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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
Nigeria;
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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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President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has underscored the importance of appropriate legislations in winning the war against crime and terrorism in the African Continent.
Senator Saraki made this known in his speech at the opening session of the 73rd Executive Committee Session and the 41st Conference of the African Parliamentary Union (APU), in Abuja, on Thursday.
He insisted that African legislators need to do more to share ideas and work together to devise new and effective strategies for addressing the many challenges facing the continent.
“It is clear that, in order to achieve desired outcomes in the fight against terrorism and pursue growth and development, we must adopt both regional and Africa-wide strategies. African governments should be supportive of one another and put up a united front. The legislature is at the vanguard of this. Collaboration is essential. We must share ideas and mechanisms for overcoming the challenges, and this Conference is a most effective platform for doing so,” he said.
According to him, “These challenges are common to us all, and we must respond accordingly, with a common purpose. Terrorism and organised crime recognise no borders. Africa’s problems require African solutions. Collective effort is needed. We must therefore ask ourselves as legislators: what role are we playing? How have we supported the Executive in dealing with these matters?
“You will agree with me that legislation is key in fighting crime and terrorism. If you look at the developed countries, it is through legislation that they have stayed on top of these issues,” he stated.
The President of the Senate further stated that members of national parliaments need to unite in order to be able to collaborate across borders in the discharge of their responsibilities.
“Permit me to say that the nucleus of legislative power in each country should not be neglected,” he said. “Charity, they say, begins at home. In this scenario, it means that, in order to effectively collaborate across borders for continental peace and progress, the legislature must first collaborate from within.
“I would, therefore, encourage better relationship between members and the leadership of parliament in individual countries. This is the foundation of the continental relationship we are striving for, and it would give much needed fillip to the work of the African Parliamentary Union.”
He thanked the APU for granting the hosting rights of both meetings to Nigeria and expressed hope that the events would go down in the annals of the African Parliamentary Union as time well spent, “both in terms of the objectives of the meetings and memorable experiences in our serene capital city.
“Let me assure you that we are committed to doing all in our power to ensure positive outcomes on all fronts. To all our special guests from all over the continent of Africa, we bid you welcome,” he added.

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Senate reviews approval of virement for 2019 elections

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The Nigerian Senate has reviewed its earlier approval of the virement/supplementary budget for the INEC and security Agencies for their conduct of the 2019 general election. This decision followed Wednesday’s recommendations made to that effect by the Senate Committee on Appropriation.
It therefore approved that the sum of two hundred and forty two billion, two hundred and forty five million, fifty thousand, one hundred (=N=242,245,050,100) naira only, be vired from thirty Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) of the government, as against the earlier decision to source the entire fund from the service wide volt.
Chairman of the committee, Senator Danjuma Goje while presenting the report, explained that the earlier virement of =N=242bn for the elections budget entirely from service wide votes (Special Intervention Programme) should be rescinded and approve new sources from thirty MDAs as recommended.
According to him: “because of the obvious and imminent issues of national social-economic importance, the virement/supplementary request cannot be implemented as earlier approved,” he submitted.
A breakdown of the new report shows that the sum of =N=25.5billion from =N=714.668billion appropriated for the power sector in the 2018 budget as parts of monies vired for the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
The Education sector also suffered from such virements as =N=10.238billion was vired from =N=651.226billion appropriated for the Education ministry in the 2018 budget to make up for the =N=242.2bn now budgeted for conduct of the 2019 general elections.
Apart from the two ministries, 28 other MDAs also had parts of their 2018 budgetary allocations vired in addition to the =N=121.2bn vired from service wide votes to make up for the =N=242bn for the 2019 polls.
The recommended new sources as presented and approved by the Senate are =N=121.2bn to be vired from service wide votes (Special Intervention Programme) and the remaining balance of =N=121bn to be vired from 2018 budgetary votes of affected 30 MDAs.
Some of the MDAs affected are Federal Ministry of Water Resources which has =N=12.954bn vired from its =N=155.149bn 2018 budget, Federal Ministry of Agriculture where =N=11 billion was vired from its =N=203bn 2018 budget .
Others are, Ministry of Budget and National Planning =N=8.845bn, Ministry of Defence =N=2.636bn, Foreign Affairs =N=1.737bn and Federal Ministry of Health =N=8.059bn.
Also affected in the virements are Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation =N=6.734bn, Office of the National Security Adviser =N=1.120bn, Ministry of Labour and Employment =N=2.727bn, Information and Culture =N=1.884bn, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs =N=1.199bn, Science and Technology =N=7.466bn , Industry, Trade and Investment =N=7.085bn etc .
However the committee in the report, retained the spread of the =N=242bn virement votes for conduct of the 2019 general elections across the six affected agencies as earlier approved by both chambers of the National Assembly with =N=189bn for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), =N=27.3bn for the Nigeria Police Force and =N=9.481bn for the office of the National Security Adviser.
The rest are =N=10.213bn for the Department of State Services (DSS), =N=3.573bn for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and =N=2.628bn for the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), all totaling =N=242.245, 050, 100bn.

