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The Senate Plenary Of November 5 [Full Updates]

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Welcome to a new Legislative Day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan leads the Principal Officers into the chambers; takes the official prayers; and begins the day’s proceedings at 10:41am.

Senator Lekan Mustapha moves for the approval of votes and proceedings of Tuesday, 29th October 2019. Senator Yaroe Binos seconds.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu cites Orders 42 & 52 and informs the Senate on the death of Brigadier General Mobolaji Johnson.

General Mobolaji Johnson did well as Governor General of Lagos. The legacy he left behind is not about Lagos state alone, it is about Nigeria.”- Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

Senate resolves to:

1. Observe a minute silence in honor of Brigadier General Mobolaji Johnson; and

2. Send a delegation to commiserate with the family.

Senator Bulkachuwa Adamu Cites Orders 42 & 52 and informs the Senate on the death of Hajia Jumai Tafawa Balewa the last surviving wife of Late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s first Prime Minister.

Senate resolves to:

1. Observe a minute silence in honor of the dead;

2. Send a delegation of the Senate to commiserate with the government of Bauchi State and the Emirate; and

3. The State and Federal Government should immortalize her.

“Let me join Senator Bulkachuwa and Senator Oluremi to commiserate with the families of the deceased and may God give them the fortitude to bear the loss.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

Senate now moves into the presentation of Bills for first reading.

1. Pension Reform Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 41) by Senator Aliyu Wamakko.

Pension Reform Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 41) is read the First Time.

2. National Agricultural Development Fund (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 119) by Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

National Agricultural Development Fund (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 119) is read the First Time.

3. Chartered Institute of Administration and Registrars of Nigeria Universities (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 124) by Senator Odebiyi Tolulope.

Chartered Institute of Administration and Registrars of Nigeria Universities (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 124) is read the First Time.

4. Occupational Safety and Health Bill, 2019 (SB. 126) by Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu.

Occupational Safety and Health Bill, 2019 (SB. 126) is read the First Time.

5. Mental Health Bill, 2019 (SB. 129) by Senator Kashim Shettima.

Mental Health Bill, 2019 (SB. 129) is read the First Time.

6. Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, 2019 (SB. 132) by Senator Mohammed Musa

Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, 2019 (SB. 132) is read the First Time.

7. Petroleum Production and Distribution (Anti-sabotage) Act CAP P12 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 133) by Senator Bassey Akpan.

Petroleum Production and Distribution (Anti-sabotage) Act CAP P12 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 133) is read the First Time.

8. National Cohesion and Integration Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 137) by Senator Gaidam Ibrahim.

National Cohesion and Integration Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 137) is read the First Time.

9. Federal University of Sports (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 138) by Senator Obinna Ogba.

Federal University of Sports (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 138) is read the First Time.

10. Microbiology Council of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 139) by Senator Barau Jibrin.

Microbiology Council of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 139) is read the First Time.

1. Report of the Committee on Niger Delta on the confirmation of appointment of the following nominees as Chairman and Members of the Board of Nigeria Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in accordance to Section 2 (2) (a) of the NDDC Act, 2000 by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.

Senator Clifford Ordia seconds that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Niger Delta on the confirmation of appointment of the above nominees as Chairman and Members of the Board of NDDC in accordance to Section 2 (2) (a) of the NDDC Act, 2000.

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi lays and presents the report.

“Dr. Joy Yimebe Nunieh from Rivers State was absent and so was not screened.”- Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.

“Member representing Rivers State appears to be the same person that was sworn in as Chairman of Interim Committee on NDDC.”- Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

“What we have in front of us are the nominees from Mr. President. If nominee has been invited and was absent the proper thing to do is not to confirm the nominee.”- Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

“Let me express the gratitude of Akwa Ibom State to Mr. President for nominating one of our own. I believe that a time has come when we must begin to hold NDDC’s account accountable. This does not stop Mr. President’s objective of auditing the commission.”- Senator Bassey Akpan.

