Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

0
20

The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila presiding.

After leading the opening prayer and the National Pledge, the Speaker examined and approved the votes and proceedings for Thursday, October 7th, 2021
______________________________ ​

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Announcement of the Membership of the Nigeria-Palestine parliamentary friendship group to be chaired by Rep. Yunusa Abubakar

2. Members who wish to debate on the merits and demerits of the 2022 Appropriation Bill should submit their names to the Clerk of the House. The debate will hold for 2 days on Wednesday, October 13th and Thursday, October 14th, 2021

3. The Speaker directed the Clerk of the House to write a formal communication to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory, on the need to ensure all rehabilitations on the Chamber of the House are carried out to correct its dilapidating state as soon as possible.
______________________________ ​

PETITION
1. Rep. Robert Tyough laid a petition from a law firm against the Nigeria police for forcefully/illegally collecting a piece of land belonging to a private citizen.

The petition was referred to the House Committee on Public Petitions
______________________________ ​

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

1. Committee on Insurance and Actuarial Matters:
Rep. Darlington Nwokocha:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Insurance and Actuarial Matters on a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Insurance Act, Cap. I17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the Insurance Bill to provide for a Comprehensive Legal Framework for Insurance Business in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB.967)” (Referred:14/7/2020).

The report was laid following a motion moved by Rep. Darlington Nwokocha and seconded by Rep. Munir Ahmed

2. Committee on Health Institutions:
Rep. Paschal Obi:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Health Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Establish Federal Medical Centre, Ogoja, Cross Rivers State; and for Related Matters (HB. 276)” (Referred:23/7/20201).

Presentation of report stepped down by leave of the House

3.​Committee on Defence:
Rep. Babajimi Benson:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Defence on a Bill for an Act to Provide Special Financial Support, Training and Modern Security Equipment for the Revamping of the Nigerian Armed Forces; and for Related Matters (HB.742) (Referred:27/2/2020).

The report was laid following a motion moved by Rep. Babajimi Benson and seconded by Rep. Abdulmumin Ari.

4.​Committee on Legislative Library, Research and Documentation:
​Rep. Gaza Jonathan Gbefwi:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Legislative Library, Research and Documentation on a Bill for an Act to Establish the National Assembly Library Trust Fund for the purpose of Research, Provision of Library Equipment and Related Facilities, Enhance the Research of Legislators and Staff of the National Assembly; and for Related Matters (HB.987)” (Referred: 20/10/2020

The report was laid following a motion moved by Rep. Gaza Gbwefi and seconded by Rep. Ahmed Jaha.
______________________________ ​
ORDERS OF THE DAY

BILLS

1. A Bill for an Act to provide for the Retirement Age of Teachers in Nigeria and for Related Matters (HB.
1381) – (Leader) – Second Reading.

Debate
Rep. Peter Akpatason moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Rotimi Agunsonye.

The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the Committee of the Whole.

2. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Federal University of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Abeokuta, Ogun State; and for Related Matters (HB. 1484) (Senate) (Leader) – Second Reading.

Debate
Rep. Peter Akpatason moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Olumide Osoba.

The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the Committee of the Whole.

3. A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Legal Framework to Establish Federal Medical Centre, Eastern Obolo, Akwa Ibom State; and for Related Matters (HB. 1426) (Rep. Francis Charles Uduyok) – Second Reading.

Debate
Rep. Francis Uduyok moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Ibrahim Isiaka.

The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the House Committee on Health Institutions.

4. A Bill for an Act to Establish North Central Development Commission charged with Responsibility among other things to Receive and Manage Funds from Allocation of the Federation Account for the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Roads, Houses and Other Infrastructural damages suffered by the Region as a result of the effects of the Communal Crisis as well as tackle the Ecological Problems and any other Related Environmental or Developmental Challenges in the North Central States; and for Related Matters (HB. 23) (Rep. Simon D Nwadikwon) – Second Reading.

