House of Reps Plenary Report for Wednesday, November 1, 2017

 

Speaker Yakubu Dogara presided.

He said opening praers, approved votes and proceedings and began by acknowledging the sacrifice of men of the Armed Forces, describing them as “ordinary people who make extraordinary sacrifices”.

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

  1.      Ad-hoc Committee on Breach of the Privilege of the House and Incitement of the Nigerian Public:

Hon. Aliyu Sani Madaki:

“That the House do receive  the Report of the Ad-hocCommittee on Breach of the Privilege of the House and Incitement of the Nigerian Public against the House of Representatives and the National Assembly (HR. 26/2017)” (Referred: 4/7/2017).

  1.      Committee on Federal Road Safety Commission:

Hon. Abubakar Ahmad Yunusa:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Federal Road Safety Commission on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Federal Road Safety Commission Act, Cap. F19, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria; 2004 to Prescribe certain Traffic Offences and their Penalties; and for Related Matters (HB. 111)” (Referred:1/12/2015).(Stepped down)

  1.      Committee on Works:

          Hon. Toby Okechukwu:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Works on the Completion of Nguru-Gashua and Gashua Adayamari Federal Road (HR. 242/2017)” (Referred: 30/3/2017).

  1.      Committee on Works:

          Hon. Toby Okechukwu:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Works on the Urgent Need to Complete the Reconstruction of Maiduguri-Bama-Banki Road (HR. 142/2016)” (Referred :20/10/2016).

5.    Committee on Works:

          Hon. Toby Okechukwu:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Works on the Urgent Need for the  Construction of a Bridge across River Benue at Ibi in Taraba State (HR. 31/2016)” (Referred: 28/1/2016)

6.  Committee on Works:

Hon. Toby Okechukwu:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Works on the Need to Rehabilitate the dilapidated Abuja-Kaduna Express Road and dualisation of the Western Bye-pass Express Road to Kaduna Airport Junction (HR. 200/2106)” (Referred: 22/1/2016).

 

  1.      Committee on Works:

          Hon. Toby Okechukwu:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Works on the Urgent Need to Rehabilitate the Anyigba-Ankpa-Otukpa Road (HR. 86/2016)” (Referred: 20/10/2016).

BILLS

The following bills were passed through second reading;

  1.   A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Establishment of the National Research and Innovation Council, National Research and Innovation Foundation, to among other things, set National Priorities on Research, Innovation and Development, Promote the Gains of the Application of the Outputs of Research and Innovation, set Directions to Coordinate Innovation Activities; and for Related Matters (HB.1139) (Senate) (House Leader)
  2.      A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, Cap. P34, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Re-enact the Foreign Exchange Act, 2017 to Establish a Foreign Exchange Market and to Provide for the Regulation, Monitoring and  Supervision of the Transactions Conducted in the Market; and for Related Matters (HB. 1066) (Hon. Jones Chukwudi Onyereri)
  3.      A Bill for an Act to Amend the Engineers (Registration, etc.) Act, Cap. E11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Introduce New Register for Engineering Firms, include Engineering Personnel, Broaden the Power of the Council and its Registrar and the Recognition of Other Professional Bodies outside the Nigerian Society of Engineers to Nominate Representatives to the Council, among Others; and for Related Matters 2017 (HB. 1092) (Hon. Toby Okechukwu)
  4.      A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Agricultural Land Development Authority Act, Cap. N4, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to increase its Membership and Functions for Strategic Operations and Interests and to Vest in the Authority Powers to Establish Farm Settlements across the Country for the Purposes of Attaining Food Sufficiency and to Establish the National Farm Settlement and Youth Empowerment Agency to create a Mechanized System of Farming that will be driven by Trained Youths as a means of Creating Job Opportunities, Wealth, Commercial, Sustainable Agricultural System and to Establish Constituency Farm Schemes in all Federal Constituencies in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HBs 458, 771 and 880) (Hon. Evelyn Omavowan Oboro, Hon. Henry Okon Archibong and Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub)
  5.      A Bill for an Act to Amend the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology Act, Cap. N116, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004; and for Related Matters (HB. 1129) (Hon. Obinna Chidoka) — Second Reading.

