In order to sustain the much needed human and structural development of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCDA) in next one year, the Senate on Thursday, December 12, 2019 considered and passed for Second Reading the 2020 budget estimates of the nation’s capital. The passage of the FCDA Money Bill to next legislative stage followed the successful debate on the general principles of the legislation. Accordingly the Bill was read the Second Time and referred to the Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory to report back on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
A Bill for an Act to Authorize from the Federal Capital Territory Administration Statutory Revenue Fund of the Federal Capital Territory Administration Account, the sum of N232, 873, 365, 947: 00 (Two Hundred and Thirty Two Billion, Eight Hundred and Seventy Three Million, Three Hundred and Sixty Five Thousand, Nine Hundred and Forty Seven Naira) only, of which the sum of N53, 876, 241, 095: 0 (Fifty Three Billion, Eight Hundred and Seventy Six Million, Two Hundred and Forty One Thousand, Ninety Five Naira) only is for Personnel Costs, the sum of N57, 070, 343, 435: 00 (Fifty Seven Billion, Seventy Million, Three Hundred and Forty Three Thousand, Four Hundred and Thirty Five Naira) only is for Overhead Costs while the balance of N121, 928, 781, 417, 00 (One Hundred and Twenty One Billion, Nine Hundred and Twenty Eight Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty One Thousand, Four Hundred and Seventeen Naira) only is for Capital Projects for the Service of the FCT, Abuja for the Financial Year commencing from 1st January and ending on 31st December, 2020 (S.B. 270), sponsored by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North).
Similarly, two other legislation were also read the Second Time and referred to Committee for further legislative actions. The Bills include:
a) A Bill for an Act to Repeal the National Health Insurance Scheme Act CAP N42, LFN 2004 and Enact the National Health Insurance Commission, 2019 (S.B. 65), sponsored by Sen. Yahaya Ibrahim Oloriegbe (Kwara Central). The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health to report back in four weeks.
b) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Police Act CAP P19, LFN 2004 and expunge the gender discriminatory provisions of regulations 122, 123, 124, and 127 and for other related matters, 2019 (S.B.87), sponsored by Sen. Francis Ezenwa Onyewuchi (Imo East).
The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to report back in four weeks.
Meanwhile, the Red Chamber has equally deliberated upon and passed two Motions that originated from Point of Order at the commencement of the plenary session, they include:
1) Point of Order 42 and 52 moved by Sen. Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North) informing the Senate of the United Nations International Universal Health Coverage Day celebrated every 12th of December. The Motion scaled through with two resolutions below:
i) Urge all State Governments that have not establish State Health Insurance Scheme to do so immediately.
ii) Urge the Private Sector not to leave the Universal Health Services to the Federal and State Governments alone.
2) Point of Order 43 raised by Sen. Bamidele Opeyemi (Ekiti Central) drawing the attention of the Senate to the recent invasion of a Court Room by the Officials of the Department of State Security (DSS).
Ruling on the matter, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who presided over the session referred the issue to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to investigate and report back next week.