1. Rep. Thomas Ereitomi laid a petition from the Itshekiri Graduates Association on the case of removing a police command from their community, they asked the House to intervene on the issue.
The petition was referred to the House Committee on Public Petitions
MOTIONS OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE
1. Rep. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha moved a motion calling for the provision of a more encompassing, and better approach to the implementation of better education service delivery for all Nigerians and it was seconded by Rep. Edem Onyidem. Rep. Onyejeocha stated that education is a constitutional right of Nigerians provided for by law as decreed by a Federal High court and hence should be fully implemented. She lamented the fact that the program is being implemented in only 17 States of the federation and should be implemented holistically. She commended the Federal government for initiating the program to address the problem of out of school children in Nigeria, she also called on the Ministry of Education to implement a holistic approach in all States of the federation, and that the House Committee on Universal Basic Education (UBE) should ensure compliance.
Rep. Nicholas Ossai called for the implementation of the program effectively before commendation is given to anyone. He also stated that the money being used for this program was not appropriated for by the National Assembly which is illegality on its own.
The Deputy Speaker, Rep. Ahmed Idris Wase stated that the Federal government should indeed be commended for addressing the glaring problems in the education sector.
The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant Committee of the House.
2. Rep. Dozie Nwankwo moved a motion on the alleged use of paracetamol to sterilize meat and bleach to process cassava in Osun state and it was seconded by Rep. Zakari Galadima.
Rep. Dozie stated that the practice of using bleach and paracetamol on food products is highly detrimental to human health. He called on the National Agency for Food and d
Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to prosecute all perpetrators of such acts. He also urged the Ministry of Health to ensure a blueprint for practices in the public food sector is available to the public for implementation, and that the House Committee on Healthcare Services should ensure compliance.
The motion was voted on and adopted.
3. Rep. Roland Igbakpa moved a motion on the need for the urgent renovation of the almost-collapsed bridge in Ethiope West constituency of Delta State which has begun claiming human lives and it was seconded by Rep. Francis Waive.
Rep. Igbakpa stated that the bridge links several communities and plays a critical socioeconomic role in the region and its dilapidated state is hazardous to lives and property as it has already claimed lives. He stated that the structural damages have made the integrity of the bridge undependable and this will lead to cutting off the area from the rest of the region. He called on the federal ministry of works and federal road maintenance agency to swiftly commence work on the rehabilitation of the bridge, and that the Nigeria Police should provide security for the people plying the bridge at all times.
The lawmaker also prayed that the House Committee on Works ensure compliance to these prayers of the motion.
As an infrastructure-related motion, it was voted on and adopted.
4. Rep. Nkole Nko Ndukwe moved a motion on the need for the Federal government to deploy more security personnel to combat the boundary dispute in the Aruchuku area of Abia state and it was seconded by Rep. Ali Mohammed.
Rep. Nkole stated that the boundary conflict has led to the death of so many individuals and if not adequately contained, could escalate to a regional crisis. He stated that it is constitutional for the federal government to deploy troops to quell such uprisings quickly, and this he is calling for. He also called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief for the victims, and that the National Boundary Commission (NBC) should demarcate the boundaries of the region to ensure such uprising does not happen again, as it has become a recurring incident. He also called on the House Committees on Police, Defense, National Security and that on Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance to the prayers of the motion.
As a disaster-related motion, it was voted on and adopted.
5. Rep. Mohammed Jega moved a motion on the urgent need to address the recent strange outbreak of farm disease in some farming communities in Kebbi state and it was seconded by Rep. Yuguda Hassan.
Rep. Jega stated that the communities are large scale farmers, especially in the production of onions and if the strange disease is not urgently addressed, it will affect the agricultural input to the National reserve and cause a breakdown of law and order in the area. He called on the ministries of agriculture and finance, as well as other relevant agencies to come to the aid of the victims. He also called on the relevant Committees of the House to ensure compliance with the prayers of the motion.
As a disaster-related motion, it was voted on, adopted and referred to the committee on agriculture.
6. Rep. Kingsley Chima moved a motion on the urgent need to save lives of a community in Imo state from a fire outbreak which originated from an oil pipeline explosion and it was seconded by Rep. Ifeanyi Momah.
