Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Tuesday, November 6, 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 Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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ANNOUNCEMENT

1. Communication from the President Muhammadu Buhari: Presentation of the 2019-2021 MTEF to the House of Representatives in preparation to the submission of the substantive budget of 2019 for Government overall growth and development, he expressed trust that it would be expeditiously considered by Parliament. It was Referred to Committees on Finance, Appropriation, Aids and Loan.

2. Defections:

A. Hon. Biodun Awoleye from APC to Accord Party

B. Hon. Segun Williams from APC to Labour Party

C. Hon. Lawali Hassan from APC to PDP

D. Hon. Lam Adesina from APC to ADC

3. Death of the patriarch of Edo State, Late Chief Tony Anenih

4. National Prayer Breakfast preparation at the Senate by the Christian Legislative Forum on Tuesday 6th, November, 2018, in preparation of the proper programme coming up at the International Conference Center on Thursday, November 8, 2018

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MOTIONS OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

1. Hon. Balarabe Salami Moved the Motion on the need to repatriate stranded Nigerians who escaped persecution and slavery in Libya and are stranded in Niger Republic. He expressed his worry over the information suggesting that their living conditions are highly unfavorable and the image of Nigeria as a leader in the ECOWAS sub region is at stake if its citizens continue to wallow in that condition. The Motion was Voted on and Passed.

2. Hon. Orker Jev Moved the Motion on the urgent need to end the loss of lives and wanton destruction of properties by unknown killers in his constituency for some time, the most recent incident being on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. He expressed disturbance that the trend has become a reoccurring problem in the Constituency. He urged the House to constitute a high powered delegation to visit the community and ascertain the root cause of the attacks with a view to ending the menace. As a disaster related Motion it was Voted on and Passed.

3. Hon. Ahmed Safana Moved the Motion on the terrorism of his constituents by kidnappers and cattle rustlers. He stated that the armed men kidnap and unleash mayhem on mostly women and children on almost a daily basis. This has led to the displacement of over a thousand residents for the fear of their lives. He sought the intervention of the Security Agencies of Government without further delay, as this delay has led to the escalation of the mayhem. As a disaster related Motion it was Voted on and Passed.

4. Hon. Abubakar Moriki Moved the Motion on  the urgent call on the Federal Government to battle the consistent killings, kidnapping for ransom and armed robbery occurring in communities in his Constituency. He acknowledged that they had been an earlier effort by Security Agents to curb the menace, but sadly the effort was not sustained which has led to the reemergence of the armed bandits in a more deadly force. He asked for the deployment of more Police and Army personnel to the region. He also asked for the summoning of the Honorable Minister for Defense and the relevant Service Chiefs to come and brief the House on their efforts at bringing lasting peace to Zamfara State. He then called on NEMA to provide relief for the affected victims of the mayhem. Hon. Abubakar Chika in contributing to the Motion stated that areas and highways of mostly Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto are today at the mercies of these bandits. He stated that it has gotten so bad that even kidnappings for the amount of Ten Thousand Naira are being experienced. He stressed that the continuous insecurity could hinder the smooth conduction of the coming General Elections. Hon. Yakubu Barde expressed sadness that even though the 8th Assembly has continually stressed several times the insecurity in several communities nationwide, it seems it’s deliberations on the matter have gone unheeded. He stated that there seems to be a failure of leadership as it seems to have been overwhelmed. Most alarming he expressed is when kidnappers are paid their ransom and yet kill their victims like the Paramount Ruler kidnapped and killed in Kaduna. He called for the employment of modern technology like drones that are being deployed in other nations to monitor areas where these crimes take place. Hon. Joan Mrakpor wondered why personnel of security were not properly drilled before Appropriation is released , she asked the Committees of the House to be more proactive in their duties. Hon. Sani Zorro stated that Northern Nigeria as it is, is failing to the insurgents and criminalities that exist and asked for a wholistic review of the way Nigeria tackles criminalities as the normal way has obviously failed. He stated clearly that from personal experience from an oversight function, there are still some communities in Borno State which are controlled by Boko Haram. As a disaster related Motion it was Voted on and Passed.

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PRESENTATION OF BILLS FOR FIRST READING

 

1. Federal Capital Territory Abuja Area Courts Bill, 2018 (HB. 1558) (Hon. Gyang Istifanus Dung) – First Reading.

 

2. Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. .1559) (Hon. Samuel Ikon) – First Reading.

