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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF WEDNESDAY, 19TH 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 10:35am. ‪Senator Kabir Barkiya‬ ‪moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Tuesday, 18th February 2020. Senator Kola Balogun seconded.‬ POINT OF ORDER Senator Sam Egwu cited Order 43 and informed the Senate on the demise of a literary Icon, Chukwuemeka Ike, the man who pioneered the establishment of WAEC and authored many literary works. Senate resolved to: Observe a minute silence. PRESENTATION OF BILLS- First Reading 1. 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 319) by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 319) was read the First Time. 2. 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 320) by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 320) was read the First Time. 3. 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 73) by Senator Istifanus Gyang. 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 73) was read the First Time. 4. 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 336) by Senator Ibrahim Gobir. 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (SB. 336) was read the First Time. 5. Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 333) by Senator Uche Ekwunife. Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 333) was read the First Time. CONSIDERATION OF BILLS- Second Reading 1. A Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Civil Defence Academy Pandogari to serve as an institution of high level manpower development, with a mandate to train civil defence officers to acquire and attain the highest standards of professionalism and award such certificate as may be approved by the relevant academic regulatory body from time to time and for other related matters 2020 (SB. 242) by Senator Sani Musa. “This Bill is timely and germane. We need to support this Bill because we do not want security officials to be battling what his roles and duties are. I want to plead with our colleagues to take this Bill seriously. I rise to second this Bill and crave the indulgence of my colleagues to support this Bill.”- Senator Emmanuel Bwacha. “I rise to lend my voice to the support of this Bill. It is necessary and it is time for NSCDC to have an academy of its own. I so support this Bill.”- Senator Abba Moro. “I urge my colleagues to support this very important Bill so the civil defence can have a place to conduct their own training.”- Senator Gabriel Suswam. “When we see a good thing, we know it. Training the NSCDC will be an added advantage to community policing. We must prepare for the insecurity ahead. I support Senator Sani Musa for coming up with this Bill.”- Senator Rochas Okorocha. “Yes we have insecurity in Nigeria but I am not quite sure setting up this academy is the solution. The existing paramilitary school what has happened to them? For me, going forward i think we should be improving on what we have.”- Senator Teslim Folarin. “I rise to support this Bill, the establishment of this academy will address the level of unemployment in Nigeria. Then the issue of compensation to the land owner from the economic point of view would have a quantum leap in their standard of living and reduce the poverty rate in that area.”- Senator Isah Jibrin. A Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Civil Defence Academy Pandogari to serve as an institution of high level manpower development, with a mandate to train civil defence officers to acquire and attain the highest standards of professionalism and award such certificate as may be approved by the relevant academic regulatory body from time to time and for other related matters 2020 (SB. 242) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the Bill to the Committee on Interior to report in four (4) weeks. “This is one piece of legislation that will support our efforts in enhancing the capacity of security agencies. What we are doing is to ensure the commitment of National Assembly and the Senate to ensure we enhance the capacity of the security agencies to perform optimally.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON. 2. A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal University of Environment Technology, Saakpenwa Ogoni and for other matters connected there with, 2020 (SB. 200) by Senator Barinada Mpigi. “This Bill is one bill that deserve all our support.I do believe that the establishment of this university will be of good importance and so I rise to wholeheartedly support this Bill.”- Senator Sandy Onor. “The need to establish this university is very essential.”- Senator Biodun Olujimi. “I also rise to support this Bill. The sponsor of this Bill has taken us to Ogoni and why we need to establish this university. I urge all my colleagues to support this Bill and I want to believe this is a Bill that will attract the attention of President Buhari and would go a long way in supporting some of the problems we have in the country.”- Senator James Manager. “When this Bill is established, it will do a lot of things and help the community. Able bodied men and women in the community would have something doing and help curb vices.”- Senator Ibikunle Amosun. A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal University of Environment Technology, Saakpenwa Ogoni and for other matters connected there with, 2020 (SB. 200) 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. 3. A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Nigeria National Commission against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and for related matters, 2020 (SB. 283) by Senator Smart Adeyemi. “I will say that this Bill speaks to the concern of all of us. The prohibition of small arms has become a special issue that needs special solution. If this commission is put in place it will go a long way in restructuring the security architecture of the country.”- Senator Basiru Ajibola. “The Bill is apt and timely considering the security situation we are facing in Nigeria today. It is right in time to set up a commission to be in charge of proliferation of arms in Nigeria.”- Senator Adamu Aliero. “I support this Bill and urge everyone to support this so we can pass it because this is a very important Bill.”- Senator Ibrahim Gobir. “I support this Bill.”- Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi. “This is one of the Bills that will help us in the country. I am supporting this Bill to enhance the security of this nation.”- Senator Bihari Abdulfatai. “We should take this Bill to ECOWAS to give it a global look. I think this will be a better approach to check this menace.”- Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita. A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Nigeria National Commission against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and for related matters, 2020 (SB. 283) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the Bill to the Committee on National Security and Intelligence to report in four (4) weeks. 4. A Bill for an Act to establish the Police Academy Wudil, Kano as a degree awarding institution and for related matters, 2020 (SB. 182) by Senator Jika Halliru. “I am in support of this Bill that establishes Police Academy.”- Senator Aishatu Dahiru. “Police Academy is very important and I would like to support this Bill.”- Senator Betty Apiafi. “This Bill touches on manpower development and capacity building for our security personnel. I support this Bill and urge my colleagues to support this Bill.”- Senator Basiru Ajibola. “For the last two weeks, the Senate has been discoing security related bills and motions. We want to see the security improve and that is why we are doing what we are doing. We will do our best to pass this Bill and I am sure the Executive would sign this. These are Bills that are so important to the security architecture of this country. I want to congratulate all of us who have sponsored those Bills especially those who have made numerous contributions.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON. A Bill for an Act to establish the Police Academy Wudil, Kano as a degree awarding institution and for related matters, 2020 (SB. 182) was read the Second Time. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON referred the Bill to the Committee on National Security and Intelligence to report in four (4) weeks. 5. A Bill for an Act to amend the Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act CAP E4 LFN 2004 to expressly provide that the college of Agriculture shall benefit from fund and for related matters, 2020 (SB. 93) by Senator Adamu Abdullahi. “I am not adding much to what Senator Adamu has said, there should not be further argument on this Bill. ‪A Bill for an Act to amend the Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act CAP E4 LFN 2004 to expressly provide that the college of Agriculture shall benefit from fund and for related matters, 2020 (SB. 93) 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. 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, 20th February 2020. #GavelBangs Signed New Media Unit Office of the President of the Senate Federal Republic of Nigeria

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