Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Thursday, April 25, 2019. The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara Presiding.

After leading the opening prayer, the Speaker went on to examine and approve Plenary Votes and Proceedings for Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

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PRESENTATION OF BILL

 

Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, 2019 (HB. 1621) (Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta) – First Reading.

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PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

 

1.​ Committee on Delegated Legislations:

Hon. Simon Arabo:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Delegated Legislations on the National Tobacco Regulations, 2019” (Referred: 29/1/2019.

 

2.​ Report of the Conference Committee on the Reviewed Conditions of Service in the National Assembly Service:

Hon. Simon Arabo:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Conference Committee on the Reviewed Conditions of Service in the National Assembly Service”.

Presentation of Report stepped down by leave of the House

3.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petitions by Edward Ngani Jim:

​Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do receive Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Mr. Edward Ngani Jim against Former National Electricity Power Authority (NEPA) now Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on the Illegal and Premature Retirement of Edward Ngani (Referred: 28/2/2017).

 

4. ​Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Rijawa Resources Nigeria Limited:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Rijawa Resources Nigeria Limited against the Hon. Minister of Federal Capital Territory on Alleged Revocation of their Plot of Land at Kurudu” (Referred:26/10/2016).

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PETITIONS

1. Hon. Mark Gbillah brought a petition from Growth and Employment Forum, a World Bank assisted program having difficulties with their operations, they are seeking the intervention of the House concerning their plight.

2. Hon. Johnson Agbonayinma brought a petition from a civil society group; Empowerment of Unemployed Group over the xenophobic killings of Nigerians in South Africa. They urged the House to take action against the South African government.

The Petitions were Referred to the Committee on Public Petitions.

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MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

1. Hon. Goni Bukar Moved the Motion on the urgent need to investigate the non-disclosure and non-transparency of deductions of charges from individuals as tax and levies, also aware that some of these deductions are not duly transmitted to Government coffers. He condemned the financial irregularities of some of the recipients of these levies. He also lamented that the totality of these levies, even bank charges for transactions exceeding a thousand Naira that look small per individual, but run into huge amounts when looked at holistically could be used to help in meeting the responsibilities of Government. He Prayed for a setting up of an Ad-Hoc Committee to investigate the matter. Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf stated that the Motion seeks to shore up the revenue base of the country so the Executive can meet its responsibilities. Hon. Johnson Agbonayinma called for the investigation as past administrations have not done the needful in curbing the excesses of some of these Agencies who are entrusted with collecting levies on behalf of Government. Hon. Peter Akpatason stated that some of the Agencies of government who are custodians to these levies are in the habit of treating these funds as additions to their personal purses. Hon. Bode Ayorinde put the bulk of the regulations of especially bank charges on the Central Bank, hence if there are leakages, Central Bank needs to wake up to this aspect of it’s  responsibilities. The Motion was Voted on and Passed.

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

BILLS

 

1. 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 Enact the Raw Materials Research and Development Council Bill; and for Related Matters (HB. 1220) (Leader) – Second Reading.

Debate

Hon. Ahmed Idris Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and it was Seconded by Hon. Beni Lar. In leading the Debate, Hon. Ahmed stated that the parastatal is under the Science Ministry, but the Bill seeks to take it from the shackles of the Minister and give it Legal backing and independence to function optimally. The Bill was Voted on, Passed for Second Reading and Referred to the Committee of the Whole.

 

2. A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal Institute for Industrial Research to Conduct Industrial Research for the Development of Micro Small, Medium and Large Industries amid at Rapid Industrialization and Socio-Economic Development of Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 1221) (Leader) – Second Reading.

Debate

Hon. Ahmed Idris Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and it was Seconded by Hon. Bode Ayorinde. In leading the Debate, Hon. Ahmed stated that the Agency had been established long time ago without legal backing, it now desires the desired legal backing for them to continue carrying out their essential functions. The Bill was Voted on, Passed for Second Reading and Referred to the Committee of the Whole.

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MOTIONS

 

3. ​Extension of Time for the Ad-hoc Committee to Investigate the Non-Remittance of Funds to the Federation Account by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation from January 2018 to Date.

