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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF WEDNESDAY, 5TH 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 10:22am. ‪Senator Bima Enagi moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Tuesday, 4th February 2020. Senator Kola Balogun seconded.‬ ‪PETITIONS‬ Senator Elisha Abbo raised a petition on behalf of a constituency member who was shot by a soldier at close range which led to his leg being amputated. Senator Bassey Akpan also raised a petition. 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 Isah Jibrin cited Orders 42 and 52 and moved a motion on the communal clashes in Local Governments across Kogi State. “I rise to support this motion. The level of damages in those areas are so much that it is beyond what the state government can fix. I urge the federal government to come to our aid.”- Senator Yakubu Oseni. Senate resolved to: 1. Urge the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to assist the affected communities with shelter, educational and health facilities; and 2. Equally urge the Ministry to provide minimal seed capitals for women and youths in the affected communities to facilitate their various economic activities. Senator Clifford Ordia cited Order 43 and informed the Senate that on the 17th of December 2019, the Senate mandated the Committee on Local and Foreign Debts to consider Mr. President’s request on the 2016-2018 borrowing plan and the Committee was given two (2) weeks to submit the report. Eighteen (18) beneficiary ministries, only eight (8) have appeared before the Committee hence the delay in the submission of the report. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON urged the Ministries who are yet to appear before the Committee to do so between now and Monday, 10th February, 2020 and gives the Committee two (2) weeks to submit the report. PRESENTATION OF BILLS- First Reading 1. River Basin Development Act CAP R9 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 297) by Senator Ike Ekweremadu. River Basin Development Act CAP R9 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 297) was read the First Time. 2. Federal College of Education Idare Ondo State (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 300) by Senator Ayo Akinyelure. Federal College of Education Idare Ondo State (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 300) was read the First Time. 3. Federal University of Education Abudu Edo State (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 305) by Senator Matthew Urhoghide. Federal University of Education Abudu Edo State (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 305) was read the First Time. 4. Nursing and Midwifery(Registration etc) Act CAP N143 LFN (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 306) by Senator Mohammed Hassan. Nursing and Midwifery(Registration etc) Act CAP N143 LFN (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (SB. 306) was read the First Time. 5. Anti-Corruption Court (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 307) by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha. Anti-Corruption Court (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 307) was read the First Time. SECURITY BRIEFING Security briefing Nigerian security challenges: urgent need to restructure, review and reorganize by Senate Leader. -That the Senate do receive and consider the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to brief the Distinguished Senate on the concept and practical implementation modalities of Community Policing Policy. Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole in a Closed Door Session at 10:59am and resumed at 2:52pm. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON reported that at the Closed Door Session of the Committee of the Whole, the Senate was briefed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) on security challenges in the country on the concept and practical implementation of modalities of community policing policy. Thereafter, he answered questions bordering on national security challenges, banditry assaults of major roads across the country, illegal circulation of firearms and encouraging synergy between the Federal and State Governments from Distinguished Senators. The Senate thereafter resolved to support the Nigerian Police through legislative interventions. The Police Force was further encouraged to be more proactive operationally to protect the lives and properties of our citizens. PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS 1. Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the confirmation of nominations 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 by Senator Shekarau Ibrahim. 1. Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi, Chairman (Yobe, North East); 2. Babagana Modu, Member (Borno, North East); 3. Sen. Abubakar Tutare, Member (Taraba, North East); 4. Hakeem Akamo, Member (Lagos, South West); 5. Tunrayo Akintomide, Member (Ondo, South West); 6. Atanomeyorwi Francis, Member (Delta, South South); 7. Bassey Etuk, Member (Akwa-Ibom); 8. Hon. Bailyaminu Yusuf Shinkafi, Member (Zamfara, North West); 9. Sani Saidu Kazaure, Member (Jigawa, North West); 10. Sen. Julius Ucha, Member (Ebonyi, South East); 11. Nnamdi Anyaechie, Member (Imo, South East); 12. Auwalu Aliyu Ohindase, Member (Kogi, North Central); and 13. Muazu Is’haq, Member (Nasarawa, North Central). Senator Ibikunle Amosun seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the confirmation of nominations 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. Senator Shekarau Ibrahim laid and presented the report. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the confirmation of nominations for appointment as Chairman and Members of National Assembly Service Commission. Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress. The nomination of Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi was confirmed as Chairman of the National Assembly Service Commission. The nomination of Babagana Modu was confirmed as Member of the National Assembly Service Commission. The nomination of Sen. Abubakar Tutare was confirmed as Member of the National Assembly Service Commission. The nomination of Hakeem Akamo was confirmed as Member of the National Assembly Service Commission. The nomination of Tunrayo Akintomide was confirmed as Member of the National Assembly Service Commission. The nomination of Atanomeyorwi Francis was confirmed as Member of the National Assembly Service Commission. The nomination of Bassey Etuk was confirmed as Member of the National Assembly Service Commission. The nomination of Hon. Bailyaminu Yusuf Shinkafi was confirmed as Member of the National Assembly Service Commission. The nomination of Sani Saidu Kazaure was confirmed as Member of the National Assembly Service Commission. The nomination of Sen. Julius Ucha was confirmed as Member of the National Assembly Service Commission. The nomination of Auwalu Aliyu Ohindase was confirmed as Member of the National Assembly Service Commission. The nomination of Muazu Is’haq was confirmed as Member of the National Assembly Service Commission. The nomination of Nnamdi Anyaechie was stood down. 2. ‪Report of the Committee on Communications on the confirmation of the nomination of the following persons for appointment as Chairman and Member of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) by Senator Ibrahim Bomai.‬ 1. ‪Professor Adeolu Akande - Chairman (South West).‬ 2. ‪Mr. Uche Onwude - Member (South East).‬ Senator Bassey Akpan seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the report‪ of the Committee on Communications on the confirmation of the nomination of the following persons for appointment as Chairman and Member of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).‬ ‪Senator Ibrahim Bomai laid and presented the report.‬ “Let me commend the committee for a good job they have done so far. Senator Biyi Durojaiye was not allowed to resign as Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) from office before his termination was announced on the news. For the sake of dignity, he should be allowed to resign before terminating his appointment.”- Senator Solomon Adeola. “The Senate did not initiate the nomination, the Senate received the nomination from Mr President and Senate only confirmed at that time. I want to remind you that the prerogative of nomination lies with the Executive. This senate will only try to do justice. I really sympathize with the situation and as someone who served here, I sympathize with his cause.‪”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON.‬ ‪COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE‬ ‪Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the confirmation of the nomination of the above persons for appointment as Chairman and Member of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).‬ ‪Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.‬ ‪The nomination of Professor Adeolu Akande was confirmed as Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission ‬ ‪The nomination of Mr. Uche Onwude was confirmed as Member of the Nigerian Communications Commission.‬ 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, 6th February 2020. #GavelBangs Signed New Media Unit Office of the President of the Senate Federal Republic of Nigeria

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