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House eradicates age limit for job seekers

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A bill that seeks to abolish age discrimination against job seekers in government agencies has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.
The bill seeks to provide a regulatory framework that will eradicate age discrimination against job seekers on the basis of age.
If assented to, the bill will ensure that no artificial barrier is allowed to deny graduates above thirty years of age from getting employment in government agencies.
Mr Sergius Ogun from Edo State while leading the debate on the bill said the spate of disqualifying ordinarily qualified job seekers on account of age in Nigeria must stop.
The lawmaker stated: “This practice is gradually becoming a norm in the recruitment process, and the absence of legislation has led for many years multinational companies disqualifying job seekers from getting employment on account of age.”
Contributing, Mr. Babajimi Benson noted that age discrimination has hindered many Nigerian youths from getting employment in many government’s agencies.
Also speaking, Mr. Istifanus Gyang stressed the need to put in place stiff penalties for Ministries, Departments and Agencies that fails to comply with the law when assented too.
Speaking against the bill, the deputy speaker, Mr Lasun Yusuf said what the bill is seeking to achieve has already been addressed in the Nigeria Constitution, adding:“Those perceived to have been disqualified on account of age can seek the court to address it for them if they believe their rights have been infringed upon.”

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Shake-up in Senate as Saraki reshuffles committee

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The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday announced minor changes in the leadership of four standing committees.
By this development, Sen. Lawal Gumau (APC-Bauchi), who was elected into the Senate in August, is now the Chairman of the Committee on Federal Character.
Gumau took over from Sen. Tijani Kaura (APC-Zamfara North), who has been moved to the Police Affairs Committee as Chairman.
Kaura replaces Sen. Abu Ibrahim (APC-Katsina South), who now heads the Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity.
Former Majority Leader, Sen. Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South) is now the Chairman of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service, formerly headed by Sen Paulker Emmanuel (PDP-Bayelsa Central). – NAN

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NASS Set to Receive 2019-2021 MTEF and FSP

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The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udo Udoma and the Director-General of the Budget Office Mr. Ben Akabueze unveiled a draft of the 2019-2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Fiscal Strategy Paper at a public consultation comprising of civil society organisations, the media, organised private sector and the general public at Rotunda Hall, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja on Thursday, 18 October, 2018[1].
Although the final version of the document is yet be presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and the National Assembly for approval, it foreshadows what the National Assembly will receive when the 2019 annual budget is laid. The MTEF and FSP are adopted planning tools by the Federal government that define its economic, social and developmental objectives and priorities over a three-year period. Among others, it highlights key assumptions behind revenue projections in the budget and the strategic objectives within the expenditure framework and fiscal target that form the basis for budget preparation under the Fiscal Responsibility Act.
The parameters of the N8.6trillion 2019 budget for instance are premised on an oil production volume of 2.3 million barrels per day at $60 per barrel, an exchange rate of N305 per dollar, an inflation rate of 9.98% and a nominal GDP rate of 3.0%. Also while N6.9 trillion has been projected as available to fund the budget, debt service for the same fiscal year is estimated at N2.1 trillion.
A review of the parameters indicate that the same oil output level of 2.3million barrels per day and exchange rate of N305 per dollar in the 2019 budget are the same with the projections in the 2018 budget, while the inflation rate of 9.98 in the 2019 budget and 3.0% GDP growth rate are lower than what obtained in the 2018 budget at 12.4 and 3.5% respectively. However, the nominal GDP of the 2019 budget projected at 139,811 billion is higher than the 113,088 billion projected in the 2018 budget.
Other key highlights for the 2019 budget from the MTEF and FSP document presented include the following:
Share of oil revenue
3,688,282,600,552
Independent revenue
624,579,910,673
Statutory Transfer
506,860,342,965
Sinking Fund
220,000,000,000
Recurrent (Non-Debt)
4,753,409,587,691
Aggregate Capital Expenditure
2,793,593,789,919
Total Fiscal Deficit
2,240,249,536,334)
GDP
139,811,509,172,405
These however, highlight some worrying trends. For instance, the recurrent expenditure as a total percentage of Federal Government Expenditure is estimated to rise from 66% in the 2018 budget to 73% in 2019 and peak at 76% in projections for the 2020 budget. Debt service to revenue ratio is also set to rise from 28% in the 2018 budget passed to 31% in 2019 and 38% in 2020 leaving less funds available to deliver on human capital and infrastructural projects. In addition to this, the total fiscal deficit is set to rise from 1.9 trillion in the 2018 budget to N2.2 trillion in 2019 and 2.9 trillion in 2020. However, this figure slightly falls from the 2020 projection to 2.5 trillion in 2021[2].
This burgeoning debt profile appears to buttress Sen. Udo Udoma’s point that there are significant medium-term fiscal challenges with revenue generation and a need for bold, decisive and urgent action to achieve the Federal Government’s goals of fiscal sustainability. This is more so as (barring National Assembly’s intervention), the budget as anticipated is smaller than the N9.12trillion budget passed by the National Assembly in June 2018. However, on a brighter note, there are social interventions that the 2019 budget is likely to bring such as the allocation of over 527 billion naira as pensions, gratuities and retirees’ benefits and the appropriation of 1% of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (about 51 billion) to the Basic Health Care Fund in line with the National Health Act, 2014 among others.
Yet, it is uncertain when the National Assembly will sit and pass the document with Sen. Udo Udoma admitting “early budget passage is unlikely given that 2019 is an election year.” It will be recalled that President Buhari in July, 2018 rejected a Constitution Alteration Bill titled “Authorisation of Expenditure 2” that sought to amend sections 81 and 121 of the Constitution so that a President/Governor presents budget estimates not later than 90 days to the end of the financial year. Civil society groups had advocated for its passage as a remedy out of Nigeria’s errant budget cycle and to encourage fiscal discipline.

