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POCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF TUESDAY, 15TH OCTOBER, 2019. 

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

Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 10:58am.

‪Senator Yakubu Oseni moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Thursday, 10th October 2019. Senator Francis Fadahunsi seconded.‬

EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATION

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON read a letter from Mr. President for the consideration and passage of the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON read a letter from Mr. President requesting for the resolution of the National Assembly on the issuance of N10.069billion for promissory note programme of Kogi State and a Bond issuance to settle inherited debt.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the Executive Communication to the Committee on Local and Foreign Debts to report in two (2) weeks.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON read a letter from Mr. President on the Finance Bill, 2019 for passage into law by the Senate.

POINT OF ORDER

Senator Kabiru Gaya cited Orders 42 & 52 and informed the Senate on the kidnapping of girls from Kano State.

Senate resolved:

That the Senate Committee on Police Affairs do investigate and report to the Senate in two (2) weeks.

Senator Gershom Bassey cited Orders 42 & 52 and moves a motion on the deplorable state of Federal Roads in Nigeria.

Senate resolved to:

1. Call on the Federal Government to immediately declare a state of emergency on federal roads and improve its funding; and

2. Mandate the Senate Committees on FERMA, Petroleum Downstream and National Planning to investigate the non remittance of 5% user charge pump price of petrol and the international issuance charge accrued to FERMA and other established state road maintenance agencies

“Every part of this country suffers from the deplorable state of our roads and I hope the Committees look into this and report in two (2) weeks.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON.

PRESENTATION OF BILLS- First Reading

1. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Bill, 2019 (SB. 66) by Senator Oloriegbe Yahaya.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Bill, 2019 (SB. 66) was read the First Time.

2. National Energy Bill, 2019 (SB. 81) by Senator Ibrahim Gobir.

National Energy Bill, 2019 (SB. 81) was read the First Time.

3. National Agricultural Programme Coordinating Agency (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 83) by Senator Stella Oduah.

National Agricultural Programme Coordinating Agency (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 83) was read the First Time.

4. Federal University of Technology Ilaro (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 84) by Senator Solomon Adeola.

Federal University of Technology Ilaro (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 84) was read the First Time.

5. Federal College of Education Mutum Biyu (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 101) by Senator Yusuf A. Yusuf.

Federal College of Education Mutum Biyu (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 101) was read the First Time.

6. Federal College of Education (Technical) Abakiliki (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 103) by Senator Samuel Egwu.

Federal College of Education (Technical) Abakiliki (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 103) was read the First Time.

7. Public Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 106) by Senator Isa Shuaibu.

Public Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 106) was read the First Time.

8. National Road Fund (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 107) by Senator Kabiru Gaya.

National Road Fund (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 107) was read the First Time.

9. National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion Act CAP N63 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 108) by Senator Uche Ekwunife.

National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion Act CAP N63 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 108) was read the First Time.

10. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2019 (SB. 109) by Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2019 (SB. 109) was read the First Time.

PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF A BILL

1. Report of the Committee on Petroleum (Upstream) on the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract CAP D3 LFN 2004 Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 21) by Senator Akpan Bassey.

Senator Tolu Odebiyi seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Petroleum (Upstream) on the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract CAP D3 LFN 2004 Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 21).

Senator Akpan Bassey laid and presented the report.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Senate now dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract CAP D3 LFN 2004 Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 21).

Senate reverts to plenary and reports progress.

Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract CAP D3 LFN 2004 Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 21) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

“Let me congratulate my Distinguished colleagues, we have done what has not been done since 2003 till date. This means we can do more for our country. By passing this Bill, Nigeria will gain $1.5billion in 2020.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON.

“The credit goes to Distinguished Senators who contributed before we passed any clause of the Bill. The amendment would not in any way discourage the IOCs and investment as we expect that they will continue to do business in Nigeria. I congratulate the 9th Senate for this very landmark legislation.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON.

CONSIDERATION OF A BILL- Second Reading

1. A Bill for an Act to authorize the issue from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation the total sum of N10,330,416,607,347 (Ten Trillion, Three Hundred and Thirty Billion, Four Hundred and Sixteen Million, Six Hundred and Seven Thousand, Three Hundred and Forty-Seven Naira) only, of which N556,700,827,235 (Five Hundred and Fifty-Six Billion, Seven Hundred Million, Eight Hundred and Twenty-Seven Thousand, Two Hundred and Thirty-Five Naira) only is for Statutory Transfers, N2,748,598,930,000 (Two Trillion, Seven Hundred and Forty-Eight Billion, Five Hundred and Ninety-Eight Million, Nine Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira) only is for Debt Service, N4,880,309,549,778 (Four Trillion, Eight Hundred and Eighty Billion, Three Hundred and Nine Million, Five Hundred and Forty-Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy-Eight Naira) only is for Recurrent (Non-Debt) Expenditure while the sum of N2,144,807,300,334 (Two Trillion, One Hundred and Forty-Four Billion, Eight Hundred and Seven Million, Three Hundred Thousand, Three Hundred and Thirty Four Naira) only is for contribution to the Development Fund for Capital Expenditure for the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2020 (SB. 80)- 3rd allotted day by Senate Leader.

