The Senate has passed a motion condemning the non-payment of allowances to Nigerian students that are studying abroad who are beneficiaries of the Bilateral Education Agreement Award Scheme.

In-line with this, the Senate has urged the Federal Government to take immediate steps to ensure the prompt payment of all outstanding allowances to the 375 students that are beneficiaries of the BEA scholarship, and the over 400 students who are being sponsored in other parts of the world by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Also the senate considered a Motion on the Need for the patronisation of ‘Made in Nigeria’ Goods in Nigeria as part of its efforts to create a more vibrant domestic business environment.

The aim of this motion, according to the president of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki is to urge the Federal Government to initiate and implement the First Option Policy in the purchase of locally manufactured products. 

He said, “We have urged both Chambers of the National Assembly to amend the Procurement Act to ensure that “Made in Nigeria” goods get first-dibs in the procurement process and consideration is first given to the local industry before any others.