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Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

It’s a new legislative day in the Nigerian Senate.

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu leads the Senate Leadership into Plenary.

DP Ekweremadu takes the Official Prayer.

Deputy Chief Whip Francis Alimikhena calls the Senate to Order.

Senator Adamu Aliero moves for the adoption of Votes and Proceedings of Thursday 2nd June, 2016. Senator Danjuma La’ah seconds.

DSP Ekweremadu reads a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari notifying of a short medical vacation and the VP Prof Yemi Osinbajo acting meanwhile.

DSP Ike Ekweremadu warmly welcomes Students present in the Senate Gallery to observe proceedings.

Senator Sam Anyanwu now raises a Point of Order on the mob killing of his constituent in Kano State. 

He asks for #JusticeForBridget.

Senator Sam Anyanwu nonetheless appreciates the involvement of Governor Umar Ganduje and the Kano Police Commissioner. 

DSP Ekweremadu extends the condolences of the Senate to the family of the deceased. He condemns the increase in extra judicial killings.

DSP Ekweremadu charges the Security Authorities to live up to expectation in the discharge of their duties.

Senate Leader and Clerk of the Senate now move to the presentation of Bills for first reading.

1. Nigeria Police Academy (Est. Etc.) Bill 2016 SB. 270 by Senator John Owan Enoh (Cross River Central)

2. Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Act CAP P17 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2016 SB. 227 by Senator Olanrewaju Tejuoso (Ogun Central)

3. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport of Nigeria (Est. Etc.) Bill 2016 SB. 289 by Senator Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos East)

4. Police Act CAP P19 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2016 SB. 294 by Senator Abu Ibrahim (Katsina South)

5. Maritime University of Nigeria, Okerenkoko (Est. Etc.) Bill 2016 SB. 295. By Senator James Manager (Delta South)

6. INEC Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill 2016 SB. 297 by Senator Monsurat Sunmonu (Oyo Central)

Senate now goes to the presentation of reports. 

Senate now moves to the Clause by Clause consideration of the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (Est. Etc.) Bill 2016 SB. 20

Senate passes Clauses 1-18 of the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (Est. Etc.) Bill 2016 SB. 20

Senate passes Clause 19 – Citation, Short Title and Long Title of the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (Est. Etc.) Bill 2016 SB. 20

Senate Leader now moves that Senate resumes back to Plenary. The Minority Leader seconds.

DSP Ekweremadu reports progress from the Committee of the Whole on the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (Est. Etc.) Bill SB. 20 2016.

Senate Leader moves for the third reading of the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (Est. Etc.) Bill. The Minority Leader seconds.

The Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme Bill (Establishment Etc) Bill is hereby passed.

DSP Ekweremadu commends and congratulates all Senators for the timely passage of the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme Bill.

DSP Ekweremadu adds that Agric is important for economic diversification and the movement from subsistence to commercial Agric is necessary.

Senate now moves to the Consideration of Bills.

The Bill for an Act to amend the Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002, and for other related matters 2016 HB. 29 Concurrence.

The Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 Bill Amendment 2016 is in concurrence with the House of Representatives.

Senators Jibrin Barau and Chukwuka Utazi speak on the need to concur with the House of Representatives and the importance of Environmental Health Officers.

Senator Gbolahan Dada as well lends his voice to the Bill. He harps on the need to protect the environment.

Senator Shehu Sani also lends his voice as well. He says the bill will bring order and sanity in the environment sector.

The Bill for an Act to Amend the Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 & for other related matters passes second reading.

Senate Leader moves that since the Bill is in concurrence with the House of Representatives, Senate should go ahead with the third and final reading.

Senate Leader now moves that the Senate resolves into its Committee of the Whole. The Minority Leader seconds.

Senate now dissolves into its Committee of the Whole. The Mace is Lowered.

Senate now moves to the Clause by Clause Consideration of the Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 Amendment Bill.

Senate now moves to the Clause by Clause Consideration of the Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 Amendment Bill 2016.

Senate passes Clauses 1-14 of the Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 Amendment Bill HB. 29

Senate passes the 1st-3rd Citations, Short & Long Titles of the Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 Amendment Bill.

