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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF TUESDAY, 01ST DECEMBER, 2020

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

Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, Ph.D, CON led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers;
and began the day’s proceedings at 11:01am.

Senate moved into a closed-door session at 11:08am.

Senate resumed from its closed door session at 11:42am.

Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, Ph.D, CON, reported that at the closed-door Session, the Senate deliberated on the issues bordering on workings of the Nigerian Senate in particular and the National Assembly in general.

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS
Senator Sirajudeen Ajibola moved for the adoption of votes and proceedings for Wednesday, 25th November, 2020.
The motion was seconded by Senator Ezenwa Onyewuchi.

PETITIONS
Senator Gershom Bassey raised a petition on behalf of his constituent.
Petition was laid and referred to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Privileges and to report back within four weeks.

POINT OF ORDER
Senator Kashim shettima cited Order 42 and 52 to seek the leave of the Senate to move a motion on the Beheading of 67 farmers by Boko Haram Insurgents: Need for Urgent Decisive Action

“I rise to support the motion by Senator Shettima. It is no longer acceptable to any Nigerian on the situation we found ourselves. If the statement by Garba Shehu is true then he is highly irresponsible. And we can no longer accept the explanation by our military. It is time we sit one-on-one with the military to know what is really happening. If nothing is done, then we must be prepared for another mourning. Mr. President is doing his best but if there is no result then his best is not good enough.” Senator Ahmed Baba-Kaita

“As I speak, my heart bleeds because innocent people have been killed. These people were trying to make a living and unfortunately they met their end. Mr. President, this doesn’t happen anywhere in the world. It is the height of insecurity. This is a condemnable act. Mr. President should have gone to Borno State to condole with the government and people of the State and not to send a delegation. It is now time to act. The Service Chiefs have outlived their usefulness. It is now time to take new blood.” Senator Adamu Aliero

“Let us stand on existing resolutions in addition to the prayers. For me the No 1 resolution that I will like to re-emphasize is that it it time for Mr. President to allow our Service Chiefs to go. They have done their best, they have worked so hard.” – Senator Opeyemi Bamidele

“The primary function of Government is to protect. Have we not failed? This is about leadership doing what it ought to do. We swore to this Constitution to protect lives and property. We have deprived Nigerians who want to farm of farming. We are crying of food shortage. The President is the Commander-In-Chief. If there is failure in the military, it means the President is not doing enough. It is time we take the issue of community policing seriously. If you take an Ijaw man to Borno State, and there is an attack, he/she will not know where to run to. Let us use those who know the work to do the work.” – Senator George Sekibo

Senate resolved to:
i. Urge the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria to immediately initiate the transitionary process of phasing out the current over-stayed security chiefs and replacing them with new ones with new ideas and solutions;
ii. urge the President to take immediate steps to restructure, remodel and revamp the country’s entire security architecture and provide enough state-of-the-art weapons and equipment to effectively combat the belligerent power of the insurgents;
iii. urge the President to immediately initiate probe into widespread allegations of corruption and leakages within the security structure and put mechanisms in place to foster transparency and ensure all resources meant and deployed for security are actually spent on the needs on ground;
iv. Impress on the Federal Government to aggressively explore multilateral and bilateral options of partnership with the neighboring nations of Chad, Niger and Cameroon towards reviving and strengthening the Multinational Joint Task Force and finding a lasting solution to the insurgency to the scourge of insurgency in the Lake Chad region;
v. Impress on the Federal Government as a matter of urgency, recruit at least 10,000 civilian JTF, versatile with the local terrain in Borno as Agro-Rangers under the aegis of the NCDSC to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Armed forces; and
vi. Direct NEMA, NEDC and Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to compensate the families of the 67 that were killed in this incident, and provide succor and psychological support to the bereaved families;
vii. Impress on the Federal Government to provide proper welfare for security personnel fighting in the frontlines and give prime attention to the compensation and welfare of fallen soldiers as that would boost the soldiers morale and aid their concentration;
viii. Finally, as a way of preferring long term solution to Nigeria’s existential security challenges, the Federal and States Government must adequately address all immediate and remote causes of insecurity in the nation. This must include comprehensive packages on education, employment and other social vices; and
ix. Massive recruitment of personnel in the army and police to take care of this insecurity.

“Let me commend Senator Kashim Shetima for bringing this timely motion to the senate. I believe that the National Assembly particularly this Chamber has taken the issue of insecurity very seriously and I want to urge us not to be frustrated that we have been talking about this and nothing happened. I believe that this is one set of resolutions that the Executive must find a way of quickly implementing them. Enough of many excuses! We are responsible to citizens and the first responsibility is to secure their lives. The security of Nigeria should take centre stage much more than anything else. Let us secure the people first and no investment in security is too much most especially when we are faced with insecurity.” Dr. Ahmad Lawan, Ph.D, CON.

PRESENTATION OF BILLS

  1. Counselling Practitioners (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB. 409) by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Senate Leader)
    Counselling Practitioners (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB. 409) was read the First Time
  2. Police Service Commission (Establishment) Act 2001 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB.580) by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha
    Police Service Commission (Establishment) Act 2001 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB.580) was read the First Time.
  3. Corporate Affairs Commission Act No. 3 2020 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 552) by Senator James Manager
    Corporate Affairs Commission Act No. 3 2020 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 552) was read the First Time.
  4. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 548) by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege
    Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 548) was read the First Time.
  5. Nigerian Research Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Bakassi (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 116) by Senator Gershom Bassey
    Nigerian Research Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Bakassi (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 116) was read the First Time.

