Senator George Thompson Sekibo, representing Rivers East under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has elected as chairman of the South-South Caucus of the Senate with former Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Seriake Dickson making the list of the new executive of the 9th South-South Caucus.
President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan read the letter conveying the list of the Executive members for the South-South Senate Caucus on Wednesday, July 7, during plenary.
The letter was written by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo Agege, All Progressives Congress (APC), Delta Central.
The other elected officers are Senator Francis Alimikhena (APC), Edo North as Vice Chairman; Senator Sandy Onor, (PDP), Cross River Central as Secretary; Senator Akon Eyakenyi (PDP), Akwa Ibom South as the Assistant Secretary. Senator Seriake Dickson (PDP), Bayelsa West as the Public Relations Officer (PRO).
Also elected were Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (APC), Delta North as the Treasurer; Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP), Edo Central as Ex-officio and Senator Moses Cleopas (PDP), Bayelsa Central, as the Assistant Treasurer.
In another development, the Senate has passed the 2021 Supplementary Budget of N982,729,695,343.00 which represents an increase of N87 billion of the request presented to it two weeks ago by President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari had proposed N895,842,465,917.00 but the Senate Committee on Appropriation in its report presented by the Chairman, Senator Jibrin Barau, increased it to N982,729,695,343.00
The breakdown of the budget showed that N123,332,174,164 is for recurrent (non-debt) expenditure while the sum of N859,397,521,179 is for contribution to the development fund for capital expenditure.
The President had said that the amount was needed to fund the COVID-19 vaccine programme and health-related expenditures for treatment of additional 50,000 patients under the Nigeria Comprehensive AIDS Programme in states.
Buhari also said part of the money would be used to procure additional equipment captured in this year’s capital expenditure on defence and security to combat security challenges across the country.