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The Nigerian Senate on Thursday [Updates]

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The Nigerian Senate

Senate President Bukola Saraki now comes in the company of some members of the Senate Leadership.

Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the Opening Prayer.

Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso now moves for the approval of Votes and Proceedings of Wednesday 15th June 2016. Senator Clifford Ordia seconds

Senate announces the presence of Staff & students of Deo Gratias School, Gwarinpa, and 2 other schools in the gallery to observe Senate proceedings.

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege raises a point of order from a member of his constituency against Police for wrongful dismissal from service.

Senator Dino Melaye raises a petition from his constituent Friday Ohai, Nigerian ambassador to Kenya concerning the Ambassadorial Nominees.

Sen Tayo Alasoadura also raises a petition on Ambassadorial Nominees list sent in by President Muhammadu Buhari, says none of the nominees are from Ondo State

All petitions bothering on Ambassadorial Nominees list sent to the Senate by President Buhari are forwarded to Foreign Affairs Committee.

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The Senate Leader Ali Ndume and the Clerk of the Senate now move to the Presentation of Seven (7) Bills for their respective first reading.

1. Nation Wide Toll Bill, 2016 (SB. 107) by Sen Isah Misau (Bauchi Central).

2. Anti-corruption Court (Est., etc.) Bill, 2016 (SB. 112) by Senator Duro Faseyi (Ekiti North).

3. Existing vacancies (Publication) Bill, 2016 (SB. 52) by Senator Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti South).

4. Solid Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission (Est., etc.) Bill, 2016 (SB. 61) by Senator Tijjani Yahaya Kaura (Zamfara North).

5. National Energy Bill, 2016 (SB. 77) by Senator Theodore A. Orji (Abia Central).

6. FCT Hospital Management Board (Est., etc.) Bill, 2016 (SB. 69) by Senator Philip Aduda (FCT).

7. Constitution of the FRN 1999 (Alt) Bill, 2016 (SB.302) by Senator Barnabas Gemade (Benue N/E).

Forwarded to Constitutional Review Committee.

The next is the presentation of a report of the Committee on Environment on the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria Bill 2016 SB. 014. Laid

The Senate now moves to the Consideration of Four (4) Reports from different Senate Committees.

First is a report from the Public Procurement Committee on the Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (SB. 232).

Chairman of the Public Procurement Committee, Sen. Joshua Dariye now stands to move the motion to present the report and also read its details.

Senate Leader moves for Senate to resolve into the C’ttee of the whole to consider the report on the Procurement Act.

The mace is lowered.

The Senate now in its C’ttee of the Whole goes into a clause-by-clause consideration of the report on the Procurement Act 2007 Bill.

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Clause 17 of section 4 of the Procurement Act is amended while clauses 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 26 – 34 stand part of the Bill.

The clause-by-clause consideration and debate of the report on the Procurement Act 2007 Bill by Public Procurement Committee still ongoing.

Clauses 36-40 and the short and long title of the Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) remains part of the Bill.

The Senate Leader now moves for Senate to revert to plenary to report progress of the Consideration of the report of the Procurement Act.

Minority Leader seconds the motion for Senate to revert to plenary to report progress of the Procurement Act.

The mace is moved back up.

Senate President Bukola Saraki now reports progress of the Consideration of the report on Procurement Act in the C’ttee of the Whole.

The Senate now reads the Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (SB. 232) for the third time.

The Bill passes third reading.

SP Bukola Saraki appreciates all those who have contributed. He goes further to say the Bill will go a long way to promote local content

SP Bukola Saraki also calls on the Executive to comply especially in the area of 1st policy options which will help to stimulate the economy

The Senate now considers a Motion on 2016 International Day of the African Child sponsored by Sen Remi Tinubu but presented by Sen. Olujimi.

The Motion on African Child Day is Co-sponsored by Senators Stella Oduah, Oko, Garba Binta, Fatimat Rasaki, Monsurat, Omogunwa and Enoh.

The Senate notes that June 16 is observed as the International African Child Day.

The Senate recalls that on June 16, 1976, in Soweto SA, thousands of black school kids took to the streets to protest inferior quality of Edu.

The Senate is worried that 30M of the world’s 57M children who are out of school are in Sub-Saharan Africa & 10M of this 30M are in Nigeria.

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The Senate recognizes that by the year 2050 almost one in three of the world’s children under 18 will be African.

The Senate further recognizes that the children of African women with at least five years of schooling have a 40% higher chance of survival.

Senate Leader Ali Ndume,  Senators Stella Oduah, Monsurat and Ahmed Lawan all speak in support of the African Child Day Motion.

The Senate accordingly resolves to congratulate the African Children & Nigeria in particular on the celebration of the ’16 #AfricanChildDay

Urge the Federal Government not to relent in their effort to key into the SDGs that provide a framework for govt programs to key into agreed development outcomes.

Urge Federal Government & State Government to ensure implementation of the UBE Act & the implementation of the Child Rights Act in states that are yet to do so

That there should be Budgetary Allocation for programs that has to do with Children’s nutrition and education in the relevant ministries.

SP Bukola Saraki says we can’t place enough emphasis on importance of a Child. He says they must be penalties for those who deprive kids Edu

SP Bukola Saraki also says the 8th Senate must protect rights of children by ensuring that states yet to adopt the Child Rights Act do so.

Senate Leader moves for Senate to stand down the rest activities listed in the order paper to next legislative day. Minority Leader seconds.

Senate Leader also moves for Senate to adjourn plenary to Tuesday 21st June, 2016. Minority Leader seconds.

Senate President Bukola Saraki now puts the question forward and Senate adjourns plenary to Tuesday 21st June, 2016 at 10:00am.

Gavel Bangs!

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