Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Tuesday, October 4th, 2022

The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila presiding.

After leading the opening prayer and the National Pledge, the Speaker approved the votes and proceedings of Thursday, September 29th, 2022


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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  1. COMMUNICATION FROM THE PRESIDENT
    Presentation of 2023 Appropriation Bill by 10:00 Am on Friday, 10th October 2022 before the National Assembly

  2. The membership of the Ad-Hoc Committee to investigate the alleged gruesome killing of some individuals by officers of the Nigeria Customs in Egbado South / Ipokia in Ogun state was announced, and it is to be chaired by Rep. Muktar Ahmed.


PETITION

  1. Rep. Ben Igbakpa laid a petition from a complainant against the Federal Road Safety Corps to get the entitlements of an officer who was killed on active duty.

The petition was referred to the House Committee on Public Petitions

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MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

  1. Rep. Sani Bala moved a motion on the need to investigate the frequent collapse of the national grid and it was seconded by Rep. Preye Oseke.

Leading the debate, Rep. Bala expressed worry about the harm caused to electricity consumers due to the frequent power outages, and hours of darkness caused by the collapse of the national grid. The frequent outages he stressed make it obvious that there is no framework to contain such collapses. He wondered why the power sector that has been duly privatized has not been optimized as was promised while privatizing the sector. He called on the House Committee on Power to investigate the inability of the Transmission Companies of Nigeria to meet the power needs of Nigerians.

Rep. Toby Okechukwu stated that the motion touched the fabric of economic vibrancy as well as the livelihood of Nigerians. He called for a wholesome approach to curing the lingering problems of power generation, transmission and distribution. He wondered why this problem has continued to defy solutions in Nigeria. Rep. Okechukwu reminded all that power is essential to industrialization, employment, wealth creation and due distribution. He called on Parliament as the people’s representatives to ensure this is dealt with for the interest of the people.

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The motion was voted on and adopted.


PRESENTATION OF BILLS

  1. Federal College of Nursing and Midwifery, Lapai, Niger State (Establishment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2079) (Rep. Abdullahi Mamudu) – First Reading.

  2. Federal Colleges of Education Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2080) (Rep. Abdullahi Mamudu) – First Reading.

  3. National Cereals Research Institute, Badeggi, Niger State (Establishment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2081) (Rep. Abdullahi Mamudu) – First Reading.

  4. National College of Laboratory Technology, Health Sciences and Medical Imaging, Agaie, Niger State (Establishment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2082) (Rep. Abdullahi Mamudu) – First Reading.

  5. Chartered Nigerian Institute for Industrial Security (Establishment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2083) (Rep. Gogo Bright Tamuno) – First Reading.


 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

BILLS

  1. A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Emergency Management Agency Act, Cap. N34, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to make Provision for greater Efficiency in the Operations of the National Emergency Management Agency; and for Related Matters (HB. 1155) (Rep. Henry Nwawuba) – Second Reading.

Debate
Rep. Henry Nwawuba moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Gagdi.

The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the Committee of the Whole.

 

  1. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Notaries Public Act, Cap. N141, Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the Notaries Public Bill, 2022 to provide for the Appointment of Notaries Public, their Registration and to Regulate the Duty of the Office of the Notary Public and to make Provisions for the performance of digital and remote notarization of documents by Notaries Public in Nigeria and the recognition of digitally notarized documents as being validly notarised; and for Related Matters (HB. 2020) (Rep. Ifeanyi Chudy Momah, Rep. Ugonna Ozurigbo and Rep. Henry Nwawuba) – Second Reading.

Debate
Rep. Ugonna Ozurigbo moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Henry Nwawuba.

The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the Committee of the Whole.

 

  1. A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal College of Agriculture, Kagara, Kaduna State for the purpose of providing qualitative Education in Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Management and Extension and other Technical Knowledge in Agriculture; and for Related Matters (HB.1393) (Rep. Gabriel Saleh Zock) – Second Reading.

Bill stepped down by leave of the House

  1. A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal Medical Centre, Uromi, Edo State to Provide Legal Framework for the Administration and Management of the Centre; and for Related Matters (HB.1562) (Rep. Sergius Ose Ogun) – Second Reading.

Debate
Rep. Sergius Ogun moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Abubakar Yalleman.

The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the House Committee on Health Institutions.


MOTIONS
5. Discharge of Committees on Referrals on Bills, Pursuant to Order Seventeen, Rule 3 (g) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives:
​Rep. Abubakar Hassan Fulata:

​The House:

​Notes that the following Bills were read a Second time separately between 2019 and 2021 and referred ​to Committees of the House for legislative actions;

S/N
Title
Date of referral
Committee (s)

1.
Federal College of Agricultural Technology, Otun, Ekiti Bill, 2020 (HB.649)

20/5/2021
Tertiary Education and Services

2.
Fire and Rescue Service Bill, 2019 (HB.83)

26/9/2019
Interior

3.
Nigerian Minerals and Mining Bill, 2019 (HB.87)

4/2/2020
Solid Mineral Development

4.
Nigeria Institute of Translators and Interpreters (Establishment) Bill, 2019 (HB.136)
12/2/2020
Information, National Orientations, Ethics and Values

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5.
Pension Reform Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 1841)

26/7/2022
Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and FCT Area Councils and Ancillary Matters.

