Proceedings of The Nigerian Senate of Tuesday, 14TH July, 2020

Welcome to a new Legislative Day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at about 10:35am.

Senate moved for the adoption of the Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday 8th July, 2020.

POINT OF ORDER
Senator Uche Ekwunife came under Order 43 to urge the Senate to call the Federal Ministry of Works through Federal Roads Maintenance Agency to address the terrible roads in the country.

Senator Binos Yaroe Cited Order 42 to seek the leave of the Senate to present his motion the next legislative day.

Senator Ayo Akinyelure cited Order 42(1& 3) to present to the Senate, petitions yet to be laid from the Office of the President of the Senate.
Petition was referred to Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions and to report back within four weeks.

Senator Abba Moro cited order 43 to seek the leave of the Senate to present a motion on Illicit Charges on Nigerians by Nigerian Banks.
Senate ruled the Motion be presented the next legislative day .

Senator Muhammad Enagi Cited Rule 43 to notify the Senate on the heavy downpour in his constituency which has rendered many of his constituents homeless.
Senate resolved to
i. Mandate the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and National Emergency Management Agency
to immediately intervene in the affected communities;
ii. Mandate the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to undertake reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged schools.

Senator Chukwuka Utazi Cited Order 43 to inform the senate of the unfair criticism and name calling on the manufacturer of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Mr. Innocent Chukwuma.

Senator Danjuma La’ah Cited Order 43 to seek the leave of the senate to present a Motion on the incessant killings in Southern Kaduna and appealed to the Senate to request the Federal Government to send Military men to restore peace in the senatorial district.
Senate ruled the motion be presented the next legislative day. “I will suggest the military upscale their duty in Southern Kaduna.” – Dr. Ahmad Lawan

PRESENTATION OF BILLS

  1. Open Distance Learning Bill, 2020 (SB. 446) by Senator Sabi Abdullahi
    Open Distance Learning Bill, 2020 (SB. 446) was read the First Time
  2. Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 467) by Senator Sani Musa
    Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 467) was read the First Time
  3. National School Feeding (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 468) by Senator Uche Ekwunife
    National School Feeding (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 468) was read the First Time.
  4. Labour Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 469) by Senator Francis Onyewuchi
    Labour Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 469) was read the First Time.
  5. National Animal Identification and Management Bureau (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 471) by Senator Muhammad Bima
    National Animal Identification and Management Bureau (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 471) was read the First Time

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

  1. Reports of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND by Senator Ahmad, Babba Kaita.
    Senator Sandy Onuh seconded that the Senate do receive the reports of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the followings;

a. City University of Technology Auchi (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 22);
b. Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko (Est, etc)Bill, 2020 (SB. 272);
c. Federal University of Technology Manchok, Kaduna State (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 141); and
d. Federal Polytechnic Aba (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 10)

Senator Ahmad Kaita laid the report.

  1. Report of the Committee on Health on National Health Insurance Scheme Act, CAP N42 LFN, 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 65) by Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe
    Senator Uba Sani seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Health on National Health Insurance Scheme Act, CAP N42 LFN, 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 65)

Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe laid the report.

  1. Report of the Joint Committee on Communications and Trade & Investment on the Investigation on the increasing rate of Drop Calls and other Unwholesome practices by Telecommunications Network in Nigeria by Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

Senator Lola Ashiru seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Joint Committee on Communications and
Trade & Investment on the Investigation on the increasing rate of Drop Calls and other Unwholesome practices.

Senator Opeyemi Bamidele presented and laid the report on behalf of Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

  1. Report of the Committee on Land Transport on National Transport Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 427) by Senator Abdulfatai Buhari.
    Senator Ishaku Abbo seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Land Transport on National Transport Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 427)

Senator Abdulfatai Buhari laid the report.

EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Confirmation of the nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Non-Career Ambassadors by Senator Abubakar Abdullahi (Senate Leader)
  2. Mr. John J. Usanga – Non-Career Ambassador – Akwa-Ibom State
  3. Air Commodore Peter Ndabake (Rtd.) – Non-Career Ambassador – Niger State
    Minority Leader seconded that the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-in-C on the Confirmation of the Nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Non-Career Ambassadors in accordance with Section 171(1), 2(c) & Sub-section (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended).

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs for further legislative actions and report back in two (2) weeks.

  1. Confirmation of the Nomination of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta for Appointment as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) by Senator Abubakar Abdullahi (Senate Leader)

Minority Leader seconded that the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-in-C on the Confirmation of the
Nomination of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta for Appointment as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in accordance with Section 8(1) of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003.

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Communications and to report back within a week.

