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Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Thursday, November 7th, 2019. The Deputy Speaker of the House, Rep. Ahmed Idris Wase presiding.

Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Thursday, November 7th, 2019. The Deputy Speaker of the House, Rep. Ahmed Idris Wase presiding.

After leading the opening prayer, the Deputy Speaker went on to examine and approve the votes and proceedings for Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 __________

COMMUNICATION FROM THE PRESIDENT

The President forwarded the Finance Bill 2019 to the House of Representatives for passage into Law. This is to ensure the optimal funding of the budget __________

PETITIONS

1. Rep. Olumide Osoba presented a petition from a complainant on the non-verification and non-payment of his pensions

2. Rep. Francis Waive also presented a petition from a constituent in Ughelli North/ Ughelli South/ Udu in Delta State that has been denied the release of his pensions from his pension managers

3. Also, Rep. Haruna Dederi presented three petitions on different issues.

4. Rep. Adejoro Adeogun presented a petition from a complainant who was wrongfully laid off from the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), he sought the intervention of the House on the issue All petitions were referred to the Committee on Public Petitions __________

MATTERS OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

1. Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno moved a motion on the insensitive increase of tuition fees at the University of Maiduguri without consideration for the financial constraints of people in the region and the country at large and it was seconded by Rep. Shehu Koko. In the debate, Rep. Monguno stated that the Northeast is already grappling to recover from the devastation of Boko Haram which ironically means education is forbidden, the fact that it now has to endure the educational desires of residents taken away by the management of the University of Maiduguri. Education, he stated is a foundation for individuals to build a better future of self-reliance and national input.

He called on the House to investigate the issue and find a lasting solution. Rep. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha stated that the University in Abia State too had done a similar thing and she pleaded with the House to use the medium to intervene in the matter. Rep. Ossai Nicholas Ossai stated that students in the most ravaged parts of the Northeast should not have to pay increased tuition fees. Rep. Ahmadu Jaha condemned the insensitivity of the University of Maiduguri in increasing tuition fees and discouraging learning in the region. Rep. Musa Sarkin Adar called for a wholistic measure to be applied to all public institutions of learning and government should be able to regulate the tuition fees.

However, he called for an investigation into the causes of the increase, if the need for the added fund is genuine; it should be done through legislation. Rep. Adar also proposed a Bill to ensure an increase in tuition is done only over a legally stipulated period. Rep. Victor Mela stated that education is the best gift that can be given to an individual and anything that would hinder smooth learning should be resisted in its entirety.

The motion was voted on and adopted as amended to let the resolutions cover all public institutions of higher learning nationwide.

2. Rep. Abdullahi Abdulkadir moved a motion on the outbreak of a strange and deadly disease believed to be yellow fever in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi state and it was seconded by Rep. Chukwuma Umoji. According to Abdulkadir, the disease has killed a lot of people and spreads very rapidly especially within the Fulani nomad community. He called on Federal health agencies and the National Center for Disease Control to intervene in the issue, and that the House Committee on Healthcare Services to ensure compliance and the committee on appropriations to ensure funding.

The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committees of the House.

3. Rep. Kolawole Lawal moved a motion on the need to suspend the policy halting the supply of petroleum products to towns within 20 kilometres to the national borders by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) to stop the smuggling of the products out of the country and it was seconded by Rep. Isiaka Ibrahim. Rep. Lawal stated that the policy would be disastrous to the livelihood of those in the towns who also depend on petroleum products for survival.

He urged the NCS to discontinue the policy and seek other forms of stopping smuggling. The motion was voted on, but it was not adopted. 4. Rep. Bitrus Laori moved a motion on the flood disaster in the Numan region of Adamawa state and it was seconded by Rep. Danladi Tijo. In moving the motion, Rep. Laori stated that the flood which is as a result of increased rainfall has brought with it a lot of ailments as well as snakes and other strange reptiles that have wreaked unimaginable havoc on the people of the region. He called on the disaster and social management programs of the Federal government, as well as the Commission for Displaced Persons and the Ecological Funds Office, to ensure a lasting solution to the problem and help the suffering people. The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committee of the House.

