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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF WEDNESDAY, 18TH DECEMBER, 2019. 

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 10:45am. EXECUTIVE SESSION Senate moved into an Executive Session at 10:49am and resumed from its Executive Session at 11:29am. 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 Yakubu Oseni moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Tuesday, 17th December, 2019. Senator Abba Moro seconded. PETITIONS Senator Binos Yaroe raised a petition on behalf of his constituency member on his unjust suspension. Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe also raised a petition on behalf of his constituency member on his non payment of salary. Senators George Sekibo and Stella Oduah also raised petitions on behalf of their constituency members. 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. POINT OF ORDER Senator Francis Fadahunsi cited Orders 42 & 52 and moved a motion on the death of a Professor of Medicine, Professor Jerome Elusiyan who was brutally murdered in Edo State “I rise to second this motion. It was a rude shock to us that this thing happened to an elederly scholar. Finding the persons who committed this dastardly act will be a step in the right direction.”- Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe. Senate resolved to: 1. Mandate the Police authority to do thorough investigation of the killing towards apprehending the assailant and bring them to justice; 2. Observe a minute silence in honor of the elder scholar who died in active service to his father land; and 3. Urge the government to place high priority on the safety of all Nigerian citizens particularly during and after this festive period. PRESENTATION OF BILLS- First Reading 1. Physically Challenged (Empowerment) Bill, 2019 (HB. 2) by Senate Leader. Physically Challenged (Empowerment) Bill, 2019 (HB. 2) was read the First Time. 2. Students Loans (Access to Higher Education) Bill, 2019 (HB. 6) by Senate Leader. Students Loans (Access to Higher Education) Bill, 2019 (HB. 6) was read the First Time. 3. National Commission for the Prohibition of Small Arms and Light Weapons (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 283) by Senator Smart Adeyemi. National Commission for the Prohibition of Small Arms and Light Weapons (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 283) was read the First Time. 4. Federal Colleges of Education Bill, 2019 (SB. 284) by Senator Barau Jibrin. Federal Colleges of Education Bill, 2019 (SB. 284) was read the First Time. 5. Commodity and Grains Board (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 285) by Senator Adeyemi Oriolowo. Commodity and Grains Board (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 285) was read the First Time. PRESENTATION OF A REPORT Report of the Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on the 2020 FCT Appropriation Bill, 2019 (SB. 270) by Senator Abubakar Kyari. Senator Abba Moro seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on the 2020 FCT Appropriation Bill, 2019 (SB. 270). The report was LAID. EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS 1. Confirmation of the nomination for appointment as Chairman and Mrmbers of National Assembly Service Commission by Senate Leader. -That the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-n-C on the confirmation of the nomination of the following persons for appointment as Chairman and members of National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) in accordance with the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) Act as amended 2010. 1. Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi, Chairman (Yobe, North East); 2. Babagana Modu, Member (Borno, North East); 3. Sen. Abubakar Tutare (Taraba, North East); 4. Hakeem Akamo (Lagos, South West); 5. Tunrayo Akintomide (Ondo, South West); 6. Atanomeyorwi Francis (Delta, South South); 7. Engr. Bassey Etuk (Akwa-Ibom); 8. Hon. Bailyaminu Yusuf Shinkafi (Zamfara, North West); 9. Sani Saidu Kazaure (Jigawa, North West); 10. Sen. Julius Ucha (Ebonyi, South East); 11. Nnamdi Anyaechie (Imo, South East); 12. Auwalu Aliyu Ohindase (Kogi, North Central); and 13. Muazu Is’haq (Nasarawa, North Central). Minority Leader seconded that the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-n-C on the confirmation of the nomination of the following persons for appointment as Chairman and members of National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) in accordance with the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) Act as amended 2010. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the executive communication to the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters to report within two (2) weeks. 2. Confirmation of appointment of two (2) additional nominees as members of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria by Senate Leader. -That the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-n-C on the Confirmation of appointment of two (2) additional nominees as members of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria in accordance with Section 3(1)(d)(ii) and (iii) of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Act, 2006. 1. Dr. Bala Muhammad (Representative of Jama’atul Nasril Islam); and 2. Mr. Yusuf Chinedozi Nwoha (Representative of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs). Minority Leader seconded that the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President C-n-C on the Confirmation of appointment of two (2) additional nominees as members of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria in accordance with Section 3(1)(d)(ii) and (iii) of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Act, 2006. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the executive communication to the Committee on Foreign Affairs to report within two (2) weeks. CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS 1. Report of the Committee on Communications on the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) Budget proposal for the year 2020 by Senator Ibrahim Bomai. Senator Ibrahim Bomai presented the report of the Committee. The report was APPROVED. 