- To set up endowment fund for late members families
By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu
Senate yesterday extolled the rare virtues of its late member, Mustapha Bukar, who until his death on April 4, represented Katsina North Senatorial Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The red chamber also reinforced its earlier resolution to set up an endowment fund that could be used to support families of deceased members of the National Assembly.
The Senators, who dedicated the day to pay last respect to their late colleague, took turn to extol the virtues of the departed lawmaker, with all the politicians saying that Senator Bukar lived a life committed to service of humanity.
The Leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe North), who read the biography of the late legislator, urged the Chamber to expeditiously pass all the bills being sponsored by Senator Bukar before he died, as one of the ways to appreciate his contributions to the Senate and the country in general.
He also requested the Upper Chamber to conclude its earlier plans to immortalise deceased former members of the National Assembly to reward their efforts and to further encourage serving members to be dedicated to their legislative responsibilities.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, while making contribution, described the death of the Senator as a heavy blow to the Senate and the entire nation, noting that it was a grave loss and big blow not only to the Senate and the National Assembly but to the entire nation.
He observed that Senator Bukar was committed to providing education to Nigerian children, pointing out that the last bill the lawmaker sponsored before his death was on the establishment of federal polytechnic, Daura in Katsina State.
Ekweremadu also pointed out that the late lawmaker was a gentleman, humane, diligent, perceptive, and humble, saying, “he was a pan-Nigerian and a pro-masses lawmaker, who showed great interest in finding lasting solution to the nation’s perennial energy problem.
Also, the Senate minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio (PDP, Akwa Ibom), in his contribution, described the late Bukar as a peace builder, lamenting that his death was very painful.
Deputy Leader of the Senate, Senator Bala Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi), noted that Senator Bukar never had problems with anybody throughout his stay in the Red Chamber, saying, “it is a painful day for us. I am diminished by his death”.
Senators Philip Aduda, Francis Alimikhena, Abu Ibrahim and Kwankwaso, all described their deceased colleague as a good, gentle and hardworking lawmaker, who committed himself to the unity of the Senate and Nigerians in general.
Senator John Enoh (APC, Cross River), noted that late Bukar did not speak all the time in the Senate but when he spoke, he did it with a lot of sense and wisdom.
He pointed out that even though Senator Bukar represented President Muhammadu Buhari, he never showed off or demonstrated that he had connection with the highest authorities in the land.
Senator Jonah Jang (PDP, Plateau), while contributing, enjoined lawmakers to be going for medical check-ups at least once a year to avoid falling victims of certain latent but dangerous killer diseases, stressing that lives could be saved if parliamentarians check their state of health from time to time.
The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, in his remarks, noted that though Senator Bukar was a first time lawmaker in the Red Chamber, he stood out for the quality of his contributions on the floor, his pragmatism and his work towards strengthening the institution of the legislature.
He lamented that the apex legislative chamber and indeed Nigerians in general would greatly miss the deceased politician as a result of his vibrancy in legislative business.