  1. Confirmation of the Nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) by Senator Abubakar Abdullahi
  2. Barr. Ben Umeano – Member – Anambra State – South-East Zone
  3. Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma – Member – Edo State – South-South Zone
  4. Olayinka Babatunde Balogun – Member – Ogun State – South-West Zone

Minority Leader seconded that the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-in-C on the Confirmation of the Nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in accordance with Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended) pursuant to Section 1(2) & (3) of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act, LFN 2004.

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges
and Public Petitions.

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

  1. Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2) by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.

Senator Ajibola Basiru seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2).

Senator Opeyemi laid and presented the report.

Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the for the clause by clause consideration of the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2).

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

  1. Report of the Committee on Solid Minerals, Steel Development and Metallurgy on the Need for the continuous implementation of policy reforms for the diversification of the Nigerian economy by Senator Tanko Al-Makura.

Senator Michael Nnachi seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Solid Minerals, Steel Development and Metallurgy on the Need for the continuous implementation of policy reforms for the diversification of
the Nigerian economy through the Solid Mineral Sector.

Senator Tanko Al-Makura laid and presented the report.

Senate considered and adopted the recommendations of the report on the Need for the continuous implementation of policy reforms for the diversification of the Nigerian economy.

“Let me join our colleagues who commented on this report. I want to also commend the Chairman and Committee members on Solid Minerals for a job well done. I believe that the Committee has done so much work and I want to agree with Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi that we implement the recommendations while it is our duty to have the legislation either in the form of amendment or new legislation. Where we need policy, we refer to the Executive and guidelines will be
necessary on how this sector is operated. I want to agree with Senator Rochas Okorocha that we have people coming outside the country and exploring our mining site without due process. I think we should declare such people criminals because this is going against our sovereignty. It happens in the North Central part of Nigeria. I think it is for us in
government to ensure this is stopped. And I want to agree with the Committee that we should have Ease of Doing Business in the Mineral Sector.” – President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, CON.

MOTIONS

  1. Urgent need to resuscitate and Re-Activate the Rehabilitation and Concession of the Eastern Rail line Project by Senator Uzor Kalu and 101 others.
    Senator Okorocha seconded.

Senate resolved to:
i. Urge the Executive to prioritize the commencement of the Rehabilitation and Concession agreement for the Eastern corridor in recognition of its huge revenue potentials to the national economy and for movement of people to reduce the burden on dilapidated roads in this axis;
ii. Mandate its Committee on Land Transport to interface with the relevant Ministry and agencies of the Executive to facilitate the commencement of the Eastern corridor; and
iii. Mandate its Committee on Compliance to ensure compliance and report back to the Senate in 3 weeks for further legislative action.

  1. Urgent need to ensure strict compliance with statutory regulations and provisions regarding the Nigerian Diving Sector and also urge the Ministry of Labour to as a matter of urgency inaugurate the Diving Advisory Board to ensure the regulation of its operations in the sector by Senator Sulaiman Umar and seven others.
    Senator Sani Musa Seconded

Senate resolved to:
i. Mandate the Committees on Local Content to liaise with Minister of Labour and Employment with a view to causing the immediate inauguration of the Divers Advisory Board to regulate and oversee the activities of diving in Nigeria; and
ii. Mandate the Committees on Local Content to investigate the claims of contravention of relevant statutory provisions in the areas of diving in the oil and gas sector.

  1. The need for the establishment of a Military Unit in Jigawa State by Senator Ibrahim Hadejia.Senator Abba Moro seconded.

Senate resolved to:
i. Urge the Federal Government to immediately direct the deployment of Permanent Platoon or forward operation base of soldiers to decisively uproot
the marauders in states affected by this act of insurgency so they can resume their farming and other economic activities;
ii. Call on NEMA, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Service to immediately arrange for distribution of relief materials and
agricultural inputs respectively so the communities affected can get some relief and resume immediate cultivation to race advantage of the rainy season to recoup their losses.

  1. Urgent need for Government Intervention to curb the menace of Erosion in communities in Imo West Senatorial Zone, Imo State by Senator Rochas Okorocha.
    Senator Ibrahim Hadejia seconded.

Senate resolved to:
i. Direct the Committees on Environment, Finance, National Planning and Economic Affairs, Water Resources and Works to jointly inter-face with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Works, Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and other relevant stakeholders to:-
a. Determine why previous Federal Government Interventions have failed to yield a lasting solution to this menace;
b. Provide a permanent and sustainable solution to the menace and report to the Senate within 2 weeks;
ii. Direct Nigeria Erosion and watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) to include these areas affected by erosion in Imo West Senatorial Zone in their 2020 work plan; and
iii. Issue such further directives as deemed expedient in the circumstance to ensure compliance these resolutions.

ADJOURNMENT
Senate Leader moved that plenary be adjourned to another legislative day. Minority Leader seconded.

Plenary was adjourned to Wednesday, 15th July.

