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The House calls on Government to Guarantee Safety in Schools Across the Country

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The House of Representatives at its plenary session on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 condemned the attempted rape and brutal attack on students of Methodist Girls Model Secondary School Ovim, Isuikwuato L.G.A, Abia State on Friday May 25,2018 and urged the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) to conduct investigations into the incident with a view to bringing the criminals to book.
Presenting the motion on the floor of the House, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (PDP:Abia) stated that the primary responsibility of government at all levels is to guarantee the security and well-being of all Nigerians including school children and most especially the girl child. She expressed concern that the girl child has unfortunately become, on an increasing basis, a target
of various forms of assault, attacks and abduction by terrorist groups and other criminal gangs in the country as witnessed in Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, Turkish International School, Isheri, Ogun State, Babington Macaulay Junior Secondary School, Ikorodu, Lagos, and most recently, Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.
Speaking further, Hon. Onyejeocha stated that attempted rape and brutal attack on students of Methodist Girls Model Secondary School Ovim, Isuikwuato L.G.A, Abia State, after a gang of hoodlums invaded the School dormitory on Friday May 25, 2018 at about 2:00am and demanded that all the girls strip off their clothes in a bid to gang-rape them, She noted that the brave ones among them refused to succumb to the hoodlums’ demand which led to the brutal assault on some girls by the hoodlums with cutlasses, iron rods and other dangerous weapons. She stated that it was worrisome that over Fifteen (15) innocent school girls who ought to be at school learning ended up in the hospital with varying degrees of injuries sustained from the hoodlums on the eve of the Children’s Day celebration.
In addition, Hon. Onyejeocha said that the attack depicts the degree of evil among individuals and the depth of moral decadence that has pervaded society and expressed concern that the increasing rate of assault, attacks and abduction of school children, especially the girl child in Nigeria may result not only in psychological trauma for victims but possess the capacity, if unchecked, to negatively affect the educational development of the girl child, with attendant negative consequences for the country at large.
Hon. Onyejeocha also called on Government at all levels to rise up to the challenge of insecurity in the country and priortise the security of schools across the country in order to forestall the recurrence of these attacks. The House also mandated the Committee on Human Rights to ensure compliance.

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Reps to Buhari: ‘We are not your rubber stamp’

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The House of Representatives has reacted to claims by President Muhammadu Buhari that the National Assembly mutilated the 2018 budget by replacing priority projects with those that will be hard to implement.
The House told the President that it is not a rubber stamp that should return proposals made to it without making inputs.
Earlier today, Buhari had expressed displeasure while signing the 2018 appropriation bill over mutilation of the budget and squarely blamed the National Assembly, saying he signed the bill in order to avoid “further slowdown the pace of recovery of our economy, which has doubtlessly been affected by the delay in passing the budget.”
Criticisms by the President also bordered on the insertions by the legislature, late passage and increment of its budget.
Reacting to this, the green chamber in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, stated that the federal legislature is not a “rubber-stamp” and they have the “constitutional power of appropriation to alter, make additions, costs or reduce as it may deem necessary” hence their action is “justifiable.”
Speaking on the late passage of the bill, Namdas said it is the National Assembly’s desire to return our budget cycle to January-December but the 2018 budget also “came behind schedule in November 2017, even though this attempt was seen as one of the earliest in recent years.”
He urged the executive to hasten their reporting time to the National Assembly by complying fully with the Fiscal Responsibility Act.
The Spokesman also said heads of MDAs are equally at fault in the late passage reminding the President that he had to issue an order that they appear to defend their budget after repeated alarm by the legislature.
In respect of new projects in budget, Namdas explained that the legislature who are also representing their constituents had to reflect the wish of their people in the budget adding that “some of the projects designed by the executive, as high-sounding as their names suggest, do not meet the needs of the common man.”
He justified the National Assembly’s budget saying it remains “far below the N150bn in the years before 2015.”
He said: “Before 2015, the budget of the National Assembly was N150billion for several years. It was cut down to N120bn in 2015 and further down to N115bn in 2016. In 2017, the budget was N125bn and N139.5bn in 2018. This means that the budget of the National Assembly is still far below the N150bn in the years before 2015.”
The Reps Spokesman also welcomed the proposal by Mr. President to forward a supplementary budget to the National Assembly to address other areas of pressing demands and commend the President and the entire executive arm for a cordial working relationship.

 

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Group drags Gbajabiamila to ICPC over G-Wagon, Gucci suit

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-A Civil Society Organization, Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), has petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), praying the anti-graft agency to probe constituency projects implementation in Surulere federal constituency.
The group explained that in the wake of the lavish spending by Femi Gbajabiamila who represents that constituency, it becomes pertinent to investigate the execution of those projects.
The head of the group, Olanrewaju Suraju who signed the letter to the anti-graft agency noted it was disturbed by recent reports of lavish spending by Gbajabiamila, who is the majority leader of the House of Representatives.
The letter reads: “According to Vanguard of May 28th and 29th 2018, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila has been reported to have surprised his wife with a gift of Mercedes G-Wagon, selling for between N75million and 100million in Nigeria.
“The gift on the 27th May, 2018 was to commemorate the wife’s 50th birthday. He was also reported to have rocked a N1.2million Gucci suit when giving this gift to his wife. The stylish Gucci Heritage web tape crepe wool jacket that costs $3,450, approximately N1.2million.
“Though his intention could have been right, but in a country where the minimum wages is N18,000 with hunger and unemployed youths roaming the streets, his actions were seen as insensitive to Nigerians especially from his Surulere Constituency.”
HEDA stressed that the spending and the salary of the lawmaker are not in sync.
The human rights group noted that a total of N1.3billion was allocated for constituency projects in Surulere 1 Federal Constituency in the year 2017 federal budget.
“HEDA Resource Centre believes that no room must be opened for any person to abuse public trust while in public office.
“Corrupt practices and misapplication of public funds must be abolished in all fronts by relevant government agencies charge with the responsibilities of investigating allegation or suspicions of corrupt practices.
“On this account, HEDA is calling on your good office to open a wide investigation into the utilization of funds for capital projects allocated to Surulere 1 Federal Constituency under Honourable Gbajabiamila to ensure and convince discerning Nigerians that public funds were not used for private family services and benefits by people elected into offices for service,” the letter added.

 

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Egina: Senate orders deportation of Samsung MD

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The Chairman of the ad hoc committee investigating Egina oil field project, Adeola Olamilekan (APC, Lagos) has ordered the deportation of the Managing Director of Samsung Nigeria Limited, Young Ho Jo.

