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Wednesday, 6th June, 2018

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Accordingly resolves to:

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

2. World Environment Day 2018.

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

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

The Senate:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Accordingly Resolves to:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Election postponement, disappointing – Senate President



President of the Nigerian Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said the last minute postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections has caused a great inconvenience to many Nigerians who are poised to vote for their choice as president and federal legislators.
Dr. Saraki who is also the Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council, in a statement in Ilorin, expressed shock and disappointment that after all the preparations by the electoral commission, the security services and other agencies of government, issues of logistics and related matters are now said to be responsible for postponing the federal elections at a time when Nigerians were ready to cast their votes.
“Waiting till just a few hours to commencement of voting before announcing postponement of elections is extremely sad. Nobody can quantify the difficulty that this will bring to people at every level. I empathize with youth corps members who have been relocated from their places of primary assignment to assist with the conduct of the elections.
“My thoughts also go to civil servants who left their bases to go and vote in their hometowns. I also sympathize with millions of ordinary Nigerian traders whose businesses were suspended because of the no movement order. Thus, the costs of this postponement are incalculable.
“However, I want to appeal to Nigerians not to be deterred, discouraged or disappointed. They must continue to be strong and determined to cast their votes for their preferred candidates. Next Saturday, they should try and forget the current setback and troop out en masse to vote for their preferred candidates. Not voting because of the postponement is not a good option for Nigerians. My appeal to our people is that we must still go out next Saturday to exercise our franchise.
“At this point, Government and INEC should focus on what is the way forward and ensure that the elections take place as rescheduled. They should move swiftly to smoothen all the rough edges. The commission must ensure we do not have a repeat of what happened today. We have been saying it that the 2019 elections should be a clear improvement on that of 2015.
“Nigerians are wiser. They will definitely punish this government that has displayed incompetence, lack of capacity and foresight and vote for the team that will get Nigeria working again.
“Let me urge our people to continue in their determination to cast their votes. They should remain resolute and come out en mass next Saturday to vote for the PDP. The Atiku-Obi ticket has the momentum on its side. This postponement will not slow us down. We have seven more days to get more voters to come out next Saturday and vote massively for PDP candidates,” Saraki stated.

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Lawmakers form committee on passage of minimum wage



The House of Representative has constituted a twelve-member adhoc committee to review the minimum wage amendment bill submitted to the National Assembly.
This followed the adoption of the second reading of the National Minimum Wage Amendment Bill.
The Executive Bill which was read for the first time on Thursday, January 24, was approved by the National Council of State meeting earlier in the week.
Better welfare
In passing the bill, the lawmakers stressed the importance of workers’ welfare to the development of any nation.
While describing the increase as inadequate, the lawmakers said given the high inflation since the last review that lead to increase in cost of living.
The lawmakers also requested that the minimum wage be periodically review every other year, to meet the reality on ground and to reduce corruption tendencies among public servants.
Passing the second reading of the bill, the Speaker explained that the adhoc committee will meet all relevant stakeholders on Monday, January 28, to pave the way for passing the bill next week.
The National Council of State had on Tuesday approved N27,000 minimum wage for State and private workers while the Federal Government had proposed N30,000 minimum wage for its workers, which the lawmakers described as inadequate.

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Nigerian Senate adjourns plenary for lack of quorum



Nigerian Senate on Tuesday adjourned its plenary for lack of quorum, after just ten of the 109 Senators turned up for the first session of this week.
Tuesday’s sitting, which commenced at 10:30 a.m local time, was adjourned five minutes later, as the rules guiding the Senate does not permit ten Senators only to legislate on any matter.
The motion for adjournment of plenary was moved by the Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye and seconded by the Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha.
According to Order 10(1)of the Senate Standing Rule, 2015 as Amended, “the quorum of the Senate shall be one-third of the members of the Senate.”
Also, Section 54(2) of the 1999 Constitution as Amended, states that “the quorum of the Senate or the House of Representatives shall be one-third of all the members of the legislative house concerned.”
So, 37 lawmakers were expected to be present in the Senate Chamber to form quorum.
A roll call of the Senators who were present at plenary shows that, President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Chief Whip-Senator Olusola Adeyeye, Minority Whip-Philip Aduda and Minority Leader-Emmanuel Bwacha.
Others are, Deputy Chief Whip-Senator Francis Alimikhena, Senator Andrew Uchendu, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, and Senator Shaba Lafiagi. Also present were, Senator Suleiman Adokwe, and Senator Gbolahon Dada.
Minimum wage bill
Meanwhile, the much awaited minimum wage bill earlier set for presentation at the resumed plenary on Tuesday was not read on the floor of the chamber because the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki did not give any indication as to whether the Bill has been received or not from the Presidency.
Voice of Nigeria recalls that the Presidency had earlier in the month, assured protesting workers that a Bill to legalise the new minimum wage of thirty thousand naira (=N=30, 000) monthly, would be transmitted to the National Assembly on Tuesday January 22, 2019.
Following a motion for adjournment, just five minutes into resumption, which did not give room for announcement, President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, thereafter accepted the motion and announced adjournment of plenary till Wednesday January 23, 2019.

