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Proceedings Of The Nigerian Senate Of Wednesday, November 13

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#TodayInSenatePlenary

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

Senate President Dr. Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON led the Principal Officers into the Chambers; took the official prayers; and begin the day’s proceedings at 10:25am.

Senator Istifanus Gyang moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Tuesday, 12th November, 2019.
Senator Aishatu Ahmed Seconded.

PETITIONS
Senator Samuel Egwu raised a petition on behalf of his constituent, Mr. Sunday Umeh, who was wrongful dismissed by the Nigerian Army.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan, PhD, CON referred the petition to the Committee on Public Petitions to report in two weeks.

Senator Istifanus Ustazi raised a petition on behalf of his constituent against the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

Senate President Ahmad Lawan, PhD, CON referred the petition to the Committee on Public Petitions to report in two weeks.

PRESENTATION OF BILLS – First Reading. 1. 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2019 (SB. 75) by Senator Gyang Istifanus Dun

1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2019 (SB. 75) was read the first time.

2. Criminal Code CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 92) by Senator Apiafi Betty Jocelyn

Criminal Code CAP C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 92) was read the first time.

3. Federal College of Forestry Technology and Research, Akampa (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 99) by Senator Bassey Henry

Federal College of Forestry Technology and Research, Akampa (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 99) was read the first time.

4. Public Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 109) by Senator Ekwunife Uche

Public Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 109) was read the first time.

5. Public Procurement Act 2007(Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 158) by Senator Sankara Abdullahi

Public Procurement Act 2007(Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 158) was read the first time.

6. National Land Drainage Bill, 2019 (SB. 135) by Senator Musa Mohammed

National Land Drainage Bill, 2019 (SB. 135) was read the first time.

7. Electronic Transactions Bill, 2019 (SB. 155) by Senator Amosun Ibikunle

Electronic Transactions Bill, 2019 (SB. 155) was read the first time.

8. Federal College of Education Marama, Borno State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 156) by Senator Ndume Ali

Federal College of Education Marama, Borno State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 156) was read the first time.

9. Federal University of Agriculture and Technology Oke-Ogun, Oyo State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 159) by Senator Buhari Abdulfatai

Federal University of Agriculture and Technology Oke-Ogun, Oyo State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 159) was read the first time.

10. Federal College of Crip Science and Food Technology Lere, Kaduna State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 160) by Senator Kwari Abdu

Federal College of Crip Science and Food Technology Lere, Kaduna State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 160) was read the first time.

11. South East Development Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 161) by Senator Oduah Stella

South East Development Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 161) was read the first time.

PRESENTATION OF A REPORT

Report of the Committee on Local and Foreign Debts by Senator Ordia Clifford.

That the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Local and Foreign Debts on the Issuance of N10.069 Billion Promisory Notes Programme to Kogi State Government and a Bond Issuance to settle inherited Local Debts and contractual obligations of the Federal Government Refund to States for Projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government.

Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe seconded.

The report was LAID.

“This policy note should be approved immediately and states that have done federal government projects should be paid.” – Senator Barau Jibrin

“I agree that states that have done the work of federal government should be paid. What I don’t want is the misuse of this funds because it is for the people of Kogi State. This can be waited upon until next week. After the election on Saturday then they can get their money.” – Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

“Kogi State applied for this in the 8th Senate. And all states that applied were approved here by the 8th Senate and paid. Kogi was not approved at that time. Now we as the 9th senate has seen this and is trying to do justice. That we are approving this is just a coincidence that there is election on Saturday. We have done justice to others and we have to do justice to Kogi State.” – Senate President Ahmed Lawan, PhD, CON

CONSIDERATION OF BILLS – Second Reading
1. A Bill for an Act to provide for the Inauguration of the National Assembly, to ensure the smooth transfer of legislative power from the out-going National Assembly to in-coming National Assembly and for this purpose establish the National Assembly Inauguration Committee, designate a certain and definite day for convening and inaugurating the National Assembly; and for related matters, 2019 (SB. 4) by Senator Gabriel Suswam

”This Senate cannot be inaugurated except by the proclamation of Mr. President. It is very good that we continue to entrench Democracy. I urge my colleagues to support this Bill.” – Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

“The bill is a demonstration of the fact that we want to moderate ourselves. – Senator Emmanuel Bwacha

“This is a good Bill but with caution. This Bill has come to bring certainty as to when Senate resumes.” – Senator James Manager

“This is a great amendment, the only way we can bring this to pass it to amend the constitution and not by passing a bill that will be in conflict with the provisions of the constitution. This issue is very fundamental and there is. O need postponing the evil days.” – Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

“I will advise that we tow the path of constitutional amendment to achieve the passage of this bill. The bill is a good bill but we cannot address the problem through this bill, it has to go through constitutional amendment. I will advise Senator Suswam that we stand down the debate of the bill and you can bring a constitutional amendment to address this issue.” Senate President Ahmad Lawan, PhD, CON.

