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Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Thursday, November 28th, 2019. The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila presiding.

Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Thursday, November 28th, 2019. The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila presiding.

After leading the opening prayer, the Speaker went on to examine and approve the votes and proceedings for Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

______________________________ COMMUNICATION FROM THE PRESIDENT

1. Requiring the National Assembly to consider and approve the 2016-2018 external borrowing plan. Referred to the House Committee on Aids and loans. 2. Transmission of the companies and allied matters Bill 2019 for consideration and passage into Law by the National Assembly. Referred to the House Committee on Commerce.

______________________________ MATTERS OF PERSONAL EXPLANATION

The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila announced that commencing from Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 there would be a 15 minutes break for Members to be able to pray at the mosque and for anyone who wants to refresh themselves Ito void missing plenary. The time for a break would be from 13:00 - 13:15. The motion was moved by the Deputy Leader of the House, Rep. Peter Akpatason and seconded by the Minority Leader Rep. Ndudi Elumelu. The motion was voted on and adopted

______________________________ PETITION 1. Rep. Francis Waive laid a petition from a complainant whose father served in the Nigerian army, his benefits have not been paid after his death, even though he has been dead for a long period. He seeks the intervention of the House. The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila reminded members to be careful of the type of petitions their constituents bring before the House, so that the House is not seen to infringe on the separation of powers on either the executive or judicial arms of government, as the legislature would not condone any abuse on its powers. 2. Rep. Yakubu Barde laid a petition on behalf of 23 families whose compensation for their farmlands that was issued to the Nigerian prisons has not been paid, and other farmlands are still being encroached upon, they sought the intervention of the House in resolving the issue. The petitions were referred to the Committee on Public Petitions

______________________________ MATTERS OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

1. Rep. Kolawole Lawal moved a motion on the need for the inclusion of gas resources in the offshore contracts program and it was seconded by Rep. Babajimi Benson. Rep. Lawal stated that the program as it is presently is devoid of plans for gas sales and this shows lack of transparency. He urged the federal government to review the terms of the contracts to truly evaluate the current pricing of gas in the sector to boost revenue in the contract.

The motion was voted on and adopted. 2. Rep. Abbas Tajudeen moved a motion on the urgent need for the House to intervene between ASSU and the federal government on the issue of ASSU refusing to join the IPPIS program and it was seconded by Rep. Olumide Abiodun. Rep. Abbas expressed worry that the attitude of ASSU to the program has led to the union threatening industrial action which would then add to the hardship of students and parents. He called on the committees on finance and education to intervene on the issue.

The motion was voted on and adopted. 3. Rep. Gudaji Kazaure moved a motion on the urgent need for the House and the federal government to make a workable arrangement on the proposal of the recruitment of 10,000 personnel for the Nigerian security and civil defense corps and it was seconded by Rep. Ali Abdullahi. Rep. Kazaure wondered why the proposed number was then scaled down to 5,000 personnel from the initial 10,000. This he said was worrisome as the size of unemployed youth in the nation is staggering, siting that many of the cases of banditry, kidnapping and insecurity in the nation are direct fallouts of the high unemployment situation in the nation.

He urged the federal government to revert the number to the initially proposed 10,000 personnel, and that the House committees on finance, appropriation, finance, interior and budget and national planning to ensure the funds for the program is captured in the 2020 budget. Rep. Kazaure stated that politicians should remember the promises they made to the electorate such as the provision of employment during the campaigns and redeem them. Rep. Nasir Ahmed stated that the fact that over 3 million youth applied for the vacancy of 10,000 places shows the Nigerian youth are hungry to be engaged.

He pointed out that the ripple effect of giving 10,000 individuals gainful employment cannot be overemphasized. He called on members to support the motion. Rep. Shehu Koko pointed out that job creation is a fundamental anchor for peaceful coexistence in any society. He called for an investigation into why the initial figure was cut down by half despite the approval by the president. Rep. Toby Okechukwu stated that the issue of getting Nigerians gainfully engaged should be paramount to any progressive government. He reminded the federal government of its promise to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty and urged the leadership to work towards this. He blamed the springing up of different restive groups localized in all geographical sections of the country on prevailing youth unemployment and the resultant increase in poverty.

