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FOURTH REPUBLIC 8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (2015-2019) THIRD SESSION NO. 186 1059

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Thursday, 7 June, 2018
1. Prayers 2. Approval of the Votes and Proceedings 3. Oaths 4. Message from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (if any)
5. Message from the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (if any)
6. Other Announcements (if any)
7. Petitions (if any)
8. Matter(s) of Urgent Public Importance
9. Personal Explanation

PRESENTATION OF BILLS 1. Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1494) (Executive) – First Reading. 2. Patient Safety Agency of Nigeria (Establishment etc.) Bill, (HB. 1498) (Hon. Yakubu Dogara) – First Reading. 3. Nigeria Independent Warehouse Regulatory Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1495) (Hon. Chukwudi Onyereri) – First Reading. 4. Medical Laboratory Science Council Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1496) (Hon. Betty Apiafi) – First Reading. 5. Federal Polytechnic, Kwale (Establishment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1497) (Hon. Ossai N. Ossai) – Second Reading. PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

1. Report of Conference Committee Hon. E. Y. Orker Jev: “That the House do receive the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of the National Transport Commission as an Independent Multi-Modal Regulator for the Regulated Transport Industry Sectors; and for Related Matters”.

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2. Committee on Aids, Loans and Debts Management: Hon. Adeyinka Ajayi: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Aids, Loans and Debts Management on the Request for the Establishment of a Promissory Note Programme and a Bond Issuance to Settle Inherited Local Debts and Contractual Obligations Pursuant to Order Twelve Rules 2(C) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.

3. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by D. D Pantu and Associates: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by D. D Pantu and Associates against the Managing Director, African Steel Mill Limited on his abandonment as a victim of an Industrial Accident by his Employer” (Referred:30/11/2017). 4. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Aggrieved Foreign Trained Medical Doctors: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Aggrieved Foreign Trained Medical Doctors against Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) on the consistent act of injustice meted on them”(Referred:30/11/2017). 5. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Goddy Osa I.: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Goddy Osa I. against the Nigeria Police Academy on the Injustice meted on him by the Management” (Referred:12/10/2017). 6. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Babagana Ibrahim and Others: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Babagana Ibrahim and Others against the Federal Ministry of Finance on the Non-compliance with the Government Directives and the Court Order” (Referred:5/11/2017). 7. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by V. E. Otomiewo and Co on behalf of Mr. Wilson Nikoro and 7 Others: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by V. E. Otomiewo and Co. on behalf of Mr. Willson Nikoro and 7 Others on the Breach of Public Trust with the Brazen and Illegal conversion of the Land of the Uviwie People purportedly acquired for Public purposes into Private Property by some unscrupulous Soldiers through the Instrumentality of the Nigerian Army Property Limited” (Referred: 19/5/2016). 8. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Lewali Nigeria Limited: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Lewali Nigeria Limited against the Managing Director Nigeria Agip Oil Company on the Alleged Termination of Contracts Awarded to Messrs Lewali Nigeria Limited” (Referred: 26/4/2017).
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9. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Asoloko Jonathan: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Asoloko Jonathan against the Management of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on the none implementation of the House of Representatives Committee Report that bothers on the issue of Committee of Appointment ” (Referred: 10/10/2017).

10. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Akinbode Oluwafemi (Nigeria Tobacoo Control Alliance): “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Akinbode Oluwafemi (Nigeria Tobacoo Control Alliance) against the British American Tobacco Nigeria Limited (BATN) and other Tobacco Companies that illegally benefited from the Export Expansion Grant (EEG) Scheme in the form of Tax Waivers Grant and other benefits between 2004 and 2014” (Referred: 11/7/2017)..

11. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Bamiloye Temitope Abiodun: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Bamiloye Temitope Abiodun against the Nigerian Customs Service on the wrongful dismissal from service as Marine Inspector of Customs” (Referred:22/11/2016).

12. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by DCC Ogonnaya Akpuru: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by DCC Ogonnaya Akpuru against the Federal Road Safety Commission on Non-Promotion after several years of service on the same rank” (Referred:15/6/2017).

13. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Onyeme, Ejime Paul: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Onyeme, Ejime Paul against the Federal Judicial Service Commission for Job Re-instatment (Referred: 26/1/2016)

14. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Okugie, Ndukwe Nelson: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Okugie, Ndukwe Nelson against NIPOST on sustained refusal to comply with National Assembly resolution to recall him to duty” (Referred: 1/5/2017).

ORDERS OF THE DAY BILLS 1. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Provisions of the Electoral Act, No. 6, 2010 to further Improve the Electoral Process; and for Related Matters (HB.1425) – Third Reading.

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2. A Bill for an act to Establish the National Small Scale Business Development Loan Scheme to Design and Implement a Loan Scheme for Small Scale Business Enterprises all over the Nation; and for Related Matters (HB. 1466) (Hon. Anayo Nnebe) – Second Reading. 3. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Federal College of Education, Ejigbo to Provide full-time Courses of Teaching, Instruction and Training in Technology, Applied Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Humanity and Management; and to Provide for Appointment of the Provost and other Officers of the College to carry out the Administration and Discipline of Students of the College; and for Related Matters (HB. 1436) (Hon. Mojeed Alabi) — Second Reading.

MOTIONS

4. Discharge of Committees from Referrals on Bills, Pursuant to Order Seventeen, Rule 3 (g) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives: Hon. E. Y. Orker Jev:

The House: Notes that the following Bills were read a Second time in 2017 and referred to the underlisted Committees for legislative actions: S/no. Title of Bills Date Committee 1. Pre-Natal and Post Natal Health Services Bill, 2016 (HB.717)
27/4/2017 Healthcare Services
2. (HB. 1067) Federal University of Education, Nsugbe (Establishment) Bill, 2017

25/7/2017 Tertiary Education and Services

Aware that the Committees are yet to present Reports on the Bills, contrary to the provisions of Order Seventeen, Rule 3 (g) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives, to wit: “Any matter referred to any Committee shall be treated within 30 days otherwise the Committee shall stand discharged after 60 days and the matter committed to the Committee of the Whole for consideration”; Resolves to: Discharge the Committees from the Bills and commit same to the Committee of the Whole for consideration. 5. A Call to Address the Plight of Victims of Fire Disaster/Rain Storm in Tarmuwa And Gulani Local Government Areas of Yobe State: Hon. Abdullahi Usman Kukuwa:

The House Notes that on May 20, 2018, there was a fire outbreak at Lantaiwa in Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State which left over 250 houses destroyed; Also notes that on May 27, 2018, rainstorm wreaked havoc in various communities in Gulani LGA; which includes Bumsa, Gabai, Njibilwa, and Ngurum where about 530 houses were affected and 2 persons lost their lives in the incident;
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Concerned that the fire outbreak and rainstorm caused extensive damage and left in its wake, several houses, food reserves, farmlands worth millions of naira destroyed and rendered hundreds of people homeless, among whom are pregnant women, children and the elderly; Aware that the affected areas represent the food basket of Yobe State; Worried that the displaced persons are stranded and living like refugees in their own land, without livelihood, shelter and other basic human needs as a result of the fire outbreak and rainstorm; Resolves to: (i) Urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to assess the level of damage caused by the incident and urgently provide shelter and relief materials to the affected families and assist in rehabilitating them;

(ii) Mandate the Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness to ensure compliance and report back within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.

6. Devastating Windstorm at Gwandu/ Jega Town of Gwandu/Aleiro/Jega Federal Constituency: Hon. Mohammed Umar Jega: The House Notes that terrible windstorm had occurred on Thursday 24 May, 2018 and devastated Unguwar Madi town and it’s environ (Akalawa and Bamungade villages) in Jega Local Government Area of kebbi state; Also notes that another rainstorm occurred Tuesday, June 5 2018 at Gwandu and Kambaza towns in Gwandu Local Government Area, which resulted in four (4) death and many others sustained various degrees of injury and are receiving treatment at the Gwandu General Hospital; Further notes that as a result of the dangerous storm, roofs of most houses in the area blew off, economic trees grounded, equally schools and hospital were affected; Concerned that the situation has caused untold hardship for the indigenes and inhabitants of these towns as basic necessities like food, water, shelters and healthcare are now lacking; Worried that the pathetic situation and suffering being experienced by the victims call for concern and indeed government’s assistance; Aware that Kebbi state is one of the frontline States for the Great Green Walls interventions; Also aware that the primary responsibility of government anywhere in the world is to protect lives and property of its citizen more so in an emergency situation like this; Regrets that if the situation is not addressed, it could degenerate to epidemics, starvation, deaths and destitution; Resolve to: (i) Urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to swiftly attend to the emergency needs of the victims of this deadly storm in Unguwar Madi, Gwandu and Kambaza towns;

