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SARS: Senate President Commends President Buhari For Acceding To The Demand of The People

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for listening to the voice of the Nigerian people over their dissatisfaction with the operations of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.

Lawan said with the courageous decision to dissolve the police unit, the President and his government have shown themselves as responsive to the feelings of the people.

“I am applauding the President because it is a demonstration of good leadership to yield to the demand of the populace in difficult situations like this,” Lawan said.

He also commended the Inspector-General of Police for the decision and challenged him to come up with measures for the transformation of the Nigeria Police into an effective law enforcement and crime fighting agency that is also a true and respected friend of the Nigerian people.

The Senate President said the measures should fully address all the issues that earned the dissolved SARS the odium of the Nigerian people, and in particular of the articulate Nigerian youths.

“The expectation is that this situation offers us another opportunity to reform the operations of the entire Force.

“I also reiterate my call for the prosecution of all security personnel whose extra judicial killings and other acts of misconduct brought us to this sorry pass.

“I hope that the steps taken by the Inspector-General of Police will be followed with more comprehensive reform of the Police,” Lawan said.

The statement was made available yesterday by Ola Awoniyi, the Special Adviser on Media to the President of the Senate.

The 1999 Constitution Review Committee Calls For Memoranda

The Senate Ad-hoc committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution has formally commenced the process of further alteration to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

The Committee therefore requests the general public, Executive and Judicial bodies, Civil Society Organizations, Professional bodies and other interest groups to submit memoranda or proposals for further alteration(s) of the 1999 constitution (as amended) on the underlisted matters and on any other matter that will promote good governance and welfare of all persons in our country on the principles of freedom, Equality and Justice, namely:

  1. Gender Equality for women and girls
  2. The Federal Structure and Power Devolution
  3. Local Government/Local Government Autonomy
  4. Public Revenue, Fiscal Federation and Revenue Allocation
  5. Nigerian Police and Nigerian Security Architecture
  6. Comprehensive Judicial Reforms
  7. Electoral Reforms to strengthen INEC to deliver transparently credible free and fair elections
  8. Socio-economic and cultural rights as contained in Chapter 2 of the constitution
  9. Strengthening the Independence of oversight institutions and agencies created by the constitution or pursuant to an act of the National Assembly
  10. Residency and Indigene Provisions
  11. Immunity
  12. The National Assembly
  13. State Creation

All proposals and memoranda are to be submitted to the Secretariat of the committee in Room 0.28, Senate New wing, National Assembly Complex, Abuja, not later than 14 days from the date of this publication or they may be sent electronically to the email address of the committee’s Secretariat (08033109357/ 08097522601) namely scrc9nass@gmail.com.

Signed:
Senator Ovie A. Omo-Agege
Deputy President of the Senate/Chairman

Basic Steps on How To RECALL A Member of The House of Assembly, House of Reps or Senate

Barr S. G Idress, Principal Partner S. G Idress & Co. (Al-Mufeed Law)

Recently there is a growing yearning and demand among young Nigerians about the need to use the only mechanism or option left in the hands of voters after electing a person into either the State House of Assembly, House of Representatives or the Senate, where there is lack of confidence.

This to me is the only weapon left in the hands of the electorate that ensure that an elected person or representative in any legislative house, remain answerable to his constituent throughout the period of his assignment as their representative.

In an attempt to provide what may look like a guide to the electorates in this regard, let me quickly consider the relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended), especially from section 69, 110, 68 and 109. Which are the sections directly connected to recall in our constitution.

Given effect to these provisions of the constitution will go a long way in reshaping our democracy and in enhancing our political culture in Nigeria going forward.

Step One: Where and how to start the recall process?

The starting point is the same whether it relate to a member of the National Assembly (House of Representatives or Senate) or a member of the House of Assembly, Section 69 of the 1999 Constitution provide in respect of the recall of a member of the National Assembly (Senate or House of Representatives) thus:
“A member of the Senate or of the House Representatives may be recalled as such a member if –

(a) there is presented to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission a petition in that behalf signed by more than one-half of the persons registered to vote in that member’s constituency alleging their loss of confidence in that member and which signatures are duly verified by the Independent National Electoral Commission; and

(b) the petition is thereafter, in a referendum conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission within ninety days of the date of receipt of the petition, approved by a simple majority of the votes of the persons registered to vote in that member’s constituency.”