Recall in 2017, the red chamber mandated the committee to look into the company’s role in the $16.3 billion project.

The probe panel had acknowledged that there were loop holes in the local content act.

On Thursday, Senator Olamilekan stated that Ho Jo did not do proper documentation before entering the country.

He urged the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to immediately expedite his deportation.

This was premised on a complaint lodged by the Nigeria Content Development Monitoring Board (NCMDB) to the ministry of interior.

Ho Jo was also accused of violating the local content act by spending $1.6 billion out of the $3.5 billion contract Samsung got from the $16.3 billion Egina project in Goeje, South Korea.

The Lagos Senator said, “Mr Young Ho Jo, who has been working for the past two months in Nigeria as the managing director of Samsung without fulfilling legal requirements for such, told us that he couldn’t complete his documentation as a result of alleged breakdown of machines of the Nigeria Content Development Monitoring Board (NCMDB).

“But the NCMBD wrote to us that their machine had never broken down in the period claimed, showing that the man has contravened the Local Content law.

“Going by recommendations made by this committee to the Senate and resolution adopted, MD Samsung is no longer recognised on account of improper documentation as shown by papers he presented.

“To the Senate and this committee, Samsung MD is an illegal immigrant who must be deported by the Nigerian Immigration Service to which a letter to that effect has been forwarded to the ministry of interior.

“He can, however, come back to the country through proper documentation thereafter.”

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Court Sacks Kogi East Senator, Aidoko

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Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the federal high court has ordered the immediate sack of the senator representing Kogi east senatorial district, senator Attai Aidoko of the peoples democratic party (PDP) from the national assembly.

In a judgment on Wednesday, justice Kolawole, who ordered the sack while delivering judgment in a previous pre-election suit, also ordered the clerk of the national assembly to immediately swear in Air Marshall Isaac Alfa (rtd.) of the PDP to take the seat of Aidoko.
The court held that Aidoko was not properly nominated by the PDP for the march 2015 national assembly elections and consequently nullified his election. He ordered INEC to immediately withdraw the certificate of return issued to Aidoko in 2015 for not being the lawful candidate of the PDP
The court also ordered the electoral umpire to issue a fresh certificate of return to Alfa being the winner of the December 7, 2014 PDP primaries into the national assembly election.
Justice Kolawole, who condemned the manner in which the PDP subverted the result of it primaries, held that rogue documents were used by the PDP to submit Aidoko’s name to INEC adding that the documents presented by the defendants were of no probate value for any court of law to rely on.
He said from the totality of the evidence placed before the court, it was clear that Sheidu Idoma was the returning officer for the senatorial election and not Umar Sanusi, and that this was corroborated by key witnesses in their statements made on oath.
Justice Kolawole held that the challenge of the court’s jurisdiction was an abuse of court process because it had earlier been resolved both at the court of appeal and the Supreme Court against the senator.
Consequently, the court awarded a cost of n750, 000 on Aidoko and the PDP respectively.
In the document tendered in court by Isaac Alfa, he scored 129 votes against Aidoko who pulled 101 votes and another senatorial aspirant Halima Alfa who scored 80 votes , the PDP however, while submitting the list of candidates for the senatorial election to INEC substituted Alfa with Aidoko’s name.
Alfa had institute legal action in 2014 to challenge the legality of the candidacy of Aidoko

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Thursday, 7 June, 2018

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FOURTH REPUBLIC 8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (2015-2019) THIRD SESSION NO. 186 1059

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Thursday, 7 June, 2018
1. Prayers 2. Approval of the Votes and Proceedings 3. Oaths 4. Message from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (if any)
5. Message from the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (if any)
6. Other Announcements (if any)
7. Petitions (if any)
8. Matter(s) of Urgent Public Importance
9. Personal Explanation

PRESENTATION OF BILLS 1. Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1494) (Executive) – First Reading. 2. Patient Safety Agency of Nigeria (Establishment etc.) Bill, (HB. 1498) (Hon. Yakubu Dogara) – First Reading. 3. Nigeria Independent Warehouse Regulatory Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1495) (Hon. Chukwudi Onyereri) – First Reading. 4. Medical Laboratory Science Council Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1496) (Hon. Betty Apiafi) – First Reading. 5. Federal Polytechnic, Kwale (Establishment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1497) (Hon. Ossai N. Ossai) – Second Reading. PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

1. Report of Conference Committee Hon. E. Y. Orker Jev: “That the House do receive the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of the National Transport Commission as an Independent Multi-Modal Regulator for the Regulated Transport Industry Sectors; and for Related Matters”.

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2. Committee on Aids, Loans and Debts Management: Hon. Adeyinka Ajayi: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Aids, Loans and Debts Management on the Request for the Establishment of a Promissory Note Programme and a Bond Issuance to Settle Inherited Local Debts and Contractual Obligations Pursuant to Order Twelve Rules 2(C) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.

3. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by D. D Pantu and Associates: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by D. D Pantu and Associates against the Managing Director, African Steel Mill Limited on his abandonment as a victim of an Industrial Accident by his Employer” (Referred:30/11/2017). 4. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Aggrieved Foreign Trained Medical Doctors: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Aggrieved Foreign Trained Medical Doctors against Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) on the consistent act of injustice meted on them”(Referred:30/11/2017). 5. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Goddy Osa I.: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Goddy Osa I. against the Nigeria Police Academy on the Injustice meted on him by the Management” (Referred:12/10/2017). 6. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Babagana Ibrahim and Others: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Babagana Ibrahim and Others against the Federal Ministry of Finance on the Non-compliance with the Government Directives and the Court Order” (Referred:5/11/2017). 7. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by V. E. Otomiewo and Co on behalf of Mr. Wilson Nikoro and 7 Others: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by V. E. Otomiewo and Co. on behalf of Mr. Willson Nikoro and 7 Others on the Breach of Public Trust with the Brazen and Illegal conversion of the Land of the Uviwie People purportedly acquired for Public purposes into Private Property by some unscrupulous Soldiers through the Instrumentality of the Nigerian Army Property Limited” (Referred: 19/5/2016). 8. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Lewali Nigeria Limited: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Lewali Nigeria Limited against the Managing Director Nigeria Agip Oil Company on the Alleged Termination of Contracts Awarded to Messrs Lewali Nigeria Limited” (Referred: 26/4/2017).
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9. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Asoloko Jonathan: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Asoloko Jonathan against the Management of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on the none implementation of the House of Representatives Committee Report that bothers on the issue of Committee of Appointment ” (Referred: 10/10/2017).

10. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Akinbode Oluwafemi (Nigeria Tobacoo Control Alliance): “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Akinbode Oluwafemi (Nigeria Tobacoo Control Alliance) against the British American Tobacco Nigeria Limited (BATN) and other Tobacco Companies that illegally benefited from the Export Expansion Grant (EEG) Scheme in the form of Tax Waivers Grant and other benefits between 2004 and 2014” (Referred: 11/7/2017)..

11. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Bamiloye Temitope Abiodun: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Bamiloye Temitope Abiodun against the Nigerian Customs Service on the wrongful dismissal from service as Marine Inspector of Customs” (Referred:22/11/2016).

12. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by DCC Ogonnaya Akpuru: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by DCC Ogonnaya Akpuru against the Federal Road Safety Commission on Non-Promotion after several years of service on the same rank” (Referred:15/6/2017).

13. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Onyeme, Ejime Paul: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Onyeme, Ejime Paul against the Federal Judicial Service Commission for Job Re-instatment (Referred: 26/1/2016)

14. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Okugie, Ndukwe Nelson: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Okugie, Ndukwe Nelson against NIPOST on sustained refusal to comply with National Assembly resolution to recall him to duty” (Referred: 1/5/2017).

ORDERS OF THE DAY BILLS 1. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Provisions of the Electoral Act, No. 6, 2010 to further Improve the Electoral Process; and for Related Matters (HB.1425) – Third Reading.

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2. A Bill for an act to Establish the National Small Scale Business Development Loan Scheme to Design and Implement a Loan Scheme for Small Scale Business Enterprises all over the Nation; and for Related Matters (HB. 1466) (Hon. Anayo Nnebe) – Second Reading. 3. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Federal College of Education, Ejigbo to Provide full-time Courses of Teaching, Instruction and Training in Technology, Applied Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Humanity and Management; and to Provide for Appointment of the Provost and other Officers of the College to carry out the Administration and Discipline of Students of the College; and for Related Matters (HB. 1436) (Hon. Mojeed Alabi) — Second Reading.

MOTIONS

4. Discharge of Committees from Referrals on Bills, Pursuant to Order Seventeen, Rule 3 (g) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives: Hon. E. Y. Orker Jev:

The House: Notes that the following Bills were read a Second time in 2017 and referred to the underlisted Committees for legislative actions: S/no. Title of Bills Date Committee 1. Pre-Natal and Post Natal Health Services Bill, 2016 (HB.717)
27/4/2017 Healthcare Services
2. (HB. 1067) Federal University of Education, Nsugbe (Establishment) Bill, 2017

25/7/2017 Tertiary Education and Services

Aware that the Committees are yet to present Reports on the Bills, contrary to the provisions of Order Seventeen, Rule 3 (g) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives, to wit: “Any matter referred to any Committee shall be treated within 30 days otherwise the Committee shall stand discharged after 60 days and the matter committed to the Committee of the Whole for consideration”; Resolves to: Discharge the Committees from the Bills and commit same to the Committee of the Whole for consideration. 5. A Call to Address the Plight of Victims of Fire Disaster/Rain Storm in Tarmuwa And Gulani Local Government Areas of Yobe State: Hon. Abdullahi Usman Kukuwa:

The House Notes that on May 20, 2018, there was a fire outbreak at Lantaiwa in Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State which left over 250 houses destroyed; Also notes that on May 27, 2018, rainstorm wreaked havoc in various communities in Gulani LGA; which includes Bumsa, Gabai, Njibilwa, and Ngurum where about 530 houses were affected and 2 persons lost their lives in the incident;
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Concerned that the fire outbreak and rainstorm caused extensive damage and left in its wake, several houses, food reserves, farmlands worth millions of naira destroyed and rendered hundreds of people homeless, among whom are pregnant women, children and the elderly; Aware that the affected areas represent the food basket of Yobe State; Worried that the displaced persons are stranded and living like refugees in their own land, without livelihood, shelter and other basic human needs as a result of the fire outbreak and rainstorm; Resolves to: (i) Urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to assess the level of damage caused by the incident and urgently provide shelter and relief materials to the affected families and assist in rehabilitating them;

(ii) Mandate the Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness to ensure compliance and report back within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.

6. Devastating Windstorm at Gwandu/ Jega Town of Gwandu/Aleiro/Jega Federal Constituency: Hon. Mohammed Umar Jega: The House Notes that terrible windstorm had occurred on Thursday 24 May, 2018 and devastated Unguwar Madi town and it’s environ (Akalawa and Bamungade villages) in Jega Local Government Area of kebbi state; Also notes that another rainstorm occurred Tuesday, June 5 2018 at Gwandu and Kambaza towns in Gwandu Local Government Area, which resulted in four (4) death and many others sustained various degrees of injury and are receiving treatment at the Gwandu General Hospital; Further notes that as a result of the dangerous storm, roofs of most houses in the area blew off, economic trees grounded, equally schools and hospital were affected; Concerned that the situation has caused untold hardship for the indigenes and inhabitants of these towns as basic necessities like food, water, shelters and healthcare are now lacking; Worried that the pathetic situation and suffering being experienced by the victims call for concern and indeed government’s assistance; Aware that Kebbi state is one of the frontline States for the Great Green Walls interventions; Also aware that the primary responsibility of government anywhere in the world is to protect lives and property of its citizen more so in an emergency situation like this; Regrets that if the situation is not addressed, it could degenerate to epidemics, starvation, deaths and destitution; Resolve to: (i) Urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to swiftly attend to the emergency needs of the victims of this deadly storm in Unguwar Madi, Gwandu and Kambaza towns;

(ii) Also urge the National Agency for Great Green Wall to provide shelter belt in the area to mitigate the effect of windstorm within the area in the future;

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(iii) Mandate the Committees on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, and Environment and Habitat to ensure compliance and report back in (4) weeks for further legislative action. 7. Need to Investigate the activities of a Cartel within the Bureau of Public Procurement Involving Fraudulent Manipulation, Abuse and Breach of Public Procurement Act: Hon. AbdulRazak Sa’ad Namdas:

The House: Recalls that the Bureau of Public Procurement is established by the Public Procurement Act 2007 and charged with the responsibility of ensuring the application of fair, competitive and transparent standards and practices for the procurement; and the attainment of transparency, competitiveness, cost effectiveness and professionalism in the public-sector procurement system. Also recalls that the Bureau is further empowered to prevent fraudulent and unfair procurement and review the procurement and award of contract procedures of every entity to which the Public Procurement Act applies; Notes that despite the statutory and sacred responsibilities imposed on the Bureau, recent events reveal that the Bureau has been violating the Public Procurement Act through numerous fraudulent, unfair and non-transparent practices; Also notes that upon conclusion of procurement processes by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for awards within their threshold, the Bureau adopts underhand practices aimed at bringing the bidding process within its reach, hence, the illegal activities of a cartel within the Bureau has prompted pre-qualified but unsuccessful bidders to write petitions to the Bureau against successful bidders; Further notes that upon presentation of the Petition, the Bureau forcefully initiated an Administrative Review Process, suspended the procurement process and invited the contractors and the MDAs for discussions, which eventually became an avenue for extortion of money from the contractor(s). Observes that the action of the Bureau is undermining the budget implementation of the Federal Government and is sabotaging the Nigerian economy and exposing Nigerians to hardship and sufferings; Concerned that if urgent steps are not taken to address the activities of the cartel within the Bureau, it will result in severe damage to the Public Procurement system and to the Budget implementation process. Resolves to: Mandate the Committee on Public Procurement to investigate the improprieties and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.

8. Need to Address the Ecological Catastrophe and Humanitarian Crises in the Lake Chad Basin: Hon. James Abiodun Faleke: The House:
Notes that the Lake Chad Basin Commission was established in 1964 to harness the resources of the lake for aquaculture, potable water for people and livestock and irrigation for agricultural development;
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Also notes that since the establishment of the Commission, the surface area of the Lake, which was more than 26,000 square kilometers, had been decreasing due to increased demand on the lake’s water from the local population as well as shifting climate patterns, and is currently less than 1,400 square kilometers; Concerned that the decrease in surface area has resulted in desertification and a decline in vegetation, causing humans and other natural species in the area to be stressed; Worried that the shrinking of the lake has caused several conflicts as to which countries that border Lake Chad have the rights to the remaining water, consequently leading to increasing violence in the area; Also worried that food insecurity and malnutrition in the region have reached critical levels as reports shows that humanitarian crises across the Lake Chad Basin is one of the world’s most severe and has resulted in mass displacement and migration of people from the region; Also concerned that the allocation of only one billion Naira in the 2017 budget to the Lake Chad Basin Commission is meagre compared to the ecological catastrophe and humanitarian crises in the region; Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Government to make concerted efforts at solving the Ecological catastrophe and Humanitarian crises in the Lake Chad Basin and increase budgetary allocations for the Lake Chad Basin Commission;

(ii) Also urge the Federal Government to make renewed commitment to the protection of the Internally Displaced Persons, provide emergency life -saving assistance and work closely with development partners to address the crises;

(iii) Mandate the Committees on Lake Chad, Climate Change and Water Resources to liaise with the ministries of Environment and Water Resources, and the lake chad Basin Commission and other Development partners to find lasting solutions to the lingering Ecological catastrophe and humanitarian crises in the Lake Chad Basin and report back within eight (8) weeks for further legislative action. 9. Need to Prevent Counterfeiting of Drugs in Nigeria through NAFDAC Mobile Authentication Service (MAS): Hon. Babajimi Benson: The House: Notes that fake drugs undermine every aspect of medical treatment and health care delivery and are a major cause of suffering and death; Concerned that Drug adulteration and counterfeiting has contributed negatively to the wellbeing of Nigerians and the illicit trade has escalated within the Nigerian health care system in recent times; Aware that in 2010, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), in its effort to combat counterfeit drugs, initiated the Mobile Authentication Service (MAS), which allows consumers to send by text message, an authentication code to a designated number approved by NAFDAC to confirm the genuineness of purchased drugs; Also aware that the MAS allowed consumers seeking to buy genuine drugs to scratch a coating on the packaging of the drug to reveal a unique 12 or 13 digit PIN that could be sent by SMS text to a

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short code 38353 and get a response within seconds indicating if the drug is genuine, or potentially fake or stolen; Observes that in recent times, there has been a reduced campaign on this authentication process and most over the counter drugs and infant syrups do not have the unique 12 or 13 digit PIN; Worried that the negligence on the part of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has led to the influx of fake and counterfeit drugs into Nigeria’s drug markets in particular and the health sector in general. Resolves to: (i) Urge the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDACL the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to ensure that the Mobile Authentication Service (MAS) is re-activated and applied to all drugs purchased in Nigeria; (ii) Also urge NAFDAC to, as a matter of urgency, begin a national wide publicity on MAS for the education and enlightenment of the public; (iii) Mandate the Committees on Health Care Services to ensure Compliance.

10. Need for the Judicial Service Committee of the Federal Capital Territory to Comply with the Presidential Directive on the Suspension of 8 Years Tenure Policy for Directors in the Federal Civil Service: Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok:

