- Andrew Uchendu has been sworn-in as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
- Uchendu will represent Rivers East senatorial district on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
- He replaces Senator George Sekibo who was sacked by the Appeal Court recently
The Nigerian Senate leadership on Wednesday, September 27 swore-in Andrew Uchendu as the senator representing Rivers East senatorial district in the upper chambers.
A graduate of the University of Ibadan, Uchendu is a former member of the House of Representatives from 2003 to 2011.
The APC senator was declared the winner of the senatorial contest by the Court of Appeal, Abuja, cutting short the tenure of Senator George Sekibo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A recipient of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), Uchendu is an ally of the minister of transportation, Chibuke Rotimi Amaechi.
His entrance into the Senate means that the APC now has two senators from Rivers state.
Meanwhile, Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Monday, September 25, declared open a public hearing organized by the Senate committee on finance.
The public hearing is focused on:
- Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Bill (SB 331);
- Companies Income Tax Act 2004 (Amendment Bill) 2017 (SB 14); and the
- Bill for an Act to Provide for Constituency Projects in the Annual Budget of the Federation and For Other Matters Connected Therewith (SB321).
In his comments, Saraki emphasized the need for Nigeria’s tax regime to be characterized by transparency, accountability, and sound economic management.
He also expressed optimism that the private sector will contribute to the development of critical infrastructure across Nigeria, stressing that tax bills can be used to incentivize the private sector on the issue.
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