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13 Bills to be Reviewed as Senate Commences Constitutional Amendment

  • NEDC Consideration Stalled
  • Amodu, Keshi Mourned
  • Paulker Laments Lack of Bayelsa Ambassadorial Nominee

A total of 13 bills relating to the review of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria were on Tuesday referred to the Senate Committee on senate bill ngrConstitutional Review for further legislative actions, 11 of which scaled the second reading. 

The bills which sought to review various sections of the constitution were presented by 11 different senators. 

Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, mandated the Committee (chaired by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu) to report back to the Senate in 4 weeks. 

Also in the Senate plenary session on Tuesday, the Senate began the consideration of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) Bill (SB. 33 and SB. 163). The highly anticipated bill which would see to the establishment of the North East Development Commission features 27 clauses and members of the red chamber especially took turns to debate where the headquarters of the soon to be formed commission should be cited . However the divergent political interest over the physical location rendered the bill consideration inconclusive.

Furthermore, the somber mood of the Nigerian Sports sector following the deaths of former Super Eagles coaches, Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu did not escape the radar of the Senate as it observed a 1 minute silence in their honour and urged the Federal Government to immortalise the fallen heroes of Nigerian Sports, in response to 2 separate motions moved by the chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Obinna Ogba.

The late Stephen Keshi, who coached Nigeria’s Super Eagles to winning the 2013 African Nations Cup passed away on June 8, 2016 while veteran coach Amodu Shuaibu died 2 days later on June 10, 2016.

Four (4) reports from 4 of Senate committees were presented to the plenary session. They included the reports on the;

  1. Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) in accordance with section 4(4) of the NEITI Act 2007;
  2. Food Security Bill, 2016 (SB. 71), by the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development;
  3. Federal Univerity of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (Establishment etc;) Bill, 2016 (SB. 226) by the Committee on the Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND;
  4. Federal University Wukari (Establsihment, etc) Bill, 2016 (SB. 273) also by the Committee on the Tertiary Institutions.

Meanwhile, Senator Emmanuel Paulker (representing Bayelsa Central) drew the attention of the Senate to the absence of an indigene of his state in the recent ambassadorial nominees submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly on Thursday, June 9th, 2016. Raising a point of order, Paulker lamented the unfortunate circumstance noting that he had been receiving phone calls from his constituents ever since the list was made public and that there were seven Bayelsa State indigenes currently serving in senior positions in the Federal Ministry of  Foreign Affairs, making the omission a clear violation of Nigerian laws. Paulker further urged the Senate to communicate the issue to the Presidency.

Concurring with Paulker, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said that he had also been personally briefed about the issue and referred the matter to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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