Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Thursday, December 22nd, 2022

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The Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila presided.

After leading the opening prayer and the National Pledge, the Speaker approved the Votes and Proceedings of Wednesday, December 21st, 2022

ANNOUNCEMENT

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila reminded the members that the briefing by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor on Financial Systems stability and other members of the Committee of Governors would commence after being admitted into the chambers in compliance with the resolution of the House.

Chief Whip of the House, Rep. Muhammad Monguno moved for admission of the Deputy Governor and her team, in compliance with the rules of the House and it was seconded by the Minority Leader of the House, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu.

The motion was voted on and adopted.

The Speaker also announced that the House ought to have adjourned for the Holidays today, Thursday 22nd but had to postpone it to Wednesday 28th to enable it to pass the 2023 Appropriation Bill.

MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

Rep. Gideon Gwani moved a motion of urgent national importance on the gruesome killing of no fewer than 28 persons in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State on the night of 17th December, while Rep. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe also moved a similar motion on behalf of Nigerians studying abroad who are on the verge of being deported over their inability to complete the remittance process for their school fees as a result of the negligence of some banks.
Rep. Satomi Ahmad also moved a motion of urgent national importance on the need for the House to investigate the sharp practices of some unregulated online financial technology (fintech) companies that are abusing mobile digital loans in the country.

The lawmakers sought the intervention of the House in the issues for lasting solutions.

The motions were voted on and adopted.

CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING

Speaker Gbajabiamila recalled that the CBN governor was invited to brief the House as dictated by the extant laws of the Federation on new monetary policies, as it affects the new Cashless policy and the redesigned notes while he introduced the representatives of the CBN governor, Aisha Ahmad, a deputy governor in charge of Financial Systems Stability and other members of the Committee of the Governors to the lawmakers.
He said the House will take her briefing while the members would ask questions thereafter.

The deputy governor, Ahmad in her presentation explained the reasons behind the Cashless policy, its introduction, the response to the policy by Nigerians, challenges faced over the policy as well as the redesigned notes and the Cash Withdrawal Limit policy.

She said however admitted that due to the feedback from Nigerians and the intervention of the House on the cash withdrawal limit, the CBN has reversed the policy and increased the withdrawal limit significantly.

She also admitted that the apex bank could do better in its engagements with the House of Representatives on the need to inform the legislature about new monetary policies while revealing that 500 million pieces of the new notes were minted by the bank for the takeoff of the naira redesign policy.

Lawmakers took the CBN deputy governor up on the effects of the cash withdrawal limit on Nigerians in the rural areas who make their transactions mainly in cash but where the penetration of banking, power and telecommunication infrastructures are low.
The steps taken by the bank to check counterfeiting of the new notes, sensitization of Nigerians and the likely negative effects of the cash withdrawal limit policy on the informal economy.

The issue of the menace of online fraud, the fate of Nigerians in the diaspora and the duration of the policy were also raised by rhe lawmakers.

In his closing remarks, Speaker Gbajabiamila noted that the House will meet and deliberate over the briefing while restating that it is not optional but a statutory obligation of the CBN governor to brief the House on new policies of the bank.
He, however, admonished that going forward, the law must henceforth be respected by the bank.

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PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

Rep. Saidu Musa Abdullahi moved for the presentation of the Report of the Committee on Finance on the issue from the Statutory Revenue Fund of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) the total Revenue of N262,959,510,955 (two hundred and sixty-two billion, nine hundred and fifty-nine million, five hundred and ten thousand, nine hundred and fifty-five naira), only is for out of which N126,070,912,538 (one hundred and twenty-six billion, seventy million, nine hundred and twelve thousand, five hundred and thirty-eight naira) only is for Personnel Cost, while the sum of N96,061,565,065 (ninety-six billion, sixty-one million, five hundred and sixty-five thousand, sixty-five naira) only, is for Overhead Cost and the sum of N40,827,033,352 ) (forty billion, eight hundred and twenty-seven million, thirty-three thousand, three hundred and fifty-two naira) only is for Capital Expenditure for the service year ending December 2023.
It was seconded by Rep. Mukhtar Ahmed.

2. Rep. Zakariya’u Galadima moved for the presentation of the Report of the Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Relations on the 145th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly held at Kigali, Rwanda from 11- 15 October, 2022 and it was seconded by Rep. Sada Soli.

3. Rep. Zakariya’u Galadima moved for the presentation of the Report of the Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Relations on 145th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on Gender Equality and sensitive parliaments as drivers of change for a more resilient and peaceful world Assembly held at Kigali, Rwanda on the15 October 2022 and it was seconded by Rep. Sada Soli.

