After leading the opening prayer, the Speaker examined and approved the Plenary Votes and Proceedings for Tuesday, July 9th, 2019.
Administration of Oath of Allegiance and Membership on a new Member elect
MATTERS OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE
1. Hon. Abimbola Taofeek Moved the Motion on a fire disaster that occurred in his constituency and it was Seconded by Hon. Bamidele Salam. Hon. Taofeek in leading the debate stated that the fire outbreak is in the major market and the destruction was widespread. He sought the House to use its good stand to ensure the relevant Agencies ease the difficulties of the victims and ensure the market is rebuilt with a functioning fire service post as the structure currently doesn't have one. In contributing to the debate Hon. Olajide Jimoh stated that while sympathizing with the victims, issues of markets are under Local Government purview and advised that markets be properly protected and insured. The Motion was voted on and referred to the relevant committee when constituted.
2. Hon. Yusuf Gagdi raised the Motion on the urgent need to investigate the irregularities that occur in the interview process of recruitment exercises carried out by some Government Agencies. It was seconded by Hon. Edwin Anayo. In leading the debate Hon. Gagdi stated that these sharp practices defeat the spirit of Federal Character in recruitment, its also a gross infringement on the right of eligible Nigerians to be employed. This he said is disastrous as the civil service is the largest employer of labor in the country. He called for the effective monitoring of such processes when the relevant committees of the House are constituted. Hon. Gagdi in leading the Motion sought to get to the root of the workings of those manipulating the system. Hon. Ayika Ogbonna in contributing to the debate stated that the Motion is at the heart of their representative role in Parliament. He condemned in high terms the people who deprived Nigerians of their fundamental right to be gainfully employed in order to carry out their responsibilities. He linked this phenomenon to the frustration that make industrious Nigerians go through the desert to go to Europe and some die in the process. Hon. Nyampa Zakaria supported the Motion on the premise that if the youth ravaging his constituency were gainfully employed, they would not be available to be unlawfully engaged. Hon. Haruna Mshelia called for the constitution of the relevant committees so that these critical issues can be thrashed out with the requisite legal backing, this view was reinstated by Hon. Shettima Ali. In contributing to the matter; Hon. Benjamin Mzondu decried the syndrome of God-fatherism and favoritism used to give employment, instead of merit. This syndrome he explained jettisoned all rules concerning recruitment, and that most problems pertaining to insecurity and frustration can be linked to the irregularities in government recruitment processes. He advocated for the constitution of an Ad-Hoc Committee to interface with affected MDAs of Government in order to resolve the issues. Hon. Leke Abejide expressed sadness that the depth at which the recruitment process in the Agencies of Government had fallen to, he advocated for the involvement of the EFCC to look into the matter and unravel the sharp practices going on in the different recruitment processes. Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha called for a wholistic investigation into the whole concept of favoritism that has engulfed the recruitment processes and called on Members not to be tempted to indulge any more for the undue advantage of their kin. Hon. Salam Bamidele stated that the issue of using people as casual staff is also one of the worst problems facing employment in the nation. Hon. Akpan Luke praised the Motion as one that is in the direct lifeline of the people who voted them in as Representatives and should be taken extremely seriously as the issue affects the youth who are the largest percentage of Nigerians. He also queried the unrealistic and stringent conditions laid on employment seekers which are unattainable considering the the present educational system. The Leader of the House, Hon. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa expressed confidence that if the 9th House of Representatives lives up to the mandate set by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, to ensure things are done differently in procedure and action; issues such as the discrimination in recruitment exercises will be dealt with. He called on the resolve of the House to clear their name from the misconception that Legislators are collaborators in this illegality. The Motion was voted on and passed. The Ad-Hoc Committee to investigate the issue consists of Hon. Wole Oke who will Chair it, others include Hon. Cornelius Nnaji, Hon. Mansur Soro, Hon. Blessing Onu, Hon. Olumide Osoba, Hon. Kola Lawal, Hon. Mark Gbillah, Hon. Zainab Gimba etc.