[1] 2019-2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper: Public Consultation with CSOs, Media, Organised private Sector and the General Public
[2] 2019-2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper: Public Consultation with CSOs, Media, Organised private Sector and the General Public

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National Assembly Adjourns for Oversight Visits

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The National Assembly will resume plenary on Tuesday November, 6, 2018 after it adjourned plenary for two weeks to allow relevant Committees embark on oversight visits of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Among others, the ‎Committees were tasked to ascertain the level of the implementation of the 2018 budget and how foreign loans have been utilised after some Senators advised the Executive to limit its borrowings.
The powers of the National Assembly to carry out this form of oversight are rooted in section 88(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) that enable it expose corruption, waste and efficiency in the management of public resources. Committee reports from its oversight visits are usually submitted to the Clerk of Committees in the National Assembly. Committees seeking further action on their report may lay their findings in chamber for legislative input/resolution by the Committee of the Whole.

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Dogara reshuffles House C’ttee chairmen

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ABOUT seven months to the end of the eighth Assembly, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara,

yesterday announced re-organisation of  chairmanship of key standing committees.

This came as the House adjourning till November 6. Former chairman House committee on Appropriation Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC-Kano) who was relieved of his appointment as chairman is to chair House Committee on Land Transport. With the new development, Dandutse Mutari is to chair House Committee on FCT Judiciary; Edward Pwajok, chairs House Committee on Rules and Business; Emmanuel Orker-Jev chairs House committee on FCT which was vacated by Herman Hembe (PDP-Benue) while Sadiq Abubakar chairs House Committee on Human Rights. Others are: Mahmood Mohammed, who chairs House Committee on Housing; Tajudeen Abbas chairs House Committee on Solid Minerals; Hakiru Jika, chairs House Committee on Privatization and Commercialization; Yerima Ahmad, chairs House Committee on Constituency Outreach; Lawal Abubakar, chairs House Committee on Police while Aminu Sani, chairs House Committee on Population.


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Senate confirms President’s appointees for Civil Service Commission

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Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the confirmation of the following persons for appointment as Chairman and Commissioners for the Federal Civil Service Commission by Senator Emmanuel Paulker.

Thirteen Nigerians have been confirmed by the Senate for appointment as Chairman, and Commissioners of the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC).
Senate’s confirmation of the appointments follows the consideration of the report of its committee on Establishment and Public Service, held during Wednesday’s plenary. And a breakdown of the appointment list, shows that ten out of the thirteen appointees are on new appointment while the remaining three, are on renewed appointments.
Dr. Bello Tukur Ingawa who hails from President Buhari’s state of Katsina is the Chairman of the Commission, and he is on a new appointment. Others on new appointment are, Moses Ngbale from Adamawa state, Waziri Ngurmo, mni from Borno state, Alhaji Bello Babura from Jigawa state, and Ahmed Sarna from Kebbi state.
The new appointees also include: Princess Iyabode Odulate-Yusuf from Ogun state, Shehu Danyaya from Niger state, Fatai Adebayo from Oyo state, Chief Ejoh Chukwuemeka from Anambra state, and Joe Philip Poroma from Rivers state.
The remaining three commissioners whose appointments were being renewed are: Ibrahim Mohammed from Kaduna state, Prof. Aminu Dio Sheidu from Kogi state, and Mr. Simon Etim from Akwa Ibom state.
Thereafter, the senate suspended plenary for two weeks, adjourning till the 6th of November to enable the various committees complete their oversight assignments with outstanding MDAs and to present the reports in good time.

