The leadership of the Senate is yet to appoint a new chairman for its ad hoc committee on Minimum Wage Bill following the voluntary withdrawal of the Senate Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye from the panel.
Adeyeye, who was saddled with the responsibility of working on the legislation with six others, had told the Senate in plenary last Tuesday that the panel could not make progress because the members were busy with their elections.
He therefore urged the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who presided over the plenary on Tuesday, to consider another senator as the chairman of the panel because he had health issues that deserved an urgent attention.
Investigations by our correspondent on Monday revealed that the leadership of the red chamber had yet to appoint a replacement for Adeyeye, who is travelling abroad for medical reasons.
Attempts to speak with the Leader of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and the spokesperson for the red chamber, Sabi Abdullahi, did not succeed on Monday as neither of them answered calls put across to their mobile phones.
They had also yet to reply the text messages sent to them separately as of the time of filing this report.
However, a principal officer of the Senate told our correspondent on condition of anonymity on Monday that no action had been taken on the new chairman for the panel.
He said, “Since it is an ad hoc committee, there is no provision for vice-chairman, so we have to appoint a new chairman and that has not been done. You have to wait till March 12 when a fresh decision would be taken on the issue.”