Proceedings of the Nigerian Senate of Wed, 12th Dec, 2018 (Read Full Resolutions)

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

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 10:58am. Senator Barau Jibrin moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Tuesday, 11th December 2018. Senator Peter Nwaoboshi seconded.

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS
1. Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the screening of the nomination of Hon. Justice Uwani Musa Abba Aji, JCA for appointment as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria by Senator David Umaru.

Senator Abdullahi Adamu seconded that the Senate do receive the Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the screening of the nomination of Hon. Justice Uwani Musa Abba Aji, JCA for appointment as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

The Report was LAID.

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2. Report of the Committee on Police Affairs by Senator Tijjani Kaura In respect of the following: a. Alleged sealing of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Complex by the Nigeria Police and also the Court Verdict of Federal High Court Uyo, Akwa Ibom State which declared five (5) seats of State Honourable members vacant over their defection from Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressive Congress (APC) and alleged invasion of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Complex Uyo by five (5) members whose seats have been declared vacant by the Speaker; and

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b. Alleged intimidation of the Electorates by the Nigeria Police on Saturday, 17th November, 2018 during Bye-Election of House of Representatives in Ekiti/ Trepodun/ ISIN/ Oke-Ero of Kwara State.

‪Senator Jeremiah Useni seconded that the Senate do receive the Reports of the Committee on Police Affairs In respect of the above.‬

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The Report was LAID.

3. Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the Motor Vehicle Third Party Insurance Act M22 LFN 2004 (amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 276) by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim.

Senator Shaaba Lafiagi seconded that the Senate do receive the Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the Motor Vehicle Third Party Insurance Act M22 LFN 2004 (amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 276).

The Report was LAID.

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MOTIONS
1. The Avoidable Boat Mishap in Lafiagi, Kwara State by Senator Mohammed Sha’aba Lafiagi.

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“This is an ugly situation. Water transportation should be safe with the use of life jackets. The appropriate authorities should be called to order. NIWA should be brought to look into this.”- Senator Barau Jibrin.

“This issue occurs in a number of communities along the River Niger; It is a regular occurrence. NIWA needs to step up its game and subsidize life jackets so those who travel and trade along the river can do so safely.”- Senator Atai Aidoko.

“ I believe we should do more than sympathizing and pacifying affected families. We must make sure that these solutions are part of the 2019 budget.”- Senator Gbenga Ashafa.

“I sympathize with the people of Lafiagi. It is unfortunate that in this 21st century, we still use boats and canoes to transport ourselves from one town to another without even life jackets.”- Senator Sam Egwu.

“It appears that this country has become something of an animal farm. We have organizations who should be in charge of this. Measures should be taken to move people safely across rivers. Boats are being registered and so the quality of these boats are not being checked. This should not be so.”-
Senator Barnabas Gemade.

“I join in sending our condolence to the families that lost their dear ones in this unfortunate incident. I call on the Senate to pass a resolution for the re-employment of state officers over construction of Federal roads.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

“I think it is time we begin to see every road in our states as being very important. Therefore, I urge the Federal Government to include these particular roads in the Federal budget, but I think it also goes to the State Government to complete these roads. So we must stop this distinction between State and Federal.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

“While we are pushing for the Federal Government to fix these roads, The State concern should also endeavour to construct this road for the safety of their inhabitants. This attitude in both Federal and State Government of just concentrating on the cities, federal capital and state capitals and taking less interest in what happens at the rural areas should stop.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

Senate accordingly resolved to:

I. Observe a minute silence in honour of the departed children and send a delegation from the Senate to condole with the people and Government of Kwara State;

II. Mandate the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to urgently intervene in the construction of the Lafiagi-Niger state road;

III. Mandate the National Inland Waterways Agency (NIWA) to ensure the mandatory usage of life jackets by passengers traveling across the River Niger and other rivers and oceans in Nigeria;

IV. Mandate Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to return to the funding of the construction of the Bagana-Toto bridge between Kogi and Nasarawa State.

2. Demise of Brigadier General Abba Kyari (Rtd) (17th November, 1938-25th November, 2018) by Senator Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai.