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Kaduna Killings: Senate Moves to End Crisis

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Today, the Nigerian Senate, called on security agencies to investigate the cause of the killings in Kaduna State and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
The decision was taken following a Point of Order moved by Senator Sulaiman Hunkuyi on the killings in the State, which he described as “inhuman, unmindful and unnecessary.” Hunkuyi also stated that the perpetrators carrying out the killings needed to be tackled.
The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sani, said: “We are deeply concerned. There is a need for community and religious leaders to come together to discuss solutions.”
“Life is given by God and there is no reason why it should be taken by man. We cannot continue to just observe this, something must be done,” said Senator Danjuma Laah, the Senator representing Kaduna South.
Speaking on the resolution, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said: “The contributions from Distinguished Senators show clearly that a major cause of this impunity is the fact that no one is being sanctioned. As a Senate, we need to come together to discuss this in a manner that is non-partisan.”
Saraki also said: “It is the lack of cooperation, collaboration and implementation of resolutions at the level of the security agencies. Therefore, let us bring together the Chairmen of the important Committee and have an executive session to put forward our observations and recommendations.
“There, we will discuss the things that need to happen and the implementation of the conclusions reached at the summit. At the end of the day, it will still come down to the Executive arm of the Federal Government, therefore, let us seek a session with the executive arm of government to discuss some of these our recommendations and observations.”
The Senate President then directed the Leader of the House, and the Chairmen of the Committees on Security, Defence and Police to fix a date to meet with the Executive.
The Senate also resolved to:
i. Pay a special condolence visit to the Governor and people of Kaduna State, particularly Kasuwan Magani and other affected areas;
ii. Call on the Kaduna State Government and the Federal Government to quicken the process of the release of the paramount ruler, Maiwada Galadima;
iii. Observe a minute silence for the repose of souls lost in the crisis; and urge Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to step in and assist those who have been affected, especially those who have to go out on a daily basis to survive;
iv. Urge the relevant security agencies to investigate the cause of the incident and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice; and
v. Commend the security agencies for the prompt manner in which they responded to the matter without allowing the situation to escalate.

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National Assembly has helped save Nigeria from collapse – Speaker Dogara

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In order to attain stable, strong and effective governance in Nigeria, the National Assembly must receive priority attention in terms of capacity building, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has disclosed.

He made this known while delivering an address on the topic, “Parliamentary Institution Building in Africa”, at the convocation ceremony of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS)/University of Benin Post Graduate Programmes for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 Academic sessions, which held at the National Assembly.

The speaker explained that because the Legislature is the true face of democracy, especially in maturing democracies such as that of Nigeria, where it serves as the stabilising force with robust constitutional powers to check-mate the Executive misuse and abuse of power which occasionally rears its head.

Making a case for strengthening in institutions to produce good governance, Hon Dogara added that the imperative of building healthy and strong institutions, like the legislature, in place of strong personalities, has been the bane of our democratic experience in Nigeria.
Going further, he stated, “Time has come to reverse this trend in order to achieve the goals of a robust and sustainable economic, social and political development, not only in Nigeria but in Africa as a whole.

“It is our considered opinion that if there is any institution of government that should receive priority attention in terms of capacity building, it is the Legislature. This is because the Legislature is the true face of democracy. In our maturing democracy in this country, the Legislature is the stabilising force as it has robust constitutional powers to check-mate the Executive misuse and abuse of power which occasionally rears its head. Credit must be given to the Nigerian Parliament, which has continued to make Laws, perform its representative functions and make robust use of the power of oversight in order to preserve our hard-won democracy and achieve good governance.”

Elucidating further on the topic, he said a key factor in moving from a nominal democracy to democracy that delivers development results for people is an effective legislature that holds the executive to account, especially in developing countries burdened by weak governance structures like Nigeria and lamented that whereas much work has been done on strengthening Executive leadership, not much attention has been paid to systematically building the capacity of the legislature to effectively contribute to national development.
Speaking of efforts made in the last two decades by the legislature to provide better governance in Nigeria, he said the National Assembly, among other things, has set unprecedented record in the area of lawmaking, which has translated to stimulating economic growth and prompting competition.

“What is expected of modern legislatures goes beyond the traditional role of representation, law-making and oversight. The legislature in Nigeria must serve a greater purpose within wider national democratisation processes. Over the last two decades, the National Assembly has transitioned from being the weaker institution to becoming a strong and capable agent of change. Our activism in the area of law-making is attested to by the unprecedented record we have set in the area of law-making. Some of these laws are specifically designed to stimulate economic growth and promote competition. We have also successfully intervened in crises situations to save the country from avoidable collapse.”

While commending the bond between National Institute For Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) and University of Benin (UNIBEN) for collaborating on the academic programmes, he congratulated all the graduands on the successful completion of their programmes and urged them to be great ambassadors of the institution of the Legislature.

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