Senate Plenary: PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF TUESDAY, 30TH APRIL, 2019

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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 11:20am.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Senate moved into an Executive Session at 11:28am and resumed from its Executive Session at 11:46am.

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki reported that at the Executive Session the Senate deliberated on the issues bordering on workings of the Nigerian Senate in particular and the National Assembly in general.

‪Senator Binta Masi Garba moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Thursday, 25th April, 2019. Senator Mohammed Hassan seconded.

EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATION

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki read a letter from Mr. President on his Decision to Decline Assent to the National Transport Commission Bill, 2018.

POINT OF ORDER

Senator Kabiru Gaya cited Order 42 & 52 and speaks on the travails of the young lady who became a victim of the drug smuggling cartel that specializes in tagging   names of innocent travelers on luggages  with drugs and other hard substances.

“Investigation led to the arrest of six with one person still at large. These people were charged to court but unfortunately were released by the high .”- Senator Kabiru Gaya.

“The time is right to take action. The Ministry of Transport should ensure that only those who are authorized should operate at the Airport. All airlines who are found to have their people involved should be penalized. We need the Senate Committee on Aviation, Committee on Judiciary, Committee on Drugs and Illegal Substances and Committee of Foreign Affairs to investigate how these operations are carried out.”- Senator Ahmad Lawan.

“It is our job as the Senate to bring these people to book so this does not happen again. We need to take action now and ensure Zainab is brought back safe.”- Senator Ahmad Lawan.

“The father is my friend and he is someone that is known. He knew the allegation was false from the beginning. We should not allow this girl suffer. I am happy the Senate is in support of this Bill.”- Senator Barau Jibrin.

“If necessary measures are put in place, this would not happen. It is pertinent that the Ministry of Aviation and Ministry of Foreign Affairs work hand in hand to ensure you take only luggage that belong to you.”- Senator Binta Masi Garba.

The Senate resolved to:

i. Set up a Committee to investigate the matter and report to the Senate.

ii. Urge the Federal Government to do everything possible to secure the release of Zainab Aliyu and Ibrahim Abubakar for investigation in Nigeria. If proven to be victims of the drug cartel, consequently ensure that the members of the cartel are investigated and charged to court.

iii. Inquire why the Federal High Court Judge in Kano released the six people being investigated for the alleged crime knowing fully well that they incriminated an innocent girl who is detained in a country that practices capital punishment for drug related offenders.

“Thank you all to those who have moved this motion. I think this matter deserves the utmost attention that it requires. There are many issues here, the life of an innocent girl, the level of corruption by our agencies and the image of this country. These are three (3) very important issues and this matter needs to be taken up.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“The executive needs to play their role and we the legislative also need to oversee, supervise and ensure. I do not think there can be too many hands on deck to ensure we protect this young lady’s life and to get to the bottom of this cartel and those who are responsible must be fished out and dealt with accordingly.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

Senator Dino Melaye cited Order 42 & 52 and informed the Senate on the infraction on the Constitution by the Chief of Army Staff who removed the Director of NYSC and replaced him with another.

“We should not allow a Constitutional country governed by laws be taken for granted.”- Senator Dino Melaye.

Senator Bassey Akpan seconded the Order by Senator Dino Melaye and requested it should be investigated.

Senate resolved to:

Refer the matter to the Committee on Youths and Sports to investigate the matter and report within a week.

“Chairman, Senate Committee on Youths and Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba, the report should be brought back, laid and considered as it is straight forward.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

Senator Shehu Sani cited Order 43 and recounted what happened yesterday, April 29, 2019. “Around 3:30pm, bandits along Kaduna- Abuja expressway blocked the road and kidnapped over 40 people. Among them was Dr. Muhammed Mahmood, the Chairman of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

“He was kidnapped with his daughter and his brother was killed immediately. Kidnapping along Abuja-Kaduna expressway is something we talk about everyday yet the road is still as dangerous as it has always been. That route has become one of the most dangerous and tragic routes in Nigeria.”- Senator Shehu Sani.

