By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Senate yesterday rejigged some of its standing committees with Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, representing Osun Central Senatorial District, named as the new Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan who made the announcement at the plenary, also named the erstwhile acting spokesman of the upper legislative chamber, Godiya Akwashiki as the new chairman, Senate Committee on Labour and Productivity.
Basiru, who until his new assignment chaired the Senate Committee on Diaspora, was a
former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Osun State.
He also served as Commissioner in the Ministry of Regional Integration & Special Duties from August 2010 – November 2014
The new spokesman, who holds a PhD, was born July 1, 1972.
Also, Akwashiki was before now the vice chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs when the former chairman, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye was the chairman.
Born on August 3, 1973, the lawmaker, who represents Nasarawa North Senatorial District was a former Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly and was elected into the Senate during the 2019 general elections.
Similarly, former Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi representing Ekiti South Senatorial District is now the chairman, Senate Committee on Diaspora.
A former deputy governor of Ekiti State, Olujimi was a former member of the House of Representatives and a board member of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC).
The lawmaker, who has been in the Senate since 2015, was born in 1958.