Senate Leader now moves that the Senate reports back to Plenary. The Minority Leader seconds.

DSP Ekweremadu reports progress from the Committee of the Whole on the Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 Amendment Bill

Senate Leader moves for the third reading of the

Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 Amendment Bill. Minority Leader seconds.

The Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 Amendment Bill HB. 29 Concurrence with House of Representatives is hereby passed.

The Report of the Youth and Sports Committee & Poverty Alleviation and Social Welfare on the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities Bill SB. 22…

Senator Obinna Ogba who chairs the Youth and Sports Committee lays the report.

The Report of the Agriculture Committee on the Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (Est. Etc.) Bill 2016 SB. 126…

Senator Abdullahi Adamu who chairs the Agriculture Committee lays the report.

The Report of the Agriculture Committee on the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service Bill 2015 SB. 81…

Senator Adamu Abdullahi lays the second report.

Senate now moves to the consideration of reports.

Consideration of the report of the Agriculture Committee on the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (Est. Etc.) Bill 2016 SB. 20

Senator Abdullahi Adamu who chairs the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development Agriculture Committee now rise to give details of the report.

Senate Leader now moves that the Senate resolves into its Committee of the Whole. The Minority Leader seconds.

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DSP Ike Ekweremadu says Microfinance Banks will allow credit facilities available for people especially farmers and businessmen.

The #MicrofinanceBill SB. 57 passes second reading and is referred to the #BankingCttee for further legislative action.

Senate now moves to the consideration of motions.

The Motion on the implementation of compulsory insurance in Nigeria as provided in the Insurance Act&Regulation 2003 by Senator @AhmedOgembe

The motion on compulsory insurance is co-sponsored by Senators Omo-Agege, Misau, Gyunka, Olujimi, Na’Allah, Urhogbide, Utazi & @Dino_melaye.

Senate notes that the nation is grossly under-insured & aware that of the 16Million Vehicles in Nigeria, only 4Million are properly insured.

Senate notes the 58 registered Insurance Companies & the Uncountable unregistered insurance institutions in the Country.

Deputy Senate Leader Bala Na’Allah now takes the floor. He speaks in support of the motion on the implementation of compulsory insurance.

Senate now moves to the Clause by Clause consideration of the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (Est. Etc.) Bill 2016 SB. 20

Senate passes Clauses 1-18 of the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (Est. Etc.) Bill 2016 SB. 20

Senate passes Clause 19 – Citation, Short Title and Long Title of the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (Est. Etc.) Bill 2016 SB. 20

Senate Leader now moves that Senate resumes back to Plenary. The Minority Leader seconds.

DSP Ekweremadu reports progress from the Committee of the Whole on the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (Est. Etc.) Bill SB. 20 2016.

Senate Leader moves for the third reading of the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (Est. Etc.) Bill. The Minority Leader seconds.

The Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme Bill (Establishment Etc) Bill is hereby passed.

DSP Ekweremadu commends and congratulates all Senators for the timely passage of the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme Bill.

DSP Ekweremadu adds that Agriculture is important for economic diversification and the movement from subsistence to commercial Agriculture is necessary.

Senate now moves to the Consideration of Bills.

The Bill for an Act to amend the Envt’al Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002, and for other related matters 2016 HB. 29 Concurrence.

Senate Leader Ali Ndume rise for the lead debate.

The Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 Bill Amendment 2016 is in concurrence with the House of Representatives

Senators Jibrin Barau and Chukwuka Utazi speak on the need to concur with the House of Representatives and the importance of Environmental Health Officers.

Senator Gbolahan Dada as well lends his voice to the Bill. He harps on the need to protect the environment.

Senator Shehu Sani also lends his voice as well. He says the bill will bring order and sanity in the environment sector.

The Bill for an Act to Amend the Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 & for other related matters passes second reading

Senate Leader moves that since the Bill is in concurrence with the House of Representatives, Senate should go ahead with the third and final reading.

Senate Leader now moves that the Senate resolves into its Committee of the Whole. The Minority Leader seconds.

Senate now dissolves into its Committee of the Whole. The Mace is Lowered.

