Food sufficiency was accorded the front burner by the Upper Legislative Chamber on Thursday, March 19, 2020 during the plenary session as the Chamber debated and passed for Second Reading three legislation. Prominent among the Bills that progressed to the next legislative stage was a legislation aimed at boosting the nation’s Agricultural products and at the same time improve their quality for both domestic and export consumption. The Bills include:
1) A Bill for an Act to amend the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria and for related matters, 2020 (S.B.118), sponsored by Sen. Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West). The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to report back in four weeks.
2) A Bill for an Act to repeal the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Act CAP N96, LFN 2010 and enact the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, Kaduna State to provide for its organization, control, operation and related matters, 2020 (S.B. 193), sponsored by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbbi North).
The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Aviation to report back in four weeks.
3) A Bill for an Act to amend the Electoral Act, CAP E6, to empower the National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to organize mandatory public debates for all candidates to the office of Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice President, President to help boost and strengthen the Electoral Process and to provide for other matters, 2020 (S.B.176), sponsored by Sen. Buhari Abdulfatai (Oyo North).
The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on INEC to report back in four weeks.
Earlier, the Senate commenced its session with an Executive Session that lasted almost two hours. On resumption of plenary, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who presided over the sitting announced that the Chamber in closed door session deliberated on issues concerning the Senate and the nation and accordingly resolved that:
i) The Senate has suspended all its Public Hearings indefinitely.
ii) The Chamber has also closed down its Public Gallery from Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
iii) All visits to the Senate Chamber are also suspended.