While in respect of a member of the State House of Assembly section 110 provide in the same vain thus:
“A member of the House of Assembly may be recalled as such a member if –

(a) there is presented to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission a petition in that behalf signed by more than one-half of the persons registered to vote in that members’ constituency alleging their loss of confidence in that member and which signatures are duly verified by the Independent Electoral Commission; and

(b) the petition is thereafter, in a referendum conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission within ninety days of the date of the receipt of the petition, approved by a simple majority of the votes of the persons registered to vote in that member’s constituency.”

Step Two: What happens when the recall process is concluded by the INEC?

Where all the laid down procedures and requirements of recall are made, if it is in respect of a member of the National Assembly, section 68 provides thus:

“(1) A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if –

(h) the President of the Senate or, as the case may be, the Speaker of the House of Representatives receives a certificate under the hand of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission stating that the provisions of section 69 of this Constitution have been complied with in respect of the recall of that member.

2) The President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the case may be, shall give effect to the provisions of subsection (1) of this section, so however that the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives or a member shall first present evidence satisfactory to the House concerned that any of the provisions of that subsection has become applicable in respect of that member.”

The same thing shall applied to a member of the House of Assembly, as section 109 also provides thus:

“(1) A member of a House of Assembly shall vacate his seat in the House if –

(h) the Speaker of the House of Assembly receives a certificate under the hand of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission stating that the provisions of section 110 of this Constitution have been complied with in respect of the recall of the member.

(2) The Speaker of the House of Assembly shall give effect to subsection (1) of this section, so however that the Speaker or a member shall first present evidence satisfactory to the House that any of the provisions of that subsection has become applicable in respect of the member.”

The procedure if followed will go a long way in putting all elected officials in check from the legislature down to the executive, because, where the members of the legislature became conscious of the power of the members of their Constituencies to recall them, they will refuse to allow the members of the executives from using them at the detriment of the people they supposed to represent and only then, they will be bold enough to activate their power to impeach the members of the executives if need be. Only then democracy will be a government of the people.

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.

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.

Akinwumi Ambode: A lesson to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo STATE – Billy

A lesson to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State. By: Billy Oghenebrume Egbe

Former Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode celebrated his 57th birthday four days ago. There were no newspaper articles to sing his praise by contract-seeking Businessmen, fair-weather friends and other Top Government functionaries.

I’m sure that you who is reading this information right now is just getting to know that Mr. Ambode’s birthday was June 14, 2020 (Four days ago). But if he had won his second term, his pictures would have flooded all the major newspapers with congratulatory messages on his 57th birthday.

Lesson: Most People are not loyal to you. They are only loyal to what they stand to gain from you. Once you are no longer in a position to give them what they want, they withdraw their loyalty and give it to your successor. So be careful with power because it is transient.

Meanwhile, let’s wish our amiable former Governor of Lagos State a happy birthday. Congratulations, your Excellency.

This is coming at a time when the APC leadership in Lagos State are just calling on Mr. Akinwumi Ambode to contest the Lagos East Senatorial seat which is now vacant and I believe with time he will rise again in the political equation of not only Lagos State, but that of the South West.

TETFUND: SENATOR AHMAD BABBA KAITA WANTS FG TO ENHANCE THE ABILITY OF INDIGENOUS COMPANIES

TETFUND: SENATOR AHMAD BABBA KAITA WANTS FG TO ENHANCE THE ABILITY OF INDIGENOUS COMPANIES

Mallam Abdulkadir Lawal, the Special Assistant on Media to Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita, Katsina North. Issued a statement about the submission of the distinguished Senator, where he said:

“The Chairman Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Distinguished Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita representing Katsina North Senatorial District, wants the Federal Government to put in Place framework that will enhance the ability of indigenous companies to exploit local opportunities while staying viable globally.

Senator Kaita who made the call during plenary, emphasized the need for proper utilization of Local Content Policy/Act which was principally designed to build the capacity of indigenous companies and ensuring that Nigerian Business remain afloat and competitive.”

“The Senator frowned at the absence of clear local content policy in other sectors of the economy which according to him “has resulted in massive loss of jobs meant for Nigerians and poor remuneration of Nigerian workers employed by foreign Companies.”

In his prayers, Senator Kaita, urges the National Assembly to enact a local content law in other non oil- sectors to improve the capacity of Nigerian Businesses to protect job lost.” He concluded.

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.

Senate approved President Buhari’s nomination of Prof. Jummai Audi as Chairman, Nigerian Law Reform Commission

The Nigerian Senate, today approved President Buhari’s nomination of Prof. Jummai Audi as Chairman, Nigerian Law Reform Commission.

