Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Thursday, November 2nd2017.

The Speaker of the House Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara presiding
After the opening prayer, The Speaker approved votes and proceedings of the House for Wednesday, November 1st 2017
ANNOUNCEMENT:
Communication from The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari of his intention to address a joint sitting of the National Assembly and to  present the 2018 Budget proposal on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 at the National Assembly.
PRESENTATION OF BILLS
1.         Federal Character Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (HB. 1203) (Hon. Idagbo Ochiglegor) — First Reading.
2.         Fire Service Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017(HB. 1204) (Hon. Idagbo Ochiglegor) — First Reading.
3.         Flags and Coat of Arms Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (HB. 1205) (Hon. Idagbo Ochiglegor) — First Reading.
4.         Fire (Hazard Prevention and Safeguard) Bill, 2017 (HB. 1206) (Hon. Idagbo Ochiglegor) — First Reading.
PRESENTATION OF REPORTS
1.         Conference Committee Report on the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Bill 2017:
            Hon. Sylvester Ogbaga:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Consumer Protection Act, Cap. C25, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, Establish the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and the Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal for the Development and Promotion of Fair, Efficient and Competitive Markets in the Nigerian Economy, Facilitate Access by all Citizens to Safe Products, Secure the Protection of Rights for all Consumers in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HBs1 and 60)”.
2.         Committee on Police Affairs:
Hon. Haliru Dauda Jika:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Police Affairs on a Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigeria Police Trust Fund; and for Related Matters, 2017 (HB.894)” (Referred: 25/5/2017).
3.         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).
Petitions
1.      Hon. Goodluck (Imo) brought a petition from his constituent complaining against the Nigerian Army for denying him his salaries and entitlement after he fell ill while on duty.
2.      Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf brought a petition from concerned Nigerians asking the House to compel the Executive to implement the 2017 Budget.
3.      Hon. Boma Goodhead laid 5 petitions before the House.
4.      Hon. Segun (Oyo) brought a petition against the unlawful demolition of his shop, another constituent complained against security Agencies for unlawfully restraining her from her shop.
5.      Iheoma (Edo) brought a petition from his constituent writing on behalf of 8 communities asking the House to look into the non-implementation of the 2017 Budget.
6.      Hon. Obinna (Imo) brought a petition from some miners against the Nigeria Customs for sealing their Offices in Lagos and Ebonyi without explaining why.
All petitions were referred to the House Committee on Public petitions
Point of Order:
Hon. Linus Okorie raised a point of Order bordering on Order 8, Rules 4 & 7 of the House Rules, labeling it important and should be taken immediately, suspending House Rules. Hon. Abiodun Dada seconded it.
Debate:
Hon. Linus stated that the Federal College of Agriculture in Ibadan had been shut down by Labour Unions which has halted the on-going 2017 admission process. He expressed worry that if unchecked, the students could lose valuable academic time for admission, registration and lectures before year end 2017. Hon. Hassan Saleh in contributing to the Motion asked that the relevant Committees to act on the matter accordingly. Hon. Ayo Omidiran proposed an amendment to the prayer of the Motion to shorten the frame of work by the Committee from 2 weeks to 1 week, before getting back to the House, Hon. Yakubu Barde seconded the proposed amendment, the Motion was put to a vote and passed as amended.
ORDERS OF THE DAY
BILL FOR THIRD READING
1.         A Bill for an Act to Establish the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) charged with Responsibilities to, among others, Provide Community Policing, Maintenance of Law and Order and Community Service for Nigerians; and for Related Matters (HB.718) — Third Reading.
Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila moved for the Third Reading of the Bill, Hon. Nasir Ahmed seconded. It was voted on, passed for third Reading and the Clerk read the long title of the Bill.
BILLS FOR SECOND READING
2.         A Bill for an Act to Establish the Institute of Chartered Biochemists and Molecular Biologists charged with responsibilities to, among other things, Determine the Standard of Knowledge and Skill to be Attained by Persons seeking to become Registered Biochemists and Molecular Biologists, Register such Persons, Regulate and Control their Practice and Review those Standards from time to time as Circumstances may Permit; and for Related Matters (HB.1142) (Senate) (House Leader) — Second Reading.
Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila moved for the Second Reading, Hon. Abubakar Nuhu seconded. Hon. Gbajabiamila stated that the Bill was from the Senate seeking concurrence. It was voted on, passed for second reading, the Clerk read the long title of the Bill and it was referred to the Committee of the Whole.
3.         A Bill for an Act to Provide a Legal Framework for Industrial Waste Minimization and Prohibit Indiscriminate Waste Disposal in Nigeria; to Protect Humanity and the Environment from Harm and to Provide for Environmental, Social, Economic and Cultural Benefits, Encourage Manufacturers, Industrialists and Organizations; and for Related Matters (HB. 641) (Hon. Bassey Eko Ewa) — Second Reading.
Item stepped down by leave of the House
4.         A Bill for an Act to Amend the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Act, No. 17, 2007 to increase the Functions of the Agency; and for Related Matters (HBs1131 and 1178) (Hon. Adamu Kamale and Hon. Henry Nwawuba) — Second Reading.
Hon. Adamu moved for the second reading of the Bill, it was seconded by Hon. Mohammed Mahmoud.
