Proceedings of the Nigerian Senate of Thursday, 3rd May, 2018 (Read Full Resolutions)


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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 10:57am. Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018. Senator Sam Anyanwu seconded.

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS
Report of the Committee on Culture and Tourism on the sale of the National Theatre and the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos by Senator Fatimat Raji Rasaki.

Senator Emmanuel Paulker seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Culture and Tourism on the sale of the National Theatre and the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. The Report was LAID.

Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the Chartered Institute of Finance and Control of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 172) by Senator Emmanuel Paulker.

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Senator Gbolahan Dada seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the Chartered Institute of Finance and Control of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 172). The Report was LAID.

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS
Conference Committee Report on Public Procurement on the Public Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 232) by Senator Joshua Dariye. Senator Joshua Dariye presented the report. The Senate approved the Conference Committee Report on Public Procurement on the Public Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 232).

“I thank the Committee for finally putting this report to rest, Chairman and members in the area of Local Content, made in Nigeria which will also include the efficiency of the law of procurement.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

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“Also, I will seize this opportunity for the Chairman of Public Procurement as we have mandated you to give us a report on what is happening in that unit because there have been a lot of complaints that this Committee has now become a place where lots of things are being slowed down, so we will like to get the report from you.”-Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the following reports.

Report on the National Assembly Budget and Research Office Bill, 2018 (SB. 656).
Report on the Corporate Manslaughter Bill, 2018 (SB. 657).
Report on the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria Bill, 2018 (SB. 658).
Report of the National Post Graduate College of Medical Laboratory Science Bill, 2018 (SB. 659).
Report on the Federal Capital Territory Civil Service Commission Bill, 2018 (SB. 660).
Report on the Nigerian Academy of Sciences Bill, 2018 (SB. 662).
Report on the Animal Health and Husbandry Technologist Registration Board of Nigeria Bill, 2018 (SB. 664).
Report on the National Child Protection Bill, 2018 (SB. 665).
Report on the Franchise Bill, 2018 (SB. 666).

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Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

National Assembly Budget and Research Office Bill, 2018 (SB. 656) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.
Corporate Manslaughter Bill, 2018 (SB. 657) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.
Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria Bill, 2018 (SB. 658) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.
National Post Graduate College of Medical Laboratory Science Bill, 2018 (SB. 659) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.
Federal Capital Territory Civil Service Commission Bill, 2018 (SB. 660) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

Nigerian Academy of Sciences Bill, 2018 (SB. 662) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.
Animal Health and Husbandry Technologist Registration Board of Nigeria Bill, 2018 (SB. 664) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.
National Child Protection Bill, 2018 (SB. 665) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.
Franchise Bill, 2018 (SB. 666) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

“I will like to thank all of us for dilligence in clearing these bills. Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well. So it is part of our dilligence and our functions, that necessitated bringing back these bills, so that whatever considerations have been sent forth by the legal department and all other stakeholders have been taken care of.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

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“Now all we are sending to the President, will be perfect and we know that it will be acceptable as soon as possible. So i want to thank you for your patience in going through this process once more and thank you for a good job.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

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

a. Petition from Mrs. Maryam Danna Mohammed against the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) for wrongful termination of her appointment;

Resolution:
That the Senate writes to the SGF for proper reinstatement of Mrs. Maryam Danna and for her to be paid all entitlements……because her dismissal was unlawful.

b. Petition from Kalu Samuel and 348 others against Micheal Okpara Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State for unlawful suspension from office;

Resolution:
The Committee on Tertiary Institution urge Micheal Okpara Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State to reabsorb Kalu Samuel and the 348 others dismissed.

c. Petition from Tanzila Petroleum Company Limited against Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) for non payment of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS);

Senate Leader cited Order 41(7),read that the Senate should not receive any matter on which there is judicial remedy.

“I will recommend the Committee take this report back and encourage both parties to settle out of court.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

d. Petition from Mr. Nnochiri Anosike Igbokaike against the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) over his wrongful dismissal from service for alleged misconduct;

Resolution:
NDLEA has agreed to pay the 3 months salary owing to Mr. Nnochiri Anosike Igbokaike for his sudden dismissal.

e. Petition from Agboola Olawale Matthew against the Police Service Commission (PSC) for alleged denial of police training and eventual employment;

Resolution:
Senate do sustain Agboola Olawale Matthew’s petition and urge him to look for a job elsewhere as no offence was committed because he was not shortlisted.

f. Petition from Lynda Orie Ukpo against the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) for alleged unlawful termination of her appointment by the corps;

Resolution:
Lynda orie Ukpo’s petition should be upheld because it followed her unlawful dismissal.

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g. Petition from P.C Onang Inamang against the Nigeria Police Force for inappropriate placement in the force;

Resolution:
P. C Onang should thank God that he was reinstated and if he has issues with his current rank, he should follow due process within the force.

h. Petition from Mr Tochukwu Dunu against the Nigerian Police Force(NPF) for his unlawful arrest and detention; and fraudulent sale of his tanker truck loaded with petroleum product;

Resolution:
That the Senate do condemn the action of the Portharcourt police force and urge the NPF to pay Mr. Tochukwu Dunu the sum of N25 million to compensate him for his missing truck and its contents.

i. Petition from Eagle-Eyes Network Chambers on behalf of G.Cappa Plc against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for refusal of the corporation to effect payment of the outstanding financial claim for the construcion and handing over of blocks “B” and “C” of NNPC towers, Abuja;

Resolution:
NNPC should pay its outstanding debts to G. Cappa Plc as the debt was as a result of accrued interest and fluctuations of exchange rates over the years.

ADJOURNMENT
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, 8th May, 2018

#GavelBangs

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

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