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Labour Strike: Gbajabiamila Calls For More Time to Negotiate With Executive On Labour Demands

The Speaker, House of Representatives has call for time to enable him lead the way for negotiations with the executive after meeting with SGF and the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo today.

Labour Strike: Gbajabiamila Calls for More Time to Negotiate with Executive on Labour Demands

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Sunday implored the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to give room for enough time for negotiations with the executive arm of government over the proposed industrial action for commencement on Monday.

This is as the the Speaker later met with the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, to deliberate on the outcome of his meeting with the labour leaders.

The labour unions had threatened to embark on industrial action from Monday if their demands for the reversal of the increase in electricity tariff and Premium Motor Split (PMS) were not met.

Gbajabiamila, while meeting with the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, and the President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Quadri Olaleye, in his office on Sunday, expressed concern over the consequences of a shutdown of the nation’s socio-economic activities on Nigerians, while disclosing his intentions to interface with the executive for a possible amicable resolution of the demands of the Labour unions.

Gbajabiamila said it is incumbent upon the House as elected representatives to see how they can intervene and perhaps a third voice, would be able to broker some kind of amicable solution to the ongoing impasse while citing instances where the House had successfully intervened in such matters before now.

He said: “In good conscience, we are on the same page, or most of the time, we’re on the same page, and you know, that we, the leadership of the House of Representatives are on the same page with you.

“But what is the consequence, and that’s the bigger picture of going on strike. When we have a complete government shutdown, the people we seek to protect, invariably end up holding the short end of the stick.

“So it ends up defeating the purpose. You know, sometimes, no matter how long negotiations or talks last, sometimes at the end of the day, it may be the better route to take.

The Speaker emphasized the need for patience by the labour unions while adding that the timing of the implementation of the issues at stake by the government should be well looked into by both parties since both parties considered some of the issues at stake as inevitable.

“The budget is coming to the National Assembly. Some policies that are being considered and that will make sure to cushion the effect of this includes the provision of food items, distribution of grains, reduction on taxes on minimum wage, payment of some special allowances from October to January 2021, involvement in the ownership of housing programs through household and mortgage outlets by the NLC and TUC members, and special policy of government vehicles autogas, which is an alternative to PMS for public establishments.

“I think these policies and more will go a long way and this can be provided in the budget but it is a couple of weeks away or less. So this is an appeal”.

“I think we can achieve a lot more by being patient because they say when two giants fight, it’s the grass that suffers. We don’t want that to happen here. We all have children, we have wards, we have people who work with us, we have family, and we have friends who suffer the consequences of this”.

After the meeting, Wabba said the outcome of the interface with the executive as promised by the Speaker would determine the next line of action of the Labour unions.

He said: “We told the Speaker how the discussion with the Federal government went and how the meeting was adjourned, so, he has also promised to try and intervene at his own level to see to it that we don’t inflict more pains on Nigerians.

“In the course of the discussion, we had also realized that the House of Representatives has actually done a lot on these issues, including recommendations to the government which we have shared mutually

“But the bottom line is that we want this burden that has now been shifted to Nigerians as consumers is also lifted so that we can have a decent life”.

On the strike, he said, “If the issues are not addressed, we have given notice and that notice will certainly expire by tomorrow (Monday) and all the actions we have pronounced will take effect”.

The Speaker immediately left for the State House where he met with Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo over the issues.

Present at the meeting were Deputy House Leader, Rep. Peter Akpatason; Chairman, House Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity, Rep. Mohammed Ali Wudil and the Chairman, House Committee on Power, Rep. Magaji Da’u Aliyu.

The statement was issued by Lanre Lasisi, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, House of Representatives.