Bill stepped down by leave of the House due to the absence of its sponsor.
______________________________ ​

MOTIONS

5. Rescission of Clauses 10, 27, 28 and 29 of the Federal University of Education, Kontagora (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB.1136) Pursuant to Order Nine, Rule 1(6) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives:
Rep. Abubakar Hassan Fulata:

The House:

Notes that the Federal University of Education, Kontagora (Establishment) Bill, 2020 was passed by the House on 25 March 2021 and same passed by the Senate on 18 December 2019;

Also notes that Clause 10 which is a transitional provision, carried the marginal notes “Transfer of Property” and was placed in Part II with the heading “General Fund, Transfer of Property Etc. to the University and Condition of Service of Employees;

Observes that the Bill as passed has no Savings and Transition Provisions, as the University is established to upgrade the existing Federal College of Education, Kontagora;

Aware that the Bill was sent to the Directorate of Legal Services for cleaning and in the course of cleaning same observed the absence of key Provisions that will strengthen the Institution, if established;

Cognizant of the need for a Saving Provision to preserve the rights, obligations and other liabilities of the Institution that the Bill seeks to transit;

Desirous of the need to address the observations by the Legal Services Directorate and make necessary amendments;

Resolves to:

Rescind its decision on Clauses 10, 27, 28 and 29 of Federal University of Education, Kontagora (Establishment) Bill, 2020 as passed and commit same to the Committee of the Whole for Reconsideration.

Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved the motion on rescission of clauses 10, 27, 28 and 29 of the Federal University of Education, Kontagora (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB.1136) Pursuant to Order Nine, Rule 1(6) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives and it was seconded by Rep. Babangida Ibrahim.

The motion was voted on and adopted.

6. Need to Investigate Encroachment/Illegal Structures on Federal Government Infrastructure in Nigeria:
Rep. Ibrahim A. Isiaka:

The House:

Notes the menace of interloper developers, farmers, land grabbers, hoodlums and destitute encroaching on the developed or undeveloped property of government in Nigeria, which has become a worrisome development in the country;

Also notes that it is an inalienable fundamental human right of every Nigerian Citizen to acquire and own land in any part of Nigeria as stated in Section 43 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Section 7 of the Land Use Act, 1978;

Further notes that Section 44 of Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) states that no movable or immovable (land and developments on it) can be taken compulsorily in any part of Nigeria except in the manner and for the purposes prescribed by law;

Aware that all Land owned by the Federal Government in States are being used by Federal Ministries Departments and Agencies and that such Lands are administered by the President through the relevant Ministers and not the State Governors;

Worried that critical Infrastructure of government such as Educational Institutions, Airports, Railway Terminals and Tracks as well as Pipelines, Training Farms and sundry economic tree plantations are encroached and illegally occupied by Individuals and Corporate Organizations and quit notices issued to the illegal settlers over the years, had not been obeyed;

Resolves to:

Mandate the Ad–hoc Committee Investigating Abandoned Federal Government Properties across the nation to provide a compendium of all:

(i) illegally encroached Federal Government Abandoned Properties across the nation and overseas;

(ii) forceful acquisition of all Federal Government Properties by individuals and Corporate
Organizations across the country and, overseas and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative actions

Debate
Rep. Ibrahim Isiaka moved the motion on the need to investigate the encroachment/illegal structures on Federal government infrastructure in Nigeria and it was seconded by Rep. Sada Soli.

Rep. Isiaka proposed an amendment to the third prayer of the motion so that all the illegally acquired properties and lands by government agencies be investigated to enable the disenfranchised people to get justice.

The motion was voted on and adopted as amended.

7. Need to Enforce Safety Regulations in the Nigerian Waterways:
Rep. Hamisu Ibrahim:
The House:

Notes that water is a means of transportation in Nigeria, but in recent years the Nigerian waterways have become dangerous with reports of over 300 fatalities in 2020 and over 100 deaths from May to September 2021;

Also notes that boat accidents in the Nigerian waterways are caused by overloading, lack of maintenance, over speeding, careless driving and bad weather;

Recalls that on May 26, 2021, an overloaded boat carrying more than 160 passengers broke into two and sank in River Niger, leading to the death of 100 people and on 27 September 2021 another mishap occurred in Lagos with one person confirmed dead after a boat capsized;

Disturbed that the incessant boat mishaps occurring within the country’s waterways are as a result of the violation of boating laws and regulations by operators who board an excessive number of passengers in their quest to boost income;

Cognizant that boat accidents can be curtailed by public sensitization campaigns, better enforcement of Rules by regulatory agencies, constant checks on boats and removal of pollutants in the water;

Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Transportation and its Agencies to enforce safety regulations in all Waterways in Nigeria;

(ii) mandate the Committees of Inland Waterways and Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation.