Rep. Abdulganiyu Olododo praised the motion and linked its importance to the Bill raised by the Speaker to increase the ratio of the national budget earmarked for capital expenditure to 40%. Rep. Olododo bemoaned the high level of insecurity in the nation, he called for the employment of the personnel to help tackle the spate of insecurity. Rep. Leke Abejide moved an amendment to include the Nigerian customs service in the prayer of the motion as they too had cut down the number of the officers they had earlier proposed for employment and it was adopted.

Rep. Toby Okechukwu proposed a further amendment to urge the federal government to create the enabling environment for the employment, but it wasn't adopted. The motion was voted on and passed. The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila after the ruling commended Rep. Kazaure for the motion. The Speaker stated that he had feared that the motion would be in contradiction with the Bill passed to increase capital expenditure in the national budget to 40% but there is a delicate balance of possibility of both working in tandem when applied well, especially when leakages are plugged. 4. Rep. Dennis Idahosa moved a motion on the urgent need to commence rehabilitation on the collapsed Ovia bridge which has been submerged and eroded and it was seconded by Rep. Henry Archibong. Rep. Idahosa called on FERMA and the ministry of works to rehabilitate the bridge and that the House committee on legislative compliance to ensure compliance as the residents of the area have been going through untold hardship while commuting due to its collapse. As an infrastructure-related motion, it was voted on and adopted.

______________________________ PRESENTATION OF BILLS

1. International Studies (Regulation) Bill, 2019 (HB. 448) (Rep. Sergius Ose Ogun) – First Reading.

2. Public Officers International Medical Treatment Trips (Registration) Bill, 2019 (HB. 449) Rep. Sergius Ose Ogun) – First Reading.

3. Nigeria Sports Anti-Doping Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2019(HB. 534) (Rep. Jimoh O. Abdulraheem) – First Reading.

4. Display and Use of National Flag and Coat of Arms Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.535) (Rep. Sam I. Onuigbo) – First Reading.

5. Federal Universities of Agriculture Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.536) (Rep. Sam I. Onuigbo) – First Reading.

6. Criminal Confiscation and Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Bill, 2019 (HB.537) (Rep. Dozie F. Nwankwo) – First Reading.

7. Civil Forfeiture and Management of Proceeds of Crime Bill, 2019 (HB.538) (Rep. Dozie F. Nwankwo) – First Reading.

8. Federal University of Education, Katsina-Ala, Benue State (Establishment) Bill, 2019 (HB.539) (Rep. Richard I. Gbande) – First Reading.

9. Passport (miscellaneous Provision) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.541) (Rep. Jimoh O. Abdulraheem) – First Reading.

10. Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB. 542) (Rep. Ibrahim A. Isiaka) – First Reading. 11. National Infrastructure Management and Maintenance Bill, 2019 (HB. 542) (Rep. Ben Igbakpa) – First Reading.

____________________________ PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

1. Committee on Finance: Hon. James Abiodun Faleke: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Finance on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Companies Income Tax Act, the Value Added Tax Act, the Customs and Excise Tariff etc. (Consolidation) Act, the Personal Income Tax Act, the Capital Gains Tax Act, the Stamp Duties Act and the Petroleum Profit Tax Act to Provide for the Review of Tax Provisions and make them more Responsive to Tax Reform; and for Related Matters (HB. 423) (Referred: 13/11/2019). The report was laid

2. Ad-hoc Committee Report to Interface with Relevant Agencies and visit Bama/Ngala/Kala Balge of Borno State: Rep. Igariwey Iduma Enwo: “That the House do receive the Report of the Ad-hoc Committee to Interface with Relevant Agencies as well as visit Bama/Ngala/Kala Balge of Borno State to Ascertain the Level of Humanitarian and Infrastructural Situation so as to Proffer Sustainable Solution to the Crisis” (Referred: 24/7/2019). The report was laid

__________________________________ ORDERS OF THE DAY BILLS

1. A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Smooth and Orderly Transfer of Power from one Government to Another; and for Related Matters (HB. 03) – Third Reading. Debate Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Ndudi Elumelu. The Bill was voted on, approved for third reading, the Clerk read the long title and it was passed.

2. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Labour Act, Cap. L1, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to make further provisions for the Compulsory Registration of all Foreign Employers of Labour in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 05) – Third Reading. Debate Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Ndudi Elumelu. The Bill was voted on, approved for third reading, the Clerk read the long title and it was passed.

3. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Environmental Health Officers (Registration, etc.) Act, No. 11, 2002 to give the Council more Professional Outlook; and for Related Matters (HB. 44) – Third Reading. Debate Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Ndudi Elumelu. The Bill was voted on, approved for third reading, the Clerk read the long title and it was passed.

4. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Animal Health Husbandry Technologists Registration Board of Nigeria to Regulate the Practice of Animal Health and Husbandry Technologists in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 374) – Third Reading. Debate Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Ndudi Elumelu. The Bill was voted on, approved for third reading, the Clerk read the long title and it was passed.

5. A Bill for an Act to Prohibit the Killing and Exportation of Donkeys or their Carcasses or Derivatives out of Nigeria given their Depletion in numbers; the threat of Extinction, and their Aesthetic, Ecological, Historical, Recreational and Scientific Values to the Nigerian Nation and its People and use particularly in Rural Transportation; and for Related Matters (HB. 108) – Third Reading. Debate Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Ndudi Elumelu. The Bill was voted on, approved for third reading, the Clerk read the long title and it was passed.

6. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Border Communities Development Agency Act, Cap. B10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to enlarge the scope of its Coverage; and for Related Matters (HB.333) (Rep. Kolawole Lawal) - Second Reading. Debate Rep. Lawal moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Sununu. In leading the debate Rep. Lawal stated that the Bill seeks to amend certain sections of the existing Act to widen the scope of engagement of the border communities development agency and further strengthen it to operate more efficiently. The Bill was voted on, passed for second reading and referred to the Committee on Special Duties.

_______________________________ MOTIONS

7. Call for Construction of Yola-Song-Little/Gombi-Mubi-Gulak 132KVD/C Transmission line in Adamawa State: Rep. Ja'afar Abubakar Magaji​​​​ Rep. Zakaria Nyampa Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub. The House: Notes that the Federal Government in December, 2011 awarded a contract for the Construction of Yola-Song-Little Gombi-Mubi-Gulak 132kv D/C Transmission line in Adamawa State to Messrs Skipper Nigeria Ltd at the sum of N3, 333, 744, 336 .63 (three billion three hundred and thirty-three million, seven hundred and forty-four thousand, three hundred and thirty-six naira, sixty-three kobo) only with the completion period in March, 2014 but later revised to June, 2016 and March, 2018 respectively; Also notes that the sum of N281,531,713.65 (Two Hundred and Eighty-One Million, Five Hundred and Thirty-One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirteen Naira, Sixty-Five Kobo was paid as part payment; Aware that Messrs Skipper Nigeria Ltd mobilized men and materials to the site, and commenced work but later abandoned the site on the ground of lack of budgetary allocation since 2013 for the continuation of the project;

Worried that the delay in completion of the contract is adversely affecting the economic activities and development of the areas. Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Power to direct the Contractor to move back to site and continue the execution of the contract or return the advanced payment he had earlier collected; (ii) Mandate the Committees on Power and Appropriations to ensure provision of funds in the 2020 budget estimates for completion of the contract. Debate Rep. Magaji moved the motion on the construction of Yola-Song-Little/Gombi-Mubi-Gulak 132KVD/C Transmission line in Adamawa State and it was seconded by Rep. Haruna Dederi. As an infrastructure-related motion, it was voted on and adopted.

8. Need to Curb the Rising Incidences of Building Collapse in Nigeria: Rep. Wale Raji.​​​ Rep. Chinedu E. Martins. The House: Informed of the collapse of a two-storey building in Surulere Lagos State on October 25, 2019, in which five persons were rescued and an earlier incident in Magodo area of Lagos State on October 12, 2019, which claimed the lives of a mother and her three children, leaving at least six others injured; Notes that the incidences of building collapse across the country have reached alarming proportion, with on less than 60 cases within the last 4 years, according to a report by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, resulting in the tragic loss of lives and destruction of property; Recalls the collapse of a three-storey building that was housing a primary school in Ita Faji area of Lagos Island on March 13, 2019, causing the death of 16 persons; also on November 23 2018, a seven-storey building under construction collapsed in port Harcourt causing the death of 13 persons;

Acknowledges that on December 10, 2016 the roof of Reigners Bible Church International, Uyo caved in during a service programme killing about 200 persons and on September 12, 2014 a six storey building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed, killing 116 people; Observes that the frequent cases of building collapse can be attributed to negligence on the part of contractors, client and professionals, faulty designs, lack of professional supervision and adherence to the Building code, lack of effectiveness of government agencies responsible for monitoring building procurement and construction processes, quackery at pre and post contract stages and the use of substandard materials, among others;

