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House of Senate holds valedictory for late member

The House of Senate on Wednesday sorted that it would set up an endowment fund to support the families of deceased members of the Assembly.

The upper chamber made reinforced the resolution in a valedictory session for Sen. Mustapha Bukar (APC – Katsina North), who died on April 4.

Senators set a day aside to pay their last respect to their late colleague.

Sen. Ahmad Lawan, Leader of the Senate who read the biography of the deceased, urged the Senate to be prompt all the bills sponsored by Bukar before his demise.

He said that passage of the bills would be one of the ways to appreciate his contributions to the deliberations at the Senate and development of the country.

Lawan as well embraced the upper chamber to conclude its earlier plan to immortalize deceased members of the National Assembly as a way of rewarding their efforts and further encouraging serving members to be dutiful.

In his contribution, Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, described the death of the Bukar as “a heavy blow” to the Senate.

The deceased was committed to providing education to Nigerian children, pointing out that the last bill the lawmaker sponsored before his death was on the establishment of Federal Polytechnic, Daura, Katsina State.

On his part, the Minority Leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, described the late Bukar as “a peace builder”, whose death was “very painful’’.

In his remarks, President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said though Bukar was the first-time lawmaker, he stood out with his quality contributions on the floor, his pragmatism and work towards strengthening the legislature.

The senators resolved to send a delegation to condole the family of the deceased, the people and government of Katsina State.

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