Debate:
In leading the debate Hon. Adamu stated that the Bill seeks to amend three sections of the Act and that it is a consolidated Bill. The essence of the amendment he noted is critical to ensure NIMASA stands strong as a revenue generating Agency to empower it in enforcing penalties and fines to parties perpetrating irregularities on Nigerian waterways. The Bill he stated also seeks to ensure adequate communication in proactivity with Agencies in charge of waterways. Hon. Henry (Imo) also stated that the amendment aims to open up the Maritime sector to business which has the potential of attracting up to 1.3 Trillion Naira in revenue earnings to the nation. He also proposed that part of the generated revenue be channeled to the Maritime Security Fund. Hon. Abdussamad Dasuki stated that monitoring and managing Nigeria’s vast waterways is not easy, but if adequately done has financial benefits too numerous to list. He urged the House to support the Amendment Bill. It was voted on, passed for second reading, the Clerk read the long title and it was referred to the House Committee on Maritime Safety.
5.         A Bill for an Act to Amend the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research Act, Cap. N115, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004; and for Related Matters (HB. 1128) (Hon. Victor Akinjo) — Second Reading.
Hon. Akinjo moved for the second reading of the Bill, Hon. Segun Adekola seconded.
Debate:
Hon. Akinjo stated that the Institute has critical functions and the Bill aimed to streamline the Act to ensure the efficacy of the Institute. It was voted, passed for Second Reading, the Clerk read the Long Title of the Bill and it was referred to the House Committee on National Planning and Economic Development.
6.         A Bill for an Act to Amend the University of Maiduguri Act, Cap. U10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to specify the Minimum Qualification of the Chairman of the Governing Council, Ownership of Intellectual Property and to Provide for Pre-action Notice to the University Authority; and for Related Matters (HB.1107) (Hon. Asabe Vilita Bashir) — Second Reading.
Hon. Asabe moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Hon. Abba Farouk.
Debate:
Hon. Asabe pointed out that the Bill aims to make the roles of the Governing Council more competent and to improve its effect on the University, she prayed for the support of Members of the House to ensure progression of the Bill. It was put to a vote, passed for second reading, the Clerk read the Long Title of the Bill and it was referred to the House Committee on Tertiary Education and Services.
7.         A Bill for an Act to Amend the Estate Surveyors and Valuers (Registration, etc.) Act, Cap. E12, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Provide for stiffer Penalties to meet Contemporary Realities; and for Related Matters (HB. 1025) (Hon. Hassan A. Omale) — Second Reading.
Hon. Hassan moved for the Second Reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Hon. Jimoh Otude.
Debate:
Hon. Hassan stated the Bill seeks to amend the Act which has grown out of touch with present day realities in the area of stipulating penalties for offenders and contraveners of the Law. It was put to a vote, passed for second reading; the Clerk read the long title and it was referred to the House Committee on Housing.
MOTIONS
8.         Need to Investigate the Alleged Unpaid Allowances of Nigerian Diplomats in Cuba
Hon. Muhammadu Bala Faruk:
The House:
Notes the allegation that Nigerian diplomats in Cuba are stranded over the inability of the Federal government to remit their allowances for the past nine months, thus practically reducing them to beggars;
Informed that the embassy officials have no access to medical and educational facilities owing to the non-payment of their allowances;
Concerned that the Central Bank of Nigeria has not been able to remit their allowances as a result of the America-Cuba imbroglio, thus rendering the diplomats unable to take care of their families in a foreign land, a development that has put the reputation of the country at stake in the comity of nations;
Resolves to:
Mandate the Committee on Foreign Affairs to investigate the allegation of non-payment of allowances of Nigerian diplomats in Cuba and indeed any other Nigerian mission, determine who may have played any role in the debacle, and report back in six (6) weeks for further legislative action.
Hon. Faruk moved the Motion and it was seconded by Hon. Aminu Ashima
Debate:
Hon. Faruk expressed sadness, disappointment and embarrassment at how Nigeria’s image abroad was being rubbished by its disregard for its financial obligations to its staff in foreign missions world-wide. Hon. Nenna Ukeje as Chairperson, House Committee on Foreign Relations pointed out that she alongside the other Members of the Committee had sponsored a similar Motion 2 weeks ago, and noted that the situation was indeed embarrassing. She however asked the House to give the Committee the stipulated time as they are already doing justice to the situation for the good of all Nigerians. It was voted on and passed.
9.         Need to Investigate the Remittances of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) into the Federation Account from 2007 till Date:
Hon. Segun Alexander Adekola:
The House:
Notes that the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, while evaluating the performance of Government Agencies recently, announced that for the first time in its 40 years of existence, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) remitted the sum of ₦5 billion into the coffers of the government, with a balance of ₦3 billion still to be remitted, amounting to ₦8 billion within nine months of the tenure of the current Management of JAMB;
Also notes media reports that between 2011 and 2015, JAMB earned at least₦30.726 billion from registration fees by candidates who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) but remitted a meagre sum to the Federal Government, which, within the period, allocated over 2 billion Naira yearly from the budget to the Board;
Further notes that the Accountant General of the Federation had, in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, stated that JAMB remitted ₦11,522,808 in 2011, ₦25,303,274 in 2013 and ₦13,926,402 in 2014 but did not make any remittances in 2012, 2015 and 2016 respectively;
Observes that the total amount JAMB remitted to the Federation Account between 2010 and 2016 is ₦50,752,484, which is about 1% of the amount the Agency remitted to the Federal Government in 2017 alone;
Conscious that the remittance of such an amount by a non-focal revenue generating agency underscores the importance of transparency in the administration and management of government business and desirous of the urgent need to beam a search light on other Government agencies to guide against flagrant misappropriation of public funds with a view to promoting probity in governance;
Resolves to:
Mandate the Committee on Basic Education and Services to conduct an investigation into the management of the financial affairs of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) from 2007 till date as it relates to its earnings from prospective candidates and remittances made to the Federation Account and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.