“He was a man who wanted to see the progress of Nigeria. On behalf of the people of Yobe North, I condole with the immediate family on the demise of our father and friend, may his soul Rest In Aljannatu Firdaus.”- Senator Ahmad Lawan.

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“When men die, the testimony is what is said about them. What is said of him in here and outside is a testimony of a life well-lived but this is not enough; we should aspire to live like the late Brigadier General, only great things have been said of him.”- Senator Shehu Sani.

“I have known him all my life. We continue to pray for his soul.”- Senator Bukar Ibrahim.

“He was a leader who was able to detect problems early and find solutions. He was always on the forefront and will be one of the leaders Nigerians will have eternal gratitude to God for.”- Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

“He was a very generous and honest person. He made sure everyone was included and no one was left out.”- Senator Umaru Kurfi.

“I support this motion. On behalf of Easterners, I pray that God should rest his soul.”- Senator Sam Egwu.

This was a man who lived a life of patriotism and contributed to the growth of this country, the best we can do for him is for all of us to commit ourselves to the unity of this country. I join the rest of us, my family and my constituents in sending my condolences to the family.
I pray God keep his soul and may he continue to Rest In Peace.

Senate accordingly resolved to:

I. Observe one minute silence in honour of the late Brigadier General Abba Kyari (Rtd);

II. Send a high powered delegation of this hallowed Chamber to condole with the family, the people and Government of Borno State; and

III. Urge the Federal Government of Nigeria to immortalize Brigadier General Abba Kyari (Rtd) by naming the Kaduna International Airport after him.

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

1. Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the Confirmation of Nomination of the following names as Chairman and Members of the Board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) by Senator Rafiu Adebayo.

I. Mrs. Ronke Sokefun- Chairman, Ogun- South West.

II. Alh. Garba Buba- Member, Bauchi- North West.

III. Alh. Garba Bello- Member, Sokoto- North West.

IV. Bri-Gen. Josef O. J. Okoloagu- Member, Enugu- South East.

V. Mustapha Adewale Mudashiru- Member, Kwara- North Central.

VI. Barr. Festus E. Keyamo- Member, Delta- South West.

VII. Mr. Adewale W. Adeleke- Member, Ondo- South West.

Senator Tayo Alasoadura seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the Confirmation of Nomination of the following names as Chairman and Members of the Board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

‪Senator Rafiu Ibrahim In presenting the Report stated that Alh. Garba Buba was absent during the screening.‬

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the Confirmation of Nomination of the above names as Chairman and Members of the Board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

‪Mrs. Ronke Sokefun was confirmed as Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).‬

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Alh. Garba Bello was confirmed as Member of the Board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

Bri-Gen. Josef O. J. Okoloagu was confirmed as Member of the Board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

Mustapha Adewale Mudashiru was confirmed as Member of the Board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

Barr. Festus E. Keyamo was confirmed as Member of the Board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

Mr. Adewale W. Adeleke was confirmed as Member of the Board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

“This is a very serious agency and as such, I congratulate the chairman and members on their confirmation and I do hope that these very responsible Nigerians will live up to the expectations of this Senate and serve their Fatherland responsibly.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

2. Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the South East Development Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 303) by Senator Emmanuel Paulker.

Senator Adeola Solomon seconded that the Senate do consider the Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the South East Development Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 303).

“The setting up of this Commission was aimed at addressing various issues in the region and ensure peace and stability. The entire country stands to gain from this Commission.”- Senator Shehu Sani.

“I am in total support of this Commission, however, I think we should take into cognizance that this Commission has a life span and it should be the same as other commissions.”- Senator Binta Masi Garba.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the South East Development Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 303).

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

‪South East Development Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 303) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.‬

“This is one of those days where we should be proud to be members of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Every morning we pray that God should give us the grace to do those things that promote the peace and unity of this country.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

“I believe that we have shown today that we are committed to the unity of this country; it is this unity that will ensure that we all have faith in our country Nigeria and this faith will guide us to pursue peace and progress. I would like to thank everyone for their commitment to the unity and progress of Nigeria. May God bless Nigeria.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

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

Plenary is adjourned to Thursday, 13th December, 2018.

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