SENATE PASSES NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES BILL AND SIX OTHERS FOR SECOND READING

Senator Nyako laying report of the national Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally displaced Persons Bill at the floor of the red chamber

The Senate on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 debated and passed for second reading seven legislation. The Bills whose general principles were deliberated upon and progressed to the next legislative stage include:
1) A Bill for an Act to Repeal the National Commission for Refugees Act, CAP N21 LFN 2004 and enact the National Commission for Internally Displaced Persons, Refugees and Migrants to provide for a framework for management, rehabilitation, return, reintegration and resettlement of victims of displacement, refugee migration and for other related matters, 2017, (S.B. 338), sponsored by Sen. Ubali M. Shittu (Jigawa North East). The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Special Duties to report back in four weeks.
2) A Bill for an Act to Regulate the Manufacture, Importation, Distribution and Quality Control of Fertilizer in Nigeria and for other related matters, 2017 (S.B.335), sponsored by Sen. Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West). The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to report back in four weeks.
3) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Fire Arms Act CAP F 28 LFN 2004  to provide for increase of fine and destruction of fire arms illegally imported into the country or in possession of individuals without valid license and for other matters connected therewith, 2017 (S.B. 489), sponsored by Sen. Gbolahan Dada (Ogun West). The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to report back in four weeks.
4) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Border Communities Development Agency and for other matters connected thereto, 2017 (S.B. 523), sponsored by Sen. Abdullahi Gumel (Jigawa North West). The legislation has been referred to the Committee on States and Local Government Affairs to report back in four weeks.
5) A Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigeria Police Development Fund and for related matters, 2017 (S.B. 433), sponsored by Sen. Abu Ibrahim (Katsina South). The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to report back in four weeks.
6) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Mortgage Institutions and Allied Matters Act and for related matters, 2017 (S.B. 214), sponsored by Sen. Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim (Kwara South) The Legislation has been referred to the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions to report back in four weeks.
7) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Nigerian Law Reform Act CAP N118 LFN 2004 to remove the bottleneck to the Commission’s Reform Initiative, Ensure its Autonomy and bring the Act in Conformity with the Provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and for matters connected therewith, 2017, (S.B. 26), sponsored by Sen. Babajide Omoworare (Osun East). The Bill has been referred to the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters to report back in four weeks.
Meanwhile, a new Senator has been sworn in by the Acting Presiding Officer, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the earlier part of the day’s session. Sen. Andrew Uchedu took the oath of office during plenary to represent Rivers East Senatorial District in the Chamber having been declared the winner of the concluded election in the Senatorial zone by Court of Appeal.
Nevertheless, the Upper Legislative Chamber has deliberated upon and passed a Motion titled the Recent Flood that ravaged several communities in Benue State as result of Flooding of the River Benue and its Channels. Sen. Barnabas Gemade rose under Point of Order 42 and 52 to seek and secured the leave of the Senate to consider the Motion under matters of urgent national importance. It scaled through with three resolutions below:
i) Urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to scale up its operations in the affected areas.
ii) Urge government to provide grant to ameliorate the plight of affected victims.
iii) Senate to send a high powered Committee to commiserate and sympathize with the people and government of Benue State.

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