 

3. Federal Polytechnic, Dogon Daji (Establishment) Bill, 2018 (HB. .1560) (Hon. Abdussamad Dasuki) First Reading.

 

4. Federal University of Land Resources Technology, Kuru, (Establishment) Bill, 2018 (HB. .1561) (Hon. Edward Pwajok) – First Reading.

 

5. Federal University of Land Resources Technology, Oforolla, (Establishment) Bill, 2018 (HB.1562) (Hon. Jerry Alagbaoso) – First Reading.

 

6. Nigeria Postal Service Bill, 2018 (HB. 1563) (Senate) – First Reading.

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

BILLS FOR SECOND READING

 

1. A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of the Nigeria Arabic Language Village as an Inter-University Centre for Arabic Language Studies; and for Related Matters (HB. 1489) (Senate) (Leader) – Second Reading.

Item Stepped down by leave of the House

2. A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of the Nigeria French Language Village as an Inter-University Centre for French Language Studies; and for Related Matters (HB. 1490) (Senate) (Leader) – Second Reading.

Item Stepped down by leave of the House.

3. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Federal University of Agriculture, Ebenebe,      Anambra State to make Comprehensive Provisions for its due Management and Administration; and for Related Matters (HB. 1491) (Hon. Anayo Nnebe) – Second Reading.

Debate

Hon. Anayo Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and it was Seconded by Hon. Benjamin Wayo. In leading the debate, Hon. Anayo stated that the Bill seeks for proper management of the Institution and to ensure a better research procedure for technical advancement. Hon. Sani Zorro in contributing to the Debate stated that the University would positively serve the region and the nation as a whole. The Bill was Voted on, Passed for Second Reading and referred to the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services.

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MOTIONS

 

4.​ Rescission of Resolution (HR.48/10/2018) that Led to the Constitution of an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the Circumstances Leading to the Invasion of Kofar Ruwa and Singha Markets by the Nigeria Customs Service in Kano, Pursuant to Order Nine, Rule (1) (6) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives:

Hon. Edward G. Pwajok:

 

The House:

 

Notes that on Tuesday 11 October, 2018, on a point of order, a Motion on the illegal seizure of rice and the brazen abuse of law by the Nigeria Customs service at kofar Ruwa and Singha markets in Kano, Kano State was considered;

 

Also notes that the Motion was referred to an Ad-hoc Committee which was constituted to investigate the illegal invasion:

 

Aware that recent developments revealed that the matter between the affected traders and the Nigeria Customs service has been amicably resolved in favour of the traders;

 

Acknowledges the need to reconsider the resolution agreed to and reverse itself;

 

Resolves to:

 

Rescind its Resolution (HR.48/10/2018) of Tuesday, 11 October, 2018.

Debate

Hon. Pwajok Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and it was Seconded by Hon. Sergious Ogun, the Bill was Voted on and Passed for Second Reading.

 

5.​ Rescission of Clauses 38 (m) and 45 (1) and (2) of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill, 2018 pursuant to Order Nine, Rule (1) (6) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives:

Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok:

 

The House:

 

Notes that the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill, 2018 was passed by both the House and the Senate with differences;

Aware that the two Houses had constituted Conference Committee which harmonized the differences in the Bill;

Again aware that the report of the Conference Committee was adopted in the two Houses and consequently forwarded to Clerk to the National Assembly for further legislative action;

Also notes that, in order to ensure that the Bill was passed in consonance with the provisions of Section 58 (3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the Clerk to the National Assembly forwarded it to the Directorate of Legal Services of the National Assembly;

Informed that the Directorate of Legal Services of the National Assembly raised observations on Clauses 38 (m) and 45 (1) and (2) of the Bill as passed and therefore requires the clauses to be reworked before passing same;

Resolves to:

Commit Clauses 38 (m) and, 45 (1) and (2) of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill, 2018 to the Committee of the Whole for reconsideration and passage.

 

Debate

Hon. Pwajok Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and it was Seconded by Hon. Julius Pondi, the Bill was Voted on and Passed for Second Reading.

