Why drinks aren’t allowed in Senate — Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan

Natasha Akpoti

Senator Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan has revealed that drinks are not allowed in the Senate chambers so they won’t be used as weapons during heated sessions.

Akpoti-Uduaghan stated this in an Instagram post on Saturday as the Senate gathered to pass the 2024 Appropriation Bill.

The Kogi Central lawmaker said she logged into Instagram to ward off sleep during deliberations at the Senate.

“At the plenary now and sleepy 🥱A cup of coffee would help but drinks aren’t allowed in the chambers so they don’t end up being weapons of attack during heated sessions 😂 So I decided to spend a ‘wake-up’ minute on Instagram,” Akpoti-Uduaghan wrote.

She disclosed what she was wearing, adding that silk, satin, with crystals, pearls and lace were her favourite.

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Meanwhile, the Senate on Saturday passed the 2024 budget with an increase of about N1.2 trillion. It increased the budget from N27.5 trillion presented by President Bola Tinubu in November to N28. 7 trillion.

The red chamber also pegged the benchmark of oil price at $77.96 per barrel of crude oil to reflect the current market values of the product in the international market.

The federal lawmakers approved the oil production rate of 1.78 million barrels per day and the exchange rate of N800 to a US dollar.