For the record: Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Thursday, July 1st, 2021

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

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After leading the opening prayer and the National Pledge, the Speaker examined and approved the votes and proceedings for Wednesday, June 30th, 2021
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ANNOUNCEMENT
Communication from the Speaker of the Ghanian parliament of his intention to visit the House of Representatives on Wednesday, July 7th at 1:00 Pm to brief the House as a continuation of the collaboration between the Nigerian and Ghanian parliament aimed at ensuring citizens residing in both countries live in continuous harmony as regards their socio-economic wellbeing. After the address by the Ghanian speaker, the Nigeria-Ghana parliamentary friendship group will be inaugurated and it will be Chaired by Rep. Abiola Makinde, the Speaker addded.
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Rep. Solomon Bob rose to make a personal explanation on an issue that arose as a result of what transpired during the local government autonomy debate on the floor of the House on Wednesday, June 30th. He stated that since his comment on the debate; he has been assailed with negative comments which he seeks to clarify. He explained that his comment was neither a personal attack on the Bill, nor on the sponsor, but to explain the constitutionality and practicality of the application of the Bill. He regretted the way his comments were misconceived, even to the extent of him being berated by his political party.
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PETITIONS

1. Rep. Henry Nwawuba laid 2 petitions from 2 complainants on murder, misappropriation of funds and abuse of power.

2. Rep. James Faleke laid a petition from the wives of a late customs officer for the House to aid in the payment of the entitlements of their late husband from the Nigeria Customs.

3. Rep. Julius Pondi laid a petition from an ex-police officer against the inspector general of police for his unlawful dismissal. He craved the intervention of the House for his reinstatement.

4. Rep. Francis Waive laid a petition from leaders of IPMAN against the inspector general of police on the continuous harassment of their personnel despite a Supreme Court order barring the harassment.

All petitions were referred to the House Committee on Public Petitions.
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MOTION OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

1. Rep. Fatoba Olusola moved a motion on the need to investigate the planned privatization of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company’s (NDPHC) power plants and it was seconded by Rep. Magaji Da’u Aliyu.

Rep. Olusola stated that the properties of NDPHC are co-owned by the Federal, State and Local Governments, with stakes by shareholders. He wondered why the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) announced the sale of some of the nation’s power holding stakes, this he stated is unlawful and should have been brought forward for public scrutiny as the stakes are owned by Nigerians at all tiers of life. He called on the NDPHC and the BPE to respect the former agreement which seeks to ensure that revenues from the powers stations are reinvested into NDPHC for its development. Rep. Olusola urged the Federal government to suspend the sale of the power plants until all lingering issues bordering on ownership and constitutionality of the sales are resolved. He called on the House Committees on Power, Privatization and Commercialization to investigate and report back to the House before 3 weeks.

Motion voted and adopted.
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PRESENTATION OF REPORTS
1. Committee on Police Affairs
Rep. Bello Usman Kumo:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Police Affairs on the issuance from Statutory Budget of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund, the total sum of (N74,773,601,916.30) Seventy–Four Billion, Seven Hundred and Seventy–Three Million, Six Hundred and One Thousand, Nine Hundred and Sixteen Naira, Thirty Kobo, only out of which (N988,279,006.05) Nine Hundred and Eighty–Eight Million, Two Hundred and Seventy–Nine Thousand, Six Naira, Five Kobo only is for Personnel Cost, (N 10,027,610,310.25) Ten Billion, Twenty–Seven Million, Six Hundred and Ten Thousand, Three Hundred and Ten Naira, Twenty–Five Kobo only is for Overhead Expenditure, (N11,015,889,316.30) Eleven Billion, Fifteen Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty–Nine Thousand, Three Hundred and Sixteen Naira, Thirty Kobo is for Total Recurrent and (N63,757,712,600.00) Sixty–Three Billion, Seven Hundred and fifty–Seven Million, Seven Hundred and Twelve Thousand, Six Hundred Naira only is Capital Expenditure for the year 2021 Pursuant to Order Twenty Rules 852(h) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Usman Kumo and seconded by Rep. Kolawole Taiwo.

2. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal College of Education (Technical), Yauri, Kebbi State to Provide Full-Time Courses, Teaching, Instructions and Training in Technology, Applied Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities and Management to carry out Research in the Development and Adaptation of Technologies; and for Related Matters (HB. 629) (Referred:7/7/2020).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Aminu Suleiman and seconded by Rep. Sani Bala

3. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Agriculture, Malumfashi, Katsina State; and for Related Matters: (HB. 424) (Referred:26/11/2019).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Aminu Suleiman and seconded by Rep. Sani Bala

4. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Act; and for Related Matters (HB. 613) (Referred:18/2/2020).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Aminu Suleiman and seconded by Rep. Sani Bala

5. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Education, Umunneochi, Abia State to Provide Full-Time Courses, Teaching Instruction and Training in Technology, Applied Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities and Management; and for Related Matters (HB. 724) (Referred:5/3/2020).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Aminu Suleiman and seconded by Rep. Sani Bala

6. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Establish Federal University of Technology, Ipokia, Ogun State to Provide the Federal Government Local Content Policy in Science and Technology; and for Related Matters (HB. 512) (Referred:10/12/2019).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Aminu Suleiman and seconded by Rep. Sani Bala

7. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Education, Omu-Aran to Provide Full-Time Courses, Teaching, Instruction and Training in Technology, Applied Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities and Management and to Provide for the Appointment of the Provost and other Officers of the College, to carry out the Administration and the Discipline of Students of the College; and for Related Matters (HB. 131) (Referred:19/9/2019).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Aminu Suleiman and seconded by Rep. Sani Bala

8. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of the Federal College of Education (Technical) Ako, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State; and for Related Matters (HB 430) (Referred:18/3/2020).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Aminu Suleiman and seconded by Rep. Sani Bala

9. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Education, Bende to Provide Full-Time Courses, Teaching, Instruction and Training in Technology, Applied Sciences, Commerce, Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities and Management and to carry out Research in the Development and Adaptation of Techniques; and also make Provision for the Appointment of a Provost and the Officials of the College to carry out the Administration and Discipline of Students of the College; and for Related Matters (HB. 852) (Laid:25/3/2021).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Aminu Suleiman and seconded by Rep. Sani Bala

10. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
Rep. Aminu Suleiman:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal College of Agriculture, Ijebu Jesa, Osun State; and for Related Matters (HB 322) (Referred:18/12/2019).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Aminu Suleiman and seconded by Rep. Sani Bala

11. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
Rep. Aminu Sleiman:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Establish Federal University of Sports, Afuze, Edo State to make Comprehensive Provisions for its Due Management and Administration; and for Related Matters (HB 628) (Referred:27/2/2020).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Aminu Suleiman and seconded by Rep. Sani Bala

12.​Committee on Public Petitions:
Petitions by Bar. Chike Onyali (Solicitor and Legal Consultant) on Behalf Mr. A. C. Ohamobi:
Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Bar. Chike Onyali (Solicitor and Legal Consultant) on Behalf Mr. A. C. Ohamobi against the Nigeria Customs Service on unlawful dismissal, borne out Pre-emptory Criminal Trespass into his Official Accommodation in 2016, Appeal for Review and an Order to Nigeria Customs Service for reinstatement and restoration of his Rights, Privileges and Emoluments, same having been Eclipsed by the said letter of Dismissal dated 13 October, 2016” (Referred: 30/1/2020).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso and seconded by Rep. Henry Nwawuba

13.​Committee on Public Petitions:
Petitions by Finidi Jahbless:
Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Finidi Jahbless against the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) on Gross Injustice and Oppressive Acts and Refusal to pay his Company, Omere and Associates for Contractual Dues Regarding Contract” (Referred: 20/7/2020).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso and seconded by Rep. Henry Nwawuba

14.​Committee on Public Petitions:
Petitions by Adewunmi Adeniyi:
Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Adewunmi Adeniyi against the Nigerian Navy on Unlawful Dismissal, Wrongful Imprisonment and Violation of Human Rights” (Referred: 7/10/2020).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso and seconded by Rep. Henry Nwawuba

15.​Committee on Public Petitions:
Petitions by Osagie Obayuwana &Co on Behalf of Alims Plastics and Packing Industry:
Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Osagie Obayuwana & Co on behalf of Alims Plastics and Packing Industry on Callous and Unfair Business Practices by First Bank of Nigeria, PLC” (Referred: 2/3/2021).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso and seconded by Rep. Henry Nwawuba

