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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF THURSDAY, 10TH 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 10:31am.

Senator Akwashiki Godiya moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Wednesday, 9th October 2019. Senator Moro Patrick seconded.

PRESENTATION OF BILLS- First Reading

1. National Industrial Court Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 36) by Senator Omo-Agege Ovie.

National Industrial Court Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 36) was read the First Time.

2. Court of Appeal Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 37) by Senator Omo-Agege Ovie.

Court of Appeal Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 37) was read the First Time.

3. National Assembly Budget and Research Office (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 45) by Senator Rose Oko.

National Assembly Budget and Research Office (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 45) was read the First Time.

4. Nigerian Maritime Zones Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 49) by Senator George Sekibo.

Nigerian Maritime Zones Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 49) was read the First Time.

5. City University of Technology Yaba (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 85) by Senator Solomon Adeola.

City University of Technology Yaba (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 85) was read the First Time.

6. Federal College of Agriculture Ofoni, Bayelsa State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 86) by Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

Federal College of Agriculture Ofoni, Bayelsa State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 86) was read the First Time.

7. Police Act CAP P19 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 87) by Senator Francis Onyewuchi.

Police Act CAP P19 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 87) was read the First Time.

8. Federal Road Authority (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 89) by Senator Gershom Bassey.

Federal Road Authority (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 89) was read the First Time.

9. Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act CAP E4 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 93) by Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act CAP E4 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 93) was read the First Time.

10. Federal Medical Centres (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 94) by Senator Betty Apiafi.

Federal Medical Centres (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 94) was read the First Time.

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)- 2nd allotted day by Senate Leader.

Minority Leader seconded that the Senate do resume the debate on the 2020 Appropriation Bill.

“No nation moves forward without visiting the past, we do not ask questions on budget implementation. We should take budget implementation as serious business. We must look inward and look at ways the budget will give us maximum results. We need to increase allocation for security men because they need to work harder.”- Senator Emmanuel Bwacha.

“We must begin to think about changing the revenue base of our economy. I want to commend the allocation on the power sector because it helps the diversification of the economy.”- Senator Ajibola Basiru.

“The issue of VAT cannot be overemphasized and it is important to the well being of our people. The consequences of the increase in VAT are dangerous, I believe one of the consequences of this increment will be unemployment. We need to expand our economy to build a future for our youths.”- Senator Sandy Onor.

“Education is the foundation of human development. In a country with 10.1million out-of-school kids, I believe we need to do more.”- Senator Kola Balogun.

“On the capital expenditure, there are so many abandoned projects in the South East, the second Niger bridge and so on, we want the Federal Government to allocate money for them to be completed.”- Senator Chukwuka Utazi.

“Nigerians are interested in how the budget will improve security and infrastructural deficit in the country. If we have stable power supply, this will make businesses thrive. The issue of the cost of governance should be looked into. We should look at our procurement cost in comparison with other countries .”- Senator Gyang Istifanus.

“I commend the leadership of the National Assembly with Mr. President for the timeliness of this budget.”- Senator Binos Yaroe.

“The increase of VAT is not in Favour of this budget.”- Senator Michael Nnachi.

“I congratulate all of us in the National Assembly and Mr. President for the timeliness of this budget. For the implementation of the budget, we need to increase our revenue and also look into the area diversification.”- Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

“Efficiency would go a long way in the implementation of the budget.”- Senator Kwari Suleiman.

“If we support Mr. President, we are supporting ourselves and the people of Nigeria.”- Senator Bassey Akpan.

“It is a thing of joy that the executive and parliamentary have the best of leadership. Any country that wants to grow should look into education. The budget for education is not encouraging for a country with the highest number of out of school children in the world.”- Senator Eyakenyi Etim.

“Let me begin by thanking you Senate President for fulfilling your promise to return the budget cycle to January- December. When the budget is fully implemented, it will take the youths off the streets. The manufacturing sector is unfortunately not doing so good.”- Senator Clifford Ordia.

“I want to commend Mr. President. We must make sure the Chief Executives of MDAs do not delay in presenting their budgets. We must strengthen our oversight responsibilities to make sure the budget is well implemented. The case of increase in VAT should be sent to the National Assembly. We should target those who are not paying tax and look into improving non-oil export to fund the 2020 budget.”- Senator Francis Ezenwa.

“I will like to commend the Senate President for his commitment to the Petroleum Industry Bill.”- Senator Betty Apiafi.

“If the leakages in NNPC is well taken care of, it will take care of our deficit.”- Senator Ayo Akinyelure.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON commended all his Distinguished Colleagues who contributed today. “The debate on the 2020 Appropriation Bill will continue on Tuesday, 15th October.”

ADJOURNMENT

Senate Leader moved that plenary be adjourned to another legislative day. Minority Leader seconded.

Plenary is adjourned to Tuesday, 15th October, 2019.

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Signed

New Media Department

Office of the President of the Senate

Federal Republic of Nigeria

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