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Reps to probe selective cutoff marks for unity schools

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The House of Representatives has mandated its committee on Basic Education and Services to investigate multiple cut-off marks for admission of peoples into Nigerian Unity schools.
The resolution followed the adoption of a motion moved by Randolph Brown on Tuesday, entitled: A call to investigate the criteria for the varied cut-off-marks for admission into unity schools by the National Common Entrance Examination Board (NCEEB).
Leading the debate on the motion, Brown noted there is a “trend of varied cutoff marks for students who ought to study the same courses in the future and practice the same professions is dangerous for our already epileptic educational system and will no doubt effect the development of the country in the long run.
“Concerned that most of the compromised cutoff marks do not make up to 50% of the requisite 100%, while in some cases the marks do not make up to even 20% of the requisite percentage.”
Brown added that while some students are required to have 65% to qualify, some are required to have as low as 14% for male and 12% for females.
He stressed that is the situation is not reversed, it would lead to human capital underdevelopment.
When the motion was put to vote by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, the “ayes” had it.

 

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House to Investigate the Sales of Mint Naira Notes and Black-Market Sale of the Naira

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The House of Representatives at its plenary session of Wednesday 18 July 2018 urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to commence an immediate withdrawal of mutilated naira notes in circulation and replace them with new notes.
Presenting the motion, Hon. Adekoya Abdel-Majid Adesegun (PDP: Ogun) decried the devaluation of the Naira in the international market and its challenges within the country as represented in the poor manner that citizens handle it. He said that the Naira was often seen in “inglorious forms” with most of the notes in circulation being badly torn, terribly squeezed, soiled, cello taped, dirty and mutilated, especially the 100 Naira note carrying the face of Obafemi Awolowo-the late sage and historical leader of the former South West region.
He also expressed concern on the serious health implications posed by dirty naira notes, as they carried parasites and bacteria and were therefore sources of infection and potential carriers of communicable diseases. In addition, he blamed the banks stating that their general practice of paying customers in N1000 and N500 notes often meant that lesser denominations stayed longer in circulation gathering dirt with attendant consequences on human health. He also questioned the said general practice of banks as the lesser denominations were often readily available in black markets.
The House of Representatives also mandated its Committee on Banking and Currency to investigate the black-marketing of mint naira notes on streets despite being unavailable in banks and assigned its Committees on Legislative Compliance to ensure strict compliance.

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SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Tuesday, 17th July, 2018

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8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 30 FOURTH SESSION NO. 11

SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER
Tuesday, 17th July, 2018

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

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

1. Report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions Sen. Samuel Anyanwu (Imo East) -That the Senate do receive the reports of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions in respect of:
a. Petition from Alhaji Kabiru Suleiman against the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) for Alleged Forced Retirement from the Commission;

b. Petition from Eze O. Chukwuma against the Military Pensions Board And Fidelity Bank Plc for Non-payment of His Gratuity and Perpetuation of Fraud in His Bank Account;

c. Petition from Engr. Rasheedat Al-Bashir against Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) For Her Unlawful Dismissal from the Service of the Company; and

d. Report of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on the Screening of Nominees for the Code for the Conduct Bureau (CCB) – To be Laid.

ORDERS OF THE DAY CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

1. Report of the Committee on Police Affairs Confirmation for Appointment as Chairman and members of the Police Service Commission (PSC) Sen. Abu Ibrahim (Katsina South) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Police Affairs on the Confirmation of the Nomination of the following persons for Appointment as Chairman and members of the Police Service Commission (PSC) in compliance with the provisions of Sections 153(1) (m) and 154(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). S/N NAME POSITION ZONE
1. Musiliu Adeola Kunbi Smith CFR, M.Sc, FNIM, fwc Chairman South West
2. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, (FNICArb) (rtd) Full time Commissioner North East
3. Lawal Bawa (AIG) Rtd, CON, mni Full time Commissioner North West
4. Muhammad H. Najatu Member North West
5. Braimoh Adogame Austin Member South South
6. Barr. Rommy Mom Member North Central
7. Dr. Nkemka Oshimiri Jombo-Ofo Member South East

