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

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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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House Suspend Plenary till 2nd April for 2019 Budget Defence by MDAs

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday 19th February 2019 suspended plenary till 2nd April 2019, to allow the committees organise budget defence sessions for ‎Federal Government’s ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had formally presented the 2019 budget proposal of N8.83 trillion at a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday 19, December 2018. Despite the House’s referral of the budget to its committee on Appropriations and all standing committees on Tuesday, 29th January 2019 thorough scrutiny on the bill had been ignored due to the February 23rd and March 9th 2019 General Elections.

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2019 Budget passes second reading in the Senate

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The Nigerian Senate has passed for second reading, the 2019 appropriation bill of N8.82 trillion at the resumed plenary on Tuesday.
Senate also concluded debate on the general principles of the N8.83 trillion 2019 budget proposals and referred same to its committee on Appropriation.
It directed the Appropriation Committee to submit report on the budget Bill for final approval by Senate within two weeks.
The Senate also urged all ministries and government agencies to honour invitations of its various panels at the National Assembly to defend the proposed budget for their agencies.
Speaking on the general principles of the budget, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe noted that Nigeria was still paying more debt with a total debt service of 25.7 per cent and capital budget at 23 per cent.
He said, “This is a budget of impossibilities. Out of every one naira, 68 kobo is paid out. The Federal Government needs to go back to the drawing board.”
Senator Mao Ohuabunwa said, “We are consolidating poverty. We need to really look at this budget. Instead of reducing, we should ‘jack up’ the budget by 10 trillion. What can two trillion do when we have ongoing projects? We need to block leakages and ensure taxes are collected.”
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said, “The budget is not different from what we have been presented in the last four years. Recurrent expenditure of 4 trillion is too high. There are government agencies set up that have no value. These agencies must be scrapped.”
Senator Matthew Urhoghide called for a faithful implementation of the budget, as well as revenue plans to meet capital expenditure.
He said, “We need to ensure the common wealth of Nigerians is taken seriously. If we must pass this budget, let us be born again in implementing this budget.”
Speaking at the end of deliberations, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki said, “There is still a lot of work that needs to be done concerning the issue of the actual capital expenditure.
“There is a need for us to continue to plug the leakages and independent revenue. The most important issue now is for us to see how we can complete the process,” he added.
The budget has been referred to the Committee on Appropriation which is expected to report back in two weeks.

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Drama as APC Senators protest resolution to debate 2019 elections

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The Senate has resolved to debate the 2019 elections which took place on the 23rd of February and 9th of March 2019.

In a point of order raised by Senator Dino Melaye (PDP, Kogi) on Wednesday, he urged his colleagues not to close their eyes to the happenings around the two elections.

Melaye said: “I want to bring a motion on the next legislative day so that the militarisation of the process and abuse will not go undiscussed in this parliament for posterity sake, solutions given and the President can be equally advised and electoral act signed into law as we begin to prepare for future elections.”

His point of order was put to a voice vote and the “Nays” overshadowed the “Ayes” but Saraki ruled that the motion be taken in the next legislative day.

Dissatisfied, the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan queried Saraki’s ruling and asked that the decision be authenticated.

Lawan said: Mr. President, you ruled but we did not hear the ruling. What is your ruling.”

Saraki responded saying, “according to the rules, we need only one fifth to take the motion. From the voice vote, one fifth supported for it to be on the next legislative day.”

The Deputy Majority leader, Ibn Na’allah argued that the sponsor of the motion, Senator Melaye presented himself as senator-elect of Kogi west senatorial district and not as a serving senator, hence the motion should not be taken.

Saraki’s concluded the matter by saying “whenever the motion comes up for discussion, I am sure we will all be guided that it will be done in a manner within the confines of what is acceptable.”

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National Assembly Adjourns to 12th March, 2019

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The National Assembly has adjourned plenary to 12th March, 2019 following lawmakers’ failure to constitute a quorum at its first sitting after the Presidential/ National Assembly elections held on 23rd February, 2019. The low attendance which only saw 8 lawmakers in the Senate and 12 members in the House of Representatives forced the leadership of both chambers to extend reconvening by two weeks.
The Senate however promised to give due attention to the Minimum Wage Amendment Bill proposed by the Executive (to increase the wages of public servants) when it reconvenes in March.

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House of Reps still lasts until June – Speaker

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has said the life of the current House still lasts until the next three months, adding that there were many pending issues before shortly it.
Dogara made this known in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, on Sunday in Abuja.
The speaker said that the pending issues before the House needed urgent legislative attention including the 2019 Appropriations Bill.
“The Speaker is concentrating in accomplishing all he promised in the Legislative Agenda of the House of Representatives.
“Who becomes what in the 9th House of Representatives is not the concern or business of the current Speaker, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara.
“You should please spare him from these unfounded speculations,” Turaki said.

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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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Lawmakers form committee on passage of minimum wage

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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 adjourns plenary for lack of quorum

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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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Senate holds first plenary in 2019

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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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