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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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NASS postpones resumption to October 9

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Clerk of the National Assembly, M. A. Sani- Omolori has announced the extension of the annual recess of lawmakers due to activities of the primaries of political parties.

Different political parties would be engaging in primaries to produce flag-bearers of elective positions for the 2019 elections.

The federal legislature was billed to resume on the 25th of September after over two months of break.

But a statement from Omolori declared the new resumption date to be Tuesday, 9th October.

The statement said “all distinguished Senators and Honourable members are expected to resume plenary session by 10 am on the 9th of October, please.”

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NASS Joint Committee Approves New Electoral Bill

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The National Assembly has produced another version of the electoral act amendment bill addressing concerns raised by president Muhammadu Buhari.

In the latest version which is the 4th in the series, the use of card reader is clearly spelt-out.
The document however eliminates the contentious issues of sequence of elections.

The joint committee on electoral act met for the second time in two days and at the end of the closed door session which lasted several hours, a decision was finally reached on the electoral act amendment bill 2018.
With the lawmakers coming up with what they believe is a clean version for presidential assent.
The latest version which the lawmakers hope would be their final copy is a blend of the older versions albeit with slight but significant amendments.
Quite notable is the outright removal of a poisonous clause on sequence of election.

The new version takes away from the national assembly the power to legislate on local government elections but restores section 138 c & d which explains the grounds on which elections can be challenged.
The new version may have finally rested the controversy over card reader with the lawmakers admitting that card reader was not included in the last version of the bill turned down by president Buhari.

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APC Asks Saraki To Reconvene National Assembly Now

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is hiding under the yet-to-be assented Electoral Act Amendment Bill to draw attention away from what it described as the treasonable actions of the senate president, Bukola Saraki who has refused to convene the National Assembly to consider at plenary the crucial 2019 election budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The All Progressives Congress therefore, insisted that the National Assembly must be convened immediately.
The party noted that the Electoral Amendment Bill passed by the National Assembly was alive and awaiting assent noting that assent to bills in all democratic governments reflect the prudence and discretion of the president in balancing the powers of key constitutional bodies and understanding the concerns of the executive.
APC condemned what it regarded as the abuse of office by the senate president backed by his PDP cohorts in sabotaging the executive, specifically INEC.
The APC called on all Nigerians, civil society and the international community to resist the on-going travesty and legislative rascality being perpetuated by the senate president and the PDP, saying the sanctity of Nigeria’s electoral system is being threatened by the orchestrated sabotage and deliberate attempt to weaken INEC, as Nigeria prepares for general elections in 2019.

 

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Court halts Saraki from declaring Akpabio’s Seat Vacant

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An FCT High Court sitting in Bwari has restrained Senate President Bukola Saraki from declaring the seat of former Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, vacant.

Justice Othman Musa on Wednesday also ordered Saraki not to impede Senator Akpabio’s access to the Senate building or take any action aimed at “overreaching his privileges and rights as a Senator pending the determination of the originating Summons of the applicant.”

Justice Musa ordered service of the originating Summons and other processes on Saraki through either the Clerk of the National Assembly, Clerk of the Senate or any other Clerk or reasonable staff of the National Assembly at the Assembly complex.
The orders were made after an ex parte application by Akpabio’s lawyers, Chikaosolu Ojukwu and Ebere Ahanonu, seeking to stop moves to declare his seat vacant following his defection from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The suit has been adjourned to August 29 for further hearing.
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Saraki Appoints Onaiwu As Liaison Officer On State Matters

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The Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki has appointed Earl Osaro Onaiwu as liaison officer to the senate president on state matters.

This was contained in a statement by special adviser (media and publicity) to senate president Yusuph Olaniyonu.
Onaiwu who is a politician and public administrator will help to co-ordinate relationship between the office of the senate president and the various state governments across the country.
The 56 year old Osaro Onaiwu, was the former director general Nigerian governors’ forum under Former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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NASS Resumption: Lawmakers Trade Blames

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Nigerian lawmakers have been trading blames over the failure to reconvene the national assembly on Tuesday as earlier scheduled.

