Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Wednesday, July 18, 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, July 17, 2018


COMMUNICATION FROM THE PRESIDENT
Request for about =N=164,000,000,000 as supplementary of the 2018 budget for INEC and other relevant Agencies necessar, especially security related Agencies for the conduction of the 2019 general elections.

PETITION
1. Hon. Binta Bello brought 3 Petitions on the wrongful dismissal of some individuals from the Nigeria Police Force and 1 from the widow of a former Police Officer who was yet to receive her entitlement.
2. Hon. Johnson Agbonayinma brought some Petitions on a breach of contract, another on the illegal withholding of entitled benefits, another on refusal of Arik Air to pay salary arrears, another against the Comptroller General of Immigration on wrongful dismissal, another against the Nigeria Air Force for wrongful dismissal, finally, another against Alhaji Dangote and Dangote Enterprises from some residents of Kogi State on breach of procedure.

All petitions referred to the Committee on Public Petitions

MOTION OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE
1. Hon. Pally Iriase rose to Move the Motion bordering on the killing and burning of 4 serving police officers in his Constituents. The incident he stated has spread fear within the area. He called on the Inspector General of Police to speedily apprehend the culprits and also alongside the Chief of defense staff, to as a matter of urgency draft adequate security personnel to the area to ensure the safety of life and property of citizens in the area. Hon. Yakubu Barde spoke to the Motion and stated that the gruesome murder of Police Officers has become a recurring decimal and it reminded him of the way Boko Haram begun. He pointed out that it looks like the hoodlums always have more sophisticated weapons than the Police. He asked for the better equipping and motivation of officers and men of the police force. Hon. Tahir Monguno stated that adequate steps must be taken to ensure the continuous attack on instruments of the State is put to a halt. Hon. Agbedi Frederick stated that the House have always tried to show the Police are better funded but wondered why that has not translated into better standards of policing. Hon. Johnson Agbonayinma stated that everyone from the State Governors to individuals should as a means of Corporate Social Responsibility come to the aid of the Police for the safety of the Nigerian societies. Hon. Kamale Adamu advised that all tiers of Government have to be proactive to ensure the proper governance of Nigeria and that the Agencies on safety and security function optimally. The Motion was Voted on and Passed.

PRESENTATION OF BILLS

1. Public Holiday Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1529) (Hon. Kayode Oladele and Hon. Edward Pwajok) – First Reading.

2. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, (Alteration) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1530) (Hon. Kayode Oladele) – First Reading.

3. Nigeria Informal Sector Affairs Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1531) (Hon. Tajudeen Obasa) – First Reading.
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PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

1.​ Committee on Civil Society and Development Partners:
Hon. Peter O. Akpatason:
‘That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Civil Society and Development Partners on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Nigeria Red Cross Society Act, Cap. N130, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to clarify the object of the Society and increase some penalties; and for Related Matters (HB. 1135) (Referred: 16/11/2017).

2.​ Committee on Public Petitions
Hon. Uzoma Nkem–Abonta:
Petitions by Eshett Sarah Lambert:
“That the House do receive 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” Referred: 8/6/2017).

3.​ Committee on Public Petitions
Hon. Uzoma Nkem–Abonta:
Petitions by Messrs Golden Seraf Nigeria Limited:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Messrs Golden Seraf Nigeria Limited against the Federal Ministry of Communications Technology for failure to vacate their Warehouse and refusal to pay over Four years accumulated Rent” Referred: 20/7/2017).

4.​ Committee on Public Petitions
Hon. Uzoma Nkem–Abonta:
Petitions by Jonathan Nwachuhwu Ekeke:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Jonathan Nwachuhwu Ekeke against the Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture on wrongful dismissal and appeal for reinstatement” (Referred:13/7/2016).

5.​ Committee on Public Petitions
Hon. Uzoma Nkem–Abonta:
Petitions by Hauwa Umar Abore:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Hauwa Umar Abore against the Nigeria Police Force on refusal of the Nigeria Police Force, Asokoro Division to comply with a Senior Magistrate Court Order in the Suit No. AB/SMC/OR 231/2012” (Referred: 28//9/2017).

6.​ Committee on Public Petitions
Hon. Uzoma Nkem–Abonta:
Petitions by D&K Golden City Investment Limited:
“That the House do receive 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” (Referred: 29/11/2016).

7.​ Committee on Public Petitions
Hon. Uzoma Nkem –Abonta:
Petitions by C. O. Bosa and Co.:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by C. O. Bosa and Co. on behalf of Olorunhundo G. Segun against the Nigeria Customs Service Board on the unlawful termination of his appointment from service” (Referred:4/4/2017).

8.​ Committee on Public Petitions
Hon. Uzoma Nkem–Abonta:
Petitions by Blessing Nwankwo:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Blessing Nwankwo against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the unlawfull termination of his appointment from the service of INEC” (Referred:18/10/2017).

