Nigeria’s Senate Streamed Its Plenary Session Live On Facebook Today


The video showed part of the Senate’s deliberations on the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) for 2017-2019. “Part of,” because it was just a test-run, so it was a pretty short video (about 12 minutes, actually). The full video was uploaded to the Senate’s official YouTube page, where they’ve been uploading their sessions for almost a year now.

To be honest, it wasn’t a smooth broadcast (there were times when the video had no audio), but since it’s a test-run, I’m willing to give them a second chance.

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All that aside, I think it’s great that the Senate is employing methods that promote transparency. I’m totally here for it. The curious thing, though, is that the video was streamed on Senate President Bukola Saraki’s  Facebook account, instead of the official Facebook account of the Nigerian Senate. It’s probably because Senator Saraki has more followers, and they needed the traffic, but things should be done the correct way if they are to be done at all.

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