Senate now moves to the Clause by Clause Consideration of the Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 Amendment Bill 2016.

Senate passes Clauses 1-14 of the Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 Amendment Bill HB. 29

Senate passes the 1st-3rd Citations, Short & Long Titles of the Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 Amendment Bill.

Senate Leader now moves that the Senate reports back to Plenary. The Minority Leader seconds.

DSP Ekweremadu reports progress from the Committee of the Whole on the Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 Amendment Bill

Senate Leader moves for the third reading of the

Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 Amendment Bill. Minority Leader seconds.

The Environmental Health Officers (Registration Etc) Act 2002 Amendment Bill HB. 29 Concurrence with House of Representatives is hereby passed.

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DSP Ekweremadu congratulates all Senators for yet another timely passage and concurrence on the Environmental Health Officers Act.

DSP Ekweremadu says the Bill is to register as well as regulate Environmental Health Officers and enforce Environment Health Laws.

Senate now moves to the consideration of the Bill for an Act to establish the Constituencies Development Catalyst Fund 2016 SB. 103.

The Constituencies Development Catalyst Fund Bill 2016 SB. 103 is sponsored by Senator Buhari Abdulfatai (Oyo North)

The Bill had earlier been debated but was stepped down to ensure that the financial implication is added and circulated to all Senators.

Senate Leader now moves for the second reading of the Constituencies Development Catalyst Fund Bill 2016 SB. 103. The Minority Leader seconds.

The Constituencies Development Catalyst Funds Bill 2016 SB. 103 is referred to the Finance Committee for further legislative action.

Senate now moves to the next Bill for consideration.

The Bill for an Act to make provisions for the licensing, regulation and supervision of Microfinance Business in Nigeria SB. 57

The Microfinance Bill 2016 SB. 57 is sponsored by Senator Matthew Urhoghide (Edo South) who now rises for the lead debate.

Senator Urhoghide says the Microfinance Bill is to regulate the operations of Microfinance Banks and repeal the Community Bank Act 2004.

Senate Leader Ndume rises to support and second the Microfinance Bill . He adds that it’s an important gap the bill seeks to fill.

Senator Joshua Dariye rise to speak in favour of the Microfinance Bill. He says the bill will give legal backing to Microfinance Banks.

Senator Dariye says the Microfinance Bill will protect depositors and customers of the Microfinance Banks.

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DSP Ike Ekweremadu says Microfinance Banks will allow credit facilities available for people especially farmers and businessmen.

The Microfinance Bill SB. 57 passes second reading and is referred to the Banking Committee for further legislative action.

Senate now moves to the consideration of motions.

The Motion on the implementation of compulsory insurance in Nigeria as provided in the Insurance Act and Regulation 2003 by Senator Ahmed Ogembe.

The motion on compulsory insurance is co-sponsored by Senators Omo-Agege, Misau, Gyunka, Olujimi, Na’Allah, Urhogbide, Utazi and Dino Melaye.

Senate notes that the nation is grossly under-insured & aware that of the 16 Million Vehicles in Nigeria, only 4 Million are properly insured.

Senate notes the 58 registered Insurance Companies & the Uncountable unregistered insurance institutions in the Country.

Deputy Senate Leader Bala Na’Allah now takes the floor. He speaks in support of the motion on the implementation of compulsory insurance.

Senator Biodun Olujimi and Ovie Omo-Agege also support the motion on the implementation of compulsory insurance in Nigeria.

Senators Biodun Olujimi and Ovie Omo-Agege also support the motion on the implementation of compulsory insurance in Nigeria.

Senator Yusuf Yusuf speaks on the motion as well. He says there is the need for fundamental long term policies on insurance.

Senate now resolves to mandate its Banking Committee to invite Stakeholders in the insurance sector to deliberate on the way forward.

Senate also resolves to mandate NAICOM to orientate the public on instance policies and publish the 58 registered Insurance companies.

Senate Leader now moves that the other matters on the order paper be stepped down. The Minority Leader seconds.

Senate Leader now moves that the Senate be adjourned to the next legislative day. The Minority Leader seconds.

Senate is now adjourned to Wednesday 8th June, 2016.

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