9.​ Committee on Public Petitions
Hon. Uzoma Nkem–Abonta:
Petitions by Mr. Wodung Adamu Abubakar:
“That the House do receive 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 and termination of his appointment from service” (Referred:10/2/2016).

10.​ Committee on Public Petitions
Hon. Uzoma Nkem–Abonta:
Petitions by Salehu Sabo O.:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Salehu Sabo O. against Nigeria Customs Service on his wrongful dismissal from service in 2005” (Referred:28/1/2017).

11.​ Committee on Public Petitions
Hon. Uzoma Nkem–Abonta:
Petitions by Nelly Chineye Reuben:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Nelly Chineye Reuben against the Hon. Minister of the Federal Capital Territory on the failure to Implement the National Youth Service Corps Award granted her in 2011 and the Accompanying Automatic Employment” (Referred:22/2/2018).
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ORDERS OF THE DAY

BILLS FOR THIRD READING

1.​ A Bill for an Act to Incorporate Annex 12 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, 1944 into Nigerian Law, to Establish the Nigerian Search and Rescue Service; and for Matters Connected Therewith (HB. 319) – Third Reading.

Debate
Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila Moved for the Third Reading of the Bill and it was Seconded by Hon. Orker Jev. It was voted on, Read the Third Time and Passed.

2.​ A Bill for an Act to Provide a Legal Framework for the Mainstreaming of Climate Change Responses and Actions into Government Policy Formulation, Implementation and Establishment of the National Council on Climate Change; and for Related Matters (HB.1020) – Third Reading.

Debate
Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila Moved for the Third Reading of the Bill and it was Seconded by Hon. Orker Jev. It was voted on, Read the Third Time and Passed.

BILLS FOR SECOND READING
3.​ A Bill for An Act to Establish the Federal College of Education (Technical), Doma to Provide Full-Time Courses, Teaching Instruction and Training in Technology and Applied Science, to Provide for Appointment of the Provost and other Officers of the College and to Carry out its due Administration and Management; and for Related Matters (HB.1338) (Hon. Onawo Mohammed Ogoshi) – Second Reading.

Debate
Hon. Onawo Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and it was Seconded by Hon. Nicholas Ossai.
In leading the debate Hon. Onawo reminded the House that the teaching of technology in Nigeria has assumed tremendous importance in the lives of the youth especially due to the absence of white collar jobs so that the youth can be self sufficient and employers of Labour. He pointed out that some of the subjects taught in Nigerian schools leave the graduate unprepared for the demands of the practical world, he reminded all that Government can not absorb all graduates hence the need for profitable vocational training. The Bill was Voted on, Read the Second time and referred to the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services.

4.​ A Bill for An Act to Establish the Federal Polytechnic, Kwale, Delta State to Provide Full-Time Courses in Technology, Applied Science, Management and other Fields of Studies and to Make Provisions for General Administration of the Polytechnic; and for Related Matters (HB.1492) (Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai) – Second Reading.

Debate
Hon. Ossai Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and it was Seconded by Hon. Darlington Nwokocha.
In leading the debate Hon. Ossai stated that the training of technology in today’s world requires training and retraining of instructors. He highlighted the economic importance of Kwale as being a leader In the development of power related infrastructure and peaceful oil refinery. He also stated that Kwale is one of the most peaceful of the Niger Delta region and should be rewarded with the Institution. The Institution would ensure the power infrastructure and refining activities are manned by competently trained personnel. The Bill was Voted on, Read the Second time and referred to the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services.

5.​ A Bill for an Act to Amend the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission Act, Cap. R7, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to ensure the Commission‘s Adequacy in Performing the Statutory Functions of Efficiently Monitoring Revenue Accruals and Disbursement; and for Related Matters (HB.1460) (Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta) – Second Reading.

Debate
Hon. Abonta Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and it was Seconded by Hon. Wole Oke.
Hon. Abonta stated that the Bill intends to empower and put in proper perspective the revenue generation and proper accounting of revenue generating Agencies in order to ensure financial leakages are kept to the most humanly possible minimum. He pointed out that as it is presently, the Commission is not properly funded and would definitely be vulnerable to both incompetence and compromise. This he stated would be detrimental to public funds which should have helped the Nigerian economy.The Bill was Voted on, Read the Second time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

6.​ A Bill for An Act to Provide for Establishment of the Federal College of Agriculture, Ijebu Jesa, Osun State; and for Related Matters (HB.1428) (Hon. Oluwole Oke) – Second Reading.