__________ ORDERS OF THE DAY BILLS

1. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation Act, Cap. N137, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the Nigerian Tourism Development Authority Act, and for Related Matters (HB.127) (Rep. Jimoh Olajide) – Second Reading. Debate Rep. Olajide moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Ismail Tijani.

Rep. Olajide in leading the debate stated that the amendment is necessary for the economic uplifting of Nigerians through job creations. He stated that the benefits would also generate the much needed foreign investments into the country. Rep. Olajide stated that the benefit of the Bill cuts across various sectors of the Nigerian economy. The Bill was voted on, Passed for second reading. The Clerk read the long title and it was referred to the Committee on Culture and Tourism.

2. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Nigerian Education Research and Development Council Act, Cap. N105, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004; and for Related Matters (HB. 84) (Rep. Duchang Bagos) – Second Reading. ​​​​​Debate Rep. Bagos moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Okwodili Christopher. In leading the debate Rep. Bagos stated that the Bill seeks the amendment to bring the Act into conformity with the realities of international standards for the educational sector. This, he stated would benefit all Nigerians.

The Bill was voted on, passed for second reading. The Clerk read the long title and it was referred to the Committee on Basic Education and Services. __________ ​​​​​

MOTIONS

3. Completion of the Abandoned Sabo-Sobe Road in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State: Rep. Julius O. Ihonvbere. The House: Notes that Sabo/Sobe Road is a 19km major link between Sabo, Ugbubezi, Atoruru, Ugbeturu, Eti-Ose and Sobe communities in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State and Ifon Local Government Area of Ondo State, which are all agrarian communities in the South-South and the South-West geopolitical zones of the country;

Also notes that in 2007, a contract was awarded to Piccolo Brunelli Engineering Limited for the construction of the road, but only about 40% of the project has been completed, and since then, no further meaningful work has been done despite its importance as the main route for commuters traversing Edo State, South West and other parts of Nigeria;

Aware that the contract was awarded primarily to integrate and re-unite Sobe community with their kith and kin in Owan West Local Government Area following its excision from Ondo State in 1991, and since then, the only access route from Sobe to Sabongida-Ora, the administrative headquarters of Owan West Local Government Area, has been through Ifon and Ukaro communities in Ondo State;

Concerned that the failure to complete the construction of the road has led to the collapse of several sections, especially the areas from Ugbubezi, Atoruru, Ugbeturu, up to Eti-ose, thereby forcing motorists to divert to the longer route through Uzebba road which exposes them to attacks by bandits and other miscreants;

Disturbed that this distortion in the movement of farm produce to the larger Sabo, Uzebba, Sobe and Ifon markets from the adjoining villages and farm settlements as well as the attendant difficulties that marketers and other buyers from Ondo State and other areas suffer in getting to the town completely shuts down economic activities each time there is rainfall; Worried that the high rate of accidents on the road due to its bad nature has resulted in avoidable loss of lives;

Resolves to: Mandate the Committee on Works to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and Piccolo Brunelli Engineering Limited to ensure that construction of the Sabo/Sobe Road in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State is completed. Debate Rep. Ihonvbere moved the motion on the need to complete the abandoned road due to its critical value to commuters and it was seconded by Rep. Igariwey Enwo.

As an infrastructure-related motion, it was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committee of the House. 4. ​Rehabilitation of Igboukwu-Isuofia-Ekwulobia-Umuchu-Nkpologwu-Ezinifite-Uga Road in Anambra State: Rep. Chukwuma Umeoji: The House: Notes the deplorable state of the federal road connecting Igboukwu-Isuofia-Ekwulobia-Umuchu- Nkpologwu-Ezinifite-Uga in Aguata Federal Constituency;

Aware that the road which connects to Imo State, witnesses heavy vehicular traffic accidents due to potholes and damaged drainage system along the stretch of the road; Also aware that the road was captured in the 2019 budget estimates but it is yet to witness any remedial action which has led to its continued degeneration;

Concerned that if nothing is done to rehabilitate the road, serious erosion problem may occur in different sections of the road thereby increasing the hardships being encountered by commuters;

Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to expedite action on rehabilitation of the road;

(ii) Mandate the Committees on Federal Roads Maintenance Agency and Appropriations to make provisions for the rehabilitation of the Road in the 2020 budget estimates. Debate Rep. Umeoji moved the motion on the urgent need to rehabilitate the affected roads and it was seconded by Rep. Onanuga Oriyomi.

