Senate in rowdy session over FG’s social intervention programme

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…As Czech government to vote next week on opting out of U.N. migration pact***

Plenary at the Senate on Wednesday turned ‎rowdy when the Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi alleged that the Social Intervention Programme of the Federal Government, which was introduced by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

Olujimi alleged that beneficiaries of the programme were being asked to provide details of their Permanent Voter Card in the application form.

While presenting a copy of the form, she further alleged that ‘I Stand with Buhari’ was written on it.

Before the Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, who defended the Buhari-led administration and the programme could speak, the chamber had become noisy as the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party exchanged words across the divide.

The APC lawmakers also forced the Senate to resolve that the SURE-P policy of the immediate past ‎PDP government led by former President Goodluck Jonathan be probed.

In the meantime, Czech Government will put to vote, next week, a proposal for the country to opt out of a United Nations migration pact.

A spokesman for the Social Democrats (CSSD), a junior member of the ruling coalition, said on Wednesday.

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved in July by all 193 U.N. member nations, except the United States.

It would be recalled that the US withdrew its membership from the same pact last year.

The pact is due to be signed next month in Morocco.

Additional report from Punch