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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF TUESDAY, 8th DECEMBER, 2020

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF TUESDAY, 8th DECEMBER, 2020

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

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 10:43am.

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS
Senator Betty Apiafi moved for the adoption of votes and proceedings for Thursday, 3rd December, 2020.
The motion was seconded by Senator Bello Mandiya.

PETITIONS
Senator Ayo Akinyelure presented 15 petitions from the Office of the President of the Senate to the floor of the Senate.
Petitions were laid and referred to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions and to report back in two weeks.

 

PRESENTATION OF BILLS
1. 2021 FCT Appropriation Bill, 2020 (SB. 596) by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Senate Leader)
2021 FCT Appropriation Bill, 2020 (SB. 596) was read the First Time.
2. Oaths Act CAP 01 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 574) by Senator Emmanuel Orker-Jev
Oaths Act CAP 01 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 574) was read the First Time.
3. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 592) by Senator Uba Sani
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 592) was read the First Time.
4. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act CAP E1 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 546) by Senator Kola Balogun
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act CAP E1 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 546) was read the First Time.
5. National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Eiyetoro Bill, 2020 (SB. 481) by Senator Tolu Odebiyi
National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Eiyetoro Bill, 2020 (SB. 481) was read the First Time

 

CONSIDERATION OF BILLS
1. A Bill for an Act to establish the National Integrated Community Development Agency for the mobilization of rural communities and the development of the rural areas in Nigeria; and to charge the National Integrated Community Development Agency with diverse functions directed towards the improvement of the quality of life in the rural areas, 2020 (SB. 199) by Senator Stella Oduah

 

Senator Sabi Abdullahi seconded, said “When we have this kind of agency, all of us will take interest to see that this agency make a difference. I want to submit very clearly that this bill is necessary and relevant.”

“When you go to the rural areas, you will see naked poverty. My only concern is the fact that we have an over bloated public service. I think the problem we have is effectiveness and the capacity to fund the existing agencies. If this Bill eventually passes through second reading, we must do serious public hearing. To keep this Bill as secret may not be good enough. ” – Senator James Manager

 

“This Bill is about empowering rural dwellers for life and livelihood. This Bill will serve the purpose of mobilizing rural
dwellers to do for themselves what government has failed to do for them. I want to strongly support the reading of this Bill and its passage and to insist that the development of our rural communities must be prioritized by the legislature and the Executive arm of government.” – Senator ID Gyang

“I believe with the passage of this Bill, this agency will definitely work hand in hand with other established agencies
to ensure that they drive development in different local governments and villages. This Bill has come at a time when we need to do something very urgent to ensure that we serve our people better.” – Senator Uche Ekwunife

“This Bill has been long awaited. We understand the impact of rural agency. All our people are interest in is basic need of life. I urge my colleagues to support this Bill be read the second time.” – Senator Albert Akpan

“Let me commend Senator Stella Oduah. The Bill is very apt. The timing could not be any better as most contributors has indicated.” – Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

Bill was read the Second Time and referred to the Committee on Agric and Rural Development and to report back in four weeks.

 

  1. A Bill for an Act to establish a unified scheme for a sound financial system that will facilitate and improve credit
    repayment culture by empowering Creditors Bank to track loan defaulters account in any Bank in Nigeria through the means of Bank Verification Number, recover past and due obligation without recourse to Borrower, provide penalties for breaches and violations of obligations and enhance loan recovery across banking sectors in Nigeria; and for other related matters, 2020 (SB. 492) by Senator Sani Musa

“I think this is a very timely Bill and it is a Bill that will safeguard our economy and creditors from defaulters.” – Senator Tolu Odebiyi

“I want to thank Senator Sani Musa for this Bill. Clearly, there are challenges in the sector that we need to address and this bill seeks to do just that. On the whole, it is a great Bill and it is one that should proceed to second reading.” – Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

Bill was read the Second Time and referred to the Committee on Banking Insurance and other Financial Institutions and to report back in four weeks.