4. Rep. Joseph Bello That the House do receive the Report of the Ad-hoc Committee to Investigate the Attacks on Officers and facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)(HR. 91/11/2022) and it was seconded by Rep. Segun Odebunmi.

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

BILLS

1. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Third reading of A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Chartered Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of Nigeria to certify, regulate and determine the standards of knowledge and practice to be attained by persons seeking to become Chartered Electrical and Electronic Engineering Personnel; and for Related Matters (HB. 2060). It was seconded by Rep. Ademorin Kuye.

Bill voted on, read the third time and passed.

2. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Third reading of A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Procedure and Ceremony for Transition and Assumption of the Office of the President and Vice President by the President–Elect and Vice President–Elect and to Facilitate the Handover Process by the Outgoing President and Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 1149). It was seconded by Rep. Ademorin Kuye.

Bill voted on, read the third time and passed.

3. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Third reading of A Bill For an Act to Amend the Evidence Act, Cap. E14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to bring its Provisions in line with Global Technological Advancements in Evidence taking which shall be Applicable to all Judicial Proceedings in or before Courts in Nigeria, and for Related Matters (HB.2019). it was seconded by Rep. Ademorin Kuye.

Bill voted on, read the third time and passed.

4. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Third reading of A Bill for an Act to Repeal the National Inland Waterways Authority Act, Cap. N47, Laws Federal of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the Nigerian Inland Waterways Act, Establish the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority to provide for the Management, Regulation and Development of the Nigerian Inland Waterways and to Promote Private Sector participation in the Development of the Nigerian Inland Waterways in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 173).
It was seconded by Rep. Ademorin Kuye.

Bill voted on, read the third time and passed.

5. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Third reading of A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Notaries Public Act, Cap. N141, Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the Notaries Public Bill, 2022 to provide for the Appointment of Notaries Public, their Registration and to Regulate the Duty of the Office of the Notary Public and to make Provisions for the Performance of Digital and remote Notarization of Documents by Notaries Public in Nigeria and the Recognition of Digitally Notarized Documents as being validly Notarised; and for Related Matters (HB. 2020). It was seconded by Rep. Ademorin Kuye.

Bill voted on, read the third time and passed.

6. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Third reading of A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Nursing and Midwifery, Ado-Odo/Ota, Ogun State; and for Related Matters (HB. 1763). It was seconded by Rep. Ademorin Kuye.

Bill voted on, read the third time and passed.

7. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Third reading of A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal Capital Territory Health Insurance Agency to Institute the Federal Capital Territory Health Insurance Scheme and Provide Comprehensive quality and affordable Healthcare Services for all residents of the Federal Capital Territory; and for Related Matters (HB. 60). It was seconded by Rep. Ademorin Kuye.

Bill voted on, read the third time and passed.

8. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Third reading of A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology Act, Cap. N116, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact The Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology Bill to provide for full-time and part-time Courses of Instruction and Training for the General Development of Transport and Logistics Sector of the Nigerian Economy for Junior, Middle, Senior Cadre, Managers, Technicians, Technologists, Artisans and for Related Matters (HB.1909). It was seconded by Rep. Ademorin Kuye.

Bill voted on, read the third time and passed.

9. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Third reading of A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Education, Nduo, Eduo, Eket, Akwa Ibom State and for Related Matters (HB 2085). It was seconded by Rep. Ademorin Kuye.

Bill voted on, read the third time and passed.

10. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Third reading of A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Agriculture (Technical) Ogboinbiri, Bayelsa State to Provide Full-Time Courses, Teaching Instruction and Training in Agricultural Technology, Agriculture and to Carry out Its Due Administration and Management; and for Related Matters (HB.1731). It was seconded by Rep. Ademorin Kuye.

Bill voted on, read the third time and passed.

11. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Third reading of A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Investments and Securities Act, 2007 and Enact the Investments and Securities Bill to Establish Securities and Exchange Commission as the Apex Regulatory Authority for the Nigerian Capital Market as well as Regulation of the Market to ensure Capital Formation, the Protection of the Market to ensure Capital Formation, the Protection of Investors, Maintain Fair, Efficient and Transparent Market and Reduction of Systematic Risk; and for Related Matters (HB. 1787). It was seconded by Rep. Ademorin Kuye.

Bill voted on, read the third time and passed.

12. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Third reading of A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers Act, Cap. C9, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Provide for Establishment of Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments; and for Related Matters (HB. 1858). It was seconded by Rep. Ademorin Kuye.

Bill voted on, read the third time and passed.

13. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Third reading of A Bill for an Act to Establish National Research Institute for Chemical Technology to Provide globally Competitive and Environmentally friendly Innovative Research and Development in the processing and conversion of Indigenous Raw Materials into valuable Chemicals and Petrochemical Products for the Development of Chemical, Biological and man-made Fibre Technologies for Industrial application in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 2065). It was seconded by Rep. Ademorin Kuye.

Bill voted on, read the third time and passed.

14. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Second reading of A Bill for an Act to Repeal the National Information Technology Development Agency Act, No. 28, 2007 and Enact the National Information Technology Development Agency Act to Provide for the Administration, Implementation and Regulation of Information Technology Systems and Practices as well as Digital Economy in Nigeria and for Related Matters (HB.2117) and it was seconded by Rep. Muhammad Monguno.

Bill was voted on, passed and referred to House Committee on Information Technology.

15. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Second reading of A Bill for an Act to Amend the Court of Appeal Act, 2013 to among other things, increase the number of Justices of the Court from ninety to one hundred and ten, provide for the integration of Virtual Court Proceedings; and for Related Matters (HBs. 299 and 2115). It was seconded by Rep. Muhammad Monguno.

Bill was voted on, passed and referred to Committee of the Whole.

16. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Second reading of A Bill for an act to Provide for Establishment of Federal University of History and Archaeology, Esie, Kwara State; and for Related Matters (HB. 2159). It was seconded by Rep. Muhammad Monguno.

Bill voted on, passed and referred to the Committee of the Whole.

17. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Second reading of A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) to Provide for alteration of Sections 244, 262, 277 and 288 therein; and for Related Matters (HB. 2066). It was seconded by Rep. Muhammad Monguno.

Bill voted on, passed and referred to the Special ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the Constitution.

18. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Second reading of A Bill for an Act to provide for Establishment of National Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Studies, Lagos State; and for Related Matters (HB.2012). It was seconded by Rep. Muhammad Monguno.

Bill voted on, passed and referred to the Committee on Information Technology.

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MOTIONS

19. Amendment of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives, 2020 to Upgrade the Ad- hoc Committee on Legislative Agenda to a Standing Committee:

Hon. Henry Nwawuba:
The House:
Notes that the success of every Legislative Assembly depends on the conception of a legislative vision which defines legislative goals, adequate planning and implementation of the goals;
Also notes that the underperformance of the legislature over the years is a result of the absence of a defined goal and a body charged with the responsibility of working around the clock to ensure the implementation of the goals;
Aware that with the introduction of the first Legislative Agenda in the 7th Assembly, the House has continued to work effectively with precision in attaining set out Legislative Agenda;
Also aware that since the constitution of the Ad-hoc Committee on the Legislative Agenda, it has generated the required legislative reforms, hence the need for sustainability;
Worried about the widespread distrust among Nigerians, public institutions and government generally, on the misconception and misperception about the functions and contributions of the legislature to Nigeria’s overall socioeconomic and political development;
Acknowledges that to assert its role in providing leadership in the areas of accountable and transparent government, citizen’s engagement, as well as constituency representation, there is a need to upgrade the Ad-hoc Committee on the Legislative Agenda to a Standing Committee to provide for consistency in subsequent Assemblies;
Cognizant that the Legislative Agenda has come to stay and the constitution of an Ad-hoc Committee on the Legislative Agenda has become recurrent;
Also cognizant of the need to amend the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives to provide stability in subsequent Assemblies;

Resolves to
amend the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives, 2020 to include the Committee on the Legislative Agenda as a Standing Committee of the House of Representatives, by adding new Order
20, Rule 111 as follows:
“Order 20, Rule 111: Committee on the Legislative Agenda
(1) There shall be a Committee to be known as Committee on the Legislative Agenda consisting of not more than 40 Members to be constituted at the commencement of the Life of the House.
(2) The Committee’s jurisdiction shall cover:
(a) identification of priority areas for legislative actions;
(b) gathering information on national and international problems within their jurisdiction to
draft, consider, and recommend a Legislative Agenda for the House;
(c) conceptualizing and developing a Legislative Agenda for the House;
(d) implementation of the Legislative Agenda of the House; and
(e) reporting to the House annually on the progress, prospects and challenges of the implementation of the Agenda.
(3) the Committee shall in the performance of its duty, consult with the Speaker of the House and other principal officers of the House and shall collaborate with The Committee on Rules and Business to ensure that businesses of the house are in tune with the Agenda.”
(4) that the Committee on Legislative Agenda shall, in addition to the duties imposed on it by the Standing Orders of this House, liaise with the Executive and the Senate to align the Legislative Agenda with the National Development Plan in a manner that the National Development Plan and the collective goal of the nation are achieved.