Rep. Chima called on the National emergency management agency to provide relief for the victims, he called on the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) to commence the clean up of the region, and that the House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) and that on Ecological Disaster Management should ascertain the level of damage and report back to the House for further legislative action.
As a disaster-related motion, it was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committees of the House.
PRESENTATION OF BILLS
1. Central Bank of Nigeria Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB. 653) (Hon. Ademorin A. Kuye) – First Reading.
2. Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB. 654) (Hon. Oghene Emma Egoh) – First Reading.
3. Nigerian Council for Social Work (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB. 655) (Hon. Ossai N. Ossai) – First Reading.
4. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB. 656) (Hon. Olawale Tasir Raji) – First Reading.
5. National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB. 657) (Hon. Olawale Tasir Raji) – First Reading.
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6. National Directorate of Employment Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB. 658) (Hon. Prestige Ossy) – First Reading.
7. National Polytechnics Regulatory Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB. 659) (Hon. Frederick Y. Agbedi) – First Reading.
8. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB. 660) (Hon. Ozurigbo Ugonna) – First Reading.
9. National Population Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB. 661) (Hon. Lawal M. Idirisu) – First Reading.
10. National Boundary Commission Task Force (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB. 662) (Hon. Henry Nwawuba) – First Reading.
11. Federal University of Agriculture Technology, Orerokpe (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB. 663) (Hon. Anthony Afe Oberuakpefe) – First Reading.
12. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB. 664) (Hon. Muda Lawal Umar) – First Reading.
ORDERS OF THE DAY
1. Consolidation of Bills:
(a) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria Act, Cap. C54 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB.176) (Rep.. Patrick Asadu); and
(b) A Bill for an Act Amend the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria Act, Cap. C54 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 604) (Rep. Garba Datti Muhammad).
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the consolidation of the Bills and it was seconded by Rep. Mohammed Wudil.
The motion for consolidation was voted on, approved, the Bills were then consolidated and the Committee on Rules and Business was asked to schedule a date for the debate on its general principles.
2. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Raw Materials Research and Development Council Act, Cap. R3, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and to Enact the Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Bill; and for Related Matters (HB. 47) – Third Reading.
Rep. Peter Akpatason moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno. The Bill was voted on, approved for third reading, the Clerk read the long title and the Bill was passed.
3. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Commodity Board Act, Cap. C4 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the Commodity and Grain Board as a Body Cooperate to Promote, Regulate and Standardize the Production, Exportation of such Commodities and Grains and for Related Matters (HB. 216) (Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno) – Second Reading.
Rep. Monguno moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Abubakar Sada.
In leading the debate Rep. Monguno stated that the Bill is triggered by the enthusiasm of the people and government of Nigeria to diversify the Nigerian economy through agriculture, manufacturing, commerce and industry. The operation of the Laws operating the individual Commodity Boards are ambiguous, hence the Bill seeks to repeal the diverse laws and enact a single law to govern a board that would oversee the operations of all the commodity boards, this would ensure uniformity of purpose.
The Bill was voted on, passed for second reading and referred to the Committee on Agricultural Production and Services.
4. A Bill for an Act to Further Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Provide for the Financial and Administrative Autonomy of Local Government Councils and Uniformity of Tenure across the country; and for Related Matters (HB.505) (Rep. Munsur Manu Soro) – Second Reading.
Rep. Mansur Soro moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. James Faleke.
In leading the debate Rep. Soro stated that the Bill seeks the administration and financial independence of the Local Government Councils to ensure development gets to the grassroots, empowers the people and eradicates the constraining reasons for rural to urban migration. Rep. Soro stated that this is needed since the situation as it now makes the Local government councils are stifled and at the whims of State governments. He decried the gross mismanagement of Local government funds which has caused extreme poverty in the Local government councils, the rise of insurgency and insecurity, as well as the high turnover of political office holders every four years, as the people express lack of faith in their representatives.
The Deputy Speaker, Rep. Ahmed Wase stated that it is not all governors that mismanage local government funds and the Bill is aimed at helping Nigerians in the local government councils and develop the region.
The Bill was voted on, passed for second reading and referred to the special Ad-Hoc Committee on Constitutional Review.