It also approved the nominations of Bassey Dan-Abia as Commissioners representing South-South and Mohammed Ibraheem representing South -west for the Nigerian Law Reform Commission (NLRC).

However, it also stood down the confirmation of Ebere Chima as Commissioner representing South-East, following his absence at the screening.

Senate’s approval of the nominees followed a presentation of a report by Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters by its Chairman Sen. Bamidele Opeyemi (APC-Ekiti) and consideration of same at the Committee of the Whole.

The Senate also at plenary approved the nomination of Diana Okonta representing South-South and Ya’ana Yaro representing North-East as Non-Executive Directors of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

The approval of the NDIC nominees was also sequel to the presentation of a report by the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions by its Chairman, Sen. Sani Uba (APC Karina) and consideration of same at the Committee of the Whole.

Senate at plenary also approved four weeks extension to the Ad Hoc Committee investigating activities of the Interim Management Committee, IMC, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, over alleged mismanagement of N40 billion by the IMC.

The extension followed a request by the Chairman of the ad hoc Committee, Sen. Olubumi Adetunmbi, APC Ekiti, having cited order 43 of the Senate rule.

Adetunmbi told the Senate that the COVID-19 pandemic had slow down activities of the committee over the investigation.

He said the committee had written to the various stakeholders, noting that the committee just began to receive response from the stakeholders, hence the request for extension of time on the investigation.

Senate also at plenary considered for first reading of six bills.

The bills are Infrastructure Development Bill, 2020 by Sen. Stella Oduah (PDP Anambra), Emergency Economic Stimulus Bill, 2020 by Sen. Abdullahi Abubakar (APC Kebbi), among others.

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365 DAYS OF THE 9TH ASSEMBLY, PLATEAU CENTRAL SENATORIAL DISTRICT IN FOCUS

Senator Hezekiah Dimka, Plateau Central & President M. Buhari

Part 2 : The Journey So Far – Distinguished Senator Hezekiah Ayuba Dimka – Daily Watch Press

Distinguished Senator Hezekiah Ayuba Dimka was sworn-in on the 11th June, 2019. Since then, he commenced his legislative duties with utmost hard work and dedication. He is guided by the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others.

Being a trained administrator and icon of development, his performances in the act of legislation so far in spite of his brief stay in the red chambers further demonstrate his untiring resolve to not only improve but to transform the lives of the people of Central Plateau, Plateau State and Nigeria as a whole. The tempo of development, progress and constituency projects in Plateau Central Senatorial District under the Distinguished is steady and unprecedented.

However, may we at this moment for the purpose of constructive engagements and benefit of doubt recall the functions of a Senator as a member of the Red Chambers.

The Senate is one of the Chambers in Nigeria’s bicameral legislature, the National Assembly whose power to make laws is summarized in chapter one, precisely, section 4 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (As Amended). The Constitution has vested in the National Assembly the power to make laws for the peace, order and good governance of the Federation.

The Assembly also has broad oversight functions and is therefore empowered to establish committees of its members to scrutinize Bills and the conduct of government institutions and officials. The Constitution confers exclusive powers to the Senate among them; is the power to scrutinize and confirm major appointments of the Executive arm. It is, however, specific about the appointments to be confirmed. They are those of the Ministers, Special Advisers, Ambassadors, and top Judicial Officers heading specified levels of courts, the Auditor-General of the Federation, and the Chairmen and Members of the vital National Commissions.

Since commencement of legislative activities one year ago and in line with his Constitutional mandates, Senator Hezekiah Ayuba Dimka has worked to push forth some initiatives/Bills that appealed to the middle and lower classes. His actions are refined in response to public sentiments aimed at improving the people’s values and specific welfare sectors manifesting his achievements which reflect his legislative interests as education, security, agriculture, women and youth development. These are briefly highlighted:

POLITICAL/LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS

As a Senator, he serves on a variety of committees and chairs the Senate Committee on Drugs and Narcotics. Though, not given to frivolities, Distinguished Senator Hezekiah Ayuba Dimka is more on the quiet but visible side. Nonetheless, as an achiever, he is one of the few Senators, the 9th Assembly relies upon to push its agendas. His Bill sponsorship and voting records indicates that he is a loyalist to the Nigerian project. He is considered to be among the most active members of the Red Chambers. Some of the Bills he sponsored and presented on the floor of the Red chambers include:

  • Bill for the establishment of Federal University of Technology Kabwir (awaiting second reading)
  • Bill for the establishment of the institute of information and communication technology Kanam (a degree awarding institution)
  • Bill for the upgrade of NDLEA Training Institute Jos.