Motion stepped down by the leave of the House.

20. Rep. Makwe Livinus Makwe moved the motion for the Need to Investigate the Brutal Killing of Mr Ejike Egwu and others in Amaeze Community of Ishiagu, Ivo Local Government Area, Ebonyi State and t was seconded by Rep. Chike Okafor.

Debate
Rep. Makwe- The House:
Notes that on 28 November, 2022 about eight suspected bandits armed with Ak-47 rifles invadedvNgada Amaeze Community farmland in Ishiagu, Ivo Local Governent Area of Ebonyi State,vshooting and killing innocent farmers between the hours of 2 and 2.30 pm. killed Mr Ejike Egwu on the spot and set his body ablaze, while Mr Onyekachi Nwaeni sustained severe life-threatening gunshot wounds and currently in the intensive care unit, with Messrs Benard Ajah, Nwachukwu
Promise and Chibuzor Aroh who escaped with various degrees injuries are receiving treatment in a local hospital;
Also notes that the incessant attacks and murder of farmers and rural dwellers in the Amaeze Community by unknown gunmen have gone on unchallenged in the last two years, given that on 9 January, 2022 the Trio of Messrs Orji Anthony, Ogonna both from Amaeze community and Ajah Uka from Ihietutu community were shot, butchered and their bodies littered all over Amaeze Farm road;
Further notes that on 18 May, 2022 Mr Chukwuemeka Benjamin Ajah was gruesomely murdered and his colleague Mr Ogbonnaya Ngwoke was critically injured in their farms prior to the incident where Miss Nwada Chinenye was attacked and butchered with her arms almost cut off in September, 2020;
Worried that this incessant murder of rural dwellers and residents of the Amaeze community has left bereaved families jobless and underaged children homeless;
Also worried that Ishiagu Communities of which Amaeze is one are agrarian communities that depend majorly on agriculture but the incessant invasion and killings by bandits have deprived the people of their source of livelihood, pushed rural dwellers to abject poverty and, generally, engendered a climate of fear and insecurity such that the people can no longer go to their farms freely;
Deeply worried that in all these killings, the security forces, particularly the police and the military have not been proactive in nipping the attacks in the bud through intelligence gathering, timeous deployment and prompt intervention;

Resolves to:
(i) Condemn the gruesome killings of Mr Ejike Egwu, Chukwuemeka Benjamin Ajah and numerous others whose lives were cut short by bandits and armed men terrorizing Amaeze Community of Ishiagu, Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State;
(ii) observe one-minute silence in respect of Mr Ejike Egwu and others killed in their farms and Amaeze rural community;
(iii) urge the Chief of Army Staff, Inspector General of Police and Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to set up a joint patrol team to comb the farmland and forests to rout out bandits, terrorists and unauthorized armed men killing farmers in Amaeze Community in Ishiagu, Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
(iv) also urge the Chief of Army Staff to set up a military checkpoint at Amaeze-expressway road, Amaeze, Ishiagu, Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State;
(v) mandate the Committees on Police Affairs, Army and Interior to ensure compliance.

Motion voted on and adopted.

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CONSIDERATION OF REPORT

21. Committee on Finance:
Hon. James Abiodun Faleke:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Finance on the issue from the Statutory Revenue Fund of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) the total Revenue of N262,959,510,955 (two hundred and sixty-two billion, nine hundred and fifty-nine million, five hundred and ten thousand, nine hundred and fifty-five naira), only is for out of which N126,070,912,538 (one hundred and twenty-six billion, seventy million, nine hundred and twelve thousand, five hundred and thirty-eight naira) only is for Personnel Cost, while the sum of N96,061,565,065 (ninety-six billion, sixty-one million, five hundred and sixty-five thousand, sixty-five naira) only, is for Overhead Cost and the sum of N40,827,033,352 ) (forty billion, eight hundred and twenty-seven million, thirty-three thousand, three hundred and fifty-two naira) only is for Capital Expenditure for the service year ending December 2023 (Laid: 22/12/2022) – Committee of Supply.
approved the total expenditure of N262,959,510,955 (two hundred and sixty-two billion, nine hundred and fifty-nine million, five hundred and ten thousand, nine hundred and fifty-five naira) for Federal Inland Revenue for the fiscal year 2023.

Consideration of report stepped down by the leave of the House.
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ADJOURNMENT

Adjournment:
The House at 13.45 adjourned plenary to Wednesday, December 28th, 2022 by 11:00 following a motion for adjournment moved by the House Leader, Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa and seconded by the Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu.

Courtesy:
Media Unit, Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives.

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