PRESENTATION OF A REPORT

  1. Report of the Committee on Aviation
    Unfair Competition: Urgent need to Protect Nigeria’s Indigenous Airlines from Extinction due to Multiple Designations and multiple frequencies granted to foreign airlines in Nigeria by Senator Smart Adeyemi
    Senator Smart Adeyemi moved that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Aviation on the Unfair Competition: Urgent need to Protect Nigeria’s Indigenous Airlines from Extinction due to Multiple Designations and multiple frequencies granted to foreign airlines in Nigeria.

Senator Ajayi Boroffice seconded; Report was Laid.

PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

  1. Report of the Committee on INEC
    Confirmation of the Nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for Appointment as Chairman, Independent National
    Electoral Commission (INEC) by Senator Kabiru Gaya
    Senator Kabiru Gaya moved that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on INEC on the Confirmation of the Nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for Appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Senator Haliru Jika seconded.

“I will like to begin by thanking Mr. President for this nomination. This is the first time the Chairman of INEC is re-nominated. Let me thank the Committee on INEC for bringing forth what most of us do not know. I stand to support this nomination not because of all that have been said about him but because of the way he has carried out the affairs of INEC. I have worked with him and I am very happy that he is ready to carry out most of the report submitted by the INEC Committee. So I support this nomination.” – Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

“I think that usually the Heads of INEC usually come into Senate and we act in Committee of the Whole in plenary. Certain positions like the INEC position means that if after the term of office there are new experience that he has gathered that we all need to ventilate. What is important for is to make sure that votes count and votes matter.” – Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

“I want to commend the report of the Committee on INEC and I will say that I am not disappointed. When I was a Minister, I worked with Professor Yakubu and so I am not surprised about all that have been said about him. I want to urge him to continue the good work and to ensure that our elections are free and fair, and that the votes of Nigerians will continue to count.” Senator Sam Egwu

“I join other colleagues in supporting this nomination because the importance of electoral integrity is very crucial to democracy and to development. I join colleagues to recommend that this nomination is confirmed.” – Senator Sirajudeen Ajibola

“Professor Mahmood Yakubu distinguished himself. Experience is key in accessing the performance of a public servant. The reports here have shown that in the last year, Professor Mahmood is well experienced and has done well. Let us give him the opportunity to do more and to bring in new ideas that we need especially in this time of our political system.” Senator Emmanuel Bwacha

Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole to consider the report of the Committee on INEC on the Confirmation of the Nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for Appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

Senate reverted to Plenary and reported progress.

The Nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu was CONFIRMED as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission.

  1. Report of the Committee on Power
    Confirmation of the Nominations for Appointment as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Commissioner for the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) by Senator Gabriel Suswam

Senator Gabriel Suswam moved that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Power on the Confirmation of the Nominations for Appointment as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Commissioner for the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC)

  1. Engineer Sanusi Garba – Chairman
  2. Dr. Musiliu Olalekan Oseni – Vice Chairman
  3. Aisha Mahmud – Commissioner

Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole to consider the report of the Committee on Power on the Confirmation of the Nominations for Appointment as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Commissioner for the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC)

Senate reverted to Plenary and reported progress.

The three nominations were confirmed as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Commissioner for the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) respectively.

  1. Report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions by Senator Patrick Akinyelure
    Senator Patrick Akinyelure moved that the Senate do receive and consider the reports of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions in respect of:

a. Petition from Captain Diamond Onoberhie against the Nigerian Navy for unjust treatment and refusal to promote him;
b. Petition from Alhaji Bashir Abdullahi and five (5) others against MTN Group Limited and Airtel Nigeria for Alleged Unbearable Noise and Discomfort caused by Telecommunication Mast mounted at No. 2 Oke-Agbe street, Garki, Abuja;
c. Petition from Ahmed Tijani Yusuf, Esq. on behalf of Akwa-Ibom Co-operative Fisheries Association Limited against the Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited for alleged refusal to pay the sum of N11,063,916,000 (Eleven Billion, Sixty-Three Million, Nine Hundred & Sixteen Thousand Naira) compensation for Oil spillage caused by its facilities from 1998-2012;
d. Petition from Mr. John Z. Tumba against the National Examinations Council (NECO) for alleged unlawful dismissal from service of the council; and
e. Petition from CSP Ebereuche Mike (rtd) against the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) for the poor retirement Benefits/pension of retired Nigeria Police Officers

All recommendations on the Report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on the Petition from Captain Diamond Onoberhie against the Nigerian Navy for unjust treatment and refusal to promote him were passed by the Senate.

Senate stood down the Consideration on the Report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on the Petition from Alhaji Bashir Abdullahi and five (5) others against MTN Group Limited and Airtel Nigeria till another legislative day.

All recommendations on the Report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on the Petition from Ahmed Tijani Yusuf, Esq. on behalf of Akwa-Ibom Co-operative Fisheries Association Limited against the Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited for alleged refusal to pay the sum of N11,063,916,000 (Eleven Billion, Sixty-Three Million, Nine Hundred & Sixteen Thousand Naira) compensation for Oil spillage caused by its facilities from 1998-2012 were passed by the Senate.

Senate stood down the Consideration on the Report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on the Petition from Mr. John Z. Tumba against the National Examinations Council (NECO) for alleged unlawful dismissal from service of the council till further legislative actions are taken.

All recommendations on the Report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on the Petition from CSP Ebereuche Mike (rtd) against the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) for the poor retirement Benefits/pension of retired Nigeria Police Officers were passed by the Senate.

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

Minority Leader seconded.

Plenary was adjourned till Wednesday, 2nd December 2020.

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New Media Unit
Office of the President of the Senate
Federal Republic of Nigeria

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