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Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Wednesday, April 24, 2019.





After leading the opening prayer, the Speaker went on to examine and approve Plenary Votes and Proceedings for Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

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PRESENTATION OF REPORTS


1.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Rijawa Resources Nigeria Limited:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

"That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Rijawa Resources Nigeria Limited against the Hon. Minister of Federal Capital Territory on Alleged Revocation of their Plot of Land at Kurudu" (Referred:26/10/2016).

Item Stepped down by leave of the House

2.​ Ad-hoc Committee on Need for Financial Assistance or Bailout for the Automobile Industry in Nigeria (HR. 141/2016):

Hon. Kazzim Mukaila:

"That the House do receive the Report of the Ad-hoc Committee on Need for Financial Assistance or Bailout for the Automobile Industry in Nigeria (HR. 141/2016) (Referred: 20/10/2016).

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

BILLS

1. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act, Cap. D3 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Review the share of the Government of the Federation in the Additional Revenue under the Production Sharing Contracts; and for Related Matters (HB. 1494) (Leader) – Second Reading.

Debate

Hon. Ahmed Idris Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and it was Seconded by Hon. Bode Ayorinde. In leading the debate Hon. Ahmed stated that if Passed, it is one that should make the 8th Assembly proud because it directly seeks to uplift the financial status of Nigeria. The Bill seeks to Amend the Law as its non-review has continued to make Nigeria lose revenue in the off-shore Oil trade. He stated that the Law is supposed to be reviewed every 15 years to see how the contract terms have been serving the nation. 

Deputy Speaker, Hon. Yussuff Lasun stated that Members should be careful with Passing the Bill without carefully analyzing it, this is so that the fine lines of the contracts would not be used against Nigeria using International Law. He expressed sadness that Nigerians do not have enough stake in the local oil industry exploitation. 

Hon. Bode Ayorinde stated that the Bill seeks to improve revenue, so it should be let to Pass, when time comes for the improvement of the technical and financial input and stake of Nigerians, that should also be critically looked into. In response to Hon. Hassan Saleh's query on the governing principles of the Amendment Bill, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara stressed his disappointment on the fact that the Executive declined Assent to the Governance portion of the PIB that was transmitted from the National Assembly, this he said is why the Physicals aspect has not been worked on, as there is the need to be done with the Governance aspect of the PIB first. Hon. Goni Bukar in supporting the Bill called for the speedy Passage of the Bill so that it's fine points can be implemented, to increase revenue to fund all the developmental structures the House keeps proposing. 

Hon. Agbonayinma Johnson appreciated the Executive for introducing the Bill as it seeks the financial uplifting of Nigeria as a nation. He expressed delight that the Bill seeks to redress the shortcoming of Nigeria in the local oil exploration, especially when it comes to the sharing of profits after cost of production is factored. He frowned at the secrecy in the oil production data. Hon. Kayode Oladele reminded Members that the Bill seeks to deal with the percentage and not the finer details of amounts. He stressed that due to the limited time of the 8th Assembly, Members as responsible Legislators should ensure the Passage of the Bill as it will help Government increase the national revenue base, and that would directly help improve budget performance. 

Hon. Diri Duoye also canvassed for the suspension of the Bill so that host communities stake could be checked and digested. The Bill was Voted on, Passed for Second Reading and Referred to the Committee on Petroleum Upstream.

In light of the revelations of the revenue loss the Bill highlighted, Hon. Idris Ahmed came under a relevant House Rule and Moved a resultant Investigative Motion to call for the House to investigate why the huge monies have been lost over time. He wondered if there was collusion between local Agencies of Government in the oil sector and the international companies to defraud the Nigerian interest. The Motion was Seconded by Hon. Goni Bukar. The Motion was Voted on and Passed.

2. A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal Polytechnic, Gwaram to Provide Full-Time Courses in Technology, Applied Science Management and Other Fields of Study and to Make Provisions for the General Administration of the Polytechnic; and for Related Matters (HB. 1588) (Hon. Yuguda Hassan Kila) – Second Reading.