Hon. Chukwuka Onyema:

 

The House:

 

Recalls that on 10 July, 2018 the House debated a motion on the need to investigate the Non-Remittance of Funds to the Federation Account by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from January 2018 to date and resolved to investigate the matter;

 

Further recalls that an Ad-hoc Committee was constituted on 11 July 2018 to investigate the allegation;

 

Notes that in the course of the investigation, the Committee invited all agencies that have direct and ancillary roles to play in the process of revenue collection, remittance and audit of the collected revenue;

 

Worried that the agencies deliberately refused to appear before the Committee and when attempts were made to invoke legislative sanctions, the agencies adopted delay tactics to frustrate and blackmail the Committee;

 

Also notes that requests for documents were not honored by the agencies and further attempts by the Committee to obtain sensitive information through other agencies were blocked or sabotaged;

 

Observes that the deliberate attempts to undermine the Legislative Arm of Government particularly, the House of Representatives has directly and indirectly undermined the constitutional principle of separation of powers and checks and balances;

Concerned that if urgent steps are not taken to investigate the allegation that necessitated the constitution of the Committee, it may lead to serious abuse and deliberate constitutional breaches in our polity;

 

Resolves to:

 

Extend the mandate of the Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the allegation for next two (2) weeks to enable the Committee presents it’s Report.

Debate

Hon. Chukwuka Onyeama Moved the Motion and it was Seconded by Hon. Obinna Chidoka. The Motion was Voted on and Passed.

 

4.​ Discharge of the Committee on Federal Capital Territory from Referral on a Bill, Pursuant to Order Seventeen, Rule 3 (1) (g) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives:

Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok:

 

The House:

 

Notes that the undermentioned Bill was read the Second time in 2018 and referred to Committee on Federal Capital Territory for further legislative actions:

 

 

S/N

Title of Bill

Date

Committee

1.

Abuja Geographic Information Systems Agency Bill, (HB. 639) 2016

 

10/7/2018

Federal Capital Territory

 

 

Aware that the Committee is yet to present Report on the Bill, contrary to the provisions of Order Seventeen, Rule 3 (1) (g) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives, to wit:

 

​“Any matter referred to any Committee shall be treated within 30 days otherwise the Committee shall stand discharged after 60 days and the matter committed  to the Committee of the Whole for consideration”.

 

​Resolves to:

 

Discharge the Committee on the Federal Capital Territory of the above mentioned Bill and commit same to the Committee of the Whole for consideration.

Debate

Hon. Bode Ayorinde Moved the Motion and it was Seconded by Hon. Mark Gbillah. The Motion was Voted on and Passed.

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CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE) Rt. Hon. Yussuff Lasun Presiding

 

5.​ A Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerian Independent Warehouse Regulatory Agency; and for Related Matters (HB. 116) (Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok) – Committee of the Whole: 9/4/2019).

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Bode Ayorinde stated that the Bill aims to have an Agency of Government to independently regulate warehouse existence and functions.

Summary of Voting:

Clauses Voted on and Carried: 1-105

 

6.​ A Bill for an Act to Provide for Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences, give effect to the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the SEA, (UBCLOS) 1982, the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA) 1988 and its Protocols; and for Related Matters (HB. 1571) (Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok) – Committee of the Whole: 9/4/2019).

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Bode Ayorinde stated that the Bill seeks to ensure piracy is prevented to maritime vessels and crafts to meet international standards.

Summary of Voting:

Clauses Voted on and Carried: 1-22

 

7. ​A Bill for an Act to Establish the Counselling Practitioners Council of Nigeria to Conduct Qualifying Examinations, Regulate the Counselling Profession; and for Related Matters (HB. 1603) (Senate) (Leader) – (Committee of the Whole: 11/4/2019).

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Bode Ayorinde stated that the Bill seeks to conduct, regulate and professionalize the counseling profession

Summary of Voting:

Clauses Voted on and Carried: 1-19

 

8. ​A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Directorate of Road Traffic and Motor Vehicle Administration Service (DRTMVAS) to be saddled with Responsibility of Road Traffic Management and Motor Vehicle Administration Services within the Federal Capital Territory (CT); and for Related Matters (HB. 1279) (Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok) – Committee of the Whole:14/11/2018).

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Bode Ayorinde stated that the Bill intends to provide for an Agency that will manage the movement of vehicles in the FCT

Summary of Voting:

Clauses Voted on and Carried: 1-29

 

9.​ A Bill for An Act to Establish Federal Polytechnic, Kwale, Delta State to Provide Full-Time Courses in Technology, Applied Science, Management and other Fields of Study and to Make Provisions for General Administration of the Polytechnic; and for Related Matters (HB.1497) (Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok) – Committee of the Whole:18/4/2019).

