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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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Laws can help fight terrorism in Africa- Senate President

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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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