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF TUESDAY, 14TH JULY, 2020

Welcome to a new Legislative Day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at about 10:35am.

Senate moved for the adoption of the Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday 8th July, 2020.

POINT OF ORDER
Senator Uche Ekwunife came under Order 43 to urge the Senate to call the Federal Ministry of Works through Federal Roads Maintenance Agency to address the terrible roads in the country.

Senator Binos Yaroe Cited Order 42 to seek the leave of the Senate to present his motion the next legislative day.

Senator Ayo Akinyelure cited Order 42(1& 3) to present to the Senate, petitions yet to be laid from the Office of the President of the Senate.
Petition was referred to Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions and to report back within four weeks.

Senator Abba Moro cited order 43 to seek the leave of the Senate to present a motion on Illicit Charges on Nigerians by Nigerian Banks.
Senate ruled the Motion be presented the next legislative day .

Senator Muhammad Enagi Cited Rule 43 to notify the Senate on the heavy downpour in his constituency which has rendered many of his constituents homeless.
Senate resolved to
i. Mandate the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and National Emergency Management Agency
to immediately intervene in the affected communities;
ii. Mandate the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to undertake reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged schools.

Senator Chukwuka Utazi Cited Order 43 to inform the senate of the unfair criticism and name calling on the manufacturer of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Mr. Innocent Chukwuma.

Senator Danjuma La’ah Cited Order 43 to seek the leave of the senate to present a Motion on the incessant killings in Southern Kaduna and appealed to the Senate to request the Federal Government to send Military men to restore peace in the senatorial district.
Senate ruled the motion be presented the next legislative day. “I will suggest the military upscale their duty in Southern Kaduna.” – Dr. Ahmad Lawan

PRESENTATION OF BILLS

  1. Open Distance Learning Bill, 2020 (SB. 446) by Senator Sabi Abdullahi
    Open Distance Learning Bill, 2020 (SB. 446) was read the First Time
  2. Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 467) by Senator Sani Musa
    Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 467) was read the First Time
  3. National School Feeding (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 468) by Senator Uche Ekwunife
    National School Feeding (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 468) was read the First Time.
  4. Labour Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 469) by Senator Francis Onyewuchi
    Labour Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 469) was read the First Time.
  5. National Animal Identification and Management Bureau (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 471) by Senator Muhammad Bima
    National Animal Identification and Management Bureau (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 471) was read the First Time

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

  1. Reports of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND by Senator Ahmad, Babba Kaita.
    Senator Sandy Onuh seconded that the Senate do receive the reports of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the followings;

a. City University of Technology Auchi (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 22);
b. Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko (Est, etc)Bill, 2020 (SB. 272);
c. Federal University of Technology Manchok, Kaduna State (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 141); and
d. Federal Polytechnic Aba (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 10)

Senator Ahmad Kaita laid the report.

  1. Report of the Committee on Health on National Health Insurance Scheme Act, CAP N42 LFN, 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 65) by Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe
    Senator Uba Sani seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Health on National Health Insurance Scheme Act, CAP N42 LFN, 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 65)

Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe laid the report.

  1. Report of the Joint Committee on Communications and Trade & Investment on the Investigation on the increasing rate of Drop Calls and other Unwholesome practices by Telecommunications Network in Nigeria by Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

Senator Lola Ashiru seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Joint Committee on Communications and
Trade & Investment on the Investigation on the increasing rate of Drop Calls and other Unwholesome practices.

Senator Opeyemi Bamidele presented and laid the report on behalf of Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

  1. Report of the Committee on Land Transport on National Transport Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 427) by Senator Abdulfatai Buhari.
    Senator Ishaku Abbo seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Land Transport on National Transport Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 427)

Senator Abdulfatai Buhari laid the report.

EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Confirmation of the nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Non-Career Ambassadors by Senator Abubakar Abdullahi (Senate Leader)
  2. Mr. John J. Usanga – Non-Career Ambassador – Akwa-Ibom State
  3. Air Commodore Peter Ndabake (Rtd.) – Non-Career Ambassador – Niger State
    Minority Leader seconded that the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-in-C on the Confirmation of the Nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Non-Career Ambassadors in accordance with Section 171(1), 2(c) & Sub-section (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended).

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs for further legislative actions and report back in two (2) weeks.

  1. Confirmation of the Nomination of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta for Appointment as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) by Senator Abubakar Abdullahi (Senate Leader)

Minority Leader seconded that the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-in-C on the Confirmation of the
Nomination of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta for Appointment as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in accordance with Section 8(1) of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003.

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Communications and to report back within a week.

