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The Upper Legislative Chamber in a bid to sagfeguard the sanctity of life and uphold its protection so dearly, no matter how hard it may be, most especially that of Nigerians, the Chamber on Tuesday, February, 25, 2020 lent its legislative intervention to the attack on people of Garkida town in Adamawa State which led to the loss of lives and properties. Sen. Aisha Ahmed Dahiru (Adamawa Central) rose under Point of Order 42 and 52 (Matters of Urgent Public Importance) to draw the attention of the Chamber to the recent attack by the Boko Haram Insurgents on the citizenry. The Motion scaled through with two resolutions below: i) Urge the Authorities of the Nigerian Army to establish a Military Base in Garkida Town in Adamawa State to forestall recurrence. ii) Urge the North East Development Commission to provide relief materials affected victims of the attack.

Similarly, the Chamber extended its legislative intervention via two Motions deliberated upon and passed. They include: a) Digitization/Automation of collection and remittance of Withholding Tax on Bank Deposits and Dividends Payments for enhance State Government Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), sponsored by Sen. Uche Ekwunife (Anambra Central). The Senate asserted that it has been discovered that the Central Security and Clearing System (CSCS) and Banks in Nigeria do not remit Withholding Tax on Bank Deposits and Dividends to State Government as and when due. Most States Governments are unable to pay salaries and meet their financial obligations as a result of poor and dwindling revenue. The Motion sailed through with a resolution below:

i) Urge the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions to investigate this matter and ensure that all Withholding Tax Revenues on both Bank Deposit and Dividends are recovered and report back to the Senate in four weeks.

b) Urgent need to reduce accidents involving trucks and articulated vehicles (Tankers and Trailers) on the nation’s highways, sponsored by Sen. Teslim Folarin (Oyo Central). The Motion was passed with three prayers below: i) Urge the Nigeria Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Commission and the Vehicles Inspection Department to immediately clamp down on trucks and articulated vehicles plying the nation’s highways without the minimum prescribed level of lighting or other road safety requirements.

ii) Mandate the Senate Committee on Federal Character to investigate the level of compliance to road safety legislation amongst haulage operators. iii) Mandate the Senate Committee on Federal Character to investigate the adoption and implementation of the recommendations from 2018 Haulage Operators Stakeholders Summit amongst all relevant stakeholders.

Meanwhile, the Red Chamber has also debated and passed for second reading “A Bill for an Act to establish the Federal College of Education, Ibokun to make comprehensive provision of its due management, administration and other related matters, 2020, (S.B. 134)”, sponsored by Sen. Fadahunsi Francis Adenigba (Osun East).

The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to report back in four weeks.

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