Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Tuesday October 16, 2018. 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 Thursday , October, 11, 2018
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ANNOUNCEMENT
1. Communication from Mr. President on the Environmental impact reenactment and Amendment Bill sent to the House, he hopes for speedy consideration of the Bill in the usual manner of the House.

2. Notification of the vacancy of the seats of Hon. Baba Kaita (Katsina) and Hon. Lawal Yahaya (Bauchi) who have both crossed over to the Senate.

3. Set up of an Ad-Hoc Committee to investigate the perceived illegal activities of the Nigeria Customs on traders in Kano

4. Set up of an Ad-Hoc Committee to investigate the need to extend pipeline surveillance in Bayelsa State

MATTERS OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

1. Hon. Diri Duoye raised the Motion on the need to end the unending cycle of grief caused by recurrent flooding. He regretted the fact that the Federal Government seems to have lost the edge of pro-activity and has settled for reeling out statistics of devastation and carrying out damage control instead of planning ahead with the fore warnings. He stated that Bayelsa as a State with many riverine communities is always worst hit, and this has been a recurring decimal. He called on the relevant Agencies of Government to be more proactive in dealing with measures meant to forestall flooding hazards and also to ensure victims are always adequately catered for. As a disaster related Motion, it was voted on and passed.

2. Hon. Chike Okafor moved the Motion on the recent killing of another abducted health worker by the Boko Haram sect and to move for the release of the remaining still being held by the group. He pointed out that if the nation doesn’t rise in responsibility, International Bodies could stop sending their staff to help areas suffering from the effect of insurgency. Hon. Raphael Igbokwe in speaking to the debate wondered why such health workers were not adequately protected. He stated that the Security Agencies who have enjoyed better Appropriation should also be more alive to their responsibilities to justify the sacrifice. Hon. Kingsley Chinda stated that the Motions on insecurity have been one too many without the resolutions being taken seriously. He called on the President, Muhammadu Buhari to honorably resign if he cannot guarantee the security of Nigerian lives. The Motion was voted on and Passed.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

BILLS

1.​ A Bill for an Act to Amend the Provisions of the Electoral Act, No 6 of 2010; and for Related Matters (HB. 1544) (Hon. Aishatu Jibril Dukku) – Second Reading.

Hon. Dukku Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill.
Debate
Hon. Dukku in leading the debate stated that the experiences since 1999 have shown that a sound electoral framework has always been the difference between smooth elections and shabby ones. She stated that the 2015 elections showed some gaps that if not addressed would also affect the 2019 general elections, such issues as card readers and the proposal for e-voting have not been fully addressed. Hon. Jones Onyererei stated that the Bill as proposed is a critical one in the Electoral process and all that needs to be done to ensure its passage. Hon. Nicholas Ossai stated that the instrument of card reader can be manipulated by hackers in areas that are remote and should be looked at. The Bill was Voted on and Passed for Second Reading and referred to the Committee of the Whole.

2.​ Bills for Acts to Provide Legal Framework to Establish the following Federal Medical Centres;
(a) Abakaliki, (HB. 1390);
(b) Abeokuta, (HB. 1391);
(c) Asaba, (HB. 1392);
(d) Azare, (HB. 1393);
(e) Bida, (HB. 1394);
(f) Birnin-Kebbi, (HB.1395);
(g) Birnin-Kudu, (HB.1396);
(h) Ebute-Meta, (HB.1397);
(i) Yola, (HB.1399);
(j) Gusau, (HB.1400);
(k) Ado Ekiti, (HB.1401);
(l) Jalingo, (HB.1402);
(m) Katsina, (HB.1403);
(n) Keffi, (HB.1404);
(o) Lokoja, (HB.1405);
(p) Makurdi, (HB.1406);
(q) Nguru, (HB.1407);
(r) Owerri, (HB.1408);
(s) Owo, (HB.1409);
(t) Umuahia, (HB. 1410); and
(u) Yenagoa, (HB. 1411) (Hon. Abbas Tajudeen) – Second Reading.