  1. Confirmation of the Nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) by Senator Abubakar Abdullahi
  2. Barr. Ben Umeano – Member – Anambra State – South-East Zone
  3. Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma – Member – Edo State – South-South Zone
  4. Olayinka Babatunde Balogun – Member – Ogun State – South-West Zone

Minority Leader seconded that the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-in-C on the Confirmation of the Nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in accordance with Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended) pursuant to Section 1(2) & (3) of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act, LFN 2004.

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges
and Public Petitions.

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

  1. Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2) by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.

Senator Ajibola Basiru seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2).

Senator Opeyemi laid and presented the report.

Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the for the clause by clause consideration of the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2).

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

  1. Report of the Committee on Solid Minerals, Steel Development and Metallurgy on the Need for the continuous implementation of policy reforms for the diversification of the Nigerian economy by Senator Tanko Al-Makura.

Senator Michael Nnachi seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Solid Minerals, Steel Development and Metallurgy on the Need for the continuous implementation of policy reforms for the diversification of
the Nigerian economy through the Solid Mineral Sector.

Senator Tanko Al-Makura laid and presented the report.

Senate considered and adopted the recommendations of the report on the Need for the continuous implementation of policy reforms for the diversification of the Nigerian economy.

“Let me join our colleagues who commented on this report. I want to also commend the Chairman and Committee members on Solid Minerals for a job well done. I believe that the Committee has done so much work and I want to agree with Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi that we implement the recommendations while it is our duty to have the legislation either in the form of amendment or new legislation. Where we need policy, we refer to the Executive and guidelines will be
necessary on how this sector is operated. I want to agree with Senator Rochas Okorocha that we have people coming outside the country and exploring our mining site without due process. I think we should declare such people criminals because this is going against our sovereignty. It happens in the North Central part of Nigeria. I think it is for us in
government to ensure this is stopped. And I want to agree with the Committee that we should have Ease of Doing Business in the Mineral Sector.” – President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, CON.

MOTIONS

  1. Urgent need to resuscitate and Re-Activate the Rehabilitation and Concession of the Eastern Rail line Project by Senator Uzor Kalu and 101 others.
    Senator Okorocha seconded.

Senate resolved to:
i. Urge the Executive to prioritize the commencement of the Rehabilitation and Concession agreement for the Eastern corridor in recognition of its huge revenue potentials to the national economy and for movement of people to reduce the burden on dilapidated roads in this axis;
ii. Mandate its Committee on Land Transport to interface with the relevant Ministry and agencies of the Executive to facilitate the commencement of the Eastern corridor; and
iii. Mandate its Committee on Compliance to ensure compliance and report back to the Senate in 3 weeks for further legislative action.

  1. Urgent need to ensure strict compliance with statutory regulations and provisions regarding the Nigerian Diving Sector and also urge the Ministry of Labour to as a matter of urgency inaugurate the Diving Advisory Board to ensure the regulation of its operations in the sector by Senator Sulaiman Umar and seven others.
    Senator Sani Musa Seconded

Senate resolved to:
i. Mandate the Committees on Local Content to liaise with Minister of Labour and Employment with a view to causing the immediate inauguration of the Divers Advisory Board to regulate and oversee the activities of diving in Nigeria; and
ii. Mandate the Committees on Local Content to investigate the claims of contravention of relevant statutory provisions in the areas of diving in the oil and gas sector.

  1. The need for the establishment of a Military Unit in Jigawa State by Senator Ibrahim Hadejia.Senator Abba Moro seconded.

Senate resolved to:
i. Urge the Federal Government to immediately direct the deployment of Permanent Platoon or forward operation base of soldiers to decisively uproot
the marauders in states affected by this act of insurgency so they can resume their farming and other economic activities;
ii. Call on NEMA, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Service to immediately arrange for distribution of relief materials and
agricultural inputs respectively so the communities affected can get some relief and resume immediate cultivation to race advantage of the rainy season to recoup their losses.

  1. Urgent need for Government Intervention to curb the menace of Erosion in communities in Imo West Senatorial Zone, Imo State by Senator Rochas Okorocha.
    Senator Ibrahim Hadejia seconded.

Senate resolved to:
i. Direct the Committees on Environment, Finance, National Planning and Economic Affairs, Water Resources and Works to jointly inter-face with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Works, Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and other relevant stakeholders to:-
a. Determine why previous Federal Government Interventions have failed to yield a lasting solution to this menace;
b. Provide a permanent and sustainable solution to the menace and report to the Senate within 2 weeks;
ii. Direct Nigeria Erosion and watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) to include these areas affected by erosion in Imo West Senatorial Zone in their 2020 work plan; and
iii. Issue such further directives as deemed expedient in the circumstance to ensure compliance these resolutions.

ADJOURNMENT
Senate Leader moved that plenary be adjourned to another legislative day. Minority Leader seconded.

Plenary was adjourned to Wednesday, 15th July.