2. 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 consider the report of the Committee on Special Duties on the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons Bill, 2018 (SB. 335). 3. Report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development National Fertilizer Quality (Control) Act Bill, 2018 (SB. 338) Sen. Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development on the National Fertilizer Quality (Control) Bill, 2018 (SB. 338). 4. Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Facility Management Council of Nigeria (FMCN)(Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 340) Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the Facility Management Council of Nigeria (FMCN)(Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 340).

5. Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service The Counselling Practitioners Council of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 636) Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the Counselling Practitioners Council of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 636).

6. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND Federal College of Education (Technical), Arochukwu (Est, etc) Bill 2018 (SB. 519) Sen. Jibrin Barau (Kano North) -That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal College of Education (Technical), Arochukwu (Est, etc) Bill 2018 (SB. 519).

7. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND Federal College of Education, Usugbenu-Irrua (Est, etc) Bill 2018 (SB. 554) Sen. Jibrin Barau (Kano North) -That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal College of Education, Usugbenu-Irrua (Est, etc) Bill 2018 (SB. 554).

8. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND Federal Polytechnic, Kabo (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 407) Sen. Jibrin Barau (Kano North) -That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal Polytechnic, Kabo (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 407).

9. Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters National Commission for Peace, Reconciliation and Mediation Bill, 2018 (SB. 74) Sen. David Umaru (Niger East) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters on the National Commission for Peace, Reconciliation and Mediation Bill, 2018 (SB. 74).

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

1. Joint Committee on Tuesday, 17th July, 2018 3.00pm Committee Room 107 Establishment of Museum Senate New Building And Archives
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2. FCT Tuesday, 17th July, 2018 2.00pm Conference Room 231 Senate New Building

3. Downstream Petroleum Tuesday, 17th July, 2018 2.00pm Conference Room 221 Sector Senate New Building 4. Health Tuesday, 17th July, 2018 9.00am-5:00pm Transcorp Hilton, (Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage) Abuja

5. Ad-Hoc Committee on Tue. 17th – Thu. 19th July, 2018 1.00pm Committee Room 204 Alleged Mis-use, Under- (Public Hearing) Senate New Building Remittance and other fraudulent Activities.

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Senate laments dilapidated Enugu airport

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The Senate has called for an emergency reconstruction of the runway of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu state.
The lawmakers mandated their committee on Aviation to look into the design and construction of runway.
The Red chamber also urged the Federal Ministry of Transport and other relevant authorities, to as a matter of emergency, resurface, reconstruct and extend the length of the runway.
They lamented the several potholes and cracks created as a result of the weight of landing aircraft.
Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu is the first airport east of the Niger that was built even before Nigeria’s independence and upgraded to the status of International Airport on August 24, 2013.
The Sponsor of the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North) in his presentation informed that the airport also lacks approach lights at two ends of the runway.
He said: “Considering that the South-east is the last, among all the geopolitical zones of Nigeria, to have an international airport, the condition of the runway of the airport is disheartening and it would not only expose users of the airport to harm and avoidable accident, it would also discourage international airlines and interests from using the airport.”
The Presiding Officer, Ike Ekweremadu conveyed his worries noting that the south east caucus has discussed the issue with the President who showed concern but “we allow disasters to happen before we act. I think we have a problem of how we respond to disasters.”
Ekweremadu described the airport as a “fraud on the government” because “it was poorly constructed.”

