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Senate Rejects Bill Seeking To provide Remuneration For Past Military Leaders

By thewillnigeria.com

ABUJA, April 24, (THEWILL) - The Senate on Wednesday rejected a Bill that seeks to provide remuneration for past Nigerian military presidents and Heads of State.

The Bill sponsored by Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba also sought to provide remuneration for former presidents, heads of Federal Legislative houses and Chief Justices of the Federation.

The Bill was thrown out at plenary. Opponents advanced reasons bordering on the fact that it was in conflict with an existing provision of the Constitution.

Most Senators during debate said the Constitution had already recognised and given roles to past military Presidents.

THEWILL recalls that a similar Bill was passed by the fourth, fifth and sixth sessions of National Assembly but it failed to receive presidential assent for inexplicable reasons.

Leading debate, Ndoma-Egba told lawmakers that the Bill also sought to acknowledge the services of people who rose through hard work and commitment to certain positions constitutionally by providing for them after office, "as this will encourage dedicated leadership from present leaders when they know that their efforts will not go unnoticed."

In his contributions, Senator Smart Adeyemi said all military leaders who have derailed democracy should tender an apology to Nigerians and that they should be banned from participating in politics.

However most of the lawmakers opposed the Bill due to its constitutional illegality and that incentives are already provided for the past military rulers as they are part of the Council of States meetings.

Senator Abubakar Sadiq Yar ’Adua opined that emphasis should be on how well a past president served irrespective of being a military or civilian president.

Yar’Adua said: “The question should be what the past leaders have contributed to governance, how well he has served the nation irrespective of coming through the uniform or Agbada.

"Some governors in their states have performed worse than past military governors in their states so the main issue should be on how well a leader performs while in office.’’

Meanwhile, a Bill for an act to provide for the Establishment of the Nigerian Merchant Navy Security and Safety Corps with the responsibility for the security and safety of Nigerian Merchant Navy was withdrawn by the sponsor of the Bill, Senator Joshua Lidani, on the grounds that he needs to do more work on the Bill after it was discovered the Bill is in conflict with many existing agencies.



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Samuel | 3/10/2014 8:37:00 PM
I tink d government need to pass d bill of the marchant navy because a whole maritime nation dont have a marchant navy officers,then wat are the need of those cadet on training.is as if the government are not hearing our crys,even if the navy are against it.nobody can stop it because we controle the sea and the sea is our life.marchant navy must come onboard.because without us no captain would move the vessel and no marchant would work on their vessel.they are our security and we are the boss
prince myke | 1/8/2015 3:12:00 AM
since de has been a change let justice prevail. let de issue of nig merchant navy be treated with equity and justice
Etoki.j | 2/12/2015 10:18:00 AM
D nigerian leaderz no wat 2 do.in diz case imagin a country called nigeria doesn‘t av it merchant navy al c‘oz d navy is fightin against it xistenz.d 9ja navy came out 4rm d merchant navy.bt c‘oz of their greediness n personel self interest day dn‘t want d merchant navy 2 cum onboard.bt let me asure d navy weda day lik it or nt.d nigerian marine navy must cum onboard n tak ova c‘oz GOD is involve in diz battle.GOD must surely bring dem dwn 2 our foot.ahoy 2 al d parkard officerz of d nigerian marine navy.ahead ahead no goin bak we r takin ova.
Emeka Maxwell | 5/22/2015 3:25:00 PM
Nigerian are too political' and its wrong to politicized over things that don't need to be politicize on. Greediness is always Nigerian number one problem. NN is only a coast guard and never a ship nor vessel opertors, while are their forcing them self into it. Is rifle work a vessel work?. I believe Buhari will not be political like Good lock. Buhari should prove Gj unprofessional a bloody civilian link Gj. in USA, whom we are trying to emulate, their operate four forces, the UsNavy, us army, us air force, and us marine corps. in ivory coast, marine is the order of the day, in Ghana IMO is fully in charge. while should Nigeria as a giant of Africa refuse to register properly to IMO? politicians and some greedy uniform men who are secretly playing politics should desist from it . Nemesis most find this men. Merchant navy is an IMO staff, if the right person comes onboard as the president of Nigerian, this men who has sat on the commissioning of the Nigerian merchant navy will be expose. If the NN is not doing an illegal duty onboard, then their stop fighting against the establishment. wicked politicians
Emeka Maxwell | 5/22/2015 3:40:00 PM
Nigerian are too political' and its wrong to politicized over things that don't need to be politicize on. Greediness is always Nigerian number one problem. NN is only a coast guard and never a ship nor vessel opertors, while are their forcing them self into it. Is rifle work a vessel work?. I believe Buhari will not be political like Good lock. Buhari should prove Gj unprofessional a bloody civilian link Gj. in USA, whom we are trying to emulate, their operate four forces, the UsNavy, us army, us air force, and us marine corps. in ivory coast, marine is the order of the day, in Ghana IMO is fully in charge. while should Nigeria as a giant of Africa refuse to register properly to IMO? politicians and some greedy uniform men who are secretly playing politics should desist from it . Nemesis most find this men. Merchant navy is an IMO staff, if the right person comes onboard as the president of Nigerian, this men who has sat on the commissioning of the Nigerian merchant navy will be expose. If the NN is not doing an illegal duty onboard, then their stop fighting against the establishment. wicked politicians
majid | 6/17/2015 6:55:00 PM
no mata what d nn Do we are still d best nmn must come onboard,I pray God should help through buhari, long live nmn.
majid | 6/17/2015 6:56:00 PM
no mata what d nn Do we are still d best nmn must come onboard,I pray God should help through buhari, long live nmn.
majid | 6/17/2015 6:59:00 PM
no mata what d nn Do we are still d best nmn must come onboard,I pray God should help through buhari, long live nmn.
Prince petermary. | 6/24/2015 11:24:00 PM
we just need to pray for God to help us tru our President.
awajis daniel | 9/12/2016 10:50:00 AM
I just don't know why nn should be fating d nmn paherps d sea is ward that d NNavy cannot even cover it harfe way so why are they killing them selves of over d issues of NMNavy is not their business they can't stop it we are on ground all ready even b4 they came talking about it even d US Navy and d US MNavy works together so why Nigerian own should b different or is it wrong 4 a country as large as Nigeria can't have is own merchant Navy it is really a shame and surprising if not so take ristance small Ghana has it MNavy so be it Nigeria must have it's own MNavy long life 2 all d Marine officers 2 our CO Mr Ben and our DG
petermary | 2/10/2017 12:45:00 PM
Nnavy should kw that we have come to stay. d FG should look into matter. if mnavycan not do d job dy promise d FG still hv d power to withdraw d approver.let test this men first.
TONY E | 10/17/2017 10:08:00 AM
The FG need to help.the youth are jobless,Nigerian merchant Navy is ready to carried out the works 2017 has come to at end.our leaders
it bether to try and fail than not trying at all and later fails
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