Hon. Tajudeen Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and was Seconded by Hon. Mohammed Jega.

Debate
Hon. Tajudeen in leading the debate stated that the Federal Government had tried to ensure Federal Healthcare system are sited in all States to help Nigerians. He stated that the Institutions are already on ground and functional, they however lack the Legal framework to back them. The Bill seeks to confer legal identity to the Centers and this would ensure that the hospitals can both sue and be sued for negligence which would boost accountability. It would also help to promote National integration and coherence. Hon. Joseph Akinlaja in supporting the Bill stated that the establishment of the legal framework would ensure medical supplies and services are received as at when due. Hon. Betty Apiafi stated that the passage of the Bill would ensure the medical centers work more effectively for the betterment of Nigerians. The Bill was Voted on and Passed for Second Reading, it was then referred to the House Committee on Health Institutions.

3.​ A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Security Trust Fund to Provide for the Maintenance of a Trust Fund that will cater for the Procurement of Military Security Infrastructure and Technology for Security Agencies in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB.1475) (Hon. Rimamnde Shawulu Kwewum and 7 Others) – Second Reading.

Hon. Shawulu Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and was Seconded by Hon. Nnenna Ukeje.

Debate
Hon. Shawulu stated that the Bill was conceived to meet the security challenges being faced by Nigeria. He stressed that the budget cycle cannot adequately cater for the deficiency in procuring state of the art combat equipment for military personnel. He also pointed out corruption and lack of transparency as further reasons that have continued to hinder the steady progress the military were supposed to have been making. He called for a centralized means for the upgrade of military advancement. Hon. Adamu Kamale stated that it is long overdue for Nigeria to have sufficient means of funding the military with the diverse fronts on which the military are fighting. Hon. Nnenna Ukeje stated that the world has become an increasingly dangerous one and the military was the first line of defense for the citizenry, and there is a need for Nigeria to accelerate funding for the military as other proactive countries have done. Hon. Ibrahim Sadiq wondered if the proposal of the Bill was constitutional if the system was working. He expressed worry if the proposed Trust fund would also not be compromised. Hon. Tahir Monguno stated that the Military who are charged with shielding the nation from external aggression need to be funded by all means. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila stated that it is a wonder why the Nigerian military are underfunded and their welfare are not well taken care of when adequate budgeting has continued to be provided. He stated that the House should then think outside the box to ensure that monies appropriated for the military get to them. The Bill was voted on, passed for Second Reading and referred to the Committee of National Security and Intelligence.
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MOTION

4.​ Approval of the Request for Virement of Funds to Finance the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Security Agencies towards the Preparation for the 2019 General Elections:
Hon. Mustapha Bala Dawaki:

The House:

Recalls that on Wednesday, 18 July, 2018 a Communication from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria requesting for Virement of Funds in the Appropriation Act, 2018 was read at Plenary;

Notes that the request was in respect of Virement of Funds to finance INEC and Security Agencies towards the preparation for the 2019 General Elections for which no provisions were made in the 2018 Appropriation Act;

Aware that the Virement has become necessary in order to appropriate funds to enable the relevant Agencies commence preparation towards a free and fair election in 2019;

Also notes that the total amount of Virement being proposed for the INEC and other Security Agencies is N831,259,220,255.00 the breakdown of which is as follows:

1. Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
N234,507, 272,393.00

2. Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA)
N46,948,839,426.00

3. Department of State Security Service (DSS)
N50,791,852,568.00

4. Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)
N82,834,042,256.00

5. Nigeria Police Force (NPF)
N351,562,210,645.00

6. Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS)
N64,615,002,968.00

Grand Total
N831,259,220,255.00

Resolves to:

Approve the Virement of the Sum of Eight Hundred and Thirty-One Billion, Two Hundred and Fifty-Nine Million, Two Hundred and Twenty Thousand, and Two Hundred and Fifty-Five Naira (N831,259,220,255.00) only to fund the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Security Agencies towards the preparation for the 2019 General Elections.