5. Restructuring Nigeria’s Apprenticeship System and the Need to Expand Vocational Training Centres to Boost Youth Employment:
Rep. Chukwuma Umeoji:
Notes that the undeniable and invaluable contributions of indigenous artisanship to societal and national development are weak;
Also notes that due to the shortage of adequate skilled artisanship various sectors of the economy has for long been identified as a bane of development in the country due to reliance on traditional or hereditary methods of apprenticeship;
Aware of the challenges posed by lack of quality and adequate manpower for housing, construction, automobile repair, steel work, renovation and fabrication works etc to individual citizens, urban managers and development planners;
Disturbed that consequent upon the failure to develop apprenticeship culture in Nigeria, Chinese and other expatriate artisans have taken over Nigeria’s market to the detriment of local artisans thus kicking the indigenous artisans out of the market;
Further disturbed that the expatriate artisans repatriate half of the estimated over N900 billion
they make to their home countries yearly;
(i) urge the Federal Government to de-emphasize paper qualification and give more attention to vocational education in order to stem the tide of unemployment among Nigeria’s youths;
(ii) also urge the Federal Government to restructure the country's apprenticeship system, expand existing Vocational Training Centers and build new skills Acquisition-Centers in all the States of the Federation;
(iii) further urge the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to verify the Immigration status of all expatriate artisans in the country and accordingly report back to the Committee on Interior;
(iv) again urge the Director-General, National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to strategize action plan for youth employment in line with the agenda of the present administration.
Rep. Umeoji moved the motion on the need to restructure Nigeria’s apprenticeship system and the need to expand vocational centers to boost youth employment and it was seconded by Rep. Olumide Osoba. As an infrastructure related motion it was voted on, adopted and referred to the relevant committees of the House.
6. Resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the Various Camps in Benue State:
Rep. Benjamin Bem Mzondu.
Notes that the Herder-Farmer crisis in Nigeria, particularly in Benue State, lead to internal displacement of thousands of people currently housed in the various IDP Camps across the State;
Aware that the crisis has gained notoriety that the Global Terrorism Index reported that about 8,000 people were killed between 2010 to 2013, and about 1,229 killed in 2014 with most fatalities occurring in the Benue Valley (North central states) particularly in Benue State;
Cognizant that about 483,699 persons have been displaced in Benue State due to the ravaging Herders-Farmers conflict, leading to the establishment of eight IDP Camps in Guma, Makurdi, Agatu, Logo, Buruku, Okpokwu, Gwer West and Kwande Local Government Areas of the State;
Also aware that the Camp in Kwande houses not only displaced persons from Benue and neighboring States, but also from the Republic of Cameroun;
Worried by the vulnerability of children and women frequently exploited at the Camps, leading to sexual perversion, harassment and other anti-social behaviours;
Further worried that the situation in Benue State has resulted in a human crisis of about 102,000 children of school age being out of school due to lack of access to schools in the Camps;
Disturbed that the Camps are characterized by poor hygiene resulting in outbreak of diseases such as cholera and other communicable diseases that put the lives of 34,986 displaced persons at risk and complicating life in the camps;
Regrets that the pathetic condition of the IDP Camps in Benue State came to the fore during a visit of the Vice President to the State, during one of the crisis in 2018 wherein he announced the Federal Government's approval of Ten Billion Naira (N10, 000,000) for rebuilding of the areas affected by the crisis, rehabilitation, resettlement and reintegration of the traumatized victims into their ancestral communities;
Further regret that over a year after the visit of the Vice President, the approved sum has not been released, thereby further compounding the plight of the displaced persons in the camps who are now dying of hunger as manifested in the recent deaths of eight (8) persons in the Mbawa IDPs Camp in Guma Local Government of Benue State;
Concerned that if urgent steps are not taken to rebuild the destroyed infrastructure such as schools hospitals and markets amongst others, to resettle the displaced and traumatized persons, a situation of state of neglect and helplessness will be created, thereby defeating the primary purpose of government as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended);
(i) Urge the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons to liaise with the Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), to ensure the disengagement and resettlement of internally displaced persons in the camps across the State;
(ii) mandate the Committee on Internally Displaced Persons to liaise with the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons to facilitate the immediate release of the sum of Ten Billion Naira (N10b) approved for rebuilding the Communities and infrastructure affected by the Herders-Farmers conflicts to ensure prompt rehabilitation and reintegration of the traumatized victims in Benue State;
(iii) further mandate Committee on Defense to interact with the appropriate Security authorities to deploy enough troops to the affected communities to strengthen security of lives and property for full disengagement from the IDPs Camps.