Aware that it is the primary responsibility of government to protect lives and properties and respond to a myriad of planning and environment challenges facing its citizens by ensuring that the menace of building collapse is controlled and eventually eliminated; Worried by the report of the Building Collapse Prevention Guild, an umbrella body of all construction professionals in the country, that there are thousands of other buildings across the country waiting to collapse due to mass urbanization and lack of targeted intervention by governments at all levels; Conscious of the urgent need to address the menace of building collapse and sub-standard construction prevalent in the country to avert losses both in human lives and properties occasioned by the avoidable malaise;

Resolves to: (i) urge the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to implement the National Building Code in order to regulate construction in the country and safeguard lives and properties of citizens;

(ii) Also urge the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) to sanitize the building materials sector to get rid of sub-standard goods in the markets;

(iii) Further urge the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) and the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) to ensure proper supervision of workmen and to further carry out sensitization campaigns to enlighten the public on the need to use quality materials and professionals in the construction of buildings;

(iv) Call on the Federal Ministry of Work and Housing to liaise with the Building Collapse Prevention Guild to carry out an assessment of buildings prone to collapse in order to alert residents and avert impending loss of lives and properties;

(v) Again urge the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) and other professional bodies to investigate and penalize their members involved in cases of building collapse; (vi) Mandate the Committees on Works and, Housing and Habitat to ensure implementation. Debate Rep. Raji moved the motion on the need to curb the incidence of building collapse in Nigeria and it was seconded by Rep. Ashiru Mani. As an infrastructure-related motion, it was voted on and adopted.

9. Need to Rehabilitate Federal Roads in Ado-Odo/Ota Federal Constituency of Ogun State: Rep. Jimoh Olusola Ojugbele: The House: Notes that Ado-Odo/Ota is the industrial hub of the nation due to the large concentration of industries in the area, and is greatly involved in revenue generation for Ogun State and Nigeria as a whole; Also notes that some of the firms operating in the area include Nestle Food Plc, Glaxo Smith lime, Unilever, GZI, Eko Supreme, Pharma Deko, Beloxi, Nigerian Breweries, Honda Nigeria Plc., Nigerian Distilleries Ltd, De-United Food (Indomie), International Distilleries, Nycil Ltd, Evans Pharmaceutical Beta Glass and Obasanjo Farm Nigeria Ltd;

Aware that good road infrastructure is crucial to the development of the nation as it facilitates smooth conduct of business within and across the States, thus activating quick revenue generation; Concerned that in spite of the huge revenue generated by the industries in Ado-Odo/Ota Federal Constituency of Ogun State, the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Road, the Atan-Lusada-Agbara road, -the Sango-Atan-Idiroko Road, Ado-Odo-Ikoga Road all in Ado-Ota/Ota, Federal Constituency of Ogun State are in deplorable condition; Also concerned that the dilapidated state of the roads is resulting in a meltdown of economic activities in the areas due to heavy traffic congestion, hampering conveyance of industrial materials and manufactured goods in and out of the factories and other states in the Federation;

Worried that due to the deplorable condition of the roads, commuters are undergoing untold hardships due to the wear and tear on their vehicles, as well as associated risks to their lives and properties with regards to the numerous accidents being experienced on the roads on a daily basis; Again worried that on Thursday, November 14, a tanker conveying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from Lagos depot to Ogun State fell off the highway, leading to loss of lives and properties on the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Expressway;

Again worried that if urgent measures are not taken to rehabilitate the dilapidated roads in Ado-Odo/Ota, Federal Constituency accidents involving vehicles carrying highly inflammable contents would portend grave consequences to Ogun State and Nigeria as a whole; Believes that rehabilitation of the roads will improve the wellbeing of the people as well as boost economic activities in Ado-Odo/Ota Federal Constituency, thus increasing revenue generation and improving the economy of the State and Nigeria at large.

Resolves to:

(i) Observe a minute of silence in respect of those who lost their lives to the tragic accident along the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Expressway;

(ii) Urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to victims of the November 14 disaster at Ota;

(iii) Also Urge the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to, as a matter of urgency, commence rehabilitation of Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Road, Atan-Lusada-Agbararoad-Sango-Atan-Idiroko Road, Ado-Odo-Ikoga Road in Ogun State;

(iv) Mandate the Committees on FERMA and Emergency and Disaster Preparedness to ensure implementation. Debate Rep. Ojugbele moved the motion on the need to rehabilitate federal roads in Ado-Odo/Ota federal constituency of Ogun State. As an infrastructure-related motion, it was voted on and adopted.