As an infrastructure-related motion, it was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committees of the House. 5.​ Rehabilitation of Rural Roads in Shira/Gaide Federal Constituency of Bauchi State: Rep. Kani Abubakar Faggo:

The House: Notes that the people of Shira/Gaide Federal Constituency of Bauchi State are predominately farmers who depend on farming for their livelihood; Aware that Shira/Gaide Federal Constituency is connected by rural roads that are in a state of disrepair;

Also aware that road infrastructure helps farmers transport their agricultural products to markets as well as access essential services; Also notes that the rural roads that connect villages and towns in Shira/Gaide Federal Constituency require urgent rehabilitation because their deplorable state makes it easy for criminals to attack unsuspecting commuters and the roads include: the 15km Zigau-Faggo-Bukul-Balijam road; the 27km Zigau-Beli-Gagidiba-Zubo road; the 45km Yana-Jaka-Gaza-Dago Dutse-Tsafi-Nasarawan Tsafi road; the 10km Jaka-Bangire road; the 12km Tumfafi-Gazan Tumfafi- Nasarawan Tsafi road; the 7km Doguwa-Gulbun-Jugudu road; the 9km Giade-Jugudu-Kurba road; the 25km Giade-Zabi-Zirami road; the 15km Giade-Sabon Sara-Zadawa (in Misau LGA) road; the 10km Kwanar Faguji-Kwanar Uzum road; the 6km Chinkani-Jarmawo road; the 10km Sambowal-Andibun-Isore road; the 22km kamaku-Kafin Gara-Katabarwa-Yakasai-Guda road; and the 15km Beli-Kilbori-Dalli road.

Acknowledges that rehabilitation of those rural roads will create job opportunities in the agriculture sector and curtail the level of insecurity and other vices attendant with unemployment;

Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to include the rehabilitation of the rural roads in the 2020 budget estimates;

(ii) Mandate the Committee on Rural Development to ensure implementation. Debate Rep. Faggo moved the motion on the urgent need to rehabilitate the affected rural roads that aid the farmers and traders in the region to transport their goods and it was seconded by Rep. Yerima Idris. As an infrastructure-related motion, it was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant Committee of the House. 6.​ Rehabilitation of Benin-Agbor-Sapele-Warri Road in Delta State: Rep. Oberuakpefe Anthony Afe: ​

The House: ​Notes that the Benin-Agbor-Sapele-Warri axis of the East-West Highway used to be one of the best roads in the South-South Region and served as the route for motorists into the oil-rich Niger Delta Region; ​Also notes that the 105-kilometre expressway from Ring Road in Benin-City runs through Ologbo, Oghara and Sapele into Effurun-Warri in Delta State, and connects to Warri-Port Harcourt axis of the East-West Highway at the Delta Steel Company Roundabout;

​Aware that the highway which was completed in the year 2000 has deteriorated over the last couple of years with potholes in many parts, mostly within Delta state where it is almost impossible to drive for two kilometres without having to manoeuvre through the numerous potholes; ​Worried that some portions of the road have been completely cut off, thereby forcing motorists to drive against the normal flow of traffic and in some cases, leading to fatal accidents; ​

Also worried that the poor state of the road has paralyzed socio-economic activities hitherto experienced along the highway, as armed robbers and kidnappers have taken over the ever-busy road that leads to Warri, Bayelsa and Porthacourt, creating an economic crisis in the area; ​Convinced that prompt rehabilitation of the road will boost socio-economic activities along the highway corridor and will also drastically curtail the robbery and kidnapping incidents being experienced on that road frequently; ​

Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to commence the rehabilitation of the Benin-Agbor-Sapele-Warri axis of the East-West Road; (ii) Also, urge Inspector-General of the Police (IGP) to improve police patrol on the road to curb the incidences of armed robbery and kidnapping; (iii) Mandate the Committee on FERMA and Police Affairs to ensure implementation.

