PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE’s SPECIAL PLENARY SESSION OF MONDAY, 21st DECEMBER, 2020

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE’s SPECIAL PLENARY SESSION OF MONDAY, 21st DECEMBER, 2020

Welcome to a Special Plenary Session in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, Ph.D, CON, led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers;
and began the day’s proceedings at 10:42am.

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS
Senator Betty Apiafi moved for the adoption of votes and proceedings for Thursday, 17th December, 2020.
The motion was seconded by Senator Kabir Barkiya.

“Let me welcome us to this special session. We have a monumental task before us; the task of passing the Budget of the federal government, and we believe that this is a a sacrificial ground for us to come today. For this, I want to thank all of us for making it here.” – Dr. Ahmad Lawan, Ph.D, CON

PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS
1. Report of the Committee on Niger Delta
2020 Budget estimates of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

Senator Amos Bulus moved that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Niger Delta on the 2020 Budget estimates of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Senator Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia seconded.

Senator Amos Bulus laid and presented the report.

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Senate approved the recommendations of the Committee on Niger Delta on the 2020 Budget estimates of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

“Let me emphasize here that our Committee on Niger Delta should sit up and ensure that these funds are properly utilized. The Committee has done a good job in the past and I am sure that they will continue doing that.” – Dr. Ahmad Lawan, Ph.D, CON

2. Report of the Committee on Appropriations
2021 Appropriation Bill, 2020 (SB. 523) by Senator Barau Jibrin

Senator Barau Jibrin moved that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Appropriations on the 2021 Appropriation Bill, 2020 (SB. 523)

Senator Stella Oduah seconded.

Senator Barau Jibrin laid and presented the report.

“Our infrastructure decay has been on the increase. I am very much impressed with the way and how this Budget has addressed our problems. I want to support and to urge my dear colleagues that we pass this budget.” – Senator stella Oduah

“I support the passage of the 2021 budget. I think this Budget should be unanimously passed by this Senate.” – Senator Gabriel Suswam

“I want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for this Budget and also my dear colleagues. The 2021 Appropriation Bill as enumerated by Senator Barau Jibrin, is coming on the right path. Looking at what has been appropriated to the Ministry of Defense, I believe that the Armed Forces, what they need has been considered in this Budget
and if there is no security in this country, the whole of this budget is as good as nothing. This is a challenge to the
Armed Forces that this National Assembly has done the needful. This Appropriation Act also has considered the youth. There is also need for us to press more on security. This should not be business as usual else the security lapses will continue. I will want to commend the National Assembly for taking this most important aspect of our national life to Budget and Appropriate such huge amount of money to Ministry of Defense which is in line with our desire that this country is supposed to be safe.” Senator Sani Musa

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Senate resolved into Committee of Supply to consider the report of the Committee on Appropriations on the
2021 Appropriation Bill, 2020 (SB. 523)

Senate reverted to Plenary to report progress.

2021 Appropriation Bill, 2020 (SB. 523) was read the THIRD time and PASSED.

“Let me first of all congratulate all of us for working so hard to ensure that we meet the deadline of passing the 2021
Budget before we go on Christmas break. Let me also congratulate the House of Representatives, our counterpart who are doing the same thing like we are doing here. Let me also commend the Executive like they did last year that no Head of Department, Ministry or Agency should travel out of the country without defending their budget. For Nigerians, this Budget that has been passed is to ensure that our economy is supported fully through public expenditure.” – Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, Ph.D, CON

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Senate adjourned plenary for Thirty (30) minutes in order to approve the Votes and Proceedings for Monday 21st December, 2020.

Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, Ph.D, CON, led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers;
and resumes proceedings at 12:47pm.

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS
Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe moved for the adoption of Votes and Proceedings for Monday, 21st December, 2020.
The motion was seconded by Senator Shuaibu Isa Lau.

ADJOURNMENT
Senate Leader moved for adjournment of plenary to the next legislative day. Minority Leader seconded.

Plenary was adjourned till Tuesday, 26th January 2021.
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New Media Unit
Office of the President of the Senate
Federal Republic of Nigeria


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