(ii) Also urge the National Agency for Great Green Wall to provide shelter belt in the area to mitigate the effect of windstorm within the area in the future;

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(iii) Mandate the Committees on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, and Environment and Habitat to ensure compliance and report back in (4) weeks for further legislative action. 7. Need to Investigate the activities of a Cartel within the Bureau of Public Procurement Involving Fraudulent Manipulation, Abuse and Breach of Public Procurement Act: Hon. AbdulRazak Sa’ad Namdas:

The House: Recalls that the Bureau of Public Procurement is established by the Public Procurement Act 2007 and charged with the responsibility of ensuring the application of fair, competitive and transparent standards and practices for the procurement; and the attainment of transparency, competitiveness, cost effectiveness and professionalism in the public-sector procurement system. Also recalls that the Bureau is further empowered to prevent fraudulent and unfair procurement and review the procurement and award of contract procedures of every entity to which the Public Procurement Act applies; Notes that despite the statutory and sacred responsibilities imposed on the Bureau, recent events reveal that the Bureau has been violating the Public Procurement Act through numerous fraudulent, unfair and non-transparent practices; Also notes that upon conclusion of procurement processes by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for awards within their threshold, the Bureau adopts underhand practices aimed at bringing the bidding process within its reach, hence, the illegal activities of a cartel within the Bureau has prompted pre-qualified but unsuccessful bidders to write petitions to the Bureau against successful bidders; Further notes that upon presentation of the Petition, the Bureau forcefully initiated an Administrative Review Process, suspended the procurement process and invited the contractors and the MDAs for discussions, which eventually became an avenue for extortion of money from the contractor(s). Observes that the action of the Bureau is undermining the budget implementation of the Federal Government and is sabotaging the Nigerian economy and exposing Nigerians to hardship and sufferings; Concerned that if urgent steps are not taken to address the activities of the cartel within the Bureau, it will result in severe damage to the Public Procurement system and to the Budget implementation process. Resolves to: Mandate the Committee on Public Procurement to investigate the improprieties and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.

8. Need to Address the Ecological Catastrophe and Humanitarian Crises in the Lake Chad Basin: Hon. James Abiodun Faleke: The House:
Notes that the Lake Chad Basin Commission was established in 1964 to harness the resources of the lake for aquaculture, potable water for people and livestock and irrigation for agricultural development;
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Also notes that since the establishment of the Commission, the surface area of the Lake, which was more than 26,000 square kilometers, had been decreasing due to increased demand on the lake’s water from the local population as well as shifting climate patterns, and is currently less than 1,400 square kilometers; Concerned that the decrease in surface area has resulted in desertification and a decline in vegetation, causing humans and other natural species in the area to be stressed; Worried that the shrinking of the lake has caused several conflicts as to which countries that border Lake Chad have the rights to the remaining water, consequently leading to increasing violence in the area; Also worried that food insecurity and malnutrition in the region have reached critical levels as reports shows that humanitarian crises across the Lake Chad Basin is one of the world’s most severe and has resulted in mass displacement and migration of people from the region; Also concerned that the allocation of only one billion Naira in the 2017 budget to the Lake Chad Basin Commission is meagre compared to the ecological catastrophe and humanitarian crises in the region; Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Government to make concerted efforts at solving the Ecological catastrophe and Humanitarian crises in the Lake Chad Basin and increase budgetary allocations for the Lake Chad Basin Commission;

(ii) Also urge the Federal Government to make renewed commitment to the protection of the Internally Displaced Persons, provide emergency life -saving assistance and work closely with development partners to address the crises;