2. Report of the Committee on Communications on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Budget proposal for the year 2020 by Senator Ibrahim Bomai. Senator Ibrahim Bomai presented the report of the Committee. The report was APPROVED. 3. Report of the Joint Committee on Navy, Marine Transport and Finance on the investigation of Illegal security activities by Ocean Marine Solutions Limited (OMSL) at the Secure Anchorage Area (SAA) of Lagos Ports by Senator George Sekibo. Senator George Sekibo presented the report of the Committee. “This report is way too one-sided because the facts are not presented there. The government wants to take charge of the security so I believe we should not take the interest of anybody against the interest of Nigeria. This report is lopsided and it will not help the economy of the country.”- Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita. “For now we cannot chase away this company and open our waterways for piracy. The security is still in the hands of Nigerian Navy which is constitutionally mandated. For now it is dangerous to chase them away and create a vacuum.”- Senator Danjuma Goje. “This document that has been given to us is enough document for us to research to know everything aside the report presented to us. All stakeholders that have anything to do with this were invited and testimonies were taken. Nigerian Navy said they were in shortage of over 150 vessels to secure our waterways. What this recommendation has done is to reflect exactly what happened at the Committee level.”- Senator Solomon Adeola. “What I got from the media before this Committee went into action was that somebody was given a job that ought to have been done by the Nigerian Navy and is ripping the country off. But from this report, the Navy do not have the vessel to do the job. Why should an agency of Nigeria want to risk all cargo coming into the country? We need to know why. I think that we must at all times put the interest of this country first and it includes the ease of doing business must take precedence. If you leave the company to walk away, the Nigerian Navy does not have the capacity to patrol our shores. I do not see why a private company will have the capacity to protect our shores and the Navy do not have the capacity.”- Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe. “It is a a big issue for us and it is unfortunate we are discussing it in plenary that the Nigerian Navy has only one functioning ship to secure the waterways. As giant of Africa, we should have many and we are talking about one. This is a challenge to all of us and we have to do something for the Nigerian Navy. I believe that we should go ahead and consider the recommendations. I have an issue with recommendation two that the OMSL should be commended. They are making money and are not doing this for free.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON. The report was APPROVED. PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS 1. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal University of Gashua (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 152) by Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita. Senator Bello Mandiya seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal University of Gashua (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 152). Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita laid and presented the report. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal University of Gashua (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 152). Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress. Federal University of Gashua (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 152) was read the THIRD time and PASSED. 2. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal Polytechnic Orogun Delta State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 34) by Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita. Senator Kabiru Gaya seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal Polytechnic Orogun Delta State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 34). Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita laid and presented the report. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal Polytechnic Orogun Delta State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 34). Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress. Federal Polytechnic Orogun Delta State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 34) was read the THIRD time and PASSED. 3. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal College of Education Illo (Est. etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 6) by Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita. Senator Adamu Aliero seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal College of Education Illo (Est. etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 6). Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita laid and presented the report. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal College of Education Illo (Est. etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 6). Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress. Federal College of Education Illo (Est. etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 6) was read the THIRD time and PASSED. 4. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal University of Education Kontagora (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 5) by Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita. Senator Ovie Omo-Agege seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal University of Education Kontagora (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 5). Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita laid and presented the report. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal University of Education Kontagora (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 5). Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress. Federal University of Education Kontagora (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 5) was read the THIRD time and PASSED. 5. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal Polytechnic Daura Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 50) by Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita. Senator Bello Mandiya seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal Polytechnic Daura Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 50). Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita laid and presented the report. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal Polytechnic Daura Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 50). Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress. Federal Polytechnic Daura Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 50) was read the THIRD time and PASSED. 6. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Modibo Adama University of Technology (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 51) by Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita. Senator Yusuf A. Yusuf seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Modibo Adama University of Technology (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 51). Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita laid and presented the report. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Modibo Adama University of Technology (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 51). Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress. Modibo Adama University of Technology (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 51) was read the THIRD time and PASSED. 7. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal University of Agriculture and Technology Funtua (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 150) by Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita. Senator Ibrahim Gobir seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal University of Agriculture and Technology Funtua (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 150). Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita laid and presented the report. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal University of Agriculture and Technology Funtua (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 150). Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress. Federal University of Agriculture and Technology Funtua (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 150) was read the THIRD time and PASSED. 8. Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions on the confirmation of Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu for appointment as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) by Senator Uba Sani. Senator Bima Enagi seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions on the confirmation of Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu for appointment as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). Senator Uba Sani laid and presented the report. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions on the confirmation of Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu for appointment as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress. The appointment of Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu was confirmed as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). 9. Report of the Committee on Finance on the confirmation of the following persons for appointment of Chairman and Members of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) by Senator Solomon Adeola. 1. Muhammed Mamman Nami, Executive Chairman (north-central). REPRESENTATIVES OF GEOPOLITICAL ZONES 2. James Yakwen Ayuba, Member (north-central); 3. Ado Danjuma, Member (north-west); 4. Adam Baba Mohammed, Member (north-east); 5. A. Ikeme Osakwe, Member (south-east); 6. Adewale Ogunyomade, Member (south-west); 7. Ehile Adetola Aibangbee, Member (south-south). REPRESENTATIVES OF MDAs 8. Ladidi Bara’atu Mohammed, Member (Attorney-General of the Federation); 9. Godwin I. Emefiele, Member (Central Bank of Nigeria); 10. Fatima Hayatu, Member (Ministry of Finance); 11. Maagba S. Adaa, Member (Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission); 12. Umar Ajiya, Member (Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation); 13. DCG. T.M Isah, Member (Nigeria Customs Service); and 14. Registrar General, Member (Corporate Affairs Commission). Senator Isah Jibrin seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Finance on the confirmation of the following persons for appointment of Chairman and Members of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Senator Solomon Adeola laid and presented the report. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the report of the Committee on Finance on the confirmation of the following persons for appointment of Chairman and Members of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress. The nomination of Muhammed Mamman Nami was confirmed as Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service The nomination of James Yakwen Ayuba was confirmed as a board member of the Federal Inland Revenue Service. The nomination of Ado Danjuma was confirmed as a board member of the Federal Inland Revenue Service. The nomination of Adam Baba Mohammed was confirmed as a board member of the Federal Inland Revenue Service. The nomination of A. Ikeme Osakwe was confirmed as a board member of the Federal Inland Revenue Service. The nomination of Adewale Ogunyomade was confirmed as a board member of the Federal Inland Revenue Service. The nomination of Ehile Adetola Aibangbee was confirmed as a board member of the Federal Inland Revenue Service. “Congratulations to the new Chairman and board members of FIRS. They are coming at a time when our problem as a country is how to generate revenues. They have a lot of work to do and this Senate will work with them to meet their target. We wish them the best of luck and our Committee on Finance will continue to engage with them.”- 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 Thursday, 19th December 2019. #GavelBangs Signed New Media Unit Office of the President of the Senate Federal Republic of Nigeria

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