“Federal Government should bring back our cocoa and groundnut pyramids in the north and more attention should be paid to technology.”- Senator Ajayi Boroffice.

“For this budget to succeed, certain things must be put in place; that is an enabling environment. Oil companies should relocate their offices to the oil producing areas to be able to create jobs for our people and it would enhance non-disruption from our youths. We also have mineral deposits aside oil, this must be looked into to increase revenue.”- Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo- Agege.

“Government needs to bring more private sectors to capital projects. The sector should be opened up for investors to come in. The VAT of 7.5% does not look excessive. The government needs to do asset re-engineering to yield more revenue.”- Senator Tolu Odebiyi.

“It is embarrassing for our youths to be seen sitting down consuming instead of producing. Budget should support the productive sector of our economy.”- Senator Rochas Okorocha.

“I want to look at 4 key sectors. Government should hands off most of capital projects and engage the private sector in partnership and generate revenue.

The second is the power sector, without power you cannot run industries and year in year out we keep complaining of power generation.”- Senator Sabo Mohammed.

“The third is the agricultural sector, we need to look at agriculture, 70% of our employment is gotten from agriculture. The last is the financial sector, we need to sit down and look into the financial sector critically, most of our banks require specific addresses where collaterals are located before giving out loans.”- Senator Sabo Mohammed.

“The increment in VAT is strategic, it should be such in a way that the rich is taxed to enrich the poor.

Federal Government should have a look at the way we budget in this country, we need to begin by redirecting the resources of the country to ensure that every citizen benefits from the budget.”- Senator Bala Na’allah.

“The industrial output is very low and it is very low because if you do not have high input you cannot get high output. Manufacturing sector would bring back the life of the economy, I believe that agriculture and manufacturing sectors have a great role to play but they’ve been downplayed.”- Senator Orji Uzo Kalu.

“The most important things in the budget are security and power, Government should review the contracts of those running the power sector.”- Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.

“We have come to the end of the debate on the budget. I thank all our colleagues who contributed and those who did not, this is our first budget in the 9th National Assembly. The general idea is to have a budget that is open and useful to the people of Nigeria.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON.

“We should up our game as legislators. We have to continually engage with revenue generating agencies every quarter and come up with a schedule between now and end of next year. We need to look at how we can streamline our agencies, not to lay off people but to know when they don’t act in accordance to why they were set up.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON.

“We also have to look into public private partnerships into building of roads, railways etc. we also have to do more to decrease unemployment. We have to look into the diversification of our economy. With determination, we can make things work.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON.

“Let me congratulate all of us once again and also congratulate Mr. President, this is the first time Mr. President is saying that no Minister and Head of Agency should travel out of the country without presenting its budget. This is the highest form of cooperation.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON.

A Bill for an Act to authorize the issue from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation the total sum of N10,330,416,607,347 (Ten Trillion, Three Hundred and Thirty Billion, Four Hundred and Sixteen Million, Six Hundred and Seven Thousand, Three Hundred and Forty-Seven Naira) only, of which N556,700,827,235 (Five Hundred and Fifty-Six Billion, Seven Hundred Million, Eight Hundred and Twenty-Seven Thousand, Two Hundred and Thirty-Five Naira) only is for Statutory Transfers, N2,748,598,930,000 (Two Trillion, Seven Hundred and Forty-Eight Billion, Five Hundred and Ninety-Eight Million, Nine Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira) only is for Debt Service, N4,880,309,549,778 (Four Trillion, Eight Hundred and Eighty Billion, Three Hundred and Nine Million, Five Hundred and Forty-Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy-Eight Naira) only is for Recurrent (Non-Debt) Expenditure while the sum of N2,144,807,300,334 (Two Trillion, One Hundred and Forty-Four Billion, Eight Hundred and Seven Million, Three Hundred Thousand, Three Hundred and Thirty Four Naira) only is for contribution to the Development Fund for Capital Expenditure for the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2020 (SB. 80) was read the Second Time.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the Bill to the Committee on Appropriations to report in two (2) weeks.

‪Senate adjourns plenary till 4:00pm.‬

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

Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 4:04pm.

‪Senator Bala Na’allah moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Tuesday, 15th October 2019. Senator Eyakenyi Akon seconded.‬

ADJOURNMENT

Senate adjourned plenary to 29th October, 2019 to enable Senate Committees engage the MDAs on the 2019 Appropriations Bill.

#GavelBangs

Signed

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Federal Republic of Nigeria

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