3. The House Minority Leader, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu moved the Motion on the invasion of the premises of the National Assembly by members of the Shi'ite movement. The motion was seconded by Hon. Tobi Okechukwu. In leading the debate Hon. Elumelu termed as surprising and alarming the way members of the Shi'ite group were able to overrun the security apparatus of the National Assembly during plenary on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 which engulfed the premises in chaos, resulting in the injury of several individuals including officers of the police. He queried the porosity of the National Assembly premises, and also urged the Federal Government to resolve the issue with the Shi'ite group. Hon. Elumelu called on the leadership of the Police to ensure the injured officers in the line of duty are fully taken care of. He warned that if the necessary measures are not taken into view, anarchy could break out. He wondered why the National Assembly was targeted when the issue rests in the arms of the Executive. He called for proper budgeting of the National Assembly clinic for the treatment of casualties of such emergency situations. Hon. Nicholas Ossai recalled that the National Assembly had previously passed a Law for the Sgt-At-Arms to be able to bear arms in order to secure the premises of the National Assembly and that the National Assembly could equip an armory for the use of the Sgt-At-Arms to protect the individuals within. He called for the full implementation of the relevant Law. The House Chief Whip, Hon. Mohammed Monguno pointed out that the clamor of the Shi'ites for the release of their leader is the same pattern in which the dreaded Boko Haram begun. He urged the government and the relevant security agencies to nip the crisis in the bud before it snowballs into a full blown crisis that would engulf the entire nation. Hon. Luke Akpan moved a point of Order that if the court of law had stated that the Executive should release the leader of the Shi'ite movement on bail, the decision should be obeyed even while his prosecution continues. Hon. Musa Bago called for the Federal Government to ensure the issue in contention be treated with seriousness before it becomes a national menace. He called for the enlightening of Nigerians on the underlying circumstances why the issues have not been resolved. Hon. Bamidele Salam expressed horror at the level of harm and destruction meted out on persons and properties of individuals around the National Assembly premises. He commended the security personnel who resisted the invaders. Hon. Salam also condemned the violence against the unarmed Shi'ites that is probably the root cause of this reprisal and seeming spiraling violence. He called on the Federal Government to act on the decision of the court. Hon. Ahmed Musa clamored for the government to listen to the grievances of the Shi'ite movement which may lead them to know how to deal with the underlying issues and resolve it. The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila asked Members to continue to pray for the quick recovery of the Police Officers, especially the one critically injured. The Motion was Voted on and Passed.
PRESENTATION OF BILLS
1. Environmental Health Officers Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.44) (Hon. Gideon Gwani) – First Reading.
2. National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Bill, 2019 (HB.45) (Hon. Gideon Gwani) – First Reading.
3. Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan Bill, 2019 (HB.46) (Hon. Gideon Gwani) – First Reading.
4. Raw Materials Research and Development Council (Repeal and Re-Enactment) Bill, 2019 (HB.47) (Hon. Gideon Gwani) – First Reading.
5. Environmental Health Bill, 2019 (HB.48) (Hon. Gideon Gwani) – First Reading.
6. Explosives Act (Amendment Bill, 2019 (HB.49) (Hon. Gideon Gwani) – First Reading.
7. National Programme on Immunization Act (Repeal) Bill, 2019 (HB.50) (Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta) – First Reading.
8. Petroleum Refineries (Incentives, Regulation and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, 2019 (HB.51) (Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta) – First Reading.
9. Investment and Securities Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.52) (Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta) – First Reading.
10. International Trade Commission Bill, 2019 (HB.53) (Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta) – First Reading.
11. Free Trade Zones Bill, 2019 (HB.54) (Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta) – First Reading.
12. Federal Institute for Industrial Research Bill, 2019 (HB.55) (Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta) – First Reading.
13. Terrorism (Prohibition and Prevention) Bill, 2019 (HB.56) (Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno) – First Reading.
14. Chartered Institute of Treasury Management (Establishment) Bill, 2019 (HB.57) (Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno) – First Reading.