Hon. Adekola moved the Motion and it was seconded by Hon. Chidoka (Anambra)
Debate:
Hon. Adekola noted that in the 40 years of J.A.M.B’s existence, it had not been remitting funds to the Federal Government commiserate to the range of what is paid for the annual Examinations by students nationwide. He urged the House to use its powers to investigate, reveal and prescribe punishment for both past and present officials of the Board found wanting. It was put to a vote and passed.
10.      Need to Ascertain Federal Government’s Investments and Proceeds from Solid Minerals and Steel Development:
Hon. Johnbull T. Shekarau:
The House:
Notes that mines and minerals are listed in paragraph 39 of the Second Schedule, Part 1 of the Exclusive Legislative list in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999;
Also notes that following the fall in the price of oil in the international markets, new discoveries of oil across the African continent, exploration and exploitation of new and alternative forms of energy, all of which have made continued dependence on oil for revenue generation uncertain, the Federal Government is pursuing a diversification policy away from oil as the principal revenue earner for the nation;
Aware that most of the nation’s solid mineral resources are either undeveloped or underdeveloped and where they have been fully developed, the revenues accruing from their exploitation are not fully remitted to the coffers of the Federal Government as a result of corruption in the system;
Concerned that given the expressed desire of the Federal Government to attain economic recovery and growth through diversification into solid minerals and steel development, the absence of proper supervision in the sectors is having detrimental effects on the Government’s quest as its huge investments in the sectors have not been justified by expected dividends to the coffers of the Government;
Also concerned that activities of illegal miners and cartels in the business and previous acts of neglect of the sector have combined to deprive the nation of the royalties, taxes, ground rent and levies that would have been yielding revenues for the development of the nation;
Cognizant that if the solid minerals sector is properly explored and exploited in accordance with the provisions of the laws guiding mining activities, the much needed foreign exchange can be obtained to drive national development;
Resolves to:
Set-up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the investments of the Federal Government in the development of solid minerals and steel sectors and the proceeds that accrued to the Federal Government, including leakages from 2012 to 2017, and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.
Hon. Shekarau moved the Motion and it was seconded by Hon. Enyong (Akwa Ibom)
Debate:
Hon. Shekarau lamented the spate of exportation in the mineral mining sector without commiserate returns to the Federal purse. He expressed concern at the continuous blind eyes and deaf ears turned towards this financially bleeding wound to Nigeria by even foreign collaborators. He described the situation where the teeming youth of Nigeria are still jobless and yet there lies great opportunities for employment and wealth generation in the sector left wasting. Hon. Ayo Omidiran proposed an amendment to the prayer of the Motion, Hon. Femi Adekola seconded the proposed Amendment, the Motion was voted on and passed as amended.
11.      Need to Investigate the Infractions and also Halt the Planned Diversion of Funds Under the World Bank Funded Growth and Employment (GEM) Project:
Hon. Mark Terseer Gbillah:
The House:
Aware that the Growth and Employment (GEM) Project is an employment project conceptualized by the Federal Government under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment aimed at job creation and increased non-oil growth through the empowerment of 4000 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across the country in specific high-potential value chain sectors of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Light Manufacturing and Agro processing, Entertainment Industry, Hospitality and Tourism, Construction and Real Estate;
Also aware that implementation of the GEM Project is predicated on funding from the World Bank and the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID), with the latter providing a grant of £90 million (strictly managed by DFID) and the World Bank providing a concessionary loan of $160 million domiciled in the Project account with the Central Bank of Nigeria under the oversight of the Minister of Finance and with a Project Steering Committee chaired by the Hon Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, responsible for the management of the Project Implementation;
Further aware that Federal Government’s borrowing of funds from the World Bank was approved by the National Assembly in 2013 with a proviso that the Project should run from June 2013 to September 2018 based on the indicated Project deliverables;
Observes that only three months into his appointment and barely one year to the expected end of the project which has only 800 beneficiaries out of the 4000 initially proposed, the Project Coordinator of GEM (alleged to be one of the two employees of African Capital Alliance, a Private Equity firm owned by the current Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment and who was engaged by the Minister on this Project and is being paid up to $4.9m a month instead of a capable Civil Servant in the Ministry) has initiated the restructuring of the entire project and requesting for the release of the allegedly outstanding sum of $35m from the Federal Ministry of Finance for the creation of a parallel SME Investment Fund to be managed by an independent private company to be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) that will dispense between $250,000 to $2m each to only 23 unidentified companies without government oversight or involvement;
Concerned that in clear violation of the initially approved scope and without an approval for virement from the National Assembly or recourse to the Project Steering Committee, the Project Coordinator has gone ahead to advertise for a Fund Manager and concluded plans with the World Bank and the Ministry of Finance which has, either been misled or is in collusion with the GEM Project Team to proceed with the consideration and possible approval of the restructuring plan on Friday 3 November, 2017 in disregard of due process and the Department of State Security’s advice to the Minister of Finance after investigating petitions against the Project Coordinator, to halt any disbursement of funds under this questionable restructuring plan where the country enriches a few individuals to the detriment of millions of Nigerians who would have benefited from the initial scope of the project;
Resolves to:
(i)        urge the Minister of Finance, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the GEM Project Team and the World Bank to halt the planned movement of $35m out of the GEM Project Account and discontinue any processes towards the consideration or approval of the new restructuring proposal for the creation of the SME Investment Fund;
(ii)       also urge the Ministers of Finance, Industry, Trade and Investment, the GEM Project Coordinator and the World Bank to maintain the status quo ante as was conceptualized and approved by the National Assembly; and
(iii)      mandate the Committees on Finance, Commerce, and Aids, Loans and Debt Management to investigate the circumstances surrounding the implementation of the Project, the number of beneficiaries so far under the Project, extent of involvement of consultants, inflow received and disbursements made since the commencement, including all other related issues and report back within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.