10. Need for Police Personnel on Highway Patrol to be dressed in Police Uniform and Properly Number their Patrol Vehicles: Rep. Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims: The House: Notes that the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force usually carry out "Stop and Search" exercises on highways to reduce the spate of robbery and kidnapping incidents on the highways;

Also notes that the policemen on highway patrol appear differently from one checkpoint to another as some do not wear any means of identification such as names tag, uniforms, berets, boots, etc. which makes it difficult for citizens to identify them, thereby on occasions, mistaking them for armed robbers; Concerned that some of the vehicles used by the policemen on highway patrols are neither properly painted in Nigeria Police colours nor are they properly numbered, thereby not providing clear means of ascertaining the Police division they belong to;

Also concerned that because of this uncertainty, men of the underworld often take advantage of the situation to ambush unsuspecting Nigerians on the highways and rob them of their valuables, inflicting untold fear and sufferings and sometimes killing or kidnapping innocent people; Convinced that if proper uniforms with identification tags are made compulsory for policemen on patrol and their patrol vehicles properly numbered, it would be easier for motorists and other road users to clearly differentiate miscreants from legitimate officers on highway patrol duties;

Resolves to: Mandate the Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the practice of policemen on highway duties not dressing properly with a view to taking necessary measures to curb this unprofessional practice within the system and report back within four (4) weeks for further legislative action. Debate Rep. Halims moved the motion on the need for police personnel on the highway patrol to be dressed in police uniform and to have proper number identification on their patrol vehicles and it was seconded by Rep. Kabiru Rurum.

Rep. Rotimi Agunsoye in speaking against some aspects of the motion stated that there are instances where hoodlums use police gear to inflict harm on an unsuspecting public.

The Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila called for balance on this view as some armed robbers also use plain clothes to inflict harm, it presents a bigger issue when police manning checkpoints on the highway are clad in plain clothes and unsuspecting individuals are caught in between. The uniform; the Speaker stated is a symbol of authority that should be put on. He stated that a law that states that individuals should not stop for personnel In plainclothes at checkpoints should be put in place so that it is clear who they are stopping for. The motion was voted on and adopted.

11. Need to Provide Enabling Environment for the Adoption of Green Energy Technology through Duty Waivers to encourage wider access to Solar Energy in Nigeria. Rep. Johnson Egwakhide Oghuma​ The House: Notes that in 2015, the world adopted the Paris Agreement on Climate Change which is aimed at reducing global carbon footprint by 20 percent, with Nigeria being one of the signatories is committed to the reduction of its carbon footprint substantially in line with this global drive for a cleaner and healthier environment. Also notes that a few years later, there has been remarkable improvements and positive developments in the area of renewable energy with global investments increasing by 17 percent and a rise in global electricity generation by 9.1 percent;

Aware that current global trends indicate an increasing investment in renewable energy by developing countries through the provision of enabling policies and programs to encourage wider access and application of alternative energy technology especially solar and wind technologies, unfortunately, Nigerian government policies in this direction have not been encouraging; Also aware that success being recorded in curbing greenhouse gas emissions is estimated to account for an avoidance of 1.3 gigatonnes, success is due to the rising awareness worldwide on the importance of Clean Energy;

Again aware that Nigeria with its huge potentials for solar energy can achieve a reduction of about 31 million tons of greenhouse gas emission by the year 2030 if it seriously encourages the greater adoption of alternative/renewable energy; Cognizant that investment in this sector comes with other economic advantages such as direct or indirect employment; reduction in expenditure on fossil fuels and electricity bills, protection of biodiversity, increasing available energy sources, attracting advance technology at decreased costs through the economies of scale;

Conscious that providing the enabling environment will not only ensure increased access to more sources of the power supply but will also encourage the transfer of renewable energy technology in Nigeria; Worried that the cost of renewable energy technologies, particularly solar technology in Nigeria is still very expensive and out of the reach of ordinary Nigerians; Appreciates the need for Nigeria to join the group of progressive countries working towards mitigating global warming by adopting alternative and renewable energy technologies,

Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Federal Government to provide special incentives through duty waivers or tariff reductions on imported renewable energy equipment like solar panels, inverters, batteries, LED bulbs etc. while encouraging investments in Climate-smart energy projects;

(ii) Mandate the Committees on Environment and Climate Change to interface with the Ministries of Environment, Finance, Science and Technology and the Energy Commission of Nigeria with a view to coming up with policies/programmes that will encourage alternative/renewable energy development to reduce global warming and report back within eight (8) weeks for further legislative action.

