Proceedings of the Nigerian Senate For Tuesday 4TH July, 2017
Senate President Bukola Saraki took the official prayer and led the Nigerian Senate into the day’s proceedings.
Senate then moved into an Executive Session.
Senate resumed from its Executive Session and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu Reported Progress that at the executive session Senate deliberated on issues bothering on the workings of the Senate and the National Assembly in general.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu moved for the approval of Votes and Proceedings of Thursday 15th June, 2017. Senator Stella Oduah seconded.
Senate President Bukola Saraki read a letter from Acting President Professor Osinbajo on the request of confirmation of appointment of Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila as Director General of National Lottery Commission.
Senator Sani Ahmed cited order 14 as regards the letter of confirmation from Acting President Professor Osinbajo, stating he earlier said the Senate doesn’t have the power to confirm. He wants the issue to be clarified by the Senate.
Senator George Sekibo said the Senate should suspend the request till the issue of power of confirmation is cleared.
Senator Isah Misua said that there is too much focus on the Senate while there is more corruption in the Executive.
Senator Adeyeye stated that every public servant is to obey the Law of the Country, no one is given an exception to dance around the law. He further stated that we must choose strong institutions over strong leaders.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu emphasizes that the law must be obeyed.
Senator Dino Melaye read the Prayers:
I) The Senate should suspend all issues relating to the confirmation of nominees from the executive on issue of confirmation as contained in constitution until the laws of the Federation is adhered to.
II) Acting President must respect the constitution and laws enacted by the National Assembly as relating to the confirmation of nominees.
III) The Acting President should respect the rejection of nominees by the Senate.
Senator Marafa Kabir added a prayer stating that the Acting President must withdraw his statement saying the Senate doesn’t have the power to confirm nominees.
Senator Bassey Akpan seconded the additional prayer that the Acting President must withdraw his statement saying the Senate doesn’t have the power to confirm nominees.
Senate President Bukola Saraki said the matter needs to be addressed and put behind us. “The Acting President must respect the constitution and laws enacted by National Assembly.” Saraki added that “as a society we can’t pass laws and the the laws are not obeyed, we must respect our democracy.” He stated that it is not for us to choose the laws to obey and those not to obey.
Senate President Bukola Saraki welcomed staff and students who were present in the gallery to observe Plenary.
POINT OF ORDER
Senator Dino Melaye cited order 14 and said the process of his recall was masterminded by the Kogi State Government and the Senate should act accordingly.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu said the recall process is dead on arrival going by the constitution. “It’s a long process, after the verification of votes the Senate would also verify the Legitimacy of the votes before a conclusion is made.”
He stated that the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye by the Kogi State Government is an exercise in futility, there are provisions and procedures to be followed on how recall process is carried out. Ekweremadu also listed a number of procedures involved. He stated that Section 69 of the constitution is the reason Senator Dino Melaye cannot be recalled. An amendment to that section was done in 2010. He said by the amendment the list of signatories collected will come out and line up in Kogi state for verification.
Senator Kwankwaso cited order 42 and announced the demise of Alhaji Yusuf Maitama. He sought the approval of the Senate to bring the motion another Legislative day.
Senator Sekibo cited order 42 and stated that Aba-PortHarcourt Road that leads to the refinery in a bad condition and sought the approval of the Senate to bring the motion on another Legislative day.
Senator Rose Oko cited order 42 on the recent communal clash in her constituency and sought the approval of the Senate to bring the motion on another Legislative day.
Senator Yusuf Abubakar cited order 42 on crises that erupted in his Local Government Area of Taraba central and sought the approval of the Senate to bring the motion on another Legislative day.
Senate President Bukola Saraki stated that all Orders cited will be treated on another Legislative day.
Senate Leader moved that other items on the Order Paper be stood down to another Legislative day. Minority Leader seconded.
Plenary was then adjourned to Wednesday, 5th July, 2017.
Prepared by New Media Department in the Office of the Senate President.
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