Hon. Mark moved the Motion and it was seconded by Hon. Patrick Iserere seconded.
Debate:
Hon. Mark stated that the situation if left unchecked had the potential of becoming a financial scandal in the nation. He stated that diverse irregularities had been sighted in the process of the programme which was supposed to empower over 4,000 S.M.Es with a loan from the World Bank. The consequence being Nigeria paying back a loan that was not utilized for the desired need and the intended beneficiaries left disappointed. Hon. Bode Ayorinde in supporting the Motion condemned in clear terms the effort of schemers to abuse a system approved by the National Assembly for the good of Nigerians and exploiting it for personal gain. Hon. Abubakar Moriki proposed an amendment to the prayer that the House Committee on Industry be added to the list of Committees mandated to work on the Motion, Hon. Simon Arabor seconded the amendment, the Motion was put to a vote and passed as amended.
12.      Need for Investigation of the Non-Remittance of Contributions by the Federal Government, State Governments and Local Governments into the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) from 2010 to Date:
Hon. Babatunde Gabriel Kolawole:
The House:
Recalls that the National Assembly passed the Employees Compensation Act in 2010 to provide an open and fair system of guaranteed and adequate compensation for all employees or their dependents for any death, injury, disease or disability arising out of or in the course of employment, rehabilitation to employees with work-related disabilities, establishment and maintenance of a Solvent Compensation Fund managed in the interest of employees and employers, among others;
Notes that by Section 33 of the Act, every employer shall, within the first 2 years of the commencement of the Act, make a minimum monthly contribution of 1.0 per cent of the total monthly payroll into the Fund and subsequently, payment will be based on estimates of the employer’s payroll for the year, actual assessment or based on minimum assessment;
Also notes that private sector players have to a reasonable extent, been complying with the provisions of the Act, particularly in view of Section 16(6)(d) which makes it mandatory for bidders to have fulfilled all obligations to pay taxes, pensions and social security contributions, however, the Federal, States and Local Governments have all failed to make payments of their contributions to the NSITF, despite the mandatory provisions of the Act;
Further notes that the definition of an employer under Section 73 of the Act is broad and covers all levels of Government given that it defines an “employer” to include any individual, body corporate, Federal, State or Local Government or any of the Government agencies which has entered into a contract of employment to employ any other person as an employee or apprentice;
Congnizant that by failing, refusing or neglecting to pay the statutory contributions to the NSITF, Governments at all levels are not only violating a law of the land, but are equally exposing the vast majority of the Nigerian workforce to uninsured and uncovered risks and occupational hazards, and by extension, those large pool of workers cannot be compensated for injuries, mental stress, occupational diseases, hearing impairment, total, partial disability or disfigurement, among others;
Aware that only members of the Armed Forces, excluding civilian employees of the Armed Forces, are exempted from the mandatory employer contribution under the Act;
Observes that if this anomaly is not addressed, civil and public servants will continue to be short-changed and remain at the receiving end of a system that exposes them to occupational hazard without any form of insurance or compensation;
Resolves to:
Set up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the non-remittance of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Contributions by the Federal, States and Local Governments and several Federal Government Statutory bodies and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.
Hon. Babatunde moved the Motion and it was seconded by Hon. Munir Baba
Debate:
Hon. Babatunde stated that the Motion aims to address hazards suffered by the Nigerian workforce. It seeks also to create an avenue to call erring employers to order, be they Organisations, State or Federal Level employers. This he said is for the good of the Nigerian workers as a thriving economy cannot be dreamt of with a discouraged workforce. It was put to a vote and passed.
13.      Incessant Killing and Destruction of Farmlands in Ibarapa Central/Ibarapa North Federal Constituency, Oyo State:
Hon. Ayoade Olugbenga Ojoawo:
The House:
Informed that the people of Igangan, Ayete, Takpa, Idere, Alaagba, Obada, Asunara, Idiyan, Oja-Isale, Ajise and Igboora in Ibarapa Central/North Federal Constituency of Oyo State have no other occupation or means of earning a living other than farming;
Notes that the lush vegetation, green scenery and ambience of those communities give them pastoral uniqueness;
Also notes that those communities have had the presence of nomadic herdsmen for many decades now;
Cognizant that the inhabitants of those communities expect good harvest when they plant their crops, but the herdsmen find ready foliage for their cattle by allowing them to wander through the farmlands, thereby causing irreparable loss to the farmers;
Concerned about the threats the herdsmen pose to the lives and property of the people as was evidenced by the case of Samson Olaosepin, a twenty-seven years old man who was killed by herdsmen for challenging their grazing their cattle on his father’s farmland, and also many other gory tales of amputation and sexual abuse of women of the communities;
Believes that if the nefarious activities of the herdsmen in those communities are not urgently checked, the farmers would become too scared to go to the farms, a development that would lead to food scarcity, economic hardships and general insecurity of lives;
Resolves to:
Set up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the threats and activities of herdsmen in those communities of Ibarapa Central/North Federal Constituency and proffer lasting solution to the menace, and report back within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.
