The House Representatives during its plenary session on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 passed a resolution mandating the Committee on Governmental Affairs to liaise with the Presidential Adviser on the Amnesty Programme with a view to including Isoko Youths in the programme. The Resolution came on the heels of a motion raised by the Minority leader of the House, Hon. Leo Ogor informing the House that “the Isoko ethnic Nationality Youths whose soil produces the highest quantity of onshore crude oil, with oil facilities and long stretch of pipeline which is being protected by the youths” have been excluded from the Amnesty Programme. He further informed that, but for these Youths, the oil facilities and pipelines in the region would have been completely damaged or stolen by vandals. He urged the House to recall that the Amnesty Programme was created in 2008 following series of restiveness of youths of the agitating Oil producing communities.
He stated that non-inclusion of the peaceful and law abiding youths of the Niger-Delta region was done in error sending a strong signal and invitation for the peaceful youths to join their kinsmen to carry out vandalization of oil facilities in their communities. He therefore implored that the good Youths of Isoko ethnic nationality be included in the programme in the principle of equity and fairness.
Also during the sitting, members of the House voted against a Bill seeking to establish the Chartered Institute of Contract Projects and Facility management, sponsored by Hon. Segun Adekola. He had argued that part of the intentions of the Bill was to create a regulatory body which will be charged with the responsibilities of regulating the control of the practice of contract projects and facility management profession in Nigeria. He added that the body will as well take responsibility for the registration and discipline of erring Members. After what appeared to be an exhaustive debate on the general principles of the Bill, majority of the Lawmakers disagreed vehemently, with the intendments of the Bill and consequently voted against it scaling for second reading.
Meanwhile, the House at the session resolved into a Committee of Supply to consider the Reports of the Committee on Telecommunications on a Bill for an Act to authorize the issue from statutory revenue fund of the Nigerian Communications Commission, the total sum of N70,672,492,000.00.