The House Notes that hitherto, the Federal Civil Service approved and passed a circular making it mandatory for all Directors on GL 17 that have served in capacity as substantive Director for eight (8) unbroken years and who are unable to secure promotion or elevation to a higher position of responsibility within the eight years of their Directorship to retire compulsorily regardless of their year of service or age; Further Notes that the Policy was applicable to the employees of the Federal Civil Service Commission, FCT Judicial Service Committee, National Assembly Service Commission, Federal Civil Service Commission and all Federal Government Agencies such as the Central Bank of Nigeria, Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPRA) to name a few; Observes that the central purpose of the Tenure Policy was to make room, create opportunity for promotion and easy ascension for lower cadre officials who commenced their career and have spent all their lives in the Public Service of the Federation, since most of the Directors came from the Private Sectors, Politics and other spheres of human endeavours; Aware that the Policy has outlived its usefulness and began to deny the Service of the opportunity of retaining the best hands as well as contravenes the Pension Reform Act and International Labour Laws; Also aware that at the commencement of this Administration, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the suspension of the Tenure Policy in the Federal Civil Service with immediate effect and consequently, the Head of Service of the Federation, (Mrs. Winifred E. Oyo-Ita, F.C.A.), by a Circular dated 20th June 2018 and referenced as HCSF/428/S.1./139 directed all Chief Executives and Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government to suspend the Tenure Policy in the Federal Public Service with immediate effect in consonance with the presidential directive;
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Worried that despite the directives from the Presidency and the Head of Service respectively, as well as a subsequent directive by the National Judicial Council to all Heads of Courts in the Federal Judiciary, the Federal Capital Territory Service Committee has refused to comply thus, Directors who have served in such capacity for eight (8) years are still compelled to resign regardless of years of service, age of retirement and the Pension Reform Act; Disturbed that the Policy is used selectively to ease out some good hands in service who are considered as rivals and threats in the quest for promotion to higher positions in the Public Service; Cognizant that the Judiciary is one and its policies and terms should accordingly be uniform, as such, the Federal Capital Territory Judiciary cannot be operating a Policy that is directly opposite what obtains in the mainstream Federal Judiciary despite the directive of the National Judicial Council; Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Capital Territory Judicial Service Committee to immediately comply with the suspension of the Tenure Policy of the Federal Civil Service in consonance with the Presidential Directive and Executive Circular; (ii) Mandate the Committees on F.C.T Judiciary, Public Service and Legislative Compliance to ensure adherence to the Presidential Directive and report back within two (2) weeks for further legislative action. 11. Gruesome Killings and Terrorist Attacks by Herdsmen Militia on Tse-Adough Community near Jato-Aka in Yaav Council Ward of Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State: Hon. Benjamin Wayo: The House: Notes that Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State is one of the areas most affected by the continued herdsmen attacks on Benue farming communities; Further notes with dismay the violent invasion on Tse-Adough Community in Yaav Council ward of Kwande Local Government on Sunday 3 May 2018 where over ten (10) innocent and unarmed villagers in multiple families were killed in cold blood including Zakaa Akanyi, Liamkpuur Zakaa, Gbaior Zakaa, Mimi Gbaior, Mngohol Imoter, Terseer Anzam, Ternenge Anzam and Mama Gbinde; Worried that Zakaa’s wife was adopted by the militia, 12 other victims of the attack were severely injured and are currently hospitalized at the NKST Hospital Jato-Aka; Also worried that over 40 houses, food stuff, animals and other properties worth over one hundred Million Naira were razed down; Further worried that these attacks usually take a terrorist format likened to the Boko Haram attacks that ravaged parts of the country; Concerned that the Turan Council Wards of Mbakyor, Yaav, Kumakwagh, Moon and Mbadura have been under severe attacks by the Herdsmen Militia, leading to displacement of hundreds of thousands of villagers who are currently in makeshift camps in and around Jato- Aka; Further concerned that the attack has sacked the whole of Moon Council Ward, displacing thousands of people who are currently taking refuge in the neighbouring communities; Resolves to: (i) Call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari to proscribe the activities of the Herdsmen Militia and declare them a terrorist group in
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(ii) Urge the President and Commander -in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to direct the Nigerian Army, and other Security Agencies to tackle the menace of the herdsmen militia using the same Federal might it deployed in decimating the Boko Harm terrorists; (iii) Also urge the National Emergency, Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief materials to the affected Communities;

(iv) Further urge the Federal Government to take responsibility of offsetting all the hospital bills of victims of the attack and take over their treatment; (v) Mandate the Committees on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, and National Security and Intelligence to ensure compliance.

12. Need to Regularize the Importation of Sugar in Nigeria to Boost Domestic Production and Economic Growth: Hon. Iboro Ekanem: The House: Notes that Nigeria has been reported to have spent $8.44 Billion in importing sugar over the last twenty seven years, and loses at least $600 million annually to the importation of sugar for domestic consumption. Further notes that sugar is not just an industrial commodity, but a domestic commodity consumed on almost a daily basis; Aware that the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) was established to catalyze the development of the sugar industry with a view to ensuring that Nigeria attains at least 70% selfsufficient in her sugar requirement within the shortest possible time and even export to earn foreign exchange; Further aware that recent statistics does not show that the main objective of the NSDC is being achieved and there is a pressing need for further action; Worried that if the present situation is left unchecked, Nigeria may continue to lose millions to importation of sugar, and may suffer financial restrictions in other matters; Cognizant that Nigeria has the potential, excellent climatic conditions and the resources to engage in the production of sugar so as to establish a great deal of self-sufficiency in the sector; Concerns that Nigeria’s National Sugar Policy, and Local Content Policy and the existence of the National Sugar Development Council will continue to be irrelevant if excess sugar importation is not regulated to save billions of naira lost annually, for meaningful economic development. Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Government to establish National Sugar Plantation Programme to boost sugar production for local needs;

(ii) Also urge the Federal Government to issue regulations on sugar importation into the country with heavy duties to discourage importation of the products; and

(iii) Mandate the Committee on Industry to interface with the Management of the National Sugar Development Council to get updates on the current development of sugar import in Nigeria and the status of implementation of the National Sugar Policy, and report back within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.;

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CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS 13. Committee on Customs and Excise: Hon. James Abiodun Faleke: “That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Customs and Excise on the issue from the Statutory Revenue Fund of the Nigeria Customs and Excise, the Total Sum of ₦103,534,789,767.23 (One Hundred and Three Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty-Four Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Seven Naira, Twenty-Three Kobo) only, of which the Sum of ₦49,305,913,212.62 (Forty-Nine Billion, Three Hundred and Five Million, Nine Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Twelve Naira, Sixty-Two Kobo) only, is for Personnel Costs, while the Sum of ₦14,204,950,941.05 (Fourteen Billion, Two Hundred and Four Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Nine Hundred and Forty-One Naira, Five Kobo) only, is for Overhead Costs, and the sum of ₦40,023,925,613.56 (Forty Billion, Twenty Three Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty-Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirteen Naira, Fifty-Six Kobo) only is for Capital Projects for the Service of the Nigeria Customs and Excise, for the Financial Year Commencing from 1 January and Ending on 31 December, 2018. issue from the Statutory Revenue Fund of the Nigeria Customs and Excise, the Total Sum of ₦103,534,789,767.23 (One Hundred and Three Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty-Four Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Seven Naira, Twenty-Three Kobo) only, of which the Sum of ₦49,305,913,212.62 (Forty-Nine Billion, Three Hundred and Five Million, Nine Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Twelve Naira, Sixty-Two Kobo) only, is for Personnel Costs, while the Sum of ₦14,204,950,941.05 (Fourteen Billion, Two Hundred and Four Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Nine Hundred and Forty-One Naira, Five Kobo) only, is for Overhead Costs, and the sum of ₦40,023,925,613.56 (Forty Billion, Twenty Three Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty-Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirteen Naira, Fifty-Six Kobo) only is for Capital Projects for the Service of the Nigeria Customs and Excise, for the Financial Year Commencing from 1 January and Ending on 31 December, 2018: SUMMARY OF THE NIGERIAN CUSTOMS AND EXCISE BUDGET 2018 BUDGET A. Personnel Cost Proposal N’000 Consolidated Salary 39,015,599,856.91 Allowances 343, 910, 253 .16 Foreign Services 191, 090, 111.70 National Health Insurance Scheme 1, 241, 757, 788.84 Pension Contribution 3, 486, 751, 389.39 Group Life and Accident Insurance 4, 329, 453, 534 .74 Employees Compensation Fund 697, 350, 277.88 Total 49, 305, 913, 212 .62

