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Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Wednesday, June 22nd, 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 Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

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​​​ANNOUNCEMENT

1. The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila clarified to Members that there is no contradiction between his view and that of the Deputy Speaker, Rep. Ahmed Idris Wase on the matter brought on the floor of the House by Rep. Ben Igbakpa on the need to invoke Section 58(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to again pass the Electoral Act, 2022. This he stated is as shown by the combined reading and interpretation of the Constitution and the House rules, based on Order 12, Rule 20 of the Rules. He clarified that the motion should be calling to bring the Bill back to the House, either by going through the due processes or to be committed straight to the Committee of the Whole as it had previously been considered on the floor of the House.

Rep. Ndudi Elumelu then stood under Order 6(1&2) to query why the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are refusing to comply with the resolution of the House and a standing Court Order not to halt the voter’s registration exercise and are even threatening to file a counter suit.

Rep. Aisha Dukku who is the Chair-person House Committee on Electoral Matters stated that her Committee met with INEC leadership on Tuesday, June 21st in line with the referral from the House and clarified that the leadership of INEC have indeed agreed to extend the voter’s registration exercise.

2. The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila sought to find out from the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations, Rep. Muktar Betara; at what state, fund releases meant to fund the budget is, as the nation is in dire need of funds for carrying out critical projects.
Rep. Betara disclosed that the House Committee on Appropriations recently met with the Honorable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning who clarified that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the release of funds for National, State and Local Government governance. He added that the Minister gave the assurance that the Finance Ministry is in the process of releasing the first tranch of 40% funding of the budget.

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PETITIONS

1. Rep. Richard Gbande laid a petition on behalf of a complainant against NNPC for wrongfully dismissing him from service. He craved the intervention of the House to enable him get due Justice.

The petition was referred to the House Committee on Public Petitions

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MATTERS OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

1. Rep. Solomon Maren moved a motion on the urgent need to rescue a traditional ruler from Plateau State who was recently kidnapped and it was seconded by Rep. Nkeiruka Onyeajeocha.

Rep. Maren lamented that on Monday, bandits numbering dozens terrorized the residents of the community, shooting sporadically and indiscriminately, they then later made away with the traditional ruler. He noted that other traditional rulers had similarly been abducted and later released after payments of huge ransoms were made. He bemoaned the fact that the bandits seem to be having a field day terrorising the people without response from the security forces. Rep. Maren called on the Heads of the relevant security agencies to investigate the matter, apprehend the culprits, free the captured traditional ruler and report back to the House on means of ensuring such menace doesn’t occur again.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Rep. Ahmed Idris Wase in contributing to the debate, expressed worry at the manner in which communities of Plateau State have continuously been sacked. He expressed worry that despite the efforts and resolutions of the House arising from relevant Motions directing the relevant security agencies to be more proactive in dealing with these bandits, there had been little or no desired seriousness demanded of the security agencies. Rep. Wase further bemoaned the fact that the bandits and cattle rustlers act with brazen courage as a result of the fact that the security agencies are reluctant to do their duties despite the efforts of the House of Representatives, the leaders and people of the region. He stated that the most painful part is that sometimes even after ransoms are collected; the abductors kill their victims.

The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila called for more efforts from all security agencies as insecurity in one region of Nigeria; is insecurity in the whole nation.

The Chief Whip of the House, Rep. Mohammad Monguno proposed an amendment to the motion and called on Plateau State and other affected States to emulate the approach that Borno State used to tackle insurgency. This he stated is by supporting local vigilante groups who know the terrain well to complement the efforts of the security agencies. The vigilantes would always be on ground to repeal the bandits before reinforcements come form the security forces, he added.

The motion was voted on and adopted as amended.

2. Rep. Mohammed Jega moved a motion on the need to arrest the effects of the devastating flood which resulted in the death of many individuals and rendered many homeless in Kebbi State and it was seconded by Rep. Gideon Gwani.

Rep. Jega in leading the debate stated that on Thursday, 16th and Friday, 17th of June, several individuals lost their lives and others lost their homes as a result of the flood which also washed away several farmlands. He expressed worry that several displaced victims are still stranded. He called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to come to the aid of the victims, and that the Ministry of Power should provide adequate electricity transformers to the region. Rep. Jega then called on the relevant House Committees on NEMA and Power to ensure compliance and report to the House within 4 weeks for further legislative action.

The motion was voted on and adopted.

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PRESENTATION OF BILLS

1. Federal College of Inventory and Industrial Technology, Orerokpe (Establishment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2001) (Rep. Oberuakpefe Anthony Afe) – First Reading.

2. Examination Malpractices Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2002) (Rep. Amos Magaji Gwamna) – First Reading.

3. National Institute of Vocational and Technical Education, Lagos State (Establishment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2003) (Rep. Rotimi Agunsoye) – First Reading.

4. Minimum Qualification for Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors Bill, 2022 (2004) (Hon. Amos Magaji Gwamna) – First Reading.

5. Nigeria Bridges Weighing Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2005) (Rep. Olufemi Bamisile) – First Reading.

