The Senate in its bid to rid the country of the hazards of climate change and ensure conducive atmosphere across the nation, has debated and passed into law the “National Climate Change Bill, 2018 (H.B. 1020)”, sponsored by the Senate Leader, Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North). The legislation is a Concurrence Bill that emanated from and passed into law by the House of Representatives, hence the need for the Upper Legislative Chamber to concur.
Accordingly, the Bill was presented before the Chamber for debate on its general principles by the Senate Leader. Most of the law-makers that contributed to the debate spoke in support of the legislation, which ultimately ensured it scaled through second reading and was referred to the Committee of the Whole for clause by clauses consideration. The Chamber resolved into the Committee of the Whole where clauses 1 – 25, short and long titles as well as the explanatory memorandum of understanding of the Bill were approved as recommended or amended. Afterwards, it was read the third time and passed.
Similarly, the “Chartered Institute of Financial and Investment Analysts of Nigeria (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2018 (H.B. 98)” sailed through second and third reading on the floor of the Upper Legislative Chamber. The Bill was earlier presented before the Chamber for debate on its general principles by the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North) and ultimately scaled through second reading and referred to the Committee of the Whole where clauses 1 – 35, short and long titles, explanatory memorandum of understanding of the Bill were approved as recommended or amended. Thereafter, it was read the third time and passed.
In addition, the Red Chamber has deliberated and passed three Motions in that include the following:
1) The need to immediately ban Tobacco Companies from targeting school children in Nigeria, sponsored by Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) and five Co-sponsors.
Sen. Tinubu is worried by a deliberate ploy by Tobacco Companies to position their adverts and signs within 100 meters to stimulate children and youth into early interest in the use of their products. The Motion scaled through with five resolutions below:
i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Health and other relevant Enforcement Agencies to ensure the comprehensive prohibition of Tobacco Advertisement, Promotion and Sponsorship (TAPS), such as cigarette advertisement within and on windows, stores and kiosks, advertisement of smokeless or flavored tobacco and tobacco logo/symbols on non-tobacco objects.
ii) Urge the Federal and State Ministries of Health, Information and Education to work together to ban advertisement and location of Point of Sales (POS) of tobacco products within 100 meters of all schools.
iii) Urge the Federal Ministry of Health and other relevant Enforcement Agencies to urgently ensure a framework for the monitoring of the implementation of the ban on single stick and cigarette packs with less than 20 sticks as detailed in the National Tobacco Control Act 2018.
iv) Urge the Federal Ministry of Health to promote and advertise the ‘No Sale of Tobacco to Minors’ signage.
v) Urge the Tobacco Companies stop tobacco advertisement 100 meters away from schools.
2) The Socio-Economic Importance of Rural Roads, sponsored by Sen. Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North).
Sen. Utazi noted the importance of Road Infrastructure to the social and economic development of the country. He added that the construction of Roads brings multiple socio-economic benefits that traverse all human settlements of the areas of the road and form a strong base for the national economy as it is a powerful instrument for the socio-economic transformation of Cities, Towns, Villages and Economic Hubs. The Motion sailed through with two prayers below:
i) Urge the Federal Government through the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to roll over the 2017 allocations for Roads and increase the 2018 provisions for same to harness the socio-economic benefits of the roads.
ii) Mandate the Senate Committee of Agriculture and Rural Development to identify and ensure the construction or rehabilitation of critical rural roads across the country that are used for the evacuation of agricultural products in order to facilitate the attainment of the country goal’s for food sufficiency.
3) The need to post Junior Cadre of the Nigeria Police Force to their State and Local Government to enhance Community Policing in Nigeria, sponsored by Sen. Ademola Adeleke (Osun West).
Sen. Adeleke expressed concern that the disconnect between the Nigeria Police and the various Communities with their different cultural values and orientation created a vacuum that needed to be filled through Community Policing in order to avail the Federal Police the opportunity to concentrate on its primary duties of detection, prevention and prosecution crime at the national level. The Motion was passed a single resolution below:
i) Direct the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to invite the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to suggest ways and means of actualizing Community Policing.