“Senator Shehu Sani has made some observations on the unfortunate situation in regards to the kidnapping of the UBEC Chairman.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“As we all agreed last week and the motion that was also moved that the Acting IG will come before us and we will put heads together to discuss the series of kidnappings in the country.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“I also think there will be an appropriate time to take up some of these issues that you have raised. I think that will probably be the best way forward on this. We continue to hope and appeal that the police help in rescuing the gentleman and the family.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“Hopefully when he comes here we will have a more holistic approach to finding a solution to this unfortunate and rampant incident of kidnapping particularly on this Kaduna-Abuja road.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

PRESENTATION OF BILLS- First Reading

1. Chartered Institute of Auctioneers of Nigeria Bill, 2019 (HB. 599) by Senator Ahmad Lawan.

Chartered Institute of Auctioneers of Nigeria Bill, 2019 (HB. 599) was read the First Time.

2. National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (HB. 1030) by Senator Ahmad Lawan.

National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (HB. 1030) was read the First Time.

3. Industrial Development Act (Income Tax Relief) Amendment Bill, 2019 (SB. 734) by Senator Sabo Mohammed.

Industrial Development Act (Income Tax Relief) Amendment Bill, 2019 (SB. 734) was read the First Time.

4. Federal Audit Service Bill, 2019 (SB. 742) by Senator Matthew Urhoghide.

Federal Audit Service Bill, 2019 (SB. 742) was read the First Time.

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

1. Report of the Committee on Women Affairs by Senator Binta Masi Garba.

-That the Senate do receive the reports of the Committee on Women Affairs on:

a. Nigeria’s participation at the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the status of women from 12th to 26th March 2017, held at United Natuon Headquarters, New York, USA; and

b. Joint visit by the Senate Committee on Women Affairs and House of Representatives Committtee on Women Affairs and Social Development to the school of social works, Emene, Enugu, Enugu State.

Senator Danjuma Laah seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Women Affairs on the above.

The Report was LAID.

2. Report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions by Senator Sam Anyanwu in respect of:

a. Petition from A.O Aderele and Associates on behalf of the Guild of Medical Directors against the Federal Capital Territory Administration and Abuja Metropolitan Management Council for alleged multiple taxation and land use charges on private hospitals;

b. Petition from a group of Yet-to-be-Reinstated Staff of Federal University, Dutsinma against Federal University, Dustsima, Katsina State for Discriminatory Treatment by the University;

c. Petition from Olushola O. Rhiogbere, Esq on behalf of Mr. Gilbert Fiyebor against the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) Effunrun, Delta State for unlawful termination of his appointment for alleged fraud and financial impropriety; and

d. Petition from Myson Law Practice on behalf of Ilaje Global Think Tank Initiative against Stella Okotete of Nigerian Export – Import Bank (NEXIM Bank) for fraudulent misrepresentation regarding her qualification to hold the post of Executive Director at NEXIM Bank.

Senator Barau Jibrin seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions in respect of the above.

The Report was LAID.

PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF A REPORT

1. Report of the Committee on Appropriations on the 2019 Appropriation Bill (SB. 721) by Senator Danjuma Goje.

Senator Emmanuel Paulker seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Appropriations on the 2019 Appropriation Bill (SB. 721).

Senator Danjuma Goje presented the report.

Senate resolved to:

i. Approve the total sum of the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

ii. N10billion be provided to assist victims of Zamfara State crises and should be added to the total figures.

COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY

Senate dissolved into the Committee of Supply for the consideration of the 2019 Appropriation Bill (SB. 721).

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

2019 Appropriation Bill (SB. 721) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

“I want to thank our colleagues, particularly for their understanding and for us to be able to meet todays deadline in passing the Bill and thank the committee on appropriation too.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“I hope that with this Budget passed, the Executive will also ensure the full implementation of the Budget for the benefit of Nigerians as a whole.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki announced Senators: kabiru Gaya, Abdullahi Adamu, Aliyu Wamakko, Sam Egwu, Baba Kaka, Monsurat Sunmonu and himself as members of the Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the matter on Zainab Aliyu.

ADJOURNMENT

Plenary is adjourned for an hour and the Senate would reconvene by 3:00pm.

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 3:40pm.

‪Senator Ubali Shitu moved for the approval of votes and proceedings I of Tuesday, 30th April, 2019. Senator Gershom Bassey seconded.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki announced that on Tuesday, 7th of May, 2019 the Acting IG of Police is to honour the invitation of the Senate.

‪ADJOURNMENT

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

Plenary is adjourned to Tuesday, 7th May, 2019.

#GavelBangs

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

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