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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF THURSDAY, 28TH 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 10:40am.

‪Senator Francis Fadahunsi moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Wednesday, 27th November 2019. Senator Adeyemi Oriolowo seconded.‬

EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATION

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON read a letter from Mr. President on the transmission of the Companies and Allied Matters Bill, 2019 for its consideration and passage by the Senate.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON read a letter from Mr. President on his request for the National Assembly to consider and approve the Federal Government 2016, 2018 external borrowing plan.

Executive communication by Senate Leader

-That the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-n-C ‪on the 2019 and 2020 budget estimates of the Nigeria Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in accordance with Section 18(1) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Act‬

‪Minority Leader seconded ‬that the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-n-C ‪on the 2019 and 2020 budget estimates of the Nigeria Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in accordance with Section 18(1) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Act.‬

‪Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the executive communication to the Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to report in two (2) weeks.‬

PRESENTATION OF BILLS- First Reading

1. Marriage Act CAP M6 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 67) by Senator Stella Oduah.

Marriage Act CAP M6 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 67) was read the First Time.

2. Federal Co-operative Colleges (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 212) by Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

Federal Co-operative Colleges (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 212) was read the First Time.

3. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2019 (SB. 218) by Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2019 (SB. 218) was read the First Time.

4. Project Continuity Bill, 2019 (SB. 224) by Senator Barau Jibrin.

Project Continuity Bill, 2019 (SB. 224) was read the First Time.

5. Federal Character Commission Act CAP F7 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 227) by Senator Betty Apiafi.

Federal Character Commission Act CAP F7 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 227) was read the First Time.

6. Animal Disease Control Act CAP A17 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 232) by Senator Aliyu Sabi.

Animal Disease Control Act CAP A17 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 232) was read the First Time.

7. Federal College of Education Toro, Bauchi State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 237) by Senator Lawal Gumau.

Federal College of Education Toro, Bauchi State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 237) was read the First Time.

8. Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 238) by Senator Francis Fadahunsi.

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 238) was read the First Time.

9. Federal Medical Centre Rano, Kano State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 239) by Senator Kabiru Gaya.

Federal Medical Centre Rano, Kano State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 239) was read the First Time.

10. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2019 (SB. 240) by Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2019 (SB. 240) was read the First Time.

‪MOTIONS‬

1. ‪Urgent need to reform the housing policy and mortgage financing in Nigeria to meet the escalating housing demand in the country by Senator Akpan Bassey.‬

“I rise to second the motion, the Federal Mortgage Bank should ensure interest rates are as low as possible and brought down to the minimum. The issue of social housing should also be looked into.”- Senator Yisa Ashiru.

“There is a need to organize the housing policy so as to benefit Nigerians as much as possible.”- Senator Francis Fadahunsi.

“Housing is one of the fundamental needs of man. It is important for this sector to be reformed so that people can have houses. It is important for us to review the policy on housing and mortgage financing. I urge my colleagues to support this motion.”-Senator Binos Yaroe.

‪Senate resolved to:‬

‪Mandate the Committee on Housing to urgently work out modalities with the various stakeholders in the National Housing Development sector to ensure the implementation of affordable housing across the country to carter for the ever-increasing population and most especially the poorest Nigerians.‬

2. ‪The need to install computerized oil facilities management gadgets for Nigerian crude oil businesses by Senator George Sekibo.‬

“I rise to second the motion. I will like to commend my colleague for presenting this important motion. Some communities in Niger Delta still complain of military damage of barges which in turn damage the environment. Software maintenance should be deployed in managing petroleum products. This will enhance productivity in the production process. We should use internationally accepted standards to manage and monitor petroleum activities.”- Senator Betty Apiafi.

“This motion is timely and critical. If we are able to block the loopholes through a computerized system, we are going to save our citizens from excessive taxation because the essence of taxation is to get revenues to build infrastructure. Whatever we invest in this area I think it is worth it. I think this motion is important and critical and I urge my colleagues to support it.”- Senator Francis Ezenwa.