 

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House Decries the Spate of Wanton Killings, Forceful Occupations, Proliferation of Firearms, and Other Criminal Activities in the Country

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The House of Representatives at its plenary session of Thursday, 12 July, 2018 urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to immediately deploy officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to trouble spots and flashpoints where crimes are prevalent, as a palliative means to curb the spate of wanton killings, forceful occupation and proliferation of firearms in the country.
Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye (APC: Lagos) stated that there has been an unabated rise in the spate of killings and several other criminal activities across the country and that different criminal groups now converge, plan and brazenly execute crimes against people in Nigeria without fear arrest and prosecution, as the security agencies seem to be doing little or nothing to bring the criminals to book. He stated that if the trend is not addressed, Nigeria may become a thriving ground for not only indigenous criminal gangs who may become so emboldened as to become full-blown terror groups, but also a target location for international terrorist groups.
Speaking further, he expressed concern that notwithstanding the various security formations of the Nigeria Police Force and their collaboration with other security agencies, insecurity still pervades the nation. He proposed viable tactics to achieving a reasonable reduction of crime in Nigeria is to employ community policing and grassroots intelligence gathering, which can be achived through the establishment of State Police.
Hon. Agunsoye further stated that right to life and peaceful cohabitation of persons living in Nigeria should not be compromised and the Federal Government has a constitutional duty to protect the people and ensure peace and safety across the country.
Responding to the call for the establishment of State Police, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno (APC: Borno) recalled instances of abuse of state institutions by State Governors and observed that state governments were already unable to fund the state institutions and this would add to the financial burden of States. Hon. Rimamnde Shawulu Kwewun (PDP:Taraba) suggested that the Nigerian Police Force could be reformed instead of creating State Police, which would only be transferring the problem and not solving it.

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SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Thursday, 12th July, 2018

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8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 24 FOURTH SESSION NO. 8

SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER
Thursday, 12th July, 2018

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

PRESENTATION OF A BILL

1. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria(Alteration) Bill, 2018 (SB. 694) – First Reading Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West) and 75 Others.

PRESENTATION OF A REPORT

1. Report of the Committee on Environment National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency Act 2006 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 557) Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) -That the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Environment on the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency Act 2006 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 557) – To be Laid.

ORDERS OF THE DAY MOTIONS

1. Need for emergency reconstruction of the Runway of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu. Sponsor: Senator Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North)

The Senate:
Informed that while aboard an Air Peace flight from Abuja to Enugu, the pilot made a chilling announcement about the state of the runway of the Akanu Ibiam International airport and enjoined passengers on board who can get the necessary authorities to listen to help in immediately setting about the resurfacing of the runway to forestall accident as the potholes and cracks pot- marking the runway make take-off and landing a bumpy and frightening undertaking;
Observes that the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu is the first Airport east of the Niger that was built even before Nigeria’s independence and was only upgraded to the status of International Airport on August 24, 2013, long after Port- Harcourt Airport was;
Notes that the runway before it was upgraded was 2400 metres length and 45 metres width but after the upgrade, it was extended to 3000 metres length which can now take medium to large size aircraft; 25 Thursday, 12th July, 2018 8

Informed that a result of a technical appraisal shows that due to high water table of the airport, water percolates and gets trapped between upper asphalt and bottom concrete and this persistent retention of water weakens asphalt and creates potholes and cracks as a result of the weight of landing aircraft which are now heavier that the aircraft of the 60s and 70s;
Informed that palliative works carried out in the last quarter of 2017 to create water drains embedded in the asphalt surface end to end have not solved the problem as transition between new asphalt and old asphalt makes the surface rough and bumpy;
Further informed that the airport also lacks approach lights at two ends of the runway which has necessitated that the airport operates between 7am to 7pm and the nearness of the runway to Orie Emene market attracts birds which perch around refuse dumps and abattoirs in the market that are awfully dangerous to aircraft engines especially during take- off and landing;
Considering that the South- East is the last, among all the geo- political zones of Nigeria, to have an international airport, the condition of the runway of the airport is disheartening and it would not only expose users of the airport to harm and avoidable accident, it would also discourage international airlines and interests from using the airport;
Notes that the upgrade of the airport to international status was a fulfillment of the dreams of the people of South-East of Nigeria who are famed entrepreneurs and have long clamoured for direct flights to parts of the world where they engage in myriad of commercial activities in order to cut costs associated with logistics and distance,
Accordingly resolves to:
Urge the Federal Ministry of Transport and other relevant Authorities, to as a matter of emergency, resurface and reconstruct the Runway of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, and also extend the length of the Runway.

