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SENATE PASSES FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMISSION FOR SECOND READING, MARITIME VARSITIES & OTHERS

SENATE PASSES FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMISSION FOR SECOND READING, MARITIME VARSITIES & OTHERS

In a bid to ensure prudent management of the nation’s resources, long and medium terms macro-economic stability for greater accountability and transparency, the Senate on Thursday, February 6, 2020 debated and passed for second reading the Fiscal Responsibility Commission Bill, 2020 (S.B. 144), sponsored by Sen. Aisha Ahmed Dahiru (Adamawa Central) to ensure the promotion and enforcement of the nation’s economic objectives. The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in four weeks.

Similarly, the Upper Legislative Chamber has deliberated upon and passed for second reading the following legislation: 1) A Bill for an Act to repeal the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Act Cap M3 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and to Establish the University of Maritime Studies, Oron, Akwa Ibom State and for related matters (S.B. 265), sponsored by Sen. Eyakenyi Akon Etim (Akwa Ibom South). The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in four weeks. 2) A Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State and for related matters 2020 (S.B. 272), sponsored by Sen. James Ebiowou Manager (Delta South). The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in four weeks. 3) A Bill for an Act to Establish the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State to ensure equity and access to Tertiary Education in the country. The University is a conventional Institution with restricted programmes, limited and focused faculties and for related matters 2020 (S.B.165), sponsored by Sen. Muhammad Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central).

The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institution and TETFUND to report back in four weeks. 4) A Bill for an Act to Establish the College of Education, Mutum Biyu, Taraba State which will among other things provide full time courses of teaching, instruction and training in technology, applied sciences, commerce, arts, social sciences, humanities and management sciences, to carry out research in development and adaptation of techniques as well as also make provision for the appointment of Provost and Officials of each College to carry out the administration and discipline of students of the College and for related matters,2020 (S.B. 101), sponsored by Sen. Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf (Taraba Central).

The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in four weeks. 5) A Bill for an Act to provide for the Establishment of Federal University of Technology, Manchok, Kaduna State and for other related matters connected therewith 2020 (S.B. 141), sponsored by Sen. Danjuma Tella La’ah (Kaduna South). The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in four weeks. Meanwhile, the Red Chamber has equally considered and passed a Motion that originated from Point of Order 42 and 52 moved by Sen. Abba Moro (Benue South).

The lawmaker drew the attention of the Senate to the outbreak of an epidemic (Diarrhea and Communicable Diseases) in 14 Local Government Areas of Benue State. The Chamber accordingly resolved to: i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Health to deplore Health Personnel to the area to conduct mass immunization and treatment of victims. ii) Urge the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to mount surveillance in the area to contain the disease. iii) Urge the Federal Ministry of Health to provide succor to victims of the epidemic.

The Session was presided over by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central).

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