Some of them resorted to name calling while others are shifting blame.
The lawmakers who were just milling around the national assembly premises came around with the hope to sit and others who came for committee meetings bared their minds on the scheduled reconvening of the legislature.
Some of them resorted to calling their colleagues Judases who have vowed to frustrate any efforts to reconvene the assembly.
Some others shifted the blame and absolved the leadership of the national assembly of the failure to reconvene the national assembly; they said it was not the fault of the lawmakers themselves but the prevailing circumstances.
However, the leadership of the national assembly issued a statement to the effect that no date has been fixed for the sitting and that the virement request is yet to be processed.

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PDP Reps Threaten Boycott Of Parliamentary Activities

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the house of representatives has threatened ‘a fire for fire’, boycott of reconvening and all parliamentary activities over what it calls “unconstitutional and anti-democratic siege on the Benue state house of assembly by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government.”

Speaking to newsmen at the House of Representatives, the house deputy minority leader, Chukwuka Onyema described the situation as unacceptable.

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Benue Assembly Taken Over By Security, Members Barred From Sitting

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The Benue state assembly premises was taken over by security personnel on Friday and barred members from reconvening to deliberate on issues of urgent state importance.

Ad-hoc committee chairman on publicity, Paul Biam said no cogent reason has been given by the most senior security personnel as to why the assembly was besieged by the security except that he had superior orders from above to take charge.
Biam maintained that as law abiding citizens they will not resort to resisting the security but rather search for an alternative venue to meet as they were duty bound by the constitution to sit at any location to do their legislative business.
While the recently impeached speaker Terkimbi Ikyange still maintains he remains speaker the ad hoc committee chairman on publicity said the issue of the dissolution of the assembly’s previous leadership is certainty not in contention.
On July 24 a vote of no confidence was passed on the previous leadership which led to their dissolution and new leaders were elected.

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SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018

