Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Wednesday, November 7, 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 Tuesday, October 6, 2018

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MATTERS OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

1. Hon. Oghuma Johnson Moved the Motion on the Earth tremor witnessed in Abuja and called for a wholistic study of the terrain to forestall further occurrences. He praised NOSDRA for foreseeing the disaster earlier. He however expressed worry at how not enough was done with the warning to prevent the occurrence. He related that the same lackadaisical attitude towards the warning is the same normally given for flooding until the floods actually come and wreck havoc, before clean up measures begin, too little, too late. Hon. Agbonayinma Johnson stated that the occurrence of Earth disturbance also erodes the minerals in the land. Hon. Abiante Awaji-Inombek stated that for this to happen in Abuja shows that the indiscriminate mining activities without adequate Government supervision is harmful. Government he said should be more proactive to the situation for the safety of the people in the Federal Capital Territory. The Motion was Voted on and Passed.

2. Hon. Tobi Okechukwu Moved the Motion on the recent attack on the person of the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu. He decried the late response of the Nigeria police to the emergency. He urged the House to set up an Ad-Hoc Committee to investigate the matter, he also called on the relevant Security Agencies to Investigate what may be the cause, especially as they have been handed a suspect caught in the very act. Hon. Yakubu Barde wondered how the assailants could get access to the room of the Deputy Senate President without the intervention of the security personnel attached to him. He also wonder d why it took the police over 7 hours to respond to such a high caliber call of distress. He queried the actual releases to budgetary appropriations from Parliament for Security Agencies to carry out their responsibilities which may be difficult in the prevailing circumstances. Hon. Nuhu Danburam expressed exhaustion at the recurring decimal of lamentation of insecurity day in day out. He urged Members of Parliament to enforce their constitutional powers to ensure a stop to this menace is attained. Hon. Aminu Suleiman wondered why the Deputy Senate President would need to contact the Police when his Police entourage has more personnel than the entire Apo police Division. He asked for proper scrutiny of the entire scenario. The Motion was Voted on and Passed.

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

BILLS

 

1. A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Periodic Revision of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004; and for Related Matters (HB.1444) (Senate) (Leader) – Second Reading.

 

Debate

Hon. Idris Ahmed Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and it was Seconded by Hon. Edward Pwajok. Hon. Idris stated that the Laws are meant to be reviewed every decade so that they continue to meet the practical needs of society. Hon. Edward Pwajok stated that the Nigeria Law Reform Act already takes into consideration the matter and the Senate should have Amended that Law and not bring a stand alone Law for concurrence. The Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara sought if the Law repels the existing Law, so that they should not be duplication. To that, the Bill was Stepped down by leave of the House.

 

2. A Bill for an Act to Eradicate the Age Discrimination against Job seekers in the Federal Government Agencies; and for Related Matters (HB. 1502) (Hon. Sergius Ose Ogun) – Second Reading.

 

Debate

Hon. Ogun Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and it was Seconded by Hon. Hassan Saleh. In leading the debate, Hon. Ogun stated that the Bill seeks to ensure no Nigerian job seeker is disqualified on regards of age. He stated that this would be a key responsibility of Parliamentarians as representatives of the people. He also stated that this is with a view to ensure the human rights of the job seekers are not trampled upon and to significantly reduce the amount of unemployed individuals in the society. He also pointed out that the Bill mainly aims at Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies and hoped the Private Sector Employers of labor would follow suit afterwards. He pointed out also that the incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities make sure that it is not possible for Nigerian university students to graduate in stipulated time. Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas stated that age brackets for job seekers should only be applied to societies where there is normalcy in the education calendar system, not in Nigeria where strikes in universities are the order of the day. Hon. Idris Ahmed stated that there are some jobs like security forces where you have to be young to enter, so the Bill should not be blanket and be more specific. Hon. Babajimi Benson as a co-sponsor of the Bill stated that it is only in age where there is discrimination, not in sex, religion and ethnicity. He called for abolishment of the age restriction as it denies a lot of qualified and highly energetic, resilient and patriotic Nigerians the opportunity to contribute to the development of society as well as the fulfillment of their goals. Hon. Yussuff Lasun stated that the aim of the Bill has been taken care of by the relevant Section of the Constitution which should have been taken advantage of by those affected, if that had been fully enforced, the Bill won’t be necessary. The Bill was Voted on, Passed for the Second Reading and referred to the Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity.

3. A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Ikare-Akoko, Ondo State to Provide full Time Courses in Teaching Instruction and Training in Technology, Applied Science, Technical and Vocational Education; and for Related Matters (HB.1469) (Hon. Olemija Stephen Friday and 3 Others) – Second Reading.

ALL OTHER ITEMS ON THE ORDER PAPER STEPPED DOWN DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

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MOTIONS

 

4.​ Need to Curb the Trend of Kidnapping in Song/Fufore Federal Constituency of Adamawa State:

Hon. Sadiq Ibrahim.

