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National Assembly#NASSThisWeek (Senate): 'Probe Shell over Joint Venture breach,' Criminal Justice Bill scales...

#NASSThisWeek (Senate): ‘Probe Shell over Joint Venture breach,’ Criminal Justice Bill scales second reading



OrderPaperToday – Every day of the week, both chambers of the National Assembly sit to deliberate on critical issues in the polity and also consider enacting legislation or amendment on the same as it relates to these issues.

Due to the volume of these motions, bills, and reports from committee meetings that are churned out weekly, there is a huge possibility that you could miss out on some.

This weekly special is focused on bringing you up to speed with some of the most important developments around the legislators and the National Assembly you may have missed in the course of the week.

Here are some of the big stories from the Senate:

Senate probes Shell over Joint Venture breach, seeks $200m refund to FG

The Senate has constituted an Ad-Hoc Committee to investigate Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) over non-compliance with the Petroleum Act and breach of the Joint Venture Agreement entered into with the Federal Government.

This resolution was reached on Wednesday by the Red Chamber after it considered a motion sponsored by Senator George Thompson Sekibo (PDP, Rivers East).

The motion is entitled ‘Non-Payment of the sum of $200,000,000 accruals from the Oil Mining Lease (OML), by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited under the SPDC/NNPC Joint Venture Agreement and, illegal and unlawful renewal of Oil Mining Leases by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources/Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) contrary to the provision of paragraph 10 of the First Schedule to the Petroleum Act 1969 (now Section 86(1) and 86(6) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2022.’

Accordingly, the Senate resolved to constitute an Ad-Hoc Committee chaired by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, to investigate the non-compliance with the Petroleum Act and the Oil Mining Lease granted to SPDC between 1959 to 1989, and 1989 to 2019 under the SPDC/NNPC Joint Venture Agreement.

It is also expected to compel SPDC to refund to the Federal Government the sum of $200,000,000 or any amount short of what was paid, including penalties and interests under the said lease agreement.

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Administration of Criminal Justice Bill scales second reading in Senate 

A Bill seeking to repeal the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and to enact the Administration of Criminal Justice Act scaled second reading in the Senate 

This was a sequel to the consideration of a bill sponsored by Senator Orker-Jev Emmanuel (PDP, Benue North-West) and read for the first time on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday 2″ February 2022. 

The proposed legislation is titled ‘The Bill For An Act To Repeal The Administration Of Criminal Justice Act 2015 And Enact The Administration Of Criminal Justice Bill, 2022 To Among Other Things, Provide For The Establishment Of Administration Of Criminal Justice Monitoring Council For Effective And Efficient Administration Of Justice In Nigeria; And For Related Matters.’

Accordingly, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan referred the bill to the Committee of Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters for further legislative input. 

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Senate passes bill to establish Chartered Risk Management Institute

The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to provide the legal framework for the establishment of the Chartered Risk Management Institute of Nigeria

Passage of the bill was sequel to the consideration of a report on it by the Committee on Establishment and Public Service presented before the chamber by Senator Orker-Jev Emmanuel (PDP, Benue North-West).

He explained that the establishment of the institution would, in no small measure, boost and entrench risk management culture in both public and private sectors, as well as reduce risk factors embedded in everyday life.

“Existence of a Chartered Risk Management Institute will provide effective oversight and sharing of Information on risk management matters and tools that promote good practice among members,” he added.

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Senate passes Public-Private Partnership Regulatory Commission Bill, one other 

The Senate has passed the Public-Private Partnership Regulatory Commission Bill, 2022, and the Chartered Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, 2022.

Passage of both bills, on Wednesday, was a sequel to the consideration of two separate reports by the Committees on Works; and Establishment and Public Service.

Senator Emmanuel Yisa Orker-Jev (PDP, Benue North-West), in a presentation during plenary, said the Chartered Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, 2022, seeks to provide the requisite legal and institutional framework for the Institute.

 Report on the Public-Private Partnership Regulatory Commission Bill, 2022, was presented by Senator Adamu Aliero (PDP, Kebbi Central), who explained that the bill seeks to strengthen and enhance the supervisory role of the Commission and effectively position it in regulating the participation of the public and private sectors.

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Buhari writes Senate to confirm Mohammed Bello as RMAFC Chair

The Senate has received a formal request from President Muhammadu Buhari, to confirm Mohammed Bello Shehu as Chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

The request was contained in a letter read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at plenary on Wednesday, “in accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended).”

Lawan also forwarded President Buhari’s request for the confirmation of Joe Aniku Michael Ohiani for appointment as Substantive Director-General/CEO for the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to the Committee on Works. 

Similarly, the President’s request for the confirmation of Umar Yahaya as Co-Chairman of the Governing Council of Unclaimed Funds to the Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions. The respective Committees were given two weeks to report back to the Senate in plenary. 

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Senate passes bill to establish NYSC Trust Fund, 3 others for concurrence 

The Senate has passed for concurrence, the National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund Bill 2022.

Also passed were three other bills to establish the Institute of Credit Administration; Federal University of Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Saki, and Repeal and Re-enact the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria Act. 

The bills were presented by the Deputy Senate Leader, Ajayi Boroffice (APC, Ondo North). 

The four bills for concurrence, from the House of Representatives, were all passed by the Upper Chamber, after a clause-by-clause consideration by the Committee of the Whole.

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Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq
Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq
Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq is an ace political analyst and content editor with major interest in Nigerian Politics and Governance
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