The following motion was adopted;

  1.      Call for Removal of Structures Erected Under High Tension Wires to Prevent Incidents:

Hon. Jimoh Abdulraheem Olajide:

The House:

Notes that the Town and Regional Planning Law stipulates that a mandatory distance of 5.5 meters, 15.5 meters and 25 meters must be observed as setback from low tension wires, 11KV wires and 33KV lines, respectively by any person wishing to construct any structure;

Also notes the flagrant violation of the above law by property developers who construct structures under high tension wires and close to electricity transformers regardless of the inherent dangers to the occupants in the practice;

Aware that many people have been electrocuted while properties worth millions of Naira were burnt when high tension wires fell on structures erected under them, where people were living or carrying out commercial activities, in gross violation of the law;

Recalls an incident sometime in April 2016, when no fewer than five persons were electrocuted while many houses were destroyed when high tension wires fell on houses in Kuta, Shirodo local government area of Niger State and also the case of Miss Deborah Faleke, who was electrocuted around Fagbenro Street, Alakuko, Lagos State on May 21, 2016 when an electric wire fell on her;

Concerned by the nonchalant attitude of Distribution Companies (DISCOs) towards victims of electrocution and owners of burnt houses following the falling of high tension wires on houses;

Cognizant of the need to ensure enforcement of the law requiring that safe distances be given between high tension wires, transformers and structures where people live and transact businesses;

Resolves to:

(i)      urge the Inspector General of Police, the Commandant General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and other relevant agencies to lend support to the efforts to demolish structures erected under high tension wires and maintain surveillance around the routes of the wires to sustain the tempo after the demolition; and

(ii)     mandate the Committee on Power, Works and Housing to interface with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, the Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), the Distribution Companies (DISCOs), and relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of State Governments to determine ways to ensure the enforcement of laws prohibiting the erection of structures under high tension wires or very close to electricity transformers.

The House in the Committee of Supply considered reports of the Committee on Ports, Harbours and Waterways as follows;

  1.       Committee on Ports, Harbours and Waterways:

          Hon. Patrick Asadu:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Ports, Harbours and Waterways on the 2017 Budget Proposals of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the total sum of ₦270,529,113,135.00 (Two Hundred and Seventy Billion, Five Hundred and Twenty-Nine Million, One Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, One and Thirty-Five Naira) only, out of which ₦96,418,830,059.00 (Ninety-Six Billion, Four Hundred and Eighteen Million, Eighty Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Fifty-Nine Naira) only, is for Recurrent Non-Capital costs while the sum of ₦174,110,283,076.00 (One Hundred and Seventy-Four Billion, One Hundred and Ten Million, Two Hundred and Eight-Three Thousand and Seventy-Six Naira) only, is for Capital Costs and a Surplus of ₦8,002,893,200.00 (Eight Billion, Two Million, Eight Hundred and Ninety-three Thousand, Two Hundred Naira) only” (Laid: 26/10/2017):

NIGERIA PORTS AUTHORITY

2017 BUDGET SUMMARY OF REVENUE PROJECTION

                   Description                                                        2017 Budget Proposal

 

Traffic                                                                                                                          N 90,933,431,286

Harbours Dues                                                                                                          108,228,585,645

Admin Revenue                                                                                                         79,417,561,636

Total Internally Generated Revenue                                                                    278,579,578,568

          Waivers on Petroleum Products Rebates based on Oslo Convention              —

 

Volume Change deductions on lease fees                               (19,004,531,509)

Net Internally Generated Revenue                                          259,575,047,059

Income from Other Sources

Dividend on equity participation in Lagos and Bonny Channel Management              350,000,000

 

Rental Income from NPA London Property                                    16,500,000

 

3% Share of Port Development Levy                                         9,734,458,878

 

Total Revenue from Other Sources                                       10,100,958,878

 

Total Revenue from all Sources                                         269,676,305,937

 

Grand Total                                                                         270,529,113,135

  1.       Committee on Ports, Harbours and Waterways:

 