(iii) Mandate the Committees on Lake Chad, Climate Change and Water Resources to liaise with the ministries of Environment and Water Resources, and the lake chad Basin Commission and other Development partners to find lasting solutions to the lingering Ecological catastrophe and humanitarian crises in the Lake Chad Basin and report back within eight (8) weeks for further legislative action. 9. Need to Prevent Counterfeiting of Drugs in Nigeria through NAFDAC Mobile Authentication Service (MAS): Hon. Babajimi Benson: The House: Notes that fake drugs undermine every aspect of medical treatment and health care delivery and are a major cause of suffering and death; Concerned that Drug adulteration and counterfeiting has contributed negatively to the wellbeing of Nigerians and the illicit trade has escalated within the Nigerian health care system in recent times; Aware that in 2010, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), in its effort to combat counterfeit drugs, initiated the Mobile Authentication Service (MAS), which allows consumers to send by text message, an authentication code to a designated number approved by NAFDAC to confirm the genuineness of purchased drugs; Also aware that the MAS allowed consumers seeking to buy genuine drugs to scratch a coating on the packaging of the drug to reveal a unique 12 or 13 digit PIN that could be sent by SMS text to a

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short code 38353 and get a response within seconds indicating if the drug is genuine, or potentially fake or stolen; Observes that in recent times, there has been a reduced campaign on this authentication process and most over the counter drugs and infant syrups do not have the unique 12 or 13 digit PIN; Worried that the negligence on the part of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has led to the influx of fake and counterfeit drugs into Nigeria’s drug markets in particular and the health sector in general. Resolves to: (i) Urge the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDACL the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to ensure that the Mobile Authentication Service (MAS) is re-activated and applied to all drugs purchased in Nigeria; (ii) Also urge NAFDAC to, as a matter of urgency, begin a national wide publicity on MAS for the education and enlightenment of the public; (iii) Mandate the Committees on Health Care Services to ensure Compliance.

10. Need for the Judicial Service Committee of the Federal Capital Territory to Comply with the Presidential Directive on the Suspension of 8 Years Tenure Policy for Directors in the Federal Civil Service: Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok:

