The Senate on Tuesday, passed the Bill for an Act to Establish the National Agency for the Great Green Wall and the Engineers (Amendment) Bill 2015. The passage of the two bills came after their final clause-by-clause consideration at plenary.

In his remarks, President of the Senate, David Mark, said the passage of the bills, though coming at the last lap of the 7th Senate, was a milestone. He said

“The Great Green Wall Bill is an important bill because of the weight and the speed at which desert is encroaching the country. I hope its implementation will be fast, so as to tackle desert encroachment in the country.”

“The Engineers Amendment Bill is also an important bill, particularly the section that authorises people to put before their names `Engineer-Technologist’ because that has been part of the problem between engineers and technologists.”

Sponsor of the National Agency for the Great Green Wall Bill, Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP-Taraba South), said that the passage of the bill was a welcome development. He said that the bill was essentially to facilitate provisions of the Convention for the Great Green Wall and to restore the green revolution initiative across the world.

Bwacha, who, is Chairman Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, expressed the hope that when signed into law, it will tackle illegal felling of trees, the problems associated with desertification and food security. It is an Executive Bill and it has no cost implication.”

Sen. Ayogu Eze (PDP-Enugu North), sponsor of the Engineers (Amendment) Bill, said the passage of the bill would when assented to by the president, bring an end to the rift between engineers and technologists.

Eze, who is the Chairman, Committee on Works, said that one of the major objectives of the bill was to re-organise other professional bodies outside the Nigerian Society of Engineers.

Meanwhile, the Senate on Tuesday received a letter from former President Goodluck Jonathan requesting the confirmation of Justice Isah Bello as the Chief Judge, High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the request is in line with Section 251(1) of the 1999 Constitution.

The section states that the appointment of a Chief Judge shall be subject to confirmation by the Senate.