The Senate in its bid to rid the country of corruption has on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 passed two Resolution that led to the setting up of two Ad-hoc Investigative Committees to unravel the alleged corrupt practices in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Its Group Managing Director (GDM) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
In a Motion titled “Allegation of Corruption against NNPC Trading: Time to conduct a holistic investigation”, sponsored by Sen. Samuel Anyanwu (Imo East), the Senator asserted that the NNPC Trading Limited is a business creation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. It is composed of the following outfits, Duke Oil; Hyson/Carlson (JV); NAP Oil (JV); and West Africa-Gas Limited (JV).
The law-maker added that Duke Oil was incorporated in 1989 in Panama and therefore does not pay tax in Nigeria. The company was specially registered to play dominant role in the trading of petroleum products especially crude oil trade in the International Oil Market several years ago. He disclosed that Duke Oil lacked the requisite credentials to trade internationally, therefore make it a giant commission agent only; he expressed concern that the net effect of such arrangement make NNPC and by extension Nigeria earn less than otherwise it would have if the process was open and transparent. The Motion ultimately passed with two resolutions below:
i) Constitute an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the policy introduced by the current NNPC GDM of allocating all products to Duke Oil and carry out a holistic investigation into the activities of NNPC Trading Limited.
ii) The Committee is to also investigate the allegation of corruption leveled against the NNPC GDM by the Minister of State, Petroleum.
Similarly, the Red Chamber has also set up another Investigative Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the alleged corrupt practices in the Nigeria Police Force. This is sequel to a point of order 43 raised by Sen. Isa Hammah Misau; sought and obtained the leave of the Senate to debate the matter. Accordingly, the Senate President has named the membership of the two Ad-hoc Committees as follows:
NNPC Investigative Ad-hoc Committee: Sen. Aliyu Wamakko – Chairman, Sen. Atai Aidoku, Sen. Kabiru Marafa, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu, Sen. Ahmed Ogembe, Sen. Rose Okoh and Sen. Baba Kaka Garbai as members.
Ad-hoc Investigative Committee on Alleged Corrupt Practices in the Nigeria Police Force: Sen. Francis Alimikhena – Chairman, Sen. Binta Masi Garba, Sen. Duro Faseyi, Sen. Joshua Lidani and Sulaiman Uthman Hunkuyi as members.
Also, the Upper Legislative Chamber has deliberated upon and passed a Motion titled “Urgent need to investigate the recent importation of maize into Nigeria, sponsored by Sen. Adamu Aliero and two others. According to Sen. Aliero, the Nigerian market is currently flooded with imported maize from Ukraine, Brazil and South Africa. The Motion scaled through with a single prayer below:
i) Mandate the Senate Committee on Agriculture to investigate the large scale importation of maize that has flooded the Nigerian market with a view to ascertain how and why such importation was allowed when over 41 items were banned from getting foreign exchange.
Meanwhile, the Senate has also considered and passed two motions on the death of two former Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The First Motion was on the demise of Sen. Mahmud Kanti Bello, sponsored by Sen. Mustapha Bukar (Katsina Notrth) and 4 others. The late Kanti Bello died on Tuesday 29th August, 2017 at the age of 72 after a brief illness. He represented Katsina North Senatorial District from 1992- 1993, 2003 – 2007 and 2007 – 2011. Accordingly, a minute silence was observed in honour of late Sen. Mahmud Kanti Bello.
While, the second Motion was on the death of former Sen. Kabiru Jibril who represented Kaduna Central in the Red Chamber in 1999 – 2003. The Motion came via a point of order 43 raised by Sen. Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central) where he sought and obtained the leave of the Chamber to debate issue. Similarly, a minute silence was observed in honour of the deceased.
Nonetheless, four Bills were equally debated and passed for second reading, among them were:
a) A Bill for an Act to Establish the Chartered Institute of Directors of Nigeria to serve as a Regulatory Body for persons serving as Directors both in Public and Private sectors to ensure professionalism and promote corporate governance value by Directors and related matters, 2017 (S.B.424), sponsored by Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West). The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service to report back in four weeks.
b) A Bill for an Act to Establish the Council for Facility Management of Nigeria charge with the Responsibilities to among other things register persons seeking to be Facilities Manager, set Regulations and Standard, Inspect Facilities as well as regulate and control the practice of Facilities Management and related matter, 2017 (S.B. 340), sponsored by Sen. Ahmad Abubakar (Adamawa South). The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service to report back in four weeks.
c) A Bill for an Act to Establish the Chartered Institute of Facilities Managers charge with the responsibilities to among other things register persons seeking to be Facilities Managers, set regulations and standards, inspect Facilities, regulate and control the practice of Facilities profession and related matters, 2017. It has been referred to Committee on Establishment and Public Service to report back in four weeks.
d) A Bill for an Act to Establish the Ecological Fund for the purpose of funding certain Federal Agencies dealing with Environmental and Ecological problems and for related matters, 2017 (S.B. 395), sponsored by Sen. Mohammed Hassan (Yobe South). The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Environment, Ecology and Climate Change to report back in four weeks.