The Senate will adjourn plenary on Tuesday (today) in honour of late Senator Uche Chukwumerije in line with its existing tradition.
Chukwumerije, a three-term senator, was until his death on Sunday at the Nigerian Turkish Hospital, Abuja, at the age of 75, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Education.
As a mark of respect, the Senate as a matter of tradition, usually honours a deceased senator by postponing all items on the order paper at their first plenary after the death of any of their members.
The Senate Leader would, immediately after the chamber had been set for the session, request for an adjournment to honour their late colleague.
His motion for adjournment would then be seconded by the opposition minority leader while the senate president will call for a voice vote from members after which he will make a pronouncement to adjourn plenary till the next legislative day.
Meanwhile, the senate has mourned the passing of Chukwumerije, who it described as a political giant.
A statement by Senate Spokesman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, described the late lawmaker as one of the nation’s finest legislators.
The statement said Chuwkwumerije, who represented Abia North Senatorial District of Abia state in the current senate, easily passes as a repository of legislative tradition and practice.
The statement reads, “The Senate will surely miss his erudite contributions on the floor of the chamber and his painstaking approach to committee work.
“Chukwumerije was indeed an embodiment of legislative tradition and consummate activists democrat who loved his people passionately.
“He will be remembered for his deep love for Ndigbo, which was manifested in his relentless struggle for the total political and social emancipation of the race over the years.
“The late Senator’s love for Nigeria and her corporate existence was unprecedented”.