16.​Committee on Public Petitions:
Petitions by Okperigbho Fidelis:
Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Okperigbho Fidelis against the Nigeria Military Pension’s Board on the Non-payment of Okperigbho Fidelis father’s benefits” (Referred: 24/3/2021).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso and seconded by Rep. Henry Nwawuba
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ORDERS OF THE DAY

BILLS
1. Consolidation of Bills:
(a) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Firearms Act, Cap. F28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Increase the Fines, Provide for strict Prison Terms and Licensing Fees; and for Related Matters (HB.1204) (Rep. Adejoro Adeogun); and

(b) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Firearms Act, Cap. F28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004; and for Related Matters (HB.101) (Rep. Ossai Nicholas Ossai).

Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the consolidation of 2 Bills and it was seconded by Rep. Francis Charles.

The Bill was voted, approved for consolidation and the House Committee on Rules and Business was asked to schedule a date for the commencement of the debate of the general principles of the Bill.

2. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) to Provide for Inclusion of Young Persons and Persons with Disabilities in Appointments in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB.1375) (Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila) – Second Reading.

Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata on behalf of the speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Magaji Da’u Aliyu.

Rep. Fulata in leading the debate stated that the Bill seeks to alter relevant clauses of the Act to ensure young people and people living with disabilities are not discriminated on in opportunities for appointment into sensitive and relevant positions of governance. He emphasized that as Nigerians, people with disabilities deserve all opportunities to earn a useful living and ensure their responsibilities are met.

Rep. Nkem Abonta expressed concern that not all desired intentions should be enshrined into the constitution, being the highest legal document of the nation. He advocated for a resolution of the House to ensure strong policies be put in place to ensure the laudable intent of this Bill is achieved.

The speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila reminded Rep. Abonta that policies come and go with different governments, but enacted Laws are non-negotiable, that is why the Bill is necessary.

The Bill was voted, approved for second reading, the Clerk read its long title and it was referred to the Special Ad-Hoc Committee of the House on the Amendment of the Constitution.

3. A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal University of Agriculture, Akoko Edo, to make Comprehensive Provisions for its Due Management and Administration; and for Related Matter (HB. 1371) (Rep. Peter O. Akpatason) – Second Reading

Debate
Rep. Akpatason moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Munir Baba Dan-Agundi.

As an establishment Bill, it was voted, approved for second reading, the Clerk read its long title and it was referred to the House Committee on Agricultural Colleges and Institutions.

4. A Bill for an Act to Establish Elite Sheriffs Corps to Facilitate Tax Collection by Relevant Authorities in the Federation, to enhance Budget Implementation through Internal Revenue Generation; and for Related Matters (HB.1233) (Rep. Abdulrazaq Sa’ad Namdas) – Second Reading.

Bill stepped down by leave of the House

5. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) by Changing the Name of Lamurde Local Government Area of Adamawa State to Bashama Local Government Area; and for Related Matters (HB.1253) (Rep. Kwamoti B. Lari) – Second Reading.

Bill stepped down by leave of the House

6. A Bill for an Act to Provide Legal Framework for Promotion of Research, Study, Investment, Exploration, Production, Development and Utilization of Locally sourced Bitumen in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB.1254) (Rep. Samuel Akinfolarin) – Second Reading.

Debate
Rep. Akinfolarin moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Samuel Adejarin.

The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading, the clerk read its long title and it was referred to the House Committee on Solid Minerals.

7. A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Agriculture (Technical), Enugwu–Ukwu, Anambra State to Provide Full–Time Courses, Teaching Instruction and Training in Agricultural Technology, Agriculture, and to carry out its Due Administration and Management; and for Related Matters (HB.1261) (Rep. Dozie Ferdinand Nwankwo) – Second Reading.

Debate
Rep. Nwankwo moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Hassan Rurum.