Debate

Hon. Hassan Kila Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and it was Seconded by Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha. Hon. Kila in leading the debate asked Members to support the Bill so that the educational development especially in the technological fields can be enjoyed by individuals residing in the region. The Bill was Voted on, Passed for Second Reading and Referred to the Committee

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MOTIONS

3.​ Re-Committal of the University of Wukari (Establishment) Bill, 2017, the National Biotechnology Development Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2018 and the Fisheries Institute of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, 2018:

Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok:

The House:

Notes that the University of Wukari (Establishment) Bill, 2017 and the National Biotechnology Development Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2018 were separately passed by the National Assembly and transmitted to the President for assent but they were returned with some observations which need to be addressed;

Also notes that the Fisheries Institute of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, 2018 was passed by both Houses and sent to the Directorate of Legal Services for further legislative action;

Aware that the Directorate of Legal Services made germane observations and recommendations on certain clauses of the Bill;

Resolves to:

Rescind its decisions on the affected Clauses of the Bills as passed and re-commit same to the Committee of the Whole for reconsideration and passage.

Debate

Hon. Bode Ayorinde standing in for Hon. Edward Pwajok Moved the Motion and it was Seconded by Hon. Goni Bukar. The Motion was Voted on and Passed.

4.​ Urgent Need to Rehabilitate Ebute-Ogolonto Road that Leads to Ikorodu Lighter Terminal and Address the indiscriminate parking of Trailers on the Road:

Hon. Babajimi Benson:

The House:

Notes that the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal (IKLT) which was constructed by the Nigerian Ports Authority to decongest the Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports in Lagos State has, in the recent time, been witnessing movement of containers from the Apapa Port Complex by sea to the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal in barges;

Also notes that due to the continued growth in the terminal's containerized and bulk cargo haulage businesses, there has been an increasing number of trailers (flat bed & container laden, plying the Ogolonto to Ebute route in Ikorodu Federal Constituency;

Concerned that in the course of picking up their consignments, the trailers park indiscriminately on the Ogolonto-Ebute Road, thereby causing traffic congestion and damage to the Road;

Observes that this situation is worsening every day, bringing untold hardship to the people, in addition to the damages from the weight of those trailers on the said Ogolonto Road;

Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Nigerian Ports Authority to take advantage of vacant land along the Lagos-Ikorodu road to create modern trailer parks and ensure that only trailers scheduled for loading have access to the lighter terminal vicinity;

(ii) also urge the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to give strict warnings and subsequently penalize any trailer that parks indiscriminately on the Ogolonto-Ebute road;

(iii) further urge the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to immediately commence palliative works on the road to ensure that travel time is reduced;

(iiii) mandate the Committees on Nigeria Customs and Excise, Ports, Harbors and Waterways, Works, and Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation.

Debate

Hon. Babajimi Benson Moved the Motion and it was Seconded by Hon. Julius Pondi. As a Motion bothering on infrastructure, the Motion was Voted on and Passed.

5.​ A Call for Change of the Name, “Apo Legislative Quarters” to Reflect Current Reality:

Hon. Segun Alexander Adekola.

The House:

​Notes that the Legislature is the distinctive mark of a Country is Sovereignty, the index of its status as a State and the source of much of the power exercised by the executive arm of government in the administration of the Country;

​Also notes that the Legislature is the bedrock of any government, being an institution which represents the common and collective interests of the citizens through the enactment of laws and the exercise of oversight functions on the activities of the executive arm of government;


Aware that in June 2003, President Olusegun Obasanjo based on the recommendation of a Committee headed by the then Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ufot Ekaette directed that the fringe benefits of all public and political office holders be monetized,;

​Also aware that in 2004, the Federal Executive Council mandated the Federal Capital Territory Administration to sell all the Federal Government non-essential Housing Units in Abuja, including the Apo Legislative Quarters which were sold to Legislators occupying them at the time under specific rules and guidelines;

​Observes the harrowing and challenging experiences new members of the Legislature are subjected to in their quest to get decent accommodation in the Federal Capital Territory as a result of the sale of the Quarters originally built to accommodate them;


Concerned about the continuous use of the name “Apo Legislative Quarters” in describing the place, when in actual fact, most of the houses in the quarters are no longer being occupied by Legislators, having since changed hands due to sales to a third or even to a fourth Party;

​Appreciates the need to protect and uphold the sanctity of the Legislature by putting in place a corrective measure to address this ugly trend and distortion of fact;

​Resolves to:

​Urge the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCDA) to change the name “Apo Legislative Quarters” to reflect current reality.

Debate

Hon. Segun Adekola Moved the Motion and it was Seconded by Hon. Emmanuel Okon. In leading the debate Hon. Adekola stated that the Motion is born out of compassion for new Legislators who pass through harrowing experiences before they can get benefiting accommodation. He decried the chance missed for social closeness and harmony they should have been enjoying if they were living in the same quarters as was the idea behind having the legislative quarters in the first place. He therefore called for the change of the name as over 80% of the inhabitants of the legislative quarters are not legislators. 

