PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF TUESDAY 11TH JULY, 2017

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

Senator Shaaba Lafiaji moved for the approval of Votes and Proceedings of Thursday 6th July, 2017. Senator Clifford Ordia seconded.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Senate President Bukola Saraki welcomed staff and students who were present in the gallery to observe Plenary.

POINT OF ORDER

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu cited order 43 and spoke about an article from the Attorney General of Kogi State in Today’s Leadership Newspaper stating that the Senate does not have a role in the recall process. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu stated that according to Section 68(2) of the constitution that the Senate does have a role to play and he stands by his decision.

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu said when Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is through with the recall process, it has to be sent to the Senate President Bukola Saraki who will in turn read to all Senators.

Senate President Bukola Saraki said the constitution is very clear, spending about 10million for adverts shows the Government is involved, Senate President Bukola Saraki said it is very unfortunate for the people of Kogi State.




Senator Buhari Abdulfatai sought for a MOTION about the ongoing strike in Ladoke Akintola University.

Senate President Bukola Saraki approved the MOTION for another legislative day.

Senator David Umaru cited orders 42 and 52 and raised a MOTION for the flood that affected Suleja and other areas.

Senate resolved to




I) Commiserate with the people of Niger and Lagos and other affected areas,

II) Urge the Federal Government through National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials and ensure immediate repair.




III) To Urge Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) to intensify weather forecast and other efforts in areas that are likely to be affected by flood,

IV) To call on the Federal Government as a matter of urgency for immediate construction of drainage systems,

V) To call on Government at all levels to take seriously weather forecast,

VI) To observe a minute silence for the victims.

Senator Gumel Abdullahi seconded the Motion and stated that we need to attend to the issue with urgency.

PRESENTATION OF BILLS – FIRST READING

1. Border Communities Development Agency Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 523) by Senator Abdullahi Gumel.

2. Institute of Mediators and Conciliators (Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (SB. 512) by Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

3. Public Enterprises (Privatization and Commercialization) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 444) by Senator Philip Gyunka.

4. Nigerian Dock Labour Act CAP N103 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 526) by Senator Hope Uzodinma.

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

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

1. Conference Committee Report. Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act CAP B2 LFN 2011 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 09) by Senator Rafiu Adebayo.
-That the Senate do receive the report of the Conference Committee on Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act CAP B2 LFN 2011 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 09).

Senator Gershom Bassey seconded that the Senate do receive the Conference Committee Report
on Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act CAP B2 LFN 2011 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 09).

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

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

3. Report of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Extortion of Pilgrims by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) by Senator Monsurat Sunmonu.
-That the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on the Extortion of Pilgrims by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

Senator Mohammed Hassan seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on the Extortion of Pilgrims by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

BILLS FOR CONCURRENCE

1. Animal Health and Husbandry Technologies (Registration, etc) Bill, 2017 (HB. 320) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

2. Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (HB. 99 and 118) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

3. Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill, 2017 (HB. 119) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

4. Corporate Manslaughter Bill, 2017 (HB. 273) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

5. National Child Protection and Enforcement Agency Bill, 2017 (HB. 127) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

6. National Intelligence Agency Pension Board (Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (HB. 842) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

7. Nigerian Automative Industry Development Plan (Fiscal Incentives Assurances and Guarantees)Bill, 2017 (HB. 896) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

8. Nigerian Academy of Science (Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (HB. 917) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

9. National Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science Bill, 2017 (HB. 405) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

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

Senate reverted back to Plenary and reported progress.

Two BILLS were referred to the relevant Committees.

1. The Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (HB. 99 and 118) by Senator Ahmed Lawan was referred to Committee of Petroleum Upstream and downstream for further consideration.

2. The Nigerian Automative Industry Development Plan (Fiscal Incentives Assurances and Guarantees)Bill, 2017 (HB. 896) by Senator Ahmed Lawan was referred to the Committee on Trade,Investment and Industry for further consideration.

Seven BILLS were read the third time and PASSED.

1. Animal Health and Husbandry Technologies (Registration, etc) Bill, 2017 (HB. 320) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

2. Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill, 2017 (HB. 119) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

3. Corporate Manslaughter Bill, 2017 (HB. 273) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

4. National Child Protection and Enforcement Agency Bill, 2017 (HB. 127) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

5. National Intelligence Agency Pension Board (Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (HB. 842) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

6. Nigerian Academy of Science (Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (HB. 917) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

7. National Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science Bill, 2017 (HB. 405) by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

CONSIDERATION OF BILLS- SECOND READING

1. A Bill for an Act to make Provisions for Mandatory Haemoglobin Genotype Testing, 2017 (SB. 414) by Senator Ogembe Ahmed.

“It is something we can eliminate, we should work towards its elimination”-Senator Magnus Abe.

Senator Ovie OmoAgege and Senator James Manager also gave their contributions.

Senate President Bukola Saraki referred the Bill for an Act to make Provisions for Mandatory Haemoglobin-Genotype Testing to the Committe on health to report back in 4 weeks. Senate President Bukola Saraki stated that the Committee on health should take note of the previous Bill sent to them and also work on the new one.

2. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Police Act CAP P19 LFN 2004 to provide for enlistment requirement and welfare, align punishments contained therein with realities, 2017 (SB. 453) by Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

Senator Gbenga Ashafa seconded the Bill.

Senator Olujimi and Senator Dino Melaye spoke in support of the BILL.

Senate President Bukola Saraki referred the Bill for an Act to Amend the Police Act CAP P19 LFN 2004 to provide for enlistment requirement and welfare, align punishments contained therein with realities to the Committee on Police affairs to report back in 4 weeks.

3. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation Act CAP N137 LFN 2004 and enact the Nigerian Tourism Development Authority (NTDA), 2017 (SB. 429) by Senator Matthew Urhoghide.

Senator Jonah Jang seconded and supported the Bill for an Act to Repeal the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation Act CAP N137 LFN 2004 and enact the Nigerian Tourism Development Authority (NTDA).

Senator Mao Ohuabunwa commended the BILL and said Nigeria is blessed and endowed with resources, we need to harness our potential.

Senate President Bukola Saraki referred the Bill for an Act to Repeal the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation Act CAP N137 LFN 2004 and enact the Nigerian Tourism Development Authority (NTDA) to the Committee on Culture and Tourism to report back in 4 weeks.

ADJOURNMENT

Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan moved that Plenary be adjourned to the next Legislative day. Minority Leader seconded.

Plenary is adjourned to Wednesday, 12th July, 2017.

 

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

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