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SENATE PROCEEDINGS FOR TUESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 2016

by on November 29, 2016
 

Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki presided over plenary.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu moves for the approval of the Votes and Proceedings of Thursday 24th November, 2016. Senator Rose Oko seconds.
PETITION

Senate Leader Ali Ndume lays a petition on behalf of his constituent who was unlawfully dismissed from the Nigerian Customs Service.
The Motion from Senator Abaribe’s Point of Order on the killing of IPOB protesters is to be taken at the next legislative day.
PRESENTATION OF BILLS

1. Science and Technology Development Fund (Est., Etc) Bill 2016 SB. 50 by Senator Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti South)
2. Marriage Act CAP M6 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2016 SB. 171 by Senator David Umari (Niger East)
3. Incandescent Light Bulb (Prohibition) Bill 2016 SB. 368 by Senator Adesoji (Oyo South)
PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

1. The Report of the Committee on National Identity & National Population on the screening of Commisioners for the National Population Commission is laid.
CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

1. The Report of the Appropriation Committee on the Virement of Funds appropriated for Special Intervention (Recurrent) and Special Intervention (Capital) for funding of critical recurrent and capital items is being considered with lead debate from Senator Danjuma Goje.

Senator Danjuma Goje who chairs the‪#AppropriationsCttee speaks on the Committee’s recommendations regarding the virement of funds.

Senator James Manager speaks on the report. He insists that a better job can be done on such virement requests by involving other Committees.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu also commends the Appropriation Committee‪ and guides the Senate based on the Constitution.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki says the work of the Appropriation Committee shows the smooth relationship between the Executive and the Legislature.

Senators Ali Ndume, Abdullahi Adamu and Abdullahi Yahaya comment on the report and guides the Senate based on the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

Senate dissolves into its Committee on Supply for the Consideration of the Clauses of the Executive Bill on Virement of Funds.

Senate approves the Clause of the Virement of Funds for Special Intervention for Funding of Critical Recurrent and Capital Items.

Senate moves back into Plenary and Senate President Bukola Saraki reports progress.

Senate approves the virement of funds for Special Intervention (Recurrent & Capital) for funding of Critical Recurrent and Capital Items.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki commends members of the‪#AppropriationsCttee for a job well done. He adds that the approval will ensure capital project funding especially of local contractors as well as efficient and appropriate implementation of the‪#Budget2016.

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CONSIDERATION OF BILLS

1. A Bill for an act to amend the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) Act 2010 and for other matters connected therewith 2016 SB. 359.
The ‪@nilsnigeria Bill SB. 359 is sponsored by Senate Leader Ali Ndume, who now lead the debate and co-sponsored by 5 other Senators.

Senator Ndume speaks on the good work that ‪@nilsnigeria has been doing so far and the need to expand the scope to include Democratic Studies.

Senator Barau Jibrin rises to support the amendment of the ‪@nilsnigeria Bill SB.359
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu agrees that ‪@Nilsnigeria needs to be strengthened but comments that the presence of Legislative Studies in its name is enough as there can’t be Democracy without the Legislature and that there’s no need to add Democratic Studies to the ‪@nilsnigeria name.

Senator Jide Omowowora‪ agrees with DSP Ekweremadu that ‪@Nilsnigerianeeds to be expanded but cautions on a function clash between NABRO and NILS.

Senate President Bukola Saraki ‪puts the question and the ‪@nilsnigeria Act 2010 Amendment Bill SB. 359 passes second reading.

The ‪@nilsnigeria Act 2010 Amendment Bill SB. 359 is referred to the‪#EstablishmentsCttee for further legislative action.

2. The Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of Environmental Managers Registration Council of Nigeria to provide for Code of Conduct, Professional ethics and Stipulation of Minimum Standards and for other related matters 2016 SB. 88 by Senator Francis Alimikhena.

Senator Alimikhena speaks on the need to regulate and provide professional ethics and minimum standard in the Management of the Environment

Senator Ibn Na’Allah speaks in favour of the establishment of the Environmental Managers Registration Council of Nigeria.

Senator James Manager supports the Environmental Managers Registration Council Bill as it has no financial implications for its establishment.

Senate President Bukola Saraki puts the question and Senate passes the Environmental Managers Registration Council of Nigeria Bill 2016 SB. 88.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki appreciates all Senators concerned for the smooth passage of the bill for the professional handling of environmental management.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki ‪reminds that the Environmental Registration Council Bill was passed in the 6th and 7th Senate but was not assented to.

The Environmental Managers Registration Council of Nigeria Bill SB. 88 is referred to the ‪#EstablishmentsCttee for further legislative action.

