Sen Chris NGIGE...Responds to critics,..lists contributions at senate



BILLS AND LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS SPONSORED BY @SENCHRISNGIGE

My people, for some time now, there has been this wicked propaganda against my person to the ridiculous level that at a time they said that I have never opened my mouth in the Senate; that I have neither sponsored any bill or motion. That is laughable.

 For the records, I have been one of the most active senators in the current Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I participated actively in the 2011 /2012 Appropriation Bill and made significant inputs in the money bill. Late it be known that as a senator, my first allegiance is first with the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and then my constituency. At a time I was the only senator from Anambra State, I made sure that projects that will benefit the entire southeast, my state and my constituency where inserted in the appropriation bill. 

This is easily reflected in the increased power projects in the entire southeast. I am in seven committees of the senate, and as a senator from the opposition party, I cannot be chairman of a committee. I am the deputy chairman of the senate committee on power. Every good legislator takes keen interest in the money bill. That is where you have the bill that affects the development of your region. It determines which region gets what. My job as a senator is make sure that projects favourable to my constituency are inserted in the appropriation bill. It is the job of the executive arm of the government to release the funds for the execution of the projects.

1. Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R 11,LFN 2004
• To provide for more judicial discretion and flexibility in the sentence imposed for robbery, depending on the facts and circumstances of each case, rather than having a pre-fixed maximum sentence.

• To substitute death penalty with life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for armed robbery.

• To clarify that hospitals and clinic must first administer necessary treatment to gunshot victims, before reporting before reporting the matter to the police within a reasonable period of time

2. Federal Housing Authority Act Cap F14, LFN 2004
• To provide for tenure for some of the members of the board of the Federal Housing Authority, AND THE General Manager who is CEO of the organisation
• To remove the monetary cap on the borrowing powers of the Federal Housing Authority and substitute presidential approval with ministerial approval for borrowing
3. Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria Act Cap T3,LFN 2004
• To provide for appeals to liie from the Teachers Registration Commmitte established under the Act, to the Federal High Court ,instead of directly to the Court of Appeal
. To provide for more judicial discretion and flexibility in the sentences imposed for offences under the act depending on the facts and circumstances of each case, rather than having one uniform punishment provision.
4. Flag and Coat of Arms Act Cap F30,LFN 2004
• To increase the financial penalties imposed for offences under the Act based on present economic realities in Nigeria and in line with inflation since the enactment of the Act in 1960

5. Flag of Nigerian Ships Act Cap F31,LFN 2004
• To increase the financial penalties imposed for offences under the Act based on present economic realities in Nigeria and in line with inflation since the enactment of the Act in 1968
• To further amend the regulation made under the Act to include a term of imprisonment as alternative punishment
6. Fertiilizer (Control )Act Caps F25,LFN 2004
• To pave way for offences under the Act to be tried by the State High Courts, rather than the Federal High Court, to ensure ease of prosecution, especially for rural offenders, more so as Agriculture is on the con-current legislative list, which states can also deal with
7. Public Officers Protection Act Cap P41,LFN 2004
• To increase the limitation period, within which action, prosecution or can be commenced against a public officer, including cases where the persons suing has been hospitalised as a result of the action of the public officer.
8. Prohibition of importation, production and distribution of Incandescent energy consuming bills
. To encourage importation production, and distribution and usage of fluorescent energy-saving bulbs to conserve energy. We do not have enough power to distribute to our teeming 160 million. The highest generation today is 5000 megawatts

9. Farmers Registration Council Bill 
• To jump-start an agrarian Resolution in Nigeria, putting food on the table of the ordinary Nigerian by creating a platform for the organization, registration, recognition, formalizing, and empowerment of the Nigerian farm cooperatives and other farm organizations;
• To serve as the official instrument for ensuring that Nigerian farmers, farm cooperatives and other farm organizations receive any interventions and assistance planned by government for farmers e.g. fertilizers, seeds, etc.;
• To identify and register the authentic farmers and remove the excesses of middle men who have not allowed government interventions to reach the actual farmers;
• To build a reliable official data base of Nigerian farmers that will be 
used by government agencies that would want to relate directly with farmers;
10. National Health Bill
11. National Health Insurance Bill.

Let it is also be recalled that I singlehandedly moved the motion for the immortalization of the late Prof. Chinua Achebe. As a result of that motion, Chinua Achebe was given a plenary session, an honour reserved only for national assembly members. As a result of the motion also, the federal government gave Chinua Achebe a befitting national burial.
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