Proceedings of the Nigerian Senate of Wed, 30th 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 10:54am. Senator Adeola Solomon moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Thursday, 24th May, 2018. Senator Duro Faseyi seconded.

ANNOUNCEMENT
Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki announced members of the Nigerian Football Federation Bill, Federal Public Service Commission Bill, for Concurrence (HB. 107) and requested that they meet with their counterparts in the House of Representatives.

PETITION
Senator Osinakachukwu Ideozu raised a petition on behalf of elder statesmen of Rivers State on various threats from people against the 2019 elections. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the petition to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to report back in 2 weeks.

POINT OF ORDER
Senator Barnabas Gemade cited Order 43 and appreciated the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki for the visit to IDP camp in Benue State. “60% of the people in the IDP camp are children and the visit is the best they have had so far on children’s day.”

“I was in an IDP camp in Benue State on Children’s day. We must continue to play our own role to give hope to a lot of those who have found themselves in this place by no fault of theirs.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“As we’ve said, we will visit Zamfara, Taraba and a few other states and see what effort we can do to maker sure that they all go back to their homes and while they are in these camps all their basic needs are provided for.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

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“I think in our oversight committees should play more oversight roles in ensuring the necessary materials are made available at some of these sites.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. “I have made commitments and I hope in the next few days we’ll get some donations, tables, desks for the kids and also improve the conditions of where they are being taught and even some of the other places on the camp need significant improvement.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“There is a lot of work we are going to do on this issue of security. I am happy that we have spent a lot of time with it. Tomorrow, we have the NSA coming to brief us. We really need to address whatever we can do on our own part because more and more these camps are all over the country and as we said majority of them are children.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

Senator Isah Misau citesd Order 43, said during Democracy day lecture at ICC, Mr. President, the Senate President and the Speaker of House, were all present when Professor Jega made a statement about the Committee Chairmen being notorious and corrupt before they pass the Budget, “this is unacceptable.”

“A lot of our members, our colleagues have also approached me on this same matter. I believe that the comments that they have all made are all in the same line.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“On the Point raised by Senator Misau, myself and Mr. Speaker were at the program and we were very embarrassed by such comments. We all know that all of us are committed to the fight against corruption.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“If he has any such evidence, he should bring it forward. To say what he has said is to suggest that every member of the National Assembly is part of this or even those that are not part of this are colluding in this action — which is far from the truth.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

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“I think Professor Jega, as somebody who is respected should come out and name these kind of members that he aware of. But if he cannot, he should not come and make such statements.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

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“Going forward, all Distinguished and respected Nigerians should know that if there are cases like this, they should name these people and see what the institution will do to rectify the problem.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

Senator Dino Melaye cited Order 14, started by appreciating God Almighty, “I thank the irremovable President of the Senate and the Distinguished Senators, I thank the Speaker and all members of House of Representatives for the love and support throughout this trying period. I thank God for his intervention on two occasions were the Nigerian Police made attempt to kill me through chemical substance and Injection.”

“On behalf of all of us I welcome you. I think that as members of the National Assembly, whatever happens to one happens to all. We will continue to speak with one voice and be there for each other.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

PRESENTATION OF BILLS- First Reading
Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 529) by Senator Ahmad Lawan. Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 529) was read the First Time.

Extradition Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1187) by Senator Ahmad Lawan. Extradition Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1187) was read the First Time.

Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation Act 2006 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 984) by Senator Ahmad Lawan. Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation Act 2006 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 984) was read the First Time.

Police Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 683) by Senator Bala Na’allah. Police Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 683) was read the First Time.

Federal College of Education Mutumu Biyu, Taraba State (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 683) by Senator Yusuf Yusuf. Federal College of Education Mutumu Biyu, Taraba State (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 683) was read the First Time.

MOTIONS
The growing trend of sexual harassment in the higher institutions of learning: the case of Monica Osagie by Senator Biodun Olujimi. “I rise to second the motion. This is the time for the Senate to rise up and support the recommendations raised by the sponsor of the motion and also, to invite those that have been affected as well. We should ensure this does not happen in our higher institutions.”- Senator Gbenga Ashafa.

