Senate President Bukola Saraki has reshuffled the leaderships of the Senate’s committees less than a year after the appointments were given.
Unlike last year when he rewarded his loyal supporters with the most prominent committees and sidelined those opposed to his leadership, the senate president was more accommodating of his adversaries this time.
Kabiru Marafa, his most outspoken critic, was announced as the new chairman of the Petroleum (downstream) Committee. He was previously the chairman of the Committee on National Population. Also, Oluremi Tinubu, the wife of the APC national leader, was named chairperson of the Committee on Environment. She was formerly the chairman of the Committee on Women Affairs.
Mr. Saraki made the announcement shortly before the senate adjourned on Thursday, after “wide consultations”.
Suleiman Hukunyi, another critic of the senate president, is now in charge of the Committee on National Identity.
The re-composition of the Senate committees was one of the conditions put forward by Unity Forum Senators for peace to return to the troubled assembly.
Meanwhile Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe and Adamu Aliero will now head the committees on power and aviation respectively. Also, Senator Baba Karumai will now head the committee on rules and business.