Debate
Hon. Oke Moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and it was Seconded by Hon. Solomon Mahren.
Hon. Oke stated that the establishment of the Cllege of Agriculture is a sincere desire of all sons and daughters of Ijebu Jesa and as an agriculturally active region, the College would be of immense benefits to diverse individuals seeking agricultural training form anywhere in the country. The College would also be influential in providing raw materials and adequate manpower for the advancement of the agricultural drive in Nigeria. The Bill was Voted on, Read the Second time and referred to the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services.

MOTIONS

7.​ Need to Investigate the Award and Payment of Pipeline Surveillance Contractors by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Bayelsa State:
Hon. Frederick Y. Agbedi ​​​Hon. Henry Daniel Ofongo
Hon. Sodaguwo Festus-Omoni ​​Hon. Douye Diri
Hon. Jephthah Foingha:
The House:
Notes that Bayelsa State plays host to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) as it has its personnel, pipelines and other oil installations spread across various communities in the State;
Also notes that as a result of pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region and upon the subsequent implementation of the Presidential Amnesty Program, it was agreed that pipeline surveillance contracts be awarded to the host communities to foster development of the communities and empower the people;
Concerned that rather than award the pipeline surveillance contracts to the host communities, the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Bayelsa State has awarded the contracts to some favoured allies and that has resulted in several conflicts in the respective communities as the youths feel marginalized and have, on several occasions, expressed their grievances through violent protests sometimes clashing with security operatives attached to the contractors resulting in loss of lives and property;
Also concerned that unless this abnormality is corrected and the respective host communities are carried along, the issue of Pipeline Surveillance Contracts by the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) will continue to brew violence in the State;
Resolves to:
Constitute an Ad-hoc Committee to:
(i) investigate the award of pipeline surveillance contracts by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Bayelsa State to ascertain the beneficiaries of the contract awards and/or employment and their impact on the oil producing communities and the country as a whole;

(ii) determine the effect of the contracts on the net national revenue derivable from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation/Nigerian Agip Oil Company joint venture operations and report back within three (3) weeks for further legislative action.

Debate
Hon. Frederick Agbedi Moved the Motion and it was Seconded by Hon. Diri Douye.
Hon. Agbedi in leading the Motion stated that other companies had given out similar security contracts to indigenes of the community as a way of involving the community in the peaceful maintenance of pipelines and other infrastructure of the company. He fears that since the youth in the community know what others enjoy in the contracts given to host communities, it is very possible for the indigenous youth to become restive and disrupt the peace. Hon. Ahmad Babba stated that AGIP is notorious for not keeping to agreements. He urged AGIP to comply with the normal mode of doing things in the Oil sector in relations with host Communities for the interest of peace which would assure progress for the region and Nigeria as a whole. The Motion was voted on and Passed.

8.​ Need to Investigate the Sales of Mint Naira Notes and Sources of Black-Marketing of the Naira:
​Hon. Adekoya Adesegun Abdel-Majid:

The House:

Notes that the Naira is greatly losing its value in the international market, and facing a serious war within the country as it is being handled with no respect by citizens;

Concerned that the Naira now appears in inglorious forms and with odours that can be dangerous to human health;

Also notes that the Naira notes in circulation are badly torn, terribly squeezed, soiled, cello taped, dirty and mutilated, especially the 100 Naira note which carries the face of the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo;

Further notes that except for 1000 and 500 naira notes, other notes are rarely paid to people in banks but are available in black markets;

Worried that bacteria naturally breed and live in dirty environments and objects, hence dirty naira notes could pose serious health risks as they have been found to contain pathogenic parasites and bacteria, and are therefore sources of infection as well as potential carriers of communicable diseases;

Also worried that diseases such as nosocomial infections, Human Influenza Virus, Hepatitis A virus and others have been found on some of these dirty notes;

Aware that as these notes stay longer in circulation, they gather dirt from one hand to the other, for example, money that has been held by a mechanic whose hands were stained with oil and grease is passed on to a farmer while selling his produce, then gets to the butcher at the abattoir and still goes back to a trader, and may even find its way to the custody of those who superstitiously pour blood of animals on money and the journey continues until it gathers enough microorganisms that can wreak havoc on human health;

Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Central Bank of Nigeria to commence the immediate withdrawal from all banks, such mutilated notes from circulation and replace them with new notes, especially the 100 Naira note;

(ii) Mandate the Committee on Banking and Currency to investigate the black-marketing of Mint Naira notes on the streets while it is perpetually unavailable in banks;

(iii) Also mandate the Committees on Legislative Compliance, and Banking and
Currency to ensure strict compliance.

Debate
Hon. Adekoya Moved the Motion and it was Seconded by Hon. Baba Jimi.
Hon. Adekoya lamented on the gross disregard for the value and sacred nature of the Naira sold as a ware on the market table. He stated that the practice drags down the image of the great nation of Nigeria. He pointed out that the practice has also made it almost impossible for banks to pay their customers with clean Naira notes. The Motion was voted on and Passed.

