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

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

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Senate President reveals nominees for National Assembly Commission

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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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Senate passes Bill establishing South-East Development Commission

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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.

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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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House kicks against privatization of Afam Power Plant

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The Nigerian House of Representatives has directed the National Council on Privatization NPC and the Bureau of Public Enterprises BPE to suspend the sale of Afam Power Plant on a fast track transaction basis and allow for repair of the asset to enhance its value.
This was contained in a motion adopted on the need to investigate the planned privatization of the power plant.
Sponsor of the motion Mr. Ayodele Oladimeji from Ekiti, State maintained that the Sapele Power and Ugheli Power companies were also privatized in 2013 in the same manner but there were no results to justify the action.
He said: “The Sapele Power Plc and the Ughelli Power Plc were Privatized by the BPE in 2013 in the same manner as the planned privatization of Afam Power Plc and both are now in dire financial constraints along with other Generating Companies (GENCOS), resulting in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) intervention with N701 billion Payment Assurance Guarantee due to expire in December, 2018.
Aware that the Generating Companies (GENCOS) are still faced with problems of lack of gas and weak infrastructure which cannot take all the generated energy and also serious liquidity crisis.”
Deputy Speaker Mr. Lasun Yusuff described the power sector as a critical aspect of the economy that ought not to be controlled by the private entities.
“The privatization process in Nigeria is awkward and skewed towards personal, not national interest. He queried the practice of selling off assets that are in critical sectors such as power, mines and steel, educational or technological development. He also pointed out that most assets privatized have not met up to the aims for which they were privatized,” Lasun stressed.
Mr. Mohammed Monguno from Borno State stated that it would be a waste to sell it as is being proposed.
While decrying the fact that the assets previously sold off are not functioning optimally, he called for reinvestment by Government into the sector to boost power supply to Nigerians.
Other lawmakers who contributed during a debate also insisted that the Afam power plant should not be sold without due process not to talk of outright sale as scrap.

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President Buhari communicates decision on Electoral Bill to NASS – (FULL LETTER)

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Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has taken a decision on the Electoral Bill 2018 and communicated his decision to the National Assembly.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, stated this on Friday while briefing State House correspondents.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has taken a decision on the Electoral Bill 2018 in accordance with his powers under the 1999 Constitution and he has communicated that decision to the Senate and the House of Representatives in accordance with the law.”
Enang said: “The decision contained in the communication can only be revealed by the person to whom the communication is addressed.
“But the Electoral Bill has left the President because he has taken his decision and has remitted back.”
Enang also said that President Buhari has accented to the National Open University Amendment Act which allows the NOUN to operate as all other universities, having the same powers and the same administrative structure, eliminating possible discrimination as some want to have on its products and programmes.
He said the Act also allows the National Open University of Nigeria to establish study centres.

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Senate President Saraki to President Buhari: “Sign the #ElectoralBill Now”