Debate Rep. Afe moved the motion on the urgent need to rehabilitate the affected highway and it was seconded by Rep. Shehu Ahmed. As an infrastructure-related motion, it was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committees of the House. 7. ​Need to Rehabilitate the Amawbia/Agulu/Nanka/Ekwuluobia Road and OKoh/Ajali/Umunze Road: Rep. Okwudili Christopher Ezenwankwo:

​The House: Notes that the Road from Amawbia, through Agulu/Nanka to Ekwuluobia links Anambra State to Imo State; Also notes that the Road also from Ekwuluobia, through Okoh/Ajali to Umunze links Anambra State to Abia State; Aware that those roads are riddled with potholes, especially the area around Federal Polytechnic, Okoh and have developed into pits and deathtraps, causing devastating road mishaps to students and other road users;

Concerned that of those roads will continue to depreciate if urgent rehabilitation works are not carried out on them as they are already adversely affecting the smooth interstate movement of passengers, agricultural produce and other business activities between Anambra State and Imo State;

Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to rehabilitate the roads; (ii) Mandate the Committee on FERMA to ensure compliance. Debate Rep. Ezenwankwo moved the motion on the urgent need to rehabilitate the affected roads and it was seconded by Rep. Kolade Akinjo. As an infrastructure-related motion, it was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committees of the House. 8. ​Deplorable State of Federal Road in Niger State. Rep. Saidu Musa Abdullahi​​​ ​Rep. Abdullahi Idris Garba, Rep. Mohammed Umar Bago, Rep. Abubakar Lado Suleja, Rep. Mamudu Abdullahi​​​​​Hon. Jafaru Mohammed, Rep. Barwa Shehu Beji​​​​​, Rep. Usman Abdullahi, Rep. Saidu Umar Doka, ​​​​Rep. Ja'afaru Iliyasu​​​​​

The House: Notes that Niger State is located in the North Central part of Nigeria and occupies 76,363 km landmass, representing 10% of the total landmass of Nigeria thus placing it first among the 36 states in the country including Federal Capital Territory Abuja, in term of Landmass; Observes that Niger State has about 52 "Trunk A" roads and by implication, the State with both the highest and longest number of Federal Roads in Nigeria of about 2,375 km of which 2,138km representing 90% are in deplorable state and are now death traps, making it difficult for motorists to ply without recording accidents leading loss of lives and enormous damage to vehicles;

Also notes that contracts have been awarded to different construction firms for the reconstruction of most of those roads such as Bida-Lambata, Minna-Suleja, Mokwa-Tegina-Makera-Kaduna with completion periods stretching over 18 to 36 months, but the contract periods for these road projects had since elapsed and the work-done so far hasn't exceeded 20% completion; Worried that the Bida-Mina Truck Broad, which was constructed by Niger State Government has been overstretched by the movements of heavy-duty vehicles which have diverted to it as a result of the poor state of federal roads in the state and as a result has itself, also deteriorated;

Acknowledges that Niger State is a gateway and the major link between the Northern and South-Western parts of Nigeria, thus, if the reconstruction works are not accelerated, in the not too distant future, those major parts of the country may be completely cut-off from each other; Informed that statistics from the Niger State Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) showed that between January and September 2016, about 147 people lost their lives and 915 persons were injured in 361 road accidents in the State; in 2017, not less than 516 road crashes were recorded that resulted in 197 deaths while in 2018, 476 crashes resulting in 289 deaths, were recorded;

