Senate Raises Alarm Over Rising Cases Of Child Abuse

Child Abuse, Nigerian Senate, Children's DayThe Nigerian Senate has highlighted the need to address the increasing cases of child abuse across the country.

This came ahead of the Children’s Day celebration on Friday, May 27.

The Upper Chamber made these resolution after a federal lawmaker, Senator Oluremi Tinubu raised a motion on the 2016 Children’s Day celebration.

Senator Tinubu had raised an alarm at the rising cases of violence against children in Nigeria.

She presented from the newspapers, the case of an 18-month-old boy who was allegedly attacked by his step-mothers and was left with broken limbs and injuries to his private parts.

She described the incident as disheartening and emphasized the need to ensure that the Senate enacts more laws to protect children and take all necessary steps to bring such violence to an end.

The Senate has also appealed to the Federal Government to ensure the rescue of the Chibok girls who are currently in the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents.

They also asked the joint committees on Women Affairs and Health, to visit Internally Displaced Persons’ camps and celebrate Children’s Day with the children there.

Senate Begins Amendment Of Code Of Conduct Bureau Act

Senate-NigeriaThe Nigerian Senate has passed for second reading, a Bill seeking to amend the Act establishing the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and its tribunal.

The sponsor of the Bill, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, said the amendment of Section Three of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act would allow every public officer who appears before the Bureau a fair hearing.

However another Federal Lawmaker, Senator Yahaya Abdulahi, voiced concerns over the timing of the amendment of the Bill.

His concerns were in view of ongoing trial of the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, at the CCT.

He said that although the amendment was apt, the perception of Nigerians, especially with regard to the timing should be taken into consideration.
“What I am against is the time,” he stressed.

The amendment would redraft section 3(d) of the Act.

Senator Nwoboshi said that the procedural codes that were being employed by the bureau’s tribunal were not provided for in the nation’s Constitution.

“It is clear that the Act does not contemplate criminal trial. So, the usage of Criminal Procedure Act and the Criminal Procedure Code should not be used as a procedural template in the Tribunal.

“In due course, I will present to this distinguished Senate a comprehensive amendment of the Third Schedule to the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Rules of procedure which should be distinct rules for proceedings in the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT),” he said.

Senators, who contributed, threw their weight behind the amendment of the Act.

Senator Dino Melaye of the All Progressives Congress (APC), representing Kogi West, said that the amendment was very apt, as it had become clear that the CCT was delving into criminal trials.

Melaye urged all senators to support the amendment, stressing that it was justified.

Other senators who contributed were Jubrin Barau of the APC, representing Kano North, Sam Anyanwu of the Peoples Democratic Party, representing Imo East and the Minority Whip, Biodun Olujimi.

Olujimi said: “We are licenced as Senators to look at Acts and Laws to see how we can make them better. There is no doubt that this Act needs amendment.

“We do not want the Act to be used inconclusively. This is a straight forward thing, it should go to the committee and we conclude”.

Senate Committee, Fashola To Meet Over Bailey Bridges

Senate Committee, Fashola To Meet Over Bailey BridgesThe Senate Committee on Works will hold talks with the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, to put together plans for the reconstruction of all bailey bridges in Nigeria.

The Senate approved this action after a federal lawmaker, Senator Gilbert Nnaji, drew the attention of the upper chamber to the recurring collapse of bailey bridges nationwide.

Senator Nnaji said many of the bridges had either caved in or collapsed due to age and pressure.

Bailey bridges were built in Nigeria during the pre-independence and post-independence era and up to the few years after the Nigerian Civil War, to provide temporary crossing for foot and vehicle traffic.

Senate Summons IG Of Police Over Kidnappings

senateThe Senate has summoned the Inspector-General of Police Mr Solomon Arase, over the incessant spate of kidnappings in different parts of the country.

The Police Boss is to brief the Senate on the steps the Police is taking to address the problem.

The upper legislative chamber also resolved to review the extant laws on kidnapping, with the intention of imposing stiffer penalties on culprits.

These actions by the Senate followed a motion raised by a Federal Lawmaker, Senator Andy Uba, who drew the attention of the Senate to the prevalent cases of kidnappings in Nigeria.

He said that the crime has assumed dangerous dimensions and spreading to virtually all parts of the country.

Senate Approves $200mln Lagos Loan

dollarsThe Senate in Nigeria has approved a $200 million World Bank loan for Lagos State, in accordance with President Buhari’s request on September 29.

The approval was given after the Senate ad-hoc Committee on Local and Foreign Debt presented a report on the loan.

After the committee’s review of the request, it recommended the approval of the loan on the grounds that the first and second tranches had been approved by the National Assembly while this third tranche had been captured in the 2015-2017 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).

Eligible To Borrow More

In the report, the committee stated that Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial nerve, had justified the loan with acceptable debt sustainability levels and therefore was eligible to borrow more.

But a Federal Lawmaker, Senator Danjuma Goje, cautioned against what he termed ‘frivolous approval of loans’ for state governors, saying most of the governors mortgage the future of their states by accumulating a huge debt profile for their successors.

However, Senate President Bukola Saraki maintained that loans which would aid infrastructural development should not be condemned.

FG Should Consider Constructing Cargo Rails On Highway – Lawmaker

highwayA Member of the House of Representatives, Representative Ayodeji Joseph, says the Federal Government may have to consider constructing cargo rails on the highway leading to the Apapa Port in Lagos State.

The federal lawmaker, who moved a motion on the issue in the House of Representatives, said the measure is to eliminate heavy trucks plying the road and damaging it in the process.

After debating the motion, the Lawmakers urged the Federal Ministry of Works to, as a matter of urgency, rehabilitate the road to end the incessant gridlock at the highway.

The House also called on the Federal Government to expedite action on the reconstruction of the Kabba-Obajana Road in Kogi State.

Senate Congratulates Buhari, Osinbajo

SenateThe Nigerian Senate has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on their successful inauguration as President and Vice President of Nigeria on May 29.

In a motion moved by the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, the Senate also congratulated Federal Lawmakers who have been elected State Governors, urging them to observe the rule of law and continue to maintain the integrity of the National Assembly.

Senator Boluwaji Kunlere, however, drew the attention of the Senate to the incidents which occurred in Niger and Kaduna States, where government officials were allegedly harassed at the inauguration ceremonies in the states.

President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Friday, May 29, at the Eagles Square in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had been sworn-in moments before this.

Past Nigerian leaders as well as other world leaders converged on the Federal Capital Territory to witness the inauguration ceremony.