#TodayInSenatePlenary PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE OF THURSDAY, 29TH MARCH, 2018.

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Welcome to a new Legislative Day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Deputy Senate President, Ike, led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 10:50am.

Senator Binta Masi Garba moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Wednesday, 28th March, 2018. Senator Kabir Marafa seconded.

POINT OF ORDER

Senator Emmanuel Bwacha cited Order 42, appealed to the negotiating team of the Federal Government for the release of the remaining Dapchi girl.

“We will continue to pray for the release of the girl”-Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

Senator Kabir Marafa cited Order 43 and spoke on the unfortunate killings in Zamfara State as reported yesterday by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

“We send our condolences to the people and families of the victims in Zamfara State. We are worried about what is happening in Zamfara State, a Committee headed by Senate Leader was sent to the State. The Government needs to protect the lives and property of its people.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

Senate resolved to:

Observe a minute silence.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe cited Orders 42 & 52, stated that Abia State was wrongly captured in the 2016/ 2017 MTEF.

Senate resolved to:

Recede it’s earlier decision and capture it as Abia State infrastructure development project.

PRESENTATION OF BILLS- First Reading

Budget Process Bill, 2018 (SB. 647) by Senator Ahmad Lawan.

Budget Process Bill, 2018 (SB. 647) was read the First Time.

Federal High Court Act CAP F12 LFN 2004 Bill, 2018 (SB. 648) by Senator Chukwuka Utazi.

Federal High Court Act CAP F12 LFN 2004 Bill, 2018 (SB. 648) was read the First Time.

Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 3011 (Repeal and are-enactment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 649) by Senator Chukwuka Utazi.

Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 3011 (Repeal and are-enactment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 649) was read the First Time.

Police Act CAP P19 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 650) by Senator Isah Hamma Misau.

Police Act CAP P19 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 650) was read the First Time.

Federal Polytechnic, Akpabuyo (Establishment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 652) by Senator Gershom Bassey.

Federal Polytechnic, Akpabuyo (Establishment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 652) was read the First Time.

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

Report of the Committee on Trade and Investment on Industrial Development (Income Tax Relief) Act CAP 17 LFN 2004 Bill, 2018 (SB. 638) by Senator Sabo Mohammed.

Senator Ahmed Ogembe seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Trade and Investment on Industrial Development (Income Tax Relief) Act CAP 17 LFN 2004 Bill, 2018 (SB. 638).

The Report was LAID.

Conference Committee Report on the Chartered Institute of Capital Market Registrars (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 25)/ (HB. 79) by Senator Mustapha Bukar.

Senator Sam Egwu seconded that the Senate do receive the Conference Committee Report on the Chartered Institute of Capital Market Registrars (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 25)/ (HB. 79).

The Report was LAID.

Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the Facility Management Council of Nigeria (FMCN) (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 340) by Senator Emmanuel Paulker.

Senator Abdullahi Gumel seconded that the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the Facility Management Council of Nigeria (FMCN) (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 340).

The Report was LAID.

PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

Report of the Committee on Water Resources on the River Basin Development Act CAP R9 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 358) by Senator Ubali Shitu.

Senator Bukar Abba seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Water Resources on the River Basin Development Act CAP R9 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 358).

Senator Ubali Shitu presented the report.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the River Basin Development Act CAP R9 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 358).

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

River Basin Development Act CAP R9 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 358) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

“I thank the Committee Chairman and members, I also thank the Senate for promoting equity. I congratulate the Senate and National Assembly for standing up to justice and fairness.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

Report of the Committee on Primary Healthcare and Communicable Disease on the National centre for disease control prevention (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 256) by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa.

Senator Stella Oduah seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Primary Healthcare and Communicable Disease on the National centre for disease control prevention (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 256).

Senator Mao Ohuabunwa presented the report.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the National centre for disease control prevention (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 256).

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

National centre for disease control prevention (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 256) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

“I thank Senator Mao Ohuabunwa for making us proud and demonstrating our willingness. This Bill is in order. I congratulate National Assembly for having this Bill passed.”- Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the alleged resumption of Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission to Office without confirmation of the Senate by Senator David Umaru.

Senator Jibrin Barau seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the alleged resumption of Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission to Office without confirmation of the Senate.

Senator David Umaru presented the report.

Senate resolved to:

I. Disregard the publication on ThisDay Newspaper;

II. Consider the screening of the Nominee for the interest of the nation; and

III. Urge Mr. President to constitute the Board of the Commission.

ADJOURNMENT

Plenary is adjourned to Tuesday, 10th April, 2018.


Signed:

New Media Department,

Office of the President of the Senate,

Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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