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UN Security Council Membership: Senate Congratulates Nigeria

The Nigeria Senate today has acknowledged the country’s election on Thursday, 17th October, 2013 to the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member and has congratulated the Nation.

The motion, standing in the name of Senator Victor Ndom-Egba: Congratulations to Nigeria on its Election to the United Nations security Council, the senate notes that on Thursday, 17th October, 2013, the United Nations General Assembly elected Nigeria to serve as non-permanent member of the Security Council for a two-year term beginning from 1st January 2014;

Notes further that this is the fifth time since independence in 1960 that Nigeria will be elected to the United Nations Security Council;

Observes that this is the second time Nigeria will be elected to that position under the tenure of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, the first being in 2010-2011; and

Appreciates that with this election, Nigeria has once again been placed at centre stage of global politics

The Senate therefore resolved to congratulate the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, the Government and people of Nigeria on this landmark achievement.

Earlier, Mr President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the federation via a letter, requested

The senate to include Lagos State Development Policy Operation II (DPO) into the 2012-2014 Medium Term Borrowing plan of the federal government.

The letter read in part: I wish to refer to the above subject matter and to inform Distinguished Senate President that the World Bank approved a Development Policy Operation (Budget Support) for a total credit amount of US$ 600 million to the Lagos State Government in 2010 to be implemented in three tranches of US$ 200 million each. The World Bank supported public private partnership (PPP) project which was approved by the National Assembly (NASS) in the 2010 Borrowing plan with a total credit amount of US$ 315 million has only disbursed US$ 15 million to date, after about two years of project implementation. The World Bank has therefore embarked on restructuring of the project in the face of current realities in a manner that would release US$ 200 million for allocation to Lagos Development Policy Operation II. This is an action that the World Bank with the support of its Board can undertake. They propose that the $ 200 million DPO would enable the State complete some critical infrastructure projects including:

  • Ultra-modern Burns Centre and Cardiac and Renal Centre at Gbagada General Hospital;
  • 27km Rail along the Lagos Badagry Expressway corridor to Marina; and
  • Completion of the 70 million gallon per day Adiyan Water facility among others.”

Also, the demise of Chief Solomon Lar, former Chief Executive Governors of Plateau State was announced Rising on rule 42, Senator Victor Lar (Plateau South), sought and obtained the leave of the Senate to present the matter which was deferred to the next legislative day as well as laying the :

  1. Report of the Joint Committee on National Planning, Economic Affairs and Poverty Alleviation; and Finance on the review of planning and Budgeting process in Nigeria.
  2. Report of the Committee on Establishment and public services on the screening of Mr Muhammed Sirajo Wudil, as a member of the Federal Civil Service Commission.