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The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday – LIVE Updates

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday – LIVE Updates

It’s a new week and another legislative day in the Senate Chamber of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Senate President Bukola Saraki enters the Chamber with other members of the Senate Leadership.

The Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the Opening Prayer.

Senate President Bukola Saraki leads the Senate Leadership into the chambers.

Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayers.

Senate Chief Whip declares the Senate ready for today’s proceedings.

Sen David Umaru (Niger East) moves for the approval of Votes and Proceedings of Wednesday 18th May ’16. Senator Ohuabunwa (Abia North) seconds.

The Senate now moves into an Executive Session.

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The Senate resumes from its Executive/Closed Door Session.

The floor of the Senate Chamber is still a bit rowdy, Senate Chief Whip calls on Distinguished Senators to take their seats.

The Senate in its Executive/Closed Session deliberated on issues relating to the working of the Senate and NASS Nigeria in general.

The Senate wishes to announce the presence of Staff and Students of Starville School, Gwarinpa Abuja to observe Senate proceedings.

Sen Dino Melaye raises a petition from one of his constituents over unlawful termination of appointment by Nat’l Communications Commission.

Sen Na’allah raises a point of order for the Senate to hold 1min silence over the demise of Sen Shehu Sani’s mother & Sen Alasoadura’s wife.

Senator Bassey Akpan raises a point of order on the current economic situation in Nigeria. He says the economy is slipping into recession.

Senator Bassey Akpan also calls on the CBN and the FG to educate the public on the current state of the nation’s economy.

According to the Senate rule book, the point of order raised by Sen Akpan on the state of the economy is moved to the next legislative day.

The Senate Leader and the Clerk of the Senate now moves to the presentation of Five (5) Bills for their respective first reading.

1. Nigerian Metallurgical Industry Bill, 2016 (SB. 260) by Senator Theodore A. Orji (Abia Central).

2. Education (National Minimum Standards) and Est. of Institutions Act CAP E3 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, ’16 (SB.286) by Senator Wamakko

3. Motor vehicle third party Insurance Act M22 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (SB. 276) by Senator Umaru Kurfi (Katsina Central).

4. Nigeria Industrial Development and Zones Commission (Est., etc) Bill, 2016 (SB. 280) by Senator Fatimat Rasaki (Ekiti Central)

5. Institute of Chattered Biochemist and Molecular Biologist Bill, 2016 (SB. 283) by Senator Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central)

Next business in the order paper is the presentation of a report of the Banking Committee on the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

Report is laid.

The Senate now moves on to the Consideration of Bills for second reading.

First is a Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the National Transport Commission as an Independent Multi-Model Economic Regulator for the Transport Industry and for other Related matters, 2016 (SB. 242) by Senator Andy Uba (Anambra South).

Senator Andy Uba now rises to lead the debate on the Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the National Transport Commission.

Senator Na’allah speaking on the Transportation Bill says it came at the most appropriate time to meet the transportation needs of Nigeria.

Senators Barnabas Gemade, Jubril Barau and Isiaka Adeleke all take turns to support and speak on the importance of the Transportation Bill.

SP Bukola Saraki commends the sponsor of the Bill, says for us to stimulate our economy we must strengthen our transportation system.

The Transportation Bill passes second reading and is forwarded to Committees on Transport, Land, Marine & Aviation. To report back in 4 weeks.

The next Bill to be considered for 2nd reading is A Bill for an Act to make provision for the prohibition of Sexual Harassment of students by Educators in Tertiary Education Institutions and for other related matters, 2016 (SB. 262) by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central) & 57 others.

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege now rises to lead the debate on the Bill for an Act to make provision for the prohibition of Sexual Harassment.

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“Sexual Harassment is a violation of both spiritual and state laws” ~ Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

“We are seeking to protect the rights of our students in the tertiary institutions.” ~ Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

Sen Olujimi now speaking on Sexual Harassment Bill commends the sponsor saying the Bill is timely & shouldn’t be restricted to Tertiary Institutions

Senator Olujimi adds that girls should also be cautioned against Sexual Harassment as men also suffer from Sexual Harassment from females.

Sen Olujimi now speaking on Sexual Harassment Bill commends the sponsor saying the Bill is timely & shouldn’t be restricted to Tertiary Institutions

Senator Olujimi adds that girls should also be cautioned against Sexual Harassment as men also suffer from Sexual Harassment from females.

Senator Theodore Orji says the Sexual Harassment Bill requires express passage and says he supports the bill as an elder and as a father.

Sen Dino Melaye now speaking says the Sexual Harassment Bill is important because the abuse in higher institutions is becoming unbecoming.

“Sexual Harassment Bill is both sided, females should also be cautioned ’cause not all of us have the anointing to resist.” ~Sen Dino Melaye

Senator Stella Oduah says molesting and harassing girls kills their spirit. She says Senators should encourage passage of the Bill.

“These girls are kids, if they dress indecently look away or tell them to dress properly, do not harass them sexually”~ Senator Stella Oduah

Senator Garba Binta says Sexual Harassment Bill is a very important Bill and as a woman and mother she supports the bill.

Senator Yahaya Abdullahi says Sexual Harassment is Sexual Harassment whether it is done in Schools, in the streets or in the Senate.

Senator Yahaya Abdullahi says Sexual Harassment laws should be included in the code of conducts of Universities and ensure they are enacted.

Senate President Bukola Saraki now puts the question forward and the Sexual Harassment Bill now passes second reading.

Senate President Bukola Saraki concludes by thanking the sponsor of the Bill saying we must stamp out Sexual Harassment from our society.

The Sexual Harassment Bill is forwarded to the Committee on Judiciary, Human Resources and Legal Matters to report back in 4 weeks.

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Next is consideration of report of ad hoc C’ttee on Import Duty Waivers, Concessions & Grants on the indiscriminate use & abuse of Waivers.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central) now reads the details of the report to the Senate.

Senate Leader now moves for the Senate to sit beyond 2pm to receive the report on indiscriminate use of Waivers.

Minority Leader seconds.

All 22 recommendations by Import Duty Waiver Committee on the indiscriminate use and abuse of Waivers have been adopted by the Senate.

SP Bukola Saraki now concludes saying we must ensure all monies owed by defaulters should be fully recovered & culprits should be punished.

Senate President Bukola Saraki adds that activities that are not permitted in other countries should not be permitted in Nigeria.

The report of ad hoc C’ttee on Import Duty Waivers, Concessions and Grants on the indiscriminate use and abuse of Waivers is laid.

The next report is from the Committee on Judiciary, Human rights and Legal Matters in respect of a Motion on the Difference in the Content of Section 18 of the Armed Forces Act CAP. A20 LFN 2004 and 2010 respectively.

The report is presented by Senator David Umaru, Committee Chair.

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Recommendations 2&3 of the report on the Motion on the Difference between the content of section 18 are adobted except 1 which was amended.

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

Senate President @bukolasaraki now puts the question forward and Senate adjourns plenary to Wednesday 25th May, 2016.

#GavelBangs

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