The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila presiding.
After leading the opening prayer and the National Pledge, the Speaker approved the second votes and proceedings for Tuesday, November 16th, 2021________________________________________________________________________________________
Rep. Abdullahi Garba rose to plead on behalf of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, for an extension of his appearance on the floor of the House by one week, as the communication got to him late.
The speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila approved the extension for the Minister to appear before the House. His appearance is now scheduled for Thursday, 25th November 2021.________________________________________________________________________________________
PRESENTATION OF BILLS 1. Legal Practitioners Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1671) (Rep. Francis Ejiroghene Waive) – First Reading. 2. Copyright Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1673) (Rep. Sergius Ogun) – First Reading. 3. National Youth Service Corps Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1674) (Rep. Kayode Moshood Akiolu) – First Reading. 4. Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1675) (Rep. Kolapo Korede Osunsanya) – First Reading. 5. Federal Infrastructural Rehabilitation Management Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1682) (Rep. Okwudili Ezenwankwo) – First Reading. 6. Federal Medical Centre, Ilesha, Osun State (Establishment) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1683) (Rep. Ajilesoro Taofeek Abimbola and Rep. Ayeni Lawrence Babatunde) – First Reading. 7. National Industrial Centre for the Manufacture of Timber Products, Olode, Osun State (Establishment) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1684)(Rep. Ajilesoro Taofeek Abimbola) – First Reading. 8. Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1685) (Rep. Ben Rollands Igbakpa) – First Reading. 9. National Film and Video Censors Board Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1686) (Rep. Sergius Ogun) – First Reading. 10. National Directorate of Employment Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1687) (Rep. Sergius Ogun) – First:
Reading. ________________________________________________________________________________________ PRESENTATION OF
REPORTS 1.Committee on Science and Technology:Rep. Beni Lar:“That the House do receice the Report of the Committee on Science and Technology on a Bill for an Act to Establish National Renewable Energy Development Agency charged with Responsibility of Promoting the use of Renewable Energy Resources; and for Related Matters (HB.1241) (Referred:6/5/2021).
Laying of report stepped down by leave of the House
2.Committee on Science and Technology:Rep. Beni Lar:“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Science and Technology on Bill for an Act to Amend the Energy Commission of Nigeria Act, Cap. E 10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to make it Compulsory for the Federal Government through the Commission to Harness, Explore and Utilize Other Sources of Energy other than Hydro and Gas Energy Sources in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HBs.243 & 446) (Referred:9/6/2021).
Laying of report stepped down by leave of the House ________________________________________________________________________________________ ORDERS OF THE
DAY BILLS 1. A Bill for an Act to Establish South-South Development Commission charged with Responsibility to Receive and Manage Funds from the Federation Account Allocation and other Sources, Donations, Grants and Aids for the Integration, Development, Resolution of Infrastructural Deficit, Militancy, Communal Crisis as well as Tackle Ecological and Environmental Problems; and for Related Matters. (HB.630) – Third Reading.
Debate Rep. Victor Mela moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Ndudi Elumelu.
The Bill was voted on, approved for third reading, the Clerk read the long title and it was passed.
2. A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal University, Birinin Kebbi, Kebbi State; and for Related Matters (HB. 1384) – Second Reading.
Debate Rep. Victor Mela moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Muktar Ahmed.
The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the Committee of the Whole
3. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act, Cap. M8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the Medical and Dental Practitioners Bill; and for Related Matters (HB. 1468) (Senate) (Leader) – Second Reading.
Bill stepped down by leave of the House
4. A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Education, Omuo, Ekiti State; and for Related Matters (HB. 1559) (Senate) (Leader) – Second Reading.
Debate Rep. Victor Mela moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Bamisile Richard.
Rep. Bamisile stated that the proposed College will be sited in a strategic location that will serve individuals in Ekiti as well as neighbouring States since it is a border town. He urged members to support the Bill for second reading.
The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the Committee of the Whole.
5. A Bill for an Act to Establish Chartered Institute of Information Management charged with Responsibility of Regulating and Promotion of Sound Information Management Standards, Competence, Research, Preservation, Dissemination, Training and Retraining of Personnel, Certification of Professionals and Registration of Members; and for Related Matters (HB. 1016) (Rep. Chinyere Emmanuel Igwe) – Second Reading.
Debate Rep. Chinyere Igwe moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Chidi Momma.
The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the House Committee on National Orientation, Ethics and Values.
6. A Bill for an Act to make Health Care Service Delivery free for all Children in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 1504) (Rep. Bello A. Kaoje) – Second Reading.
Debate Rep. Bello Kaoje moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Leke Abejide.
