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The Poet: The Taste of Love

I am a player in the game,
I roll her gentling like a ball,
I rob her heart with a love.

I rub her mind with my thought,
I am her daily pill, she wear my
love, on her body like a cream.

She taste my love, she don’t want
to leave, it scent on her skin,
everyone smell it, like a perfume.

Taste of our love it’s so sweet,
I swear we never sweat.

We are so happy, It’s romantic.
Our love story is unique.

Love is sweeter than honey,
We swim in the pool of love.

She crowned me as her king,
I crowned as my queen.

We never quit in our love,
We always listen to our voices
in a quite mood, it’s cool.

By: Auwal Uba Mustapha

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.

GavelBangs

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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.

GavelBangs

TodayInSenatePlenary#TodayInSenatePlenary

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.

GavelBangs

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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 Poet: The Drowning Watchman

Alas, the watchman was knocked off
from the watchtower.
His nose shining with mixed blood,
of guilt and innocence,
by heavy punch from behind.

Confusion in the game reserve,
what a sight to behold,
when the prey is hunted by the games!
kick him here, kick him there,
with a darling dagger
Stabbed from behind.

He is master of the game,
yet he cannot play the game,
of medieval chivalry,
there are no knights,
no more knighthood.

He is caught in the labyrinth
of inextricably muddy game
of his own making,
so it seems,
yet he cannot escape,
without bruises.

By: Barr. Murtala M. B Ibrahim

Powers of The National Assembly (Legislature) To Summon Members of The Executive Arm Under The 1999 Constitution

Barr S. G Idress, PP S. G Idress & Co. (Al-Mufeed Law), Bauchi State, Nigeria.

The recent seeming show of shame by the National Assembly in its joint Committee seating where it invited the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN) has exposed the National Assembly, especially when after raising some concern or allegation of corruption or wrong doing in public, they later while the Minister did not get the full opportunity to respond to the issues raised, called for Executive Session and the Minister in his wisdom refused the offer.

Let’s consider section 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended) which gives the National Assembly the power to summon any member of the Executive with the view of examining the extend of their power in that regard. Section 88 provide thus:

” (1) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, each House of the National Assembly shall have power by resolution published in its journal or in the Official Gazette of the Government of the Federation to direct or cause to be directed investigation into –

(a) any matter or thing with respect to which it has power to make laws, and

(b) the conduct of affairs of any person, authority, ministry or government department charged, or intended to be charged, with the duty of or responsibility for –

(i) executing or administering laws enacted by National Assembly, and

(ii) disbursing or administering moneys appropriated or to be appropriated by the National Assembly.

(2) The powers conferred on the National Assembly under the provisions of this section are exercisable only for the purpose of enabling it to –

(a) make laws with respect to any matter within its legislative competence and correct any defects in existing laws; and

(b) expose corruption, inefficiency or waste in the execution or administration of laws within its legislative competence and in the disbursement or administration of funds appropriated by it.”

It is obvious from the provision of section 89 of the Constitution that the only reason that enable the members of the National Assembly to invite the members of the Executive is for the purpose of law making or exposing corruption and in doing so it laid down the necessary procedures for so doing. The section provide thus:

“(1) For the purposes of any investigation under section 88 of this Constitution and subject to the provisions thereof, the Senate or the House of Representatives or a committee appointed in accordance with section 62 of this Constitution shall have power to –

(a) procure all such evidence, written or oral, direct or circumstantial, as it may think necessary or desirable, and examine all persons as witnesses whose evidence may be material or relevant to the subject matter;

(b) require such evidence to be given on oath;

(c) summon any person in Nigeria to give evidence at any place or produce any document or other thing in his possession or under his control, and examine him as a witness and require him to produce any document or other thing in his possession or under his control, subject to all just exceptions; and

(d) issue a warrant to compel the attendance of any person who, after having been summoned to attend, fails, refuses or neglects to do so and does not excuse such failure, refusal or neglect to the satisfaction of the House or the committee in question, and order him to pay all costs which may have been occasioned in compelling his attendance or by reason of his failure, refusal or neglect to obey the summons, and also to impose such fine as may be prescribed for any such failure, refused or neglect; and any fine so imposed shall be recoverable in the same manner as a fine imposed by a court of law.

