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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF TUESDAY, 4TH 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 10:21am. EXECUTIVE SESSION Senate moved into an Executive Session at 10:23am and resumed from its Executive Session at 11:34am. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON reported that at the Executive Session the Senate deliberated on the issues bordering on workings of the Nigerian Senate in particular and the National Assembly in general. ‪Senator Barau Jibrin moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Thursday, 30th January 2020. Senator Orker- Jev Yisa seconded.‬ ANNOUNCEMENT Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON announced that the Ad-hoc Committee on Security Challenges would be inaugurated today, 4th February, 2020. PETITIONS Senator Diri Douye raised a petition on behalf of a constituency member who was a soldier and served in the Nigerian Army, he had issues with his commander and was later detained at Ibadan, where he was serving. No medical care was given to him while in detention and he died in detention, now his sister wants autopsy to be conducted. Senator Ayo Akinyelure raised 14 petitions. Senator Gershom Bassey raised a petition on behalf of a constituency member on an unresolved kidnapping of a renowned broadcaster a year ago. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the petitions raised to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to report in two (2) weeks. POINT OF ORDER Senator Oloriegbe Yahaya cited Order 43 and drew the attention of the Senate to the World Cancer Day which is celebrated each year on the 4th of February. Senator Aliyu Sabi cited Order 43 and drew the attention of the Senate to reports of kidnapping and banditry attacks in Niger State. PRESENTATION OF BILLS- First Reading 1. FCT University of Science and Technology, Abaji, Bill, 2020 (HB. 145) by Senate Leader. FCT University of Science and Technology, Abaji, Bill, 2020 (HB. 145) was read the First Time. 2. Federal University of Agriculture, Jalingo (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB. 1374) by Senate Leader. Federal University of Agriculture, Jalingo (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB. 1374) was read the First Time. 3. Fire Service Act CAP F29 LFN, 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 95) by Senator Gershom Bassey. Fire Service Act CAP F29 LFN, 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 95) was read the First Time. 4. Agricultural Industry and Modernization Bill, 2020 (SB. 231) by Senator Aliyu Sabi. Agricultural Industry and Modernization Bill, 2020 (SB. 231) was read the First Time. 5. School of Mines and Geological Studies Guyuk (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 267) by Senator Binos Yaroe. School of Mines and Geological Studies Guyuk (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 267) was read the First Time. PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF A REPORT 1. Report of the Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariffs on the Nigerian Customs Service 2020 Budget by Senator Francis Alimikhena. Senator Oluremi Tinubu seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariffs on the Nigerian Customs Service 2020 Budget. Senator Francis Alimikhena laid and presented the report. “We commend the customs for what they were able to achieve in 2019...”- Senator Solomon Adeola. “For us to pass this Budget, let us have a better understanding of this budget and the Committee chairman should explain it.”- Senator Gabriel Suswan. “The chairman of the Committee has done a good job. But as it is, this report is empty.”- Senator James Manager. “As a member of the Committee I stand to defend this report. If we have any issue we should go back to the Act we passed. The custom service must perform optimally and to this, I urge my colleagues to pass this budget.”- Senator Adamu Aliero. “Let me commend the Chairman of this Committee for doing a good job. The onus should be on the committee to ensure the report is adhered to.”- Senator Bassey Akpan. “This agency do not audit their account and they come here to ask for money and we give them. I think something should be done.”- Senator Matthew Urhoghide. “There is misplaced priority in the customs budget. There is no way this parliament can look at this and approve it. What we should be doing is to bring our institutions into what can make the country proud. We must stamp our feet and that is the only way we can be seen on the path of justice. “- Senator Bala Na’allah. “This is commendable however the point I want to state is that the committee need to take note of this particular issue. On the field, custom barracks is not conducive for the officers and when you see these barracks it is not befitting for them to come back to rest after their shift. We should see a place that is befitting of officers so that we can hold them accountable.”- Senator Aliyu Sabi. The report of the Committee was approved by the Senate. “The Customs Service is a revenue generating agency. Report of last year says the Customs Service performed so well that they even surpass their target. This is what we want. So if there is anything we will be doing it is to encourage them to perform and give them incentives so we are able to get more and more resources. We expect every Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to present their audited account before the end of December or at most the first quarter of next year. If any agency refuses or fails, we have every cogent reason to take a drastic measure when it comes to budget process.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON. CONSIDERATION OF A BILL- Second Reading 1. A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of a National Agency for Research and Management of Persons with Special Needs and for other related matters, 2020 (SB. 255) by Senator Betty Apiafi. Senator Betty Apiafi presented the lead debate. A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of a National Agency for Research and Management of Persons with Special Needs and for other related matters, 2020 (SB. 255) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the Bill to the Committee on Sports and Social Development 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 Wednesday, 5th February 2020. #GavelBangs Signed New Media Unit Office of the President of the Senate Federal Republic of Nigeria

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