The Senate has approved a request from President Bola Tinubu to appoint some unnamed 20 special advisers.
The president’s request was read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan during plenary on Tuesday.
Lawan pointed out that it was of ‘utmost urgency’ that the President had his team to work with.
‘Because there is no name for special advisers we will just approve it from here. We feel that that this is something of utmost urgency,’ he disclosed.
As soon as the President’s letter was read, the upper legislative chamber gave speedy approval to the request.
The development came days after Tinubu announced the appointment of Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives as his Chief of Staff, and George Akume, former Minister of Special Duties, as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
In another development, the House of Representatives has declared the purported launching of Nigerian carrier, Air Nigeria, in the last days of the administration of Muhammadu Buhari a fraud. Consequently, the parliament called on President Bola Tinubu to suspend the process and probe those involved with the aim of prosecuting them.
The declaration followed the denials by the relevant agencies of the Federal Government and regulators in the aviation sector as well as private partners of being involved in the exercise.
At an investigative hearing organised by the House Committee on Aviation in Abuja, authorities such as Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, and the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission as well as an investor, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc, distanced themselves from the launching.
Chairman of the committee, Nnolim Nnaji, consequently declared the flag-off a fraud.
The committee also urged President Bola Tinubu to ‘as a matter of urgency constitute a high-level presidential committee to undertake a holistic review of the processes of the whole Nigeria Air project, and advise the government on the way forward.’