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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF THURSDAY, 6TH FEBRUARY, 2020

Welcome to a new Legislative Day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria! Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 11am. ‪Senator‬ Haliru Daudu Jika ‪moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Wednesday, 5th February 2020. Senator ‬Christopher Ekpeyong ‪seconded.‬ ANNOUNCEMENT Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON announced that the earlier scheduled meeting of the Security Adhoc Committee at 6pm today is hereby postponed to Monday, 10th February. The reason is to make way for the induction of the combat helicopters currently ongoing at the Eagle Square Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON announced Chairman and Members of the Steering and Substantive Committee of the review of the Constitution and Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege as the Chairman. Senator Ifeanyi Ubah cited Order 43 and informed the Senate that his political party, the YPP which is also represented in the Senate is not represented in the Constitution Committee. “Your observation is noted but do not despair as your party would be represented in other Committees as you are a member of the Senate.”-Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON. PETITION Senator Chukwuka Utazi raised a petition from a former Nigerian Coal Mine Union, the staff were given letter of termination since the company no longer exists but were not paid their entitlements. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the petition to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to report in two (2) weeks. POINT OF ORDER Senator Abba Moro cited Order 42 and 52 and moved a motion on the outbreak of epidemic in the border town of his constituency as a result of which several persons have died and many others affected. “We would have wished to know the efforts of the state government, be that as it may since it has come before us I will support what he has said. We need to also urge Benue state to take action.”- Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe. Senator Ifeanyi Ubah cited Order 43 and drew the attention of the Senate to the current mass buying of face mask by China from Nigeria and massive export to Asian countries to cause deliberate shortage in the event of Coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria. “The Order is not subject to debate and the Federal Ministry of Health has taken note of this observation. I ask that you liaise with the Committee on Health.”- Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege. PRESENTATION OF BILLS- Second Reading 1. National Biosafety Management Act 2015 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB.302) by Senator Uche Ekwunife. National Biosafety Management Act 2015 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB.302) was read the First Time. 2. Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 306) by Senator Bamidele Opeyemi. Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 306) was read the First Time. 3. Federal College of Forestry, Wawa Zange Dukku, Gombe State (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 308) by Senator Alkali Saidu Ahmed. Federal College of Forestry, Wawa Zange Dukku, Gombe State (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 308) was read the First Time. 4. Community Health Practitioners (Registration, etc) Act CAP C19 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 309) by Senator Ewhrudjakpo Lawrence. Community Health Practitioners (Registration, etc) Act CAP C19 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 309) was read the First Time. 5. Federal College of Forestry, Tuongo, Adamawa State (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 310) by Senator Yaroe Binos. Federal College of Forestry, Tuongo, Adamawa State (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 310) was read the First Time. 6. Nigerian Railway Corporation Act N129 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 311) by Senator Sani Musa. Nigerian Railway Corporation Act N129 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 311) was read the First Time. CONSIDERATION OF BILLS- Second Reading 1. A Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Delta State and for related matters, 2020 (SB. 272) by Senator James Manager. “I will urge my colleagues to approve this Bill and with this I second this Bill.”- Senator Aliyu Sabi. “I have no objection and second that the Bill be read the second time.”- Senator Bassey Akpan. “I will suggest the Bill be sent to the respective Committee so legislative action can commence.”- Senator Philip Aduda. A Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Delta State and for related matters, 2020 (SB. 272) was read the Second Time. Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege referred the Bill to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report within four (4) weeks. 2. A Bill for an Act to provide for prudent management of the Nation’s Resources, ensure long term macro economic stability of the National Economy, secure greater accountability and transparency in Giscal operations within the Medium Term Fiscal Policy Framework and the establishment of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission to ensure the promotion and enforcement of the Nation’s Economic Objectives; and for related matters, 2020 (SB. 144) by Senator Aishatu Dahiru. “If we are going to get it right as a country, this Fiscal Responsibility Act will help reduce corruption and put all our MDAs on their toes.”- Senator Ibikunle Amosun. “I rise to support this very important Bill. In this Act, whatever the country earn must be budgeted. This is a very robust amendment and I urge all my colleagues to support it.”