Senate asks Ag.IGP, security agencies to investigate Ebonyi killings

The Senate has called on the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the killings and kidnapping of citizens in Ebonyi state by alleged herdsmen. The upper chamber made the call amid resolutions reached, sequel to the consideration of a motion brought to the floor by Senator Sam Egwu (PDP, Ebonyi North) during plenary on Wednesday. Coming under order 42 and 52 of the Senate Rules, Egwu, in the motion titled: “urgent need for the federal government’s intervention to end the serial killing…

Senate confirms Shaba as NASRDA DG

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Dr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba as the Director General, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).   Shaba’s confirmation followed the consideration of a report by the Senate Committee on Science and Technology.   In her presentation, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Uche Lilian Ekwunife, said although the Committee did not receive any petition against Shaba’s nomination from any member of the Space Council, the few received from some groups were not substantiated with verifiable evidence.   According to the lawmaker, Shaba showed evidence…

Senate urges NEMA to provide relief to windstorm victims in Benue

The Senate on Wednesday, urged the National Emergency Management Agency to, as a matter of urgency, mobilize resources to supply relief and rehabilitation materials to victims of windstorm in several communities in Benue State. The call on the Agency was made by the upper chamber after a motion was brought to the floor by Senator representing Benue South in the National Assembly, Abba Moro. The lawmaker relied on Order 42 and 52 of the Senate Standing Rules to present his motion titled: “Urgent Need to Buffer The Corollaries of Windstorm…

Senate suspends plenary over death of N’Assembly members 

The Senate, on Tuesday, upon resumption from its two weeks recess, adjourned plenary till Wednesday, 14th March, 2021, over the recent death of two members of the National Assembly. This was just as the upper chamber held a minute silence in honour of both lawmakers who were members of the House of Representatives. The decision to suspend plenary was carried out in line with the tradition of the National Assembly, following a motion moved by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, and seconded by the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe. Moving the…

Senate seeks to establish fund for families of dead military, security personnel   …adjourns till April 13, 2021

The Senate, on Wednesday, considered a bill seeking to establish a fund specifically to cater for the welfare of families of dead military and security personnel.   The bill for an Act to Establish the Families of Fallen Servicemen Support Fund, was sponsored by Senator Abba Moro (PDP, Benue South).   Leading debate on the bill, the lawmaker said, the piece of legislation, would, among other things, establish a Fund to be known as ’The Families of Fallen Serviceman Support Fund’ into which shall be paid all monies prescribed under…

Buhari asks Senate to confirm Human Rights Commission Chairman, Members

The Senate, Tuesday, received a formal request from President Muhammadu Buhari, to confirm the nomination of Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman as Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission.   Also to be confirmed are fourteen others as Members of the Commission.   The request was contained in a letter dated 17th March, 2021 and read during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.   According to President Buhari, the confirmation request was made pursuant to Section 2(3) of the National Human Rights Commission Act (as amended).   The names of nominees…

Bill to establish Armed Forces Service Commission suffers setback in Senate 

A bill seeking the establishment of Armed Forces Service Commission on Wednesday was stepped down after generating mixed feelings amongst Senators during plenary.   The bill was sponsored by the Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia South).   Leading debate on the bill, Abaribe said the piece of legislation seek to get the National Assembly to give effect to the clear provisions of section 219 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.   Advancing arguments in support of the bill, Abaribe opined that, “the Armed…

Senate seeks substantive Chairman for NDE Board 

The Senate, on Wednesday, considered a bill seeking to provide for the position of a substantive Chairman on the board of the Nigerian Directorate of Employment (NDE).   The Bill which scaled second reading, according to its sponsor, Senator Kabir Abdullahi Barkiyya (APC, Katsina Central), intend to provide for the appointment of the substantive Chairman by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, “who will take over the functions of presiding over the Board as presently carried out by the Minister of Labour as stipulated in the existing act.”…

Kogi: Senate demands immediate completion of Abadigba-Egwuwe power project

Senate has mandated its Committee on Power to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Power to take necessary  steps for the immediate completion of the Abadigba-Egwuwe power project.   The resolution was reached by the Upper Chamber sequel to the consideration of a motion to that effect during plenary on Wednesday.   The motion titled: “Need for Immediate Completion of the Abadigba-Egwuwe Power Plant Project in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State” was sponsored by Senator Isah, Jibrin (APC, Kogi East).   In his presentation, Jibrin noted that sometime…

Senate moves to establish National University of Health and Medical Sciences, Suleja 

The Senate has commenced moves to establish the National University of Health and Medical Sciences in Suleja, Niger State, with the consideration of a bill which scaled second reading on Wednesday.   Sponsor of the Bill, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa (APC, Niger East), while leading the debate on the floor, told his colleagues that the establishment of the Institution was informed by the imperative to create more access to higher health and medical studies in view of the large number of qualified candidates who are annually stranded in their failed…