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TodayInPlenary: Today’s proceedings at The Nigerian Senate

It’s a new Legislative day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Senate President Bukola Saraki took the official prayer and led the chamber into today’s proceedings.
Senator Ali Wakili moved for the approval of Votes and Proceedings of Tuesday 11th July, 2017. Senator Sam Anyanwu seconded.
OATH
Senator Ademola Adeleke took the Oath of office as Senator representing Osun West.
ANNOUNCEMENT
Senate President Bukola Saraki welcomed staff and students who were present in the gallery to observe Plenary.
PETITIONS
Senator Oluremi Tinubu raised a Petition regarding 8 pioneer staff of the Federal Road Safety Corps disengaged from appointment since 1999.
Senator Isah Misua  raised a Petition against the Chief of staff of Kogi State Government for illegal transaction involving Guaranty Trust Bank.
Senators Shehu Sani, Danjuma Laah, Matthew Urhoghide and Benjamin Uwajumogu raised Petitions regarding their constituent members.
Senate President Bukola Saraki referred all petitions to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.
Senator Bwacha cited order 43 and congratulated the new Senator elect and also congratulated the Peoples Democratic Party on their victory at the Supreme Court.
POINT OF ORDER
Senator Ahmed Lawan cited order 42 (1) and referred to fiscal responsibility Act 2007 Section 21(1) saying all Government corporation and agencies yet to submit the budget should do so within a week.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu seconded and reiterated the need for Government agencies to submit their budget.
Senator Yayi Adeola said all agencies should submit their budgets.
Senate President Bukola Saraki put the prayer that all budgets should be sent to the Committees who will ensure onward transmission to the leader and conclude within a week.
Senate President Bukola saraki said those who have done necessary review should meet to finalize with the leader, he stated that it is important for committee chairmen to finish because we must pass the budget before the recess.
Senator Yerima asked for more time on the Nigerian Ports Authority investigation and Senate President Bukola Saraki granted him 3 weeks.
PRESENTATION OF BILLS -FIRST READING
1. Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 448) by Senator Samuel N. Anyanwu
2. Civil Aviation Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 481) by Senator Buruji Kashamu
3. Armed Forces Comfort Fund CAP A21 Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (S.B 486) by Senator Shehu Sani
4. Nigerian Oil Research Development Agency Board Bill, 2017 (S.B 500) by Senator Theodore Orji
5. Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology (science) (Est, etc) Bill, 2017 (HB. 39) by Senate Leader
MOTIONS
1. The need for an investigative audit in respect of contracts that were awarded and paid for in the past by Tertiary Education Trust Fund but are yet to be executed by Senator Jibrin Barau
Senator Ahmed Lawan said our Committees on Education and Public Procurement should ensure that these things don’t happen, he states that such institutions should be taxed before receiving additional funds.
Senator Isah Misua said Tetfund contributed about 25% of election funds, I thought this Government would prosecute them through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
Senator Emmanuel Bwacha said contractors  in these agencies receive money and disappear into thin air.
Senate resolved to:
Mandate the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tertiary Education Trust Fund to conduct an investigation to ascertain the contractors who collected monies belonging to Tertiary Education Trust Fund in the past but absconded without performing such contracts to specification and to report bacj to the Senate its findings and recommendations for further action.
Senate President Bukola Saraki said we have observed that for 2 years no one has invited Tertiary Education Trust Fund, this matter is very important in the corruption fight”
Senate President Bukola Saraki said we need to know the companies who were given these contracts and we should get a report so as to know what the Anti-graft agencies should investigate.
2. Urgent need for the Federal Government to intervene in Ladoke Akintola University.
Senator Gbenga Ashafa seconded the motion and said it has become an assumption in Federal Government Institutions that you need to add an extra year or two to the duration of course, he stated that we need to that we need to ensure Ladoke Akintola University is re opened as soon as possible.
Senators Monsurat Sunmonu, Jide Omoworare, Jibrin Barau, Barnabas Gemade  contributed to the motion on Ladoke Akintola University.
Senate resolved to:
Urge the Federal Government to find immediate solution to the problem by injecting the fund presently needed for the school to re-open immediately.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu added a prayer that the two states should sit and find solution to the issue.
Senate President Bukola Saraki said it is a very important motion, it is a State university but the Federal Government should find a permanent solution to this”
CONSIDERATION OF REPORT
1. Report of the Committee on Federal Capital Territory by Senator Dino Melaye.
-That the Senate do consider the reports of the Committee on the Federal Capital Territory on the following House Bills for Concurrence:
I. Federal Capital Territory Civil Service Commission Bill, 2017 (HB. 167 and 310)
Senator Sam Egwu seconded that the Senate do consider the reports of the Committee on Federal Capital Territory on the following House of Representatives for Concurrence.
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Senate dissolved into the Committee of the whole for clause by clause consideration of the Federal Capital Territory Civil Service Commission Bill.
Senate reverted back to Plenary and reported progress.
The Federal Capital Territory Civil Service Commission Bill, 2017 (HB. 167 and 310) was read the 3rd time and passed.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu said its an appropriate structure for the Civil Service, he stated that those who would be responsible in the management must do a good job.
II. The Federal Capital Territory Water Board (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2017 (HB. 318) by Senator Dino Melaye
Senator Olujimi seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Federal Capital Territory Water Board (Establishment, etc.) Bill.
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Senate dissolved into the Committee of the whole for clause by clause consideration of the FCT Water Board (Establishment, etc.) Bill.
Senate reverted back to Plenary and reported progress.
The Federal Capital Territory Water Board (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2017 (HB. 318) was read the 3rd time and passed.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu said it is our responsibility to ensure proper infrasture is put in place.
III. The Federal Capital Territory Transport Authority  (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2017 (HB. 91) by Senator @dino_melaye.
Senator John Enoh seconded that the Senate do consider the report of the Federal Capital Territory Transport Authority  (Est., etc.) Bill.
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Senate dissolved into the Committee of the whole for clause by clause consideration of the FCT Transport Authority  (Est., etc.) Bill.
Senate reverted back to Plenary and reported progress.
The Federal Capital Territory Transport Authority  (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2017 (HB. 91) was read the 3rd time and passed.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu  said Transportation is critical in the development of Federal Capital Territory, providing this will go a long way in helping the people of Federal Capital Territory.
IV. The Federal Capital Territory Hospitals Management Board (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2017 (HB. 441) by Senator Dino Melaye
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Senate dissolved into the Committee of the whole for clause by clause consideration of the FCT Hospitals Management Board (Est., etc.) Bill.
Senate reverted back to Plenary and reported progress.
The Federal Capital Territory Hospitals Management Board (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2017 (HB. 441) was read the 3rd time and passed.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu said we noticed the last 4 Bills are related to Federal Capital Territory, we have made fundamental findings to enrich the Bill.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu congratulated the chairman and members of the committee of Federal Capital Territory.
ADJOURNMENT
Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan moved that Plenary be adjourned to the next Legislative day. Minority Leader seconded.
Plenary is adjourned to Thursday, 13th July, 2017.
#GavelBangs
Signed:
New Media Department,
Office of The Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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