As an establishment Bill, it was voted on, approved for second reading, the Clerk read its long title and it was referred to the House Committee on Agricultural Colleges and iIstitutions.
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MOTIONS
8. Call for Construction of Rural Feeder Roads and Earth Dams in Bauchi Federal Constituency of Bauchi State.
Rep. Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi:
The House:

Notes that rural roads and dams are essential for meaningful social economic activities of any nation;

Also notes that Bauchi Federal Constituency is among the largest and oldest constituencies but is lacking federal presence in terms of feeder road, rural electrification and earth dams;

Aware that the absence of feeder road and rural electrification projects in the constituency has exposed the entire villages within the constituency to untold hardships and brought businesses activities almost to a halt;

Worried that the absence of dams in the constituency has made it difficult for the farmers to record meaningful yields which accounted for loss of agricultural produce;

Also aware that the communities’ road cuts across an agricultural hub with high production of export and cash crops such as rice in Liman Katangum, Zungur Dutse fish from Juwara River;

Further aware that there has been shortfall in farming activities, as farmers, investors and consumers trying to patronize the agrarian wealth of the communities in Bauchi Federal Constituency, either fall victims to armed robbery, kidnapping or road accidents;

Further notes that the roads have been in a state of disrepair with deep gullies and have become breeding grounds for hoodlums and a death trap for innocent commuters;

Again notes that the roads in the villages of Yuguda–Juwara, Jitar–Dagun, Gudum–Kusi, Kuhu Natsiran Kudum–Durum, Gwallaga–Dangango, From Bayara –YolaBayara, Kullutum–Miri, Takalafiya–Habli, Badanga–Kangere, Runde–Blanshi Bahausa, Liman Katagum Tamungas–Kusada, Zungur Duste, Liman Katangum–Mun, which are local in nature, have never enjoyed the benefit of road construction for decades;

Cognizant of the importance of the road infrastructure to the development of Bauchi Federal Constituency, Bauchi State;

Resolves to:
Mandate the Committees of Works, Power, and Water Resources to make provisions for the construction of feeder roads, earth dams and rural electrification in Bauchi Federal Constituency in the 2022 budget.

Debate
Rep. Abdullahi moved the motion on the construction of rural feeder roads and earth dams in Bauchi federal constituency of Bauchi state and it was seconded by Rep. Chawai Mukhtar.

As an infrastructure-related motion, it was voted on and adopted.

9. Need to Provide Relief Materials to Abadam/Guzamala/Kukawa and Mobbar Local Government Areas, Borno State:
Rep. Mallam Bukar Gana:

The House:
Notes that Abadam, Guzamala, Kukawa and Mobbar Local Government Areas in Borno State share borders with Niger and Chad Republics;

Also notes that as a result of the lingering Boko Haram insurgency, many citizens of the areas have fled to Niger Republic to seek refuge;

Concerned that the Nigerian refugees in the neighbouring Niger Republic have been there for up to five years in camps and makeshift quarters that are not ideal for dignified habitation or living;

Disturbed that the refugee camps are overstretched and provisions in terms of food, accommodation, and other essentials are grossly inadequate and insufficient to sustain their population;

Worried that with the recent cases of floods in the parts of Niger Republic where the refugee camps are located, their living conditions have further deteriorated, forcing some of the refugees to migrate further into the hinterlands;

Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affair, Disaster Management and Social Development, the North East Development Commission (NEDC), and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief materials to Nigerian Refugees in Niger Republic in order to ameliorate their sufferings;

(ii) commend the Borno State Government for its efforts in reaching out to the refugees despite scarce resources;

(iii) constitute a delegation to visit the Niger Republic to assess the living conditions of the Nigerian Refugees with a view to proffering permanent solutions;

(iv) mandate the Committees on North East Development to ensure implementation.

Motion stepped down by leave of the House

10. Need to Exercise Caution in the Implementation of the Police Directives on Vehicles with Tinted Glasses:
Rep. Henry Nwawuba:
The House:

Notes that on 7 June 2021, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba issued a directive to the Commissioners of Police of the 36 States and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and Supervising Assistant Inspector Generals (AIG) during a meeting with Senior Police Officers to suspend the issuance of Tinted Glass Permit and Spy Number Plates pending the release of a new protocol that would regulate the issuance of tinted permits for vehicle owners and operators in the country;

Aware that the overzealousness of some police officers has led them to harass and embarrass citizens with dully authorized Tinted Glass Permits, which are currently in use;

Also aware that the suspension, which is a temporary measure, will remain in force pending the release of a new protocol that would regulate the issuance of Tinted Glass Permits for vehicle owners and operators in the country;

Concerned that most of the tinted glasses on vehicles are factory fitted by the manufacturers approved for purchase and licensed;

Disturbed by the outcry of citizens over the undue harassment and intimidation by members of the Nigeria police even when they are in possession of authorization by the same Nigeria Police Force;

Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to clarify the policy with specific regard to factory-fitted tinted glasses;

(ii) mandate the Committee on Police Affairs to invite the Inspector General of Police to clarify the issues relating to his directives to stop the extortion, threat and harassment of Nigerian road users by men of the Nigeria Police Force.