2. Gruesome killing of 40 people in Sokoto State by Armed Bandits.

Sponsor: Sen. Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central) Co-Sponsor: Sen. Aliyu M. Wamakko (Sokoto North)

The Senate:

Notes with sadness the gruesome and unprecedented killing of innocent and defenseless people (40 in number) in Sokoto by Armed Bandits on Monday morning at Dogon- yero in Gandi District in Raba Local government Area of Sokoto;

Further concerned that these armed bandits are operating in Zamfara forest where they carry nefarious and barbaric killing of innocent people over a period of 2years;

Further notes that they moved with motorcycles that carry up to three people numbering about thirty motorcycles in all, meaning that the armed bandits were up to 90;

Worried that the armed bandits sent 2 people to the village to buy food for them and the villagers observed that the emissaries were armed and they were interrogated by the villagers and found to be armed bandits similar to the ones operating in Zamfara. The villagers apprehended and executed the two emissaries;

Further notes that the armed bandits sent advance notice to the villagers that they were coming to retaliate the killing of their people;

Notes with sympathy that the Chairman of the local government and the Village Head alerted the law enforcement agencies on this notice of the bandits. Security was provided for a period of 5days after which they were withdrawn, immediately the security agencies were withdrawn, the armed bandits moved in and started killing indiscriminately using AK47 riffles. The situation now is that most of the villagers have left their homes out of fear and so many are still stranded in the bush, not to mention the injured ones still at the hospital and others rendered homeless,

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Accordingly resolves to:

i. Urge the Federal Government to mandate the Airforce and the Police helicopter division to carry Ariel surveillance of both Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi state with the view of identifying the locations and hideouts of these bandits and deal with them decisively;

ii. Urge the Inspector General of Police (I.G.P) through the commissioner of Police in the 3 States to set up a Special Squad to mop up the whole Zone and get rid of the armed bandits;

iii. Call for synergy between the DSS, the Police and the armed forces with the view of sharing intelligence and strategies to embark upon in getting rid of the armed bandits;

iv. Observe one minute silence in honour of the departed soul;

v. Request the NEMA to send Emergency Relief to the affected communities; and

vi. Send a delegation to condole with the government and people of Sokoto State over this unfortunate incidents
CONSIDERATION OF BILLS

1. A Bill For An Act To Authorize the Issue from the Federal Capital Territory Administration Statutory Revenue Fund of the Federal Capital Territory Administration Account, the total Sum of =N=271,532,518,887 (Two Hundred and Seventy One Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty Two Million, Five Hundred and Eighteen Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty Seven Naira) only of which the Sum of =N=56,166,171,520 (Fifty Six Billion, One Hundred and Sixty Six Million, One Hundred And Seventy One Thousand, Five Hundred And Twenty Naira) Only, is for Personnel Costs and the Sum of =N=61,134,045,738 (Sixty One Billion, One Hundred and Thirty Four Million, Forty Five Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty Eighty Naira) only, is for Overhead Costs whilst the Balance Of =N=154,232,301,630 (One Hundred And Fifty Four Billion, Two Hundred And Thirty Two Million, Three Hundred and One Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirty Naira) only, is for Capital Projects for the Service of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for the Financial Year commencing from 1st January and ending on 31st December and for other matters, 2018 (SB.690 ) – Second Reading Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
2. A Bill for an Act to establish the Federal University of Agriculture Zuru (Est, etc) and for other connected matters, 2018 (SB. 686) – Second Reading Sen. Bala Ibn Na’allah (Kebbi South).