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF TUESDAY, 14TH JULY, 2020

Welcome to a new Legislative Day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at about 10:35am.

Senate moved for the adoption of the Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday 8th July, 2020.

POINT OF ORDER
Senator Uche Ekwunife came under Order 43 to urge the Senate to call the Federal Ministry of Works through Federal Roads Maintenance Agency to address the terrible roads in the country.

Senator Binos Yaroe Cited Order 42 to seek the leave of the Senate to present his motion the next legislative day.

Senator Ayo Akinyelure cited Order 42(1& 3) to present to the Senate, petitions yet to be laid from the Office of the President of the Senate.
Petition was referred to Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions and to report back within four weeks.

Senator Abba Moro cited order 43 to seek the leave of the Senate to present a motion on Illicit Charges on Nigerians by Nigerian Banks.
Senate ruled the Motion be presented the next legislative day .

Senator Muhammad Enagi Cited Rule 43 to notify the Senate on the heavy downpour in his constituency which has rendered many of his constituents homeless.
Senate resolved to
i. Mandate the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and National Emergency Management Agency
to immediately intervene in the affected communities;
ii. Mandate the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to undertake reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged schools.

Senator Chukwuka Utazi Cited Order 43 to inform the senate of the unfair criticism and name calling on the manufacturer of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Mr. Innocent Chukwuma.

Senator Danjuma La’ah Cited Order 43 to seek the leave of the senate to present a Motion on the incessant killings in Southern Kaduna and appealed to the Senate to request the Federal Government to send Military men to restore peace in the senatorial district.
Senate ruled the motion be presented the next legislative day. “I will suggest the military upscale their duty in Southern Kaduna.” – Dr. Ahmad Lawan

PRESENTATION OF BILLS

  1. Open Distance Learning Bill, 2020 (SB. 446) by Senator Sabi Abdullahi
    Open Distance Learning Bill, 2020 (SB. 446) was read the First Time
  2. Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 467) by Senator Sani Musa
    Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 467) was read the First Time
  3. National School Feeding (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 468) by Senator Uche Ekwunife
    National School Feeding (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 468) was read the First Time.
  4. Labour Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 469) by Senator Francis Onyewuchi
    Labour Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 469) was read the First Time.
  5. National Animal Identification and Management Bureau (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 471) by Senator Muhammad Bima
    National Animal Identification and Management Bureau (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 471) was read the First Time

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

  1. Reports of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND by Senator Ahmad, Babba Kaita.
    Senator Sandy Onuh seconded that the Senate do receive the reports of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the followings;

a. City University of Technology Auchi (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 22);
b. Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko (Est, etc)Bill, 2020 (SB. 272);
c. Federal University of Technology Manchok, Kaduna State (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 141); and
d. Federal Polytechnic Aba (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 10)

Senator Ahmad Kaita laid the report.

  1. Report of the Committee on Health on National Health Insurance Scheme Act, CAP N42 LFN, 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 65) by Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe
    Senator Uba Sani seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Health on National Health Insurance Scheme Act, CAP N42 LFN, 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 65)

Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe laid the report.

  1. Report of the Joint Committee on Communications and Trade & Investment on the Investigation on the increasing rate of Drop Calls and other Unwholesome practices by Telecommunications Network in Nigeria by Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

Senator Lola Ashiru seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Joint Committee on Communications and
Trade & Investment on the Investigation on the increasing rate of Drop Calls and other Unwholesome practices.

Senator Opeyemi Bamidele presented and laid the report on behalf of Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

  1. Report of the Committee on Land Transport on National Transport Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 427) by Senator Abdulfatai Buhari.
    Senator Ishaku Abbo seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Land Transport on National Transport Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 427)

Senator Abdulfatai Buhari laid the report.

EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Confirmation of the nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Non-Career Ambassadors by Senator Abubakar Abdullahi (Senate Leader)
  2. Mr. John J. Usanga – Non-Career Ambassador – Akwa-Ibom State
  3. Air Commodore Peter Ndabake (Rtd.) – Non-Career Ambassador – Niger State
    Minority Leader seconded that the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-in-C on the Confirmation of the Nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Non-Career Ambassadors in accordance with Section 171(1), 2(c) & Sub-section (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended).

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs for further legislative actions and report back in two (2) weeks.

  1. Confirmation of the Nomination of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta for Appointment as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) by Senator Abubakar Abdullahi (Senate Leader)

Minority Leader seconded that the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-in-C on the Confirmation of the
Nomination of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta for Appointment as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in accordance with Section 8(1) of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003.

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Communications and to report back within a week.

