The Senate in a move to improve the standard of the nation’s education for a more viable and efficient manpower and service delivery; has on Thursday, April 11, 2019 considered and passed into law the “Education (National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) Amendment Bill, 2019 (S.B. 559)”, sponsored by Sen. Barau Jibrin (Kano North).
The land mark achievement was sequel to the presentation of the Bill’s report before the Senate for consideration by the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND led by Sen. Jibrrin. The Chamber on receipt of the report resolved into the Committee of the Whole where clauses 1 – 17, short and long titles as well as memorandum of understanding of the Bill were approved as recommended or amended, thereafter, it was read the third time and passed.
Similarly, the Red Chamber passed for second reading the “A Bill for an Act to Establish the Federal University of Environment, Science and Technology, Ogoni Land, Rivers State, Nigeria and other related matters therewith, 2019 (S.B. 680), sponsored by Sen. Magnus Abe (Rivers South-East).
Debate on the general principles of the Bill were expeditious and overwhelming as most Senators lent their voices in support of the Bill. Accordingly, the legislation scaled through second reading and referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in two weeks.
Meanwhile, the Upper Legislative Chamber has considered and approved two screening exercise reports. Among the screening exercises that were accorded the legislative nod and the nominees ultimately confirmed include:
1) Screening of Three Career Ambassadorial Nominees. The report on the exercise was presented before the Senate for consideration by the Committee on Foreign Affairs led by Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu (Oyo Central). All the Committee’s recommendations were approved and trio confirmed for appointment as Career Ambassadors-Designate. They include:
a) Mr. Christopher C. Chejina – Delta State.
b) Mr. Bukar Kolo – Yobe State.
c) Mr. M.A. Mabdul – Benue State.
2) Screening exercise report presented by the Senate Committee on National Planning and Economic Affairs led by Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano Central) on the confirmation of Six Nominees for appointment as Chairman and Members of the Board of National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). On receipt of the report, the Senate approved all the recommendations of the Committee. Ultimately, all the Nominees were confirmed and they include:
a) Dr. Kabir Nakaura – Chairman (North-West Zone).
b) Mr. Akinola I. Bashir – Member (South-West Zone).
c) Prof. Moses I. Momoh – Member (South-South Zone).
d) Wallijoh Danladi Ahijoh – Member (North-Central Zone).
e) Adam Modu – Member (North-East Zone).
f) Nwafor Paul Chukwudi – Member (South-East Zone).