expenditure Framework/Fiscal Strategic Paper (MTEF/FSP) 2023 – 2025, Budget 2023, working to support our defence and security forces, amongst others.

“The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria will be screened tomorrow, Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

“Also, we are expecting Mr. President, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, to present the Budget estimates in the first week of October.

“The Ninth Senate has established the practice of processing the annual Appropriation Bill of each year between October and December.”

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The Senate President stressed that even though the nation’s security situation seemed to be improving, the Upper Chamber would continue to work with security agencies to ensure that the engagements are sustained.

He said: “Just before we embarked on our recess, the Senate showed serious concerns about the security situation in the country. We had intimate discussions on the security challenges across the country.

“Consequently, the leadership of the Senate had two engagements with the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Director General of Department of State Services (DSS), Director General of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) and other heads of other security agencies, precisely on August 5 and September 12, 2022, to ensure that our defence and security agencies improve on their operational strategies to secure citizens and, indeed, our country.

“From the assessment of the prevailing situation, our security agencies are recording more successes and the situation seems to be improving.

“Nonetheless, the Senate will continue to engage with the defence and security agencies through its appropriate committees to ensure that the engagements are sustained.

“I commend our defence and security agencies for stepping up their operations. The Senate and, indeed, the National Assembly have always been supportive and will remain so.”

Lawan added that the Upper Chamber would equally work with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure successful, transparent and credible 2023 elections.

“The Year 2023 is a momentous period for Nigeria as elections will be held across the country. Nigerians are expected to exercise their franchise.

“Therefore, the Senate, indeed, the National Assembly, will work with INEC to ensure very successful, transparent and credible elections. We are ready to support INEC in all possible ways as a legislature.

“Already, the timely amendment of the Electoral Act 2022 has provided very important innovations in ensuring better electoral climate,” he said.

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