B. Overhead Cost Proposal N’000 Travel and Transport – General 2, 581, 671, 923.42 Utilities – General 793, 317, 234.72 Materials and Supplies – General 1, 643, 502, 440.55 Maintenance Services – General 3, 093, 149, 038. 23 Training – General 489, 725, 001 .00 Other Services – General 925, 571, 709 .00 Consulting and Professional Services – General 584, 616, 871.14 Fuel and Lubricants – General 1, 759, 162, 853.44 Financial Charges – General 1,110, 000, 002.00 Miscellaneous Expenses General 1, 114, 259, 867. 555 Foreign Grants and Contributions 109, 974, 000.00 Total 14, 204, 950, 941.05

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C. Capital Project Cost Proposal N’000 Inventories 157, 514, 225. 82 Land and Building – General 24, 993, 594, 438. 27 Infrastructure – General 1, 402, 050, 199 .05 Plant and Machinery – General 321, 827, 343 .64 Transportation Equipment – General 8, 384, 740, 032.50 Office Equipment – General 4,481, 808, 561. 02 Deposits 282, 390, 813 .26 Total 40, 023, 925, 613.56

SUMMARY OF THE NIGERIAN CUSTOMS AND EXCISE BUDGET 2018 BUDGET A. Personnel Cost Proposal 49, 305, 913, 212 .62 B. Overhead Cost Proposal 14, 204, 950, 941.05 C. Capital Project Cost Proposal 40, 023, 925, 613.56 Grand Total 103,534,789,767.23

The Total Sum of ₦103,534,789,767.23 (One Hundred and Three Billion, Five Hundred and ThirtyFour Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Seven Naira, Twenty-Three Kobo) only.

14. Committee on Aids, Loans and Debts Management: Hon. Adeyinka Ajayi: “That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Aids, Loans and Debts Management on the Request for the Establishment of a Promissory Note Programme and a Bond Issuance to Settle Inherited Local Debts and Contractual Obligations Pursuant to Order Twelve Rules 2(C) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.

15. A Bill for an act to Establish the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism for Training, Certification and Registration of Personnel in Nigeria; and for Related matters (HB. 1212) (Hon. E. Y Orker-Jev) (Senate) – Committee of the Whole:17/4/2018. 16. A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Governance and Institutional Framework for the Petroleum Industry and for Related Matters (HBs. 477, 878 and 1053) (Committee of the Whole: 6/6/2018).

17. Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream): Hon. Akinlaja Iranola Joseph: ‘That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) on Need to Investigate the Disappearance of Eleven Billion Naira Worth of Petroleum Products belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 7/3/2018). (i) Ensure the full recovery of Federal Government’s money i.e. N9Billion balance from Capital Oil and Gas Limited;
(ii) that the claims of 16Billion naira NNPC allegedly owes Capital Oil and Gas should be investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and if found to be true, they should be paid or it should be net-off against the N9Billion owed the Federal Government by Capital Oil and Gas;
(iii) that NNPC Retails should embark on a comprehensive review of all through-put agreements with Depots especially Article 11.1 to remove the lapses usually exploited by
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who sell NNPC Products without authorization. The report of the review should be submitted to the Committee within two (2) months from the day this report is adopted; (iv) that NNPC Retails Limited and PPMC should conduct a quarterly training of all NNPC Retail Staff representing it in private Depots to improve their knowledge of contract terms;
(v) that NNPC Retails should set-up an online “real-time” solution that will require DEPOT OWNERS that buy bulk products to inform NNPC Retails in “real-time” and the information made available to all Stakeholders. The online software should also reflect load-out products from all the Depots where NNPC Subsidiaries have through – put Agreement;
(vi) that NNPC Retails should also review operational effectiveness and business control as it relates to the Depots and the report of the review should be submitted to the Committee;
(vii) While investigation continues, Capital Oil and Gas Depot should be re-opened to secure the jobs of the people working there and appropriate sanctions should be imposed in accordance with their through-put Agreements as the action of Capital Oil and Gas with respect to the withholding of 9Billion naira of the NNPC Retails is condemnable;
(viii) that the sacked Managing Director, NNPC Retails should be recalled because based on the Committee’s findings and NNPC Retails investigation, she offered to loan NPMC, a sister Company under NNPC corporate 20 Million litres of PMS when there was imminent fuel scarcity. This action blew the lid on the fraud. She also reported the case to Security Agencies and set up an internal investigation panel that identified where the lapses were but not on the table of the M.D. The compulsory Retirement was unfair;
(ix) that Mr. Adio N. Yinusa who was indicted for gross inefficiency but had not been sanctioned, should be sanctioned;
(x) that the process of sale and transfer of ownership of specified quantity of Petroleum products as indicated on item 11.1 of the through – put agreement should be more explicit in which NNPC Retails should have the powers to approve sales of the products:
(a) that where the third party buying the product is the Company, the process should be spelt out in a clearer fashion;
(b) that the Agreement should have a Senior Officer at the minimum level of General Manager to approve the sales when third party is the Storage Company.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS Committee Date Time Venue 1. Rules and Business Thursday 7June, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 06 (White House) Assembly Complex 2. Public Petitions (Investigative Hearing) Thursday 7June, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 447 (New Building) Assembly Complex 3. Internally Displaced Persons, Refugees and Initiatives on NorthEast Zone
Thursday 7June, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 244 (New Building) Assembly Complex

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EXCLUSIVE: Buhari’s loyalists mobilize signatures against Saraki, Dogara

