#TodayInSenatePlenary: PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF WEDNESDAY, 30TH SEPTEMBER, 2020

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF WEDNESDAY, 30TH SEPTEMBER, 2020

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

Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 10:45am.

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS
Senator Isa Jibrin moved for the adoption of votes and proceedings for Tuesday, 29th September, 2020.
The motion was seconded by Senator Francis Fadahunsi.

PETITIONS
Senator Uche Lilian Ekwunife submitted 3 petitions from her constituents.

Senator Akon also submitted a petition from her constituent.

Both petitions were referred to the Committee on public petitions to report back in two weeks.

POINT OF ORDER
Senator Emmanuel Bwacha came under Order 43 to sought the leave of the Senate to lay a letter of commendation for President Muhammadu Buhari over the commencement of a bridge project in his Senatorial District of Taraba South.

Senator ID Gyang came under Order 43 to seek the approval of the Senate to table the issue of the assassination of a traditional Ruler In Plateau State. He said no less than 10 traditional ruler has been assassinated in similar circumstances in the state. He called on the Inspector General of Police to direct the Commissioner of Police in the state to provide security for traditional rulers in the state.

Senator Gyang also spoke about the killing of some youth in the state who were recently killed in the the state and his constituency in particular.

In his response, Senate President Ahmad Lawan prayed for the peaceful repose of the deceased and sad emphasized that the National Assembly will work with the Executive to provide security for not just traditional rulers but others in the state.

Senator Isa Jibrin, coming under Order 43 brought to the knowledge of the Senate, the passing away of the Attah of Igala, HRM, Dr Ameh Oboni. He urged the Senate to observe a minute silence in honour of the deceased and also condole with the governor of Kogi State on the sad loss.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan in his response said only the prayer for the one minute silence would be granted as the other prayers for hold require a debate but the order in which he has come does not allow for a debate on the matter.

Senator Matthew Urhoghide cited Order 43 to commend President Muhammadu Buhari, INEC, and the Inspector General of Police on the free and fair gubernatorial election in Edo State.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan in his response congratulated the people of Edo State and the PDP for winning the election. He added that he look forward to October when the PDP will congratulate the APC for winning the election in Ondo State.

PRESENTATION OF BILLS
1. Chattered Institute of Public Administration of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (HB. 329) – First Reading by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Senate Leader)
Chattered Institute of Public Administration of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (HB. 329) was read the First Time.

2. Petroleum Industry Bill, 2020 (SB. 510) – First Reading by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Senate Leader)
Petroleum Industry Bill, 2020 (SB. 510) was read the First Time

3. Donkey Slaughter Regulation and Export Certification Bill, 2020 (SB. 496) – First reading by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Senate Leader)
Donkey Slaughter Regulation and Export Certification Bill, 2020 (SB. 496) was read the First Time.

4. Nigerian Mineral Development Corporation (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 505) – First Reading Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Senate Leader)
Nigerian Mineral Development Corporation (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 505) was read the First Time.

5. 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 499) – First Reading Senator Sani Musa
1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 499) was read the First Time.

6. Presidential Inauguration Bill, 2020 (SB. 296) – First Reading by Senator Ike Ekweremadu
Presidential Inauguration Bill, 2020 (SB. 296) was read the First Time.

PRESENTATION OF REPORT
1. Report of the Joint Committee on Finance and National Planning and Economic Affairs 2021-2023 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) by Senator Adeola Solomon and Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi

– That the Senate do receive the report of the Joint Committee on Finance and National Planning and Economic Affairs 2021-2023 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) – To be Laid

Report was Laid.

EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATION
1. Confirmation of the Nomination of the following persons for Appointment as Chairman and Commissioners of the National Population Commission by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Senate Leader)

1. Nasir Isa Kwaraa – Nasarawa – Chairman
2. Ali Silas Agara – Nasarawa – Commissioner
3. Muhammed Chiso A. Dottoji – Sokoto – Commissioner
4. Gidado Razaq Folorunso – Kwara – Commissioner
5. Ibrahim Mohammed – Bauchi – Commissioner
6. Hon. Joseph Kwali Shazin – FCT – Commissioner
7. Ajayi Ayodeji Sunday – Ekiti – Commissioner
8. Garba A. G. Zakar K/Hausa – Jigawa – Commissioner
9. Mai Aliyu Muhammad – Yobe – Commissioner
10. Muhammad Muttaka Rini – Zamfara – Commissioner
11. Hon. Engr. Bala Almu Banya – Katsina – Commissioner
12. Mrs. Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin – Lagos – Commissioner

Minority Leader Seconded

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on National Planning and National Identity Card for further legislative action and to report back within two weeks.

2. Confirmation of the nomination of the following persons for appointment as Chairman, Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive, Executive Commissioners of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Senate Leader)

1. Barr. Emeka Nwankpa – Chairman – South-East
2. Babatunde Irukera – Executive Vice Chairman/CEO – North Central
3. Mrs. Yinka Osoba Apata – Executive Commissioner – South-West
4. Adamu Ahmed Abdullahi – Executive Commissioner – North-East
5. AVM Wakili Abdullahi Ahmed – Non-Executive Commissioner – North-West
6. Ayang Francis Eyam – Non Executive Commissioner – South-South
7. Dr. Ben Nwoye – Non-Executive Commissioner – South-East
8. Chief Theophilus S. Oyebiyi – Non-Executive Commissioner – North Central

Minority Leader seconded.

Senate rules that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Trade and Investment for further legislative action and to report back within two weeks.