Rep. Kaoje in leading the debate stated that the Bill seeks to assure the right to free quality healthcare for children. He stated that the vulnerability of children makes it necessary to ensure children get quality healthcare despite the economic status of their parents, guardians, including orphans. He urged members to support the Bill.
Rep. Ndudi Elumelu stated that the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency is already providing free healthcare services for pregnant women and children nationwide and the Bill would only duplicate their functions.
Speaker Gbajabiamila sought to know if the free healthcare services of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency is an Act of Law or government policy that can be changed by any other government while quoting sections of the constitution that seeks to assure free healthcare for individuals. He stated that most of the free services are policies and not backed by Law and the Bill seeks to make it Law.
Rep. Toby Okechukwu called on Rep. Bello Kaoje to enlighten members on the cost implications of the Bill in light of the services which the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency already provides so that the intent of the Bill can be achieved without duplicating the services of of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency.
Rep. Gudaje Kazaure stated that the Bill seeks to make it a Law and compulsory for children to receive free healthcare and it is a good legacy for the 9th House of Representatives to leave behind. He urged members to pass it.
Rep. Solomon Maren wondered if the financial implication of the Bill can be met by the current budget provisions given the current economic status of the country. He stated that it would be bad to make the Law without the national financial capacity to implement it.
The Speaker pointed that the Law could compel the funding if it is seen as something necessary for citizens, stating that the House should not put the cart before the horse.
The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the House Committee on Healthcare Services.
7. A Bill for an Act to Establish Chartered Institute of Mentoring and Coaching in Nigeria (CICMCN) to be charged with Responsibility for Registration, Discipline of its Members to Regulate and Control the Practice of Monitoring and Coaching; and for Related Matters (HB. 1501) (Rep. Ntufam Eta Mbora) – Second Reading.
Debate Rep. Ntufam Mbora moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Taiwo Oluga.
The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the House Committee on Tertiary Education and Services.________________________________________________________________________________________ MOTIONS 8. Recession on the Referral of a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Chartered Institute of Engineers of Nigeria Bill, 2021. (HB. 1086).Rep. Abubakar Hassan Fulata: The House: Notes that on 3 March 2021, a Bill for an Act to Establish the Chartered Institute of Engineers of Nigeria was read a Second time and referred to the Committee on Commerce for further legislative action; Also notes that the Bill seeks to strengthen the synergy between the Industry and Academic in Power Industry and therefore, erroneously assumed to be under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Commerce; Aware that the Chartered Institute of Engineers of Nigeria Bill which seeks to regulate the professionals in the Power Industry is within the purview of the Committee on Power. Resolves to: Rescind its decision on Chartered Institute of Engineers of Nigeria Bill and commit same to the Committee on Power for further legislative action.
Debate Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved the motion on recession on the referral of a Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of Chartered Institute of Engineers of Nigeria Bill, 2021. (HB. 1086) and it was seconded by Rep. Akin Alabi.
The motion was voted on and adopted.
9. Need for the Nigeria Customs Service to Strictly Implement the Executive Order on the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria: Rep. Abbas Adigun: The House: Notes that on May 18, 2016, the erstwhile Acting President and current Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo signed an Executive Order on the ease of doing business in Nigeria, part of which was regulation of operations at the ports, which empowered the Nigeria Customs Service to coordinate other examining agencies; Also notes that around 80 per cent of global trade by volume and over 70 per cent of global trade by value are carried out by sea are handled by ports worldwide; Further notes that the Executive Order was issued to eliminate the problems that were hitherto associated with clearing goods at the port to ease doing business in the country; Aware that the Executive Order is in tandem with the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC), which is aimed at facilitating trade by harmonizing and simplifying customs procedures and practices; Concerned that despite the Executive Order, the level of delay in clearing procedure at the ports in Nigeria is still alarming and has resulted in situations where importers and clearing agents are made to pay exorbitant charges for demurrage to shipping companies and terminal operators; Also concerned that the delay in clearing procedures has negatively impacted Nigeria’s economy as many companies have closed down, thereby contributing to the rise in prices of goods; Further concerned that when Cargoes are eventually cleared after a long delay, the importers tend to adjust prices of the goods to reflect the additional expenses, thus creating a situation that is perpetually reducing the purchasing power of the masses; Also aware that the National Single Window project was introduced in Nigeria to integrate all agencies involved in the clearance of Cargoes at the ports to ease and hasten inspection, calculation and payment of all import duties, levies and other charges at the nation’s ports Disturbed by allegations of artificial bottlenecks devised by customs officials to exploit importers, which has resulted in huge financial losses for importers and clearing agents; Cognizant that unless there is a reform of ports operations to reduce the number of Customs units involved in cargo cleaning, the turn-around time will continue to be impacted negatively; Resolves to: (i) Urge the Nigeria Customs Service to ensure that import duties and levies for all categories of goods are clearly stated online and at all customs offices so that intending importers can simply use their bill of laden details to make payment and that the 24-hour cargo clearance stipulated by the Service is implemented; (ii) also urge the Federal Government to ensure that all examining agencies, especially the Nigeria Customs Service are connected to the National Single Window project to make the ports more effective; (iii) mandate the Committee on Customs to investigate the alleged importing and clearing ring at the Nigeria Customs Service and report back within three (3) weeks for further legislative action.