(2) A summons or warrant issued under this section may be served or executed by any member of the Nigeria Police Force or by any person authorised in that behalf by the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the case may require.”

Having a community reading between section 88 and 89 of the Constitution will only suggest that the National Assembly power under section 88 (2)(b) allow them to expose corruption, but one can hardly understand how they can expose corruption by going behind closed doors.

By: Barr. Idrees Safiyanu Gambo

The Poet: Tell The Teary, I Died

Tell the teary, I died
Long before their calls
I lost my last strength
In the court of life
I got ousted
My foot slipped at life brawl
I’ve been off my stance
Long before my noisy sprawl

Tell death, I died
Long before it came
I am no coward
I fear not her cain

I fought till my fist
Couldn’t rise again
And my feeble soul rips
Off my dying self
Through a mangled chest

Tell the monster, I left
Times before her claws
Came piercing my lungs
I ended an unending bout
With hope unseen
Or maybe a far!
From my periscope and thoughts

Tell it to the merchants
Of rumours and gossips
I left not for good, nor bad
Tell the Jurists
My fate stands undecided
I left for the land, I want
The land, they all never saw

By: Michael Adesiji

NB: This poem has got nothing to do with the writer’s feelings, thoughts or experience. It’s just what it is, a poem. The information therein should not be taken any serious. Thanks for your understanding.

The Poet: Mother Earth Save Our Father Land

O mother earth
Save our father land
Least we be sallowed
By nature’s gift
This thick cloud
Uplift
Least we die in cowardice
Never to have a gleams of this paradise
Passing to the next
Same old stories
With the same excerpt
Stories of
Constitutional reviews
Long overdue
With corruption
On our news captions
And deception
Right from the inception
Of a political group
Stories of abduction.

O mother earth
Save our father land
From the impending doom
Of ethnicity and religious intolerance
Teach us the language of brotherhood
Peace and equity
Teach us that unity makes us stronger
While division leads us to the battle front
Teach us that our greatness
Starts from today
For tommorow will never come
Until we quite folding our arms and waiting.

O mother earth
Lead us to thy fountain
Of ever flowing wisdom
For there lies the crown of leadership .


By: Goodness Ekpenyong (The Voice of Reason)

The Poet: Thank You For The Mockeries

Thank You For The Mockeries

Thank you for the rejections
They made me strong
And the backbitings
They made me focused

Thank you for the mockeries
HE was making me backstage
Your eyes shall see my rising
In a case of foe turn friend

If Joseph wasn’t betrayed
He wouldn’t emerge a star
You thought it was a mess
But HE turned it to a message

Thank you for the smiles
Emanating from your lips
And not from your heart
Judas smiled at HIM too…

Always, l wait on Him for all
Always, one second to my shame
Just one second, HE shows up
That’s why I call HIM “Jehovah every”

When life throws darts at me
I fight on my kneels
He who kneels before HIM
WIll rise above any challenge

HE is the reason for my season
Each time I see a new dawn
With the droplets of the morning dew
I bow and “Rababa” to His Majesty

Even the devil knows
I am too connected to be flustered
Friend, the good news is,
The world will soon know my name

By: Babatunde Raimi
Nigerian Author/Poet/Life Coach

The Poet: WHY POETS TAKE SNIPER

Prof. Wole Soyinka And Sa’id Sa’ad Abubakar

WHY POETS TAKE SNIPER
(For Everyone Who Lost Their Lives To Suicide)

Chukwuemeka Akachi’s Facebook wall is a museum today, with artefacts. It is a historical site where thousands of travelers walk in everyday. Often times, others invite friends and of course others went in to drop heartfelt comments, that might never be responded to.

Today, we have seen numerous death of young promising writers by suicide. Exactly last year, we lost the talented Chukwuemeka Akachi, whose death spreads like sandstorm. Same year, an online literary blog published the name of five young students writers who died by suicide. Shortly, we learned the news of another young writer’s exile who was never seen again. Again, more suicide cases were recorded. And recently, we lost Rachael Adeleke, another promising poet. And today,we hundreds of other Akachi’s or Rachael’s among growing writers battling with depression, alone. Therefore, one year after Akachi’s death, I was motivated to write this essay just the way Dr. Jennifer H. Mike of American University of Nigeria was motivated to start advocating for discrimination of attempted suicide in Nigeria, after Alachi’s death. As such, most of the finding mirrors Akachi. I write this, with sorrow of the lost souls, pity of those battling now, and hope for the future ones.

