After the break in bringing to our numerous readers live updates from the Senate plenary on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Elombah.com is happy to announce that the live updates are back.
The break was occasioned by the Senate resolution to temporarily halt plenary while the budget defence by the appropriate bodies went on.
Today in plenary, welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Senate president Bukola Saraki leads the Senators into the Chamber and takes the official prayers.
Senator Shaaba Lafiagi moves for the approval of Votes and Proceedings of Wednesday 22nd February, 2017. Senator Rose Oko seconds.
SP Bukola Saraki announces that the confirmation hearing of Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of the Federation comes up 1st March, 2017.
SP Bukola Saraki announces the presence of students from the Federal Polytechnic Mubi Adamawa state, who are here to observe plenary.
Senator Dino Melaye raises a petition on the monumental corruption in the Nigerian Oil Sector.
Senator Dino Melaye decries the non-remittance of subsidy funds accrued into the federation account.
“NNPC is a great source of revenue for all Nigerians and we’ll wait for that motion tomorrow,” says Bukola Saraki.
Senators Matthew Urhoghide and Sulaiman Adokwe also raised a petition from their respective constituencies.
Senate now moves to the Presentation of Reports.
1. Report of the Auditor General for the Federation on the Accounts of the Federation of Nigeria for the year ended 31st December, 2015.
Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan reads the report. The report is laid and referred to the Committee on Public Accounts for further Legislative action.
2. Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service. Chartered Institute of Management and Accountants Bill, 2017 (SB. 236) By Sen. Paulker
3. Report of the Committee on Establishment and public service on the Environment Managers Registration Council of Nigeria, by Sen. Walker
Senator Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central) reads his report and the report is laid.
Executive Communication: Consideration of the request by President Muhammadu Buhari on the nomination of Mr. Adeyinka Asekun as non-career ambassador.
The confirmation of Mr. Asekun as an Ambassador Designate is referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs for further action.
Senate now moves to the MOTIONS of the day.
1. Urgent need for the Federal Govt to redeem Local Contractors Debts, By Senator Oluremi Tinubu and co-sponsored by 5 other Senators.
The Senate notes that the economy is experiencing difficult times caused by a slump in oil prices and led to a negative GDP.
This, the Senate notes has increased the rate of unemployment and increase in prices of goods.
Senate notes CBN’s report on the Federal Govt indebtedness to local economy and its effects in protracting the current economic situation.
The Senate is disturbed that further delay in servicing these debts may adversely affect business organisations.
The Senate notes a publication in the Guardian Newspaper where it alleges that banks are being owed over N465 billion by oil importers alone.
These debts, the Senate opined, could spell doom for the banking and the financial services sectors.
The Senate accordingly resolves to:
– Urge the Federal Government to appraise its indebtedness to the local contractors; and Urge the Federal Govt to propose a Framework/repayment plan for servicing of these debts.
Senators Magnus Abe, Shehu Sani and Barau Jibrin support this motion and urged the Federal Goverenment to step in to enable workers return to site.
2. Urgent need to stem the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Nigeria. By Sen. Hope Uzodinma (Imo West)
Senate notes that the peace & security of the country is threatened with the influx of illegal Small Arms and Light weapons into the country.
Senate notes that Nigeria Fire Arms Act does not permit anyone to possess ammunition without license from the President or IGP.