Driven by the zeal to give back to his constituency, he became the first among others to establish a constituency office in fulfilment of Constitutional requirements. This office is located at Pankshin. It is furnished and open to all members of the constituency. The office is maned by seven (7) staff drawn from the five (5) LGAs of Plateau Central Senatorial District.

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE/RESPONSE

Distinguished Senator Hezekiah Ayuba Dimka is increasingly known as a trusted and stabilising force within the Plateau Central Senatorial District. This is because of his quick response to calls in events of celebrations and disasters be it man made or natural. He quickly responded when the news of attacks in Bokkos, Kanke and Mangu LGAs got to him. Being the first senior government official to visit the scenes, he donated relief materials worth millions of naira in order to reduce the impact of loses suffered. More important, he forwarded a memo to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for appropriate action. On a different occasion, he had course to visit Bokkos when there was a fire incidence in a market.

Distinguished Senator Hezekiah Ayuba Dimka donated money to those who lost valuables in the inferno. He has also visited and identified with families of who have lost their loved ones. The most recent was the Late Rinji Peter Bala who was murdered by an STF personnel.

A man whose ideologies are people centred, he is unassuming and target driven. His main focus is the wholistic development of the people. He had on different occasions distributed trailer load of food and gift items to the people during celebrations. In one of such occasions, he donated many bags of rice and cows to Christians during Christmas celebration and to the Muslim community, during Salah celebrations.

Currently, Distinguished Senator Hezekiah Ayuba Dimka is engaging with security agencies to ensure that all the necessary laws and funds needed to ensure the safety of lives and property in the Central zone and the State as a whole, are put in place in order to mitigate future occurrences of security bridges.

Early this year when the Covid-19 infection was declared a global health pandemic, most nations of the world quickly locked down in order to limit the spread of the virus. Nigeria was not left out in the adoption of this approach but this came with unintended consequences of economic hardship. Being a man who cares about the well-being of his people, he cheerfully donated relief materials worth millions of naira as palliatives to the State Government Committee on COVID-19 for onward distribution to the vulnerable people of the State. This gesture was immediately acknowledged by the state governor as he was the first within his political class to have made such significant contribution to the State.

Driven by practical love and concern for the welfare of his people, Distinguished Senator Hezekiah Ayuba Dimka secured and distributed grains and other assorted food items and sanitizers worth over ten million naira (10,000,000.00) to the needy in his constituency.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

In order to sustain his people cantered developmental strides across the central zone, he set in motion frameworks which continued to drive the process in fiscal prudence, transparency and strategic intelligence. In doing this, he appointed 117 special aids selected from the 5 LGAs of Plateau Central Senatorial District. This was a purposive action directed towards poverty/unemployment reduction among the youth of Plateau Central Senatorial District. He has established and maintained a vibrant yet, functional liaison offices across the five LGAs of Plateau Central Senatorial District in order to remain not only close to the people he represents but connected as well. This is the reason why most of his developmental approaches are people centred. The Distinguished Senator went on to lobby for permanent and pensionable appointments to some youths with Federal government agencies, ministries and parastatals including higher institutions with a promise and strong indication that more are on the way.

AGRICULTURE/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The people of Plateau Central Senatorial District are predominantly farmers who are known for their dedication, honesty and peaceful disposition. Perhaps, these qualities placed them in the fore as people who are thirsty for development. They vigorously eschew things that weaken their greatness and are guided by the believe that patriotism cannot be substituted for any form of divide. They do not doubt the power of collective ideals rather, the people trusted the Senator to be the great force for change and they do not despair but believed in the promise and greatness of Senator Dimka to provide the ideals of governance and quality representation. Distinguished Senator Dimka reciprocated this trust as he is the first among present and past representatives who donated 3 trailer load of assorted fertilizer to the good people of Plateau Central Senatorial District. He followed this up with other financial donations in support of community mobilization efforts and developments with a promise to do more

Indeed, the negative perception of non-performance of the National Assembly has changed remarkably due to the distinguished efforts as exemplified in his numerous achievements in one year in office as the Senator representing the dedicated people of Plateau Central Senatorial District.

The new and exciting leadership direction, enduring stability and credible performance level of the Senator stems in part from the maturity, high sense of responsibility and gravitas demonstrated by Senator Hezekiah Ayuba Dimka in his first year in office.

As we roll into the second year, we are sure he will consolidate and improve upon this foundation to enhance Democracy and its dividents.

Source: Comrade N. D Shehu Kanam, Senior Legislative Aide to Senator Hezekiah Dimka.