‘’I HAVE FINALLY LEARNED THAT POEM CANNOT SAVE LIFE” Pages Matam.
On World Poetry Day 2019, Akachi posted this thoughtful quote. Certainly, poetry cannot save a dying poet, for it is not always an antidote. Most times, poets didn’t find sorrow in poetry, but poetry find sorrow in poets. Many writers discovered writing or poetry due to some psychological ail they found themselves in, thus in an attempt to have a voice, they became writers. Poetry is a horse and poets are the riders. When poets climbed on the saddle, they lost their power to control the bridle with their hands. Thus their minds control the horse. In this case, a depressed poet begins to write ‘Dark Poems’. Poems spewing pains, anguish and grief. And now, their poem is no more a therapy to them like other poets, it became a weapon, an embodiment of shackles. And I ask, why do poets often times end up seeking for honey in their puzzled path that can’t save their lives? Are we the only depressed set of people, then why is ours different?

FAIRLURE AND REJECTION
Most times we openly say; ‘we are writing for ourselves alone.’ Everyone of us understand that writing career is never a rejection-free career, even those who haven’t had experiences have read about writers whose bellies were filled with rejection letters. However, the stark rejection of a work that you have put in restless weeks to produce in a place you were expecting resounding applause can be very frustrating. But I think Its more frustrating for a young writer who gets two acceptance out of fifty submissions per annum. On April 23rd 2019, Akachi posted one of his rejection letters with the caption; ‘Some Rejection Sef. SMH.’ A letter that starts with ‘’Thanks…unfortunately, the submission is not right for us at this time.’ And ends with; ‘We see you poet.’ After the post, a friend comment with ‘This is encouragement’. And Akachi replied; ‘Really? Ok. Well it is better than silence.’ This is not just Akachi, rejection letters have been breaking our spines. Presently, I am on a break after receiving over thirty rejections just from January to April. I suppose it happens to every writer, but what do you think of a young tender one who only finds little smile in their writings? And how about the young writer who only finds home in their writing, and rejection sends them packing? I think we should have an online magazine named TRASH that would publish all sets of trash we sent, without rejecting them. Lol.

WRITING IS A PRETTY DEMON
A lot of people see writing as a demon. Maybe a pretty cute one. Well I may not be one of them, but we can delve into their points as well. Many see writing as an eye opener that possesses one, introduce them to deep helpless thoughts and imagination, to the deepest point at which they wobble with questions that no one have answers to and answers no one can question. Introducing them to a new planet that stands atop planet earth and see differently from every other person. Maybe with twelve more eyes. Ifeanyi Nwakpoke, one of Akachi’s close friend in his personal essay about Akachi said; ‘’…And in most cases I have walk with him so we could talk. And in many of the cases, it is about ‘existential questions’, because of how a certain online magazine didn’t publish him….’’ So, If writing is truly a pretty demon (sometimes) when do we know the right time to break out or stay? How do we get to live with this beautiful pretty demon?

VALIDATION
I wouldn’t want to raise the old sleeping debate about writer’s validation. Perhaps not this time. However, as writers we know that we must learn to self-validate ourselves, and derive the pleasure, rather than validation or rewards that may or may not come. However, we equally need to be honest with the process, to understand the pain of those young dudes who have been doing it for a while and the world seems very busy to listen. To make us say the naked truth about what validity means to a writer; to be realistic about how Prizes presents a cake to writers career and how books see the eyes of the day for having ‘New York Times Best Selling Author’ tags on them. And lastly, to say the truth about how painful in can be to work, and work and work again, for years, and no one notice. On March 28th 2019, Akachi published a two words post, ‘Fuck Validation’. To me, these are words for aren’t just two words post, they are paragraphs of pain. Similarly, on 7th April, 2019, he posted a certificate of recognition as an editorial assistant for NantyGreens, with the caption; ‘This just came in. I am so happy.’ You see what validation does? Good. It is apparent that everyone has their own motive, but those who write for themselves alone are keeping them in their wardrobes. A little ‘Weldone’ means a lot. A month after the death of Akachi, I went through his Facebook wall. And I find out that a lot of his posts have few or no likes or comment. But the biggest irony now is that; all his post including those with as few as two words are getting hundreds and thousands or reactions and comments on them everyday. Moreover, during my research on this essay, I found almost 150 blogs, news media and literary and non literary magazines who have published or written something about Akachi. The world is crazy right? Now tell me, how do we confront this?