15. Maritime Security Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2019(HB. 58) (Hon. Ntufam Eta Mbora) – First Reading.
16. Internet Child Pornography Prevention Bill, 2019 (HB. 59) (Hon. Francis Charles Uduyok) – First Reading.
17. Federal Capital Territory Health Insurance Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2019 (HB. 60) (Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta) – First Reading.
18. Socially Displaced Persons Bill, 2019 (HB. 61) (Hon. Simon Mwadkwon) – First Reading.
19. Social Safety Net Service Bill, 2019 (HB. 62) (Hon. Simon Mwadkwon) – First Reading.
20. Fiscal Responsibility Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB. 63) (Hon. Simon Mwadkwon) – First Reading.
ORDERS OF THE DAY
1. Fuel Tanker Explosion at Ahumbe Community in Gwer-East Local Government Area of Benue State that Claimed Over Fifty (50) Lives:
Hon. Mark Terseer Gbillah:
Notes the unfortunate loss of over fifty lives, including those of passengers of a coaster bus, on 1 July 2019 at Ahumbe Community along Makurdi-Aliade Road in Gwer-East LGA of Benue State when a fuel tanker fully laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) exploded after the tanker fell over on its side while trying to avoid a pothole, with dozens of other victims sustaining third degree burns and were rushed to several hospitals within the vicinity for treatment;
Also notes the dilapidated state of federal roads traversing Benue State like the Makurdi-Naka-Adoka-Ankpa road and the Makurdi- Aliade-Otukpo-9th Mile road which are the main roads linking the Southern and Northern parts of Nigeria but have become impassable death traps for decades;
Aware that while contract for the rehabilitation of Makurdi-Naka-Adoka-Ankpa Road has been awarded, even though there is no sufficient provision in the 2019 Budget for work to commence, no progress has been made on the rehabilitation of the Makurdi-Aliade-Otukpo-9th Mile Road where the accident occurred;
Concerned about the huge cost of treatment of the victims, while commending the Benue State Government for agreeing to bear the immediate hospital bills, however the full cost in the long run might be too much for the State to bear, hence the need for the Federal Government and related industry operators to do more about providing assistance to victims in such circumstances and going forward, enlightening the citizens about the dangers associated with spilled petroleum products;
Also concerned at the recurrence of the incidents across the country and wonders whether the regulatory authorities do ensure that those very inflammable contents of fuel tankers are properly contained in the event of an accident and if the drivers of those tankers are qualified to drive such cargo and have been trained in immediate safety precautions, especially in populated areas;
(i) Observe a minute of silence in honour of the victims of the explosion;
(ii)urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), industry operators and related regulatory authorities to provide relief materials and medical treatment for the victims and other affected members of the community;
(iii) also urge the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to cause a Supplementary Budget to be made that would include adequate funds for the commencement of work on the Makurdi-Naka-Adoka-Ankpa road and also to make provision in the 2020 budget estimates for the continuation/completion of rehabilitation of the road;
(iv) further urge the Ministry to include funds in the 2020 budget estimates for rehabilitation of the Makurdi-Aliade-Otukpo-9th Mile road;
(v)set-up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the cause of the incident with a view to proffering solutions and preventing recurrence in other parts of the country and report back within two (2) weeks for further legislative action.
Hon. Mark Gbillah Moved the Motion and it was Seconded by Hon. Simon Mwadkwon. As a disaster and investigative related Motion it was Voted and Passed as Amended to urge the Federal Government to embark on an emergency rehabilitation of all Trunk 'A' roads and to ensure the Committee on Appropriations ensure funds released for the issue are properly utilized.