  1. A Bill for an act to repeal the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act 1988 and to re-enact the medical and dental practitioners’ Act to establish the Medical Center and Dental Council of Nigeria for the registration of medical practitioners and dental surgeons and to provide for a disciplinary tribunal for the discipline of members and related matters thereto, 2020 (SB. 480) by Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe

Senator Sadiq Suleiman Seconds.

Bill was read the Second Time and referred to the Committee on Health and to report back in four weeks.

  1. A Bill for an Act to establish the Federal University of Education, Ankpa, Kogi State to make comprehensive provisions for its due management and administration and for related matters, 2020 (SB. 146) by Senator Isah Jibrin

Senator Smart Adeyemi seconded, said “Education is fundamental to the social economy of a nation. Education is life and there is no amount of resources that are put into the development of education that is much. This Bill is a Bill we should all support.”

Bill was read the Second Time and referred to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND and to report back in four weeks.

  1. A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Nigeria French Language Village as an Inter-University Centre for French Studies and for other matters connected therewith, 2020 (SB. 483) by Senator Adeola Solomon

Senator Smart Adeyemi seconded.

Bill was read the Second Time and referred to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND and to report back in four weeks.

PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS
1. Report of the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters
Confirmation of the Nomination of Umaru Farouk Aminu for Appointment as Full-time Commissioner representing the North-West Geopolitical Zone in the National Pension Commission by Senator Ibrahim Shekarau
– That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters on the Confirmation of the Nomination of Umaru Farouk Aminu for Appointment as Full-time Commissioner representing the North-West Geopolitical Zone in the National Pension Commission

Senator Ibrahim Shekarau laid and presented the report.

Senate resolved to Committee of the Whole to consider the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters on the Confirmation of the Nomination of Umaru Farouk Aminu for Appointment as Full-time Commissioner representing the North-West Geopolitical Zone in the National Pension Commission

Senate reverted to Plenary and reports progress.

The Nomination of Umaru Farouk Aminu was CONFIRMED as Full-time Commissioner representing the North-West Geopolitical Zone in the National Pension Commission.

  1. Report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions by Senator Ayo Akinyelure

Senator Ayo Akinyelure moved that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions in respect of:

a. Petition from Otuma Eric Susane and Five Others on behalf of Okpokunou Urban Community (OUC) against Shell Petroleum Development Company and Chief Charles Ayemi-Bou for denying Okpokunou Community of oil contracts and accruable benefits from Shell Petroleum Development Company operations at Okpokunou;

Senate approved the recommendation of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on Petition on this petition.

b. Two (2) Petitions from Okuzo Leaders of Thought and Oba Patriotic Union respectively, against Rev. Uche U. Ibeabuchi who was seen as unqualified to be nominated for appointment as a representative of Anambra State in the Federal Character Commission (FCC);

Senate accepted the withdrawal of petition from Okuzo Leaders of Thought and Oba Patriotic Union respectively, against Rev. Uche U. Ibeabuchi.

c. Petition from Barrsiter Chidi H. Onyiuke on behalf of his son, Akachukwu M. Onyiuke against the Joint Administration and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for allegedly withholding his 2018 JAMB result; and

Senate approved the recommendation of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on Petition from Barrsiter Chidi H. Onyiuke on behalf of his son, Akachukwu M. Onyiuke against the Joint Administration and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for allegedly withholding his 2018 JAMB result

d. Petition from Omemiroro Ogedegbe, Esq. on behalf of the family of late Chinedu Obi against the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for alleged extra-judicial killing of their son, late Chinedu Obi by the Force and the refusal of the Force to bring the Police Officer involved to justice.

Senate approved the recommendation (as amended) of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on Petition from Omemiroro Ogedegbe, Esq. on behalf of the family of late Chinedu Obi against the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for alleged extra-judicial killing of their son, late Chinedu Obi by the Force and the refusal of the Force to bring the Police Officer involved to justice.

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

Plenary was adjourned till Wednesday, 9th December 2020.
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Signed
New Media Unit
Office of the President of the Senate
Federal Republic of Nigeria

 

 

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