6.
Forensic Science University of Nigeria Erin–Ile, Kwara State (Establishment) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1754)
9/12/2021
Tertiary Education and Services

Aware that the Committees are yet to present the report on the Bills, contrary to the provisions of Order Seventeen, Rule 3 (g) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives, to wit:

“Any matter referred to any Committee shall be treated within 30 days, otherwise the Committee shall stand discharged after 60 days and the matter committed to the Committee of the Whole for consideration.”

Resolves to:

Discharge the above-mentioned Committees from the Bills referred to them and commit same to the Committee of the Whole for consideration.

Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved the motion on the discharge of committees on referrals on Bills, pursuant to Order Seventeen, Rule 3 (g) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives and it was seconded by Rep. Taiwo Oluga.

The motion was voted on and adopted.

 

  1. Need to Rehabilitate Ojapata, Ankpa, Ibana-Okpo Failed Portion of Itobe, Anyigba, Otukpa Federal Highway:

Rep. Abdullahi Ibrahim All Halims:

The House:

Recalls that the administration of former Military President General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, initiated and constructed the Itobe, Anyigba, and Otukpa Federal Highway in 1986, linking part of the North-Central to the entire Southeastern States and the South-south geopolitical zone of Nigeria;

Notes that since the construction of the road, major rehabilitation work was carried out by late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua’s administration neglecting the Ojapata, Ankpa and Ibana-Okpo road which falls within the Ankpa federal constituency, thus leaving the road in a state of disrepair, causing accidents and untold hardship to road users;

Resolves to:

(i) urge the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in collaboration with the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to rehabilitate the road to prevent hardship and multiple auto crash on the road;

(ii) mandate the Committee on Legislative compliance to ensure implementation.

Debate
Rep. Abdullahi Halims moved the motion on the need to rehabilitate Ojapata, Ankpa, Ibana-Okpo failed portion of Itobe, Anyigba, Otukpa federal highway and it was seconded by Rep. Nkeiruka Onyeajeocha.

The motion was voted on and adopted.

 

  1. Need to Reconstruct Warri-Sapele-Benin Road and Sapele-Amukpe to Agbor Road in Delta State:
    Rep. Oberuakpefe Anthony Afe​ and Rep. Ben Rolands Igbakpa:

The House:
Notes that the importance of road infrastructure in socio-economic development cannot be over-emphasized, hence the need to reconstruct the parlous Warri- Sapele-Benin Road and Sapele-Amukpe to Agbor Road that serves Edo, Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers States with other South-South oil producing States in particular and Nigeria generally;

Also notes that the major road of about 104.5km distance was constructed 27 years ago and is the most preferred route for articulated vehicles used for oil and gas haulage operating from Delta State to other parts of Nigeria;

Aware of similar roads in the country that are not as important as the Warri-Sapele-Benin Road and Sapele-Amukpe to Agbor Road constructed within the same period have undergone rehabilitation while Warri-Sapele-Benin Road and Sapele-Amukpe to Agbor Road, through which the country derives its source of wealth, is left in a total state of disrepair;

Disturbed by the sufferings of the people plying the road and cries of loss of man-hour as a journey of one hour now takes about eight hours due to the deplorable state of the road, thus paralyzing the socio-economic activities in the zone;

Also aware that the road is a federal road and the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has expended billions of naira to fix some affected portions of the road, but with the recent pronouncement by the Federal Government that directed States to stop intervening on the federal roads has made the State to hands up road repairs, thus leaving the road in total disrepair;

Worried that criminals have taken advantage of the deplorable state of the road to rob, kill and kidnap road users and motorists along the highways;

Resolves to:
(i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to embark on the reconstruction of the road;

(ii) also urge the Inspector General of police to deplore more Police Officers to the affected roads to protect citizens from being attacked;

(iii) mandate the Committee on Works to ensure compliance.

Debate
Rep. Roland Igbakpa moved the motion to reconstruct the Warri-Sapele-Benin road and Sapele-Amukpe to Agbor road in Delta state and it was seconded by Rep. Ari Abdulmumin.

Rep. Ahmed Jaha proposed an amendment to urge the House Committee on works and that on Police Affairs to ensure compliance.

The motion was voted on and adopted as amended.


CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE) Rep. Ahmed Idris Wase Chairing:

  1. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Chartered Institute of Forensic And Investigative Professionals of Nigeria for effective Regulation, Registration of Members and Determination of what Standard of Knowledge and Skills to be attained by persons seeking to become Registered Members, and Qualification to Practice as Forensic and Investigative Professionals; and for Related Matters (HB.791) – Committee of the Whole: 21/6/2022.

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa urged Honorable members to support the Bill aiming to ensure the establishment of the institute for the enhancement of professionalism in forensic studies and investigations.

Rep. Abubakar Fulata who is Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business stated that the state of the Bill is not ascertained at the moment and sought it to be stood down for further legislative action.

Consideration of report stepped down for further legislative action.

  1. A Bill for an Act to Establish Chartered Institute of Public Administration of Nigeria and to make Provisions, among other things, for Membership and Control of the Profession of Public Administration; and for Related Matters (HB.329) – Committee of the Whole:22/9/2022.

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa said that the Bill seeks to enhance professionalism in the area of public administration for the good of the sector.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and approved:1-22


HOUSE IN PLENARY
The House reverted to plenary and adopted the report of the Committee of the whole following a motion by Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa and seconded by Rep. Mohammed Monguno


Adjournment:
The House at 13:15 adjourned plenary to Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 by 11:00 following a motion for adjournment moved by the Leader of the House, Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa and seconded by the Deputy Leader, Rep. Peter Akpatason.

 

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

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