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

1. Report of the Committee on National Identity Card and National Population Commission Screening of Twenty Three (23) Nominees for Confirmation of Appointment as Commissioners Sen. Suleiman O. Hunkuyi (Kaduna North) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on National Identity Card and National Population Commission on the Screening of Twenty Three (23) Nominees for Confirmation of Appointment as Commissioners for National Population Commission.

2. 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 consider the report of the Committee on Special Duties on the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons Bill, 2018 (SB. 335). 3. Report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development National Fertilizer Quality (Control) Act Bill, 2018 (SB. 338) Sen. Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development on the National Fertilizer Quality (Control) Bill, 2018 (SB. 338).

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4. Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Facility Management Council of Nigeria (FMCN)(Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 340) Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the Facility Management Council of Nigeria (FMCN)(Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 340).

5. Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service The Counselling Practitioners Council of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 636) Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the Counselling Practitioners Council of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 636).

6. Report of the Committee on Information and National Orientation Agency for National Ethics and Values (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (HB. 519) Sen. Suleiman Adokwe (Nasarawa South) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Information and National Orientation on the Agency for National Ethics and Values (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (HB. 519). 7. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND Federal College of Education (Technical) Arochukwu (Est, etc) Bill 2018 (SB. 519) Sen. Jibrin Barau (Kano North) -That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal College of Education (Technical) Arochukwu (Est, etc) Bill 2018 (SB. 519).

8. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND Federal College of Education Usugbenu-Irrua (Est, etc) Bill 2018 (SB. 554) Sen. Jibrin Barau (Kano North) -That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal College of Education Usugbenu-Irrua (Est, etc) Bill 2018 (SB. 554).

9. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND Federal Polytechnic Kabo (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 407) Sen. Jibrin Barau (Kano North) -That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal Polytechnic Kabo (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 407).

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

No. Committee Date Time Venue

1. Local Content Thursday, 12th July, 2018 2.00pm Committee Room 211 Senate New Building 2. Ecology and Climate Thursday, 12th July, 2018 1.00pm Committee Room 107 Change Senate New Building

3. Power, Steel Development Thursday, 12th July, 2018 2.00pm Committee Room 224 And Metallurgy Senate New Building

4. Ad-hoc Committee on Thursday, 19th July, 2018 2.00pm Committee Room 117 Investigation of Allegations Senate New Building of Corruption against NNPC Trading Ltd.

5. Gas Resources Thursday, 12th July, 2018 1.00pm Committee Room 117 Senate New Building

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Senate Summons Attorney General over Unlawful Issuance of Executive Orders by the President

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The Senate at its plenary session on Wednesday, 11th July 2018, adopted a resolution summons the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami to appear before the Senate at plenary for a briefing session over the unlawful issuance of several Executive Orders by President Muhammadu Buhari without recourse to the National Assembly.
Presenting a motion titled ” Alarming rise in cases of Alleged Human Rights violations and consistent assault on the provisions of the Constitutions by the Executive” Sen. David Umaru(APC: Niger) expressed concerns over the incessant cases of alleged human rights violations perpetrated on citizens by agencies of government. Notably, he mentioned the continuous detention of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki despite several court orders granting him bail and the recent arrest of Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe(PDP: Abia) by personnel of the State Security Service.
Sen. Umaru informed lawmakers that the Executive had violated certain provisions of the Constitution in its course of discharging its duties. For instance, he mentioned that President Muhammadu Buhari recently enacted Executive Order No.006 which permits security agencies to freeze the assets of persons standing trial without recourse to a court order. He also noted that the decision of the President to issue such order without the authorization of the National Assembly clearly goes against the principle of separation of powers.
Sen. Umaru also drew the attention of the Senate to the President’s withdrawal of $496 million from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) for the purchase of aircrafts from the United State Government without prior approval by the National Assembly as provided for in section 80 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended)
The Senate further resolved to:
Urge Federal Government constitutes a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate all cases of human rights;
Urge the Federal Government to adhere to court orders; and
Urge the Federal Government to guarantee the protection of the rights of citizens by reviewing its security structures.

