It’s a new legislative day in the Nigerian Senate. DSP Ike Ekweremadu leads the official prayers.
Chief Whip, Senator Olusola call the Senate to Order.
Senator Ben Murray Bruce moves for the approval of the Votes and Proceedings of Wednesday 26th October, 2016. Senator Ahmed Lawan seconds.
DSP, Ike Ekweremadu welcomes students of Doveland Secondary School Abuja who are here to observe plenary proceedings.
Senate now moves for the presentation of the two Reports on the order paper.
1. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND. Gross Mismanagement of Education Tax Fund, by Sen. Jibrin Barau
Sen. Jibrin Barau lays the report and it is received.
2. Report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions. Code of Conduct Act Amendment Bill, 2016 (HB. 230), by Sen. Sam Anyanwu
Senator Sam Anyanwu lays his report and it is received.
Senate now moves for the consideration of Reports.
1. Report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions. Code of Conduct Act Amendment Bill, 2016 (HB. 230), by Sen. Sam Anyanwu
Senate Anyanwu rises to present the report. He explained the provisions the amendment seeks to achieve.
Senate now moves to the committee of the whole for clause by clause consideration of the report on CCT Bill
Senator Joshua Lidani says the 50years age requirement should be sustained instead of 30 for the Bureau Chairman.
Senator Lidani also says such sensitive position requires the services of experienced individuals.
“What we are talking about for chairman is the Bureau, let us not contradict things; this is different from the Tribunal” – Sen. P. Nwaoboshi
Breaking: Senate retains 50 years of Age for admission as a member into the code of conduct Bureau.
Senators Barnabas Gemade and Sen. Enyinaya Abaribe concurs that supplementary legislation was not needed since the matter has been delegated
Sen. Ahmed Lawan warns that the CCT Bill should be properly looked into and urged DSP, Ike Ekweremadu to consider everyone’s opinion.
“Laws are not made for individuals; they are made for future generations. No controversy, what is right is right” – Shehu Sani
“If we have the wisdom to consider the CCT Bill, we should have the courage to see it through” – Senator Shehu Sani
“In as much as we make laws here let us not be emotional or seen to be taking sides” – Senate Leader, Ali Ndume
Senate Leader moves that further consideration of the Code of Conduct Act Amendment be stood down.
Senate now reverts to plenary to consider the report from the Committee of the whole.
Code of Conduct Act Amendment Bill, 2016 (HB. 230) is now passed for Third Reading.
2. Report of the Committee on Communications on the NCC 2016 Budget. By Sen. Gilbert Nnaji (Enugu East)
DSP Ike Ekweremadu says the year is running out and that Budget should be submitted on time for consideration and necessary approval
3. Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters. Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Education Institution Bill. (SB. 262)
Senator David Umaru speaks on the rampant Sexual Harassment in Nigeria’s Institution and how it affects students psychologically.
Senator David Umaru says the bill is appropriate and has elicited wide support from Senators, Stakeholders and Nigerians as a whole.
Senate now moves to the Committee of the whole for clause by clause consideration of the Report on Sexual Harassment
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe points that the title of the Sexual Harassment bill be amended and not be limited to Tertiary Institutions alone.
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege says the title is in order. – “Extant laws caters for harassment in elementary schools since they are under 18.”
Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf proposes 7years and 10million Naira fine as punishment for sexual harassment.
“Penalty should be increased to 7years, the amount is only an attempt to stop harassment” – Ali Ndume
“Rape is the number one crime in Lagos, harassment is a serious issue, it leads to rape. I propose 10years” – says Senator Murray Bruce
Senate agrees and adopts the option of 5 years and 5 million Naira as penalties for Sexual Harassment.
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Senate now reverts to Plenary to report progress on the deliberations reached at the Committee of the whole.
Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Education Institution Bill, 2016 (SB. 262) is passed for Third Reading.
“I want to thank my colleagues and the Committee members for the milestone achieved on the Sexual Harassment Bill” – DSP, Ike Ekweremadu
“This Bill will go a long way in protecting our younger ones from harm & serves as deterrent to others who indulge in this act” – Ekweremadu
Majority Leader moves that other content of the order paper be stepped down to another legislative day. Minority Leader seconds.
DSP Ike Ekweremadu puts the question and plenary is adjourned to Tuesday 1st November, 2016.
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