Welcome to a new Legislative Day in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Senate President Dr. Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON led the Principal Officers into the Chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 10:27am.
Senator Uche Ekwunife moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Wednesday, 13th November, 2019.
Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf Seconded.
The Senate Sworn-in Senator Biodun Olujimi as Senator representing Ekiti South.
“Congratulations to Senator Biodun Olujimi, with this we now have eight very solid female senators. We pray that this addition will bring additional productivity and stability to the senate. This calls for unity and of course we should remain focus and do only those things that will make our country great.” – Senator Ahmad Lawan, PhD, CON.
PRESENTATION OF BILLS – First Reading. 1. Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission ACT CAP N117 LFN 2014 (Repeal and re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 20) by Senator Theodore Orji
Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission ACT CAP N117 LFN 2014 (Repeal and re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 20) was read the first time.
2. 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2019 (SB. 48) by Senator Rose Oko
1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2019 (SB. 48) was read the first time.
3. Flags of Nigeria Ships Act CAP F31 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB.61) by Senator Olalekan Mustapha
Flags of Nigeria Ships Act CAP F31 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB.61) was read the first time.
4. Fire (Hazard and Safeguard) Bill, 2019 (SB. 98) by Senator Henry Bassey
Fire (Hazard and Safeguard) Bill, 2019 (SB. was read the first time.
5. Integrated Data Management Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 102) by Senator Abubakar Yusuf
Integrated Data Management Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 102) was read the first time.
6.Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 112) by Senator Uche Ekwunife
Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 112) was read the first time.
7.Cyber Crimes (Prohibition and Prevention) Act 2010 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 163) by Senator Buhari Abdulfatai
Cyber Crimes (Prohibition and Prevention) Act 2010 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 163) was read the first time.
8. Federal College of Education (Technical) Iwo, Osun State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 164) by Senator Adeyemi Oriolowo
Federal College of Education (Technical) Iwo, Osun State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 164) was read the first time.
9.Federal University Birnin-Kebbi State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 165) by Senator Aliero Adamu
Federal University Birnin-Kebbi State (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 165) was read the first time.
10. Sickle Cell Anaemia (Prevention, Control and Management) Bill, 2019 (SB. 166) by Senator Samuel Egwu
Sickle Cell Anaemia (Prevention, Control and Management) Bill, 2019 (SB. 166) was read the first time.
11. South West Development Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 167) by Senator Ibikunle Amosun
South West Development Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 167) was read the first time.
PRESENTATION OF REPORT
Report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions by Senator Ayo Akinyelure.
That the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions in respect of:
a. Petition from Nwachukwu A. Ndukwe against the Hon. Minister of Water Resources for delaying his appointment as Executive Director in Anambra/Imo River Basin Development Authority;
b. Petition from Elder C.D Ndukwe on behalf of forty-three (43) Aba Early Retirees of the Nigerian Breweries Plc against the Nigerian Breweries Plc for non-payment if their full retirement benefits; and
c. Petition from Murtala A. Ibrahim against the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria for alleged refusal to pay arrears of his entitlements and failure to remit his pension contributions.
The report was LAID.
CONSIDERATION OF BILLS – Second Reading
1. A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Council on Public Procurement and Bureau of Public Procurement Act No. 14 of 2007 and for related matters, 2009 (SB.106) by Senator Lau Isa
2. A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Council on Public Procurement and Bureau of Public Procurement Act No. 14 of 2007 and for related matters, 2009 (SB.109) by Senator Uche Ekwunife
Senate President Ahmad Lawan announced the consolidation of the two Bills while the sponsors led the debate.
Senator George Sekibo raised a Point of Order 77 (1) and (2) seeking the immediate suspension of the Bill to allow other Senators seek more information on the Bill to make meaningful contributions.
“I will ask my colleagues that we have started the lead debates and we should continue. The secretariat should take note: anytime time we have Bill to do with, we should ensure the copies of the gazetted bills are distributed well ahead of time.” – Senate President Ahmad Lawan, PhD, CON.
Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi rose to move motion for the step down of A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Council on Public Procurement and Bureau of Public Procurement Act No. 14 of 2007 and for related matters, 2009 (SB.158) for another legislative day.
Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe seconded.
A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Council on Public Procurement and Bureau of Public Procurement Act No. 14 of 2007 and for related matters, 2009 (SB.158) is stepped down for another legislative day.
Senator George Sekibo rose to second the motion for second reading of the two amendment Bills.