The House Notes that hitherto, the Federal Civil Service approved and passed a circular making it mandatory for all Directors on GL 17 that have served in capacity as substantive Director for eight (8) unbroken years and who are unable to secure promotion or elevation to a higher position of responsibility within the eight years of their Directorship to retire compulsorily regardless of their year of service or age; Further Notes that the Policy was applicable to the employees of the Federal Civil Service Commission, FCT Judicial Service Committee, National Assembly Service Commission, Federal Civil Service Commission and all Federal Government Agencies such as the Central Bank of Nigeria, Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPRA) to name a few; Observes that the central purpose of the Tenure Policy was to make room, create opportunity for promotion and easy ascension for lower cadre officials who commenced their career and have spent all their lives in the Public Service of the Federation, since most of the Directors came from the Private Sectors, Politics and other spheres of human endeavours; Aware that the Policy has outlived its usefulness and began to deny the Service of the opportunity of retaining the best hands as well as contravenes the Pension Reform Act and International Labour Laws; Also aware that at the commencement of this Administration, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the suspension of the Tenure Policy in the Federal Civil Service with immediate effect and consequently, the Head of Service of the Federation, (Mrs. Winifred E. Oyo-Ita, F.C.A.), by a Circular dated 20th June 2018 and referenced as HCSF/428/S.1./139 directed all Chief Executives and Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government to suspend the Tenure Policy in the Federal Public Service with immediate effect in consonance with the presidential directive;
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Worried that despite the directives from the Presidency and the Head of Service respectively, as well as a subsequent directive by the National Judicial Council to all Heads of Courts in the Federal Judiciary, the Federal Capital Territory Service Committee has refused to comply thus, Directors who have served in such capacity for eight (8) years are still compelled to resign regardless of years of service, age of retirement and the Pension Reform Act; Disturbed that the Policy is used selectively to ease out some good hands in service who are considered as rivals and threats in the quest for promotion to higher positions in the Public Service; Cognizant that the Judiciary is one and its policies and terms should accordingly be uniform, as such, the Federal Capital Territory Judiciary cannot be operating a Policy that is directly opposite what obtains in the mainstream Federal Judiciary despite the directive of the National Judicial Council; Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Capital Territory Judicial Service Committee to immediately comply with the suspension of the Tenure Policy of the Federal Civil Service in consonance with the Presidential Directive and Executive Circular; (ii) Mandate the Committees on F.C.T Judiciary, Public Service and Legislative Compliance to ensure adherence to the Presidential Directive and report back within two (2) weeks for further legislative action. 11. Gruesome Killings and Terrorist Attacks by Herdsmen Militia on Tse-Adough Community near Jato-Aka in Yaav Council Ward of Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State: Hon. Benjamin Wayo: The House: Notes that Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State is one of the areas most affected by the continued herdsmen attacks on Benue farming communities; Further notes with dismay the violent invasion on Tse-Adough Community in Yaav Council ward of Kwande Local Government on Sunday 3 May 2018 where over ten (10) innocent and unarmed villagers in multiple families were killed in cold blood including Zakaa Akanyi, Liamkpuur Zakaa, Gbaior Zakaa, Mimi Gbaior, Mngohol Imoter, Terseer Anzam, Ternenge Anzam and Mama Gbinde; Worried that Zakaa’s wife was adopted by the militia, 12 other victims of the attack were severely injured and are currently hospitalized at the NKST Hospital Jato-Aka; Also worried that over 40 houses, food stuff, animals and other properties worth over one hundred Million Naira were razed down; Further worried that these attacks usually take a terrorist format likened to the Boko Haram attacks that ravaged parts of the country; Concerned that the Turan Council Wards of Mbakyor, Yaav, Kumakwagh, Moon and Mbadura have been under severe attacks by the Herdsmen Militia, leading to displacement of hundreds of thousands of villagers who are currently in makeshift camps in and around Jato- Aka; Further concerned that the attack has sacked the whole of Moon Council Ward, displacing thousands of people who are currently taking refuge in the neighbouring communities; Resolves to: (i) Call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari to proscribe the activities of the Herdsmen Militia and declare them a terrorist group in
Nigeria;
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(ii) Urge the President and Commander -in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to direct the Nigerian Army, and other Security Agencies to tackle the menace of the herdsmen militia using the same Federal might it deployed in decimating the Boko Harm terrorists; (iii) Also urge the National Emergency, Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief materials to the affected Communities;

(iv) Further urge the Federal Government to take responsibility of offsetting all the hospital bills of victims of the attack and take over their treatment; (v) Mandate the Committees on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, and National Security and Intelligence to ensure compliance.

12. Need to Regularize the Importation of Sugar in Nigeria to Boost Domestic Production and Economic Growth: Hon. Iboro Ekanem: The House: Notes that Nigeria has been reported to have spent $8.44 Billion in importing sugar over the last twenty seven years, and loses at least $600 million annually to the importation of sugar for domestic consumption. Further notes that sugar is not just an industrial commodity, but a domestic commodity consumed on almost a daily basis; Aware that the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) was established to catalyze the development of the sugar industry with a view to ensuring that Nigeria attains at least 70% selfsufficient in her sugar requirement within the shortest possible time and even export to earn foreign exchange; Further aware that recent statistics does not show that the main objective of the NSDC is being achieved and there is a pressing need for further action; Worried that if the present situation is left unchecked, Nigeria may continue to lose millions to importation of sugar, and may suffer financial restrictions in other matters; Cognizant that Nigeria has the potential, excellent climatic conditions and the resources to engage in the production of sugar so as to establish a great deal of self-sufficiency in the sector; Concerns that Nigeria’s National Sugar Policy, and Local Content Policy and the existence of the National Sugar Development Council will continue to be irrelevant if excess sugar importation is not regulated to save billions of naira lost annually, for meaningful economic development. Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Government to establish National Sugar Plantation Programme to boost sugar production for local needs;

(ii) Also urge the Federal Government to issue regulations on sugar importation into the country with heavy duties to discourage importation of the products; and

(iii) Mandate the Committee on Industry to interface with the Management of the National Sugar Development Council to get updates on the current development of sugar import in Nigeria and the status of implementation of the National Sugar Policy, and report back within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.;