Concerned that in addition to the adverse effects of the poor state of the roads, kidnappings and armed robberies, loss of vital man-hours are recorded daily, thus, adversely affecting the growth of a developing economy like Nigeria’s; Aware that the key to economic growth and development in any nation is the provision of basic infrastructure such as good road network;

Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on the appalling condition of its roads in Niger State;

(ii) ​Mandate the Committee on Works to interface with the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing on the state of Federal Roads in Niger State to ensure their reconstruction;

(ii) Also urge the Federal Government to include in the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) reconstruction of Federal roads in Niger State, thereby making urgent provision of 50 Billion Naira special intervention to complete the reconstruction of the three

(3) Critical roads namely Suleja-Minna, Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani-Tegina-Kaduna; and Bida-Lambata roads in view of their economic importance to the country. Debate Rep. Abdullahi moved a motion on the urgent need to rehabilitate the deplorable roads in Niger State and it was seconded by Rep. Buba Yakub.

As an infrastructure-related motion, it was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committee of the House. 9. Incidence of Fire Disaster at Global System Mobile Communications (GSM) Market in Maiduguri: rep. Abdulkadir Rahis: The House: Notes that the popular Maiduguri GSM Market was razed down by fire on the night of Thursday 31 October 2019, destroying goods and equipment worth hundreds of millions of naira; Aware that the market was the major hub for sales and repairs of GSM and other Information and Communications Technology (ICT) equipment and accessories in Maiduguri and indeed Borno State and it was also serving as a training facility for budding technicians in the GSM and ICT industry; Worried that the unfortunate incident is a major setback as it robbed the teeming youths of their employments and means of livelihoods, hence the need for a strategic intervention to bring succour to the victims;

Also aware that the current and immediate past administrations in the State have made deliberate efforts at promoting and empowering youths through ICT related activities in the Market, but the scope of the inferno now called for the intervention of the Federal Government;

Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) to provide assistance urgently to the traders and technicians to enable them to recoup their losses;

(ii) Send a delegation to commiserate with the victims and the Government of Borno State; (iii) Mandate the Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness to ensure implementation. Debate Rep. Rahis moved the motion on the fire incident that engulfed and ravaged the Maiduguri market and it was seconded by Rep. Ali Adeyemi. Leading the debate, Rep. Rahis stated that fire razed down the market causing devastation that led to the loss of the livelihoods of numerous people, leaving them helpless and vulnerable. He called on the House to ensure action is taken to rehabilitate them.

As a disaster-related motion, it was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committee of the House. 10. Call for Humanitarian Aid to Victims of Flood in Ibi Local Government Area of Taraba State: Rep. Usman Danjuma Shiddi: The House: Notes with concern that Dampar District of Ibi Local Government Area of Taraba State located at the south bank of River Benue was overrun by devastating flood on 26 October, 2019 after a heavy downpour which resulted in the overflow of the Banks of River Benue; Concerned that more than 10,000 persons have been displaced and over 200 houses and farmlands were been damaged by the flood; Aware that the victims of the flood are now taking refuge in Ibi town and some other neighbouring villages in Wukari without proper shelter, health care and food; Worried that the victims are now exposed to health hazards and undue social exploitation as a result of the flooding;

Resolves to: (i) Urge the Ministry of Federal Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) to send relief materials and other forms of humanitarian aid to the victims; (ii) Mandate the Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness to ascertain the state of affairs and extent of damage caused by the flood and proffer recommendations on measures to prevent reoccurrence. Debate Rep. Shiddi moved a motion on the need for assistance for people that suffered displacement and destruction of properties by the flood and it was seconded by Rep. Richard Gbande. As a disaster-related motion, it was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committees of the House.

