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Jonathan seeks amendment to anti-terrorism bill

20 September 2012, 09:12

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday sent a letter to the Senate seeking the amendment of the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Bill, 2012 and the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011.

In the letter addressed to the Senate President, David Mark, the president expressed the hope that the bills would receive the usual expeditious attention of the senators.

The president also submitted the 2013-2015 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy paper to the Senate preparatory to the submission of the 2013 budget.

Jonathan noted in the letter that preparation toward the submission of the 2013 budget to the National Assembly had since commenced with activities leading to the preparation of the 2013 -2015 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal strategy paper.

Also on Wednesday, the president sent the names of  Mr Shaibu Adamu (Bauchi State) and Mr NV Amaku (Imo) to the Senate for confirmation as ambassadors.

The president also sent letters to the Senate requesting the confirmation of  members of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission.

In the letter addressed to the Senate President, Jonathan said he was presenting Mr Ismail Hassan from the North East Zone and Mr Mohammed Garba to represent the Civil Society.

According to the letter, Mr Debo Adesina, representing the Civil Society Organisations, had voluntarily resigned.

The president also sent the name of  Hassan Sokodabo to the Senate for confirmation as a member of the Federal Civil Service Commission.

Also, the president sent the names of Mr Ya’u Jama’a (Kaduna State) and Mr Aliyu Datti(Niger) to the Senate for confirmation of appointment  into the National Population Commission.

In the same vein, the president sent the name of Ms Rita Baigo (Bayelsa) for confirmation of appointment as a member of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

He also sent the name of Mr  Nolly Nnaji to replace Mr Jerry Igbokwe as a member, Governing Board of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

In another development, the Senate Committee on Aviation has recommended that Arik Airline be made the nation's National flag carrier.

The recommendation  is contained in the committee’s report on the violation of aviation laws and practice by foreign airlines in Nigeria.

The committee also recommended that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) should  compel British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways to refund excess fares  charged Nigerian passengers.

It urged NCAA to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  in carrying out the exercise.

The Senate, however, told the committee to streamline its recommendations and re-present them for adoption.



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