Hon. Nkem Abonta sought a new Prayer to the Motion to ensure FCDA as a matter of urgency ensure a befitting quarters is constructed and set aside for serving legislators. Hon. Yussuff Lasun politely asked the Mover of the Motion to withdraw the Motion as many former Members still reside in the quarters and feels the name the place has no bearing on how the Parliament performs. Hon. Pally Iriase stated that the world over, monuments are maintained for historical purposes, it is sad that it is not a practice in Nigeria. 

He stated that though many Members no longer reside at the quarters, but the name is a point of history that should be preserved for historical purposes. Hon. Johnson Agbonayinma stated that the quarters lost its status as a national monument the moment it was monetized and lost its initial function and status. Hon. Aminu Suleiman stated that to his personal opinion; the Motion lacks any merit as the statistics in the debate lacks merit, this is due to the fact that a lot of current Legislators still resided at the quarters.

 Hon. Abubakar Nuhu stated that the name should still remain to serve its historical purpose. Hon. Emmanuel Okon stated that Members staying at the quarters are there on their private capacities and not because they are Members, and some private citizens there who engage in any form of criminality may be doing so at the detriment of the name of 'Legislative quarters'. The Motion was Voted on, but was Voted down.

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CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE) Rt. Hon. Yussuff Lasun Presiding

6.​ A Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerian Independent Warehouse Regulatory Agency; and for Related Matters (HB. 116) (Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok) – Committee of the Whole: 9/4/2019).

Consideration of the Report Stepped down by leave of the House

7.​ A Bill for an Act to Provide for Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences, give effect to the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the SEA, (UBCLOS) 1982, the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA) 1988 and its Protocols; and for Related Matters (HB. 1571) (Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok) – Committee of the Whole: 9/4/2019).

Consideration of the Report Stepped down by leave of the House

8.​ Committee on Federal Capital Territory:

​Hon. E.Y Okey-Jev.

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Federal Capital Territory on a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal Capital Territory University of Science and Technology, Abaji; and for Related Matters (HB. 145) and approve the recommendations therein” (Adjourned Consideration: 10/4//2019).

Consideration of the Report Stepped down by leave of the House

9.​ Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:

Hon. Aminu Suleiman:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal University of Technology, Ogoja; and for Related Matters (HB. 1293) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 17/1/2019).

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Aminu Suleiman stated that the Bill is an establishment one and has the objective to encourage the advancement of learning without bias to race, gender, creed or circumstances of birth. It seeks to accredit qualified persons the relevant Certificates for studies undergone.

Summary of Voting:

Clauses Voted on and Carried: 1-17

10. ​Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:

Hon. Aminu Suleiman:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Ahmadu Bello University (Transitional Provisions) Act, Cap. A14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Specify the Minimum Qualification of the Chairman of the Governing Council, Ownership of Intellectual Property and to Provide for Pre-Action Notice to the University Authority; and for Related Matters (HB. 1112) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 11/4/2019).

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Aminu Suleiman stated that the Bill is intended to Amend the ABU transitional Provision Act to clarify specified purposes and has the objective to Amend the relevant Clauses.

Summary of Voting:

Clauses Amended and Carried: 1-6

ALL OTHER REPORTS DEFERRED

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HOUSE IN PLENARY

The House in Plenary Adopted its Proceedings in the Committee of the Whole

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11.​ Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:

Hon. Aminu Suleiman:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Amend the University of Lagos Act, Cap. U9, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to specify the Minimum Qualification for the Chairman of the Governing Council, Ownership of Intellectual Property and to Provide for Pre-action Notice to the University Authority; and for Related Matters (HB. 1106) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 11/4/2019).

12.​ Committee on Health Institutions:

Hon. Betty Apiafi:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Health Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Establish the Institute of Healthcare Management Practitioners and to make Provisions, among other things, for Membership and control of the Profession of Healthcare Management, and for Related Matters (HB. 904) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid 17/4/2019)

13.​ Ad-hoc Committee on Establishment of National Assembly Legislative Museum and Archives:

Hon. Sam Onuigbo:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Ad-hoc Committee on Establishment of National Assembly Legislative Museum and Archives and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 16/4/2019).