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The rift between the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari has taken a new twist as lawmakers loyal to the President have commenced collection of signatures against President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
OrderPaperNG can authoritatively report that the move is a swift counter to the anti-Buhari wind blowing in the National Assembly, part of which manifested in the 12-points demand on the President which if he fails to meet will trigger possible impeachment processes.
Recall that on Tuesday, the National Assembly conveyed a joint session and asked the President to adhere to the demands which includes sacking the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and respecting the sanctity of the legislature. The resolution warned that “the national assembly will not hesitate to invoke its constitutional power if nothing is done address the bulk of resolutions passed today.”
The joint session also passed a vote of confidence on both the senate president and the speaker while taking potshots against the Buhari government in the areas of insecurity, unemployment and the fight against corruption.
But moments after the joint session, some lawmakers under the aegis of Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) issued a statement debunking the resolutions as coming from a “PDP executive session.” The statement was signed by Mr. Abdulmumuni Jibrin (APC, Kano) who was only recently recalled from an 180-day suspension.
Jibrin’s action was seen as a breach of parliamentary privilege by the House which consequently referred him to the ethics committee on Wednesday for probe.
However, findings by OrderPaperNG showed that the pro-Buhari group in both chambers have begun a campaign for collection of signatures in support of the President on one hand and against the leadership of the National Assembly on the other.
Although a member of the pro-Buhari camp told OrderPaperNG under condition of anonymity that the collection of signatures is not to “fight the Speaker or Senate President,” findings indicated that the a majority of senators and members of the House perceive it as a push against Saraki and Dogara.
The pro-Buhari group has been meeting stealthily in the belief that unalloyed support and open backing for the President will guarantee return tickets to parliament, a source close to the camp explained, adding that solidarity visits to the President and rallies are being planned.
The source further said the names and signatures collected will be forwarded to the President to secure presidential cover in the battle for supremacy between Buhari and those perceived as anti Buhari.

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Senator Kabir Marafa (APC, Zamfara) stirred a mild drama on the floor of the Senate over the rejection of a Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) nominee who is to represent his state.
In 2017, the nominee, Ahmed Mahmud was sent for confirmation but based on controversies that he was not an indigene of the state but from Sokoto state, he was rejected.
Senator Marafa had protested profusely, alleging that his State Governor, Abdul-azeez Yari, was behind the rejection of the nominee.
Marafa’s arguement was that since Mr. Mahmud lived all his life in Zamfara where he was a one-time Attorney General, he should be identified as an indigene.
The Senate then stood down the rejection and told its committee on INEC to review the nominee’s confirmation.
Presenting the report today however, the Chairman committee, Suleiman Nazif, restated that the nominee stands rejected while the report approved the nominations of three others for the position of RECs.
Those approved are Monday Tom (Akwa-Ibom), Attahiru Madami (Niger) and Festus Okoye (South East political zone).
An obviously dissatisfied Marafa immediately stood up and accused Senator Nazif of “compromising” the report of the Committee, a very grave allegation in parliamentary practice.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, intervened at this point and asked that Marafa withdraws the charge because it is against the standing rules to indict another senator. The Zamfara senator refused and the Senate went ahead to deliberate on the report in the committee on the whole.
At the end of deliberations, the red chamber however approved the confirmation of the Zamfara nominee and the three others.
At this point, Senator Marafa changed tune and apologized to the Senate for his earlier accusation.
Meanwhile, Senator James Manager (PDP, Delta) who also submitted earlier that the report in question was incomplete, also withdrew his statement.

 

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SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Wednesday, 6th June, 2018

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8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 514 THIRD SESSION NO. 180

SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER
Wednesday, 6th June, 2018

1. Prayers 2. Approval of the Votes and Proceedings 3. Oaths 4. Announcements (if any) 5. Petitions

PRESENTATION OF A REPORT
1. Report of the Committee on Special Duties National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons Bill, 2018 (SB. 335) Sen. Abdul Aziz M. Nyako (Adamawa Central) -That the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Special Duties on the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons Bill, 2018 (SB. 335) – To be Laid .

ORDERS OF THE DAY PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

1. Report of the Committee on INEC Screening of Nominees for Confirmation as Resident Electoral Commissioners Sen. Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi North) -That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on INEC on the Screening of the following Nominees for Confirmation for Appointment as Resident Electoral Commissioners. S/N NOMINEES STATES REMARKS 1. Elder Monday Udo Tom Akwa-Ibom (New appointment) 2. Attahiru Garba Madami Niger (Replacement) 3. Barr. Festus Okoye South-East Geo Political Zone (New Appointment)

2. Conference Committee Report National Transport Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 242) Sen. Olugbenga Ashafa (Lagos East) -That the Senate do receive and consider the Conference Committee Report on National Transport Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 242).

3. Conference Committee Report Petroleum Industry Governance Bill 2018 (SB. 237) Sen. Donald O. Alasoadura (Ondo Central) -That the Senate do receive and consider the Conference Committee Report on Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, 2018 (SB. 237).

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4. Interim report of the Ad-hoc Committee on Local Content Investigation of Local Content Elements and cost variation relating to Egina Oil Field and other related projects Sen. Adeola Solomon O. (Lagos West) -That the Senate do receive Interim report of the Ad-hoc Committee on Local Content in respect of a motion on the Investigation of Local Content Elements and cost variation relating to Egina Oil Field and other related projects.
BILLS FOR CONCURRENCE

1. Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geoscience, Jos Bill, 2018 (HB. 770) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).

2. National Broadcasting Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 168) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).

3. Nigerian Film Commission Bill, 2018 (HB. 584) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).

4. Extradition Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1187) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).

5. National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (HBs. 951, 992, 1043) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).

6. Maritime Security Operations Coordinating Board Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB.1056) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).

7. Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HBs. 1131 & 1178) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).

8. Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 542) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).

9. National Institute of Credit Administration (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (HB. 425) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).

10. Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB.529) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).

MOTIONS

1. The need to provide urgent relief materials to the victims of Rainstorm/windstorm and fire outbreak in Argungu Local Government Area, Kebbi State.

Sponsor: Sen. (Dr.) Yahaya A. Abdullahi (Kebbi North)

Senate:

Notes with concern that on Sunday 27th May 2018, there was a violent windstorm and heavy rainfall in Argungu and its environs in Kebbi State that devastated the community and rendered over 500 households homeless.

Many more lost their properties, food stocks, clothing, and other valuables. A week before this calamity a terrible fire outbreak at the main market resulted in huge losses of properties, cash, goods and merchandise;

Aware that it has been the practice of the Federal Government to provide relief and succour to victims of natural disasters through the intervention of National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA);

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Concerned that so far, no agency of the State or Federal Government has come to the assistance of the victims of these natural disasters;

Worried that the victims are currently living in very deplorable conditions having been dispersed into some neighboring villages and/ or squatting with either friends or relatives, with little or nothing to cater for the needs of this families;

Further worried that if urgent assistance is not extended, the victims would remain homeless and hungry. This will have adverse effects on their health and security and that of other people living around them,

Accordingly resolves to:

Call on National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA to immediately intervene by providing relief materials, including food, clothing and building materials to the victims of these disasters in order to assist them in rebuilding their lives, houses, shops and businesses.