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Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to heed the advice of the anti-democratic elements who have now populated the political space and putting pressure on him not to give assent to the 2018 Electoral Bill.
Saraki in a statement in Ilorin today (Wednesday) signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, urged the President to rise above petty politics and act without further delay in the best interest of the country and its democracy by signing the Electoral Bill into law.
Saraki noted that he had been inundated with telephone calls and discussions by members of the National Assembly who expressed concern about the delay in the signing into law of the Electoral Bill as the one month period provided by the law for the President to sign a bill presented to him by the National Assembly is about to expire in the next few days.
He added that many of the legislators who contacted him were particularly disturbed that certain individuals who are said to be chairmen of political parties had approached the Federal High Court to stop the President from assenting to the bill.
He noted that the jaded tactic employed in the 90s to scuttle the return to democracy when groups like the Association for Better Nigeria (ABN) went to court to frustrate the announcement of the results of the June 12, 1993 elections is now being adopted by some masked groups and individuals to stop the signing into law of the Electoral Bill.
He urged President Buhari to dissociate himself from these ugly antics and sign the bill which he said has comprehensively addressed issues that usually clog the process of free, fair, credible and peaceful elections.
“ It is the prerogative of the President to either sign a Bill into law or refuse it assent. He is free to exercise this prerogative the way he likes in this case. What I found surprising is a situation where some people now want to adopt a wrong tactic of abusing the court process to stall the matter. That will be unacceptable and I am sure our judiciary will rely on the lessons from the past and not allow itself to be used.
“We do not want the President to allow the setting of a bad precedent in which somebody will go to court in future to stop the passage of an appropriation bill or any essential law which will be important to the development of the country.
“My position remains that the President, his aides, the entire country and the international community are aware that all the concerns raised by the President on the past three occasions he withheld assent to the bill have been addressed by the legislature. We bent backwards on each occasion to accommodate the wishes of the President. We started work on this law since 2016 to prevent a situation where it would become part of the election controversies.
“Every sincere commentator, observer and analyst knows that what we have done with that bill is to raise the level of transparency, credibility and acceptability of our electoral process. We made sure that the law if assented to and honestly applied by INEC and all those concerned will give us an election that will be better than what we had in 2015.
“The President should know that the survival of democracy, its development and the future of Nigeria are far more important than the ambition of any individual or party. I am using this opportunity to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to put a stop to this uncertainty in the political process by signing without delay the 2018 Electoral Bill so as to allow INEC and the concerned parties know how to prepare for a credible process”, Saraki stated.

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National Assembly Commends NNPC on Fuel Availability Plans at Yuletide

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The Nigerian National Assembly has commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on the strategies deployed so far to make petroleum products available to Nigerians throughout the end of year festivities and beyond.
Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Hon. Joseph Akinlaja, gave the commendation during an oversight visit to NNPC Towers yesterday.
The lawmaker expressed confidence that the elaborate measures put in place by the corporation to avert fuel supply shortage would be successful this year going by the painstaking efforts that went into the planning and execution of the zero-fuel scarcity strategy.
“We are impressed by the presentation and we are sure there will be no war room here again because of products scarcity, you have done very well and I’m happy that Nigerians are going to travel effortlessly at this period of the year”, Hon. Akinlaja enthused.
On the threat by major, independent petroleum products marketers to ground the sector due to unpaid subsidy arrears, the Committee Chairman appealed to the Federal Government to do everything within its powers to pay up the arrears to forestall any crisis.
Speaking further on the need to support NNPC to sustain petroleum products supply, Hon. Akinlaja said the corporation was overburdened and “because of that, when it runs into hiccups, somebody will say their operations are opaque. Let’s avoid fuel scarcity by supporting NNPC”.
The Committee also expressed satisfaction with the improvement on the integrity of the pipelines and urged NNPC to expedite action on the remaining ones, especially those linking the Ore Depot from Benin City and to the Ibadan Depot.

In his presentation to the Committee, Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, reassured Nigerians of the corporation’s preparedness to ensure zero-scarcity of petroleum products during the upcoming festive season and beyond.
The GMD who was represented by NNPC Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, Mr. Henry Ikem Obih, lauded the Committee for its support during the last fuel supply hiccups that occurred in the country from November 2017 to the early part of this year.
He disclosed that adequate measures have been deployed to avert any form of supply challenge, stressing that even if NNPC were to stop importing fuel as from today, there was enough stock of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in the country to last for 45 days.
On his part, Managing Director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company Limited (PPMC), Mr. Umar Ajiya, disclosed that the company has returned to profitability with a trading surplus of N32bn between January and November 2018.
The other downstream subsidiaries that made presentations were NNPC Retail Limited, Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company (NPSC) and NNPC Shipping.
One of the downstream subsidiaries of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Petroleum Products Marketing Company limited (PPMC) has returned to profitability and has recorded N32bn profit between January to November, 2018.
The PPMC boss also stated that as part of the zero-scarcity strategy, the company has over 170 million litres of PMS in stock at some NNPC Depots across the country following their successful rehabilitation along with connecting pipelines to forestall dependence on private sector depots.


NDU UGHAMADU
Group General Manager,
Group Public Affairs Division,
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
NNPC Towers,
Abuja.
5th December, 2018.