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CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS 13. Committee on Customs and Excise: Hon. James Abiodun Faleke: “That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Customs and Excise on the issue from the Statutory Revenue Fund of the Nigeria Customs and Excise, the Total Sum of ₦103,534,789,767.23 (One Hundred and Three Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty-Four Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Seven Naira, Twenty-Three Kobo) only, of which the Sum of ₦49,305,913,212.62 (Forty-Nine Billion, Three Hundred and Five Million, Nine Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Twelve Naira, Sixty-Two Kobo) only, is for Personnel Costs, while the Sum of ₦14,204,950,941.05 (Fourteen Billion, Two Hundred and Four Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Nine Hundred and Forty-One Naira, Five Kobo) only, is for Overhead Costs, and the sum of ₦40,023,925,613.56 (Forty Billion, Twenty Three Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty-Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirteen Naira, Fifty-Six Kobo) only is for Capital Projects for the Service of the Nigeria Customs and Excise, for the Financial Year Commencing from 1 January and Ending on 31 December, 2018. issue from the Statutory Revenue Fund of the Nigeria Customs and Excise, the Total Sum of ₦103,534,789,767.23 (One Hundred and Three Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty-Four Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Seven Naira, Twenty-Three Kobo) only, of which the Sum of ₦49,305,913,212.62 (Forty-Nine Billion, Three Hundred and Five Million, Nine Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Twelve Naira, Sixty-Two Kobo) only, is for Personnel Costs, while the Sum of ₦14,204,950,941.05 (Fourteen Billion, Two Hundred and Four Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Nine Hundred and Forty-One Naira, Five Kobo) only, is for Overhead Costs, and the sum of ₦40,023,925,613.56 (Forty Billion, Twenty Three Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty-Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirteen Naira, Fifty-Six Kobo) only is for Capital Projects for the Service of the Nigeria Customs and Excise, for the Financial Year Commencing from 1 January and Ending on 31 December, 2018: SUMMARY OF THE NIGERIAN CUSTOMS AND EXCISE BUDGET 2018 BUDGET A. Personnel Cost Proposal N’000 Consolidated Salary 39,015,599,856.91 Allowances 343, 910, 253 .16 Foreign Services 191, 090, 111.70 National Health Insurance Scheme 1, 241, 757, 788.84 Pension Contribution 3, 486, 751, 389.39 Group Life and Accident Insurance 4, 329, 453, 534 .74 Employees Compensation Fund 697, 350, 277.88 Total 49, 305, 913, 212 .62

B. Overhead Cost Proposal N’000 Travel and Transport – General 2, 581, 671, 923.42 Utilities – General 793, 317, 234.72 Materials and Supplies – General 1, 643, 502, 440.55 Maintenance Services – General 3, 093, 149, 038. 23 Training – General 489, 725, 001 .00 Other Services – General 925, 571, 709 .00 Consulting and Professional Services – General 584, 616, 871.14 Fuel and Lubricants – General 1, 759, 162, 853.44 Financial Charges – General 1,110, 000, 002.00 Miscellaneous Expenses General 1, 114, 259, 867. 555 Foreign Grants and Contributions 109, 974, 000.00 Total 14, 204, 950, 941.05

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C. Capital Project Cost Proposal N’000 Inventories 157, 514, 225. 82 Land and Building – General 24, 993, 594, 438. 27 Infrastructure – General 1, 402, 050, 199 .05 Plant and Machinery – General 321, 827, 343 .64 Transportation Equipment – General 8, 384, 740, 032.50 Office Equipment – General 4,481, 808, 561. 02 Deposits 282, 390, 813 .26 Total 40, 023, 925, 613.56

SUMMARY OF THE NIGERIAN CUSTOMS AND EXCISE BUDGET 2018 BUDGET A. Personnel Cost Proposal 49, 305, 913, 212 .62 B. Overhead Cost Proposal 14, 204, 950, 941.05 C. Capital Project Cost Proposal 40, 023, 925, 613.56 Grand Total 103,534,789,767.23

The Total Sum of ₦103,534,789,767.23 (One Hundred and Three Billion, Five Hundred and ThirtyFour Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Seven Naira, Twenty-Three Kobo) only.