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PRESS RELEASE:Ekweremadu, Others’ Bill on State Police Scales First Reading

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The First Reading of the Constitution Alteration Bill for the Establishment of State Police and other related matters was taken at the Senate plenary on Thursday.

The Bill sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate and the Chairman, Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, also has all members of the Committee as co-sponsors.

It seeks to establish The Federal Police and State Police, while also creating the National Police Service Commission, National Police Council, and State Police Service Commission for the states.

The Federal Police, according to the Bill, shall “be responsible for the maintenance of public security, preservation of public order and security of persons and property throughout the federation”, and “provide state policing for any state that is unable to operate a State Police until such a time that a State Police is established by the House of Assembly of that state”.
The Bill proposes the appointment of the Commissioner of Police of a state by the Governor on the advice of the National Police Service Commission and subject to confirmation of the House of Assembly, while the term of office of the Commissioner of Police shall be for a period of five years only or until he attains a retirement age prescribed by law, whichever is earlier.

“The Governor or such other Commissioner of the Government of the State as he may authorise in that behalf may give to the Commissioner of Police such lawful directions with respect to the maintenance and securing of public safety and public order as he may consider necessary, and the Commissioner of Police shall comply with those directions or cause them to be complied with.

“Provided that where the Commissioner of Police feels that any order given under this subsection is unlawful or contradicts general policing standards or practice, he may request that the matter be referred to the State Police Service Commission for review and the decision of the State Police Service Commission shall be final”, it proposes.

Also, whereas a Commissioner of Police of a State may be removed on the grounds of misconduct, serious breach of policing standards, conviction by a court of law or tribunal, indictment by a judicial body or tribunal for corruption, participation in political activities, among others, such removal must be approved by two-thirds majority of the State House of Assembly.

It goes on to propose that an “Act of the National Assembly may prescribe a bi-annual certification review of the activities of State Police by the National Police Service Commission to ensure they meet up with approved national standards and guidelines of policing and their operations do not undermine national integrity, promote ethnic, tribal or sectional agenda or marginalize any segment of the society within the state”.

Meanwhile, The National Police Service Commission shall comprise representatives of the National Human Rights Commission, Public Complaints Commission, Labour, Nigeria Bar Association, Nigeria Union of Journalists, and the Attorney-General of each state, in addition to six retired police officers not below the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police as well as Chairman a Chairman to be confirmed by the Senate.

In the same vein, the State Police Service Commission shall comprise a representative of the Federal Government appointed by the National Police Service Commission, two members to be appointed by the National Human Rights Commission who must be indigenes of the respective states, a representative of the Public Complaints Commission, one representative of the Labour appointed by the Chairman of the state chapter, a representative of the NBA, and a representative of the NUJ. Others are three retired police officers to be appointed by the Governor from each senatorial district and the Commission Chairman whom must all be confirmed by the State House of Assembly.

The Bill further provides that the State Police Service Commission shall be responsible for, among others, recommending the appointment of a Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police, and Assistant Commissioner of Police to the National Police Service Commission in addition to appointment, discipline, and removal of members of the state police below the rank of the Assistant Commissioner of Police.

The National Police Service Commission, on the other hand, shall be responsible for the appointment of persons to offices (other than the office of the Inspector-General of Police) in the Federal Police Service; exercising disciplinary control over members of the Federal Police; recommending to the Governor of a State the appointment of the Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police and Assistant Commissioners of Police of State Police; recommending to the Governor the discipline and removal of the Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police, and Assistant Commissioner of Police of State Police as well as supervising the activities of Federal and State Police and prescribing standards for all police forces in the country in training, criminal intelligence data bases, forensic laboratories, and render assistance to the State Police in areas as may be requested by such State Police.

Ekweremadu, who presided at plenary, assured that Bill would receive utmost attention.