 

The House:

 

Notes the recent and dangerous type of crime threatening the lives and wellbeing of citizens posing great danger to safety of lives, food supply and security in Song and Fufore Local Government Areas of Adamawa State where bandits waylay harmless farmers on their way to or from their farms;

 

Also notes that several farmers and residents of these Local Government Areas have been killed, maimed or missing without any trace resulting to property worth millions of naira abandoned out of fear, with attendant negative effect on the economic activities of these areas;

 

Worried that this negative phenomenon is growing rapidly without any check due to the absence of Police or other security agencies in the affected areas, making the areas vulnerable to continuous attacks;

 

Also worried that if the perpetrators of these crimes are not urgently brought to book, economic activities in these communities and by extension Adamawa State, which is predominantly agrarian, will be grounded;

 

Aware that last year Adamawa State had witnessed series of violent clashes between herdsmen and farmers which led to loss of several lives and wanton destruction of properties especially in Girei, parts of Mayo Belwa and in Demsa, Numan and Lamorde Local Government Areas;

 

Concerned that this dangerous and violent form of criminality of kidnapping is threatening food security, lives, property as well as the peace and tranquility of Adamawa State as innocent people are being waylaid and kidnapped like the case of Jauro Abdu, the Village of  Kiri Community, his wife, grandson and Yerima Saadu as well as Alh. Kabiru Babangida, in Song who was also killed on the way from his farm;

 

Disturbed that sometimes when farmers sell their farm produce, they are trailed at night by these criminals robbed and kidnapped, at gun point, like the case of Usman Alhaji Gambo in Chigari;

 

Also disturbed by the most pathetic and terrible trend of this incident which is the kidnapping of Professor Allen Kadams, a Professor of Crop Science and Horticulture, and Adamu Zatta, a Professor of Soil Pedology in the same University, who was recently kidnapped in his residence and remained in captivity for 4 days until ransom was paid to the kidnappers.

 

Resolves to:

 

(i) Observe one minute silence in honour of the innocent victims who were killed;

 

(ii) Call on the Inspector General of Police to direct the Adamawa State Commissioner of Police to intensify Police patrols in Fufore and Song Local Government Areas in order to curb this hitherto unknown ugly incidents of kidnapping in areas concerned;

 

(ii)​Urge the Chairmen of the two Local Government Areas to collaborate with the Nigeria Police Force, Traditional Rulers and other residents of the areas, reinforce Vigilante Groups with a view to complimenting the efforts of the police in bringing this dangerous trend to an end; and

 

(iii)​Mandate the Committees on Police Affairs and Interior to ensure compliance and report back within 4 weeks.

 

5.​ Need to Reform Nigeria’s Tertiary Educational System.

Hon. Ayodele Oladimeji

 

The House:

 

Notes that the strategic importance of education to any nation cannot be over emphasized being the fulcrum of national growth and development;

 

Also notes that tertiary education is the platform for developing human capital for social, economic and technological transformation and advancement of any nation;

 

Again notes that right to education is a fundamental human right and a tool of attaining not only academic excellence but also social justice and progress, through  which citizens achieve not only personal growths, but also develop their civic and political consciousness;

 

Worried that Nigeria loses a minimum of N1trillion to education tourism annually because about 75,000 Nigerians are currently studying in Ghana, Benin Republic and Egypt Republic;

Also worried about the dwindling quality of Nigeria’s education thus making our graduates unemployable, as no fewer than 1.8million graduates in the country move into the labor market every year with the hope of getting jobs that are not in sight;

 

Informed that numerous problems beset Nigeria’s educational system leading to poor quality and exodus of our youth from tertiary education; these include inadequate funding and infrastructure, epileptic power supply and examination malpractices;

 

Aware that the Nigerian Government allocates 7% of the national budget to education which is far from the 26% budgetary allocation recommended by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) for developing countries like Nigeria;

 

Also aware that Nigeria’s educational sector needs urgent reform, failing which it will continue to spiral down and Nigerians will continue to spend their hard earned foreign exchange in financing education tourism;

 

Resolves to:

 

(i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Education, National Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to carry out a holistic reform that would make Nigeria’s tertiary Institutions internationally competitive, and to support its National Economic Development and Growth Plan;

 

(ii)​Mandate the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to work with the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) and the relevant agencies to ensure implementation and report back within 6 weeks for further legislative action.

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CONSIDERATION OF REPORT

 

6.​ A Bill for an Act to ensure full Integration of Nigerians with Disability into the Society and Establish a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities and Vest it with Responsibilities for their Education, Healthcare Social, Economic and Civil Rights; and for Related Matters  (HB. 476) (Committee of the Whole: 6/11/2018).

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Adjournment

The House adjourned Plenary till Thursday November 8, 2018 by 11:00 Am

Courtesy:

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