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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF TUESDAY, 10TH DECEMBER, 2019 

Welcome to a new Legislative 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 11:11am. Senator Basiru Ajibola moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Thursday, 5th December, 2019. Senator Istifanus Gyang seconded. EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATION Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON read a letter from Mr. President on the appointment of Chairman and members of the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS). Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON read a letter from Mr. President on the confirmation of appointment of Mr. Edward Adamu as Chairman of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) PETITIONS Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege raised a petition on behalf of two (2) constituency members seeking reinstatement into the Maritime University. Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu raised a petition on behalf of a constituency member on his reinstatement into the Nigerian Army. Senator Basiru Ajibola also raised a petition on behalf of a constituency member. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the petitions raised to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to report in four (4) weeks. PRESENTATION OF BILLS- First Reading 1. Companies and Allied Matters Act CAP C20 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 251) by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi. Companies and Allied Matters Act CAP C20 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 251) was read the First Time. 2. Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB. 01) by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi. Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB. 01) was read the First Time. 3. FCT Health Insurance Agency (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (HB. 60) by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi. FCT Health Insurance Agency (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (HB. 60) was read the First Time. 4. Chartered Institute of Treasury Management (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (HB. 57) by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi. Chartered Institute of Treasury Management (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (HB. 57) was read the First Time. 5. Rape and Insurgency Victims Stigmatization (Prohibition) Bill, 2019 (SB. 243) by Senator Sani Musa. Rape and Insurgency Victims Stigmatization (Prohibition) Bill, 2019 (SB. 243) was read the First Time. 6. National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Council (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 257) by Senator Mohammed Hassan. National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Council (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 257) was read the First Time. CONSIDERATION OF BILLS- Second Reading 1. A Bill for an Act to make provisions for freedom from hunger and the right to adequate food of acceptable quality, the right of every child to basic nutrition and for connected purposes, 2019 (SB. 11) by Senator Theodore Orji. “I rise to support the second reading of this Bill. I want to commend the sponsor of this Bill for raising an issue that affects the wellbeing of the citizens. Food security is so critical. The first protest that was recorded in the Bible history has to do with the issue of food. Food therefore is so critical, that is the primary need of man. Availability is a function of food production which is contingent on how well farmers are empowered to grow foods. We must encourage mechanized farming and supply our famers with credit facilities.”- Senator Istifanus Gyang. “I am totally in support of this Bill. This Bill guarantees freedom from hunger.”- Senator Bala Na’allah. A Bill for an Act to make provisions for freedom from hunger and the right to adequate food of acceptable quality, the right of every child to basic nutrition and for connected purposes, 2019 (SB. 11) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the Bill to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to report in four (4) weeks. 2. A Bill for an Act to provide an efficient legal framework for the regulation of freight traffic and use of Petroleum Tankers on the highway to convey petroleum products and other cargoes, promote the safety of all road users; and for related matters, 2019 (SB. 145) by Senator Ifeanyi Ubah. “We know the problem of tanker drivers and sharing of the road with other road users in the country. This Bill seeks to solve this problem. If we get this Bill passed to law, it will find long lasting solution by making sure all the depots in the south south become operational so that people can get their products without getting to Lagos.”- Senator Chukwuka Utazi. “I support this Bill and I ask all my colleagues to do the same.”- Senator Adamu Aliero. “This Bill is a way of addressing the menace of tanker drivers. I believe as a responsive parliament, we must join hands and address this issue. We must also ensure our tanker drivers deliver their products only at night.”- Senator Ike Ekweremadu. “It is important to support this Bill to serve as a guide to help tanker drivers in bringing out the right tankers to be used on our roads.”- Senator Eyakenyi Akon. A Bill for an Act to provide an efficient legal framework for the regulation of freight traffic and use of Petroleum Tankers on the highway to convey petroleum products and other cargoes, promote the safety of all road users; and for related matters, 2019 (SB. 145) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the Bill to the Committee on Land Transport to report in four (4) weeks. 3. A Bill for an Act to amend the Federal Polytechnic Daura, Katsina State to make provision for a change of name of the Federal Polytechnic Daura, Katsina State to Mustapha Bukar Polytechnic Daura, Katsina State and for related matters, 2019 (SB. 50) by Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita. “I rise to support that this Bill be read the second time. Senator Mustapha has contributed so much and I urge my colleagues that the man be awarded this honour even in death.”- Senator Bello Mandiya. “I think when a lawmaker conducts himself in the best tradition of parliament across the world it is only fair that we recognize him. I am in support of this Bill and I think every other Senator will support this Bill.”- Senator Bala Na’allah. “I support that this Bill be read the second time.”- Senator Aliyu Sabi. “I commend Senator Kaita for bringing this Bill to immortalize our colleague that left us to the other world.”- Senator Adamu Aliero. A Bill for an Act to amend the Federal Polytechnic Daura, Katsina State to make provision for a change of name of the Federal Polytechnic Daura, Katsina State to Mustapha Bukar Polytechnic Daura, Katsina State and for related matters, 2019 (SB. 50) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the Bill to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report in four (4) weeks. “Let me thank all of you who contributed to this Bill of immortalizing our late colleague. I want to congratulate Senator Kaita for this Bill.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON. 4. A Bill for an Act to establish the National Rice Development Council of Nigeria to provide guidance on the rice research, comprehensive development of the rice sector and the organization of the rice stakeholders to enhance the local production of rice in Nigeria and for related matters, 2019 (SB. 53) by Senator Bima Enagi. A Bill for an Act to establish the National Rice Development Council of Nigeria to provide guidance on the rice research, comprehensive development of the rice sector and the organization of the rice stakeholders to enhance the local production of rice in Nigeria and for related matters, 2019 (SB. 53) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the Bill to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to report in four (4) weeks. MOTION The need to improve Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the Federal Government of Nigeria significantly by over N5 trillion annually through non-oil revenue sources available at its disposal by Senator Ayo Akinyelure. “I rise to support this motion, the issue at stake is the need to recover all stamp duties that are accrued to the nation. This motion draws the attention of the Senate to the revenue source that is readily available to be plucked. I support the prayers of this motion fully to ensure all unremitted stamp duties are recovered.”- Senator Istifanus Gyang. “I want to support this motion. The issue is a major problem with financial remittance. The issue is to unravel who is benefiting from the non-compliance of this directive from President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”- Senator Isah Jibrin. “Money is key in all the affairs of a nation and we must take this motion seriously. We must emphasize more on revenue generation. We all need money, this nation needs money. All the Bills we have talked about today, money addresses all this.”- Senator Rochas Okorocha. “I am absolutely in support of this motion.”- Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita. Senate resolved to: Mandate the Committee on Finance to investigate this issue of over N20 trillion unremitted stamp duties revenue due to the Federal Government of Nigeria from banks and other financial institutions through (NIBSS) a subsidiary of CBN for 2013 - 2016and financial accountability of stamp duty collections from 2016 when the CBN officially directed all banks to collect on behalf of the federal government to date. “What we have been expecting to be available as stamp duty is not so. And what has happened is because those that were supposed to collect the stamp duty were taking advantage of the way the stamp duty act has been. I believe from January, the stamp duty collection will be significantly improved. We have also come up with another idea of engaging all revenue agencies every quarter for evaluation of their collections. The idea is not to allow agencies just do what they want.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON. 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 Wednesday, 11th December 2019. #GavelBangs Signed New Media Unit Office of the President of the Senate Federal Republic of Nigeria

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