The Senate on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 passed four Motions and three Bills for second reading. The session presided over by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki started with a point of Order 42 moved by Sen. James Manager in response to a letter sent to the Chamber by the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali requesting for a shift in his scheduled appearance before the Senate.
The request was rejected and the Customs Comptroller General was asked to appear before the Chamber on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in uniform as contained in the Resolution of Chamber passed last week.
The Senate President also announced that the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu will equally appear before the Chamber for screening exercise.
Among the Motions passed by the Senate after an exhaustive deliberation by the law-makers include:
1) The Demise of former two time governor of the defunct Bendel State, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, moved by Sen. Mathew Urhoghide (Edo South). He came under Point of Order 42 to move the Motion. It scaled through with three resolutions below:
i) The Senate condole with the family, government and people of Edo State over the death of Dr. Ogbemudia.
ii) Observe a minute silence in honour of the deceased.
iii) Send a high power Senate Delegation to pay condolence visit to the Family of the deceased, people and Government of Edo State.
2) Urgent Need for the Federal Government to Access $300 Million Malaria Bond through the Innovative Financing for Malaria Prevention and Control Project (IMPACT), sponsored by Sen. Olarenwaju Tejuoso (Ogun Central). The Motion scaled through with two prayers below:
i) Urge the Federal Government to fast-track the access to the $300 Million Malaria Bond by the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
ii) Commend the effort of the Global Fund in providing the $300 million Bond.
3) Need for the Re-construction and Dualization of Makurdi – 9th Mile Trunk “A” Federal Highway, sponsored by Sen. Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North). The Motion sailed through with three Resolutions below:
i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Works to designate the road for immediate dualization.
ii) Urge the Federal Government to allocate adequate funds in 2017 budget, currently being prepared, for the construction and dualization of Makurdi – Otukpo-Obollo Afor Opii (Nsukka) – 9th Mile Federal Highway.
iii) Urge the Police and other Security Agencies to increase their surveillance on the road to protect commuters from the marauding activities of armed robbers and other criminal elements.
4) Need to investigate the activities of weights and measures, sponsored by Sen. Fatima Raji-Rasaki (Ekiti Central). The Motion noted that Weights and Measures Department of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment is charged among other things with the responsibility to ascertain the quality of crude oil and gas and non-oil and gas products exported from Nigeria. She observed that the designation, procurement, measurement and calibration of equipment are being handled by the expatriates and the equipment used for the measurement are not manufactured in Nigeria. The Motion scaled through with two prayers below:
I) Mandate the Senate Committee on Trade and Investment to carry out a holistic investigation into the process of designation/procurement, calibration, measurement and equipment as well as ascertain the quantity of crude oil and gas being produced in Nigeria on daily basis.
II) Ascertain the exact number of oil wells handled by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other Agencies in Nigeria and production levels.
Meanwhile, the Upper Legislative Chamber has equally passed for second reading three legislation. The Bills scaled through to the next legislative stage after a robust debate on their general principles. They include:
1) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Employee’s Compensation Act 2010 to include the payment of Compensation to Sportsmen who sustain injuries while on National Assignment and for other matters connected therewith, 2017 (S.B. 170), sponsored by Sen. Clifford Ordia (Edo Central). The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Labour, to report back in four weeks.
2) A Bill for an Act to Enhance Transparency in the Management and Accounting of Tax Incentives by Relevant Authorities so as to check Corruption in the System and for related matters, 2017 (S.B. 331), sponsored by Sen. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (Niger North). The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance to report back in four weeks.
3) A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Establishment of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) and for matters connected therewith, 2017 (S.B.256), sponsored by Sen. Theodore Orji (Abia Central). The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, to report back in four weeks.