PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF THURSDAY 13TH JULY, 2017

It’s a new Legislative day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu took the official prayer and led the chamber into today’s proceedings.


Senator Oluremi Tinubu moved for the approval of Votes and Proceedings of Wednesday 12th July, 2017. Senator Shuaibu Lau seconded.


ANNOUNCEMENT


Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu made announcements and welcomed staff and students who were present in the gallery to observe Plenary.

PETITIONS

Senator Omo Agege and Senator Nelson Effiong raised Petitions regarding their constituent members.

Senator Jibrin Barau raised a petition from a friend against Enugu Distribution company.


Senator Mao Ohabunwa raised a petition from a constituent member against the Nigerian Navy.

Senator Bassey Akpan raised a Petition from his constituent member against the Nigerian Police Force for unlawful dismissal.


Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu referred all petitions to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to report back in 2 weeks.


POINT OF ORDER

Senator Sam Anyanwu cited order 43 and spoke about the demise of HRH Senator Dr Obinna Obasi from Imo State.

Senate observed a minute silence in honour of HRH Senator Dr Obinna Obasi.

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu sent his heartfelt condolence to the family of HRH Senator Dr Obinna Obasi and People of Imo State, a former colleague who become a traditional ruler.

Senator Bassey Akpan cited order 43 on a publication where the Kogi State Governor questions the support for Senator Dino Melaye by the Akwa Ibom state Governor. Senator Akpan condemned the reply of the Kogi State Governor for questioning his Governor’s support for a friend.

Deputy Senate President stated that the Kogi State Government should stop escalating their local politics and concentrate on good governance.

PRESENTATION OF BILLS – FIRST READING

1. National Fiscal Stabilization Levy Bill, 2017 (SB. 490) by Senator Jibrin Barau.

2. Federal College of Education (Special) Onueke Ezza South, Ebonyi State (Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (SB. 495) by Senator Obinna Ogba.

3. Federal College of Education (Technical) Arochukwu (Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (SB. 515) by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa.

4. National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization Act CAP N13 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 522) by Senator Muhammad Adamu Aliero.

5. Federal Polytechnic Mpu, Enugu State (Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (SB. 528) by Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

6. Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy Bill, 2017 (HB. 1018) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

CONSIDERATION OF REPORT

1. Conference Committee Report, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (SB. 14) by Senator Oluremi Tinubu.
-That the Senate do consider the report of the Conference Committee on Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (SB. 14).

Senator Shehu Sani seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Conference Committee on Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (SB. 14).

BILLS FOR CONCURRENCE

1. Avoidance of Double Taxation (Between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Sweden) Bill, 2017 (HB. 443) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

2. Avoidance of Double Taxation (Between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Spain) Bill, 2017 (HB. 444) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

3. Avoidance of Double Taxation (Between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Kingdom of South Korea) Bill, 2017 (HB. 445) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

4. Chartered Institute of Treasury Management (Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (HB. 100) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

5. Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology (Science) (Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (HB. 39) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

6. Police Procurement Fund (Establishment) Bill, 2017 (HB. 314) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

7. Legislative House (Powers and Privileges) Bill, 2017 (HB. 382) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

8. Anti-Torture Bill, 2017 (HB. 120) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

9. Senior Citizens Center Bill, 2017 (HB. 121) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Senate dissolved into the committee of the whole for clause by clause consideration of the 9 BILLS FOR CONCURRENCE.

Senate reverted back to Plenary and reported progress.

The 9 BILLS FOR CONCURRENCE were read the 3rd time and passed.

“I thank all for their patience, effort from different committees. Some of the bills from the house have been pending for a long time.”- Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

ADJOURNMENT

Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan moved that Plenary be adjourned to another Legislative Day to allow Senators attend to oversight functions and a retreat on the constitutional review in Lagos. Minority Leader seconded.

Plenary is adjourned to Tuesday, 18th July, 2017.

 

Signed:
New Media Department,
Office of The Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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