Debate Rep. Oghuma moved the motion on the need to provide an enabling environment for the adoption of green energy technology through duty waivers to encourage wider access to solar energy in Nigeria and it was seconded by Rep. Abubakar Yalleman. Rep. Oghuma in leading the debate stated that the motion is born out of love for the need to adapt to the reality of climate change effects in all regions of the nation. He called for the reduction of fossil fuel and carbon gas emissions which contribute to rising heat waves, erosion and even desertification in the north. He called for the implementation of more eco-friendly and green alternative sources of energy.

Rep. Oghuma also called for the waiving of taxes, levies and tariffs by the federal government on the procurement for the usage of such eco-friendly and green alternative sources of energy to be able to implement the spirit of the motion. The motion was voted on and adopted. 12. Need to Investigate the Alleged Violation of Labour Laws by International Oil Companies: Rep. Benjamin Okezie Kalu.

The House: Aware that Nigeria, as a member of the International Labour Organization (ILO), has ratified 40 international labour conventions and has through the National Assembly, enacted the Labour Act, among other labour-related laws, by which Nigeria is sworn to protecting the rights of workers in the country; Also aware of the ugly trend of work in formalization or casualization in the oil and gas sector by International Oil Companies (lACS) leading to uncertainty of employment for thousands of workers who are constrained to operate under very precarious conditions with near-total denial of the benefits associated with permanent and decent work;

Again aware of a report published by the Campaign for Democratic Workers Rights pegged the number of casual workers in the Nigerian workforce at 45%, and also stated that 50% of the burden of casualisation exists in the downstream oil and gas sub-sectors of the economy, telecommunications, banking, construction, mining and some other workplaces; Notes that since the early 2000s, the Nigerian oil sector has suffered the effects of incessant disputes between International Oil Companies (IOCs) and organized labour unions over allegations of unfair labour practices levied against IOCs as a result of which, on several occasions, the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) had planned industrial actions which had threatened nationwide fuel scarcity and hurt the economy as Nigeria stands to lose over N100bn per day in the event of an industrial strike action by NUPENG;

Recalls that sometime in July 2018, in light of the frequency of those allegations, the federal government announced a plan to reform the process of granting and renewing recruiters license to labour contractors with the aim of ensuring adherence to expatriate quotas and eschewing unfair labour practices, despite allegations of unfair labour practices by IOCs still abound; Further aware of a statement by the leadership of NUPENG after a recent meeting of their Central Working Committee (CWC) in Lagos, where fresh allegations were levied against IOCs for:

(i) Flagrantly flouting local and international labour laws;

(ii) Repeatedly engaging the services of unregistered and unlicensed labour contractors;

(iii) Massive exploitation and abuse of workers and instances of elopement of IOC labour contractors with contract workers' severance benefits; including in one case, Virtual Travel Network allegedly eloping with terminal benefits of 48 contract workers since 2015 and in another, Logistics Facility Affairs (LFA) contractor with Chevron Nigeria Limited allegedly absconding with workers final entitlements; and

(iv) Engaging in recruitment practices without adherence to expatriate quota and local content; Acknowledges the critical importance of good employer-employee relations to the stable production and supply of crude oil for sustainable development of the Nigerian economy in particular, and the world as a whole; Concerned that the allegations by NUPENG of unfair labour practices by IOCs threaten the industrial harmony in the oil and gas sector;

Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Honourable Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity and other appropriate Ministries, Departments and Agencies to address the challenges of exploitation and abuses of workers in the oil and gas sector;

(ii) Also urge the Honourable Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity to provide to the Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity with a performance update and report concerning plan to reform the process of granting and renewing recruiters license to labour contractors as announced in July 2018; and

(iii) Mandate the Committee Labour, Employment and Productivity to investigate the allegations of violation of labour laws by International Oil Companies, including the casualization of labour, and report back within 4 (four) weeks for further legislative action. Debate Rep. Kalu moved the motion on the need to investigate the alleged violation of labor Laws by International oil companies and it was seconded by Rep. Adebayo Balogun.