Debate
Rep. Hamisu Ibrahim moved the motion on the need to enforce safety regulations in the Nigerian waterways and it was seconded by Rep. Mansur.

Rep. Sam Onuigbo proposed an amendment to prayer 2 to incorporate other relevant committees into the means of ensuring implementation.

The motion was voted on and adopted as amended.

8. Urgent Need to Address the Lingering Power Outage in Lere Federal Constituency, Kaduna State:
Rep. Ahmed Munir:

The House:

Notes that Lere Federal Constituency, with a population of over 500,000 inhabitants has not had electricity supply for the past twenty-two months, a development that is negatively impacting on the socio-economic activities in the Constituency;

Also notes that the people of Lere Federal Constituency are one of the largest producers of maize, rice and sugarcane in West Africa, hence attracting traders from Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Cameroon, with secondary markets further extending into North, Central and East Africa;

Aware that Lere Federal Constituency, which is under the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company franchise used to enjoy its electricity supply from Jos Electricity Distribution Company;

Also aware that the lack of electricity is a result of a faulty energy meter which has led to a discrepancy in the actual amount that the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KAEDCO) is expected to remit to the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC), and until the situation is resolved, the people of Lere will continue to be in perpetual darkness;

Concerned that the lack of electricity supply is frustrating economic activities in the area and discouraging establishment of new businesses, thus causing the people untold hardship resulting in youth unemployment, a development that is fueling insecurity in the Constituency and beyond;

Worried that the lack of electricity supply in the area has given rise to high infant and maternal mortality as hospitals are unable to sustain the use of generating sets due to the high cost of fuel and diesel to power them, thus midwives are forced to use torch lights to assist expectant mothers during delivery;

Cognizant that the situation is compromising the hygiene and sanitation of facilities in hospitals, thus leaving patients at risk of contracting other diseases;

Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Power to mediate with the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KAEDCO) and the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) to sort out lingering issues with a view to restoring electricity supply to Lere Federal Constituency;

(ii) mandate the Committee on Power to include the Design, Supply, and Construction of a 130km length 132kV transmission line with a 2 x 60 MVA substation in Lere Federal Constituency in the 2022 Appropriation Bill;

(iii) also mandate the Committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance.

Debate
Rep. Ahmed Munir moved the motion on the urgent need to address the lingering power outage in Lere federal constituency, Kaduna state and it was seconded by Rep. Abubakar Bichi.

The motion was voted on and adopted.

9. Need to Stop the Lagoon Encroachment in Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State:
Rep. Ibrahim B. Obanikoro:

The House:

Notes that Eti-Osa Local Government Area in Lagos State lies on the narrow coastal lowland of the South-Eastern part of Lagos State and situated on about 129.5 square kilometres of landmass with sandy beaches, swamps, mangroves and creeks;

Also notes that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Assessments Report (2001) asserted that climate change is most likely to have impacts on settlements in coastal or riverine locations, especially where rapid urbanization is occurring alongside economies that are dependent on climate-sensitive resources;

Further notes that the development of official and residential estates along the coastal area of the Atlantic Ocean in Lagos State is a major problem that circumvents basic environmental principles which should be adopted in planning coastal towns and cities;

Worried that polar ice caps are already melting at an alarming rate with significant shifts being observed in the isoclines and ecosystems levels thus leading to rapid changes in the coastal areas of Nigeria;

Also worried that the projected sea-level rise in the coastal areas of Lagos State could be more than one meter by 2100 which will result in ample loss of land to the sea, considering that Lafiaji community Ocean surge which was about 420 feet is now about 100 feet, in Okun Ajah the distance to sea was about 500 meters but is now less than 40 meters while Okun Alfa is down from 850 feet to 82 feet;

Informed that the 2021 Annual Flood Outlook has predicted more flooding in Eti-Osa;

Disturbed that there are already threats to lives and properties in areas like Banana Island, Park View Estate, Osborne Foreshore Estate, Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Lekki, Ajah amongst others in Eti-Osa Local Government of Lagos State due to stormwater, ocean encroachment and heavy rainfalls as several properties running into billions have been destroyed by floods causing displacement of families and even loss of lives;

Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Ecological Fund Office to carry out an immediate environmental impact assessment of Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State with the aim of mitigating against climate change and natural hazards like ocean surge, flooding and storms that may occur in the nearest future;

(ii) mandate the Committees on Ecological Fund and Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation.