The House suspended its Rules to allow the Speaker Preside over the Committee of the Whole

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE) Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara Presiding

9.​ Committee on Public Petitions:
Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:
Petition by Iwere Mashark and Others:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Iwere Mashark and Others against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)on the alleged disengagement of the NNPC Casual Staff, Warri Zone and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 15/5/2018).

Urge the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to reinstate the 33 Temporary Staff from Warri Zone to sum up the One Hundred and Twenty-Two (122) Staff which they admitted to re-engage vide their letter dated 14 June, 2016.

Synopsis of the Report:
Hon. Abonta stated that the Committee considered the petition and urged the N.N.P.C to reinstate the complaints and act accordingly.

Summary of Voting
Recommendation Voted on and Carried: 1

10.​ Committee on Public Petitions:
Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:
Petition by D. D. Pantu and Associates:
That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by D. D Pantu and Associates against the Managing Director, African Steel Mill Limited on his abandonment as a victim of an Industrial Accident by his Employer and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 7/6/2018).
Adopt the consent Agreement made by Mr. Jonah Vongfa and African Steel Mill (Nig) Limited which they are signatory to (since they settled amicably) which is to the effect that the sum of N6, 5000, 000. 00 (Six Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira, be paid by the African Steel Mill (Nig) Limited to Mr. Jonah Vongfa and Mr. Jonah Vongfa to abandon all claims against the African Steel Mill (Nigeria Limited.

Synopsis of the Report:
Hon. Abonta stated that the complaint worked with the company which did not comply to the required safety standards and was subsequently injured in the work process. The company has agreed to bear the cost and are in the process of amicable settlement.

Summary of Voting
Recommendation Voted on and Carried: 1

11.​ Committee on Public Petitions:
Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:
Petition by Aggrieved Foreign Trained Medical Doctors:
That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Aggrieved Foreign Trained Medical Doctors against the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) on the consistent act of injustice meted out on them and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 7/6/2018).

Urge the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria to organize another examination so that the affected students will resit the examination.

Synopsis of the Report
The complaint was by foreign trained Nigerian Doctors who sat for the required examination but over 50% of them failed. The Committee in view of their complaints urged the Medical and Dental Council to stage another examination for them.

Summary of Voting
Recommendation Voted on and Carried: 1

12.​ Committee on Public Petitions:
Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:
Petition by Goddy Osa I.:
That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Goddy Osa I. against the Nigeria Police Academy on the Injustice meted out on him by the Management of the Academy and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 7/6/2018).

(i) reinstate Goddy Osa Igbaekemen with his Master’s Degree and not Ph.d Degree which its validity is being contested;

(ii) pay Goddy Osa Igbaekemen all his outstanding salaries and allowances till date.

Synopsis of the Report:
He was employed with a Master Defree and obtained a Doctorate Degree in the process of employ, the Police Academy refused to regard the Doctrate degree as the Institution was not an accredited. This led to his disengagement. The Committee is asking for his reinstatement on the level of Masters.

Summary of Voting
Recommendation Voted on and Carried: 6(1), 6(2)

13.​ Committee on Public Petitions:
Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:
Petition by Babagana Ibrahim and Others
That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Babagana Ibrahim and Others against the Federal Ministry of Finance on the Non-compliance with the Government Directives and the Court Order and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 7/6/2018).

Urge the Federal Ministry of Finance and the National Insurance Commission to issue recall letters to the 33 disengaged petitioners, in line with the Court Order.

Synopsis of the Report
Hon. Abonta stated that the complaints were disengaged without due process. The Industrial Court gave a Judgement in their favor and the Ministry is urged by the Committee to obey the Court Order.

Summary of Voting
Recommendation Voted on and Carried: 1

14.​ Committee on Public Petitions:
Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:
Petition by Akinbode Oluwafemi (Nigeria Tobacoo Control Alliance)
That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Akinbode Oluwafemi (Nigeria Tobacoo Control Alliance) against the British American Tobacco Nigeria Limited (BATN) and other Tobacco Companies that illegally benefited from the Export Expansion Grant (EEG) Scheme in the form of Tax Waivers Grant and other benefits between 2004 and 2014 and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 7/6/2018).

That the petition be discountenanced for lack of merit.

Synopsis of the Report
Hon. Abonta stated that the group complained that the grant was illegal and detrimental to the Nigerian economy. The grant however had been ceased long ago, so the petition may have been ill motivated.

Summary of Voting
Recommendation Voted on and Carried: 1

HOUSE IN PLENARY:
The House in Plenary Adopted the Voting of the House in the Committee of the Whole.

Adjournment
The House adjourned Plenary till Thursday, July 19 by 11:00 Am

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