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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has appointed the former Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, as Chairman of the Committee on Procurement.

The appointment of Bwacha who had defected from the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the majority All Progressives Congress (APC) last week, was announced on the floor at the start of Wednesday’s plenary.

His defection was followed with the appointment of Senator Shuaibu Isa Lau (PDP, Taraba North) as the new Deputy Minority Leader in his stead.

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Lawan also announced Lau’s appointment as the Vice Chairman of the Committee on Works alongside Bwacha’s on the floor.

READ ALSO: MIDTERM: Rimannde, Bwacha top Taraba Bills sheet

 In another development, a total of five bills have passed first reading in the Senate.

The bills include: Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education (Establishment) Bill, 2022 by Senator Francis Onyewuchi (PDP, Imo East); Infrastructure Development Bill, 2022 by Senator Sadiq Suleiman Umar (APC, Kwara North); and Administration of Criminal Justice (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2022 by Emmanuel Orker-Jev (PDP, Benue North West).

Others are the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2013 (Amendment) Bill, 2022 by Suleiman Abdu Kwari (APC, Kaduna North); and National Artisanal Petroleum Refining Development Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2022 by Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North).

READ ALSO: MIDTERM: Taraba Senators scored six in petitions and motions

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