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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF THURSDAY, 21ST NOVEMBER, 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 Emmanuel Orker-jev moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Wednesday, 20th November 2019. Senator Uba Sani seconded.‬

PRESENTATION OF BILLS- First Reading

1. Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 185) by Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 185) was read the First Time.

2. Public Health Institutions Trust Fund (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 188) by Senator Abdulfatai Buhari.

Public Health Institutions Trust Fund (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 188) was read the First Time.

3. Social Intervention Programmes Agency (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 190) by Senator Ali Ndume.

Social Intervention Programmes Agency (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 190) was read the First Time.

4. Nigerian Metrological Agency Act 2003 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 192) by Senator Abdullahi Yahaya.

Nigerian Metrological Agency Act 2003 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 192) was read the First Time.

5. Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Act CAP N96 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 193) by Senator Abdullahi Yahaya.

Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Act CAP N96 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 193) was read the First Time.

6. Nigerian Airspace Management Agency Act CAP N90 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 194) by Senator Abdullahi Yahaya.

Nigerian Airspace Management Agency Act CAP N90 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 194) was read the First Time.

7. Civil Aviation Act 2006 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 195) by Senator Abdullahi Yahaya.

Civil Aviation Act 2006 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 195) was read the First Time.

8. Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria Act CAP F5LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 196) by Senator Abdullahi Yahaya.

Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria Act CAP F5LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 196) was read the First Time.

9. Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 197) by Senator Abdullahi Yahaya.

Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 197) was read the First Time.

10. Care and Protection of Child Parents Bill, 2019 (SB. 198) by Senator Uba Sani.

Care and Protection of Child Parents Bill, 2019 (SB. 198) was read the First Time.

11. Integrated Rural Development Agency (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 199) by Senator Stella Oduah.

Integrated Rural Development Agency (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 199) was read the First Time.

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

1. Report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions by Senator Ayo Akinyelure in respect of:

a. Petition from Mr. Ezekiel D. Musa against the Federal Government of Nigeria for the non-inclusion of FCT indigene on the Ministerial List of 2019 screened by the Senate;

b. Petition from Alhaji Aminu Ja’afar and three (3) others against the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, for the unjust withdrawal of four (4) cadets from the academy on academic grounds; and

c. Petition from L/Cpl Omoaka Itunoya and Pte Woru Musa against the Military Pensions Board for alleged non payment of monthly pensions by the board.

Senator Kabir Barkiya seconded that the Senate do receive the reports of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions in respect of the above.

The report was LAID.

PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF A BILL

Report of the Committee on Finance on the Finance Bill, 2019 (SB. 140) by Senator Adeola Solomon.

Senator James Manager seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the Report of the Committee on Finance on the Finance Bill, 2019 (SB. 140).

Senator Adeola Solomon laid and presented the report.

“The Committee has put into consideration the need for us as a country to reposition our system so as to strengthen our revenue base.”- Senator Barau Jibrin.

“The problem of our economy is the problem of revenue, the issue of economy is the issue that is beyond politics to me, whether it is APC today or PDP tomorrow, we have to come out and look at this matter in a non-partisan way. The major problem of the Nigerian economy is revenue.”- Senator Abdullahi Yahaya.

“The intention for our country will not be realized if we do not have sufficient revenue. All this money being generated will not be squandered or looted but will be judiciously used. I am urging our people that this is not about party but about our country. I will support this Bill and will urge my colleagues that we should do away with partisanship.”- Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

“The most important aspect of this Bill is the public hearing where experts have looked at the Bill and done necessary amendment. If the budget is proposed based on this Finance Bill and the amendment, I will support it . It is good to raise the funds by ourselves than borrowing from outside. We have borrowed enough. Nigerians are used to free things, otherwise the amount of taxes we pay here compared to other countries, we are not paying enough.”- Senator George Sekibo.

“The public hearing was well attended by virtually all the big accounting firms in Nigeria. They sent a message through this Committee that they want to thank the federal government for bringing this innovative legislation and that it is something that the public has expected so long and they look forward to a more regular review of the tax regime of Nigeria.”- Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi.

“This Bill has nothing to do with party but about the Nigerian people. It is a good Bill for the society because it has nothing to do with PDP, APC or YPP. This is about the economy and we need to commend the federal government for their forthrightness in bringing this Bill.”- Senator Orji Kalu.

“There is no representation of the oil industry in this open debate. I do not see a true reflection of the industry in that Committee.”- Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

“The Federal Government should also try to create social welfare to alienate the sufferings that people will go through.”- Senator Gabriel Suswam.

“This Bill is not putting taxes on Nigerians, what government is trying to do with this Bill is to create the revenue necessary for us to create the environment where we are able to provide schools, Health care and have an economy that works for everyone. With time, we should look at things to do to in case some hard unintended consequences come up.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Senate dissolves into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the report of the Committee on Finance on the Finance Bill, 2019 (SB. 140).

Senate reverted to plenary and reports progress.

Finance Bill, 2019 (SB. 140) was read the THIRD Time and PASSED.

“Let me thank all of us for passing the seven Acts in the Finance Bill to ensure that we streamline the tax system in Nigeria and ensure that we get revenue for government to provide infrastructure for this country. What we have done is very significant because this is to ensure that we not only have sources of funding for the 2020 Budget but also for subsequent activities of government.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON.

“The revenue generating agencies will have to sit up, the Senate will be mounting a lot of oversight on the revenue agencies. We must ensure that any agency that is charged with generating revenue must discharge its function judiciously. What we have down is to create more revenue to provide infrastructure for the Nigerian people.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON.

ADJOURNMENT

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

Plenary is adjourned to Tuesday, 26th November, 2019.

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Signed

New Media Unit

Office of the President of the Senate

Federal Republic of Nigeria

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