Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 11:09am. Senator Barau Jibrin moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Wednesday, 11th July, 2018. Senator Clifford Ordia seconded.
PRESENTATION OF A BILL- First Reading
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2018 (SB. 694) by Senator Ike Ekweremadu. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2018 (SB. 694) was read the First Time.
“This Bill has been presented for the amendment of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria to make provision for State and Community Policing. The Committee has fulfilled it’s mandate and now that the Bill has been read for the first time, I am sure that as soon as possible, we will take the Second Reading and then probably send it through the relevant committees so that we can fast track it.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
PRESENTATION OF A REPORT
Report of the Committee on Environment on the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency Act 2006 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 557) by Senator Oluremi Tinubu. Senator Magnus Abe seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Environment on the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency Act 2006 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 557).
The Report was LAID.
1. Need for emergency reconstruction of the runway of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu by Senator Chukwuka Utazi.
“I support the motion. Something should be done about it.”- Senator Sam Egwu.
“As much as we are looking into it, there must also be an investigation to know who is doing what.”- Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.
“I believe we should put the runway in place as soon as possible.”- Senator Emmanuel Paulker.
“As it stands today, that airport can be termed an unsafe airport. This motion seeks to fast track what needs to be done on this matter.”- Senator Bala Na’allah.
“I want to urge the Senate to ensure that the executive pays attention to this motion. I call on the Senate to give meaning to this resolution that is about to be passed as it concerns human lives.”- Senator James Manager.
“I support this motion. The authorities need to do something. We don’t want a disaster to happen before something is done.”- Senator Francis Alimikhena.
“People should not only feel comfortable, but completely safe. It is unfortunate that, from previous reports, the constructions done on this airport were just a rip-off for Nigeria. This motion should have come in when the budget was being made. This is not a South-East matter alone, but a matter of concern to all Nigerians.”- Senator Barnabas Gemade.
“Normally when you are landing in Enugu’s Airport, you need to say your prayers and God has been answering those prayers. I do not know how long God will oblige us, we all know that the runway is dangerous, I have had the courtesy to discuss this matter with the President and he showed concern.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
“We had thought that probably in the last budget, the executive will take it upon themselves to ensure that it would be appropriated for. The problem is how we respond to disasters, we let it happen, then observe one minute silence, but lives have already been lost, so we need to be pro-active to avoid such incedents.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
“The problem of Enugu Airport was the design given to them. The design is old, we need to make sure that those constructing it do a good job.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
Senate resolved to:
I. Urge the Federal Ministry of Transport and other relevant authorities to as a matter of emergency, resurface and reconstruct the runway of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and also extend the length of the runway; and
II. Senate Committee on Aviation should carry out an investigation on the design and construction of the airport and other surrounding issues.
2. Gruesome killing of 40 people in Sokoto State by armed bandits by Senator Adamu Aliero.
“The problem will not stop until we do the right thing.”- Senator Isah Misau.
“There must be a thorough investigation to find out who did not do their job.”- Senator Barau Jibrin.
“There is a need to have follow-up records as this is a very serious issue.”- Senator Ibrahim Gobir.
“How is it possible that this happened without any of the police or security agents being alerted? These are questions we need to ask. There is need for us to profer a permanent solution to this problem.”- Senator Ibrahim Danbaba.
“I commiserate with them. Having said that, it is important that we separate these issues from politics. Let us be united in fighting this issue.”- Senator Kabir Marafa.
“When the issue of these killings come up, most of us feel scared, disappointed because we are a country that refuses to take to corrections and learn from what has happened.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
“When we talk about State and Community Policing, its to put adequate man power in the local areas, wards and communities to mitigate against the insecurity in the country.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
“It can only happen when we de-centralized the Nigerian Police Force. Lets us as leaders be patriotic and put aside any personal agenda and make security a priority for very Nigerian.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
Senate resolved to:
I. Urge the Federal Government to mandate the Air Force and Police helicopter division to carry Ariel surveillance of both Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi State with the view of identifying the locations and hideouts of these bandits and deal with them decisively;
II. Urge the Inspector General of Police (IGP) through the commissioner of Police in the 3 States to set up a special squad to mop up the whole zone and get rid of the armed bandits;
III. Call for synergy between the DSS, the Police and the armed forces with the view of sharing intelligence and strategies to embark upon in getting rid of the armed bandits;
IV. Observe one minute silence in honour of the departed soul;
V. Request the NEMA to send emergency relief to the affected communities; and
VI. Send a delegation to condole with the government and people of Sokoto State over this unfortunate incidents.
CONSIDERATION OF BILLS- Second Reading
A Bill for an Act to authorize the issue from the Federal Capital Territory Administration Statutory Revenue Fund of the Federal Capital Territory Administration Account, the total sum of N271,532,518,887 (Two Hundred and Seventy One Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty Two Million, Five Hundred and Eighteen Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty Seven Naira) only of which the sum of N56,166,171,520 (Fifty Six Billion, One Hundred and Sixty Six Million, One Hundred and Seventy One Thousand, Five Hundred and Twenty Naira) only, is for Personnel Costs and the sum of N61,134,045,738 (Sixty One Billion, One Hundred and Thirty Four Million, Forty Five Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty Eight Naira) only, is for Overhead Costs whilst the balance of N154,232,301,630 (One Hundred and Fifty Four Billion, Two Hundred and Thirty Two Million, Three Hundred and One Thousand, Six Hundred Thirty Naira) only, is for Capital Projects for the service of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for the financial year commencing from 1st January and ending on 31st December and for other matters, 2018 (SB. 690) by Senate Leader.
“I urge the Senate to take into consideration the roads in the FCT as they are deteriorating”- Senator Emmanuel Paulker.
The Bill was read the Second Time.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu referred the Bill to the Committee on FCT to report back in 4 weeks.
A Bill for an Act to establish the Federal University of Agriculture Zuru (Est, etc) and for other connected matters, 2018 (SB. 686) by Senator Bala Na’allah.
“I want to support this Bill as it is a known fact that any nation that wants to develop must be able to provide food for it’s citizens.”- Senator Godswill Akpabio.
A Bill for an Act to establish the Federal University of Agriculture Zuru (Est, etc) and for other connected matters, 2018 (SB. 686) was read the Second Time.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu referred the Bill to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in 4 weeks.
Senate Leader moved that all other items on the order paper be stood down to another legislative day. Minority Leader seconded.
Plenary is adjourned to Tuesday, 17th July, 2018
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