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Thursday, 17th January, 2019

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

1. Federal Charities Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 719) – First Reading Sen. Duro Samuel Faseyi (Ekiti North).

1. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND Sen. Barau I. Jibrin (Kano North) -That the Senate do receive the reports of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the following Bills:

a. Education (National, Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 559); b. National Board for Technical Education (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 560); c. National Commission for Colleges of Education Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 561); d. Federal College of Education Act 1986 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 562); and e. JAMB Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 625) –To be Laid.


1. Confirmation of Nomination. Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader) -That the Senate do consider the Request of Mr. President C-n-C on the Confirmation of the Nomination of Modibbo R. Hamman Tukur for Appointment as Director of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit in accordance with the provision of Section 5(1) of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit Act, 2018.

2. Confirmation of Nomination. Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader) -That the Senate do consider the Request of Mr. President C-n-C on the Confirmation of the Nomination of the Chairman and Members of the Governing Board of the North-East Development Commission in accordance with the provisions of Section 2(5)(b) of the North-East Development Commission Act, 2017.

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1. Major General Paul Tarfa (Rtd) Chairman

2. Mohammed Goni Alkali MD/CEO

3. Musa Umar Yashi ED. Humanitarian Affairs

4. Muhammed Jawa B. ED. Admin. And Finance

5. Omar Maiwada Mohammed ED. Operations

6. Hon. David Sabo Kente Member Representing North East Zone

7. Asmau Mai-Eka Mohammed Member Representing North West Zone

8. Hon. Benjamin Tilley Adanyi Member Representing North Central Zone

9. Hon. Olawale Oshun Member Representing South West Zone

10. Dr. T. E. O. Ekechi Member Representing South East Zone

11. Mr. Obasuke Mcdonald Member Representing South South Zone


1. Withholding of Assent.

Senate Leader

The Senate:

Recalls that the President C-in-C had signified the withholding of his assent on the following Bills pursuant to section 58(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended):

i. The National Transport Commission (NTC) Bill, 2019; and

ii. The Institute of Chartered Biochemists and Molecular Biologists of Nigeria.

Notes that the rational for withholding the assent borders on the observation of Mr. President on some clauses in the Bills;

Relying on order 88(b)(c) of the Senate Rule,

Accordingly resolves to:

Refer the Bills to the respective Conference Committees to look into Mr. President C-in-C observation and report back to the Senate.

2. The Demise of Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari.

Sponsor: Sen. Ibrahim Abdullahi Danbaba (Sokoto South) Co-Sponsors: Sen. Aliyu Magatarda Wamakko (Sokoto North) Sen. Mohammed Adamu Aleiro (Kebbi Central) Sen. Ahmed Sani Yarima (Zamfara West) Sen. Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir (Sokoto East) Sen. Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North) Sen. Bala Ibn Na’allah (Kebbi South) Sen. Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara Central) Sen. Tijjani Yahaya (Zamfara North).

The Senate:

Notes with deep grief the death of Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari on Friday, 28th December, 2018 at the National Hospital, Abuja after a brief illness. He was the First Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria following his election to the office in 1979;

Notes also that Alhaji Shehu Shagari was born on 25th February, 1925 in Shagari Town in the present Sokoto State, the seat of the Caliphate. He started his education in a Quaranic school at a very early age in Shagari

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Town. He attended Yabo Elementary School from 1931-1935; Sokoto Middle School from 1936-1940, Barewa College Zaria from 1940-1944; and Teacher Training College, Zaria from 1945-1952;

Further notes that Shehu Shagari began his public service career in 1953 as a Science Teacher at Sokoto Middle School which lasted till 1958. He was also a member of the Federal Scholarship Board from 1954-1958;

