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Today in Plenary: Senate proceedings for Thursday [complete update]

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[Please read the Senate proceedings from bottom up]

Gavel bangs!

Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki puts the question and Plenary is adjourned to Tuesday 6th of December, 2016.

Senate Leader now moves that other content of the Order Paper be stepped down to another Legislative day. And Minority leader seconds.

SP Bukola Saraki reads a letter from the National Planning Economic Affairs and make other announcements.

”I want to appeal to you, to study the INEC Bill report very well so that we can contribute effectively when we recommence” – Bukola Saraki

”I think we should expect this kind of debate because this is one of the most important bill we’re going to be considering- Bukola Saraki

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SP, Bukola Saraki appreciates his colleagues for their contributions to the INEC Bill

The INEC Bill amendment Act has been stepped down to another Legislative day for further deliberation.

Senate now reverts to Plenary to report progress reached at the Committee of the whole.

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INEC Bill: SP, Bukola Saraki puts the question after an exhaustive debate and the “Aye’s” have it on the amendment on clause 11of INEC Act.

“In the case of the Commission, there is a record of accreditation directly from the smart card or any technological devices used by the Commission in that polling Unit for accreditation of votes.

INEC Amendment 11:  “The result of an election in a polling Unit shall be declared invalid, null and void either by the Commission or Tribunal or Court, as the case may be.

b. “If we resort to manual voting, wouldn’t it open the margin for election rigging?

Senator Abubakar Kyari now rises to respond.

SP Bukola Saraki asks:

a. “If the card reader fails to work properly do we cancel elections?

SP Bukola Saraki seeks further clarification on the INEC Bill from the Chairman on INEC.

Senators take their time to contribute to the INEC Bill.

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege says once the card reader fails, it should be replaced by INEC instead of issuing incident form to avoid rigging

SP. Bukola Saraki speaks on the importance of the INEC Bill and urged his colleagues to contribute meaningfully to its Success.

Senate resolves to the Committee of the whole for clause by clause consideration of the Report of the INEC Committee

2. Report of the Committee on INEC. INEC Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2016. By Sen. Abubakar Kyari (Borno North)

Senator Ibn Na’Allah reacts to the Committee reports and says “We run a bicameral legislature, the Chairman should come from the Senate while the Vice Chairman should come from the House of Representatives”.

1. Conference Committee Report. A report on a Bill for an Act to amend the National Lottery Act 2015.By Sen. Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi Central)

Senate now moves for the Consideration of Reports

The reports are laid.

b. Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority. By Senator Fatima Raji-Rasaki

4. Report  of the Committee on Trade and Investment. 

a. Corporate Affairs Commission….

3. Report of the Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy. 2016 Budget of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). By Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe

2. Report of the Committee on Customs and Excise. 2016 Budget of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS). By Sen. Hope Uzodinma

1. Report  of the Committee on Privatization. 2016 Budget of the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE). By Sen. Murray Bruce

Senate now moves to the Presentation of Reports.

3. Federal College of Forestry, Toungo (Est., etc) Bill, 2016 (SB. 320) By Sen. Ahmed Abubakar

The bills are passed for First Reading.

2. Alvan Ikoku University of Education Owerri (Est., etc) Bill, 2016 (SB.) – By Sen. Samuel Anyanwu

1. Federal University of Education Kano (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2016 (SB.) – By Sen. Jibrin Barau

Senate now moves to the Presentation of Bills.

DSP, Ike Ekweremadu rises to lay his petitions from a group of young Nigerians on the termination of their appointment by the Civil Service Commission and non payment of their salary.

“There’s no issue whatsoever, and I must commend Sen. Akpabio and Ike Ekweremadu for their patriotism & leadership prowess” –  Sen. Na’Allah

Senator Ibn Na’Allah rises to give a report on the outcome of the meeting with the PDP caucus who staged a walkout yesterday during plenary.

SP. Bukola Saraki announces the presence of Kingscare School Lugbe Abuja, who were there to observe plenary.

SP Bukola Saraki reads a letter from the Chairman Rules & Business on notification and forwarding of BILLS to Senators email.

Senator Hunkuyi Suleiman moves for the approval of Votes and Proceedings of Wednesday 30th November 2016 and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege seconds.

Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the Official Prayers.

Welcome to a new Legislative day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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