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SENATE CALLS FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF MEDICAL SCHOOL YOLA, ADDRESSES GSM DROP CALLS & COMMEND NIGERIA ON SIGNING AFCTA

SENATE CALLS FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF MEDICAL SCHOOL YOLA, ADDRESSES GSM DROP CALLS & COMMEND NIGERIA ON SIGNING AFCTA
In a move to improve the quality of life of both for the urban and rural people of Adamawa State and beyond, through a legislative intervention that sought to provide efficient and effective Health Institutions and Services, the Senate on Thursday, July 11, 2019 called for the establishment of Medical School at the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola. The Chamber equally called for the upgrade of Federal Medical Centre, Yola to a University Teaching Hospital. The call was made via a Motion, sponsored by Sen. Aishatu Ahmed Dahiru (Adamawa Central) and 44 others. The Motion, having enjoyed overwhelming support of the Senators that contributed during its debate had no problem scaling through with a resolution below: i) Urge the Federal Government of Nigeria to give special consideration to the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola to establish the Medical School. Similarly, the Red Chamber deliberated upon and passed a second Motion titled “The increasing rate of Drop Calls and other Unwholesome Practices by Mobile Telecommunication Network Operators in Nigeria that have robbed Nigerians of their hard earned Billions of Naira”, sponsored by Sen. Buhari Abdulfatah (Oyo North) and 34 others. The Motion sailed through with five prayers below: i) Senate strongly condemn the inefficiency of GSM Network Providers in Nigeria resulting in poor service delivery. ii) Urge the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to invoke the appropriate provisions of law and other extant agreements to protect consumers where necessary and to refund them henceforth for disrupted calls caused by Network issues and allow them to have more control over the usage of data bundles as it is done by Telecom Operators in countries like Kenya (Safaricom), South Africa, etc. iii) Urge the NCC, the Federal Competition Commission and the Consumer Protection Council to carry out effective supervision of the Telecom Service Providers to ensure Regulatory Excellence, Operational Efficiency and Sterling Service Delivery. iv) Direct the NCC and other relevant Agencies to carry out a thorough investigation of causes of dropped calls in the GSM Networks and come up innovations that will improve customer experience. v) Direct the Committees on Communication and Trade when constituted to further look into the issues raised in the Motion. Nevertheless, a third Motion was considered and passed by the Upper Legislative Chamber. It was titled “Nigeria’s Membership of African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCTA), sponsored by Sen. Barau Jibrin and 44 others. According to Sen. Jibrin, the Senate noted with delight that after long expectation, Nigeria at the weekend signed the agreement to formally become a member of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA). He added that President Muhammadu Buhari signed the agreement at the 12th Extra Ordinary Summit of African Union held in Niamey, the Capital of Niger Republic. The signing has thus ended the heightened expectation of Nigerians on the desirability or otherwise of the country’s membership of the Continental Body. The Motion was passed with eight resolutions among which were: i) Commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his strong political and economic will in accepting to sign the Agreement in spite of earlier misgivings which have been put to rest by the Presidential Technical Committee on the matter. ii) Urge the Federal Government of Nigeria to enlighten the Nigeria Business Community to leverage on the immense benefits of the Agreement. iii) Urge the Federal Government of Nigeria to continue its current policy of improving the nation’s infrastructures such as electricity, roads and other basic necessities in order to bring about reduction in the cost of production and thus make products produced in Nigeria globally competitive. iv) Urge the Federal Government to be the driving force for the success of Nigeria’s membership by ensuring that the policies and programmes are in large part consistent with the mission and vision of the Agreement. v) Urge the Federal Government of Nigeria to develop and put in place a robust after implementation planned action. vi) Urge the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to create a monetary environment that would engage stakeholders on the way forward on the Agreement. Meanwhile, the Senate has acknowledged the receipt of some Executive Communications from President Muhammadu Buhari seeking the screening and conformation of Hon Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed, the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria for appointment as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). The letter was read on the floor of the Chamber by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. Also, the Chamber has received the request of Mr. President seeking Senate’s approval to appoint 15 Special Advisers. The letter was read on the floor of the Chamber by the Presiding Officer of the Senate, Sen. Ahmad Lawan.
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