Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Tuesday, May 8, 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, May 3, 2018
ORDERS OF THE DAY
1. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerian Council for Social Works to Regulate the Practice of Professional Social Work in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 161) (Hon. Ossai N. Ossai) (Veto Override) – Second Reading.
Item Stepped down by leave of the House
2. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 and Enact the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill to Provide Measures for the Prohibition, Prevention and Combating of Terrorist activities in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB.1296) (Hon. Kayode Oladele) – Second Reading.
Hon. Oladele pointed out that the Bill hopes to harmonize the Terrorism Act 2011. The Bill through its provisions and intended applications aims to further control the movement of explosives, arms and ammunition in around the Nigerian space to bring to the utmost minimum the incidence of terrorism. Hon. Edward Pwajok in his contribution stated that during the period of litigation, fair hearing is important, that is before and during the court process. He pointed out that remanding someone for more than 24 hours without proper bail was in contravention of the Law, except in the case where the freedom of the suspect can be viewed to be a threat to society or to him/herself. Hon. Mohammed Monguno stated that if passed and implemented, the application of the provisions of the Bill would be vital in the fight against such societal vices as kidnapping, hijacking and terrorism. The Bill was put to a vote, passed for Second Reading and referred to the House Committee on National Security and Intelegence.
3. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Provisions of the Electoral Act, No. 6, 2010 to further Improve the Electoral Process, Restrict the Qualification for Elective Offices to Relevant Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, Recognize the use of Smart Card Readers and Other Technological Device in Elections, further Regulate Political Party Primaries, a Time Line for Submission of List of Candidates, criteria for substitution of Candidates, Limit of Campaign Expenses and Address the Omission of Names of Candidates or Logo of Political Party; and for Related Matters (HB. 1425) (Hon. Aishatu Jibril Dukku Hon. Sunday S. Karimi, Hon. Gyang Pwajok , Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, Hon. Olutoye Temitope Sugar, Hon. Ahmed Babba Kaita and Hon. Eucharia Azodo) – Second Reading.
Item stepped down by leave of the House
4. Alleged Mismanagement of the Save Schools Initiative (SSI) Funds in the North-East Zone:
Hon. Sani Zorro:
Recalls that a global intervention named the Save Schools Initiative (SSI), under the leadership of the Hon. Gordon Brown, the former British Prime Minister, was launched four years ago in the wake of horrific abduction of students of the Government Secondary School Chibok;
Aware that an undisclosed amount of funds were collected for the purpose of enhancing physical security around vulnerable schools against further abduction of students in boarding Secondary Schools in the North East Region;
Regrets that there is no evidence that such schools in the North East Region are now secured and protected by trained Security Personnel or fortified with CCTV Cameras, high perimeter fence, heavy duty electricity generators, etc., as provided for in the original concept of the Save Schools Initiative;
Also regrets that the absence of security infrastructure in the North East Zone Schools has recently led to another incident of abduction of Students of the Government Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State, which brought about embarrassment and attendant trauma on the Nigerian nation;
Mandate the Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Refugees and Initiatives on the North-East Zone to investigate the extent of funds collected, its management, custodian(s) of the funds and whether or not the funds have been applied for the purpose for which they were collected and report to the House within 8 weeks for further legislative action.
Item stepped down by leave of the House.
5. Need to Curb Infant Mortality Rate in Nigeria:
Hon. Akinwunmi Nurudeen Olaitan Hon. Jimoh Abdulraheem Olajide:
Notes that Nigeria has the third highest infant mortality rate in the world and by the UNICEF Report of October, 2017, it was said that close to 10 percent of the mortality occurred in Nigeria;
Appreciates that the knowledge, technology and services that are required to save the lives of babies are obtainable but needs to be placed where they are mostly desirable;
Aware of the newborn mortality rate of 29 deaths per 1000 births, and globally Nigeria is ranked as the 11th highest on new-born deaths, as the Nigeria’s representative of the UNICEF, Mr. Mohammed Fall, noted that in recent multiple indicator cluster survey (MICS) conducted by the Nigerian government in 2016/17, the rate of new-born death per 1000 birth is 37;
Also aware that majority of these deaths are preventable, but urgent actions need to be taken for Nigeria to achieve one of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG); Observes that the high percentage of new-born deaths is due to prematurity, asphyxia, complications during birth or infections such as pneumonia and sepsis, and these deaths can be avoided through access to well-trained Midwives during antenatal and post-natal visits;
(i)Urge the Federal Ministry of Health, Health Practitioners, Health Care Providers to curb infant mortality rate by recruiting, training, retaining of Doctors, Nurses and Midwives with expertise in Maternal and new-born care;
(ii)Mandate the Committees on Health Institutions, Health Care Services, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to meet and come up with ways to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on mortality rate in Nigeria.
Item Stepped down by leave of the House.
CONSIDERATION OF REPORT (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE), The Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yussuff Lasun presiding:
6. Hon. Sergius Ose Ogun:
“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 the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (HB. 1087) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 3/5/2018) (Committee of the Whole).
Clauses of the Report voted on and Carried.
The House adjourned Plenary till Wednesday, May 9, by 11:00 Am
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