Observes that he joined politics in 1951 when he became the Secretary of the Northern People’s Congress in Sokoto, a position he held until 1956. In 1954, Shehu Shagari was elected into his first public office as a member of the Federal House of Representative for Sokoto West. In 1958 he was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and also served as the Federal Minister for Commerce and Industry in the same year;

Observes also that Shehu Shagari served in many other ministries as Federal Minister including, Ministry for Economic Development from 1958-1960; Ministry of Pensions from 1960-1962; Ministry of Internal Affairs from 1962-1965; Ministry of Works from 1965 until the first military coup in January, 1966. In 1967 he was appointed as the Secretary for Sokoto Province Education Development Fund and between 1968-1969 he served as Commissioner for Establishments for North Western State Government;

Further observes that following the Nigerian Civil war, Shagari was appointed by the military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon as the Federal Commissioner for Economic Development, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction from 1970-1971. From 1971-1975 he served as the Minister of Finance. During his tenure as Minister of Finance, Shagari was also a Governor for the World Bank and a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) committee of twenty;

Aware that Shehu Shagari was sworn-in as the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria on 1st October, 1979 following his election to that office on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), a political party which he was a founding member;

Notes that Shagari promoted national unity in the country and executed many projects in agricultural sector under his Government’s Green Revolution Programme; in Housing under the Government’s Housing and Shelter Programme; in industrial development by massive investment in the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill; in the promotion of workers’ welfare and massive infrastructural Development of the new Federal Capital Territory, Abuja;

Aware that Shagari’s Government was overthrown in a military coup on 31st December, 1983, thereby terminating the 2nd Republic Democratic rule barely after four years. He remained apolitical after he was dethroned from office;

Notes also that Shehu Shagari was a recipient of several awards and titles including, the traditional title of Turakin Sokoto bestowed on him in 1962 by the Sultan of Sokoto, his eminence Sir Abubakar Saddiq III; the honourary doctorate degree awarded to him in 1995 by Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto for his scholarship and politics; and the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR);

Further notes that despite the numerous public offices he held, during his life time, including the office of the President, Shagari returned to his home town in 1986 and lived in the very traditional house where he was born up until 1996 when the Federal Government provided him with a house in Sokoto, the State Capital, after realizing that he had no other house of his own;

Convinced that Shehu Shagari had a distinguished unblemished public service record spanning over a period of 30 years; that he was forthright, a nation builder, a distinguished statesman that contributed greatly to the growth and development of democracy in Nigeria;

Further notes that Shagari’s death is a grave loss not only to his immediate family, to my constituents in Sokoto South Senatorial district, to the people of Sokoto State, but also to the entire Nigerian people,

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Accordingly resolves to:

i. Observe a minute silence in his honour1;

ii. Send a high powered delegation of this hallowed Chamber to condole with the family of the deceased as well as the people and Government of Sokoto State; and

iii. Urge the Federal Government of Nigeria to immortalize Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari by naming a National Monument after him.


1. Report of the Committee on INEC Screening of Elder Monday Udo Tom for Confirmation of Appointment as Resident Electoral Commissioner Sen. Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi North) -That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on INEC on the Screening of Elder Monday Udo Tom for Confirmation of Appointment as Resident Electoral Commissioner.

2. Report of the Committee on Works Screening of Engr. Chidi Kennedy Izuwah as Director-General (ICRC) Sen. Kabiru Gaya (Kano South) -That the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Works on the Screening of Engr. Chidi Kennedy Izuwah as Director-General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).

3. Report of the Committee on Diaspora and Non-Governmental Organizations Sen. Rose O. Oko (Cross River North) That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Diaspora and Non-Governmental Organizations on the Confirmation of the Nomination of Honourable Abike Dabiri- Erewa for Appointment as Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Diaspora Commission.

4. Conference Committee Report National Inland Waterways Act CAP N47 LFN (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 240) Sen. Ahmed Rufai Sani (Zamfara West) -That the Senate do consider the Conference Committee Report on National Inland Waterways Act CAP N47 LFN (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 240).

5. Report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development National Fertilizer Quality (Control) Act Bill, 2019 (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, 2019 (SB. 338). Adjourned Consideration, Tuesday, 17th July, 2018 (Clause 18 renumbered as Clause 19).