Debate
Rep. Henry Nwawuba moved the motion on the need to exercise caution in the implementation of the Police directives on vehicles with tinted glasses and it was seconded by Rep. Gaza Gbwefi.

Rep. Nwawuba in leading the debate stated that Nigerians are being maltreated on the roads by the high-handed manner in which officers of the Nigeria police keep harassing motorists with tinted glasses, especially factory-fitted ones that cannot be pulled off. He called for a specific position on the matter by the inspector general of the police, so that Nigerians do not continue the high-handedness from Police personnel.

Rep. Nkem Abonta reminded members that some of these tinted glasses are health promotional, he however called on individuals to use light tinted glasses that can let the officers see-through. He queried why the police bosses can use tinted glasses in their vehicles and seek to deny Nigerians the same rights?

Rep. Sergius Ogun in supporting the motion called on the inspector general of police to clarify the reason behind the ban and how long it will take for the new requirement process to come into place.

The motion was voted and adopted.

11. Need to Enforce Compliance with the Inclusion of Health/Dietary and Safety Information on Consumable Products Manufactured or Imported into the Country:
Rep. Adewunmi Oriyomi Onanuga:

Notes that the functions of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control
(NAFDAC) as provided in its Enabling Act are to regulate and control the importation, exportation, manufacture, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water, Chemicals and detergents (Regulated Products) etc., and very importantly, to pronounce on the quality and safety of Products after appropriate analysis;

Also notes that the Consumer Protection Council, now known as the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, is also saddled with the responsibility of surveillance, enforcement and receiving complaint on matters that bother on consumer dissatisfaction;

Concerned of the increased decline in the level of enforcement by these regulatory bodies in ensuring that products, especially edible items sold within the country carry reliable, verifiable and sufficient dietary and nutritional information on the labels of the products;

Also Concerned that many Nigerians have unknowingly consumed foods that have caused on them serious health challenges because of false or misleading dietary information found on products;

Recognizes the need to take decisive action on the matter at a time when Nigeria’s borders have re–opened and cases of smuggling are still on the rise, to avoid Nigeria further being a dumping ground for all manner of products and perceived as a population of hungry people who will consume anything simply because it has been manufactured, especially abroad;

Resolves to:

Mandate the Committee on Healthcare Services to investigate the level of compliance by NAFDAC, Customs, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Standards Organization of Nigeria, on the inclusion of healthy Dietary and safety information on consumable products manufactured or imported in Nigeria;

Debate
Rep. Onanuga moved the motion on the need to enforce compliance with the inclusion of health/dietary and safety information on consumable products manufactured or imported into the country and it was seconded by Rep. Haruna Mshelia.

Rep. Isiaka commended the spirit of the motion that seeks to ensure the safety and health of Nigerians.

The motion was voted, adopted and referred to the House Committee on Healthcare Services.

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

15. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigeria Police Academy as a Degree Awarding Institution to Provide Academic and Professional Training; and for Related Matters (HBs. 90, 195, 684 and 1209) (Leader, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno, Hon. Ossai N. Ossai, Hon. Gagdi Adamu Yusuf) – (Committee of the Whole:16/3/2021).

Bill stepped down

12. Ad–hoc Committee on Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB):
Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Ad–hoc Committee on Petroleum Industry Bill on a Bill for an Act to Provide Legal, Governance, Regulatory and Fiscal Framework for the Nigerian Petroleum Industry, the Development of Host Communities; and for Related Matters, 2021 (HB. 1061) and approve the Recommendations therein” (Laid: 30/6/2021).