Motion stepped down by leave of the House
______________________________ ​

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE) Rep. Ahmed Idris Wase presiding:

10. A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of a Specialized National Dermatology Hospital, Garkida, Management Board for the Hospital, provide Dermatological Treatment, Research and Training; and for Related Matters (HB.1382) (Senate) (Leader) – Committee of the Whole:13/7/2021.

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Abubakar Fulata stated that the Bill is a Senate Bill seeking concurrence to ensure the provision of the specialized dermatology institution can be achieved.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and carried: 1-20
Clause amended and carried: long title

11. A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Agricultural Development Fund to Provide Funds for Agricultural Development; and for Related Matters (HB.1319) (Senate)(Leader) – Committee of the Whole:6/10/2021.

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Abubakar Fulata stated that the Bill also emanated from the Senate seeking concurrence and aims to boost the Federal government’s agricultural policy on food security, as well as to establish an Agricultural Trust Fund for farmers to access to carry out their activities.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and carried: 1-25
Clause amended and carried: long title

12. A Bill for an Act to Establish the South-East Development Commission to serve as a Catalyst to Develop the Commercial Potentials of the South East, Receive and Manage Funds from Allocation of the Federation for the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Reparation for Houses and Lost Businesses of Victims of the Civil War, and Address any other Environmental or Developmental Challenges; and for Related Matters Matters and approve the recommendations therein” (HB.887) (Rep. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha) – Committee of the Whole:14/7/2020.

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha stated that the Bill seeks to establish the Southeast development commission to serve as a catalyst for sourcing and channelling funds for the development of the southeastern region for the socio-economic development of Nigerians in the region.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and carried: 1-30

13. Committee on Justice:
​​Rep. Ozurigbo Ugonna.
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Justice on a Bill for an Act to Establish South–West Development Commission charged with Responsibility, among others, to Receive and Manage Funds from Allocation of the Federation Account, including Donations and Gifts, the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Roads, Houses and other Infrastructural Damages Suffered by the Region and the Need to Tackle the Ecological Problems and any other Related Environmental or Developmental Challenges in the South West States; and for Related Matters and approve the recommendations therein” (HB.597) (Laid:25/3/2021).

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Femi Fakeye stated that the Bill seeks to establish the southwest development commission to coordinate funds for developmental purposes of the Southwest region of Nigeria.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and carried: 1-33

14.​Committee on Defence:
Rep. Babajimi Benson:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Defence on a Bill for an Act to Provide Special Financial Support, Training and Modern Security Equipment for the Revamping of the Nigerian Armed Forces; and for Related Matters and approve the recommendations therein” (HB.742) (Laid:12/10/2021).

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Babajimi Benson stated that the Bill seeks for the provision of funds for the specialized upgrading/revamping of engagements by the Nigerian armed forces.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and carried: 1-23

15.​Committees on Anti–Corruption and Commerce:
Rep. Shehu Nicholas Garba:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committees on Anti–Corruption and Commerce on a Bill for an Act to Establish Chartered Institute of Forensics and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria, to Provide for the Regulation and Control of its Membership and Promote the Practice of Forensics and Fraud Examiners in Nigeria; and for Related Matters and approve the recommendations therein” (HB.1220) (Laid:14/7//2021).

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Dachung Bagos stated that the Bill seeks to provide for the institute to ensure proper regulation and management in the practice of forensic investigation and analysis.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and carried: 1-23

______________________________ ​​​
HOUSE IN PLENARY
The House reverted to the plenary and adopted the report of the Committee of the Whole following a motion by the Deputy Leader of the House, Rep. Peter Akpatason and seconded by the Chief Whip, Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno.
______________________________ ​​​
Adjournment:
The House at 13:43 adjourned plenary till Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 by 11:00 following a motion for adjournment moved by the Deputy Leader of the House, Rep. Peter Akpatason and seconded by the Chief Whip of the House, Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno.

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

Please follow and like us:
Pin Share

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here