Senate resolved to:
I. Mandate the Committees on Tertiary Institutions and Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to carry out a full scale investigation of the case of Monica Osagie and the OAU lecturer in order to ensure that there is transparency and accountability, and that satisfactory justice is done to the victim involved and our laws are further strengthened for effectiveness; and

II. Urge the House of Representatives to move quickly to concur with the Senate Bill on Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Educational Institutions (Prohibition) Bill which has been transmitted to the House as this will provide succor and a window of solace for victims of these kind of atrocities across the country in our higher institutions of learning.

“As we all know we have passed this Bill as far back as 2016 so definitely we will act, through the Leader and Management to see that House of Representatives can quickly concur on this.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“More importantly while that is going on, the committee on Tertiary Institutions and Judiciary must make an example of this to ensure that we do a thorough investigation. Any member of the Obafemi Awolowo University that is involved must be thoroughly disciplined.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“We must really show that we do not stand for this and we are not going to tolerate it pending when the new Bill comes into place and also commend the bravery of Monica Osagie for her effort.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

Illegal confinement of underage offenders and infants in the same prison with adult prisoners by Senator Victor Umeh.

Senate resolved to:
I. Urge the legal Aid Council to step up efforts to ensure that the underage children are not prosecuted without legal representation in Courts;
II. Call on the Federal Government to establish more juvenile remand/ correctional homes and crèches attached to all female prisons across the nation;
III. Urge various security agencies that are involved in the arrest and detention of the juvenile to ensure that they are not incarcerated beyond 48 hours and when conviction is secured, ensure they are separated from the adults inmates; and
IV. Mandate Committee on Interior to invite the Comptroller-General of prisons to brief it on the state of prison inmates in Nigeria; and to investigate the confinement of underage offenders and infants with adults in our prisons and report back within 4 weeks.

“Thank you Senator Victor Umeh for the well thought out motion. We must definitely make sure that our minors are not getting the same kind of treatment as the adults.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

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“We must ensure that we protect their rights and must look at corrective measures by the correction facilities that will help address some of the children that are being held.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF A REPORT
Conference Committee Report on the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 535) by Senator Chukwuka Utazi. Senator Barnabas Gemade seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the Conference Committee Report on the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 535).

Senator Chukwuka Utazi presented the report.

Senate adopted the recommendation of the Conference Committee Report on the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 535).

CONSIDERATION OF BILLS- Second Reading
A Bill for an Act to provide for the licensing and regulation of private detectives and investigators and for other matters connected therewith, 2018 (SB. 436) by Senator Ike Ekweremadu. Senator Ben Murray Bruce seconded that the Bill be read the second time.

A Bill for an Act to provide for the licensing and regulation of private detectives and investigators and for other matters connected therewith, 2018 (SB. 436) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the Bill to the Committee on Security and Intelligence to report back in 4 weeks.

A Bill for an Act to amend the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Act CAP J1 LFN 2004 and for other matters connected therewith, 2018 (SB. 625) by Senator Barau Jibrin. “I rise to support the Bill. i believe that this will be a new process that will guide the institution and streamline the registrars.”- Senator Biodun Olujimi

A Bill for an Act to amend the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Act CAP J1 LFN 2004 and for other matters connected therewith, 2018 (SB. 625) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the Bill to the Committee on Tertiary Education to report back in 4 weeks.

A Bill for an Act to amend Education (National Minimum Standards and establishment of institutions) Act CAP E3 LFN 2004 and for other matters connected therewith, 2018 (SB. 559) by Senator Barau Jibrin. A Bill for an Act to amend Education (National Minimum Standards and establishment of institutions) Act CAP E3 LFN 2004 and for other matters connected therewith, 2018 (SB. 559) was read the Second Time.

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the Bill to the Committee on Tertiary Education to report back in 4 weeks.

A Bill for an Act to repeal and re-enact the NDIC Act CAP N102 LFN 2004 and for related matters, 2018 (SB. 626) by Senator Sam Anyanwu. “I urge my colleagues to kindly support the Bill becasue the recommendations are going to be helpful for the institution.”- Senator Baba Kaka Bashir.