6. Federal University of Environmental Sciences, Lagos State (Establishment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2006) (Rep. Rotimi Agunsoye) – First Reading.

7. Federal College of Education (Technical) Ketu, Egbado North, Ogun State (Establishment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2007) (Rep. Olaifa Jimoh Aremu) – First Reading.

8. National Manpower Board Act (Repeal) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2009) (Rep. Obinna Chidoka) – First Reading.

9. Ginger Research Institute Samaru Kataf, Kaduna State (Establishment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2010) (Rep. Amos Magaji Gwamna) – First Reading.

10. Ultra-Modern Museum of National Unity (Establishment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2011) (Rep. Obinna Chidoka) – First Reading.

11. National Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Studies, Lagos State (Establishment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2012) (Rep. Rotimi Agunsoye) – First Reading.

12. Business Facilitation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2015) (Executive) – First Reading.

13. David Umahi Federal University of Medical Sciences, Uburu, Ebonyi State (Establishment) Bill, 2022 (HB. 2016) (Rep. Chinedu Ogah) – First Reading.

 

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PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

1. Committee on Public Petitions:

Report on the Petition by Awopetu Adeyinka and Others:

Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Awopetu Adeyinka and Others against Polaris Bank on the Alleged Termination of their Appointment” (Referred: 8/7/2021).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Jerry Alabgaoso and seconded by Rep. Bolaji Yusuf

2. Committee on Public Petitions:

Report on the Petition by Nedik Global Concept Limited (NEOIK) on behalf of Mr. Chinedu Solomon Arisa:

Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Nedik Global Concept Limited (NEOIK) on behalf of Mr. Chinedu Solomon Arisa against the Nigeria Customs Services to Compel them to pay the sum of N200, 000, 000. 00 (Two Hundred Million Naira) paid for some containers of goods auctioned to him, which he was not able to collect” (Referred: 15/12/2020)

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Jerry Alabgaoso and seconded by Rep. Bolaji Yusuf

3. Committee on Public Petitions:

Report on the Petition by Navy Captain Obi Felix O. (RTD):

Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Navy Captain Obi Felix O. (Rtd) against the Nigeria Police Force on threat to Life, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Hostage-taking and obtaining ransom against Inspector Onyechere, Sliver Ubah and two others of the Nigeria Police Mobile force of Delta State Command” (Referred: 26/11/2020).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Jerry Alabgaoso and seconded by Rep. Bolaji Yusuf

4. Committee on Public Petitions:

Report on the Petition by Godknows Kpabee:

Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Godknows Kpabee against the Nigeria Police Force on the unlawful dismissal from service” (Referred:17/12/2020).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Jerry Alabgaoso and seconded by Rep. Bolaji Yusuf

5. Committee on Public Petitions:

Report on the Petition by Engineer Akinwole on behalf of Akw Engineering Limited:

Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Engineer Akinwole on behalf of Akw Engineering Limited against the University of Calabar on the non-payment of Contract balance for the Installation of Telecommunication Equipment for the University: Contract No UC/T/1/2004, an appeal for payment” (Referred: 26/11/2020).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Jerry Alabgaoso and seconded by Rep. Bolaji Yusuf

6. Committee on Public Petitions:

Report on the Petition by Andy Egbe and Eight (8) Others:

Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Andy Egbe and Eight (8) Others against the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) Calabar, Cross River State on their unlawful suspension from duty” (Referred: 4/5/2021)

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Jerry Alabgaoso and seconded by Rep. Bolaji Yusuf

7. Committee on Public Petitions:

Report on the Petition by Kenneth Emeka Nwulu:

Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Kenneth Emeka Nwulu against the Nigeria Export Promotion Council over alleged wrongful dismissal from service” (Referred: 20/10/2020).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Jerry Alabgaoso and seconded by Rep. Bolaji Yusuf

8. Committee on Public Petitions:

Report on the Petition by Dr. Njoku U. C. & Co.:

Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the petition by Dr. Njoku U. C. & Co against the Abia State Government, Official Compliant from Concerned Indigenes of Umuorie-Asa of Isimiri Autonomous Community, an Oil Producing Community in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State on the continuous Marginalization of the Community by the State Government” (Referred: 14/10/2021).

The report was laid following a motion by Rep. Jerry Alabgaoso and seconded by Rep. Bolaji Yusuf

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

BILLS

1. A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Health Education Practitioners Board; and for Related Matters (HB.1989) (Senate) – Second Reading.

Debate

Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Mohammed Monguno.

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

2. A Bill for an Act to Provide Legal Framework to Establish Federal Medical Centre, Jebba; and for Related Matters (HB.671) (Rep. Ahmed Abubakar Ndakene) – Second Reading.

Second reading of the Bill stepped down by leave of the House.

3. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Institute of Physician Associates of Nigeria charged with responsibility for Determining the Standards of Knowledge and Skills to be Attained by Persons seeking to become Physician Associate Professional; and for Related Matters (HB.1966) (Rep. John Dyegh) – Second Reading.

Debate

Rep. John Dyegh moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Munir Baba Dan-Agundi. The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the House committee on Healthcare Services.

