The Senate has fixed May 21 for deliberation on the state of emergency declared by the President in three states in the North-eastern part of Nigeria. The Senate President, David Mark made this known on Thursday as he called on all members to make themselves available for the May 21 debate so that a quorum would be formed when the issue is being deliberated on.
Less than half of the 109 Senators were present at the sitting on Thursday. The Senate President said “I would like to appeal to all distinguished colleagues here present and those who are not here, that they should be present on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 so that we form quorum to deliberate on a sensitive matter that will be before us on that day”.
It is necessary for the Senate to meet on the issue as Section 305 of the Nigerian Constitution stipulates that a state of emergency remains ineffective until the National Assembly ratifies it via a resolution with at least two-thirds of each legislative arm supporting it.