Link For Survival Funds Registration – Daily Watch Press

Features:
Payroll Support: Support 500,000 vulnerable MSMEs in meeting payroll obligations of between N30,000 to N50,000 per employee over 3 months.
Formalisation Support: provide free CAC Business Name registration for 250,000 new businesses.
General Grant: Support the survival of 100,000 businesses most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with N50,000 each.
Artisan/Transport Support: provide 333,000 artisans and transport business operators with a N30,000 operations grant to reduce the effects of income loss.
Guaranteed Offtake Scheme: Bulk purchase of products from 100,000 MSMEs to protect jobs and livelihood.

MSME SURVIVAL FUND
The MSME Survival Fund is a conditional grant to support vulnerable micro and small enterprises in meeting their payroll obligations and safeguard Jobs in the MSMEs sector. The scheme is estimated to save not less than 1.3million jobs across the country and specifically impact on over 35,000 individuals per state.

Duration: The scheme will be implemented over an initial period of three months in order to provide immediate relief from the economic impact of the pandemic.
Target Beneficiaries: The scheme targets two categories of beneficiaries namely; employees of MSMEs and Self-employed individuals, both schemes have made provision for a 45% female business participation and special needs participation of 5%.

Requirements
A. Employees’ company Must be registered in Nigeria under the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC
B. Must have BVN by company CEO
C. Must have a staff strength of no less than 3 persons
D. Must be owned by a Nigerian

Self-employed Individuals in the following categories
A. Service providers in the transportation sector, le. Bus drivers, Taxi drivers, Ride share drivers. (Uber, Bolt Taxify etc) and Mechanics
B. Artisans, Electricians Plumbers etc.

READ: Detailed List of CBN Loans and Fund Interventions For SME Businesses and Agriculture – Plus Application Guidelines

GUARANTEED OFF-TAKE STIMULUS SCHEME
This scheme will protect and sustain the income of vulnerable Micro and Small Enterprises from the economic disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic through the implementation of various initiatives aimed at boosting the production capacities of the small businesses as well as provision of grants.
The main objective of this particular scheme is to boost production capabilities of small businesses with the view to ensuring that they remain in business

Duration: The duration of implementation will be same as the payroll support Target Beneficiaries: Micro and Small businesses registered in Nigeria.

Registration for Payroll Support Begins on 21st September 2020
visit www.survivalfund.ng for registration details

Service Chiefs: Position of Presidency On Resolution By The Senate – Femi Adesina

Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, today responded to the Resolution passed by the Senate on the Service Chiefs.

Mr. Adesina said: “The Senate Tuesday adopted a resolution calling on the Service Chiefs to resign or be sacked due to the multi-pronged security challenges in the country.”

“The Presidency notes the resolution, and reiterates that appointment or sack of Service Chiefs is a Presidential prerogative, and President Muhammadu Buhari, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, will do what is in the best interest of the country at all times.” He concluded.

BREAKING: Drama As Acting NDDC Boss Collapses During House Hearing

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The acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, fainted on Monday during an investigative hearing at the National Assembly.

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The NDDC Boss collapsed when he was seated before the members of the House Committee on NDDC while being grilled by them.

The committee had grilled him for about 45 minutes before he passed out unceremoniously without prior notice.

Pondei has been rushed out of the Conference Room 231, venue of the investigative hearing on illegal spending and mismanagement of funds of the commission.

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The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, however, stayed behind.

Members of the committee are still debating whether to suspend the hearing or not.

Details Later…..

Update: Troops of Operation Sahel Sanity Records Another Huge Success against Bandits

Operation Sahel Sanity Records Another Gain In Katsina State In Its Fight Against Killer Bandits.


Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters Abuja, disclosed yesterday that:

“In line with their noble mission to rid the North-West zone of armed bandits, cattle rustlers, Kidnappers and other sundry criminals, on 18 July 2020 gallant troops of Combat Team 1, Operation SAHEL SANITY with the support of Air Task Force advanced and captured one of the notorious armed bandits strongholds located deep in the forest in Jibia LGA of Katsina State known as Dangote Camp. Initial resistance by the bandits was effectively subdued by the superior tactics and dexterity of the troops which resulted in inflicting heavy casualty on the bandits. At the end of the encounter, 17 bandits were neutralized while several others were believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds as evident by the trails of blood along their escape routes. Equally, 5 AK 47 Rifles, 3 Dane guns, 2 AK 47 Rifle magazines, 152 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition and 7 motorcycles were captured from the fleeing bandits.