Debate Rep. Abbas Adigun moved the motion on the need for the Nigeria Customs Service to strictly implement the Executive Order on the ease of doing business in Nigeria and it was seconded by Rep. Badau Ahmad.
Rep. Leke Abejide proposed an amendment, to add the operational/consultancy partner of the Nigerian Customs to the parties to be investigated.
Rep. Satomi proposed an amendment to the prayer that the House Committee on Ports and Harbor should also be added to the investigation panel.
The motion was voted on and adopted as amended.
10. Need for Construction of 132 KVA Electricity Sub–Station in Gwaram, Jigawa State:Rep. Yusuf Shitu Galambi: The House: Notes that the Federal Government appropriated three hundred million Naira (N300,000,000.00) only in the 2016 budget for the takeoff of a 132 KVA Electricity Sub-Station in Gwaram, Jigawa State; Also notes that the President in 2016 sent a virement letter, requesting that the money be transferred to a similar project and promised to provide adequate funds in the 2017 budget for the takeoff and completion of the 132 KVA Electricity Sub-Station in Gwaram by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN); Aware that according to Section 4(4) and item 13 Part II of the Concurrent Legislative List of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) provides that the National Assembly may make laws for the Federation or any part thereof on electricity and the establishment of electric power stations and the generation and transmission of electricity in or to any part of the Federation and from one State to another; Observes that the Federal Government, through the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, 2005 established the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to issue transmission License to operate, expand/upgrade transmission facilities for efficient and effective wheeling of generated power; Cognizant that the 132 KVA Electricity Sub-Station in Gwaram, Jigawa State, if completed, will enhance sustainable economic activities that will provide more opportunities for individuals to improve their standards of living; Disturbed that despite being allocated land with Certificate of Occupancy (C of 0) by the Jigawa State government for commencement of the project, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is yet to commence any visible action on the project; Resolves to: Mandate the Committees on Appropriations and Power to make provisions for funds in the 2022 budget for the construction of a 132 KVA Electricity Sub-Station in Gwaram, Jigawa State.
Debate Rep. Yusuf Galambi moved the motion on the need for the construction of a 132 KVA electricity sub-station in Gwaram, Jigawa state.
The motion was voted on and adopted.
11. Need to Construct Iwaraja – Ilesha/Ile Ife Federal Highway:Rep. Lawrence Babatunde Ayeni: The House: Notes that on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the sum of N109.4 billion for the construction of Ibadan-Ilesha-Ife and Kano-Katsina (Phase two) dual carriageways; Also notes that out of the total amount approved, the sum of N79.8 billion which covers a distance of 112 kilometres was approved for the Ibadan-Ilesha-Ife dual carriageway; Aware that the Minister of Works and Housing affirmed that the Ibadan-Ilesha-Ife highway is one of the busiest roads in the country in terms of traffic volume; Worried that 13 months after the FEC approval, no visible construction has been carried out on the 112-kilometre Ibadan-Ilesha-Ife road which was awarded to Kopek Construction Company with a three year completion period; Also aware that the high rate of road accidents on the said road is a result of its dilapidated state, especially at the Iwaraja junction axis and the criminal along the Ibadan road, especially at Iwaraja junction have criminals taken advantage of the deplorable state of the road to carry out their criminal activities; Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to, as a matter of urgency, commence rehabilitation of Ibadan-Ife-Ilesha road to Iwaraja junction; (ii) mandate the Committees on Appropriations, Finance and Works to include the reconstruction of Iloko Ijesha to Ibadan-Ife-Illesha highway in the 2022 budget estimates; (iii) also mandate the Committee on Police Affairs and Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to liaise with relevant security and regulatory agencies to ensure the safety of commuters on the Ibadan-Ife-Illesha federal highway and report back within 4 weeks for further legislative action.
Motion stepped down by leave of the House.