The Motion was Moved by Hon. Mustapha and Seconded by Hon. Nkiruka Onyejeocha. The Motion was voted on and Passed.
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CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS (COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE): Rt. Hon. Yussuff Lasun Presiding

5.​ Committee on Environment and Habitat:
Hon. Obinna Chidoka:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Environment and Habitat on a Bill for an Act to Amend the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (Establishment, Etc.) Act, 2006; and for Related Matters (HB. 964) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 24/7/2018).

Synopsis of the Report:
Hon. Chidoka stated that the Report is aimed at Amending the relevant NOSDRA Act to ensure violators are adequately sanctioned, it is also aimed at giving the Agency prosecutory Powers and give it more bite and strength. It was introduced as a Bill sponsored by him and referred to their Committee, and in the conduct of their work, it was found that some loopholes which were found in the existing NOSDRA Act had to be worked on in line with Global and International response to oil detection and clean-up procedures, this was done to not only improve the national environmental structure, but as well as to promote its strategic relevance to the economic development of Nigeria. The Amendment is aimed at also enhancing the effectivity of the Agency and position it for effective discharge of its duties.

Summary of voting
Clauses voted on and Carried: 1-37

6.​ Committee on Public Petitions
Hon. Uzoma Nkem –Abonta:
Petition by Walaris Nigeria Limited:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Walaris Nigeria Limited against the Police Service Commission on Non-payment of Contract Debt for the Construction of 400 Linear Meter Wall Fencing at Troop office/Barracks in Kaduna State (Lot-1203017) and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 17/7/2018);
Urge the Chairman, Police Service Commission to pay the Management of the Walaries Nigeria Limited the sum of N8, 378, 046 with the accrued interest of 10% per annum between 2013 -2018 which amount to N4, 189, 023.09 making a total of N12, 567, 069 as the remaining balance of contract agreement of both parties.

Synopsis of the Report:
Hon. Abonta stated that it was a petition from an aggrieved Nigerian against the Nigeria Police and that the report recommended as a Nigerian with rights his entitlement should be paid him. Hon. Shehu Shagari wondered whether the Nigeria Police were represented, Hon. Abonta explained that they were summoned 3 times but they refused to appear.

Summary of Voting:
Recommendation 6.0: Approved

7.​ Committee on Public Petitions
Hon. Nkem –Abonta:
Petition by Comrade Kehinde Squad and Co.:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Comrade Kehinde Squad and Co. against the West African Portland Cement PLC, Lafarge, Ewekoro on the lack of commitment to Safety Work Practices as enshrined in the Global Practices by an Employer which resulted in the death of three Company Workers and also Non-Commitment to Manpower Development and approve the recommendations therein (Laid: 17/7/2018)”;

(i) Urge the Managing Director of West African Portland Cement Plc to determine the extent of damage done to the deceased family and the host Community and pay them equivalent compensation accordingly;

(ii) Engage the Youth of the Community in the Company work.

8.​ Committee on Public Petitions:
​Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:
​Petition by Mr. Wodung Adamu Abubakar:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Mr. Wodung Adamu Abubakar against the Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta, Ogun Sate on the illegal stoppage of salaries and termination of his appointment and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 18/7/2018).

(i) Urge the Provost, Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Dr. Ajayi to reinstate Mr. Wodung Adamu Abubakar back to service as due process was not followed in the termination of his appointment;

(ii) that Mr. Wodung Adamu Abubakar be promoted to be at par with his colleagues in office and be paid all his salary arrears, benefits and other entitlements.

Synopsis of the Report:
Hon. Abonta stated that the petitioner took ill and was hospitalized and when he returned to work he was wrongfully dismissed, the report proposes that he should be reinstated with all entitlements.

Summary of voting
Clauses voted on and Passed: 6.1 & 6.2
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HOUSE IN PLENARY
The House in Plenary adopted proceedings in the Committee of the Whole

Ardjournment
The House adjourned Plenary till Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by 11:00 Am

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