2. Need to Address the perennial Traffic Gridlock in Apapa:
Hon. Egberongbe Mufutau Adewale:
Notes that on Wednesday, 22 May, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari set up a Presidential Taskforce to be chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN to resolve the traffic gridlock on the Lagos/Apapa Expressway;
Also notes that the Presidential Taskforce, in collaboration with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the Nigeria Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Truck Transport Union as well as other law enforcement agencies, commenced the removal of all trucks/trailers parked on the road;
Aware that Apapa Port was designed to accommodate 33 million metric tons of goods per day, but currently, it is processing not less than 80 million metric tons which has overstretched its infrastructure, thereby resulting in an overarching traffic situation leading to loss of valuables by motorists to armed robbers;
Also aware that experts have cautioned that siting Tank Farms, which are highly combustible, in residential areas poses major threat to lives and properties of the residents;
Acknowledges that the Task Force is steadily clearing the gridlock by regulating the entry of trucks into the road and its environs, but fashioning a long term solution that would create an efficient and friendly management regime in the area that will pave way for economic activities to thrive, may take a longer time to achieve;
Concerned that in spite of the efforts being made by the Presidential Taskforce, truck drivers still park indiscriminately on the expressway, thereby undermining the laudable efforts of the government and adversely affecting the socio-economic activities of the area which does not have an alternative route for transporting goods from the ports to other parts of the country;
Cognizant of the need for additional truck parks and parking bays in Lagos as well as the commencement of electronic call-up system that would ameliorate the hardship at the port area;
Acknowledges that opening other seaports in Badagry and Lekki Free Trade Zone would help to decongest the ports in Lagos and re-introduction of electronic cargo tracking machines and modern scanners to track goods before arrival, will also help in achieving the desired results;
(i) Urge all stakeholders, especially the leadership of the Truck Owners /Drivers, to comply with the directives of the Presidential Taskforce in its efforts to ease the traffic gridlock on Apapa Expressway;
(ii) also urge the Nigeria Customs Service to re-introduce the electronic cargo tracking machines and modern scanners to ease cargo movement in the ports to decongest the Apapa Port;
(iv)further urge the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to rejuvenate the domestic refineries, invest in new ones and relocate the Tank Farms from Apapa to other areas;
(iii) equally urge the Ministry of Transportation to ensure that alternative means of transporting goods, such as railway and waterway, are given urgent attention to assist in the movement of goods in and out of the Port and ensure that palliative measures are carried out on the dilapidated road linking the Apapa/Oshodi Expressway and the Tin Can and Coconut axis;
(iiii) Mandate the Committee on Land Transport (when constituted) to ensure compliance.
Hon. Egberongbe Adewale Moved the Motion and it was Seconded by Hon. Olatunji Shoyinka. Hon. Akpan Luke called for the use of other Sea Ports in the country so that activities in the Apapa Port can be decongested. Hon. Yerima Idris also proposed the rehabilitation of the Port gate to ease the flow of traffic in and out of the Apapa port. As an infrastructure related Motion it wasn't debated, but Amended, Voted on and Passed as Amended.
3. Deplorable Condition of the Lagos–Badagry Trans–West African Coastal Highway:
Hon. Oghene Emma Egoh:
Notes that the Lagos-Badagry Highway is a Federal Road which connects Nigeria to the Republics of Benin, Togo, Ghana through to Senegal and other neighboring countries, being the Nigerian section of the Trans–West African Coastal Highway that passes through many major federal establishments;
Also notes that its construction began during the Babatunde Fashola Administration and has been on for over a decade as extensive reconstruction of the Lagos portion of the 61-kilometre, 10-lane highway began in 2010, but lingering funding problems have compelled the contractors, the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation to stop work on it;
Concerned that owing to its abandonment, the Highway, which is an economic hub of the ECOWAS sub-region has been cut in many major places and there can be no better description of hell than what residents of Okokomaiko, Igbo Elerin, Iba Estate, Ijanikin, Satellite Town and Festac town areas of Lagos State go through, and those who go to buy goods at Badagry and neighbouring countries now find it difficult to transport their wares without incurring losses;
Also concerned that vehicles spend several hours on the road and sometimes containers fall in worse parts of the road, thus making life difficult for the people and so many lives have been lost as many parts of the road is covered with road that can swallow cars and unquantifiable number of persons have been attacked by robbers who cash in on the heavy traffic build-up to dispossess motorists of cash, phones, laptops and other valuables;
(i)urge the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Lagos State Government to ensure major upgrade and repair of the road by providing the needed funds for China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation to complete the work.