12. Call for Intervention on the Abandoned Earth Satellite Station of the Nigerian Telecommunication Limited (NITEL) Lanlate, Oyo State:Rep. Oluyemi Adewale Taiwo: The House: Notes that the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) was a monopoly service provider in Nigeria until 1992 when the Federal Government enacted the Nigerian Communications Commission Act, allowing new entrants into the Communications sector; Also notes that NITEL has contributed immensely to the development of the sector in many ways as it seconded several pioneer staff to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Digital Bridge Institute; Aware that NATCOM acquired all assets owned by NITEL and its mobile arm, Mobile Telecommunications (MTEL), thus ending a decade of trickery over the resale of the company; Also aware that since the Privatization of NITEL in Lanlate, Ibarapa East Local Government Area of Oyo State, the infrastructure has been abandoned thus becoming obsolete with many of its equipment rendered useless; Resolves to: Mandate the Committees on Telecommunications and Privatisation and Commercialisation to investigate the issues surrounding the sale and abandonment of the Earth Satellite Station at Lanlate in Oyo State and report back within two (2) weeks for further legislative action. Debate Rep. Oluyemi Taiwo moved the motion on the call for intervention on the abandoned Earth satellite station of the Nigerian Telecommunication Limited (NITEL) Lanlate, Oyo state and it was seconded by Rep. Olubunmi Ojo.
The motion was voted on and adopted.________________________________________________________________________________________ CONSIDERATION OF
REPORT (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY) Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila chairing: 13. “That the House do consider an Amendment of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) 2020 Budget to expand the life span of the Budget from 31 March 2021 to 31 December 2021” (Rep. Abubakar Hassan Fulata) – Committee of Supply. Synopsis of the report:Rep. Abubakar Fulata reminded members that the budget terminates March 31st, but the report seeks to extend it till December 31st in line with the new budget cycle.
Summary of voting: Recommendation voted on and approved: 1________________________________________________________________________________________ HOUSE IN PLENARY The House reverted to plenary and adopted the report of the Committee of Supply following a motion by Rep. Victor Mela and seconded by Rep. Abubakar Yalleman.________________________________________________________________________________________The House suspended its relevant rules to enable the Speaker to chair the Committee of the Whole following a motion moved by Rep. Abubakar Fulata and seconded by Rep. Nicholas Ossai.________________________________________________________________________________________
CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE) Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila chairing:
14. A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal University of Agriculture and Technology, Aboh; and for Related Matters (HB.1590) (Senate) (Leader) – Second Reading.
Synopsis of the report:Rep. Munir Dan-Agundi went through the report and encouraged members to consider and approve the clauses.
Summary of voting:Clauses voted on and carried: 1-32
15. A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal College of Education (Technical) Aghoro, Bayelsa State; and for Related Matters (HB. 1649) (Rep. Agbedi Yeitiemone Frederick) Committee of the Whole – 23/9/2021
Synopsis of the report:Rep. Aminu Suleiman stated that the Bill was transferred from the Senate in the 8th Assembly and came to the House for concurrence and the Committee recommends its consideration.
Summary of voting:Clauses voted on and carried: 1-31
16. 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) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid:1/7/2021).
Synopsis of the report:Rep. Aminu Suleiman stated that the Bill was painstakingly debated and it was seen during the public hearing and interaction with stakeholders that the proposed institution will highly benefit Bende and the surrounding communities. Rep. Suleiman encouraged members to grant the wishes of the people and approve the clauses.
Rep. Ben Kalu who is the member representing Bende Federal Constituency commended the House Committee on Tertiary Education for their thoroughness and assured the House that the community is indeed prepared to provide adequate land in a strategic part of the community for the establishment of the proposed college of education. He pleaded with members to approve the request.
Summary of voting: Clauses voted on and carried:1-23
17. Committee on Public Petitions: Report on the Petition by M. O. Olagunju on behalf of Mr. Adeleke Teslim Oyediran: Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso:“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by M. O. Olagunju on behalf of Mr. Adeleke Teslim Oyediran on the unjust, Premature and unfair Retirement from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 9/11/2021). (i) That the process leading to the purported compulsory retirement of Mr. Adeleke Teslim Oyediran did not follow due process of fair hearing as the petitioner was never summoned to appear before any Disciplinary Panel or Committee before his compulsory retirement from service; (ii) urge the Executive Director, Department of Petroleum Resources to reconsider his or her stand on outright compulsory retirement to re-instate him since the petitioner was denied natural justice of the principle of fair hearing. Consideration of report stepped down by leave of the House ________________________________________________________________________________________
HOUSE IN PLENARY The House reverted to plenary and adopted the report of the Committee of the Whole following a motion by the Deputy Leader of the House, Rep. Peter Akpatason and seconded by Rep. Nicholas Ossai ________________________________________________________________________________________
Adjournment:The House at 13:45 adjourned plenary till Thursday, November 18th, 2021 by 11:00 A.M following a motion for adjournment moved by the Deputy Leader of the House, Rep. Peter Akpatason and seconded by the Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu
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