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SENATE PASSES INTO LAW THREE IMPORTANT BILLS, SWEARS IN SENATOR ADEMOLA ADELEKE


In a bid to give legal backing to some statutory institutions of the Federal Capital Territory, the Upper Legislative Chamber on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 considered and passed into law four very important Bills to accord legal backing to four public institutions. The legislation passed into law emanated from the House of Representatives. They were presented before the Senate for consideration by the Committee on Federal Capital Territory led by Sen. Dino Melaye. The Bills include:
1) Consolidated Federal Capital Territory Civil Service Commission Bill, 2017 (H.B. 167 & 310), standing in name of Sen. Dino Melaye (Kogi West). 

The Senate on receipt of the Bill’s report resolved into the Committee of the Whole where clauses 1 – 23, short and long titles, schedule as well as explanatory memorandum of understanding of the Bill were approved as recommended or amended. Thereafter, the Bill was read the third time and passed.
2) Federal Capital Territory Water Board (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2017 (H.B.318), standing in the name of Sen. Dino Melaye (Kogi West).
The report on the Bill was presented before the Chamber for consideration and the Senate resolved into the Committee of the Whole where clauses 1 - 60, short and long titles as well as explanatory memorandum of understanding of the Bill were approved as recommended or amended. Afterwards, the Bill was read the third time and passed.
3) Federal Capital Transport Authority (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2017 (H.B. 91), standing in the name of Sen. Dino Melaye (Kogi West).

Similarly, report on the legislation was presented before the Upper Legislative Chamber for consideration. Accordingly, the Chamber resolved into the Committee of the Whole where clauses 1 – 34, short and long titles, schedules 1 & 2 as well as explanatory memorandum of understanding of the Bill were approved as recommended or amended. Ultimately, the legislation was read the third time and passed.
4) Federal Capital Territory Hospital Management Board (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2017 (H.B. 441), standing in the name of Sen. Dino Melaye (Kogi West).

Accordingly, report on the Bill was presented before the Chamber for consideration. The Chamber resolved into the Committee of the Whole where clauses 1 – 30, short and long titles, schedule as well as explanatory memorandum of understanding were approved as recommended or amended. Consequently, the Bill was read the third time and passed.
Meanwhile, the Senate has sworn in the newly elected Sen. Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke to represent Osun West Senatorial District. He was elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) following the bye-election held on Saturday July 8, 2017 to fill the vacant position created by the death of his elder brother, late Sen. Isiaka Adeleke.

Also, two Motions were equally considered and passed by the Senate. They include:
a) The need for an investigative audit in respect of contract that were awarded and paid for in the past by TETFUND but were yet to be executed, sponsored by Sen. Barau Jibrin (Kano North).
The Senate noted that in the past years, the Tertiary Institutions Intervention Fund (TETFUND) has awarded numerous contracts for the benefit of several higher institutions across the country in keeping with the statute that established the Agency. Sen. Barau stated that in spite of the good intention of TETFUND in awarding the contracts, some of the contractors who are yet to be identified allegedly collected the project monies and walked away without executing them. Accordingly, the Motion scaled through with a single resolution below:
i) Mandate the Senate Committees on Tertiary Education and TETFUND, Public Procurement to conduct an investigation to ascertain the contractors who collected monies belonging to TETFUND in the past but absconded without performing such contracts to specification and report back to the Senate its findings and recommendations for further action.
b) The urgent need for Federal Government to intervene in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology imbroglio in order to save the future of innocent youths, sponsored by Sen. Buhari Abdulfatai (Oyo North) and 40 others. The Motion sailed through with two prayers below:
i) Urge the Federal Government to find immediate solution to the problem.
ii) Urge the Federal Government to set up a Committee that will look into the issue of ownership of the University in order to find a permanent solution. 
 


  • 2017-07-13 00:50:13