Regrettably, one brave officer and 2 gallant soldiers paid the supreme price while 4 other soldiers were wounded in action. However, the wounded in action soldiers are currently responding positively to treatment in a military medical facility.

In the same vain, on 18 July 2020, troops conducting fighting patrol along Faskari – Sheme – Dandume Road in Katsina State, arrested 5 suspected bandits including one female. One of the suspects, Bashir Usman who claimed to be a policeman during interrogation could not validate his claim with any form of identification was apprehended with one AK 47 Rifle loaded with 28 rounds of ammunition while riding on a motorcycle. Other items recovered from him include one handset and the sum of Six Thousand Three Hundred and Fifty Naira (N6,050. 00) only. Suspects are presently undergoing preliminary interrogation.”

The Brigadier General further states that:

“Furthermore, on 17 July 2020, troops following a tip off that bandits invaded Kuka Uku Village in Batsari LGA, Katsina State and kidnapped a 16 year old Miss Hadiza Sani, promptly mobilized to the area and made contact with the bandits who abandoned the victim and fled due to the troops aggressive pursuit. The rescued victim has since been reunited with her family. Similarly, on 17 July 2020, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Bagega rescued another kidnapped victim, a 10 year old girl, following an alarm by her mother that two bandits on motorcycle kidnapped the victim while they were fetching firewood around Bagega – Tudurki Forest. The rescued has been united with her family.”

“Consequently, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commended the troops for their gallantry, successes and their resilience. He urges them not to rest on their oars but build on the successes so far achieved. He further assured the people of the North-West zone of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to the safety of lives and properties within the zone.” He concluded.

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.

The Presidency Issued Statement On The Suspension Of Mr. Ibrahim Magu

Finally The Presidency Has Issued Statement On The Suspension of Ibrahim Magu, The Former Acting Chairman of EFCC.

The statement issued today and signed by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, reads:

“A series of documented allegations were made against the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Following a preliminary review of the allegations leveled against the Acting Chairman and several other members of his staff, there were grounds for a detailed investigation to be conducted.

Hence, an investigative panel was constituted in compliance with the extant laws governing the convening of such a body.

As is the proper procedure, when allegations are made against the Chief Executive of an institution, and in this case an institution that ought to be seen as beyond reproach, the Chief Executive has to step down from his post and allow for a transparent and unhindered investigation.

The EFCC does not revolve around the personality of an individual, and as such cannot be seen through the prism of any individual.

Therefore, the suspension of Mr. Ibrahim Magu, allows the institution to continue carrying out its mandate without the cloud of investigation hanging over its head.

The EFCC has many good, hardworking men and women who are committed to its ideal and ensuring that the wealth of our country isn’t plundered and wherein there is an act of misappropriation such person(s) are brought to justice.

Meanwhile, Mr. Magu is being availed the opportunity to defend himself and answer the allegations against him. This is how it should be, as is the fact that under the Laws of Nigeria every citizen is presumed and remains innocent until proven guilty.

We must realize that the fight against corruption is not a static event, but a dynamic and ever evolving process, in which the EFCC is just one actor; and as we continue to work towards improving our democratic process so shall every institution of ours also embark on that journey of evolution.

What is however important is that there must be accountability and transparency and our people must realize that they would be held to account. This is the building block in the fight against corruption, the establishment of the concept of Accountability and the recognition of the Rule of Law.

Those who see Mr. Magu’s investigation, as a signal that the fight against corruption is failing, have unfortunately, missed the boat.

There is no better indication that the fight is real and active than the will to investigate allegations in an open and transparent manner against those who have been charged to be custodians of this very system.