“I think this is a very important motion and urge everyone to support it.”- Senator Ibrahim Gobir.

“I want to lend my voice in supporting this motion. We should be able to computerize the shipment of our crude oil and all the equipment that we have in our oil production.”- Senator Matthew Urhoghide.

“We need to look at this more critically, more serious than we have done in the past. Let us confirm if oil production is computerized. For now we can only speculate what is being produced and there is a problem with this. I totally agree with Senator Sekibo on this motion and I believe it will do this country a lot of good.”- Senator Gabriel Suswam.

‪Senate resolved to:‬

1. ‪Mandate the Committees on Petroleum Upstream, Downstream and Gas Resources to hold a public hearing with stakeholders to ascertain:‬

‪-The quantity of oil and gas produced daily;‬

‪-The quantity control mechanism as currently engaged by NNPC, and if adequate;‬

‪-The amount of waste of petroleum products through pilfering, pipelines vandalization, leakages, and from any other forms;‬

‪-International best practice of computerized oil and gas business management, including pipeline protection and quantity and quality control; and‬

‪-Any other advice that could improve the oil and gas business in the country;‬

2. ‪Urge the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to set up a consortium of such experts to evaluate the possibilities of installing computerized oil facilities management gadgets to curb the excesses of the multifaceted problems associated with the oil and gas production, transportation and sales business in the country; and‬

3. ‪Urge the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to appoint pre-shipment inspectors as prescribed by law under the pre-shipment inspection Act of 1999.‬

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON announced that the lead Committee will be the Petroleum Downstream.

“On the point raised by Senator Suswam, sometimes the production could be disrupted and therefore we will not be able to achieve the production quota per day. Our joint Committees should ensure they do a good job because this is a very good motion to find out what is happening in the petroleum sector.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON.

3. ‪The need to address the non-takeoff of the Hydro Electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPADEC) nine years after its passage into law by Senator Bima Muhammad.‬

“I rise to second the motion. There has been serious issues of flood which has caused serious damages and destruction within our communities. They have been living in fears year in year out. There is need for the Federal Government to do something as quick as possible to see to the take off of the HYPADEC. I rise to support this motion and see whatever we will do here to push the Committee on power to do the needful on the actualizaion of HYPADEC. From my investigation, there is an approved 2.3bn HYPADEC money sitting in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).”- Senator Sani Musa.

“Instead of referring this motion to Adhoc Committee, the leadership should take up this issue and liaise with the executive. It is time for us to act.”- Senator Adamu Aliero.

“I align myself with Senator Adamu that the leadership should take up this issue with the Executive so that the needful can be done.”- Senator Aliyu Sabi.

“I support this motion and I hope we are ready to make HYPADEC take off. We look forward to the project take-off so that the gentility and tolerance of the host community will not be taken for granted.”- Senator Sadiq Suleiman.

“I am supporting this motion that HYPADEC must take off immediately and must be well funded.”- Senator Yisa Ashiru.

“Whatever we are saying now is for the purpose of emphasis. Contributors to this motion have pointed out the essence and the need for it to pass. I urge that we mandate our Committee on legislative compliance to ensure that this project takes effect.”- Senator Abba Moro.

“There is urgent need for the leadership of the Senate to take this up with Mr. President so that this project can take off.”- Senator Gabriel Suswam.

‪Senate resolved to:‬

1. ‪Direct the Senate Committee on Legislative Compliance to investigate the reasons for the delay in the takeoff of the commission and the utilization or otherwise of the total sum of N612, 177, 269 appropriated so far to it and report to the Senate within 4 weeks for further legislative action; and‬

2. ‪Urge the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency constitute the commission and make funds available for it in the 2020 budget.‬

“We will still allow our Committee on Legislative Compliance to undertake investigation because we need to establish what happened. So the Committee on legislative compliance, I am sure you will have a lot of engagement with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) because most of these things take off from there.”- 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, 3rd December, 2019.

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Signed

New Media Unit

Office of the President of the Senate

Federal Republic of Nigeria

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