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Nicholas Ossai who Sponsored the Bill stated that it seeks to improve the social wellbeing of his constituency and also in the spirit of equitable distribution of educational and social resources

Summary of Voting:

Clauses Voted on and Carried: 1-29

 

10. ​A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Bureau (DRDB); and for Related Matters (HB.1606) (Senate) (Leader) – (Committee of the Whole: 17/4/2019).

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Bode Ayorinde stated that the Bill is on security and it emanates from the Senate seeking concurrence. The functions of the proposed Bureau is of essence to the security of the nation.

Summary of Voting:

Clauses Voted on and Carried: 1-34

11.​ Committee on Federal Capital Territory:

​Hon. E.Y Okey-Jev.

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Federal Capital Territory on a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal Capital Territory University of Science and Technology, Abaji; and for Related Matters (HB. 145) and approve the recommendations therein” (Adjourned Consideration: 10/4//2019).

Consideration of the Report Stepped down by leave of the House

 

12.​Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:

Hon. Aminu Suleiman:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Amend the University of Lagos Act, Cap. U9, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to specify the Minimum Qualification for the Chairman of the Governing Council, Ownership of Intellectual Property and to Provide for Pre-action Notice to the University Authority; and for Related Matters (HB. 1106) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 11/4/2019).

 

13.​ Committee on Federal Road Safety Commission:

Hon. Yunusa Abubakar:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Federal Road Safety Commission on a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Federal Road Safety Commission (Establishment) Act, 2007 and Enact a Bill For an Act to Establish the Nigeria Road Safety Commission with Responsibility for Traffic Management, Prevention and Minimization of Road Traffic Crashes, Supervision of Users of such Roads, Regulation of Traffic thereon, Clearing of Obstructions on any part of the Roads, Education of Drivers, Motorists and Other Members of the General Public on the Proper use of the Roads; and for Related Matters(HBs. 932, 939, 796 and1328) (Laid: 22/1/2019).

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Bode Oni standing in for Hon. Yunusa stated that the Bill seeks to maintain sanity of individuals, vehicles and structures on the city roads and to ensure proper traffic education and compliance.

Summary of Voting:

Clauses Voted on and Carried: 1-91

 

14.​ Ad-hoc Committee on Establishment of National Assembly Legislative Museum and Archives:

Hon. Sam Onuigbo:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Ad-hoc Committee on Establishment of National Assembly Legislative Museum and Archives and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 16/4/2019).

 

(i) That a Directorate on National Assembly Legislative Museum and Archives should be created by amending the National Assembly Service Act;

 

(ii) that a ground breaking ceremony be held at the proposed site on May 18, 2019, as part of the celebration of the World Museums Day;

 

(iii) that a temporary exhibition should be put in place before the ground breaking ceremony on May 18, 2019;

 

(iiii) that the space in the National Assembly Lobby close to Senate Hearing Room 1 should form part of the exhibition space;

 

(v) that intensive public enlightenment should commence to create awareness for the Museum and the ground breaking ceremony;

 

(vi) that the Consultant, Messrs RAA Heritage Global Resources Limited (RAA HGR) and Messrs Almond and Oak Limited be re-engaged with specific terms of operation to see to the conclusion of the Project;

 

(vii) that the Lagos Parliamentary building at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos should be renovated and furnished to serve as an annex to the National Assembly Legislative Museum;

(viii) that the proposed budget for the takeoff of the Legislative Museum in the sum of N235,700,000 (Two Hundred and Thirty-Five Million and Seven Hundred Thousand Naira) only be approved and be released immediately.

Consideration of the Report Stepped down by leave of the House

15.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Eshett Sarah Lambert:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Eshett Sarah Lambert against the Federal Road Safety Commission on the wrongful termination of her appointment and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 17/7/2018).

 

Urge the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission to reinstate Eshett Sarah Lambert to the Service of the Federal Road Safety Commission and place her at par with her colleagues in office without payment of arrears of salaries.

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Nkem Abonta stated that the Committee recommends that the Federal Road Safety reinstates Sarah Lambert and place her at par with her colleagues in office without payment of arrears of salaries.

Summary of Voting: Recommendation Voted on and Approved

 

16.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Sule Sale Ibrahim Kazaure:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Sule Sale Ibrahim Kazaure against the Corporate Affairs Commission on unlawful and unjust termination of his appointment and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 6/3/2018).

 

(i) Urge the Corporate Affairs Commission to reinstate Sule Sale Ibrahim Kazaure to work;

 

(ii) also urge the Commission to pay all his salaries and entitlements  from the date he was dismissed from Service.

