By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Senators were adorned in black and moody outfits yesterday, as they took turns under a chilly silence to extol the striking qualities of late senator Awaisu Kuta, who, until his death, represented Niger-East Senatorial District in the Senate.
Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta, who died on Thursday, June 12, at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Lagos, has since been buried in accordance with Islamic rites.
The Senate also implored the federal government to immortalise the late legislator by naming the national headquarters of the Hydro-power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPADEC), located in Minna, Niger state, “Awaisu Kuta House”.
Members of the Upper Chamber, one after another, extolled the noble virtues of Senator Kuta, who was an ardent chieftain of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).
Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba had moved a motion, which he co-sponsored with the rest of the 108 Senators, entitled, “demise of Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta (1949-2014).
The President of the Senate and some other senators, including Abdul Ningi, Smart Adeyemi could not control their emotions as thy shed tears while recounting their encounters with the late politician.
After allowing as many senators as possible to pay homage to their departed colleague, Senator Mark put the prayers to vote, and all of them were unanimously passed.
Accordingly, the Senators observed a minute silence in honour of Kuta. They also resolved to send a delegation to condole his family, the people and government of Niger state.