Senate Adjourns Over Fire Scare
The Senate on Thursday adjourned plenary abruptly following a fire scare in the chamber, Economic Confidential can report.
Huge smoke had engulfed the chamber and the suspected cause forced the air-conditioning system to cease functioning.
The source of the smoke, which had extended to the corridors as at 11 a.m. when the lawmakers converged for the day’s proceedings, could not be immediately ascertained.
To allow the development to be controlled, Sen. Ibrahim Gobi raised a “Point of Order’’, calling for adjournment of plenary.
“The environment is not conducive and as we can see, the air-conditioners are not working.
“So, I propose we adjourn to Tuesday,’’ Gobi said.
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, agreed with Goje’s position.
“I can see what you presented to the effect that the environment is not conducive and as such I think we should adjourn to Tuesday when the chamber will be conducive,’’ Saraki said. “The condition is not very conducive because our chambers are there; yesterday we engaged the contractors working in the senate. We believe it is now Saturday they will be able to finish it,” he said.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, approved the prayer. He said, “What you presented to us makes sense. Definitely the chamber is not conducive for today’s s activities and as such, I would direct that we adjourn till Tuesday so that between now and the weekend the members of the services and maintenance unit can ensure that we bring the chamber into a conducive environment.”