“Let me commend the two sponsors of this bills. The importance of the Public Procurement Act is not a doubt and whatever we do in the Appropriations Act is subject to the Public Procurement Act. It is important we establish that the time frame for procurement is too long. A very large percentage of our small and medium enterprises are left out of the procurement process. If we must adhere to international conventions on anti-corruption, we must reduce the discretionary provisions in the Act. With this I support that this Bill be read the second time and I urge my colleagues to do the same.” – Senator Sabi Abdullahi
“I will suggest that in the amendment we should try as much as possible to include architecture and construction engineers in the board of Bureau of Public Enterprise. I would suggest that in this amendment, we should bring the best approach. Government solution should be part of the amendment that we will bring in to safe guard public interest.” – Senator Sani Musa
“I will add that let every professionals concentrate on the areas they have been trained. We need to accommodate insurance board into this Bill.” – Senator Michael Nnachi
“This Bill to amend the Act is important and we must give it the attention that it requires. I support this move to amend this Procurement Act.” – Senator Abba Moro
“The purpose of this act is to address issues of corruption but we are aware that these objectives have been derailed because of the nature of bureaucracy in this country.what we are doing is also trying to fast track the prices of fighting corruption, it is better to get it done than just sitting all over to watch.” – Senator Sahabi Ya’u
“Let me thank our distinguished colleagues for sponsoring this amendment. This amendment is apt, extremely very timely. What we need to drive the 2020 Budget is the procurement. I believe very strongly that this amendment should be fast tracked. Amendment of the Act should include adding value to small and medium enterprises in Nigeria.” – Senator Albert Bassey Akpan
“Every contract must have performance guarantee. The new Bill should accommodate a provision that makes for advance guarantee for contractors.” – Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf
“What this tend to achieve is to fight the issue of abandoned projects across the nation because government has committed funds into these projects and they have been termed uncompleted project. Another area is the issue of Certificate of No Objection. I want to believe that with this singular amendment, we will take out the excessiveness of the Bureau of Public Enterprise on the Certificate of No Objection. As much as we are trying to unbundle this act, we should look at the nitty gritty of all sections so that we can be well guided and ensure that whatever we are going to amend in this Bill is in conformity with international best practices.” – Senator Solomon Adeola
“If we can get this right then Nigeria will experience more infrastructural development. I will advise that in reviewing this Act, let us consider time and target for projects.” – Senator Rochas Okorocha
“It is important for us to agree that we need the National Council of Public Procurement to be in place to check the public procurements that we have in this country. It is not very right for a procurement to last more than three months as we are currently experiencing in this country. Government must be ready to fund the projects that are executed. – Senator Clifford Ordia
“I want to comment on one or two aspect of the amendment. I want to draw our attention to project costing in Nigeria which is quite exorbitant compare to other jurisdictions. It will be quite important for this to be addressed during public hearing.” – Senator Istifanus Gyang
“If this Act remains as it is today, the time we would have gained in passing the budget would be lost. Just like we try to give expeditious treatment to bills we have treated recently this is also of important value. I want to ask all stakeholders who have any interest on Public Procurement to take advantage of Public Hearing the senate will hold on this bill because it is important we have contributions so that we have an enriched contributions at the end of the day. With this, I want to thank Senator Lau Isa and Senator Uche Ekwunife for sponsoring these bills.” – Senate President Ahmad Lawan PhD, CON.
The two Bills were read the Second time and referred to the Committee on Public Procurement and to report back within two weeks.
The need for the continuous implementation of policy reforms for the diversification of the Nigerian economy through the Agricultural and Solid Mineral Sectors by Senator Ibikunle Amosun and 58 other Senators
Senator Danjuma Goje Seconded.
“I stand to support this motion because of it’s importance. The mover has carefully analyzed the importance of solid minerals. It is a privilege to us who are in the rural areas to know that in the last four years efforts have been made to mobilize people to go back to farm.” – Senator Danjuma Goje
“No country in the world has succeeded without agriculture. The only thing we know in the 70’s is agriculture. We need to be very serious and lay down the foundation, the policy is what we need to focus on so we can encourage the modernized agriculture to bring in more revenue.” – Senator Abdulfatai Buhari
“I want to thank my colleague for this motion. I would like to encourage the federal government to establish mini industries and mills to process food.” – Senator Orji Uzor Kalu
“What we need to do is engage big time farmers through mechanized farming who would in turn employ more people for economic growth.” – Senator Ike Ekweremadu
Senate Resolved To:
Commend the administration for the laudable policies introduced and the vigorous efforts put in to revamp the agricultural and solid mineral sectors as critical sectors to Nigeria’s quest for diversification of the economy;
Urge the Federal Government to collaborate with State and Local governments and the private sector to invest heavily in infrastructure particularly infrastructural development that will promote private investment in all areas of agriculture and solid minerals to facilitate linkage of agriculture/solid minerals to industry;
Strengthen agricultural research activities through increased and stable funding, proper coordination, strengthening of linkages among other research centers;
Invest in the collection of geoscientific information/data of estimates for mineral deposits and grade of our mineral reserves so as to attract investors;
Urge the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development to formalize the operations of illegal mines so that government can start to generate revenue from the collection of taxes and royalties;
Urge the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development to grant tax holidays for investors in solid minerals sector, grants for feasibility studies and low interest rates for leasing and purchasing of equipment as well as to simplify the processes of acquiring mining licenses including electronic submission of applications for licenses, permits, certificates etc;
Urge the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to ensure strict adherence to policies and set goals for the various intervention policies and further develop strategies that will move farmers from subsistence farming to mechanized farming by collaborating with relevant Agencies to push for Zero tariffs for import on agricultural equipment and agro-processing equipment, Tax holidays for Investors, Increase levy on any commodities that Nigeria can produce (starch, sugar and wheat); and
Direct the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Solid Minera Development to organize round table conferences with relevant stakeholders to review the various intervention policies and programs both in the Agricultural and solid minerals sectors with a view to addressing the challenges militating against effective impact of the various Federal Government policies on the economy.
Mandate the Committee on Finance to investigate the funds that is supposed to committed to the development of water resources, agriculture and natural resources in Nigeria;
Restructure and overhaul all the existing agricultural research institutes with a view to contribute to modern research methods;
Establish a Solid Mineral Resources Development Commission to co-ordinate all the activities of both legal and illegal miners of mineral mines in the country with the view of generating more funds;
Improve security around agricultural hubs to enable farmers go to their farms; and
Urge the Federal Government to set up a regulatory body or a marketing board around the exportable crops in agriculture and solid minerals.
“Let me congratulate Senator Ibikunle Amosun and our colleagues who contributed to this motion. We need to find out through our Committee on Finance the application of the National Resources Fund Account we should also form a round table with the ministry of agriculture and Solid Minerals to debate the way forward because we are in this together with them.” – Senate President Ahmad Lawan, PhD, CON.
Senate Leader moved that plenary be adjourned to another legislative day. Minority Leader seconded.
Senate adjourned plenary to Tuesday, 19th November, 2019.
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