- Senator Adamu Aliero. “let me join other colleagues in thanking and commending Senator Aishatu for coming up with this important amendment to our Fiscal Responsibility Act. The amendment we are proposing is to strengthen the Fiscal Responsibility Act commission and truly make them independent from the arm of the Executive. This commission needs to go round the MDAs to ensure the implementation of this Act. The amendment so proposed is to reposition this particular commission. This Senate should make sure we give this amendment a jet speed consideration which will reposition all our revenue generation agencies.”- Senator Solomon Adeola. “The content of this Act as stated was to enhance transparency and accountability to ensure compliance in public procurement and financial regulation. We believe that this amendment will further strengthen the area of weakness in the implementation of the Fiscal Responsibility Act.”- Senator Bassey Akpan. “We need to ensure that we have a long term plan, from there we should be drawing the expenditure framework.”- Senator Aliyu Sabi. “There is nothing wrong with our nation but the management of its resources. Our problem is that institutions are not working. Rather than fighting corruption, let us learn to prevent corruption by implementing things like this. I commend Senator Aisha for this and we should look inward on prevention rather than fighting.”- Senator Rochas Okorocha. A Bill for an Act to provide for prudent management of the Nation’s Resources, ensure long term macro economic stability of the National Economy, secure greater accountability and transparency in Giscal operations within the Medium Term Fiscal Policy Framework and the establishment of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission to ensure the promotion and enforcement of the Nation’s Economic Objectives; and for related matters, 2020 (SB. 144) was read the Second Time. Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege referred the Bill to the Committee on Finance and to report within four (4) weeks. 3. A Bill for an Act to repeal the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Act Cap. M3 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and to establish the University of Maritime Studies, Oron and for related matters (SB. 265) by Senator Eyakenyi Akom Etim. “I second this Bill and urge my colleagues to support the Bill.”- Senator Bassey Akpan. A Bill for an Act to repeal the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Act Cap. M3 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and to establish the University of Maritime Studies, Oron and for related matters (SB. 265) was read the Second Time. Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege referred the Bill to the Committee on Tertiary institutions and TETFUND to report in four (4) weeks. 4. A Bill for an Act to establish the Federal University of Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State to ensure equity and access to Tertiary Education in country. The university is a conventional university with restricted programmers and limited and focused faculties for related matters, 2019 (SB. 165) by Senator Adamu Aliero Senator Ibrahim Gobir seconded that the Bill be read the second time. A Bill for an Act to establish the Federal University of Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State to ensure equity and access to Tertiary Education in country. The university is a conventional university with restricted programmers and limited and focused faculties for related matters, 2019 (SB. 165) was read the Second Time. Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege referred the Bill to the Committee on Tertiary institutions and TETFUND to report in four (4) weeks. 5. A Bill for an Act to establish the College of Education Mutum Biyu, Taraba State which will among other things provide full-time courses of teaching, instruction and training in technology, applied sciences, commerce, arts, social sciences, humanities and management and to carry out research in the development and adaptation of techniques; and also make provision for the appointment of a Provost and the officials of each college to carry out the administration and the discipline of students of the College and for other related matters, 2020 (SB. 101) by Senator Yusuf, Abubakar Yusuf. Senator Barau Jibrin seconded that the Bill be read the second time. A Bill for an Act to establish the College of Education Mutum Biyu, Taraba State which will among other things provide full-time courses of teaching, instruction and training in technology, applied sciences, commerce, arts, social sciences, humanities and management and to carry out research in the development and adaptation of techniques; and also make provision for the appointment of a Provost and the officials of each college to carry out the administration and the discipline of students of the College and for other related matters, 2020 (SB. 101) was read the Second Time. Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege referred the Bill to the Committee on Tertiary institutions and TETFUND to report in four (4) weeks. 6. A Bill for an Act to Provide for the establishment of the Federal University of Technology Manchok, Kaduna State and for other matters connected therewith, 2019 (SB. 141) by Senator La’ah Danjuma Tella. Senator Gershom Bassey seconded that the Bill be read the second time. A Bill for an Act to Provide for the establishment of the Federal University of Technology Manchok, Kaduna State and for other matters connected therewith, 2019 (SB. 141) was read the Second Time. Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege referred the Bill to the Committee on Tertiary institutions and TETFUND to report in four (4) weeks. ADJOURNMENT Senate Leader moved that all items on the order paper be stood down to another legislative day. Minority Leader seconded. Plenary is adjourned to Tuesday, 11th February 2020. #GavelBangs Signed New Media Unit Office of the President of the Senate Federal Republic of Nigeria

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