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Resolve staff issues before Friday – Saraki, Dogara direct NASS Mgt

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President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, have directed the National Assembly Management Committee headed by the Clerk, Alhaji Sani Omolori, to resolve all issues raised by protesting members of staff and report back by Friday.
The duo gave the directive at a meeting attended by the National Assembly’s Management and members of staff under the umbrella of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), following another protest at the NASS complex.
In a statement issued by Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Saraki, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the presiding officers of both chambers of the National Assembly stressed that it was important for the workers to be well motivated.

Saraki and Dogara directed that the demands of the staff be properly addressed in order to create a conducive atmosphere for the legislature to perform its duties.
The Senate President and Speaker noted that the demands of the workers are part of the responsibilities of the National Assembly’s Management and that the grievances of the workers should not be allowed to linger.
“The leadership of the National Assembly made it clear to the staff that the issues raised by them were previously unknown to the legislators and that even if they were known to the Senate President and the Speaker, the leadership could do little to address them because they fall under the purview of the NASS’s Management.
“They added that the constitution of the National Assembly Service Commission which the workers demanded will be made before Friday.
“The workers demanded for the implementation of the CONLESS system in the payment of their salaries and allowances, approval of new condition of service for the workers, among other issues.
“However, Dr. Saraki and Rt. Hon. Dogara, as well as their colleagues also reassured the workers that they will personally supervise how the management will eventually resolve the issues and ensure that the workers are not shortchanged”, Olaniyonu stated.


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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA NOTICE PAPER Monday 3 December, 2018 – Friday 7 December, 2018

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FOURTH REPUBLIC 8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (2015-2019) FOURTH SESSION NO. 17

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA NOTICE PAPER Monday 3 December, 2018 – Friday 7 December, 2018
1. Monday 3 December, 2018 Committee Meetings: Plan of Legislative Business of the House and Committees for the Week.
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2. Tuesday 4 December, 2018 (a) Bills: (i) A Bill for an Act to Establish the Projects Development Agency (PRODA), Enugu to Conduct Scientific, Engineering and Technological Research aimed at facilitating the Domestication and Industrialization of Appropriate Technology for Socio-Economic Advancement of Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 1542) (Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta) – Second Reading. (ii) A Bill for an Act to Regulate International Studies for Wards and Children of Nigerian Public Officers, to Strengthen Indigenous Institutions to Provide efficient Educational Services for National Development; and for Related Matters (HB. 1005) (Hon. Sergius Ose Ogun) – Second Reading. (iii) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Public Procurement Act, Cap. P 44, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to make it Mandatory for 20% of all Public Procurement of the Federal Government in a Financial year to be Awarded to New Indigenous Companies, Indigenous Youths and other Nigerians who fall within the economically disadvantaged Group; and for Related Matters (HBs. 1311 and 1501) (Hon. Afe Olowookere and Hon. Karimi Sunday) – Second Reading.

(b) Motions: Need to Investigate the incessant Killings of Female Students in Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State: Hon. Lovette Ederin Idisi.

(c) Consideration of Reports: (i) A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal University of Education, Zaria; and for Related Matters (HB. 1536) (Senate) (Leader) – (Committee of the Whole: 24/10/2018).

(ii) A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Adeyemi Federal University of Education, Ondo; and for Related Matters (HB. 1539) – (Senate) (Leader) – (Committee of the Whole: 24/10/2018).
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(iii) A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education, Owerri; and for Related Matters (HB. 1537) (Senate) (Leader) – (Committee of the Whole: 8/11/2018).

