OrderPaperToday – The Senate had a rough start at the beginning of the week ended July 11 following the invasion of Shi’ites protesters at the complex of the Nigerian parliament. Delay in ministerial list by President Muhammadu Buhari was reechoed in the chamber.
These and below form the highlights of the Senate’s engagements for the week:
NASS invasion by Shi’ites
The National Assembly was invaded by Shi’ites protesters over detention of the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim Elzazakay since 2015 by the Federal government.
From the incident, two police officers were shot, 9 sustained injuries while 40 protesters were arrested and arraigned.
The Senate thereafter urged security agencies for strengthened security within the premises.
Delay in formation of cabinet
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan had earlier noted that the ministerial list might be sent to the chamber before the end of the week.
However on Thursday, the Chamber’s Spokesperson, Adedayo Adeyeye informed that the list had not yet been submitted.
This followed a point of order raised by Senator Albert Bassey over concerns with delay and the nearness of the long annual recess of federal lawmakers.
Confirmation of Tanko as CJN and NCC, NIPSS nominees
President Muhammadu Buhari in a letter during the week, requested the confirmation of Honourable Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed as Chief Justice of Nigeria in view of the dismissal of the previous occupant, Walter Onnoghen on the ground of false declaration of assets.
Also requested are approval of appointments into the Nigeria Communcations Commission (NCC) and National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).
They are: Aliyu Abubakar (north-east), Millennia Abioye (south-south), Abdulaziz Salman (north-central) and Engineer Uba Maska as Executive commissioner in NCC and Abu S. Galadima as the substantive director-general of the institute.
An ad-hoc committee was created to screen the nominees.
Rape, suicide, cyber crime
In a motion moved in the course of the week, death sentence was proposed as sanction to rapists and paedophiles on view of the growing rate of rape cases across the country.
The motion was moved by Senator Rose Oko.
In another motion, Senator Theordore Orji expressed concerns over suicide rates.
His colleague, Senator Rochas Okoroacha proposed the creation of department of happiness to reduce the recurring situation.
Senator Buhari Abdulfatah’s motion of cyber security called on the Federal Government to establish an agency to take appropriate care of Nigeria’s cyberspace.
Xenophobia in South Africa, Lagos pipeline explosion
In view of alarming increase in killing of Nigerians in South Africa, the Senate cautioned and called on intervention by appropriate authorities following the killing of Elizabeth Ndibuisi-Chukwu, the Deputy Director-General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN).
In another breadth, the Senate ordered the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) to improve the security architecture for its pipelines sequel to an explosion that occurred in Ijegun, Lagos state over vandalisation which resulted into deaths and massive destruction of properties.
The chamber also asked the two organizations to reconsider the engagement of communities and local vigilantes in such architecture in a motion moved by Senator Solomon Olamilekan.
Poor telecom service, AFCTA
A motion by Senator Buhari Abdulfatai and approved by the chamber threatened to blacklist ineffective telecom operating in Nigeria over increasing rate of dropped calls and other unwholesome practices by telecommunications network operators.
The chamber in another motion commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement while urging the Federal Government to put in place a robust implementation plan of action.