(iii)mandate the Committees on Works and FERMA (when constituted) to ensure compliance.
Hon. Oghene Egoh Moved the Motion and it was Seconded by Hon. Abass Adekunke. Hon. Muraina Ajibola proposed that the Committee on Appropriations be mandated to also interphase with the relevant Agencies to ensure the Prayers of the Motion is attained. He also prayed the House that the Agency who awarded the contract of repair on the road be ascertained so as to ensure the House deals with the right quarters. As an infrastructure related Motion it wasn't debated, but Amended, Voted on and Passed as Amended.
4. Need for Proactive Measures Towards Disaster Prevention and Management in Mallam Madori/Kaugama Federal Constituency, Jigawa State:
Hon. Abubakar Makki Yalleman:
Notes that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) was established with the mandate to formulate policies on disaster management in Nigeria and coordinate the plans and programmes for efficient and effective response to disasters at the national level, monitor the state of preparedness against disasters, provide relief materials for disaster victims and guide and educate against unforeseen events;
Also notes the heavy rainfall in the recent times and the consequent increase in the volume of water in the dam located in Mallam Madori/Kaugama Federal Constituency which is periodically opened to release excess water, a development that resulted in over flooding of Yalo, Unguwar Jibrin, Marke, Dabuwaran, Hadin, Dakaiyawa, Arki and Tarshena communities leading to loss of lives and destruction of properties and valuable agricultural products and farmlands;
Aware that the area has a history of annual flooding as a result of which the rainy season has become a nightmare period for the people as was witnessed in 2015, 2016 , 2017 and 2018, hence the need for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to sensitize the people on effective flood management strategies geared towards containing the menace;
Mandate the Committees on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Environment and Habitat (when constituted) to ensure that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other related Agencies take proactive steps to protect the lives and properties of the people of Mallam Madori/Kaugama Federal Constituency in Jigawa State as well as other disaster prone areas in Nigeria.
Hon. Abubakar Yalleman Moved the Motion and it was Second Uniyim Idem. As an infrastructure related Motion it wasn't debated but Voted and Passed.
5. Need to Incorporate June 12 Struggle in the History Curriculum of Schools in Nigeria: Hon. Olumide Babatunde Osoba:
Notes that the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari recently recognized June 12 as Democracy day in Nigeria;
Aware that June 12 has never featured in the History Curriculum of Nigerian Schools because it was never recognized by previous Administrations;
Concerned that if the importance of June 12 Struggle in the emergence of the Fourth Republic in Nigeria's political history is not highlighted, the story could be distorted and the younger generations could lose the essence of the event;
Desirous of incorporating the June 12 struggle in the History curriculum to afford the younger generations information on its importance in Nigeria’s political history;
(i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Education to incorporate the June 12 Struggle in the History Curriculum in Nigeria’s schools;
(ii) Mandate the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services (when constituted) to ensure compliance
Hon. Olumide Osoba Moved the Motion and it was Seconded by Hon. Bamidele Salam. In leading the debate Hon. Osoba stated the Motion was born out of the need to ensure all the heroes of June 12 who cut across all parts of the nation be known and celebrated by the younger generation as defenders of democracy. Hon. Mohammed Monguno remembered as a young man being part of the actualization of the June 12 struggle which was the freest, fairest and most detribalized election Nigeria ever had. They were able to even advocate for this realization at the commonwealth general assembly meeting in Cyprus. Hon. Musa Adar urged for true unity and purpose that Nigeria take their history seriously which should be used as a tool to build unity and progress of the nation, so that Nigerians of all divides are truly fused for development and progress. Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye stated that he learnt history had been ejected form schools as a subject, if so; it should be re-injected. the Speaker of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila suggested a similar Bill should be proposed on this issue and other such issues as the Nigerian civil was, so they could be statutory. Hon. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa remembered with pride being arrested for the struggle for the actualization of the June 12 mandate which was a national wish and mandate. He stated that he named his first daughter Kudirat after the slain wife of the late MKO Abiola as she was born not long after Kudirat Abiola was assassinated. Hon. Shehu Balarabe remembered being in NRC, the opposition to the SDP which the late MKO Abiola stood on, but he supports the June 12 movement due to the fact that it was a real political unifying factor for Nigerians. Hon. Lawan Ali suggested that the current May 29th holiday for the swearing-in of new Presidents be fused and celebrated on June 12. Hon. Aishatu Dukku as an educationist expressed pride and optimism at the Motion and assured that the schools have aligned themselves with the teaching of June 12 since the day became a public holiday. She remembered being 7 months pregnant when she made the 5 kilometer trek to register her protest at the annulment of June 12 elections. Hon. Nwudili Nwankwo moved an Amendment to include for recognition of the umpire of the June 12 elections who stood firm against intimidation and in clear danger to their lives and jobs to let Nigerians know the injustice that was done. The Motion was Voted on and Passed.