(iv) A Bill for an Act to Provide for Protection of Persons who render reasonable Assistance during Emergency situations occurring at places within Federal Jurisdiction and to serve as a model to be adopted by States of the Federation and for Related Matters (HB.171) (Hon. Babajimi Benson) – (Committee of the Whole:16/6/2016). __________________________________________________________________________________________ 3. Wednesday 5 December, 2018 (a) Bills: (i) A Bill for an Act to make Provisions for a Law Relating to the Liability of Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare Institutions in respect of Injury caused to Patient by negligence in the delivery of Healthcare, the Liability of Governmental Ministries and Agencies for injury caused by their Culpable failure to provide a Minimum core of Resources to the Healthcare Institutions, the duty of Healthcare Professionals to disclose to Patients Material risks Relating to proposed treatment, the Establishment of a National Panel of Medical Experts, the Encouragement of Alternative Dispute Resolution; and for Related Matters (HB. 1418) (Hon. Mojeed Alabi) – Second Reading. (ii) A Bill for an Act to Provide for Compulsory Compensation of Victims of Road Accident by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers or Motor Vehicle Owners and Establish the Road Accident Victims Compensation Department under the Federal Road Safety Commission; and for Related Matters (HB.1442)(Hon. Wale Raji) – Second Reading. (b) Motion: Failure of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Niger Delta Development Commission to complete various Projects worth $40 Billion initiated in the last Ten Years: Hon. Abbass Tajudeen. (c) Consideration of Reports: (i) Committee on Public Petitions: Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: (a) Report on the Petition by Tricenuel Barristers and Solicitors on behalf of Mr. Nwora O. Afamefuna against the Nigeria Customs Service on the fraudulent disposal of his Consignment, Toyota 4 Runner with Chassis No. 204545 and a Bill of Lading No. 5306748982 (Laid: 17/7/2018).
(b) Report on the Petition by Salehu Sabo O. against Nigeria Customs Service on his wrongful dismissal from service in 2005(Laid: 19/7/2018).
(c) Report on the Petition by Okugie Ndukwe Nelson against NIPOST on the sustained refusal to comply with the National Assembly resolution to recall him to duty (Laid: 7/6/2018).
(d) Report on the Petition by Sule Ugo Ugwunnadi and Associates, Legal Practitioners on behalf of Jukatex Nigeria (Ltd) against the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria on the alleged unethical charges and unprofessional banking practices by Access Bank Plc. (Laid:15/5/2018).
(e) Report on the Petition by Pat Ozule against the Management of the Nigerian AGIP Oil Company (NAOC) on the alleged breach of Contract, deliberate refusal to pay for service rendered, seizure and other acts of impunity perpetrated by the Management of the Company (Laid:15/5/2018).;
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(f) Report on the Petition by Eshett Sarah Lambert against the Federal Road Safety Commission on the wrongful termination of her appointment (Laid: 18/7/2018);
(g) Report on the Petition by Bamiloye Temitope Abiodun against the Nigerian Customs Service on the wrongful dismissal from service as Marine Inspector of Customs (Laid: 6/7/2018);
(h) Report on the Petition by Jonathan Nwachuhwu Ekeke against the Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture on wrongful dismissal and appeal for reinstatement (Laid: 18/7/2018). __________________________________________________________________________________________
4. Thursday 6 December, 2018 (a) Bills: (i) A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990 Cap. C20, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria , 2004 and Enact the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2018 to Provide for the Incorporation of Companies Limited Liability Partnership, Limited Partnerships, Registration of Business Names together with Incorporation of Trustees of certain, Communities, Bodies., Associations; and for Related Matters (HB.1566 ) (Leader) – Second Reading.

(ii) A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna for the Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Diseases, Co-ordination of Research in Ear, Nose and Throat challenges, Training of Specialists in Ear, Nose and Throat; and for Related Matters (HB. 1522) (Hon. Mohammad Usman) – Second Reading.