Hon. Patrick Asadu:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Ports, Harbours and Waterways on the 2017 Budget Proposals of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), the total sum of  ₦11,410,866,281.66 (Eleven Billion, Four Hundred and Ten Million, Eight Hundred and Sixty-Six Thousand, Two hundred and Eight-One Naira, Sixty-Six Kobo) only, out of which the sum of ₦7,955,164,070.81 (Seven Billion, Nine hundred and Fifty-Five Million, One Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand, Seventy Naira, Eighty-One Kobo) only, is for Recurrent Non-Capital Costs while the sum of ₦3,441,483,160.00 (Three Billion, Four Hundred and Forty-One Million, Four Hundred and Eighty-Three Thousand, One Hundred and Sixty Naira) only, is for Recurrent Non-Capital Costs and a surplus of ₦3,817,841,144.74 (Three Billion, Eight Hundred and Seventeen Million, Eight Hundred and Forty-One Thousand, One Hundred and Forty-Four Naira, Seventy-Four  Kobo)” (Laid: 26/10/2017):

NIGERIAN SHIPPERS’ COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF BUDGET PROPOSAL 2017

Description                                                           2017Budget Proposal

 

(₦)

 

Expenditures

 

Revenue Estimate                                                 15,214,488,375.55

Surplus                                                                3,817,814,144.74

total Expenditure                                                 3,441,483,160.00

head Cost                                                                4,176,154,540.88

Personnel Cost                                                      3,779,009,529.93

Total                                                                    11,396,647,230.81

  1.       Committee on Ports, Harbours and Waterways:

 

Hon. Patrick Asadu:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Ports, Harbours and Waterways on the 2017 Budget Proposals of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) the total sum of ₦2,550,000,000.00 (Two Billion, Five Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) only, while the sum of ₦1,167,500,000.00 (One Billion, One Hundred and Sixty-Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira) only, is for Recurrent Non-Capital Costs and the sum of ₦1,382,500,000.00 (One Billion, Three Hundred and Eighty-Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira) only, is for Capital Costs” (Laid: 26/10/2017):

NATIONAL INLAND WATERWAYS AUTHORITY (NIWA)

2017 INTERNALLY GENERATED REVENUE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

S/No.                    Details                                                                                        2017 Budget Proposal

 

  1.       Projected Revenue                                                                                      2,550,000,000.00

 

  1.      Expenditure

 

(i)      Recurrent                                                                                                              1,167,500,000.00

(ii)     Capital                                                                                                                    1,382,500,000.00

Total                                                                                                                                  2,550,000,000.00

  1.       Committee on Ports, Harbours and Waterways:

          Hon. Patrick Asadu:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Ports, Harbours and Waterways on the 2017 Budget Proposals of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) the total sum of  ₦2,773,291,764.65 (Two Billion, Seven Hundred and Seventy-Three Million, Two Hundred and Ninety-One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Four Naira, Sixty-Five Kobo) only, while the sum of ₦1,856,477,083.00 (One Billion, Eight Hundred and Fifty-Six Million, Four Hundred and Seventy-Seven Thousand, Eighty-Three Naira) only, is for Recurrent Non-Capital Costs and the sum of ₦916,814,681.65 (Nine Hundred and Sixteen Million, Eight Hundred and Fourteen Thousand, Six Hundred and Eighty-One Naira, Sixty-Five Kobo) only, is for Capital Costs and a surplus of ₦46,957,578.35 (Forty-Six Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty-Seven Thousand, Five Hundred and Seventy-Eight Naira, Thirty-Five Kobo) only “ (Laid: 26/10/2017):

COUNCIL FOR THE REGULATION OF FREIGHT

FORWARDING IN NIGERIA (CRFFN) 2017 BUDGET

SUMMARY

S/No.                    Details                                                                                       2017 Budget Proposal (₦)

1.       Proposed Internally Generated Revenue                                                   2,773,291,764.65

2.      Overhead Cost                                                                                                   1,856,477,083.00

3.      Capital Cost                                                                                                        963,772,260.00

 

The House in the Committee considered the report of the Committee on Aviation on the Two-Day Investigative Hearing on the Petition brought against the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Federal Ministry of Transportation by Salamatu B. Umar-Eluma, fnim on her Wrongful Redeployment from FAAN to the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) by the Federal Ministry of Transportation and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 12/10/2017).

Plenary was adjourned at 3:16 pm until Thursday, November 2, 2017.

 

 

 

Courtesy:  Speaker’s Media Office

 

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