It’s a new Legislative day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu took the official prayer and led the chamber into today’s proceedings.
Senate moved into an Executive Session.
Senate resumed from its Executive Session and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu Reported Progress that at the executive session Senate deliberated on issues bordering on the workings of the Senate and the National Assembly in general.
Senator John Enoh moved for the approval of Votes and Proceedings of Thursday 20th July, 2017. Senator Ademola Adeleke seconded.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu read two (2) Letters from Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
1. Letter requesting for virement fund from various Federal Government agencies to fund some critical projects.
2. Senate Approval of FCT 2017 statutory proposal in line with section 1,2 of the 1999 constitution as amended.
Senator Obinna Ogba raised a petition for wrongful dismissal of constituent member from the Nigerian Army.
Senators Andy Uba, Jide Omoworare, Dino Melaye and Chukwuka Utazi laid petitions regarding their constituent members.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu referred all petitions to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to report back in 2 weeks.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu welcomed staff and students who were present in the gallery to observe Plenary.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu appealed to all Senators to ensure early arrival for tomorrow’s Plenary so as to vote on the #ConstitutionReview.
POINT OF ORDER
Senator Rose Oko cited order 42 and spoke about the displacement of Indigenes of Cross Rivers State from Bakassi Peninsula by the Government of Cameroon.
Senate Leader cited order 43 and said there was a meeting between the Senate and House Committees on Police affairs with the IG of Police on the incessant kidnaping of Persons on the Kaduna-Abuja Highway and said the National Assembly should pass the Police Trust fund bill to ensure appropriate funding of the Nigerian Police.
PRESENTATION OF BILLS -FIRST READING
1. Federal University of Technology Manchok (Est., Etc.) Bill 2017 (SB. 536) by Senator Danjuma La’ah.
2. Nigerian Customs Service Pension Board (Est., Etc.) Bill 2017 (SB. 538) by Senator Ali Wakili.
3. Petroleum Industry Administration Bill 2017 (SB. 540) by Senator Kabiru Marafa.
4. Nigeria Ports Authority Act CAP N126 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2017 (SB. 541) by Senator Atai Aidoko.
5. Matrimonial Causes Act (Amendment) Bill 2017 (HB. 110) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.
PRESENTATION OF REPORTS
1. Report of the Senate Committee on Education and UBEC. Compulsory Universal Basic Education Act (Amendment) Bill 2017 (SB. 307 and 374) by Senator Aliyu M. Wamakko.
2. Report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions by Senator Samuel Anyanwu.
A. Petition from ASP Anthony Igwe Mgbeojirikwe against the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for Unlawful Suspension from duty by the Force.
B. Petition from Sergeant Biyo Ladong against the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for Unlawful Verbal Suspension from duty by the Force.
C. Petition from PC Celestine Williams against the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for Unlawful Suspension from duty by the Force.
D. Petition from PC Ovuomariani Akpometeaho against the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for Unlawful Suspension from duty by the Force.
E. Petition from Comrade Princewill Okorie on behalf of the Association for Public Policy Analysis against the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri over the crisis between the Hospital Management led by Dr. Angela Uwakwem and the Hospital Staff Union which crippled service delivery at the Centre.
3. Report of the Committee on Special Duties on the Presidential Inauguration Bill, 2017 (SB. 379) by Senator Abdul Aziz M. Nyako.