11. Insecurity in Maru/Bungudu Federal Constituency, Zamfara State Rep. Shehu Ahmed The House: Notes that Zamfara State has been bedevilled by the menace of security challenges in the last eight years with attendant consequences on food security and employment; Also notes that Maru LGA is one of the Local Government Areas with the largest landmass in Nigeria with a population of over 70,000 inhabitants and also shares boundaries in the west with Kebbi and Niger States and to the South, Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State and Dandume in Katsina State; Aware that Maru/Bungudu Federal Constituency has a thick forest which serves as a haven for criminals and despite the increasing criminal activities in Zamfara State, there is very low presence of security personnel in the State and as the Police presence could be put at the ratio of 1 policeman to over 5,000 persons in the constituency, making it below the United Nation’s standard of 1 policeman to 400 citizens;

Resolves to: (i) Urge the Inspector–General of Police to upgrade the Maru Divisional Police station to the status of an Area command as well as establish a Mobile Police (MOPOL) squadron Unit in Dansadau Emirate to complement the Police Divisions in Maru/Bungudu Federal Constituency;

(ii) Also, urge the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to deploy more personnel to the Constituency to check the activities of criminals; (iii) Mandate the Committees on Police Affairs and Interior to ensure implementation. Debate Rep. Ahmed moved the motion on the rising and persistent indices of insecurity in Zamfara state.

The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committee of the House. 12. Need to Ascertain the Degree of Implementation of the Requirement of Local Content in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Rep. Kolade Victor Akinjo:

The House: Notes that the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGIC) Act was enacted to promote indigenous participation in the management and control of the Oil and Gas Industry; Aware that in 2002, the National Committee on Local Content Development (NCLCD) discovered that local participation in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria was less than 5%, meaning that 95% of the then yearly expenditure of about $8 billion left the country through capital flight; Also aware that the National Committee on Local Content Development (NCLCD) proposed an initial target of 40% by 2005 and 60% by 2010 for aggregate local content value in the oil and gas industry from all the categories;

Further notes that the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) was created to regulate and monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Act and ensure that the oil and gas companies comply with the local content practice in the industry; Observes that many Nigerians who worked and gained experiences in International Oil Companies (IOCs) among others have established own oil and gas outfits. Convinced that the Act provides that there should be a preference for Nigerian companies whenever a bid is made for a license, permit or contract in the industry; Conscious that the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) and the Petroleum Training Institute (P.T.I.) were established to train Nigerians as professionals to meet the labour force demands of the oil and gas industry; Also conscious that the PTDF, through its Overseas Scholarship Scheme (OSS), has trained over 2417 M.Sc. and 642 Ph. D students while 897 students received training through its Local Scholarship Scheme (LSS); Acknowledges that 1% of total contract sums awarded in the upstream sector is placed in the Nigerian Content Development Fund established to fund the development of local content in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry;

Also acknowledges that the oil and gas sector accounts for about 35% of Nigeria’s GDP and 90% of foreign exchange earnings and as a result, If Nigeria achieves local content compliance of about 60%, then Nigeria’s economy will achieve a major boost on account of the oil and gas sector; Concerned that despite the benefits accruing to indigenous oil and gas firms from the NOGIC Act, there is still a low involvement of indigenous companies in the industry; Also concerned that the NOGIC Act has a threshold that applies to projects of $1,000,000 (one million US dollars) and above, yet the targets stipulated in the Act are far from being met; Disturbed that since 2010, the Nigerian Content Development Board has not transmitted a review of the local content schedule in the NOGIC Act to the National Assembly as stipulated in Section 102 of the Act; Observes that Indonesia, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, Angola and Brazil, through specific legislation have had local content successes and Brazil, in particular, the average local content commitments resulting from bid rounds has increased from 27% to over 84%;

Recognizes that in Angola, the local content target has been met for unskilled workers and has been exceeded for midlevel staff while in Malaysia, the utilization of the local content in upstream oil and gas projects is over 54.15%; Worried that Angola, Brazil, Malaysia among others have achieved higher local content levels than Nigeria even though all four countries discovered oil about 60 years ago and despite 9 years of implementation of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act (NOGIC), Nigeria is still importing over 70% of goods and services in the offshore and deepwater projects while also failing to meet the obligation of providing 100% of goods and services for land and swamp operations by Nigerian indigenous businesses; Resolves to: Mandate the Committee on Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring to:

(i) investigate the implementation of local content in line with the provisions of the NOGICD Act in the oil and gas sector to determine the degree of compliance with the Nigerian Oil and Gas Content Development Act (NOGICD) by the Industry;

(ii) investigate the extent of the utilization of the 1% NCF in capacity building, human capital development, project implementation, especially in the catchment areas and value addition in the industry. Debate Rep. Akinjo moved the motion on the need to ascertain the degree of implementation of the requirements of the local content in the oil and gas industry and it was seconded by Rep. Ibrahim Aliyu. In leading the debate Rep. Akinjo decried the low level of implementation of the Local Content Development Act and he seeks legal bite to the Act.

The motion seeks to call the attention of the House for the need to strengthen the Act through the relevant legislation. The motion is geared to enhance employment and improve the oil industry for the benefit of Nigerians. Rep. Akinjo called for the proper application of the 1% derivation levy for local content development. As an investigative motion, it was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committee of the House.

13. Need to Investigate the Non-Repayment of $7 Billion from Nigeria's Foreign Reserves Disbursed to 14 Global Asset Managers and 14 Nigerian Banks by the Central Bank of Nigeria Since 2006 Rep. Abubakar Yunusa Ahmad The House Notes that sometime in 2006, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) disbursed $7Billion USD of Nigeria's $38.07 Billion USD foreign reserves to 14 Global Asset Managers and their

14 Nigerian Banks local partners to manage; Also notes that the 14 Global Asset Managers and their Nigerian counterparts are: Black Rock and Union Bank Nigeria Plc, J.P. Morgan Chase and Zenith Bank Plc; H.S.B.C. and First Bank of Nigeria Plc; BNP Paribas and Intercontinental Bank Plc; USB and United Bank for Africa; Credit Suisse and IBTC Chartered Bank Plc; Morgan Stanley and GTB Plc; Fortis and Bank PHB Plc; Cominvest and Oceanic Bank Plc; ING and Ecobank Plc; Bank of the New York and Stanbic Bank Plc; and Crown Agents and Diamond Bank Plc; Aware that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) gave each Asset Manager and its Nigerian Bank Counterpart $500 Million USD from the nation's foreign reserves to manage; Concerned that of the 14 Nigerian Banks that received the said funds about six of them namely; Oceanic Bank, Intercontinental Bank, Bank PHB, FIN Bank, AfriBank, and very recently Diamond Bank Plc were merged/acquired by other Banks under the oversight of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN);

Again aware that the assets and liabilities of the six merged/acquired banks have been legally acquired as part of the legacies of the defunct Banks. Worried that after13 years, Nigeria's hard-earned $7 Billion USD foreign reserve has not been repaid to the Central Bank of Nigeria and there is no action put in place to ensure repayment of the funds. Resolves to: Mandate the Committee on Banking and Currency to investigate the details of the disbursed funds by the Central Bank of Nigeria to the Banks and the continued non-repayment of same 13 years after disbursement, as well as determine the terms and conditions of the disbursement to ascertain, if the terms and conditions have been complied with, as it relates to repayment of the fund and report back within eight (8) weeks for further legislative action.

Debate Rep. Yunusa moved the motion on the need to investigate the non-remittance of the funds and it was seconded by Rep. Mohammed Jega. Rep. Yunusa in his explanation expressed curiosity as to why after the publication of the perceived mismanagement of the public funds was made, there was no debunking of the case and even 13 years after, there have been no known efforts for recovery of the public funds. He also wondered if the funds were used by the banks to meet their recapitalization requirements as demanded by the Central Bank of Nigeria during the stated period without due legislative appropriation. As an investigative motion, it was voted on, adopted and referred to the Committee on banking and currency. ___________

Adjournment:

The House adjourned plenary till Tuesday, 12th, November 2019 by 11:00 A.M following a motion for adjournment moved by the Deputy Leader of the House, Rep. Peter Akpatason and seconded by the Chief Whip, Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno.

Courtesy: Media Unit,

Office of the Honourable Speaker, House of Representatives.

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