14. Committee on Aids, Loans and Debts Management: Hon. Adeyinka Ajayi: “That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Aids, Loans and Debts Management on the Request for the Establishment of a Promissory Note Programme and a Bond Issuance to Settle Inherited Local Debts and Contractual Obligations Pursuant to Order Twelve Rules 2(C) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.

15. A Bill for an act to Establish the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism for Training, Certification and Registration of Personnel in Nigeria; and for Related matters (HB. 1212) (Hon. E. Y Orker-Jev) (Senate) – Committee of the Whole:17/4/2018. 16. A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Governance and Institutional Framework for the Petroleum Industry and for Related Matters (HBs. 477, 878 and 1053) (Committee of the Whole: 6/6/2018).

17. Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream): Hon. Akinlaja Iranola Joseph: ‘That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) on Need to Investigate the Disappearance of Eleven Billion Naira Worth of Petroleum Products belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 7/3/2018). (i) Ensure the full recovery of Federal Government’s money i.e. N9Billion balance from Capital Oil and Gas Limited;
(ii) that the claims of 16Billion naira NNPC allegedly owes Capital Oil and Gas should be investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and if found to be true, they should be paid or it should be net-off against the N9Billion owed the Federal Government by Capital Oil and Gas;
(iii) that NNPC Retails should embark on a comprehensive review of all through-put agreements with Depots especially Article 11.1 to remove the lapses usually exploited by
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who sell NNPC Products without authorization. The report of the review should be submitted to the Committee within two (2) months from the day this report is adopted; (iv) that NNPC Retails Limited and PPMC should conduct a quarterly training of all NNPC Retail Staff representing it in private Depots to improve their knowledge of contract terms;
(v) that NNPC Retails should set-up an online “real-time” solution that will require DEPOT OWNERS that buy bulk products to inform NNPC Retails in “real-time” and the information made available to all Stakeholders. The online software should also reflect load-out products from all the Depots where NNPC Subsidiaries have through – put Agreement;
(vi) that NNPC Retails should also review operational effectiveness and business control as it relates to the Depots and the report of the review should be submitted to the Committee;
(vii) While investigation continues, Capital Oil and Gas Depot should be re-opened to secure the jobs of the people working there and appropriate sanctions should be imposed in accordance with their through-put Agreements as the action of Capital Oil and Gas with respect to the withholding of 9Billion naira of the NNPC Retails is condemnable;
(viii) that the sacked Managing Director, NNPC Retails should be recalled because based on the Committee’s findings and NNPC Retails investigation, she offered to loan NPMC, a sister Company under NNPC corporate 20 Million litres of PMS when there was imminent fuel scarcity. This action blew the lid on the fraud. She also reported the case to Security Agencies and set up an internal investigation panel that identified where the lapses were but not on the table of the M.D. The compulsory Retirement was unfair;
(ix) that Mr. Adio N. Yinusa who was indicted for gross inefficiency but had not been sanctioned, should be sanctioned;
(x) that the process of sale and transfer of ownership of specified quantity of Petroleum products as indicated on item 11.1 of the through – put agreement should be more explicit in which NNPC Retails should have the powers to approve sales of the products:
(a) that where the third party buying the product is the Company, the process should be spelt out in a clearer fashion;
(b) that the Agreement should have a Senior Officer at the minimum level of General Manager to approve the sales when third party is the Storage Company.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS Committee Date Time Venue 1. Rules and Business Thursday 7June, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 06 (White House) Assembly Complex 2. Public Petitions (Investigative Hearing) Thursday 7June, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 447 (New Building) Assembly Complex 3. Internally Displaced Persons, Refugees and Initiatives on NorthEast Zone
Thursday 7June, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 244 (New Building) Assembly Complex

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Election postponement, disappointing – Senate President

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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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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 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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SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Thursday, 17th January, 2019

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8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 169 FOURTH SESSION NO. 70

SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER
Thursday, 17th January, 2019

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

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

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.

ORDERS OF THE DAY EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS

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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S/NO. NAME POSITION

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

MOTIONS

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.

PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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