PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF WEDNESDAY, 9TH OCTOBER, 2019.
Welcome to a new Legislative Day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria! Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 10:27am. Senator Amos Bulus moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Tuesday, 8th October 2019. Senator Kola Balogun seconded. ANNOUNCEMENT Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON announced that tomorrow is going to be a continuation of the debate. PRESENTATION OF BILLS- First Reading 1. Federal Polytechnic Daura Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 50) by Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita. Federal Polytechnic Daura Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 50) was read the First Time. 2. Modibo Adama University of Technology (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 51) by Senator Dahiru Aishatu. Modibo Adama University of Technology (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 51) was read the First Time. 3. National Rice Development Council Bill, 2019 (SB. 53) by Senator Bima Enagi. National Rice Development Council Bill, 2019 (SB. 53) was read the First Time. 4. National Health Insurance Commission Bill, 2019 (SB. 65) by Senator Oloriegbe Yahaya. National Health Insurance Commission Bill, 2019 (SB. 65) was read the First Time. 5. Sexual Harrassment Bill, 2019 (SB. 77) by Senator Omo-Agege Ovie. Sexual Harrassment Bill, 2019 (SB. 77) was read the First Time. 6. National Institute for Business Studies Nnewi, Anambra State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 78) by Senator Ubah Ifeanyi. National Institute for Business Studies Nnewi, Anambra State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 78) was read the First Time. 7. Federal College of Education Monguno, Borno State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 79) by Senator Kyari Abubakar. Federal College of Education Monguno, Borno State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 79) was read the First Time. PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS 1. Report of Ad-hoc Committee on Pipeline Explosions by Senator Ibrahim Gobir. That the Senate do receive the report of Ad-hoc Committee on the investigation of the cause(s) of the pipeline explosions in Komkom, Rivers State and Ijegun, Lagos State. Senator Aliyu Sabi seconded that the Senate do receive the report of Ad-hoc Committee on the investigation of the cause(s) of the pipeline explosions in Komkom, Rivers State and Ijegun, Lagos State. The Report was LAID. 2. Report of Committee on Communications on the screening of nomination of Barrister Adeleke M. Adewole for confirmation as Executive Commissioner on the governing board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) by Senator Oluremi Tinubu. Senator Uche Ekwunife seconded that the Senate do receive and consider the report of Committee on Communications on the screening of nomination of Barrister Adeleke M. Adewole for confirmation as Executive Commissioner on the governing board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Senator Oluremi Tinubu laid and presented the report. “South East should be included in the Nigerian Communications Commission’s Governing Board. Every zone of this country must be represented. This is an opportunity to correct this anomaly.”- Senator Uche Ekwunife. “I cite Section 53 to buttress Senator Uche’s point. I want to appeal to the Chairman of the Federal Character Committee to look into appointments from now henceforth.”- Senator Rochas Okorocha. “Chairman, Federal Character Committee should investigate this and do something to reflect the presence of the south east as the law provides for. “- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole to consider the Nomination of Barrister Adeleke M. Adewolu for confirmation as Executive Commissioner on the governing board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress. The Nomination of Barrister Adeleke M. Adewolu as Executive Commissioner on the Governing Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission was CONFIRMED. “I must confess that the NCC has not been doing well, we still have so many unregistered sim cards, some of the Telecommunication Companies still do not pay the necessary taxes. Nigerians still do not enjoy quality services from the Telecommunication Companies.”- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON. CONSIDERATION OF A BILL- Second Reading 1. A Bill for an Act to authorize the issue from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation the total sum of N10,330,416,607,347 (Ten Trillion, Three Hundred and Thirty Billion, Four Hundred and Sixteen Million, Six Hundred and Seven Thousand, Three Hundred and Forty-Seven Naira) only, of which N556,700,827,235 (Five Hundred and Fifty-Six Billion, Seven Hundred Million, Eight Hundred and Twenty-Seven Thousand, Two Hundred and Thirty-Five Naira) only is for Statutory Transfers, N2,748,598,930,000 (Two Trillion, Seven Hundred and Forty-Eight Billion, Five Hundred and Ninety-Eight Million, Nine Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira) only is for Debt Service, N4,880,309,549,778 (Four Trillion, Eight Hundred and Eighty Billion, Three Hundred and Nine Million, Five Hundred and Forty-Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy-Eight Naira) only is for Recurrent (Non-Debt) Expenditure while the sum of N2,144,807,300,334 (Two Trillion, One Hundred and Forty-Four Billion, Eight Hundred and Seven Million, Three Hundred Thousand, Three Hundred and Thirty Four Naira) only is for contribution to the Development Fund for Capital Expenditure for the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2020 by Senate Leader. “This is nothing but a budget of taxation. I urge the Senate to look at that fact as it is not a sustainable budget. Debt servicing is higher than capital expenditure. We are still struggling. I second the budget presentation by the Senate Leader.”- Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe. “This is a budget of continued change. This government is on the right trajectory. This budget has addressed how the micro and medium small enterprises will play a key role in building the Nigerian economy. This budget will continue the change and ensure our citizens see a better economy.”- Senator Aliyu Sabi. “I commend Mr. President for bringing an ambitious budget; the deficit worries me, there is a correspondence borrowing increase; we need to do something in this Chamber by way of legislation to address borrowing.”- Senator Gabriel Suswam. “We need to enhance the welfare of uniformed men and women so that they can keep us safe. We should stop reckless spending, we should be prudent in spending.”- Senator Barau Jibrin “We need to ensure that Government Agencies block all leakages.”- Senator Ike Ekweremadu. “We should be able to see how portable water will be available to all Nigerians so that they can become more healthy. On agriculture, we have to do more! I am in support of the current policy of the government in increasing VAT. This will address the deficit we have and debt recorded.”- Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe. “I am pleased with Mr. President for this budget and I urge that this administration should look into improving electricity as it is important to economic development.”- Senator Buhari Abdulfatai. “We hope that the executive will continue on this path to submit budget on time. This is positive development.”- Senator Olubunmi Adetunbi. “We must look at balancing the oil reserve; to address the issue of power in this country, we must pull power from the exclusive list to the concurrent list. we must be able to get our security architecture correctly to enable people go back to farms. We should take more money to defense and interior to provide the security we need for people to go to their farms. We must make projections that reduces the deficit. We should increase our capital expenditure.”- Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo. “I commend both the executive and legislative arms for the appropriate timing of the 2020 Appropriation Bill.”- Senator Bamidele Opeyemi. “I think the UBEC budget is small, we have to look into it as an assembly. I believe we should also invest more in health.”- Senator Uba Sani. ADJOURNMENT Senate Leader moved that plenary be adjourned to another legislative day. Minority Leader seconded. Plenary is adjourned to Thursday, 10th October, 2019. #GavelBangs Signed New Media Department Office of the President of the Senate Federal Republic of Nigeria