“There is no ambiguity in this matter. Mr. president sent his request for us to confirm the nominees. I do not think we have anything to worry about because this is one thing that is clearly established by the law.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

“I want to ask the Committee on Niger Delta that after these nominees take over the management of NDDC, we need to do proper oversight . NDDC Committee will have a lot of work to do.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

Senate dissolves into the Committee of the Whole for the confirmation of appointment of the above nominees as Chairman and Members of the Board of Nigeria Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in accordance to Section 2 (2) (a) of the NDDC Act, 2000.

Senate reverts to plenary and reports progress.

The nomination of Dr. Pius Odubu (Edo State) as Chairman of NDDC is confirmed.

The nomination of Bernard O. Okumagba (Delta State) as Managing Director of NDDC is confirmed.

The nomination of Engr. Otobong Ndem (Akwa-Ibom State) as Executive Director Projects of NDDC is confirmed.

The nomination of Maxwell Oko (Bayelsa State) as Executive Director Finance and Admin of NDDC is confirmed.

The nomination of Prophet Jones Erue, member representing Delta State on the governing board of NDDC is confirmed.

The nomination of Chief Victor Ekhator, member representing Edo State on the governing board of NDDC is confirmed.

The nomination of Nwogu N. Nwogu, member representing Abia State on the governing board of NDDC is confirmed.

The nomination of Theodore A. Allison, member representing Bayelsa State on the governing board of NDDC is confirmed.

The nomination of Victor Antai, member representing Akwa-Ibom State on the governing board of NDDC is confirmed.

The nomination of Maurice Effiwatt, member representing Cross River State on the governing board of NDDC is confirmed.

The nomination of Olugbenga Edema, member representing Ondo State on the governing board of NDDC is confirmed.

The nomination of Hon. Uchegbu Chidebere Kyrian, member representing Imo State on the governing board of NDDC is confirmed.

The nomination of Aisha Murtala Muhammed, member representing North West on the governing board of NDDC is confirmed.

The nomination of Shuaibu Ardo Zubairu, member representing North East Representative. on the governing board of NDDC is confirmed.

The nomination of Amb. Abdullahi M. Bage, member representing North Central Representative. on the governing board of NDDC is confirmed.

“We have to do our oversight and ensure every kobo counts. We must ensure that we remain alert as a legislature because it is our responsibility that public funds are put to use.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

2. Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the confirmation of the nomination of Hon. Justice J.T Tsoho as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court by Senator Bamidele Opeyemi.

Senator Senator (Dr.) Ajibola Basiru seconds that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the confirmation of the nomination of Hon. Justice J.T Tsoho as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

Senator Bamidele Opeyemi lays and presents the report.

Senate dissolves into the Committee of the Whole for the confirmation of nomination of Hon. Justice J.T Tsoho as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

Senate reverts to plenary and reports progress.

The confirmation of Hon. Justice J.T Tsoho as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court is approved.

“Let me congratulate the nominee, we are wishing him the best of tenure, the judiciary is supposed to be a very active one; we need to also have a better capacity for judiciary to create a situation where they will have more hands to deal with judiciary cases. “-SP, Ahmad Lawan

“At the moment they are overworked and overwhelmed and they need our support.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

3. Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the confirmation of the nomination of Justice Benedict Bakwaph Kanyip for appointment as President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria by Senator Bamidele Opeyemi.

Senator Orker-Jev Yisa seconds that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the confirmation of the nomination of Justice Benedict Bakwaph Kanyip for appointment as President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

Senator Bamidele Opeyemi lays and presents the report.

Senate dissolves into the Committee of the Whole for the confirmation of nomination of Justice Benedict Bakwaph Kanyip for appointment as President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

Senate reverts to plenary and reports progress.

The confirmation of Justice Benedict Bakwaph Kanyip as President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria is approved.

“We should look for some more resources to endure judiciary is well oiled. We wish Justice Benedict the best of luck throughout his tenure.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

Senate Leader moves that plenary be adjourned to another legislative day. Minority Leader seconds.

Senate adjourns plenary to Wednesday, 6th November, 2019 to allow the remaining Senate Committees submit their reports to the Committee on Appropriations.

Gavel bangs!

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