6. Virement/Supplementary Budget for Independent National Electoral Commission and Security Agencies for the Conduct of the 2019 General Elections:

Hon. Mustapha Bala Dawaki:

The House:

Recalls the approval of the Virement/Supplementary budget for INEC and Security Agencies for the conduct of the 2019 General Elections in the sum of Two Hundred and Forty-Two Billion, Two Hundred and Forty-Five Million, Fifty Thousand, One hundred Naira (N242,245,050,100) only, which is to be funded from the Service Wide Votes on the 16th October, 2018;

Aware that given some imminent issues of national importance, the virement/supplementary request cannot be implemented as earlier approved;

Resolves to:

Rescind the approval as contained in the Votes and Proceedings of 17 October, 2018 and recommit same to the Committee of supply for consideration;

Committee on Appropriations:

Hon. Mustapha Bala Dawaki:

“That the House do consider and approve the Virement/Supplementary Budget for Independent National Electoral Commission and Security Agencies for the Conduct of the 2019 General Elections”. (Committee of Supply: 6/11/2018).

Debate

Hon. Chris Azubogu standing in for Hon. Dawaki Moved the Motion and it was Seconded by Hon. Hassan Muazu. The Motion was Voted on and the Report was Passed for consideration.

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CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY) Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara presiding

7. Virement/Supplementary Budget for Independent National Electoral Commission and Security Agencies for the Conduct of the 2019 General Elections:

Hon. Mustapha Bala Dawaki:

The House:

Recalls the approval of the Virement/Supplementary budget for INEC and Security Agencies for the conduct of the 2019 General Elections in the sum of Two Hundred and Forty-Two Billion, Two Hundred and Forty-Five Million, Fifty Thousand, One hundred Naira (N242,245,050,100) only, which is to be funded from the Service Wide Votes on the 16th October, 2018;

Aware that given some imminent issues of national importance, the virement/supplementary request cannot be implemented as earlier approved;

Resolves to:

Rescind the approval as contained in the Votes and Proceedings of 17 October, 2018 and recommit same to the Committee of supply for consideration;

Committee on Appropriations:

Hon. Mustapha Bala Dawaki:

“That the House do consider and approve the Virement/Supplementary Budget for Independent National Electoral Commission and Security Agencies for the Conduct of the 2019 General Elections”. (Committee of Supply: 6/11/2018).

1. (i) Approve the sum of Two Hundred and Forty-Two Billion, Two Hundred and Forty-Five Million, Fifty Thousand, One hundred Naira (N242,245,050,100) only  as contained below:

The 3 different figures represent for the Agency, for 2018 Appropriation and for 2018 Virement.

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Chris Azubogu standing in for Hon. Dawaki urged for the  virement for INEC to enable it successfully conduct the 2019 General Elections.

Summary of Voting:

Approval for Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government Agencies that would be involved in the General Elections. All proposals approved. Theses additions are hereby added to their original 2018 Appropriations approved by Parliament.

 

HOUSE IN PLENARY

The House in Plenary adopted proceedings in the Committee of Supply

Revised total 2018 Appropriation  Act:

1. INEC: 45,500,000,000, 189,007,272,39, 234,507,272,393

2. ONSA: 37,467,339,426, 9,481,500,000, 46,948,839,426

3. DSS: 40,578,570,113, 10,213,282,455, 50,791,852,568

4. NSCDC: 79,260,507,756, 3,573,534,500, 82,834,042,256

5. NPF: 324,220,893,212, 27,341,317,433, 351,562,210,645

6. NIS: 61,986,859,648, 2,628,143,320, 64,615,002,968

7. Total: 589,014,170,155, 242,245,050,100, 831,259,220,255

2. (ii)​Approve the source of fund from Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and the Service Wide Votes as contained below.

SOURCES OF FUND

S/N

MDA

2018  Appropriation

Virement 2018

Revised Appropriation

1. Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development:

203,010,092,743, 11,057,594,240, 191,952,498,503

2. Ministry of Budget and National Planning: 1,785,525,979,6,  8,845,154,876. 1,776,680,824,806

3. Ministry of Communication Technology: 19,765,740,637. 828,501,025. 18,937,239,612

4. Ministry of Defence (MOD): 576,399,335,199. 2,636,334,357. 573,763,000,841

5. Federal Ministry of Education: 651,226,697,523. 10,238,444,433. 640,988,253,091.

6. Federal Ministry of Environment: 35,378,408,624. 2,006,248,705. 33,372,159,919

7. Federal Capital Territory Administration: 32,298,122,872. 1,508,780,026. 30,789,342,846.

8. Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 83,312,206,168. 1,737,637,743. 81,574,568,425

9. Federal Ministry of Health: 356,450,966,085. 8,059,195,896. 348,391,770,190.

10. Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission:7,030,856,777. 157,080,000. 6,873,776,777.