Hon. Olugbenga moved the Motion and it was seconded by Hon. Femi (Lagos). Hon. Sunday Karimi proposed amendment to the prayer that the relevant House Committees be mandated to work on the prayers instead of setting up an Ad-Hoc one. Hon. Biodun (Oyo) seconded the amendment; the Motion was voted on and passed as amended.
14.      Call on the Federal Government to Set Up an Audit Committee to Conduct an Infrastructure Audit of Government Spendings in the Niger Delta Region from 1999-2016:
Hon. E. J. Agbonayinma:
The House:
Notes that an infrastructure audit report is a critical tool that is mandatory for any nation desirous of development and growth to make assessment for informed decision making;
Also notes that the Niger Delta Infrastructure Audit Report will take a strategic approach in assessing the region’s infrastructural needs, examine the drivers of future infrastructure demands and population growth, etc and provide a top-down assessment of reduced value, value added and direct economic contributions;
Further notes that the Report will also consider demand for infrastructure over the next five decades and finally deliver an evidence base for future gap analysis, long term planning and future investments priorities;
Cognizant that the need to conduct an infrastructure audit is paramount at this time if the government is desirous of developing the region in order to put a final end to hostilities in the region;
Aware that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and other Government Institutions were established as Interventionist Agencies to develop the region in collaboration with International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in the region but since its inception, the Ministry, the NDDC and other Institutions have not been able to achieve above 8% of their statutory appropriation and responsibilities owing to the absence of infrastructure audit that would have informed decision making and project prioritization, thereby making the entire process to be lacking in direction, and the IOCs are fully aware of these lapses but are not forthcoming with their contributions to the development of the region;
Concerned that over $40 billion has been spent by the Federal Government and Oil Firms in the Niger Delta Region in the last ten years without meaningful development being achieved; Believes that the benefits of an Infrastructure Audit Report are enormous as it will bridge the gap between the current and prospective infrastructure project appraisal and project selection, including a consistent use and transparent reporting of cost benefit analysis, create an engagement of the communities throughout the decision making process as  a key element of sound infrastructure planning, enhance integrated approach in infrastructure and land use planning , help deal with uncertainties of complex issues, increase productivity level through regular strategic investment in economic infrastructure, improve connectivity in infrastructure networks and gateways, link businesses, boost trade and improve access in work, thereby building a better Nigeria;
Resolves to:
(i)        urge the Federal Government to set up an Infrastructure Audit Committee to produce a comprehensive Audit Report on Federal Government’s spending in the Niger Delta Region from 1999 to 2016; and
(ii)       mandate the Committee on Legislative compliance to ensure implementation and report back in twelve (12) weeks for further legislative action.
Motion stepped down by leave of the House
15.      Need to Address the Declining Immunization Coverage in Nigeria:
Hon. Muhammad Usman:
The House:
Notes that the Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS)/National Immunization Coverage Survey (NICS) Report of 2016/2017 was conducted to assess several thematic areas in public health, including immunization, to find out the coverage status of routine vaccine antigens (immunization) delivered through the National Health System among children aged 12-23 months and the Report was released in August 2017;
Also notes that the Survey, which was commissioned by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and sponsored by some Development Partners was conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS);
Observes that the Report revealed a National Immunization Coverage rate of 33% using the pentavalent 3 vaccines as an indicator of completed immunization schedule for any given child under the Routine Immunization (RI) schedule as approved by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency;
Also observes that contrary to the global standard of 90% as-an indicator-for- fully immunized according to the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) or the African standard of 74%, only 3% of the thirty-six (36) States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) attained 80% coverage;
Further notes that the 2016/17 Report revealed that 77% of the assessed children did not receive all the life-saving vaccines, while 37% received some, 40% did not receive any vaccines at all from the Routine Immunization Programme and are classified as missed children, in addition, only 1 in 4 children in the rural areas was fully immunized while 1 in 10 children of the poorest families received full Immunization;
Cognizant that funding for Immunization activities, including vaccine procurement and value chain, would have suffered severe shortages with its grim consequences had International Development Partners not come to the aid of Nigeria;
Concerned that with the expected complete pull out of Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) from Nigeria in 2021, alternative and sustainable financing options must be put in place to forestall any catastrophe in immunization financing in the future;
Resolves to:
(i)        urge the Federal Government to:
(a)       increase and sustain domestic investments and funding allocations for Immunization from 0.2% to 1% of the National Budget,
(b)       implement the 1% of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for financing the Basic Health Care Provision Fund in the 2018 Budget as enjoined by the National Health Act,
(c)       adopt innovative financing mechanism by establishing a National Immunization Trust Fund;
(ii)       also urge on the Federal Ministry of Health and its relevant Agencies to spearhead advocacy and sensitization on immunization uptake and co-funding for Immunization at all levels of government;
(iii)      mandate the Committee on Healthcare Services to ensure implementation and report back in eight (8) weeks for further legislative action.
Hon. Usman moved the Motion and Hon. Nenna Ukeje seconded it.