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Mohammed Monguno stated that the Bill speaks to the root of the Nigerian economy and it behooves the 9th House of Representatives that its name be written in gold in the annals of Nigerian history. The Bill he also stated seeks to ensure the oil and gas industry is in tandem with what is obtainable internationally. A strong point is the unbundling of the NNPC to become more competitive and become a profit-making / efficient entity. Rep. Monguno also lauded different positives of the Bill such as the host communities fund amongst others.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and carried: 1-239, 241-318
Clause amended and carried: 240

The speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila underscored the importance of the passage of the PIB by the 9th House of Representatives as it has taken more than 20 years for this to happen for the good of Nigerians. He commended the Special Committee on PIB and he expressed optimism that the Electoral Amendment Act would soon be taken care of. Rep. Gbajabiamila also commended all members for their cooperation, this position was reiterated by the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole and Deputy Speaker of the House, Rep. Ahmed Wase.

13. Committee on Health Institutions:
Rep. Paschal Obi:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Health Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Provide the Legal Framework to Establish Federal Medical Centre, Igboora, Oyo State; and for Related Matters (HB. 347) and approve the Recommendations therein” (Laid:20/5/2019).

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Samuel Adejare standing in for Rep. Pascal Obi stated that the Bill seeks to establish the medical center for the health and socioeconomic benefits of all individuals living in the region.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and carried: 1-27

14. Committee on Health Institutions:
Rep. Paschal Obi.
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee in Health Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Establish Federal Medical Centre, Igboho, Oyo Sate; and for Related Matters (HB. 733) and approve the Recommendations therein” (Laid: 23/3/2021).

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Samuel Adejare stated that the center when established will serve as an instrument of government for training of medical students and administration of treatment.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and carried: 1-28

15. Committee on Health Institutions:
Rep. Paschal Obi:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee in Health Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Establish Federal Medical Centre, Mubi, Adamawa State; and for other Related Matters and approve the Recommendations therein” (HB. 679) (Laid:20/5/2021).

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Samuel Adejare stated that the establishment of the medical center is overdue as that region is indeed in need of it, he urged members to support the Bill.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and carried: 1-28

16. Committees on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values, Telecommunications, Information and Technology, Justice, and National Security and Intelligence:
Rep. Odebunmi Olusegun Dokun:
“That the House do Consider the Report of the Committees on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values, Telecommunications, Information and Technology, Justice, and National Security and Intelligence on the Federal Government’s Suspension of the Operations of the Social Media Network, Twitter in Nigeria” (Laid: 29/6/2021).

(i) that time be allowed for the Federal Government of Nigeria and Twitter to enter into the dialogue process that is already ongoing, so as to create room for amicable settlement on the matter;

(ii) that relevant Government Institutions such as National Broadcasting Commission, Nigeria Communication Satellite, etc. should be alive to their mandate by doing the needful to avoid future occurrence of this nature;

(iii) that the Federal Government should take into cognizance the negative effect of the Twitter suspension on Nigerians who depends on the platform for their livelihood;

(iv) that Federal Government should be pro-active in their interface with Twitter so as to come up with a timely resolution on the matter;

(v) that Freedom of expression is not absolute anywhere in the world. This is because security and freedom of expression sometimes present contending interests. Therefore, national security must be guaranteed at all times as much as the right to free speech must be protected;

(vi) that Government should always have communicated better with Nigerians when critical decisions are to be made.

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Segun Odebunmi stated that the joint Committee interfaced with the Minister of Information and Attorney General of the Federation as referred to it by the House on the reasons behind the government ban on Twitter and made its recommendations.

The Chairman of the Committee of the Whole and Deputy Speaker of the House, Rep. Ahmed Idris wondered why the Committee did not interface with National Security Adviser in the discussions, since various security concerns were mentioned as part of the reasons for the ban.

The Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Rep. Toby Okechukwu in his argument called for further clarification on the recommendations of the Committee following the specifics of the referral.

The speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila commended the Committee for the job well-done, and within the time frame which it had to do its job. He reminded members that the balance must be kept between security and free speech.

Summary of voting:
Recommendations voted on and approved: 2-6
Recommendation amended and approved: 1

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HOUSE IN PLENARY
The House reverted to plenary and adopted the report of the Committee of the Whole following a motion by the Leader of the House, Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa and seconded by the Deputy Leader of the House, Rep. Peter Akpatason
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Adjournment:
The House at 14:37 adjourned plenary till Tuesday, July 6th, 2021 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 of the House, Rep. Peter Akpatason.

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

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