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BILLS ESTABLISHING FOUR HIGHER INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING SCALE SECOND READING

BILLS ESTABLISHING FOUR HIGHER INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING SCALE SECOND READING

Education has been identified as a veritable tool of human and national development. To improve the living standard of Nigerians, much has to done in uplifting and upgrading the nation’s educational system especially tertiary education. To achieve this, the Senate on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 considered and passed for Second Reading four Bills which sought to accord legal backing to the establishment of two Universities and two Federal Colleges of Education. The legislation that accord such approvals include: A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State and for other related matters thereof, 2019 (S.B. 25), sponsored by Sen. Ya’u Sahabi (Zamfara North).

The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in four weeks. A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the City University of Technology, Auchi, Edo State and for other related matters thereof, 2019 (S.B. 22), sponsored by Sen. Francis Alimikhena (Edo North). The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in four weeks. A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal College of Education, Giwa, Kaduna State and for other related matters thereof, 2019 (S.B. 121), sponsored by Sen. Uba Sani (Kaduna Central).

The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in four weeks. A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of Federal College of Education, Usugbenu – Irrua, Edo State and for other matters connected therewith, 2019 (S.B. 128), sponsored by Sen. Clifford Ordia (Edo Central). The Legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in four weeks. Similarly, the Red Chamber has deliberated upon and passed three Motions during plenary.

They include: The need to pay attention to the plight Border Communities in Nigeria, sponsored by Sen. Sadik Suleiman Umar (Kwara North) and 21 others. The Motion scaled through with two resolutions below: Call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to improve funding of the Border Community Development Agency (BCDA). Mandate the 21 Border States to dedicate 1.5 per cent of Consolidated Revenue Fund and 30 per cent of Ecological Fund to the development of Border Communities. The need to investigate the degree of enforcement of Abandonment and Decommissioning Obligation in Oil and Gas Exploration Contracts, sponsored by Sen. Bassey Gershom Henry (Cross River South).

The Motion sailed through with a single prayer below: Mandate the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) to conduct a comprehensive review of the relevant Laws, Product Sharing Contract (PSC), Joint Venture Contract (JVC) and arrangement governing Abandonment, Decommissioning, Remediation and Investigate the degree compliance with these laws by Oil Companies operating in Nigeria. The Growth of Digital Technology and the Challenge of Cybercrime: Urgent need to safeguard the Future of Nigeria, sponsored by Sen. Yakubu Oseni (Kogi Central).

'The Motion was passed with four resolutions below: Mandate the Senate Committee on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Cybercrime to re-establish engagement with stakeholders with a view to galvanize a comprehensive and broad-based approach to addressing Nigeria’s Digital Technology and Cyber Security Crises and safeguard the Present and Future of Nigeria. Further mandate the Committee on ICT and Cybercrime to establish strategic engagements with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) with a view to ascertain their ICT shortfalls, Cyber Security Constraints, Data Management Challenges and possible Remediation Measures.

Permit the Committee on ICT and Cybercrime to make inputs to Budgetary provisions of the MDAs on Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security Issues, with a view to ensure appropriate funding of the all-important areas of concern.

Urge the Federal Government of Nigeria to deliberately take up measures to improve the budgetary provisions for and attention to the development of Digital Technology and Cyber-Dependence Safety.

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