(iii) A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre Act, Cap. C12, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the National Centre for Citizenship and Leadership Training; and for Related Matters (HB. 1354) (Hon. Segun Adekola) – Second Reading.
(iv) A Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerian Shoreline Development and Protection Agency charged with Responsibility for Management and Administration of Sea Waves on the Nation’s Coastland; and for Related Matters (HB. 1508) (Hon. Julius Pondi) – Second Reading.
(b) Motion: Need to check the Problem of Money–Women in Bechev Community, Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State: Hon. Ochiglegor Idagbo. (c) Consideration of Reports:

(i) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Public Holidays Act, Cap. P40, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to bring the Act in tandem with the current realities and exigencies of the modern times and to declare June, 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria and for Related Matters (HBs. 918 and 1529) ( Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok and Hon. Kayode Oladele) (Committee of the Whole: 22/11/2018). (ii) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy Act, No. 8 of 2017, to Provide for amendment of the Interpretation Section to bring the Act in conformity with Other existing Laws in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 1496) (Hon. Gideon Gwani) – (Committee of the Whole: 24/10/2018). (iii) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Nigerian National Merit Award Act, Cap. N122, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to require that any Awardee that is convicted of a
Criminal Offence shall be stripped of the Honour; and for Related Matters (HB. 555) (Hon. Ayodele Oladimeji) (Committee of the Whole:12/10/2016).

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(iv) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Casino Taxation Act Cap. C3, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 by Extending the Operation of the Act beyond Lagos and for Related Matters (HB. 365) (Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok) – (Committee of the Whole: 4/10/2016). (v) A Bill for an Act to Establish a Correction, Reformation and Reintegration Centre to Provide Support Services for Persons in the Area of Reformation and Reintegration of Youthful Offenders; and for Related Matters (HB. 452) (Hon. Ochiglegor Idagho) (Committee of the Whole: 14/7/2016). (vi) A Bill for an Act to Repeal the National Agricultural Seeds Act, Cap. N5, LFN, 2004 and Re-enact the National Agricultural Seeds Council, 2016 and for Related Matters (HB. 472) (Committee of the Whole: 27/11/2018). (vii) Committee on Special Duties: Hon. Nasiru Sani Zango Daura: Report on a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission Act, 2005 and Enact the Public Private Partnership Regulatory Commission Bill, to Strengthen and Enhance the Sup5656561ervisory Role of the Commission and effectively position it in Regulating the Participation of the Public and Private Sectors in Financing of Construction, Development, Designing, Operation or Maintenance of Infrastructure or Development Project of the Federal Government through Public Private Partnership Agreement; and for Related Matters (HB. 358) (Laid: 8/3/2018).

5. Friday 7 December, 2018 Summary/Review of Weekly Activities of Committees

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Invasion of Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, Senate Takes Action

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The Nigerian Senate  has resolved to direct its Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the circumstances around the the closure of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly by security agents. This resolution was taken following a Point of Order raised by Senator Bassey Akpan.
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said:
“As parliamentarians, we should not get partisan on this issue. If it’s true that security agents have invaded the House of Assembly, it is wrong and I must condemn such brutality.
“There should be an investigation quickly to establish what really happened and that committee should report back to us and tell us once it is confirmed. Then we can take it from there,” Saraki said.

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Senate Committees to look into Issues of Voter Intimidation, Harassment by Security Agencies

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The Nigerian Senate resolved to investigate the alleged cases of voter intimidation, harassment and disenfranchisement by security agencies in the recently conducted Kwara House of Representatives bye-election.
In a Point of Order, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim revealed that: “Less than 45% of registered voters showed up for the election because of the harassment and arrest going on. The DSS were protecting only members of the ruling party. Let us bring this to the notice of well-meaning Nigerians and the International Community.”
Speaking on the development, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki said:
“We must rise above partisan views. We have the responsibility as representatives of the people to ensure that elections do not involve issues of harassment to the nation and the security operatives must be seen to be non-partisan.
“It is very important that we ensure that our security agencies look into this matter not just because it has affected members of the Senate. We have elections coming in 2019 and it is important that we play our role to ensure the security agencies allow Nigerians carry out their civic responsibility to go and vote.
“A situation where individuals are not allowed to carry out their vote is a recipe for disaster. We must prevent it. An ad-hoc Committee should look into it and give us recommendations on how best to address this before next year because this is a matter of great importance & we must do something to call the security agencies to order so as to ensure free & fair elections,” the Senate President said.
The Senate then resolved to mandate the Committee on Police and National Intelligence to investigate this matter and report back to the full plenary.

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