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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Proceedings In The Nigerian Senate On Thursday, 24th May, 2018


Welcome to a new Legislative Day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings.

Senator Monsurat Sunmonu moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018. Senator Osinakachukwu Ideozu seconded.

PRESENTATION OF BILLS- First Reading
Theatre Arts Professionals Regulatory Council (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 681) by Senator Victor Umeh.

Theatre Arts Professionals Regulatory Council (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 681) was read the First Time.

Federal College of Education Ibokun, Osun State (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 673) by Senator Babajide Omoworare.

Federal College of Education Ibokun, Osun State (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 673) was read the First Time.

MOTIONS
Rescission of Senate resolution in respect of a report on a petition from Mr. Nnochiri Anosike Igbokaike against the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) over his wrongful dismissal from the service for alleged misconduct (S/Res/233/03/18) by Senator Samuel Anyanwu.

Senate resolved to:
I. Urge the Senate to rescind it’s resolution “That the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in addition to issuing a letter of clearance to Mr. Nnochiri Anosike Igbokaike in order not to jeopardize his employability, should pay him the three months salary in lieu of notice” (S/Res/233/03/18); and

II. Replace same with: “That the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to reinstate, promote, retire and pay appropriate benefits to Mr. Nnochiri Anosike Igbokaike since his dismissal was an error and without cause.”

The destruction of lives and properties by rain/ windstorm in Jalingo Metropolis and the urgent need for relief materials to be provided to the victims by Senator Shuaibu Isa Lau.

Senate resolved to:
I. Observe one minute silence for the repose of the souls of the deceased;

II. Urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to, as a matter of urgency, provide relief materials to the affected persons;

III. Urge the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to direct the Yola Electricity Distribution Company (DISCO) to facilitate the restoration of power supply to Jalingo and its environs; and

IV. Urge the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to draw the attention of various service providers on the need to reinforce their masts to withstand rain/ windstorm.

2018 Children’s day celebration by Senator Binta Masi Garba.

“I congratulate our children on their special day and I employ the government to please look into all the Acts in looking after children. Fathers should help mothers in looking after their children as we try to see they have basic education, this will help them to grow and make them avoid activities that are bad to the system.”- Senator Monsurat Sunmonu.

“I appeal to Nigerians to partner with the 3 tiers of government (Federal, State and Local) and see how we can tighten our security in schools and at the same time provide a conducive environment for our children. These children are the future of Nigeria.”- Senator Gbenga Ashafa.

“Kidnapping and rape have become the order of the day. 5000 people were killed in Zamfara, resulting to about 10000 widows and 20000 orphans in Zamfara State. I congratulate the women because they are the mothers of the children.”- Senator Kabir Marafa

“The current trend of challenges in the nation today is something the government cannot do alone, however, all Nigerians should rise to help each other.”- Senator Oluremi Tinubu

The Senate President has done it in the past, going all the way to Borno to give food to the needy.”- Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

“Some of these children are vulnerable and when they are exploited, we tend to raise sex victims, a bunch of angry children who become women and later become our mothers.”- Senator Ben Murray Bruce.

“The perpetrators of these crimes are close relatives, they don’t come from far, most cases are not reported to the authorities.”- Senator Ben Murray Bruce

“I congratulate the children in advance, we should show kindness to these children, not only orphans, because these days nobody knows who the orphans are due to the economy.”- Senator Sam Anyanwu.

“We should look at the issue of the Federal Government programs, we should extend it to the less privileged who are not less privileged by their own fault or doing,but by circumstances surrounding them .”- Senator Sam Anyanwu.

Senate resolved to:
I. Congratulate the Nigerian Children on the celebration of the 2018 Children’s day;

II. Felicitate with the Federal Government and the families of the Dapchi schoolgirls that have been released;

III. Urge the Federal Government to intensify effort to secure the release of Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi schoolgirl that is yet to be released and the remaining Chibok schoolgirls and all other children under the custody of Biko Haram and all other criminals;

IV. Urge the Federal Government to come up with a dedicated fund to assist the various ministries of social welfare in the states affected with a view to setting a platform to educate and care for these orphans; and

V. Urge all Senators to pledge support in cash or kind for the vulnerable children or orphans in Zamfara State.

“Distinguished colleagues let me join all our colleagues who have contributed to congratulate the Nigerian children on the celebration of the 2018 Children’s day. As we congratulate and celebrate we continue to hold on to our responsibilities of ensuring that we show love, care and more importantly lay a foundation for a bright future for our children.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“We have all seen the statistics that show today that Nigeria accounts for 10% of the total world’s maternal mortality and 8% of the total world’s infant mortality. These are not figures we should be proud of, where only 1 in 4 children get immunization.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“I believe that as we celebrate, let us take up the responsibility to improve the health of our children and I’m happy that with the 1% we have put for primary healthcare and with proper implementation, we can see full coverage of immunization of our children that will go a long way in reducing the mortality.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“Secondly also, is for us to look at the UBEC law and see how we can ensure that there are many more years of free education, because education is very important. That bill is already passed, we are waiting for concurrence from the House. I think those are the kind of gifts that we can give to our children to lay a bright future.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“Thirdly is the Child Rights Act, there are some states that still have not passed it. I have had the opportunity to engage with some speakers of some of the states, I am happy that some of our Senators are leaders in their states, please let us work to see that Child Rights Act is passed in all our 36 states in line with whatever peculiarities are in those different states because as we have said there is a lot of violence that we are seeing against our children. This is an area that we need to work very hard on.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“Lastly is for us to continue to re-ensure the security of our country because they are the most vulnerable areas of security challenges.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“Once again, I join us to congratulate and celebrate this day, but as we celebrate it let us live up to our own part of our responsibilities by ensuring we make our children healthier, we give them the best education so that they have a bright future.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF A REPORT.

Report of the Committee on Water Resources on the National Water Resources (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 479) by Senator Ubali Shitu.

“Distinguished colleagues, I think we all need to agree on what our priorities are & the responsibility lies with us. If we all agree this is an important priority, nothing stops us from passing it today and bringing the Ecological Bill and passing it immediately.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“I will want to appeal that let us show the commitment that we have to this water bill and take an undertaken that within a week we will bring the ecological Bill and pass it. We have to do what is required.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the National Water Resources (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 479).

Senate reverted to plenary and reported progress.

“Distinguished colleagues, I think a Bill like this despite my eagerness and enthusiasm to pass it quickly, it is important that we carry every body along.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

”If we agree, we can look at the chairman and the vice chairman on Water Resources, chairman and vice chairman on Judiciary and the director of Legal, most times they go back and look at this especially when there are constitutional issues.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

”Lets give them maximum 1 week, next week Wednesday 30th, they come to us.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“So Chairman and Vice Chairman Water Resources, Chairman and Vice Chairman Judiciary and Legal Matters, Senator Barnabas Gemade and in particular bring in the director of Legal, and we give them between now and Wednesday.”- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

ADJOURNMENT
Senate Leader moved that all other items on the order paper be stood down to another legislative day. Minority Leader seconded.

Plenary is adjourned to Wednesday, 30th May, 2018

#GavelBangs

Signed:
New Media Department,
Office of the President of the Senate,
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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