Debate:
Hon. Usman highlighted the grave situation whereby an estimated 750,000 children World-wide die annually before the age of 5 (UNICEF). He stated that 40% of these deaths are as a result of vaccine-preventable diseases. He also stated that Nigeria has the least amount of immunized children globally. He noted that only 4 Nigerian States meet the African immunization standard of 74% coverage, while none comes near the world standard of 90%, Sokoto State being the least with 3%. He pointed out that Nigeria is a signatory to the charter that stipulates 15% of the national budget to be channeled to the health sector. He stated that continuous poor funding of the sector means poor health facilities, prompting people to seek medical help outside the shores of the land, even when they can ill afford it. He called on the House to keep compelling the Executive to implement the financial implication of the National Health Act in the national budget. Hon. Nenna Ukeje praised recent efforts of Government which has yielded the fruit of lowering maternal-infant mortality rate by 1%. She however warned that if alternative funding for vaccination was not created, the vaccination of children could not be sustained. Hon. Yakubu Barde called for sensitization and advocacy of people in the Northern States to improve the immunization percentage coverage in the region. Hon. Beni Lar proposed an amendment to prayer 1 to strengthen the Motion, Hon. Shuaibu Abdulrahman seconded the amendment. Hon. Chris Azubuogu also proposed a further amendment which was seconded by Hon. Johnbull Shekarau, the Motion was put to a vote and passed as amended.
CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS
16.      Committee on Healthcare Services:
            Hon. Chike John Okafor:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Healthcare Services  on the 2017 Budget Proposal of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the sum of₦18,924,031,753 (Eighteen Billion, Nine Hundred and Twenty-Four Million, Thirty-One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Fifty-Three Naira) only, of which the total sum of ₦7,568,033 (Seven Million, Five Hundred and Sixty-Eight Thousand, Thirty-Three Naira) only, is for Overhead Costs (from the Federal Government of Nigeria Appropriation), the sum of₦8,202,816,645 (Eight Billion, Two Hundred and Two Million, Eight Hundred and Sixteen Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty-Five Naira) only, is for Overhead Costs (from the Internally Generated Revenues, etc.), the sum of ₦4,443,243,393 (Four Billion, Four Hundred and Forty-Three Million, Two Hundred and Forty-Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Ninety-Three Naira) only, is for Personnel Costs, the sum of ₦164,364,056 (One Hundred and Sixty-Four Million, Three Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand, Fifty-Six Naira) only, is for Capital Expenditure (from the Federal Government of Nigeria Appropriation), and the sum of₦6,106,039,626 (Six Billion, One Hundred and Six Million, Thirty-Nine Thousand, Six Hundred and Twenty-Six Naira) only, is for Capital Expenditure from the Internally Generated Revenues, etc.) for the Financial Year Commencing from 1 January and  Ending on 31 December, 2017 and approve the recommendation therein” (Laid: 26/10/2017):
NATIONAL AGENCY FOR FOOD AND DRUGS ADMINISTRATION
AND CONTROL (NAFDAC)
2017 Budget Proposal
(₦)
            Recurrent – Overhead
1.         Local Travel and Transport: Training                                            621,300,800.00
2.         Local Travel and Transport: (Inspection Activities)                     767,388,000.00
3.         International Travel and Transport: (GMP)                                1,140,004,800.00
4.         Electricity Charges                                                                            176,254,248.00
5.         Telephone Charges                                                                               5,000,000.00
6.         Internet Access Charges                                                                      54,601,744.00
7.         Water Rates                                                                                           5,000,400.00
8.         Sewerage Charges                                                                               10,900,032.00
9.         Office Stationeries/Computer Consumables/Spare Parts            380,004,800.00
10.       Magazines and Periodicals                                                                    5,450,109.00
11.       Books                                                                                                      3,175,000.00
12.       Import Duty                                                                                         20,000,000.00
13.       Printing of Non Security Documents                                                50,000,000.00
14.       Printing of Security Documents                                                            5,500,000.00
15.       Laboratory Chemical/Glass Wares                                                 498,675,000.00
16.       Uniforms and Other Clothing                                                                                   —
17.       Maintenance of Motor Vehicle/Transport Equipment                   71,432,142.00
18.       Maintenance of Office Furniture                                                      16,534,400.00
19.       Maintenance of Office Building/Laboratories                               242,634,000.00
20.       Maintenance of Office Equipments                                                    20,000,000.00
21.       Maintenance of Computers/It Equipments                                      20,000,000.00
22.       Maintenance of Plants/Generators                                                   80,000,000.00
23.       Clearing and Forwarding Expenses                                                  30,000,000.00
24.       Repair And Maintenance of Laboratory Equipments                     39,676,000.00
25.       Security Services                                                                               200,124,000.00
26.       Office Rent                                                                                            29,127,216.00
27.       Operational expenses /Federal Task Force                                   228,787,585.00
28.       Cleaning and Fumigation Services                                                    87,210,432.00
29.       Financial Consulting                                                                            60,000,000.00
30.       Information Technology Consulting                                                 10,900,000.00
31.       Legal Services                                                                                      15,700,000.00
32.       Engineering Services                                                                           18,250,000.00
33.       Surveying Services                                                                              15,000,000.00
34.       Motor Vehicle  Fuel Cost                                                                  166,429,500.00