THE REMAINING ITEMS ON THE ORDER PAPER WERE STEPPED DOWN DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINT.
6. Need to Address the Dearth of Manpower in the Nigeria Police Force:
Hon. S. Ajibola Muraina:
Notes that effective policing is the nation’s most pressing challenge, hence the need to boost the capacity of Nigeria Police Force to enable it perform its core constitutional function of maintaining law and order and safeguarding the lives and property of ordinary citizens, thereby addressing the spate of insecurity in the country;
Aware that Nigeria has approximately 370,000 police personnel to police an estimated 200 million people which is glaringly inadequate and self-defeating, hence the need for recruitment of more personnel for the Force;
Conscious that the Nigeria Police Force is clearly overwhelmed by the numerous security challenges plaguing the country given that most of the activities of the bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers and herdsmen are carried out in enclaves, jungles and forests located all the over Nigeria, which were hitherto guarded by Forest Guards;
Cognizant that the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, is making efforts to improve the performance of police personnel and has recently ordered police formations across the country to revert to the eight- hours, three-shift work schedule from the present 12- hours, two-shift regime which will improve the performance of police personnel by reducing work-related stress and emotional conditions that negatively impact on their performance;
Also conscious that the Police Service Commission (PSC) is proposing having part-time constables, and has outlined the requisite qualifications of prospective constables and some operational details, and they will be drawn from the pool of already employed Nigerians in various professions who are physically fit and within the ages of 21 and 50 years who, unlike their regular counterparts, will not be armed even when in uniform as their duties will be restricted to administrative matters, crowd control, alternative dispute resolution, emergency management and other less risky or sensitive services;
Also aware that there are so many Nigerians with excellent professional qualifications roaming the streets daily seeking for employment who are suitable for recruitment and should therefore be the target of the Nigeria Police Force with regard to the proposed part time constables;
Concerned that the proposal to enlist between 15,000 to 25,000 part-time constables annually over a period of five years will not address the shortfall in the conventional Force, since it is glaring;
Further aware that the police personnel are not as well kitted as their counterparts in other countries as officers on duty ought to have a duty belt consisting of a handgun, a taser, an expandable baton, pepper spray, a set of handcuffs, ammunition magazines, gloves, touch and a two-way radio;
(i) Call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to direct the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to put on hold the proposal for recruitment of part-time constables as the measure will not address the shortfall in police personnel in the country or ensure the needed security;
(ii) also call on the Federal Government to commence the recruitment of Nigerians with requisite professional qualifications to address the shortfall in the Force;
(iii) urge the Federal Government to ensure that the Forest Guards responsible for law enforcement in National Parks and forests should have their operations streamlined to include enforcing poaching duties, safeguarding and protecting animals' species, and preventing wild forces and patrolling the forests to keep off bandits and criminal elements and should be incorporated into the security architecture of the country, being a para-military agency;
(iv)also urge the National Security Adviser to put in place effective collaboration between the security agencies with a view to harmonizing their intelligent gathering and operations;
(v)mandate the Committees on Police Affairs and National Security and Intelligence (when constituted) to ensure compliance and report back for further legislative action.