A Bill for an Act to repeal and re-enact the NDIC Act CAP N102 LFN 2004 and for related matters, 2018 (SB. 626) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the Bill to the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions to report back in 4 weeks.

A Bill for an Act to establish the Federal College of Forestry Toungo and for other related matters, 2018 (SB. 320) by Senator Ahmadu Abubakar. “I rise to second and support the bill, it has cited so many reasons why the institution should be established. However, due to deforestation across the country, i believe this bill will serve it’s purpose.”- Senator Aliyu Sabi.

A Bill for an Act to establish the Federal College of Forestry Toungo and for other related matters, 2018 (SB. 320) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the Bill to the Committees on (Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND) and (Agriculture and Rural Development) to report back in 4 weeks.

A Bill for an Act to amend the Federal High Court Act CAP F12 LFN 2004 and for other matters connected therewith, 2018 (SB. 648) by Senator Chukwuka Utazi. “This is a very straight forward amendment. This will address the issues of manipulation in our Judiciary system. I support that this bill be read the second time.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu

A Bill for an Act to amend the Federal High Court Act CAP F12 LFN 2004 and for other matters connected therewith, 2018 (SB. 648) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the Bill to the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to report back in 4 weeks.

A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal Polytechnic, Ikom, Cross River State to provide full time courses in technology, applied science management and other fields of studies and to make provisions for the general administration of the polytechnic and for other matters connected therewith, 2018 (SB. 672) by Senator John Enoh. “I rise to second that this Bill be read the second time.”- Senator Gbenga Ashafa.

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A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal Polytechnic, Ikom, Cross River State to provide full time courses in technology, applied science management and other fields of studies and to make provisions for the general administration of the polytechnic and for other matters connected therewith, 2018 (SB. 672) was read the Second Time.

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the Bill to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in 4 weeks.

A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal University of Education Aguleri, Anambra State and for other matters connected therewith, 2018 (SB. 653) by Senator Victor Umeh.  “I support and second the Bill.”- Senator Chukwuka Utazi

A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal University of Education Aguleri, Anambra State and for other matters connected therewith, 2018 (SB. 653) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the Bill to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in 4 weeks.

A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal College of Education Illo, Kebbi State and for other related matters, 2018 (SB. 620) by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi. “I rise to appeal to my colleagues in the Senate to approve the second reading of this bill for the establishment of Federal College of Education Illo, kebbi state.”- Senator Aliyu Sabi

A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal College of Education Illo, Kebbi State and for other related matters, 2018 (SB. 620) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the Bill to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in 4 weeks.

A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal College of Education (Technical) Aghoro, Bayelsa State and for other matters connected therewith, 2018 (SB. 615) by Senator Foster Ogola. “I rise to support the reading of this Bill for the second time.”- Senator Emmanuel Paulker.

A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal College of Education (Technical) Aghoro, Bayelsa State and for other matters connected therewith, 2018 (SB. 615) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the Bill to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in 4 weeks.

A Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Council for Psychologists and for other related matters, 2018 (SB. 624) by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce. “I rise to second the Bill as this will create jobs across the country.”- Senator Ibrahim Gobir.

A Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Council for Psychologists and for other related matters, 2018 (SB. 624) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the Bill to the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters to report back in 4 weeks.

A Bill for an Act to repeal the explosive Act CAP E18 LFN 2004 and re-enact explosive Bill, 2018 to make provision to regulate the manufacture, possession, use, sale, transportation, export and import explosives and other matters, 2018 (SB. 250) by Senator Danjuma Laah. “I rise to support the Bill to be read the second time.”- Senator Chukwuka Utazi.

A Bill for an Act to repeal the explosive Act CAP E18 LFN 2004 and re-enact explosive Bill, 2018 to make provision to regulate the manufacture, possession, use, sale, transportation, export and import explosives and other matters, 2018 (SB. 250) was read the Second Time.

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the Bill to the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to report back in 4 weeks.

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 Thursday, 31st May, 2018
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