2. World Environment Day 2018.

Sponsor: Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) Co-sponsors: Sen. Rose O. Oko (Cross River North) Sen. Suleiman O. Hunkuyi (Kaduna North)

Sen. Ogola Foster (Bayelsa West) Sen. Bukar Abba Ibrahim (Yobe East) Sen. Magnus Abe (Rivers South-East) Sen. Victor C. Umeh (Anambra Central) Sen. Andrew Uchendu (Rivers East) Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central) Sen. Abubakar Kyari (Borno North)

The Senate:

Reminded that 5th June is World Environment Day, set aside to create awareness for environmental issues and protection of the environment;

Aware that this year’s environment day celebration is themed ‘Beat plastic Pollution’, a pointer to the need to cut down on use of, and combat the problems caused by plastic pollution by making small changes in our everyday lives;

Concerned about our excessive reliance on single use bags and disposable plastic which is visible in use of polythene bags, plastic cups, sandwich wraps, disposable plates and spoons, straws etc;

Further Concerned that annually, tonnes of plastic bags end up in our drainages, water bodies and oceans. These lead to flooding, pollution of water bodies, destruction of aquatic life which affects human life etc;

Notes that even in working systems, the recyclability of these bags is so low that they end up in landfills, as liter and in water bodies;

Aware that to reduce waste from plastic pollution, several Countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia etc. have introduced measures including increase in tax payable on single use bags and plastic, payment for these bags, consumer education and retailer take-back programmes; Also aware that nine (9) African Countries have introduced a ban on plastic bags. With the most recent being Kenya, Rwanda has however recorded the most success. This often involves an outright ban on production, sale or importation of these plastic bags;

Realizes that straight forward as these measures seem, this is advanced for us as a nation. It is not because we are uneducated or unenlightened but because we have not gotten the basics right;

As a nation we need to establish a system that ensures sorting of waste and recycling, as a matter of urgency. This is especially important as waste can be a source of wealth;

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Worried that due to lack of adequate sanitary facilities, unattended heaps of refuse packed in our Communities and dilapidated building structures have contributed to the outbreak and spread of preventable diseases such as Lassa fever, Cholera, Malaria etc;

Concerned also about the force of winds experienced recently, indicating that the environment is more treacherous;

Notes also the ‘2018 Flood Outlook’ of the Nigeria Hydrological Agency (NHSA), predicting coastal, river, flash and urban flooding in 35 of the 36 States of the Federation;

Worried that for a nation plagued with Desertification in the North; Flooding and Erosion in almost all States; Gully erosion in the South East; Oil Spill accidents in the Niger Delta; and Soot in Port Harcourt. Our Budget, Environmental policies and actions seems as if we are not doing enough;

Accordingly Resolves to:

i. Urge all States of the Federation to participate in creation and review of policies; and shedding light on our environmental issues;

ii. Urge the Federal Ministry of Environment and relevant agencies to ensure sensitization, particularly of young ones, on these environmental issues;

iii. Enact and enforce legislation on adequate waste disposal and recycling system;

iv. Urge the introduction of eco-friendly reusable bags;

v. Urge an increase in tax payable on single use plastic bags and bottles to discourage use; and

vi. Urge the Federal Government to Increase funding for the environment and environmental issues.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

No. Committee Date Time Venue 1. Joint Committee on Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 10.00am Conference Room 231 Petroleum Industry Bill (Public Hearing) Senate New Building

2. Local Content Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 2.00pm Committee Room 211 Senate New Building

3. Ethics, Privileges and Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 3.00pm Committee Room 120 Public Petitions Senate New Building

4. INEC Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 11.30am Committee Room 438 Senate New Building

5. Education (Basic & Secondary) Thursday, 7th June, 2018 2.00pm Committee Room 120 Financial Institutions Senate New Building

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Ugly face of Nigerian politics goes on show as police seek to question Senate President Saraki over bloody bank robbery by alleged accomplices. And South Africa is state of revulsion as police find a toddler playing alone near the bodies of his dead parents.

We begin with news from in Nigeria that Senate President Bukola Saraki is to be questioned by the police for suspected ties with gangsters who carried out bloody bank robberies in Offa, Kwara State in which 33 people were killed including nine policemen.
The Nation reports that the five suspects who raided five commercial banks, and a police station in April had confessed to police investigators that they were political thugs working for the senate president and Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.
Punch carries a statement from Saraki’s office describing the allegations as a plot that was concocted by the Inspector-General of Police, to embarrass him because of his insistence that he appear before the Senate to explain reasons for the rampant killings and violence across the country.
Meanwhile, Sahara Reporters reports that the Department of State Services on Sunday recalled half of its operatives assigned to the Senate President.

Premium Times for its part says that President Muhammadu Buhari met with Nigeria’s police Chief Ibrahim Idris at the State House to discuss so-called homicide investigation documents relating to Saraki’s involvement in at least 20 murders and allegedly raised no objections to any plan by the police to arrest him.
According to the newspaper, Bukola Saraki who is the country’s third highest ranking personality could be arrested any day from now following the President’s position that the law should run its course if the detectives have sufficient facts to file charges.
In Kenya, the Standard investigates a scandal at Kenya Pipeline Company involving the loss of 70 billion Shillings in dubious dealings. According to the newspaper the investigation is centered on claims of hugely inflated prices for procurement deals undertaken in the parastatal.
The Standard claims that past and present officials of the firm have been lined up for questioning starting this week in the renewed fight against grand corruption in Government. The publication says it had learnt that a Cabinet secretary is among persons of interest in the investigations.
The Standard also reports that Police have already profiled the targeted deals in the institution that is flush with cash considering its near-monopoly in the transportation of petroleum fuels.
And in South Africa, Times Live leads with the shocking discovery at a crime scene in Limpopo province — 4-month old baby playing next to the bodies of a man found hanging from a tree and a woman with bruises around her neck on Sunday morning.
The paper says the police who rushed to the scene near a national highway, after a call from a passer-by, adding that they weren’t ruling out domestic violence as the cause of the gruesome case of homicide.

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President Buhari signs Constitutional Bill seeking to reduce Age Qualification into Elective Offices into Law

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President Buhari on Thursday, 31st May 2018 signed a 4th Constitution Alteration Bill seeking to reduce the age qualification for aspirants running for the office of President, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly respectively.
The amendments to sections 131, 65(b) and 106 of the Constitution respectively mean that the age qualification for President has been reduced from 40 years to 35 years while Members of the House of Representatives or the State House of Assembly must be at least 25 years to run for such position. This is a departure from the age criteria of 30 years under previous law.
Interestingly, the provision for running for Senate and Governor remain at 35 years as no amendment was made here.
It is noteworthy that fourteen other transmitted Bills seeking to amend the Constitution remain pending.

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