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Nkem Abonta stated that the petition of Sule against the CAC was valid and determined that the ground of termination was wrong and should be reversed

Summary of Voting:

The 2 Recommendations Voted on and Approved

 

17.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Salehu Sabo O.:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Salehu Sabo O. against the Nigeria Customs Service on his wrongful dismissal from service in 2005 and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 19/7/2018).

​That Salehu Sabo O. be re- instated by the Nigeria Customs Service and be paid all his entitlements and other benefits without further delay.

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Abonta stated that having looked through all the issues therein, the Committee recommended reinstatement of the petitioner

Summary of Voting:

Recommendation Voted on and Approved:

18.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Ibrahim Mohammed Rabiu:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Ibrahim Mohammed Rabiu against the Nigeria Airforce on his wrongful dismissal from service and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 17/4/2019).

 

(i) Urge the Minister of Defence to direct the Chief of Air Staff to follow due process and convert Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed Rabiu’s dismissal to compulsory retirement to enable him apply for job elsewhere;

 

(ii) that the Management of the Nigerian Air Force should pay him all his entitlements and retirement benefits to enable him start a new life.

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Abonta stated that the Committee had investigated the issue and urged the Nigerian Air Force to comply with the recommendations of the Committee.

Summary of Voting:

Recommendations Voted on and Approved

 

19.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Michael Afilaka, Gabriel Okon, Angie Taylor and Others:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Michael Afilaka, Gabriel Okon, Angie Taylor and Others against the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports on the Non-payment of the Nigeria High Performance salary and agreed Entitlements and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 17/4/2019).

Urge the Director General, National Sports Commission, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to ensure the prompt payment of ten (10) months arrears of salaries, rents and other entitlements accrued to Mr. Michael Afilaka, Gabriel Okon, Angie Taylor and others according to the contract terms between both parties within the shortest time.

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Abonta stated that the Petition had merit and the Committee urged the Ministry in line with its rules to pay the petitioners all their entitlements

Summary of Voting:

Recommendation Voted on and Approved

 

20.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Paul Ezirim Ebonba and Family:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions  on the petition by Paul Ezirim Ebonba and Family against the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited alleging injustice and a call for intervention and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 17/4/2019).

(i) That the House should intervene and urge the Shell Petroleum Development Company to come to the negotiating table with the family and agree to pay N2 Million per hectare against the token of N200, 000.00 since the end of the Civil War;

 

(ii) that the Company should obey the Judgement of the Rivers State High Court in favour of the family as the legal Landlord of Obigbo North Oil Field occupied by Shell; and

 

(iii) that the Company should always engage the family in its surveillance and other minor contracts, employment and provisions of social amenities or any form of Local Content.

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Abonta stated that the Committee exhaustingly engaged all parties involved no urged Shell to come to an agreement that is agreeable to the petitioners.

Summary of Voting:

Recommendations Voted on and Approved

 

21.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Ex-W/PC Comfort Yohanna:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions  on the petition by Ex-W/PC Comfort Yohanna against the Nigeria Police Force on appeal for re-instatement into the service and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 17/4/2019).

 

Urge the Nigeria Police Force to reinstate Ex-W/PC Comfort Yohanna and 3 others who were discharged and acquitted but without payment of any salary arrears as soon as possible

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Abonta responding to enquires from Hon. Simon Arabo stated that though Comfort Yohanna was the principal petitioner, in the line of its investigation; the Committee saw that the same case applied to the other three members of the Police and hence recommended they enjoy the same judgement since they also appeared before the It. The Prayer of the Petition was later Amended to accommodate the three other individuals.

Summary of Voting:

Recommendations Voted on and Approved: Recommendation Amended to add the 3 other defendants to the benefits of the Petition

22.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Petition by Emmanuel Iheke and Associates:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Emmanuel Iheke and Associates against the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on illegal, unlawful and unwarranted destruction of means of livelihood of Mr. Christian Fidelis Udoh and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 17/4/2019).

 

Urge the Nigeria Customs Service to replace Christian Fidelis Udoh’s damaged truck.

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Abonta stated that the Committee saw grounds for the replacement of the damaged truck.

Summary of Voting:

Recommendation Voted on and Approved

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HOUSE IN PLENARY

The House in Plenary adopted its Proceedings in the Committee of the Whole

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Adjournment

The House Adjourned Plenary till Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by 11:00 A.M

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Media Unit, Office of the Honourable Speaker, House of Representatives.