3. The Bill for an Act to repeal the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring & Misc. Provisions) Act Chapter F34 LGN 2004, establish a Foreign Exchange Market and to provide for the Control, Monitoring & Supervision of transactions conducted in the Foreign Exchange Market and for other related matters 2017 SB. 181 by Senator John Owan Enoh.

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Senator John O. Enoh leads the debate for the Foreign Exchange (Repeal and ReEnactment) Bill 2016 SB. 181

Senator Bala Na’Allah speaks in support of the Foreign Exchange (Repeal and ReEnactment) Bill 2016 SB. 181.

Senate President Bukola Saraki appreciates Senator Enoh for the work on the bill. He adds that the bill is important and timely for Foreign Exchange management.

SP ‪@bukolasaraki says that there is the need for a comprehensive input of stakeholders whenever the Public Hearing for the bill comes up.

Senate President, Saraki puts the question and the Foreign Exchange (Repeal and Reenactment) Bill is referred to the committee on Banking and Finance.

Senate President Bukola Saraki further reiterates the commitment of the 8th Senate to the proper management of foreign exchanges.

Senate President ‪@bukolasaraki further reiterates the commitment of the 8th Senate to the proper management of foreign exchanges.
4. A Bill for an Act to amend the Oil and Gas Export Free Zone Authority Act CAP O5 LFN 2004 and other matters connected therewith 2016 SB 6. By Senator Ibrahim Gobir.

Senator Kabiru Gaya as well lends his voice to the Bull to amend the Oil and Gas Export Free Zone Authority Act SB. 6

SenatePresident ‪@bukolasaraki puts the question and the Bill to Amend the Oil and Gas Export Free Zone Authority Act passes second reading.

The Bill is referred to the Committee on Trade and Investment‪ for further legislative action.

Senate President Bukola Saraki comments that the Bill has been passed before but was not assented to.
MOTIONS

1. The Abuse of Customs Tariff & Indiscriminate Issuance of Fiscal Policies & Negative Impact on the National Economy: Urgent Need for Reversal.

The Motion is sponsored by Senator Hope Uzodinma and he speaks on the motion and notes with serious concern the abuse of customs tariff.

Senate will also approve all Tariff regimes before its implementation.

Senators Jibrin Barau, Bala Na’Allah and Ibrahim Gobir all speak in favour of the motion and the negative effects of these protocols.

Senate President Bukola Saraki comments that “this is a very important matter. ‪@CustomsNG accounts for close to 20% of Non Oil Revenues and in a democratic setting, such revenue line should come to Parliament. It is an important motion to which after the public hearing an amendment to the law should be brought before the Senate. It will ensure more transparency, less corruption & it will be more stable”.
2. The Urgent Need to Investigate Revenue Generating Agencies over alleged Leakages, Non Remittance and MisUse of Generated Revenue.

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The Motion sponsored by Senator Yayi Adeola. He notes that S.80(1-4) of the Constitution stipulates all revenue be paid to the Consolidated Revenue Fund
Senator Adeola also notes that the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 was enacted to ensure transparency and accountability.

He expressed further worries that Corporations and Agencies of Government have over the years grossly violated letters of the Constitution.
Senator ‪@yayiAdeola is disturbed that various audit queries against these agencies further indicates possible mismanagement of public funds

Senator Adeola speaks that in a particular year, Custom generated N178Billion as revenue and spent all N178Billion as expenditure.

Senator ‪@yayiAdeola is worried that despite dwindling oil revenues, agencies are still shortchanging Government of needed revenues.

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu supports the motion by Senator Adeola. He notes that its indeed an important motion.

Senator Olusola Adeyeye as well speaks on the motion. He points out that agencies should look inwards to generate revenue.
Senator Ahmad Lawan Lawan commends Senator Adeola for the motion and says the Committee on Finance and Public Accounts should investigate.
Senator Na’Allah says an examination body once generated N3Billion from sales of forms and said it spent N2.9Billion on printing of the forms.

Senate accordingly resolves to constitute a high power AdHoc Committee to investigate the alleged misuse, under remittance/non remittance and other fraudulent practice in IGR collection, accounting, remittance & expenditure by all revenue generating agencies from 2012-2016.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki thanks Senator Yayi Adeola for the motion. He adds that independent revenue and non-oil revenue are very important.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki says agencies are not meeting their targets yet there is abuse of surplus and it will help 2017 budget if we block leakages.
Members of the AdHoc Committee include Senators Andy Uba, John Enoh, Yusuf Abubakar, Yahaya Abdullahi, Fatimat Rasaq and Yayi Adeola as Chairman.
ADJOURNMENT

Senate leader moves that all other matters on the Order paper be stepped down to another legislative day and Minority leader seconds.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki puts the question and plenary is adjourned to Wednesday 30th November 2016.

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