PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF TUESDAY, 24TH SEPTEMBER, 2019
Welcome to a new Legislative Day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan lead the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 10:07am.
Senate moved into an Executive Session at 10:17am and resumed from its Executive Session at 11:19am.
Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan 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.
Senate resolved to:
1. Inaugurate all its Committees on Wednesday, 25th September 2019; and
2. Await the presentation of the budget and MTEF.
Senator Akwashiki Godiya moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Tuesday, 30th July 2019. Senator Balogun Kola seconded.
POINT OF ORDER
Senator Barkiya Abdullahi cited Orders 42 & 52 and spoke on the incessant killings by armed bandits in Katsina State.
“This is an unfortunate incident and it is a reoccurring one, we need to work very hard to ensure our agencies are strengthened. I sympathize with our people in Katsina State.”- Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan.
Senate resolved to:
1. Urge the Federal Government through NEMA to come to the aid of the affected persons in form of relief materials;
2. Urge the Federal Government to strengthen our security agencies to gear up their activities in the State; and
3. Mandate all relevant Committees of the Senate to look into this matter.
Senator Bamidele Opeyemi cited Order 42 and spoke on the need to invite the Honorable Minister of Justice, Attorney General of the Federation and other relevant stakeholders to brief the relevant Committees of the Senate on the 9.6 US dollar judgment debt on Nigeria by a Uk industrial court.
Senate resolved to:
Invite the Honorable Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation in the company of other stakeholders including officials of NNPC and professional arbitrators to comprehensively brief the relevant Committees of the Senate on the details of the 2010 contract.
Senator Ajibola Bashiru cited Order 43 and informed the Senate on the recent xenophobic attack on Nigerians and some other African countries in South Africa.
“During the recess, the Senate Committee on Diaspora and Civil Society Organizations sought intervention on behalf of the Senate by inviting the Hon. Min. For Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama for briefing and also had a meeting with Chairman NIDCOM Mrs. Abike Dabiri.”- Senator Ajibola Bashiru.
“A Nigerian airline volunteered to airlift Nigerians in Diaspora. We must commend the effort of Air Peace Flight.”- Senator Ajibola Bashiru.
PRESENTATION OF BILLS - First Reading
1. Nigerian Transportation Accident Investigation Bureau (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 1) by Senator Na’allah Bala.
Nigerian Transportation Accident Investigation Bureau (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 1) was read the FIRST TIME.
2. Criminal Code Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 2) by Senator Tinubu Oluremi.
Criminal Code Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 2) was read the FIRST TIME.
PRESENTATION OF A REPORT
1. Report of the Ad-hoc Committee on the investigation of the use of Avastin Injection for eye treatment by National Eye Centre, Kaduna by Senator Matthew Urhoghide.
Senator Oloriegbe Yahaya seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Ad-hoc Committee on the investigation of the use of Avastin Injection for eye treatment by National Eye Centre, Kaduna.
The Report was LAID.
1. Urgent need to revive the palm oil industry in Nigeria by Senator Onyewuchi Ezenwa.
“The support for the Bill means we all want Nigeria to move forward. Those institutions we have put in place in the oil palm sector are going down while their counter parts abroad are going up. We need to take drastic measures because the Ministry of Agriculture have abandoned all research institutes over the past 10years as most of the funds have been taken away from the Institutes.”- Senator Aliyu Sabi.
“We need to go back to this product in order to bring Nigeria back to its glory.”- Senator Orji Uzor.
“I support this motion.”- Senator T.A Orji.
“The Senate should ensure that funds released to research institutes are well utilized. All our research institutes must be revived.”- Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Senate resolved to:
1. Urge the Federal Government to accelerate its policies on diversification of the economy and support improved production of palm oil to meet not only domestic needs of the market but also increase exports in order to improve forex earnings;
2. Urge the Federal Government to revive the moribund Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) in Benin to improve investment in research and population of quality oil palm seeds;
3. Urge the Federal Government to give grants and provide seedlings to local farmers who are engaged in palm produce and plantation;
4. Urge the Federal Government and other relevant MDAs to encourage private sector investment in palm oil production by providing incentives, tax breaks and soft loans to ease their business;
5. Urge the Ministries of Agriculture at the Federal and State levels to set up production bases that can sustain high-yielding palm seedlings through the Presidential Initiative to drive accelerated revival of oil palm products and exports trades; and
6. Mandate the Senate Committee on Agriculture to investigate the challenges of developing the palm oil industry and report to the Senate within 2 weeks.
“We are going to task our Committees to create a roadmap for agriculture by engaging with MDAs. We must not sit back and wait for Ministers, we should push them.”- Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan.
2. The deteriorating status of the Police College locates at Tai Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State and its implication to rising insecurities in the state and the nation by Senator Mpigi Barinada.
“If we must get a modern police we must invest in their training. We will have to dedicate adequate funds that will enable us get the type of police force we need.”- Senator Gyang Dung.
Senate resolved to:
1. Urge the Inspector General of the Nigerian Police (IGP) to intervene in the deteriorating condition of the Police College in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State as a matter of national security to restore it to acceptable and fit environment with office building facilities, hospital and staffing compliments worthy of a standard Police College;
2. Urge the Nigerian Police Service Commission to take adequate measures and inventory of Police Colleges in the nation to ensure that in all ramifications the standard meets acceptable global limits, especially as these colleges are the foundation grounds for efficient policing in the nation;
3. Invite the Minister of Police Affairs/Interior to address the Senate on the deteriorating conditions of the nation’s Police Colleges and the way forward in achieving a standardized training environment for police officers as a foundation stone to the nation’s policing efficiency; and
4. Direct the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to work with the police establishment to hasten the return of effective and adequate global standards, office facilities, environmental and health facilities not only to the Police College at Tai LGA, but to the entire Police College in the nation.
Senate Leader moved that all items on the order paper be stood down to another legislative day. Minority Leader seconded.
Plenary is adjourned to Wednesday, 25th September, 2019.
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