Proceedings of the Nigerian Senate of Thursday, 7th June, 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 11:35am.

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EXECUTIVE SESSION
Senate moved into an Executive Session at 11:46am and resumed at 12:17pm. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki reported that at the Executive Session the Senate deliberated on the workings of the Nigerian Senate in particular and the National Assembly in general.

Senator Ibrahim Gobir moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Wednesday, 6th June, 2018. Senator Sam Anyanwu seconded.

ANNOUNCEMENT
Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki announced the Conference Committee members on the following Bills and requested that they meet with their counterparts in the House of Representatives:
Federal Capital Civil Service Commission Establishment Bill 2018. Senators: Dino Melaye (Chairman), Mohammed Hassan, Philip Aduda, Ibrahim Gobir, Andy Uba, and Biodun Olujimi.

Animal Health and Husbandry Technologists registration board Bill 2018. Senators: Abdullahi Adamu (Chairman), Theodore Orji, Ubali Shittu, Abdullahi Sabi, Yele Omogunwa and Gbolahan Dada

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Corporate Manslaughter Bill 2018. Senators: David Umaru (Chairman), Akpabio, James Manager, Joshua Lidani, Babajide and Abdullahi Adamu

Franchise Bill 2018. Senators: Monsurat Sunmonu (Chairman), Shehu Sani, James Manager, Sonni Ogoji, Gbenga Ashafa and Shaaba Lafiagi.

Nigeria Academy of Science (Est, etc) Bill, 2018. Senators: Emmanuel Paulker (Chairman), Suleiman Nazif, Gbenga Ashafa, Nelson Effiong, George Akume and Adeyeye Adeleke

ANNOUNCEMENT
“Distinguished colleagues, just to also inform the Distinguished Senate that I’ll be leading a delegation of the Senate to the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on an exchange visit from 19th-22nd of June, 2018. During the visit I will address a special plenary session of the Federation Council.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

PETITION
Senator Joshua Lidani raised a petition on behalf of staff of a Federal university in his constituency. The staff started work and were sacked by the former VC for no reason. The new VC resumed and selectively reinstated only people from the south-west. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the petition to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to report back in 2 weeks.

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POINT OF ORDER
Senator Bassey Akpan cited Orders 43 & 53, said there was a petition submitted to the Committee on INEC on the REC from Akwa Ibom State, Elder Udom Tom.

Senate Committee stood down the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Elder Udom Tom (Akwa Ibom State). Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the Order cited back to the Committee on INEC for further legislative work.

Senator Lanre Tejuoso cited Order 43, congratulated Mr. President for a remarkable event that took place yesterday declaring June 12th as Democracy day as this shows a spirit of reconciliation. “There should be a reconciliation between the Executives and the Legislative arm of Government.”

Senator Biodun Olujimi cited Orders 42 & 52, thanked Mr. President and also salutes his courage and requests that Mr. President should endeavor that INEC announces the result of the election held on June 12th and declare Chief MKO Abiola as the winner as his family is still in existence and every right a President enjoys should be given to his family and the candidate for Vice President, Baba Gana Kingibe, should also enjoy all benefits as the Vice President.

“The Constitution needs to be amended if June 12th is declared as Democracy day.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. “We recognize the fact that the recognition of Chief MKO Abiola and his contributions have been long overdue. We must recognize this good intention.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“There might be imperfections in how it was implemented, but let us take the good intention behind all of this.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. “I am sure that all of us, in one way or the other, have had the opportunity to interact with the man and we felt that the country has not given him and his family the recognition that they truly deserve. Let us leave it that Chief MKO Abiola represented all of us.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

Senate resolved to:
Announce the results of the elections;
Ensure that all allowances and entitlements to the families of Chief M.K.O Abiola and Prof. Baba Gana Kingibe be made available to them;
Declare June 12 a public holiday; and
29th May should remain the day for the inauguration of newly elected officers (President and all Government officials).

PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS
Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the confirmation of the appointment of Hon. Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in accordance with the provision of Section 250(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As amended) by Senator David Umaru.

Senator Joshua Lidani seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the confirmation of the appointment of Hon. Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. Senator David Umaru laid and presented the report.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the confirmation of the appointment of Hon. Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

The appointment of Hon. Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court was confirmed.

“Thank you Distinguished colleagues for your effort and commitment. I want to congratulate the new Chief Judge of Federal High Court, and to urge him to ensure the rule of law is established and to live above any suspicion.“- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

Report of the Committee on INEC on the INEC Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 231 & 234) by Senator Suleiman Nazif.

Senator Godswill Akpabio seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on INEC on the INEC Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 231 & 234).

Senator Suleiman Nazif presented the report.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the INEC Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 231 & 234).

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

INEC Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 231 & 234) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

“I’ll like to thank all of us for this milestone, as a parliament we are committed to strengthening our democracy and will continue to enhance the credibility of our electoral processes.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

“We believe that this has put us on an irreversible position as we approach 2019 elections and I believe that the INEC will find this amendment useful, and for the practitioners and those who will participate including voters, I believe that we have learnt from some of the experiences of the past.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

“This amendment will enhance the value and the quality of the 2019 elections. We hope that during a short period the President will sign this Bill into law. I want to thank everyone for their commitment and sacrifice to ensure that this Bill passed today.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

Interim report of the Ad-hoc Committee on Promissory Note Programme on the Promissory Note Programme and a Bond issuance to settle inherited local debts and contractual obligations by Senator Francis Alimikhena.

Senator Gilbert Nnaji seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the Interim report of the Ad-hoc Committee on Promissory Note Programme on the Promissory Note Programme and a Bond issuance to settle inherited local debts and contractual obligations.

Senator Francis Alimikhena laid and presented the report.

“I support this motion. It is the right move for collaboration between the Executive and the States.”- Senator Gbenga Ashafa.

The Senate approved the Interim report of the Ad-hoc Committee on Promissory Note Programme on the Promissory Note Programme and a Bond issuance to settle inherited local debts and contractual obligations.

“Let me join others in commending the committee for their interim report on the refund to states, this is a step in the right direction.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“A lot of state governors over the years have carried out a lot of Federal Government roads with this understanding and unfortunately over the years they have just been empty promises. We must commend the government for finding a way to meet this promise.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“Secondly, it is important that the process and the procedures by which there is clear understanding on what roads qualify for such refunds and how the process is carried out is clearly stated out so that going forward state governments and Ministry of Works know clearly what the terms of engagements are.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“I see that in this case the committee has depended largely on the reports from the Ministry of Works and the Ministry of Finance. There are three areas, issues of export, grants and contractor debts, the committee will have to do a thorough job to ensure that some of those requests are actually real.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“We need to be sure that they are not just paper entries but they are real commitments. I’ll like the committee to look into that to see whether whatever you need, I don’t think we should rush you, but you must do a thorough job. Once again let me commend the committee on a job well done.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

ADJOURNMENT
Plenary is adjourned to 3:30pm.

#GavelBangs

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 4:14pm.

Senator Binta Masi Garba moved for the approval of votes and proceedings I of Thursday, 7th June, 2018. Senator Atai Aidoko seconded.

ADJOURNMENT
Plenary is adjourned to Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018.
#GavelBangs.

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

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