11. Federal Ministry of Information and Culture: 57,135,247,001. 1,884,753,364. 55,250,493,637

12. Ministry of Interior: 576,708,246,704. 1,676,128,108. 575,032,118,596.

13. National Human Rights Commission: 3,013,745,000. 170,430,753. 2,843,314,247

14. Federal Ministry of Justice: 28,751,625,728. 557,939,433. 28,193,686,295.

15. Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment: 27,397,512,045. 2,727,731,478. 24,669,780,567

16. Ministry of Mines and Steel Development: 22,943,075,245. 461,396,320. 22,481,678,925

17. Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs: 131,419,020,657. 1,199,044,000. 130,219,976,657

18. Office of the National Security Adviser: 122,680,943,684. 1,120,504,000. 121,560,439,684

19. Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation: 9,942,847,406. 38,746,400. 9,904,101,006.

20. Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation: 111,786,939,502. 6,734,088,743. 105,052,850,759.

21. Ministry of Petroleum Resources: 68,940,971,701. 20,944,000. 68,920,027,701

22. Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing: 714,668,969,899. 25,527,821,945. 689,141,147,954

23. Presidency: 59,343,353,082. 1,247,843,520. 58,095,509,562.

24. Public Complaints Commission: 7,480,000,000. 48,171,200. 7,431,828,800

25. Federal Ministry of Science and Technology: 101,161,102,924. 7,466,143,244. 93,694,959,680

26. Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment: 117,770,088,516. 7,085,582,899. 110,684,505,617.

27. Federal Ministry of Transportation: 267,145,582,503. 2,283,021,664. 264,862,560,839.

28. Federal Ministry of Water Resources: 155,149,395,652. 12,954,799,500. 142,194,596,153.

29. Federal Ministry of Women Affairs: 7,409,748,628. 319,699,353. 7,090,049,275.

30. Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development: 116,249,860,159. 522,763,832. 115,727,096,327

Subtotal:

1. 6,457,496,682,340

2. 121,122,525,050

3. 6,336,374,157,290

SERVICE WIDE VOTE:

1. (Special Intervention Programme)

2. 500,000,000,000

3. 121,122,525,050

4. 378,877,474,950

5.

6. Total Virement/Supplementary Approved: 242,245,050,100

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

8. Committee on Public Petitions:

​Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

Petition by D&K Golden City Investment Limited:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by D&K Golden City Investment Limited against the Director General/Chief Executive, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on refusal of the Management of SON to comply with the Orders of the Federal High Court of 27 February, 2011 and 8 December, 2014 in suit No. FHC. AWK/CS/37/2011 and No.1269/2014 and also for the Non Release of the factory Products and Machineries belonging to the Company seized by the Management of SON and approve the recommendations therein (Laid: 18/7/2018).

 

(i) urge the Management of Standards Organization of Nigeria to return all the seized goods and factory equipment to D & k Golden City Investment Limited and also unseal the Company factory premises to enable it continue with the business activities of the Company;

 

(ii) that the D & k Golden City Investment Limited goods were not substandard from all the certifications and documents presented. The issue was trademark of two Companies producing the same goods, brand and colour with the same design and mark, therefore the issue against D&K Golden City Investment Limited and SON was not of quality or substandardisation of goods but of trademark;

 

(iii) that SON should return all Machineries belonging to D&K Golden City Investment Limited seized by the Organisation;

 

(iiii) that SON should return all seized products and raw materials seized from the D & k Golden City Investment Limited Factory and Warehouses;

 

(v) that the Registrar of Trademark, Ministry of Trade and Investment is urged to delist the registration of Mr. Benjamin Ugochukwu Nwaizu trading under the name and style D&K Golden City Investment Nigeria Limited with the Trademark as the owner of Dorco;

 

(vi) that D&K Golden City Investment Nigeria Limited should apply for Trademark and Design Registration of Trademark to fast track the registration upon application;

 

(vii) that the said Ugochukwu Nwaizu trading under the name and style D&K Golden City Investment Nigeria Limited should be given a reasonable time to dispose of the products already manufactured while desisting from further production with the name Dorco;

 

(viii) that the Vine Morris Links Limited should be allowed to carry on their business unhindered, being the first in time and properly registered with the Registrar, Trademark of the Ministry of Trade and Investment as Dorco TMN NO. 5444 in Class 8 and design Tl09N.