35.       Remittance to CRF (25%)                                                                385,787,585.00
36.       Plant /Generator Fuel Cost                                                              307,282,368.00
37.       Productivity Allowance                                                                     380,000,000.00
38.       Insurance Premium                                                                          109,000,000.00
39.       Meetings, Workshops and Conferences                                           15,262,000.00
40.       Hospitality, Refreshment and Meal                                                   21,800,000.00
41.       Honorarium and Sitting Allowance                                                   30,000,000.00
42.       Publicity and Advertisements                                                           742,783,200.00
43.       Animal House                                                                                         2,000,000.00
44.       Postages and Courier Services                                                          38,208,000.00
45.       Staff Welfare                                                                                      176,385,280.00
46.       Establishment of NAFDAC Desk in LGA                                                                 —
47.       Recruitment and Appointment (Service Wide)                                                     —
48.       Discipline and Appeal (Service Wide)                                                                    —
49.       Promotion (Service Wide)                                                                 40,000,000.00
50.       Annual Budget Expenses and Administration                                 21,800,000.00
51.       Donations                                                                                                                  —
52.       2016 National Food Safety Week                                                                           —
53.       2016 Conference on Nigeria Total Diet Study                                                       —
54.       FGN/NAFDAC/UNICEF Nutrition Programme                                89,380,000.00
55.       Interns/NYSC                                                                                    297,567,967.00
56.       Advocacy/Awareness on Use of Fake and Counterfeit
Drugs in Six Geopolitical Zones                                                       450,000,000.00
            Total                                                                                                        8,202,316,645.00
Capital Budget
S/No.  Project Title                                                                         2017 Budget Proposal
(₦)
1.         Provision of Mobile Laboratories and Accessories                      900,000,000.00
2.         Provision of Laboratory Equipments                                             661,000,000.00
3.         NAFDAC Headquarter Laboratory Building- Construction of
NAFDAC Office Kyami, Building of Free Trade Zone, Provision
of Inspectorate Office, Training Hall and Office Construction of
Dual Meeting System (Phase 1)                                                       365,503,856.00
4.         Provision Of Motor Vehicles:
(1)  10 Units  Pickup 4*4- Full Option (Innoson)=₦67,000,000
(2)  13 Unit Pickup 4*4 – Shell Specs Hilux (Toyota) = ₦97,500,000
(3)  6 Unit  Pickup 4*4 -Full Option (Nissan)= ₦63,000,000
(4)   2 Unit Nissan 30 Seater Civilian Bus= ₦37,800,000
(5)  2 Unit Toyota 16 Seater Hiace Bus High Roof= ₦26,240,000                      —
4b.       Provision Of Motor Vehicles:
(1)  15 Units  Pickup 4*4- Full Option
      (Innoson)@₦6,700,000 =₦100,500,000
(2)  30 Unit Pickup 4*4 – Shell Specs Hilux
     (Toyota) @ ₦7,500,000 =₦225,000,000
(3) 15 Unit  Pickup 4*4 -Full Option (Nissan) @ ₦10,000,000
     = ₦157,000,000
(4)   2 Unit Nissan 30 Seater Civillian Bus @
₦18,900,000 =  ₦37,800,000
(5)  2 Unit Toyota 16 Seater Hiace Bus High
      Roof @ ₦13,120,000 =₦26,240,000                                         547,040,000.00
            5.         Provision of Office Equipment, Furniture and Fitting and
Power Generating Plants                                                                  105,080,000.00
6.         Provision of NAFDAC Information Systems and Computer Sets 136,900,000.00
7.         Construction of NAFDAC Laboratory- Mbaka Benue State (Phase 1)205,779,724.00
8.         Construction of NAFDAC Laboratory Building
 Abeokuta, Ogun State Phase I                                                         439,912,059.00
9.         Construction of Office Block, Warehouse, Perimeter Fence
 and Gate House at Illela Border Station, Sokoto State                   30,026,756.00
10.       Construction of Perimeter Fence, Office Block and Warehouse in
 Benin, Edo State – Phase I                                                               150,000,000.00
11.       Consultancy Services for Construction of Perimeter
Fence, Office Block and Warehouse in Benin, Edo State                30,000,000.00
12.       Construction of Office Block, Warehouse, Perimeter Fence
 and Gate House at Kamber – Kebbi State                                        29,393,734.00
13.       Construction of NAFDAC Pid Office at Murtala Mohammed
 Int’l Airport NAHCO Ikeja, Lagos                                                    143,815,795.00
14.       Rehabilitation of NAFDAC Lab, Calabar                                           46,721,000.00
15.       Construction of Perimeter Fence, Office Block and Warehouse at
 Owerri, Imo State Phase 1                                                               100,000,000.00
16.       Construction of Perimeter Fence, Office Block and Warehouse at
 Oshogbo, Osun State State Phase 1                                                300,000,000.00
17.       Consultancy Service for the Construction Perimeter Fence,
Office Block and Warehouse at Owerri, Imo State                          30,000,000.00
18.       Construction of Office Block, Warehouse, Perimeter Fence
and Gate House- Jibiya, Katsina State                                               30,026,756.00
19.       Construction of NAFDAC Laboratory Building Umuokeh
Obowo, Imo State – Phase 1                                                             314,926,200.00
20.       Rehabilitation of Nafdac Training School, Kaduna State              100,000,000.00
21.       Construction of Office Block, Warehouse, Perimeter Fence and
 Gate House at Maigatari – Jigawa State                                            30,026,756.00
22.       Rehabilitation of NAFDAC Birnin Kebbi Office- Kebbi State                               —
23.       Redesigning and Furnishing of NAFDAC Lab Maiduguri Borno State31,989,100.00
24.       Construction of Perimeter Fence at Asaba- Delta State                   23,916,438.00
25.       Construction of Perimeter Fence at Abakiliki – Ebonyi State          20,094,400.00
26.       Construction of Perimeter Fence at Enugu                                       20,094,400.00
27.       Construction of Perimeter Fence at Kwara                                       20,094,400.00
28.       Consultancy for NAFDAC Laboratory Training School,
Antyu Mbaka, Benue State                                                                  23,745,174.00