  1. Confirmation of the Nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) by Senator Abubakar Abdullahi
  2. Barr. Ben Umeano – Member – Anambra State – South-East Zone
  3. Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma – Member – Edo State – South-South Zone
  4. Olayinka Babatunde Balogun – Member – Ogun State – South-West Zone

Minority Leader seconded that the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-in-C on the Confirmation of the Nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in accordance with Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended) pursuant to Section 1(2) & (3) of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act, LFN 2004.

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges
and Public Petitions.

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

  1. Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2) by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.

Senator Ajibola Basiru seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2).

Senator Opeyemi laid and presented the report.

Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the for the clause by clause consideration of the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2).

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

  1. Report of the Committee on Solid Minerals, Steel Development and Metallurgy on the Need for the continuous implementation of policy reforms for the diversification of the Nigerian economy by Senator Tanko Al-Makura.

Senator Michael Nnachi seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Solid Minerals, Steel Development and Metallurgy on the Need for the continuous implementation of policy reforms for the diversification of
the Nigerian economy through the Solid Mineral Sector.

Senator Tanko Al-Makura laid and presented the report.

Senate considered and adopted the recommendations of the report on the Need for the continuous implementation of policy reforms for the diversification of the Nigerian economy.

“Let me join our colleagues who commented on this report. I want to also commend the Chairman and Committee members on Solid Minerals for a job well done. I believe that the Committee has done so much work and I want to agree with Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi that we implement the recommendations while it is our duty to have the legislation either in the form of amendment or new legislation. Where we need policy, we refer to the Executive and guidelines will be
necessary on how this sector is operated. I want to agree with Senator Rochas Okorocha that we have people coming outside the country and exploring our mining site without due process. I think we should declare such people criminals because this is going against our sovereignty. It happens in the North Central part of Nigeria. I think it is for us in
government to ensure this is stopped. And I want to agree with the Committee that we should have Ease of Doing Business in the Mineral Sector.” – President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, CON.

MOTIONS

  1. Urgent need to resuscitate and Re-Activate the Rehabilitation and Concession of the Eastern Rail line Project by Senator Uzor Kalu and 101 others.
    Senator Okorocha seconded.

Senate resolved to:
i. Urge the Executive to prioritize the commencement of the Rehabilitation and Concession agreement for the Eastern corridor in recognition of its huge revenue potentials to the national economy and for movement of people to reduce the burden on dilapidated roads in this axis;
ii. Mandate its Committee on Land Transport to interface with the relevant Ministry and agencies of the Executive to facilitate the commencement of the Eastern corridor; and
iii. Mandate its Committee on Compliance to ensure compliance and report back to the Senate in 3 weeks for further legislative action.

  1. Urgent need to ensure strict compliance with statutory regulations and provisions regarding the Nigerian Diving Sector and also urge the Ministry of Labour to as a matter of urgency inaugurate the Diving Advisory Board to ensure the regulation of its operations in the sector by Senator Sulaiman Umar and seven others.
    Senator Sani Musa Seconded

Senate resolved to:
i. Mandate the Committees on Local Content to liaise with Minister of Labour and Employment with a view to causing the immediate inauguration of the Divers Advisory Board to regulate and oversee the activities of diving in Nigeria; and
ii. Mandate the Committees on Local Content to investigate the claims of contravention of relevant statutory provisions in the areas of diving in the oil and gas sector.

  1. The need for the establishment of a Military Unit in Jigawa State by Senator Ibrahim Hadejia.Senator Abba Moro seconded.

Senate resolved to:
i. Urge the Federal Government to immediately direct the deployment of Permanent Platoon or forward operation base of soldiers to decisively uproot
the marauders in states affected by this act of insurgency so they can resume their farming and other economic activities;
ii. Call on NEMA, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Service to immediately arrange for distribution of relief materials and
agricultural inputs respectively so the communities affected can get some relief and resume immediate cultivation to race advantage of the rainy season to recoup their losses.

  1. Urgent need for Government Intervention to curb the menace of Erosion in communities in Imo West Senatorial Zone, Imo State by Senator Rochas Okorocha.
    Senator Ibrahim Hadejia seconded.

Senate resolved to:
i. Direct the Committees on Environment, Finance, National Planning and Economic Affairs, Water Resources and Works to jointly inter-face with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Works, Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and other relevant stakeholders to:-
a. Determine why previous Federal Government Interventions have failed to yield a lasting solution to this menace;
b. Provide a permanent and sustainable solution to the menace and report to the Senate within 2 weeks;
ii. Direct Nigeria Erosion and watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) to include these areas affected by erosion in Imo West Senatorial Zone in their 2020 work plan; and
iii. Issue such further directives as deemed expedient in the circumstance to ensure compliance these resolutions.

ADJOURNMENT
Senate Leader moved that plenary be adjourned to another legislative day. Minority Leader seconded.

Plenary was adjourned to Wednesday, 15th July.