“I accept the ruling and will go back and bring a constitutional amendment.” – Senator Gabriel Suswam.

2. A Bill for an Act to establish the Modibo Adama University, Yola, and to make comprehensive provisions for its due management and administration and for other related matters, 2019 (SB. 51) by Senator Dahiru Aishatu Ahmed.

“This bill is a straightforward Bill and needs no debate at all. It is about converting a Mono University to a conventional one.” Senator Gabriel Suswam.

Bill was read the Second Time and referred to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND and to come back within four weeks.

3. A Bill for an Act to establish the Federal Polytechnic Aba to provide full-time courses in technology, applied science management and other fields of studies and to make provisions for the general administration of such polytechnics and for other matters, 2019 (SB. 10) by Senator Theodore Orji

“We want to thank Senator Orji for bringing up this matter for the need to have this institution in Abia State. I know that this a Bill that does not in anyway yield any negative thing and it is a Bill I know everyone of us will support.” – Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

“Any Bill coming from Senator Theodore Orji will be supported by me. The issue of higher education is very key to the Economic development of our nation. Our education system is not tailored to support our economic development. If we are talking about job creation then we must watch clearly the type of education we give our people. It I’ll help our nation if we have University for Robotics or Artificial Intelligence because that is the future. We need to encourage and change our education system.” – Senator Rochas Okorocha

Bill was read the Second Time and referred to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND and to report back within four weeks.

MOTION

The Menace of Child Trafficking in Nigeria by Senator Barau Jibrin and 25 other Senators

Senator Uche Ekwunife seconded.

“This issue of human trafficking affects women more. This motion has underscored the need to increase our funding for science and technology. Human trafficking is a global problem. NAPTIP has been doing a great job in curbing child trafficking but we have a great work to do. I wan to appeal that we look into budgetary provisions of science and technology in the 2020 Budget. We cannot succeed in fighting human trafficking without using science and technology.” – Senator Uche Ekwunife.

Senate Resolved To:
Mandate the Committee on Women Affairs and Youth Development as well as that of Judiciary, Security and Intelligence, Human Rights and Legal Matters to conduct an investigative hearing on Child trafficking in the country with a view to profer solutions, and to submit their report within two weeks;
Implore all the Agencies that are responsible to curb and eliminate child trafficking and trafficking in persons to be more effective in the discharge of their duties;
Those caught should be prosecuted;
Provide for legislation to protect against child trafficking; and
State Governors should take proactive measures to protect weak and vulnerable children from being trafficked.

“ Let me congratulate Senator Barau Jibrin for this motion. This is one evil that is turning into a serious one in our society and we have to do everything possible to protect our citizens.” – Senate President Ahmad Lawan, PhD, CON.

Urgent Need to address the menance of piracy and banditry in the Gulf of Guinea and Nigeria’s internal waters by Senator Eyakenyi Etim and 13 others.

Senator George Sekibo seconded.

“We have to sincerely empower the navy and make them useful to themselves.” – Senator George Sekibo

The Senate Resolved to:

Urge NIMASA to quickly fast-track the implementation of the Deep Blue Sea project for the protection of Nigeria’s waters as it would go a long way in arresting the menace of the parties and armed bandits;
Urge the Federal Government of Nigeria through NAVY to deploy more naval personnel on the Oron coastal area to check the activities of the pirates and bandits immediately; and
Urge the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation to prosecute pirates and armed bandits in accordance with the Anti-Piracy Act to serve as deterrent.

3. The need to revisit the Suspension Order places on the Supply of Petroleum products to Border Towns by the Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) by Senator Tolulope Odebiyi and Senator Francis Fadahunsi

“The best solution to smuggling is not total border closure. Unless the Senate faces this particular problem and enact a good law we are not going to get out of it. We should able to call the stakeholders and talk about border management. The rice growers we are also trying to assist, are they really growing rice enough? We must take all the stakeholders as one.” – Senator Francis Fadahunsi

“This is an area that I think I should contribute more. I came from the border town. I think there is need to look at this issue and find lasting solutions.” – Senator Ibrahim Gobir.

The Senate Resolved to:

1. Call on the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service to urgently explore the use of modern technological devices in the tracking, management, and scheduling of petroleum trucks that undertake business along the border towns;

2. Initiate a comprehensive audit of all petroleum stations and suppliers across the border communities, in a bid to closely monitor their movement by mandating each moving truck to have a tracking device that is monitored by the Nigerian Customs Service in a wholesome manner;

3. Mandate the Senate Committee on Customs to summon the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs, with a view of working out a viable economic framework/policy that could further mitigate the sufferings of the people, and communities across the border areas;

4. Ensure a steady supply of petroleum products through the identified suppliers and registered filling stations across all the border towns and communities as a temporary palliative measures; and

5. Initiate a holistic policy approach, with the same vigour on the Nation’s waterways.

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

Senate adjourned plenary to Thursday, 14th November, 2019.

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Signed
New Media Unit
Office of the President of the Senate
Federal Republic of Nigeria

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