29.       Management and Supervision for NAFDAC Laboratory Building
 Abeokuta, Ogun State                                                                         34,407,332.00
30.       Consultancy Service Stage 1 and 2 NAFDAC
Headquarters/Laboratory Building Kyami-Abuja                          95,000,000.00
31.       Consultancy Service Stage 3 NAFDAC Headquarters/Laboratory
 Building Kyami-Abuja                                                                        20,000,000.00
32.       Outstanding Financial Obligation                                                 1,120,545,746.00
Total                                                                                                       6,106,039,626.00
            IGR      2017 Projection
1.         Consultancy/Registration Forms                                                        6,232,620.00
2.         Registration Fees                                                                                24,085,948.00
3.         Certificate Fees                                                                                    73,390,160.00
4.         Administrative Fine                                                                           635,752,044.00
5.         Advertisement Fees                                                                           144,474,914.00
6.         Chemical Registration Fees /Permit                                               168,373,808.00
7.         Gazette                                                                                                        141,264.00
8.         Bulletin                                                                                                   9,038,018.00
9.         Workshop Fees                                                                                     1,534,720.00
10.       IT Fees                                                                                                    7,066,156.00
11.       Import Permit                                                                                      59,776,472.00
            Sub-Total  (A)                                                                                       1,129,866,124.00
            Users’ Fees
1.         Laboratory Analysis                                                                      5,753,376,228.00
2.         Destruction Fees                                                                                 32,135,096.00
3.         Production/Processing Fees                                                        1,012,241,844.00
4.         Radiation Fees                                                                                1,381,589,197.00
5.         Registration and Raw Materials                                                   1,255,308,964.00
6.         License Fees                                                                                                              —
7.         Inspection Fees                                                                              2,243,067,647.00
8.         Finished Goods/Product Fees                                                      1,501,271,171.00
            Sub-Total (B)                                                                                      13,178,990,147.00
            Total (A+B)                                                                                          14,308,856,271.00
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDED EXPENDITURE
            1.         (a)       Overhead Costs (FGN Appropriation)                                        ₦7,568,033
(b)       Overhead Costs (from IGR, etc.)                                                      ₦8,202,816,645
            2.         Personnel                                                                                            ₦4,443,243,393
            3.         (a)       Capital (FGN Appropriation)                                                  ₦164,364,056
                                    (b)       Capital (from IGR, etc.)                                              ₦6,106,039,626
Grand Total                                                                                            ₦18,924,031,753
Hon. Mohammed Usman moved for the consideration of the Report, Hon. Mohammed Jega seconded it.
HOUSE IN COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY, Hon. Yakubu Dogara Presiding:
Members considered the Report and voted on the financial breakdown and it was carried.
HOUSE IN PLENARY, Hon. Yakubu Dogara presiding:
Members adopted the proceedings of the House in the Committee of Supply.
17.      Conference Committee Report on the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Bill 2017:
            Hon. Sylvester Ogbaga:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Consumer Protection Act, Cap. C25, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, Establish the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and the Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal for the Development and Promotion of Fair, Efficient and Competitive Markets in the Nigerian Economy, Facilitate Access by all Citizens to Safe Products, Secure the Protection of Rights for all Consumers in Nigeria and for Related Matters; and approve the recommendations therein” (HBs 1 and 60)”.
Hon. Sylvester moved for the consideration of the Report, Hon. Samson Oku seconded it
18.      Committee on Agricultural Production and Services:
Hon. M. T. Monguno:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Agricultural Production and Services on a Bill for an Act to Establish the Fisheries Society of Nigeria charged with Responsibility for Registration and Disciplining of Members of the Profession; and for Related Matters (HB. 595) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 19/7/2017).
Hon. Monguno moved for the consideration of the Report, Hon. Ali Isa seconded it
19.      Committee on Human Rights:
            Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Human Rights on a Bill for an Act to Provide for the Protection of Human Rights Online, to Protect Internet Users in Nigeria from Infringement of their Fundamental Freedoms and to Guarantee Application of Human Rights for Users of Digital Platforms and/or Digital Media; and for Related Matters (HB. 490) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 10/10/2017).
Hon. Pwajok moved for the consideration of the Report, Hon. Adekola Segun seconded it
HOUSE IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE, Hon. Yussuf Lasun Presiding:
1.      Members considered the Report from Hon. Sylvester Ogbaga and in voting carried Clauses 1-4, 6-14 and 16-22.
2.      Members deferred the consideration of the Report by Hon. Tahir Monguno due to irregular numbering.
3.      Voted and carried the Clauses in the Report from Hon. Edward Pwajok
HOUSE IN PLENARY, Hon Yussuf Lasun Presiding:
Members adopted the considerations and voting of the Committee of the Whole.
ADJOURNMENT
House adjourned Plenary to Tuesday, 7thNovember 2017 by 11:00 Am
Courtesy:
Media Unit, Office of the Honourable Speaker, House of Representatives.

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