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Senate Plenary on Thursday, July 27 [Complete Updates]

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Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

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

Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer and leads the chamber into today’s proceedings.

Senate moves into an Executive Session at 10:55am…

Senate resumes from its Executive Session at 11:06am…

At the Executive Session, the Senate deliberated on issues bordering on the workings of the Senate and the National Assembly in general.

Senator Abdullahi Adamu moves for the approval of Votes and Proceedings of Wednesday 26th July, 2017. Senator Sam Anyanwu seconds.

Senate President Bukola Saraki welcomes staff and students who are present in the gallery to observe Plenary.

Senator Clifford Ordia cites order 42 & 52 and seeks a Motion regarding the death of Former Senator John O. from Edo State.

Senate resolves to: 1. Observe a minute silence and 2. Send high power delegation to condole with the family and people of Edo State.

Senate now moves into the Presentation of Bills for First Reading.

3 Bills were presented for first reading.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Senate moves into the Presentation of Reports.

1. Counterfeit Goods Bill, 2017 (SB. 117) by Senator Fatimat Rasaki.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Senator Ibrahim Gobir seconds that the Senate receives the report on the Counterfeit Goods Bill, 2017 (SB. 117).

2. Hydro-Electricity Power Producing Areas Development Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 89) by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Sen. Kabiru Marafa seconds that the Senate receives the report on Hydro-Electricity Power Producing Areas Dev. Commission (Amendment)Bill.

Senate now moves into the MOTIONS of the Day.

1. The need for Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission to discharge it’s constitutional functions by Senator Adamu Aliero.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Senator Matthew Urhoghide seconds the motion and says our state and local government must stand up to the revenue generation and usage.

2. Re: Bakassi Indigenes in Diaspora in the Cameroons by Senator Rose Oko.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Senator Godswill Akpabio seconds the motion and says the issue of Bakassi has become a turning point in this Nation.

Senator Godswill Akpabio says Bakassi Peninsula has become a den for criminals and it is important that we see to it, the Federal Government should call on all authorities to honour all agreements.

Senator Gershom Bassey adds a prayer that the Ministry of foreign affairs should forward the treaty (military agreement) for ratification by the parliament.

Senate now moves into the Consideration of Bills.

1. A Bill for an Act to provide for Framework relating to Petroleum Producing Host Community’s participation, 2017 (SB. 404) by Sen. Marafa.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

“When we passed the #PIGB, we made a promise that the Host Community Bill will follow”.- Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Senator James Manager seconds the motion and says the Bill will create great harmony between all stake holders, excessive investment and proper transformation of oil sector.

Senate President Bukola Saraki refers the Bill to the Committee on Petroleum upstream, downstream and Gas to report back in 4 weeks.

2.A Bill for an Act to Establish a Fiscal Framework that encourages investments in the Petroleum Industry,2017(SB.472)by Senator Alasoadura.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Senator Gershom Bassey seconds the Bill and says countries like Mexico and Columbia have achieved significant increase in their Petroleum Industry with a similar Bill.

Senate President Bukola Saraki refers the Bill to the Committee on Petroleum upstream, downstream and Gas to report back in 4 weeks.

“I thank all Distinguished Senators on their comments, at the Committee level kindly ensure that we involve all stakeholders”-SP Bukola Saraki.

“The principle must be a Win-Win for Government and stakeholders”- Senate President Bukola Saraki.

“We cannot be in isolation, it’s a Bill that will bring investments into the Country”- Senate President Bukola Saraki.

3. A Bill for an Act to provide for the administrative framework for the Petroleum Industry, 2017 (SB. 540) by Senator Bassey Akpan.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Senate President Bukola Saraki refers the Bill to the Committee on Petroleum upstream, downstream and Gas to report back in 4 weeks.

4. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Act 2000, 2017 (SB. 544) by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Senate President Bukola Saraki refers the Bill to the Committee on Niger Delta and to report back in 4 weeks.

Senate now moves into the Consideration of Reports…

1. A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Lottery Act 2005….., 2017 by Senator  Obinna Ogba.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Senator Gbenga Ashafa seconds that the Senate receives the report on A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Lottery Act 2005….., 2017.

Sen. Dino Melaye says that this Bill has been Vetoed by the House of Representatives because the Executive refused to sign the bill on the ground that there is a court case regarding the issue. I urge the House of Representatives to Veto this so as to be on the same page with the House of Representatives.