ROMANTICIZING SUICIDE
In the words of Kukogho Iruesiri, which I find very true, today people so much eulogize suicide so much that the young people get tempted to go for the glory. Many young people especially those experiencing psychological discomfort among the young writers see suicide as a medal you receive (or others received for you) after a 1000m race, that they make it look so golden, especially if it contains elements of suicide notes in them. This is not an attempt to disapprove the fact that people get depressed and think of suicide. Depression is real. Suicide is real. But the young people (depressed) go beyond to think that victims are people that won war without any scratch, and walking out proudly with the beats of victory drums. This is not my opinion, but what is visible. The question here is, why do we get applause when we write about suicide and death?

WRITERS ARE WEAK AND UNHAPPY
Writers are weak, strong, happy and unhappy. We are water, we don’t have forms, we take the shape of the container we are poured in. That is why we are writers, because we are humans too.

NB: Suicide is not an option!

The POET: NEW NIGERIA – Peter Ekpe

They might certainly say the obvious
They think we do less right and more dubious
Like One Aliko Dangote and a million Hushpuppi’s
Please hold on Mr. Racist bobby
We are more than just what stinks
And way above what the west think
You think what defines us is to do what we are told?
Cos our nation is in the market of powerful elites sold
But we are more than civilized
We are an idea in the process of being realized
Our culture strung together in woven aso-oke tapestry
And the colourful design is what makes our history
With influences that range from A to Zed
And yes, we say Zed instead of Zee
We are the brightness of all that is black
The Titans around the world that never slack
Our ambition is called an advisory content
Though we hope for the President that is God sent
Cos we believe in generation beyond our own
Knowing many of us intellectually have grown
Like the Women Gladiators against the democracy of dominatrix
The young generation plotting the graph of our political matrix
Summoning the courage like cathexis
To fight same Politician’s shedding like ecdysis
One day, the take over revolution will be televised
And the balance of restructuring will bring forth a rise
From the battle zone of Sambisa forest
To the borders of eko we shall build a fortress
More than the Danko hills to Munungu mountain peak
And on the country side of the Mambilla plateau we will seek,
Knock, progress, tick tock, tick tock like a clock
Standing for ages in unity like the Olumo rock
Deep inside the ancient Ogbunike cave
To the ambiance of Abuja we will crave
And merry with the bliss of Orido’s palm wine
For our eyes will glisten like the northern sunshine
Because we are myriad choices in the South and West
And million upon million striving voices in the East
Shouting, exploring the earth like merchants
Industrious in the battle of survival we chant
For pacifism and the dividends of democracy
Against bad leaders demonstrating nothing but demo-crazy

By: Peter Ekpe.

The June 12 And The 21 Years of Uninterrupted Democracy In Nigeria

Comrade N. D Shehu Kanam, Lecturer, Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State, Nigeria.

The June 12 And The 21 Years of Uninterrupted Democracy In Nigeria

Today we are privilege to mark the longest period of unbroken democracy and peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another in Nigeria.

We are all involved in close quarters in struggle to keep one Nigeria, we therefore can do no more than dedicate the rest of our life for the unity of Nigeria and upliftment of Nigeria. Thus far we Nigerians can be proud of our history since independence in 1960.

Admittedly, the challenges of Covid-19, kidnappings and banditry still remain in some rural areas.

As a people, we are and have to be determine and focused to the numerous overlapping approaches, processes to community development and engagement centered on relationship at the core of facilitating understanding and evaluation, involvement, exchange of information and opinions, about a concept, issue or project with the aim of building social capital and enhancing social outcomes through decision making.

Community capacity building and women self help focusing on helping communities obtain strength and maintain the ability to set and achieve their own development objective.

We will enhance asset-base community development, community base participatory research to find out their problems.

Community organizing and participatory planning including community planning as a rural development researcher.

Happy democracy day
Dengi constituency, plateau and Nigeria.

By: Comrade N. D Shehu Kanam,
Senior Legislative Aide to Senator Hezekiah Dimka (APC), Plateau Central.