Proceedings of the Nigerian Senate of Tuesday 15th May, 2018 (Read Full Resolutions)



PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF Tuesday 15th May 2018.

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 10:53am.

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Senator Gbolahan Dada moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Wednesday 9th May, 2018. Senator Rose Oko seconded.

Senate moved into an EXECUTIVE SESSION
Senate resumed from its executive session at 11:06am.
Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki reported that at the executive session the Senate deliberated on the workings of the Nigerian Senate and the National Assembly in general.

POINT OF ORDER
Senator Remi Tinubu cited 42 & 52 On the Issue on Ebola currently happening in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Senator Victor Umeh seconds this motion, stating that it is important the Senate takes this motion very seriously.

“Senator Remi Tinubu did very well by raising this alarm and putting various agencies connected to this issue on alert. Prevention is better than cure.”- Senator Victor Umeh. “This is a motion that is very important to the entire country. It is a call for people to be alert. It is a dreaded disease and Nigerians must be very, very alert.” – Senator James Manager.

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Senate accordingly resolved to:
1. Urge the Minister of Interior to take necessary steps to check immigration
2. Urge the Minister of health to ensure alertness to combat diseases, whatever cases may arise get Ebola vaccines ready for an emergency.
3. Urge Nigerians who travel to other countries to show utmost levels of care to avoid getting infected.
4. Senate should ask for a quick resolution in the ongoing crisis involving health workers in Nigerian hospitals.

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PRESENTATION OF BILLS
1. School of Mines and Geological Studies Akoko Edo, Edo State (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (HB. 105) by Senator Ahmad Lawan. School of Mines and Geological Studies Akoko Edo, Edo State (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (HB. 105) was read for the FIRST time.

2. National Institute of Credit Administration (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (HB. 425) by Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan. National Institute of Credit Administration (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (HB. 425) was read for the FIRST time.

3. Value Added Tax CAP V1 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 676) By Senator Emmanuel Paulker. Value Added Tax CAP V1 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 676) was read for the FIRST time.

4. Lottery Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 678) By Senator Ogba Obinna. Lottery Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 678) was read for the FIRST time.

5. FCT Area Courts Act 2010 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 679) by Senator David Umaru. FCT Area Courts Act 2010 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 679) was read for the FIRST time.

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*PRESENTATION OF A REPORT*
1. Report of the Committee on Appropriations. 2018 Appropriation Bill (SB. 575) By Senator Goje M. Danjuma.

Senator Matthew Urhoghide seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Appropriations on the 2018 Appropriation Bill.

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The Report was LAID.

*MOTION of the day*.
Senator Ahmed Ogembe presented a motion on the Urgent call for the Speedy Resuscitation of the Osara/Ekuku Dams in Kogi Central Senatorial District. Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan seconded the motion.

Senate accordingly resolved to:
Mandate the Senate Committee on Water Resources to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to ensure the early completion of the Osara dam

*PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS*
1. Conference Committee Report on the Chartered Institute of Capital Market Registrars (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 25)/(HB. 79) by Senator Ogola Foster.

Senator Barau Jibrin seconds that the Senate do consider the Conference Committee report on the Chartered Institute of Capital Market Registrars (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 25)/(HB. 79).

2. Report on the Committee on Trade and Investment on the Companies and Allied Matters Act CAP C20 LFN 2004 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 355) By Senator Yusuf A. Yusuf.
Senator Sam Egwu seconded that the Senate do consider the Report on the Committee on Trade and Investment on the Companies and Allied Matters Act CAP C20 LFN 2004 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 355).
Senator Yusuf A. Yusuf Presented the Report.

*COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE*
Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the Companies and Allied Matters Act CAP C20 LFN 2004 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 355).

Senate Reverted back to plenary and reported progress.

Report on the Committee on Trade and Investment on the Companies and Allied Matters Act CAP C20 LFN 2004 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 355) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

“Distinguished colleagues let me thank you all. Today is a significant milestone in our legislative agenda. The passage of CAMA which is by far the biggest and one of the most far reaching legislations ever passed in any legislature in our country.”

“We have now put in place a regulatory framework essentially to promote the ease of doing business and reduce regulatory hurdles. This is a pro-business law, a bill that we have passed that is showing the audacity we have to move Nigerian businesses into a new era of success and development.”
“The CAMA will represent one of the most important legislations, we are truly now walking the talk, to say that we are ready for business in Nigeria, to support small scale industries to promote innovations, and encourage enterprise.”
“It will not have been done without the effort of all my colleagues, I thank you for this great day in showing that truly the NASS is here in support of Nigerians to create an environment that enables them to be able to create business and seek opportunities.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

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

*ADJOURNMENT*
Plenary is adjourned to Wednesday 16th May, 2018.

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

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