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Senate holds first plenary in 2019



The Nigerian Senate has reconvened in plenary for the first time in 2019 after their annual end of year recess.
President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki warned against making the upcoming general elections “a do-or-die affair” even as he insisted that Nigerians must be allowed to exercise their right to choose who will represent them at all levels.
Senator Saraki, who made the declaration while welcoming his colleagues from the Christmas and New Year break, said “all efforts must be made to ensure that the elections are free, fair and credible.”
He stated that the 8th Senate having passed a record 257 bills as at the end of December 2018, must not be distracted but should rather remain focused in order to finish strong.
“Nigerians expect us to continue in this vein and we owe it to ourselves to meet their expectations. The legacy of the 8th Senate will be written in the legislative footprints that we leave and the foundation that we lay.
“Therefore, we must ensure that we continue to address issues affecting Nigerians and concerning which they seek our intervention. Issues such as Unemployment, lack of economic opportunities, insecurity and so on – these still require the attention of the National Assembly,” he said.
He further stated that, “The 2019 elections are just over a month away and the expectations of Nigerians as the dates draw near, is that we continue to serve as the representatives they voted for. In our work in this chamber, we are expected to rise above the partisan paradigm.”
Confirmation letter
The lawmakers were also welcomed with a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, requesting its confirmation of the appointment of Modibbo Tukur as the Director of the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).
President Buhari’s letter seeking Senate’s confirmation was read on Wednesday by President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
Similarly, President Buhari also requested the Senate’s confirmation of the appointment of Maj. Gen. Paul Tarfa and 10 others as Chairman and members of Board of the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC).
Members of the Board include, Mohammed Goni Alkali as the MD/CEO, Musa Yashi-Executive Director Humanitarian Affairs, Muhammed Jawa- Executive Director Administration and Finance, Omar Mohammed- Executive Director Operations and David Kente as member representing North East Zone.
Others are, Asmau Mohammed as member representing North West zone, Benjamin Adanyi as the member representing North Central zone, Olawale Oshun as member representing South West zone, while the South East zone is represented in the Board by Dr. T.E.O. Ekechi and Obasuke Mcdonald is the member to represent South South zone.
It will be recalled that President Buhari signed into law the establishment of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) in October 2017 with the mandate of spearheading the reconstruction and development of Nigeria’s northeast which has been ravaged by the long years of insurgency.
Lawmaker’s demise
Meanwhile, Wednesday’s sitting of the senate did not last the usual hours following the lawmakers’ early adjournment of plenary to honour one of their colleagues who passed on during the recess in December, 2018.
Mr. Abayomi Ayeola, until his death, was a member of the House of Representatives representing Ibeju-Lekki Federal Constituency of Lagos State.
The Senate is expected to resume plenary on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

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Buhari appoints new aide on National Assembly liaison



Following the resignation of Mr. Kawu Sumaila as the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Ibrahim El-Yakub as his replacement.
Sumaila, appointed in August 2015, resigned to contest for membership of the House of Representatives to represent Sumaila/Takai Federal Constituency of Kano State under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He represented the same constituency from 2011 to 2015.
His successor, Mr. El-Yakub, an APC stalwart from Kano State, was a member of the House of Representatives between 2003 and 2007 representing Kano Municipal Federal Constituency.
The appointment was disclosed by Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, who said the appointment takes immediate effect.

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Legislator assures of speedy passage of 2019 budget



The member representing Arewa/Dandi Federal Constituency, Alhaji Hussaini Kangiwa, says the National Assembly would ensure speedy passage of the 2019 budget.
Kangiwa told newsmen on Wednesday in Birnin Kebbi that the lawmakers would avoid the mistakes that delayed the passage of the 2018 budget.
According to him, the passage will be in contrast to that of 2018 that was passed amid controversies and disharmony between the executive and the legislature.
“I think Nigerians should not have to worry this time around as we have all learned our lessons from what happened in 2018.
“I can assure you that the impasse that trailed the 2018 budget in the National Assembly before its passage will be avoided in 2019,” the APC member, said.
Kangiwa assured President Muhammadu Buhari that APC lawmakers in the National Assembly were solidly behind him in spite of what happened during the presentation of the budget.
“What happened during the budget presentation was unfortunate; it was orchestrated and carried out by the opposition but we the APC lawmakers were able to check them.
“We are solidly behind our President because we are in support of his anti-corruption crusade,” he said.
Kangiwa also lauded Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi for transforming the state to being a major contributor to Nigeria’s economic growth through agriculture.
“Governor Bagudu left no one in doubt about the ability of APC to deliver on its campaign promises.
“His rice revolution has triggered massive rice production which has drastically reduced rice import to barest minimum,” he said.