7. Need for Mop–up of Grains through Mass Purchase to Sustain Agricultural Production during the Rainy Season:
Hon. Musa Sarkin Adar Hon. Abubakar Umaru Hon. Aminu Ashiru Mani
Hon. Victor Nwokolo Hon. Magaji Da’u Aliyu Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha
Hon. Muh’d Ali Wudil Hon. Odebunmi Segun Hon. Adedeji Stanley Olajide
Hon. Raheem Olawuyi Hon. Ari Mohammed A. Hon. Ibrahim Almustapha A.
Hon. Olododo Cook A. S. Hon. David Idris Zacharias Hon. Tijani Kayode Ismail
Hon. Simon Mwadkwon Hon. Alex Egbona Hon. Ibrahim Hamza
Hon. Yusuf A. Gagdi Hon. Bala Kokani Hon. Salisu Isansi
Hon. Joseph Asuku Bello:
Notes that Nigerian farmers have responded to the Federal Government's call to embark on massive agricultural production which resulted in impressive output in the last few years;
Also notes that prices of agricultural products, especially grains, have fallen down to a point that a large number of farmers may not have the financial capacity to return to the farms to maintain the same degree of output this farming season;
Concerned that the current crash in the prices of agricultural produce may engender hunger and poverty which could constitute a threat to the Government's desire of ensuring national food security;
Aware that a well co-ordinated mop up of grains by the Federal Government will enable the farmers to invest in the current season to be able to produce more and the grains moped –up can be utilized to address emergency situations, re-cycled for sale to the general public at subsidized prices and also boost Nigeria's export earnings;
(i) Urge the Federal Government to mop up grains from farmers at attractive prices to boost their morale and guarantee the sustenance of agricultural output recorded in recent years;
(ii)also urge the Federal Government to direct the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Bank of Industry, the Bank of Agriculture and Commercial Banks to execute the mop up grains projects;
(iiii) further urge on the Federal Government to revive the National Grains Reserve where the Grains that would be moped-up will be kept for re-sale to the general public at subsidized prices; and
(v) mandate the Committee on Agricultural Production and Services (when constituted) to ensure compliance.
8. Need to Assess the African Continental Free Trade Agreement Signed by President Muhammadu Buhari:
Hon. Odebunmi Olusegun Dokun:
Notes that President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Extra-ordinary session of the Assembly of African Union Heads of States and Governments in Niamey, Niger Republic on Sunday 7 July, 2019 signed the Pact to establish the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA) on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria;
Also notes that the President, while signing the Agreement, stated that Nigerian Government will seek to include terms that will engender the development of policies that will promote African production, among other policies, while reiterating that what Africa needs goes beyond trade policy but includes a manufacturing agenda as well as attracting investments and combating smuggling;
Believes that President Buhari deserves commendation for signing the Trade Agreement with significant caution on the need to prevent excessive prosperity for importing nations along the coasts while landlocked nations will continue to suffer;
Further notes that Nigeria, as the largest economy in Africa should, in line with the Agreement, define various ways to optimize benefits accruable from the Pact by ensuring that its exports to other African Markets surpass its imports in order for it to have positive effects on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Balance of Trade Payment and Employment generation objectives;
Also believes that if that is not done, the nation could be turned into a dumping ground for products from other African Countries, a development that will be adverse to the nation’s Macroeconomic Objectives;
(i) Commend President Muhammadu Buhari for taking the step of placing Nigeria in the right place among her colleagues in the Continent of Africa through the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA);
(ii) urge the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, set machineries in motion to ensure that Nigeria optimizes the expected benefits from the Agreement.
The Leader of the House, Hon. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa Moved for the Adjournment of Plenary till Thursday, July 11th, 2019, it was Seconded by the Deputy House Whip, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.
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