Under this President and Government, this is our mantra and guiding principle. There are no sacred cows, and for those who think they have a halo over their heads, their days are also numbered.

Mr. Magu was not immune – and regardless of the obvious embarrassment that potential acts of wrongdoing by him, given the office he held, may appear for the government.

No other administration in the history of Nigeria would have moved to bring into the light and public domain such an allegation.”

President Buhari Approves The Suspension of Magu As EFCC Acting Chairman

President Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to allow for unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.

This is contained in a statement issued by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice made available to newsmen on Friday the 10th day of July, 2020.

According to the statement, President Buhari has also approved that the EFCC Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar, should take charge and oversee the activities of the Commission pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation and further directives in that regards.

Signed: Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu,the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations,
Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, today Friday, 10th day of July, 2020.

Pastor Oyedepo’s coronavirus Healing Claims Irresponsible, Misleading – Leo Igwe

Report from Daily Post described the claim by Pastor Oyedepo of having the cure to Coronavirus as both irresponsible and misleading .

Mr. Leo Igwe, founder of the Humanist Association of Nigeria (HAN) has ‘knocked’ Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), over his claim of healing some Coronavirus patients through prayer.

Mr. Oyedepo spoke on Sunday, where he said the above number had publicly testified of being healed from COVID-19. He spoke during his sermon at the church’s headquarters.

But Mr. Igwe believes that Oyedepo’s claim could do more harm than good by making people to throw caution to the wind and indulging in risky behaviors believing that their faith would heal them if they get infected by the dreaded disease.

“The claim is weighty, reckless, and irresponsible,” Igwe said in a statement he made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday.

According to him, the World Health Organisation, WHO, has maintained that there is no cure for the virus at the moment and has outlined preventive measures.

Igwe noted that the cleric’s healing claim goes contrary to the directives and positions of the WHO.

“His faith healing claim is capable of making people throw caution to the wind, indulge in risky behaviors while believing that their faith would heal them if they contract the virus,” he added.

“This faith healing claim by Oyedepo is a piece of misinformation because faith healing is superstition- not a science-based proposition.

“There is no evidence that anybody could be healed of coronavirus as Oyedepo. Unfortunately, this faith healing report from Winners’ church was not balanced and did not contain any perspective from the NCDC, or the health ministry, or a public health expert.

“This faith-healing claim has the potential of misleading the public, especially at a time of so much fear, panic, and uncertainty over the spread and cure of COVID-19.

“The lockdown has adversely affected the religious market. But the way to get the authorities to lift the ban on public gathering in churches is not to spread lies and misinformation about COVID-19 as Oyedepo has done.

“COVID-19 constitutes a public health challenge, and church leaders should be mindful of the claims that they make.”

Recall that Prophet T. B. Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, had recently declared readiness to virtually pray for COVID-19 patients in isolation centres in Nigeria and Africa.

In an announcement on Tuesday, Joshua called on government and medical authorities to “organize those who are in isolation” and “arrange how to connect them to us”.

The cleric noted that “the blessing of Jesus is for those who knock and ask”.

He told everyone that in whatever way they support to make the intercession happen, “we are a team; we are not doing more than you”.

Meanwhile, Lagos and other State governments have insisted that worship centers would remain closed.

This was part of measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state. However, the Federal Government had ordered partial lockdown ease of worship centres across the country.

First Batch of 400,000 Farmers to Benefit From The N500 Billion FG Zero-interest Financing Next Week

The first batch of 400,000 farmers are to benefit from the N500 billion Federal Government zero-interest financing project for smallscale farmers under the Agric for Food and Job Plan scheme from next week.

A senior special assistant to the President on Agriculture, Andrew Kwasari told the media in abuja this Tuesday that the project is expected to mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s agricultural sector.

Kwaseri said that trained enumerators have been sent out to identify farmers and their farms to ensure proper targeting of beneficiaries.