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF TUESDAY, 14TH JULY, 2020

Welcome to a new Legislative Day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at about 10:35am.

Senate moved for the adoption of the Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday 8th July, 2020.

POINT OF ORDER
Senator Uche Ekwunife came under Order 43 to urge the Senate to call the Federal Ministry of Works through Federal Roads Maintenance Agency to address the terrible roads in the country.

Senator Binos Yaroe Cited Order 42 to seek the leave of the Senate to present his motion the next legislative day.

Senator Ayo Akinyelure cited Order 42(1& 3) to present to the Senate, petitions yet to be laid from the Office of the President of the Senate.
Petition was referred to Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions and to report back within four weeks.

Senator Abba Moro cited order 43 to seek the leave of the Senate to present a motion on Illicit Charges on Nigerians by Nigerian Banks.
Senate ruled the Motion be presented the next legislative day .

Senator Muhammad Enagi Cited Rule 43 to notify the Senate on the heavy downpour in his constituency which has rendered many of his constituents homeless.
Senate resolved to
i. Mandate the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and National Emergency Management Agency
to immediately intervene in the affected communities;
ii. Mandate the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to undertake reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged schools.

Senator Chukwuka Utazi Cited Order 43 to inform the senate of the unfair criticism and name calling on the manufacturer of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Mr. Innocent Chukwuma.

Senator Danjuma La’ah Cited Order 43 to seek the leave of the senate to present a Motion on the incessant killings in Southern Kaduna and appealed to the Senate to request the Federal Government to send Military men to restore peace in the senatorial district.
Senate ruled the motion be presented the next legislative day. “I will suggest the military upscale their duty in Southern Kaduna.” – Dr. Ahmad Lawan

PRESENTATION OF BILLS

  1. Open Distance Learning Bill, 2020 (SB. 446) by Senator Sabi Abdullahi
    Open Distance Learning Bill, 2020 (SB. 446) was read the First Time
  2. Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 467) by Senator Sani Musa
    Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 467) was read the First Time
  3. National School Feeding (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 468) by Senator Uche Ekwunife
    National School Feeding (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 468) was read the First Time.
  4. Labour Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 469) by Senator Francis Onyewuchi
    Labour Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 469) was read the First Time.
  5. National Animal Identification and Management Bureau (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 471) by Senator Muhammad Bima
    National Animal Identification and Management Bureau (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 471) was read the First Time

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

  1. Reports of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND by Senator Ahmad, Babba Kaita.
    Senator Sandy Onuh seconded that the Senate do receive the reports of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the followings;

a. City University of Technology Auchi (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 22);
b. Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko (Est, etc)Bill, 2020 (SB. 272);
c. Federal University of Technology Manchok, Kaduna State (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 141); and
d. Federal Polytechnic Aba (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 10)

Senator Ahmad Kaita laid the report.

  1. Report of the Committee on Health on National Health Insurance Scheme Act, CAP N42 LFN, 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 65) by Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe
    Senator Uba Sani seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Health on National Health Insurance Scheme Act, CAP N42 LFN, 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 65)

Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe laid the report.

  1. Report of the Joint Committee on Communications and Trade & Investment on the Investigation on the increasing rate of Drop Calls and other Unwholesome practices by Telecommunications Network in Nigeria by Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

Senator Lola Ashiru seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Joint Committee on Communications and
Trade & Investment on the Investigation on the increasing rate of Drop Calls and other Unwholesome practices.

Senator Opeyemi Bamidele presented and laid the report on behalf of Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

  1. Report of the Committee on Land Transport on National Transport Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 427) by Senator Abdulfatai Buhari.
    Senator Ishaku Abbo seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Land Transport on National Transport Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 427)

Senator Abdulfatai Buhari laid the report.

EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Confirmation of the nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Non-Career Ambassadors by Senator Abubakar Abdullahi (Senate Leader)
  2. Mr. John J. Usanga – Non-Career Ambassador – Akwa-Ibom State
  3. Air Commodore Peter Ndabake (Rtd.) – Non-Career Ambassador – Niger State
    Minority Leader seconded that the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-in-C on the Confirmation of the Nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Non-Career Ambassadors in accordance with Section 171(1), 2(c) & Sub-section (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended).

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs for further legislative actions and report back in two (2) weeks.

  1. Confirmation of the Nomination of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta for Appointment as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) by Senator Abubakar Abdullahi (Senate Leader)

Minority Leader seconded that the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-in-C on the Confirmation of the
Nomination of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta for Appointment as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in accordance with Section 8(1) of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003.

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Communications and to report back within a week.

