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Today In Senate Plenary [Proceedings Of March20]

Proceedings Of The Nigerian Senate Of Wednesday, 20th March, 2019

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

‪Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 10:50am.

‪Senator Umaru Kurfi moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Tuesday, 19th March, 2019. Senator Isa Shuaibu Lau seconded.

EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATION

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki read five (5) letters from Mr. President on his Decision to decline assent to the;

  1. Nigerian Film Commission Bill, 2018;
  2. Immigration Amendment Bill, 2018;

III. Climate Change Bill, 2018;

  1. Chartered Institute of Pension Practitioners of Nigeria Bill, 2018; and
  2. Digital Rights and Freedom Bill, 2018.

POINT OF ORDER

Senator Barnabas Gemade cited Order 43 and drew the attention of the Senate to the death of Senator JKN Waku who represented Benue North West in the 2nd Assembly.

“We all commiserate for the passing away of a great Nigerian, Distinguished Senator, very courageous Senator Waku. Our prayers and thoughts go to the family for their loss. I knew he was out of the country battling the illness before finally he left us.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“We pray that he rests in perfect peace and may God give the family the fortitude to bear the loss. A great loss it is for his people and for Benue state. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

  1. Report of the Committee on Diaspora and Non-Governmental Organizations on the confirmation of the nomination of Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa for appointment as Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Diaspora Commission by Senator Lanre Tejuoso.

Senator Joshua Lidani seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Diaspora and Non-Governmental Organizations on the confirmation of the nomination of Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa for appointment as Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Diaspora Commission.

The Report was LAID.

  1. Report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions by Senator Sam Anyanwu in respect of:
  2. Petition from Miss Monica Okafor against the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Abuja for alleged wrongful termination of her appointment by the agency; and
  3. Petition from Dr. George A. Omoogun against the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and the Nigerian Institute for Trypanosomiasis Research for non-payment of his emoluments.

Senator Jide Omoworare seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.

The Report was LAID.

MOTIONS

  1. Withholding of assent by Senate Leader.

Senate resolved to:

Refer the Bill to the Committee of the Whole for consideration and passage.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the Federal Polytechnics Act (amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 241) on Section 3 and 16.

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

Section 3 and 16 of the Federal Polytechnics Act (amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 241) were amended and retained.

  1. The militarization of the Nigerian Electoral Process and the inconsistent application of the electoral laws by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by Senator Dino Melaye.

“The essence of having a legislator is to ensure we provide intervention in smoothing governance in order to ensure fairness in all affairs. The electoral process remains a journey, it requires a lot of fine tuning. We need to meet with INEC to get a panoramic view of the situation.”- Senator Ahmad Lawan.

“We are Nigerians and we are in Nigeria. What is wrong is wrong. This election was a sham. INEC parameters were different in different states. There is no wrong that can validate the other. We need to look at our electoral process. Rigging and vote buying was the order of the day. The legislator needs to look into this.”- Senator Biodun Olujimi.

“I want to commend the House of Representatives who took the bull by the horn and discussed it. I also commend the Chief of Army Staff for he saw that all allegations were looked into by setting up a committee to handle all issues.”- Senator Mao Ohuabunwa

Senate resolved to:

  1. Condemn the massive use of military forces in the national electoral process of the nation.
  2. Urge the INEC to ensure the unrestricted and consistent application of all electoral laws without bias to a candidate or a party in all elections.

III. Direct the Senate Committee on INEC to investigate all perceived inconsistent application of electoral laws by INEC in the 2019 elections.

  1. Urge the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to give assent to the recent amendment to the Electoral Act to ensure a level playing field and adoption of equal standards in our national elections for a strong and peaceful democracy in Nigeria.

PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

  1. Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the confirmation of Dr. Abdu Abubakar as a Non-Executive Director of the Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim.

Senator Sam Anyanwu seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the confirmation of Dr. Abdu Abubakar as a Non-Executive Director of the Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Senator Rafiu Ibrahim laid and presented the report.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the confirmation of Dr. Abdu Abubakar as a Non-Executive Director of the Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

Dr. Abdu Abubakar was confirmed as a Non-Executive Director of the Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

  1. Report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development on the National Fertilizer Quality (control) Bill, 2019 (SB. 338) by Senator Aliyu Sabi.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole to resume it’s clause by clause consideration of the report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development on the National Fertilizer Quality (control)  Bill, 2019 (SB. 338).

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

National Fertilizer Quality (control) Bill, 2019 (SB. 338) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

  1. Report of the Committee on Information and National Orientation on the National Orientation Agency Act (amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 333) by Senator Suleiman Adokwe.

Senator Gbolahan Dada seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Information and National Orientation on the National Orientation Agency Act (amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 333)

Senator Suleiman Adokwe presented the report.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the report of the Committee on Information and National Orientation on the National Orientation Agency Act (amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 333).

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

National Orientation Agency Act (amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 333) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

  1. Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters on the Nigerian Council for Psychologists (establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 624) by Senator Emmanuel Paulker.

Senator Shehu Sani seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters on the Nigerian Council for Psychologists (establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 624).

Senator Emmanuel Paulker presented the report.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters on the Nigerian Council for Psychologists (establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 624).

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

Nigerian Council for Psychologists (establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 624) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

ADJOURNMENT

‪Senate Leader moved that plenary be adjourned to 2nd of April to enable Committees meet with the various agencies of government on the #2019Budget defence. Minority Leader seconded.

Plenary is adjourned to Tuesday, 2nd April, 2019.

Gavel bangs!

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