(i) That a Directorate on National Assembly Legislative Museum and Archives should be created by amending the National Assembly Service Act;

(ii) that a ground breaking ceremony be held at the proposed site on May 18, 2019, as part of the celebration of the World Museums Day;

(iii) that a temporary exhibition should be put in place before the ground breaking ceremony on May 18, 2019;

(iiii) that the space in the National Assembly Lobby close to Senate Hearing Room 1 should form part of the exhibition space;

(v) that intensive public enlightenment should commence to create awareness for the Museum and the ground breaking ceremony;

(vi) that the consultant, Messrs RAA HERITAGE GLOBAL RESOURCES LTD (RAA HGR) be re-engaged with specific terms of operation to see to the conclusion of the Project;

(vii) that the Lagos Parliamentary building at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos should be renovated and furnished to serve as an annex to the National Assembly Legislative Museum;

(viii) that the proposed budget for the takeoff of the Legislative Museum in the sum of N213,450,000 (Two Hundred and Thirteen Million and Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) only be approved and be released immediately.

14. ​Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Eshett Sarah Lambert:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Eshett Sarah Lambert against the Federal Road Safety Commission on the wrongful termination of her appointment and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 17/7/2018).

Urge the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission to reinstate Eshett Sarah Lambert to the Service of the Federal Road Safety Commission and place her at par with her colleagues in office without payment of arrears of salaries.

15.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Sule Sale Ibrahim Kazaure:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Sule Sale Ibrahim Kazaure against the Corporate Affairs Commission on unlawful and unjust termination of his appointment and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 6/3/2018).

(i) Urge the Corporate Affairs Commission to reinstate Sule Sale Ibrahim Kazaure to work;

(ii) also urge the Commission to pay all his salaries and entitlements from the date he was dismissed from Service.

16.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Salehu Sabo O.:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Salehu Sabo O. against the Nigeria Customs Service on his wrongful dismissal from service in 2005 and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 19/7/2018).


​That Salehu Sabo O. be re- instated by the Nigeria Customs Service and be paid all his entitlements and other benefits without further delay.

17.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Ibrahim Mohammed Rabiu:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

Report on the Petition by Ibrahim Mohammed Rabiu against the Nigeria Airforce on his wrongful dismissal from service and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 17/4/2019).

(i) Urge the Minister of Defence to direct the Chief of Air Staff to follow due process and convert Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed Rabiu’s dismissal to compulsory retirement to enable him apply for job elsewhere;

(ii) that the Management of the Nigerian Air Force should pay him all his entitlements and retirement benefits to enable him start a new life.

18.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Michael Afilaka, Gabriel Okon, Angie Taylor and Others:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Michael Afilaka, Gabriel Okon, Angie Taylor and Others against the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports on the Non-payment of the Nigeria High Performance salary and agreed Entitlements and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 17/4/2019).

Urge the Director General, National Sports Commission, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to ensure the prompt payment of ten (10) months arrears of salaries, rents and other entitlements accrued to Mr. Michael Afilaka, Gabriel Okon, Angie Taylor and others according to the contract terms between both parties within the shortest time.

19.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Paul Ezirim Ebonba and Family:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

Report on the Petition by Paul Ezirim Ebonba and Family against the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited alleging injustice and a call for intervention and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 17/4/2019).


(i) That the House should intervene and urge the Shell Petroleum Development Company to come to the negotiating table with the family and agree to pay N2 Million per hectare against the token of N200, 000.00 since the end of the Civil War;

(ii) that the Company should obey the Judgement of the Rivers State High Court in favour of the family as the legal Landlord of Obigbo North Oil Field occupied by Shell; and

(iii) that the Company should always engage the family in its surveillance and other minor contracts, employment and provisions of social amenities or any form of Local Content.

20. ​Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Ex-W/PC Comfort Yohanna:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Ex-W/PC Comfort Yohanna against the Nigeria Police Force on appeal for re-instatement into the service and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 17/4/2019).

Urge the Nigeria Police Force to reinstate Ex-W/PC Comfort Yohanna and 3 others who were discharged and acquitted but without payment of any salary arrears as soon as possible

21.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Emmanuel Iheke and Associates:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

Report on the Petition by Emmanuel Iheke and Associates against the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on illegal, unlawful and unwarranted destruction of means of livelihood of Mr. Christian Fidelis Udoh and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 17/4/2019).

Urge the Nigeria Customs Service to replace Christian Fidelis Udoh’s damaged truck.

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Adjournment

The House Adjourned Plenary till Thursday, April 25, 2019 by 11:00 A.M

Courtesy:

Media Unit, Office of the Honourable Speaker, House of Representatives.

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