Rep. Kalu expressed pain at the plight of Nigerians in the employ of some international companies who have little regard for the human conditions of local employees. He called for the strengthening of labor Laws to cover the interest of casual workers so they can benefit from being engaged in these companies. He also called for the implementation of the standards for licenses obtained for the operation of international companies in Nigeria. Rep. Kalu called on the committees on local content, gas, petroleum upstream and petroleum downstream to ensure legislative compliance.

Rep. Olajide Stanley called for the application of telecommuting Laws to the motion which some international companies now employ to ship local jobs abroad. Rep. Sergius Ogun wondered why international companies bring in their foreign citizens for non-technical jobs. He called for positive steps in growing the local content position. The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant Committee of the House. 13. Illegal Disposal and Burning of Seized Badges, Boats and Vehicles in the Niger Delta Region Rep. Francis EJiroghene Waive The House;

Aware that under Nigerian laws, oil exploration and exploitation are the sole responsibility of the Federal Government and any extraction of oil without the consent of the Government is illegal; Also aware that a sizable quantity of the nation's daily production of crude oil is being extracted and diverted illegally through acts of bunkering and vandalization of pipelines by hoodlums. Again aware that these acts of illegal bunkering and oil theft have affected the environment negatively, leading to loss of billions of naira in public funds that could have been used for the growth and development of the country;

Notes that the law enforcement agents are empowered under Nigerian laws to arrest every any person and seize every instrument used for illegal bunkering, including the stolen oil; Also notes that the laws did not mandate the security personnel or make provisions whatsoever on how the seized items should be disposed of; Again notes that there have been series of complaints from the Niger Delta region of illegal disposal of seized crude oil by military personnel into the river and burning of the bunkering materials, leading to an explosion, air arid water pollution. Concerned that about three months ago, some military personnel went to Warri market, upon discovering some diesel products in the market, destroyed the containers and poured the contents into the drainage in the market and suddenly fire broke out;

Cognizant that in January 2019, military operatives launched an offensive against some vandals, setting ablaze over 50 vehicles found to be carrying stolen oil products at their checkpoint along Okpare Road in Ughelii South Local Government Area of Delta State; Further aware that the site of the incident at the Okpare Road has since been abandoned, but the petroleum product litters the environment and is destroying the entire habitat; Also concerned that the manner in which the seized items are disposed of is not only harmful but dangerous and the security personnel carry out their actions without considering the environmental impact of such activities on the communities and the people;

Again concerned that the act of burning the bunkering materials and disposal of seized crude oil into the rivers pollutes the natural resources, against the environmental laws of the country and also destroys the source of livelihood of the people. Resolves to: (i) Urge the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Staff and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) to immediately stop the method of disposal of seized crude Oil by the military; (ii) Further urge the National Environmental Standards and Regulatory Agency (NESREA) to cause discontinuation of the current method that Military Personnel use in disposing of seized crude oil; (iii) Mandate the Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness to investigate the matter and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.

Debate Rep. Waive moved the motion on the illegal disposal and burning of seized badges, boats and vehicles in the Niger Delta region and it was seconded by Rep. Simon Mwadkwon. In leading the debate Rep. Waive expressed concern that the situation as it now provides a dangerous and hazardous scenario for people of the region. The activities of those engaged in oil bunkering, as well as that of the task force who tackle the perpetrators, have combined to further degrade the environment and health of the people in the region. The motion was voted on and adopted.

______________________________ CONSIDERATION OF REPORT (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY)

Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila as Chairman 14. Committee on Finance: Hon. James Abiodun Faleke: “That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Finance on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Companies Income Tax Act, Value Added Tax Act, Customs and Excise Tariff etc. (Consolidation) Act, Personal Income Tax Act, Capital Gains Tax Act, Stamp Duties Act and Petroleum Profit Tax Act to Provide for the Review of Tax Provisions and make them more Responsive to Tax Reform; and for Related Matters (HB. 423) (Laid: 28/11/2019). Synopsis of the report: Rep. Faleke stated that the Bill aims to amend 7 Acts of the National Assembly listed above to support the drive of the executive arm of government in its bid to ensure the ease of doing business and eliminate double taxation. Summary of voting: Clauses voted on adopted: 1-55

______________________________ HOUSE IN PLENARY

The House reverted to plenary and adopted its decision in the Committee of supply ________________________________Adjournment: The House at 14:37 P.M adjourned plenary to Tuesday, 3rd December, 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 Rep. Johnson Oghuma

Courtesy: Media Unit,

Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives

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