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National Assembly’s leadership wants adequate security for its striking workers



The leadership of the National Assembly has directed the Police and the Department of State Services, DSS to ensure adequate security within its vicinity to enable members and staff to come in and perform their legitimate duties without any hindrance.
The directive was handed over after a meeting of the joint leadership of the two chambers with the management and representatives of the security agencies in Abuja.
A statement signed by the Clerk of the National Assembly, CNA, Alhaji Sani Omolori said ”the meeting was called at the instance of political leadership to listen to the management on the efforts being made to address the grievances of the striking staff.”
Attending to striking issues
It said the meeting had resolved to attend to almost all the issues raised by the striking workers of the National Assembly.
The statement maintained that “the CNA and the management of the National Assembly have agreed and committed to address all the grievances of the workers and to ensure their happiness.”
It further stated that the issues raised by the workers have been well attended to and that it was necessary for the business of the National Assembly to continue without any disturbance including normal plenary sittings of both chambers to prepare the ground for the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, to present the budget proposal to the joint sitting of the Senate and the House of Representatives.1
Activities at the National Assembly were paralysed on Monday following the commencement of a four-day warning strike by staff of the Assembly Under the aegis of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN.
The workers are protesting unpaid allowances, promotion and other condition of service.
Two weeks ago, the union had picketed the leadership of the National Assembly, denied them access to the two Chambers, over the issue.
The Management of the National Assembly had blamed the non release of budget as the cause but was making efforts to resolve the matter with the union.

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Senate President reveals nominees for National Assembly Commission



President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki has approved the names of 12 nominees into the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC).
The nominees are, Senator Joy Emordi (Anambra) who is being proposed as the Chairman, Nuhu Musa (Jigawa), Hon. Bilyaminu Yusuf Shinkafi (Kebbi), Barr. Femi Agge (Edo), Uthman Olakunle Taofeek (Lagos), Prince Adenekan Olateru-Olagbegi (Ondo) and Amb. Abdulazeez Sheikh Usman (Kwara).
Others are Awalu Aliyu Ohindese (Kogi), Henry Odey Adagba (Ebonyi), Dr. Rufus Omeire (Imo), Hon. Bilyamini Bunbot (Bauchi), and Ahmed Ashemi (Borno).
In line with the provisions of Sections 3 and 4 of the National Assembly Commission Act, 2000, the names of the nominees will be presented to President Muhammadu Buhari for appointment.

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Senate passes Bill establishing South-East Development Commission



Nigerian senate has passed a bill to establish the south east development commission (SEDC).
The Bill was passed on Wednesday after consideration of the report of the Committee on establishment and public service led by the chairman, Senator Emmanuel Paulker.
Speaking shortly after the Lawmakers passed the Bill, Leader of the south eastern senator’s caucus, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe expressed appreciation with the senate for passing the bill and urged President Buhari to graciously give his assent to the Bill.
According to Senator Abaribe, the passage of the bill, and expected establishment of the commission, will put to rest the long agitation of the people of the south Eastern part of the country on issues relating to civil war among others.
Flanked by other Senators from the south east region, with majority wearing their traditional Igbo red cap, Senator Abaribe expressed hope that the House of Representatives will concur with the senate decision and pass the Bill.

Deposit Insurance
Also on Wednesday, the Senate in plenary confirmed the appointment of the Chairman, and six other Board members of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).
Wednesday’s confirmation of the nominees was sequel to Senate consideration of the report of its committee on Banking, Insurance, and other financial institutions, which screened and recommended the nominees for confirmation.
Chairman of the NDIC Board according to the Senate’s confirmation, is Mrs. Ronke Sokefun from Ogun state. Alhaji Garba Buba is from Bauchi state, and representing the North East region, Alhaji Garba Bello hails from Sokoto state, and representing North West region, while the South East region is represented by Brigadier General Josef Okoloagu, who hails from Enugu state.
Other members are, Mr. Adewale Adeleke from Ondo state, representing the South West region, Mustapha Mudashiru who hails from Kwara state is representing the North Central region, while Mr. Festus Keyamo is representing South South region, and he hails from Delta state.

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