The Senate on Wednesday suspended the earlier stated second reading of a Bill for an Act to provide for the Establishment of Grazing Management Agency and for other related matters (SB 292) sponsored by Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
The others: A bill for an Act to provide the Establishment of National Ranches Commission for the Regulation, Management, Preservation and Control of Ranches and for connected purpose (SB 293) sponsored by Senator Barnabas Gemade and another bill for an Act to Control the Keeping and Movement of Cattle in Nigeria and for related matters (SB 311) sponsored by Senator Chukwuka Utazi.
The development followed a suggestion by the Senate Leader Ali Ndume that the three Bills should be consolidated into one while introducing the bills but the Senate Leader’s suggestion was challenged by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe that the bills are not the same and they cannot be combines.
“The three bills are not the same and if we combine them, there would be misinformation of our view by the public. So the three bills should be considered separately”, Abaribe said.
At this point, the Senate President Bukola Saraki called on the sponsors of the bills to clarify the Senate if they are the same.
In his clarification, Senator Kwankwaso said the three bills are similar but Senator Gemade disagreed and said the fundamentals are different and that it would be difficult to consolidate them on the floor of the Senate.
It was at this point that Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu informed the Senate that it does not have to make law on an issue domesticated in the residual list.
Ekweremadu referred the lawmakers to sections 4 (2), 44 (2b) and 47 of the 1999 constitution to back his argument. He said the Senate only has powers to legislate on issues in the exclusive and concurrent list why the States Houses of Assembly are responsible for making laws on issues in residual list.
Inline with this, the Senate President Bukola Saraki called on the Senate Leader to move a motion dropping the consideration of the three bills in the order paper to another legislative day.