 

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Abonta stated that the Committee took painstaking time to ensure justice is done and hoped the House would approve the recommendations.

Summary of Voting:

Recommendations Voted on and Carried: 1-8

9. ​ Committee on Public Petitions

Hon. Uzoma Nkem –Abonta:

Petition by DCC Ogbonnaya Akpuru:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by DCC Ogbonnaya Akpuru against the Federal Road Safety Commission on Non-Promotion after several years of service on the same rank and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 7/6/2018).

Urge the Corps Marshal General of Federal Road Safety Commission to restore the rank of DCC Ogbonnaya Akpuru from Assistant Corps Commander (ACC) to Deputy Corps Command (DCC) and also to ensure that he feature in the next promotion interview.

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Abonta stated that the complainant wondered why such a treatment contravening the rules of the Civil/Public Service was being meted to him and pleaded for the intervention of the House.

Summary of Voting:

Recommendation Voted on and Carried: 1

10. ​ Committee on Public Petitions

Hon. Uzoma Nkem –Abonta:

Petition by Onyeme Ejime Paul:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Onyeme Ejime Paul against the Federal Judicial Service Commission for Job Re-instatement and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 7/6/2018);

 

Urge the Federal Judicial Service Commission to reinstate Onyeme Ejime Paul, promote him to the next grade, if he had missed any promotion within the period, and pay all his salary arrears from February 2013 to date.

Synopsis:

Hon. Abonta stated that the Report is pathetic as the young man had fulfilled all requirements and while job seeking he ran into problem which led to his being referred back to his school of study and the current predicament he is facing is what has ensued and has denied him his means of livelihood after successfully completing his education and qualified for the job.

Summary of Voting:

Recommendation Voted on and Carried: 1

 

11. Committee on Public Petitions

Hon. Uzoma Nkem –Abonta:

Petition by Umeh Gabriel U.:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Umeh Gabriel U. against the Federal Medical Centre Keffi, Nassarawa State on the wrongful, oppressive and unjustifiable stoppage of his salary while his employment is still subsisting (Laid: 17/7/2018).

 

(i) uphold the recommendation of the Hon. Minister of State for Health by directing the Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Keffi to restore the salary of the  Umeh Gabriel U. and pay all his arrears, entitlements and benefits;

 

(ii) that the Permanent Secretary should transfer Umeh Gabriel U. to another Federal Medical Centre  so as to avoid further victimization on him, by the Management of the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi.

Synopsis of the Report:

Hon. Abonta stated that some administrative lapses caused issues with his employers and all efforts to resolve the situation had proved abortive and he then craved the indulgence of the House to help resolve the issue as even the Minister of State had ruled in his favor.

Summary of Voting:

Recommendation Voted on and Carried: 1

Recommendation Deleted: 2

 

12. Committee on Public Petitions

Hon. Uzoma Nkem –Abonta:

Petition by Tricenuel Barrister and Solicitors on behalf of Mr. Nwora O. Afamefuna:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Tricenuel Barrister and Solicitors on behalf of Mr. Nwora O. Afamefuna against the Nigeria Customs Service on the fraudulent disposal of his Consignment, Toyota 4 Runner with Chassis No. 204545 and a Bill of Lading No. 5306748982 and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 17/7/2018).

 

Urge the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service to do the needful by refunding all the money and expenses incurred by Mr. Nwora O. Afamefuna in the purchase of shipment and payment of his Toyota 4 Runner Jeep or in the alternative provide the prototype version of the same vehicle to Mr. Afamefuna within a shortest possible time.

 

Item Stepped down for further Legislative input.

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HOUSE IN PLENARY

The House in Plenary adopted proceedings in the Committee of The Whole

Adjournment

The House adjourned Plenary till Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by 11:00 Am

Courtesy:

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