The National Lottery Act Bill, 2017 is read the third time and passed.

2. The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency (Est, etc.) Bill, 2017 (SB. 535) by Senator Chukwuka Utazi.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Senate dissolves into the committee of the whole for clause by clause consideration of the report on the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency (Est, etc.) Bill, 2017 (SB. 535).

Senate Leader moves that Senate suspends order 13 to enable the Senate sit beyond 2 o’clock. Minority Leader seconds.

Senate reverts back to plenary and reports progress.

The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency (Est, etc.) Bill, 2017 (SB. 535) is read the third time and passed.

DSP Ike Ekweremadu says he hopes the international Committee will see us as serious for passing this Bill and this will also enhance our fight against corruption. He also hopes that the EGMONT will lift the suspension of Nigeria, I think we have taken the right step.

3. Planned Concession of the Port-Harcourt Refinery to AGIP/ENI and OANDO by Senator Abu Kyari.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Sen. Yayi Adeola seconds that the Senate considers the report on the Planned Concession of the Port-Harcourt Refinery to AGIP/ENI and OANDO.

4. Compulsory Universal Basic Education Act  (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 307 and 374) by Senator Wamakko Aliyu.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Senator Rose Oko seconds that the Senate considers the report on the Compulsory Universal Basic Education Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

Senate dissolves into the committee of the whole for clause by clause consideration of the report on the Compulsory Universal Basic Education Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 307 and 374).

Senate reverts back to plenary and reports progress.

The Compulsory Universal Basic Education Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 307 and 374) is read the third time and passed.

5. Motion on the Unscrupulous Violation of Foreign Exchange (Monitoring & Miscellaneous) Act by MTN Nigeria by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Senator Ibrahim Gobir seconds that the Senate receives the report in respect of a Motion on the Unscrupulous Violation of Foreign Exchange (Monitoring & Miscellaneous) Act by MTN Nigeria.

Senate resolves that the report be withdrawn for further consultation and brought back on another Legislative day.

6. The 2016-2018 External Borrowing(Rolling) Plan the Pipeline Projects for 2016-2018 Medium Term External Borrowing Plan by Sen. Shehu Sani.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Senate President Bukola Saraki says the passage of the loan of the railways is good, I hope contractors keep to the completion date.

“I hope that the Exim China Bank play their due role”- Senate President Bukola Saraki.

7. Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 232) by Senator Joshua Dariye.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

8. Report on the Confirmation of the Appointment of Abdullahi Oteh as Chairman FCT Internal Revenue Service Board by Senator Dino Melaye.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate. Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer, leads the chamber into today's proceedings.

Senator Bassey Akpan seconds that the Senate receives and considers the report on the Confirmation of the Appointment of Abdullahi Oteh as Chairman FCT Internal Revenue Service Board.

Senate dissolves into the committee of the whole for clause by clause consideration of the report on the Confirmation of the Appointment of Abdullahi Oteh as Chairman FCT Internal Revenue Service Board.

Senate reverts back to plenary and reports progress.

Mr. Abdullahi Oteh is confirmed as Chairman FCT Internal Revenue Service Board.

Sen. Obinna Ogba cites order 42 & seeks the indulgence of the Senate to consider the Ebonyi RD. from the $80m  African Development Bank Loan.

Senate Leader seeks to suspend order 42 and 52 to allow Senator Obinna Ogba lay his explanation.

Senate President Bukola Saraki puts the question and Senate approves the Ebonyi Road from the $80m African Development Bank Loan.

Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan moves that Plenary be adjourned to 4:30pm for the approval of Votes and Proceedings(II). Minority Leader seconds.

Plenary is adjourned to 4:30pm.

Gavel bangs!

Senate resumes Plenary at 4:54pm.

Senator Garba Binta moves for the approval of votes and proceedings (I). Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe seconds.

SP Bukola Saraki names Senate delegation to Edo state to commiserate with the family of the late former Senator John. O.

Delegation includes Sen. Stella Oduah, Sen. Duro Faseyi, Sen. Magnus Abe, Sen. Sani Mustapha & Sen. Philip Gyunka, led by Sen. James Manager.

Senate Leader moves that Plenary be adjourned to the next Legislative Day. Minority Leader seconds.

Plenary is adjourned to Tuesday, September 19th, 2017.

Gavel bangs finally.

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