  1. Confirmation of the Nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) by Senator Abubakar Abdullahi
  2. Barr. Ben Umeano – Member – Anambra State – South-East Zone
  3. Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma – Member – Edo State – South-South Zone
  4. Olayinka Babatunde Balogun – Member – Ogun State – South-West Zone

Minority Leader seconded that the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-in-C on the Confirmation of the Nominations of the following persons for Appointment as Members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in accordance with Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended) pursuant to Section 1(2) & (3) of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act, LFN 2004.

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges
and Public Petitions.

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

  1. Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2) by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.

Senator Ajibola Basiru seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2).

Senator Opeyemi laid and presented the report.

Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the for the clause by clause consideration of the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2).

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 2) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

  1. Report of the Committee on Solid Minerals, Steel Development and Metallurgy on the Need for the continuous implementation of policy reforms for the diversification of the Nigerian economy by Senator Tanko Al-Makura.

Senator Michael Nnachi seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Solid Minerals, Steel Development and Metallurgy on the Need for the continuous implementation of policy reforms for the diversification of
the Nigerian economy through the Solid Mineral Sector.

Senator Tanko Al-Makura laid and presented the report.

Senate considered and adopted the recommendations of the report on the Need for the continuous implementation of policy reforms for the diversification of the Nigerian economy.

“Let me join our colleagues who commented on this report. I want to also commend the Chairman and Committee members on Solid Minerals for a job well done. I believe that the Committee has done so much work and I want to agree with Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi that we implement the recommendations while it is our duty to have the legislation either in the form of amendment or new legislation. Where we need policy, we refer to the Executive and guidelines will be
necessary on how this sector is operated. I want to agree with Senator Rochas Okorocha that we have people coming outside the country and exploring our mining site without due process. I think we should declare such people criminals because this is going against our sovereignty. It happens in the North Central part of Nigeria. I think it is for us in
government to ensure this is stopped. And I want to agree with the Committee that we should have Ease of Doing Business in the Mineral Sector.” – President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, CON.

MOTIONS

  1. Urgent need to resuscitate and Re-Activate the Rehabilitation and Concession of the Eastern Rail line Project by Senator Uzor Kalu and 101 others.
    Senator Okorocha seconded.

Senate resolved to:
i. Urge the Executive to prioritize the commencement of the Rehabilitation and Concession agreement for the Eastern corridor in recognition of its huge revenue potentials to the national economy and for movement of people to reduce the burden on dilapidated roads in this axis;
ii. Mandate its Committee on Land Transport to interface with the relevant Ministry and agencies of the Executive to facilitate the commencement of the Eastern corridor; and
iii. Mandate its Committee on Compliance to ensure compliance and report back to the Senate in 3 weeks for further legislative action.

  1. Urgent need to ensure strict compliance with statutory regulations and provisions regarding the Nigerian Diving Sector and also urge the Ministry of Labour to as a matter of urgency inaugurate the Diving Advisory Board to ensure the regulation of its operations in the sector by Senator Sulaiman Umar and seven others.
    Senator Sani Musa Seconded

Senate resolved to:
i. Mandate the Committees on Local Content to liaise with Minister of Labour and Employment with a view to causing the immediate inauguration of the Divers Advisory Board to regulate and oversee the activities of diving in Nigeria; and
ii. Mandate the Committees on Local Content to investigate the claims of contravention of relevant statutory provisions in the areas of diving in the oil and gas sector.

  1. The need for the establishment of a Military Unit in Jigawa State by Senator Ibrahim Hadejia.Senator Abba Moro seconded.

Senate resolved to:
i. Urge the Federal Government to immediately direct the deployment of Permanent Platoon or forward operation base of soldiers to decisively uproot
the marauders in states affected by this act of insurgency so they can resume their farming and other economic activities;
ii. Call on NEMA, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Service to immediately arrange for distribution of relief materials and
agricultural inputs respectively so the communities affected can get some relief and resume immediate cultivation to race advantage of the rainy season to recoup their losses.

  1. Urgent need for Government Intervention to curb the menace of Erosion in communities in Imo West Senatorial Zone, Imo State by Senator Rochas Okorocha.
    Senator Ibrahim Hadejia seconded.

Senate resolved to:
i. Direct the Committees on Environment, Finance, National Planning and Economic Affairs, Water Resources and Works to jointly inter-face with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Works, Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and other relevant stakeholders to:-
a. Determine why previous Federal Government Interventions have failed to yield a lasting solution to this menace;
b. Provide a permanent and sustainable solution to the menace and report to the Senate within 2 weeks;
ii. Direct Nigeria Erosion and watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) to include these areas affected by erosion in Imo West Senatorial Zone in their 2020 work plan; and
iii. Issue such further directives as deemed expedient in the circumstance to ensure compliance these resolutions.

ADJOURNMENT
Senate Leader moved that plenary be adjourned to another legislative day. Minority Leader seconded.

Plenary was adjourned to Wednesday, 15th July.

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