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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF WEDNESDAY, 25TH Sept. , 2019PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE

Welcome to a new Legislative Day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria! Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 10:11am. ‪Senator Suleiman Abdu Kwari moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Tuesday, 24th September 2019. Senator Francis Fadshunsi seconded.‬ ‪EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATION ‬ Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan read a letter from Mr. President on the submission of the 2020-2023 MTEF/FSP. PRESENTATION OF BILLS- First Reading 1. National Assembly Inauguration Bill, 2019 (SB. 4) by Senator Suswam Gabriel. National Assembly Inauguration Bill, 2019 (SB. 4) was read the FIRST TIME. 2. Lagos State Special Economic Assistance Programme (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 3) by Senator Tinubu Oluremi. Lagos State Special Economic Assistance Programme (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 3) was read the FIRST TIME. MOTIONS 1. The need to make development aids more effective to work for Nigerians by Senator Oloriegbe Yahaya. “As I speak, there are about 75 NGOs scattered in Maiduguri that nobody knows what they do.”- Senator Ali Ndume. “A lot of resources are given to non-state actors without knowing what they are used for.”- Senator Ajibola Bashiru. Senate resolved to: 1. Direct the National Planning Commission to develop a policy framework that creates mechanisms for development cooperation and aid effectiveness in Nigeria; 2. Direct the relevant standing Committee to monitor the implementation of resolution (1) and produce any necessary legal framework that would ensure the attainment of the objectives; 3. Direct the relevant standing Committee that oversee Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) who are beneficiaries of development aids/ grants to request for, analyze and consider such aid/ grants in appropriation of funds for the MDAs activities; and 4. Advise the State Planning Commissions and House of Assemblies to domesticate and implement federal policies and laws that will enable the states to achieve aids effectiveness. “This is also an important topic that forms our legislative agenda. Aids to Nigeria should not be treated like it is treated elsewhere. We need a framework that will ensure that if there is any aid given to us, it must be for the benefit of our people.”- Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan. 2. The impact of border closure on the Nigerian economy by Senator Adamu Aliero. “I rise to second and support this motion. One reason I am rising up is because my Senatorial district borders Benin Republic. We must commend Mr. President for closing down borders to curb the activities of smugglers.”- Senator Adeola Solomon. “The way forward is to engage countries that border us and patrol our borders. Let us as a Senate give Mr. President the support he needs to secure our borders.”- Senator Gabriel Suswam. “Temporary closure of borders does not change economic situations in Nigeria. The closure of border is good for security but not good for the economy.”- Senator Musa Sani. “On security, the border closure is the best decision because most people killing Nigerians are not Nigerians. It is good to close the border and look inward to put things in order in the aspect of security.”- Senator Emmanuel Bwacha. “In our deliberations, we should not talk about asking Mr. President to give a specific date to the closing of the border because he may have an information we may not have.”- Senator Sam Egwu. Senate resolved to: 1. Commend the President-C-in-C on the very patriotic decision to temporarily shut down all our land borders in order to rectify the deteriorating effect on our country of persistent smuggling of products that negatively affect the Nigerian economy’s decline the well-being of our nation; 2. Urge the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Interior to increase diplomatic outreach to the government of the Republic of Benin, Cameroon, Niger and Chad to take urgent measures to stop their countries from being used as smuggling base to perpetuate the illegal importation of unwanted goods into Nigeria; 3. Commend the Nigerian Customs Service and the Security Services for their role in intensifying the curbing of smuggling across the borders and assure them that the Nigerian Senate is with them in their onerous task of ridding Nigeria of smuggled goods and services; 4. Reassure friendly countries around the world that the border closure should not be perceived as a punitive measure targeted at them but a necessary action to save our economy from collapse and protect our people from terrorism and insecurity; 5. Direct the Committee on Customs and Tariff, Trade and Investment and Interior to review the border closure and recommend sustainable resolution; and 6. Review the country’s border control mechanism. “Thank you my Distinguished colleagues for the various contributions made. We are here to serve our people. We hope the resolutions made are strictly adhered to by the various agencies of the government.”-Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan. 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, 26th September, 2019. #GavelBangs Signed New Media Department Office of the President of the Senate Federal Republic of Nigeria

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