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8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOURTH SESSION NO. 16
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SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER
Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018
1. Prayers 2. Approval of the Votes and Proceedings 3. Oaths 4. Announcements (if any) 5. Petitions
PRESENTATION OF BILLS
1. National Housing Fund Act CAP N45 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1077) – First Reading Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
2. Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 697) – First Reading Sen. Magnus Abe (Rivers South-East).
PRESENT ATION OF REPORTS
1. Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters Sen. David Umaru (Niger East) -That the Senate do receive the reports of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on:
a. The Confirmation of Nominations of Senator Abba Ali and Mr. Mohammed Sagir for Appointment as Members (Non-Legal) Federal Judicial Service Commission; and
b. The Firearms Act (Amendment) Bill,2018 (SB. 489) – To be Laid.
2. Report of the Joint Committee on Power, Steel Development & Metallurgy and Gas Resources The urgent need to save the 215 Megawatts (MW) Kaduna Power Plant Sen. Enyinnaya H. Abaribe (Abia South) and Sen. Bassey A. Akpan (Akwa lboni North-East) -That the Senate do receive the report of the Joint Committee on Power, Steel Development & Metallurgy and Gas Resources on the urgent need to save the 215 Megawatts (MW) Kaduna Power Plant – To be Laid.
3. Report of the Committee Finance The urgent need to review the Excise Tariff Increment in order to save Local Distillers of Beverages from looming extinction Sen. John Owan Enoh (Cross River Central) -That the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Finance on the urgent need to review the Excise Tariff Increment in order to save Local Distillers of Beverages from looming extinction – To be Laid.
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PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS
1. Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions Sen. Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim (Kioara South) -That the Senate do receive and consider the Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the Confirmation of the Nomination of Mr. Banire, Muiz Adeyemi Ph.D, SAN for Appointment as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria III compliance with Section 10(1) of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Act, 2010.
2. Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions Sen. Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim (Ktoara South) -That the Senate do receive and consider the Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the Nomination of Mr. Folashodun Adeb isi Shonubi for Appointment as the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in accordance with the provisions of Section 8(1) (2) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) (Establishment) Act 2007.
3. Report of the Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs The Reflection of Federal Character on all Federal Gouennnent Appointments Sen. Tijjani Yahaya Kaura tZamfara North) -That the Senate do receive and consider the Report of the Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs on the Reflection of Federal Character on all Federal Government Appointments.
4. Conference Committee Report Federal Audit Seruice Commission Bill, 2018 (HE. 107) Sen. Matthew A. Urhoghide (Edo South) -That the Senate do consider the Conference Committee Report on the Federal Audit Service Commission Bill, 2018 (HB. 107).
5. Report of the Committee on Special Duties National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Intemally Displaced Persons Bill, 2018 (SB. 335) Sen. Abdul Aziz M. Nyako tAdamaura 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) – Adjonrned Consideration Thursday, 19th lilly, 2018 (Clause 21 ).
BILLS I;OR CONCURRENCE
1. Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria Act CAP F 16 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 911) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
2. Engineering (Registration, etc) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1092) – lOnClI11″Pl1rp Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
3. Chartered Institute of Commodity Brokers of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (HE. 528) – COnC1I11″eIlCe Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
4. Immigration Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 480) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
5. Small and Medium Scale Development Agency Act 2003 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 803) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
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CONSIDERA nON OF REPORTS
1. Report of the Committee on Science and Technology Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Bill, 2018 (SB. 585) Sen. Robert Ajayi Boroffice (Ondo North) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Science and Technology on the Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Bill, 2018 (SB. 585).
2. 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) – Adiourned Consideration, Tuesday, i» Jllly, 2018 (Clause 5).
3. Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters Nigerian Law Reform Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 26) Sen. David Umaru (Niger East) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters on the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 26).
COMMITTEE MEETINGS
No. Committee Date Time Venue
1. Petroleum Resources Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 3.00pm Committee Room 327 Upstream Senate New Building
2. Ad-hoc Committee on Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 2.00pm Committee Room 328 Investigation of Allegations Senate New Building of Corruption against NNPC Trading Ltd.
3. Gas Resources Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 1.00pm Committee Room 305 Senate New Building
4. Establishment and Public Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 12:00noon Committee Room 438 Service Senate New Building
5. Joint Committee on Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 3.00pm Committee Room 107 Establishment of Museum Senate New Building And Archives
6. Banking, Insurance & Other Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 1.00pm & 3:00pm Committee Room 221 Financial Institutions Senate New Building
7. Public Accounts Tue. 24thThu. 26th& Fri 27thJuly, 2018 1.30pm Police Service (Oversight Visit) Commission Office
8. Power, Steel Development Wednesday, 25thJuly, 2018 2.00pm Committee Room 431 And Metallurgy Senate New Building
9. Privatization Wednesday, 25thJuly, 2018 12:00noon BPE Office (Oversight Visit) Maitama, Abuja
10. Water Resources Wednesday, 25thJuly, 2018 1.30pm Sen. Office Room 0.29 Senate New Building.

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House Rescinds 14 Clauses of the Electoral Act, (Amendment) Bill, 2018

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The House at its plenary session of Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 Rescinded 14 Clauses of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 Pursuant to Order 9 Rule 1(6) of the Standing Orders of the House. Presenting the motion on the floor of the House Hon. Orker- Jev Y.E (Benue) recalled that the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was passed by both Houses and that the Report of the Conference Committee that harmonized the areas of difference in the Bill was adopted on Thursday, 7 June, 2018.
He stated that the amendments were intended to strengthen the electoral process in Nigeria, more particularly the 2019 General Election and that in the cause of the final cleaning up of the Bill passed some provisions were found to negate the essence of the amendment.
Accordingly, he stated that the House resolved to rescind its decision on Clauses 3, 5, 8, 11(2), 13(b), 14 (4), 15(3), 18, 21, 23, 24, 28, 32 and 38 of the Bill as passed, The Bill was then recommitted to Committee of the whole for reconsideration after which its recommendations were adopted and  passed.

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