4. A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Chartered Institute of Cooperatives and Social Enterprise Management to Regulate, Control and Determine the Standards of Knowledge to be Attained by Persons seeking to become Chartered Cooperatives and Social Entrepreneurs; and for Related Matters (HB. 1166) (Rep. Benjamin Okezie Kalu) – Second Reading.

Debate

Rep. Benjamin Kalu moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Ibrahim Isiaka. The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to House committee on Commerce.

5. A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal College of Education (Technical) Gwaram; and for Related Matters (HB. 1695) (Rep. Yusuf Shitu Galambi) – Second Reading.

Debate

Rep. Galambi moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Unyime Idem. The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to House committee on Tertiary Education and Services.

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MOTIONS

6. Call for Rehabilitation on Itori Bridge Along Sango–Abeoukuta Expressway, to Re-open the Damaged Section:

Rep. Ibrahim A Isiaka:

The House:

Notes the precarious condition of Itori bridge, along Sango–Abeoukuta Expressway, which has been closed in the past fifteen (15) months, thus, subjecting motorists and commuters to traffic logjam, robbery incidents, kidnapping, sexual molestation and accidents on the routes as a result of the bad state of the bridge;

Worried that the expansion joints of the bridge and the bearings have worn out due to constant usage, a development which creates serious hardship and affects socio-economic activities along the corridors of the acclaimed fourth busiest road in Nigeria;

Cognizant of the need to urgently provide for concrete structures-protection and rehabilitation against the exposed reinforcement repairs to cracks, maintenance of bearings and expansion joints on the bridge;

Resolves to:

(i) urge the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to urgently mobilise resources for condition assessment and commence immediate rehabilitation of the failed sections of the collapsed Itori bridge, along Sango–Abeokuta expressway, Ogun State;

(ii) also urge the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to comply with the resolution of the House, among the Special Project Unit’s (SPU) Intervention Programs;

(iii) mandate the Committees on Works and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance and report back within three (3) weeks for further legislative actions. ​​

Debate

Rep. Ibrahim Isiaka moved the motion on the call for rehabilitation on Itori bridge along Sango–Abeoukuta expressway, to re-open the damaged section and it was seconded by Rep. Tajudeen Yusuf.

The motion was voted on and adopted.

7. Need to Rescue Asa, Oju Ogun, Ibeku and Agbon Communities of Egbado North Local Government Area and Kajo, Apata and Agbariod Communities of Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State:

Rep. Olaifa Jimoh Aremu:

The House:

Notes that Nigeria is currently faced with security challenges which have resulted in the loss of lives and destruction of the property thus, affecting the socio-economic development of communities in Egbado North/Imeko Afon Federal Constituency of Ogun State;

Also notes the recent clash between the people of Asa, Oju Ogun, Ibeku and Agbon Communities of Egbado North Local Government Area and Fulani Herdsmen where lives were lost and properties such as houses, motorcycles and other valuables were destroyed;

Further notes that on January 18, 2022, a similar clash occurred between communities of Kajola, Apata and Agberiodo in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State and the Fulani Herdsmen were lives were lost with properties worth millions also destroyed;

Observes that the Joint Security Forces guarding the communities between Nigeria and the Benin Republic have abandoned their primary duty of protecting lives and properties to go after smugglers, thus killing innocent and law-abiding citizens through stray bullets;

Worried that the occurring killings from stray bullets are becoming too rampant and unacceptable to the communities in Egbado North/Imeko Afon Federal Constituency;

Cognizant that if urgent steps are not taken to curtail the situation, it may lead to a war-like atmosphere that may result in further loss of lives and properties;

Resolves to:

(i) Urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to urgently come to the aid of the communities affected by the clashes;

(ii) also urge the Armed Forces, Nigeria Police Force, State Security Service and other security Agencies to call their men to order and urge them to be more professional when dealing with defenseless Nigerians;

(iii) mandate the Committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance.

Debate

Rep. Olaifa Aremu moved the motion on the need to rescue Asa, Oju Ogun, Ibeku and Agbon communities of Egbado North local government area and Kajo, Apata and Agbariod communities of Imeko-Afon local government area of Ogun state and it was seconded by Rep. Olododo Cook.

The motion was voted on and adopted.

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CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

8. A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal University of Environmental Technology, Koroma/Saakpennnwa, Tai Ogoni; and for Related Matters (HB. 1219) – Committee of the Whole: 14/4/2022.

Summary of voting:

Clauses voted on and approved: 1-28

9. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerian Institute of Agriculturists to be charged with the Responsibilities of setting Standards and Code of Ethics for the Effective Control and Management of the Profession of Agriculture; and for Related Matters. (HB.104) (Committee of the Whole: 23/9/2021).

Summary of voting:

Clauses voted on and approved: 1-9, 11-44

Clause amended and approved: 10

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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 Rep. Mohammed Monguno and seconded by Rep. Onofiok Luke.

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Adjournment:

The House at 13:58 adjourned plenary to Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 by 11:00 following a motion for adjournment moved by the Chief Whip, Rep. Mohammad Monguno and seconded by Rep. Vincent Ofumelu .

Courtesy:

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

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