Rep. Mzondu moved the motion on the resettlement of the internally displace persons from the various camps in Benue state and it was seconded by Rep. Dachung Bagos. As an infrastructure and disaster related motion it was voted on, adopted and referred to relevant committees of the House.
7. Confronting the Menace of Falling Freight Containers in Nigeria:
Rep. Olufemi Bandele Adebanjo.
Notes the incessant cases of falling containers in Nigeria especially in Lagos State and the havoc leading to death sometimes permanent disability to the victims;
Aware that at the turn of this century, the death toll on the world’s road have hit 3,400 per day and nearly 1.3 million with up to 10 million injured every year as a result of falling containers as proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) between the period of 2010-date;
Concerned that during this period, the record of freight falling containers has increased especially in Lagos State, as Lagos is among the top shipping lines in Nigeria and among the Resolutions passed by the United Nations on “improving global road safety” that Apapa road
should be attended to;
Also concerned that among key decisions reached on monitoring the progress of the roads, a summit for vehicle inspection and road safety officers which kicked off in Calabar has done little to avoid these disasters because of the bad portion of the road;
(i) Call on the Federal Government to direct the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to expedite the ongoing road rehabilitation and call on the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) to look at the roadworthiness of “flatbed trucks”;
(ii) Urge the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) under the aegis of Association of Maritime Truck Owners, (AMARTO) to address the bad condition of trucks plying the route of Nigerian Ports which has caused damages and deal with defaulters;
(iii) Also urge the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to insist on the size and also adhere to the best international standard on flatbeds which are 104.1mm long, 55.9mm wide with a pointed top and rotated 90 degrees in order not to be detached.
Rep. Adebanjo moved the motion on the need to confront the menace of the increasing rate of falling freight containers in Nigeria and it was seconded by Rep. Samuel Babatunde Adejare.
Rep. Ibrahim Isiaka proposed an amendment ensure proper latching of the containers and those defaulting vehicles should be detained till they are properly latched and it was seconded by Rep. Abubakar Yalleman.
Rep. Sada Soli also proposed an amendment to conduct retraining of the drivers to ensure they comply with safety regulations and that weight checkers on bridges be reintroduced to ensure overweight vehicles are apprehended and it was seconded by Rep. John Dei.
The motion was voted on, adopted as amended and referred to the relevant Committees of the House.
CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE)
Deputy Speaker, Rep. Ahmed Wase presiding
8. A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal University, Gashua and to make Comprehensive Provision for its Due Management and Administration; and for Related Matters (HB. 503) (Rep. Ahmed Idris) (Committee of the Whole: 11/12/2019).
Synopsis of the Report:
Rep. Abubakar Fulata standing in for Rep. Ahmed Idris stated that the Bill seeks to formalize the existing institution and give it the much needed legal backing and to ensure its certificates and faculties are duly recognized.
Summary of voting
Clauses voted on and carried: 1-27
9. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Act, Cap. P17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria Bill to Regulate the Training and Practice of Pharmacy; and for Related Matters (HB. 334) (Rep. Johnson E Oghuma) – (Committee of the Whole: 26/9/2019).
Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Sergius Ogun standing in for Rep. Johnson Oghuma stated that the Bill was passed in the 8th Assembly but the president declined assent. It seeks to repeal decree 92 of the pharmacy council law and enact the pharmacy council that conforms to current realities and standards.
Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and carried: 1-62, 64-72
Clause amended and carried: 63
HOUSE IN PLENARY:
The House reverted to plenary and adopted its report of proceedings and decisions in the Committee of the Whole
The House at 14:12 adjourned plenary till Tuesday,
February 11th, 2020 by 11 Am following a motion for adjournment moved by the leader of the House, Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa and seconded by the Chief whip, Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno
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