“The Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution has fulfilled its mandate. I am sure that we will take the Second Reading as soon as possible and probably send it for public hearing through the Committee so that we fast-track it as directed by the Senate”, he said.

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12/07/18

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Despite recent rebuff, Senate summons police boss again

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The Senate has mandated its Committee on Police Affairs to look into the circumstances that led to the attack on policemen on Monday at Galadimawa Junction, Abuja which led to the death of seven officers.
The Committee will also investigate a similar shooting incident 24 hours earlier in which two policemen were killed at a checkpoint near Manderegi village in Abaji.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki who raised the issue on the floor of the Senate today said that it is important for the National Assembly to show concern and care for the Police irrespective of their short comings.
“I think as a National Assembly, as much as we pay attention to ordinary citizens that lose their lives either by the action or inaction of the police, we should be seen to also protect and be there for those who protect our lives.
“I will like us to find out what happened with regards to these seven police officers that were killed, the circumstances and how we can commiserate with the families and do whatever needs to be done so that police officers will know we care and appreciate what they are doing,” Saraki said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina) has revealed that the Committee has invited the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris over the killing of the policemen and the recent protest by officers against the Nigerian Police Force in Maiduguri.
The Committee is expected to conclude its work and report back to the Senate next week Wednesday.

 

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House calls for MDAs to Account for Funds Spent on Information Technology

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The House of Representatives Committees on Public Accounts and Finance will probe how Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) utilized funds appropriated for Information Technology (IT) after Hon. Iboro Ekanem moved a motion drawing attention to the deficit in Nigeria’s IT infrastructure despite the huge sums allocated for its development.
Presenting the motion, Hon. Iboro Ekanem (PDP:Akwa Ibom) stressed that the matter was of urgent concern as the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) claimed that MDAs spend about $2 billion on Information Technology (IT) projects annually without commensurate results. He also made reference to allegations that proposals to implement IT projects had become the latest medium to steal public funds by corrupt individuals.
Speaking further, the lawmaker stated a recent investigation by NITDA indicated that many IT projects were riddled with poor conceptualization and had no clear sustainability plan. He also accused MDA’s for embarking on IT projects that were duplicated, wasteful and at times a conduit pipe to syphon public funds on the basis of NITDA’s report. He expressed fear that complacency by the House on the matter could encourage MDA’s to continue carrying out corrupt practices through false ICT projects to the detriment of the country.
The House of Representatives Committees on Public Accounts and Finance is expected to present its report back to plenary within four (4) weeks.

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Nigerian Senate Takes Action on Death of NYSC Corper

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The Nigerian Senate has resolved to investigate the circumstances surround the death of Miss Linda Angela Igwetu, the NYSC Corper who was allegedly shot by a Police Office two nights ago.
Senator Atai Aidoko, citing Order 42 and 52, raised the issue, stating that while on her way home with her friends, the corper was shot and rushed to Garki hospital, Abuja but was not treated because they needed a police report.
Commenting on the Motion, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said:
“There are two issues here. One, is how could this have happened? How could the officer mistakenly or otherwise have shot in such a way that led to this young ladies death?
“Secondly, we have passed this Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Act, and the President assented to it on the 30th of December 2017.
“Until we start holding people accountable to these kinds of incidents, they will not stop. What is the point of us passing a Bill, and the President assenting to it, then it becomes law, and still, people will decide that they will not treat a patient.
“Is it that they are not well-informed? Is it that they were not aware that such a law exists? There are a number of issues that we need to address.
“Every Nigerian life is important. Especially young ones that are just about to start their own lives and careers. This is a loss that could have been avoided.”
The Senate resolved to:
Mandate its Committee on Youth and Sports to investigate the death of the NYSC Corper; mandate its Committee on Health to investigate the non-treatment of the patient, and; mandate its Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the cause of the incident.
All three Committees have been directed to report back to the Senate in 2-weeks.

 

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