The Senate resumed legislative activities on Wednesday following the Democracy Day celebration on Tuesday, May 29.
Below are some major events at the Senate last week
– Embattled Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye, attended the Senate plenary on Wednesday after some weeks of absence.
Mr Melaye has been bedridden since he landed in the hospital after a failed attempt to evade being taken to Kogi State by the Nigerian police.
The lawmaker, raising a point of order on Wednesday, Mr Melaye, who attended the chamber with a neck support, also asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to mandate the sergeant-at-arms to create a seat for him at the opposition wing of the chamber.
– The Senate resolved to probe a sex-for-mark case at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Even though OAU has investigated the case and placed the professor on indefinite suspension, the Senate said more needed to be done to stem the trend.
– The Senate dared a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, to mention the names of committee chairmen who he had earlier said seek bribes at the National Assembly.
Mr Jega on Monday accused federal lawmakers of seeking bribes to carry out their constitutional duties and said they were more notorious for bribe taking antics.
– The Senate summoned the Comptroller-General of Nigerian Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, over alleged confinement of underage offenders and infants in the same prisons with adult prisoners.
The summon was sequel to deliberation on a motion moved by Victor Umeh (APGA, Anambra Central) who expressed worry that juvenile offenders are not being treated in accordance with the provisions of the Prisons Regulations Act and the Child’s Right Act.
– A federal lawmaker caught in a certificate scandal, Foster Ogola (PDP, Bayelsa West), sponsored a bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of a Federal College of Education (Technical) in Aghoro, Bayelsa State which passed second reading.
The bill seeks to encourage an advancement of learning of all persons without distinction of race or political conviction.
– Mr Melaye, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of making derogatory statements about him and the National Assembly.
He was referring to a statement credited to Mr Buhari where he accused the National Assembly of indolence. He also demanded an apology from the president.
– The Senate confirmed four of five nominees named as non-executive directors of the board of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The confirmed nominees are Ummu Jalingo, Justitia Odinakachukwu, Mike Obadan and Adeola Adetunji.
It however, rejected Abdu Abubakar, as senators who screened him said they were dissatisfied with his responses to their questions.
– Following a two-and-half hour executive session with the, the Senate on Thursday asked the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, to submit a request for funding.
The special funding will enable the security agencies tackle the spate of killings, kidnapping as well as terrorism across the country.
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