3. Request for resolution of the National Assembly for approval of the Reimbursement of N148.14bn through the issuance of Promissory Notes by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Senate Leader)

1. Bayelsa State – N38,404,564,783.40
2. Cross River State – N18,394,732,608.85
3. Ondo State – N7,822,147,577.08
4. Osun State – N4,567,456,673.63
5. Rivers State – N78,953,067,518.29
Total: N148,141,969,161.21

Minority Leader seconded.

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Local and Foreign Debt for further legislative action and to report back within two weeks.

4. Confirmation of the Nomination of the following persons for Appointment as Non-Career Ambassadors-Designate by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Senate Leader)

1. Amb. Muhammad Haruna Manta – Non-Career Ambassador – Niger State
2. Alh. Yusuf Yunusa – Non-Career Ambassador – Yobe State

Minority Leader seconded.

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs for further legislative action and to report back within two weeks.

5. Conformation of the Nomination of the following persons for Appointment as Chairman, Director-General and Executive Commissioners for the National Pension Commission by Senatro Yahaya Abdullahi (Senate Leader)

1. Dr. Oyindasola Oluremi Oni – North Central – Chairman
2. Aisha Dahir Umar – North East – Director-General
3. Hannatu Hanney Musa Musawa – North West – Commissioner
4. Clement Oyedele Akintola – South West – Commissioner
5. Ayim C. Nyerere – South East – Commissioner
6. Charles Efe Sylvester Emukowhate – South South – Commissioner

Minority Leader Seconded.

Senate ruled that Senate rules that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters for further legislative action and to report back within two weeks.

6. Confirmation of the Nomination of the following (8) Justices of the Court of Appeal for Appointment as Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Senate Leader)

1. Hon. Justice M. Lawal Garba – North West
2. Hon. Justice Helen M. Ogunwumiju – South West
3. Hon. Justice Addu Aboki – North West
4. Hon. Justice I. M. M. Saulawa – North West
5. Hon. Justice Adamu Jauro – North East
6. Hon. Justice Samuel C. Oseji – South South
7. Hon. Justice Tijjani Abubakar – North East
8. Hon. Justice Emmanuel A. Agim – South South

Minority Leader seconded.

Senate ruled that the request of Mr. President C-in-C is referred to the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters for further legislative action and to report back within two weeks.

CONSIDERATION OF BILLS
1. A Bill for an Act to repeal the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria ACT CAP F5 LFN 2004 to enact the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria Act to provide for the effective management of Airports in Nigeria and for related matters, 2020 (SB. 196) by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Senate Leader)

In his lead debate, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi outlined the objectives of the bill and said that the reform in the business of the airport cannot be overemphasized as the bill will ensure the effective management of airports in the country.

Senator Smart Adeyemi Senator Smart Adeyemi seconded the motion and urged his colleagues to support the passage of the bill especially considering the prayers contained in the bill.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan puts the question as to whether the bill be read for the second time and senators approved.

Bill was read the second time and referred to the committ on aviation to report back within four weeeks

2. A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau, for the regulation, prevention and providing effective administration for Safety Investigation in Nigeria and for related matters, Bill 2020 (SB. 197) by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi

Senator Abdullahi said the bill provides for an independent government agency for the regulation, prevention and providing effective administration for safety investigation in Nigerian and other related matters. He said Air Transportation is the only mode of transportation that enjoys Independent investigation through the Accident Investigation Bureau inspire of reports fact that road accidents are recorded more.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe in his contribution said that in view of the volume of accidents across the country, it will be unwise to load a single agency with the task of investigating accidents on all modes of transportation in the country. He said the task should be reduced to specifics like rail accidents investigation or waterways accident investigation instead of the agency having to do all.

Senator Kabir Barkiye rose to support the bill saying that the agency will consolidate the existence of other similar bodies in country into one agency responsible for accident investigations.

Bill was read the second time and referred to Committee on Aviation to report back within four weeks

3. A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal College of Education Omuo-Ekiti, Ekiti State and for other related matters connected therewith, 2020 (SB. 269) by Senator Biodun Olujimi

Senator Bala Na’Allah seconded

Bill was read the second time and referred to the Committee on Tertiary Instituion and TETFUND to report back in four weeks.

4. A Bill for an Act to amend the Allocation of Revenue (Federation Account,) Act CAP A15 LFN 2004 and for other related matters, 2020 (SB. 416) by Senator Albert Bassey Akpan.

In the lead debate, Senator Akpan said the Bill makes provisions for the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) a first line charge beneficiary of the federation account to be invested in the Sovereign Wealth Fund for saving purpose.

Senator Solomon Adeola in seconding the motion said the bill is to safeguard or future by saving, adding that the mandate of the NSIA is to serve as a reservoir for the nation. He said the Buhari administration has earmarked certain amount of money to be set aside and put in the savings for our future but that making the NSIA a first line charge beneficiary of the federation account for the funds to be invested on our behalf is a right step in the right direction.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe in his contribution said the bill is 47 years late because we ought to have started saving,
but that it is never to late to start.

Senator Biodun Olujimi Sasha she supported the bill and also adopts what her colleagues had earlier said. However, she said the nation is not in dearth of laws but what it has done with it. She said somebody must ensure that when the Bill becomes law, all the clauses are protected and implemented.

Senator Gabriel Suswam while also supporting the bill said but said the problem he has have to do with a clause in the Bill which says 20% of allocation, less 13% derivation. He said the deduction must be inclusive of the 13% derivation for all states unless the sponsor of the bill has a better explanation.

Bill was read the Second Time and referred to the Committee on National Planning and National Identity Card to
report back in four weeks.

ADJOURNMENT
Senate Leader moved that all items on the order paper be stood down to another legislative day.

Minority Leader seconded.

Plenary was adjourned to Tuesday, 6th October 2020.

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