Senate President Bukola Saraki presided over plenary.
The Senate in a closed door session that lasted for about two hours deliberated on issues bothering on the workings of the National Assembly and the confirmation of the nomination of the EFCC Chairman and other members.
Following the security report before it, Senate therefore rejected the confirmation of the Nomination of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as Chairman EFCC. The Senate confirmed the nomination of the other 4 Members of the EFCC and referred them for further security screening.
Senator Gbenga Ashafa moves for the approval of votes and proceedings of Wednesday 14th December, 2016. Senator Buruji Kashamu seconded.
POINT OF ORDER
Senator Dino Melaye raised a motion over a publication by TheNation Newspaper and BBC Hausa on the infraction on the privilege of the Senate.
Title of the Publication: “Senate Seeks SGF Sack” is all that balderdash” BBC Interview: “The Senators are talking rubbish”
“A mere appointee of the President says that we are liars” and tenders more evidence acquired from the Corporate Affairs Commission against SGF, Babachir Lawal”If the SGF says the document presented by the CAC is fake, he should produce the original” – Sen. Dino melaye.
“It is largely shown that the SGF does not have the necessary capacity to occupy the post” – Sen. Ibn Na’Allah.
“This position is a responsible position but if we have an irresponsible person there, it becomes a problem” – Sen. Chukwuka Utazi.
“The issue we have here is very serious because it bothers on the integrity of the Senate, the President was here yesterday and said with all humility that he is seeking cooperation with the National Assembly the SGF’s statement contradicts this. We will communicate with the President with necessary document and let’s see what the Executive will do. We leave that to the Executive to do what has to be done, we have done our part and i commend you all for your effort”- Senate President
Senator Dino Melaye lays the report before the Senate.
Senate Leader Ali Ndume moves that the Senate do adjourn for few minutes and reconvene to adopt the votes & proceedings of today, Thursday 15th December .Minority seconded.
Senate Reconvenes at 02:30pm
Senator Jibrin Barau moves for the approval of earlier votes and proceedings for Thursday 15th December, 2016. Senator Raji Rasaki seconds.
Senate President swears in newly elected Distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Rivers State. They are: George Sekibo- Rivers East
Magnus Abe- Rivers South East
Osinachukwu Ideozu- Rivers West, they were given a rousing welcome.
Senate President announces the inauguration of the Committee on Legislative Compliance & reads a letter of appreciation from Sen. Omo-Agege.
Senate President gives his closing remarks. “i want to thank all of you for the effort we put in this session. Looking at the statistics of what we have been able to achieve since we returned, we’ve passed18 Bills for Third Reading. What we have done in 3months cannot be compared to what we have done in the last one year. Finally, i congratulate the three new Senators, we’re happy that it is our Motion that made this election possible, ” – Senate President.
Senate Leader, Ali Ndume now moves that the Senate do adjourn to January 10th, 2017. Minority leader seconded. Senate President puts the question and Senate is adjourned to January 10, 2017.