Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Yussuf Lasun presiding

After the opening prayer, the Deputy Speaker adopted plenary votes and proceedings for Thursday November 16, 2017

Correspondence from President Muhammadu Buhari:

Withholding of Assent on the Treasury Management Bill
Request for the Consideration and Passage of Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Establishment Bill
Withholding of Assent to the Establishment of the Federal University of Wukari Bill
Request for the Consideration and Passage of the Federal Institute for Industrial Research Bill
Request for the Consideration and Passage of the Raw Material and Development Council Repeal and Reenactment Bill

Announcements:

Debate on MTEF will hold on Wednesday, 22 and Thursday 23 November. While the debate on the 2018 Appropriation Bill will commence on Tuesday, November 28- Thursday, 30 November. The Public Hearing will then hold on December 4, 2018.
The Leadership of the House will meet with House Chairmen of Committees on December 30, 2017.
Announcement of the Membership of the Ad-Hoc Committee to investigate the non-remittance in N.S.I.T.F to be Chaired by Hon. Chukwuma Onyema.

Petitions

Hon. Maurice (Rivers) brought a petition from a company who is the complainant on behalf of the people of the constituency, on the wrong and forceful allocation of their land.
Referred to the Committee on Public Petition.

Motion of Urgent Public Importance:

Hon. Rita Orji rose to move the Motion To investigate the sale of non-core assets of PHCN, Hon. Ismailia Muazu seconded.
Debate

Hon. Rita brought to the notice of the House, that reports have emanated that, while over =N=207 Billion has been realized from these sales of non-core assets, only =N-=1.8 Billion was declared to have been realized. Also noted that there was a lop-sided bidding process riddled with irregularities that showed non-compliance to transparency, and is a bad example to set up a wrong precedence. Examples are the turning away of companies capable of bidding, and instead the companies of cronies preferred were selected in the place of a transparent bidding process. She Urged the House Committees on Power and Public Procurement to investigate the sale process and report back to the House. Hon. Rotimi (Lagos) described as sad the desire to even sell the non-core assets in the first place and terms it as evil greed against the Nigerian State. It was put to a vote and passed.

Hon. Abubakar Husseini (Zamfara) moved a Motion on the persistent killings of people in Shinkaffi Local Government in Zamfara by suspected suspected cattle rustlers, Hon. Kazeem (Ogun) seconded.
Debate:

Hon. Husseini stated that the state of insecurity in Zamfara has deteriorated to a state that was alarming and called for urgent action. He asked the House to call on the Federal Government to act fast and that the House Committees in charge of Defence, Police Affairs and Public Safety to investigate and report back to the House, also that NEMA should aid the victims with the basic relief materials. He stated that all efforts aimed to stop the ugly trend has proved abortive. Hon. Tobi Okechukwu wondered why the repeated cries of insecurities from this region has gone unheard and adequate action by security personnel has not been decisive, while it bothers on the very core responsibilities of governance. Hon. Nenna Ukeje stated that in Nigeria, there is a lot of confusion between criminality and terrorism and between the functions of the Armed Forces and Policing. She stated that funding for The Security Agencies is paramount and a critical look should be on climate change migration pattern as it relates to the indices of this criminality. Hon. Keita (Katsina) urged the Federal Government to deal with the issue of insecurities in the region with the same seriousness it attached to cases of kidnap on the Abuja- Kaduna Highway. Hon. M.T. Monguno stated hat the trend of insecurity in the Northwest is taking the form of the way it begun with the Boko Haram in the Northeast, and urged urgent and decisive steps to nip it in the bud. He suggested increasing the budget of the Defense in the 2018 budget if need be, for them to do the effective. It was put to a vote and passed.

Hon. Solomon (Delta) moved the Motion to urge the Federal Government to curb the violence within some communities of his constituency of Delta State. Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf seconded it.
Debate:

All efforts by the Delta State Government to bring the situation to normalcy has yielded no fruitful result. He stated that the principal reason of the violence in the communities is dispute on land and border. He urged on the National Boundary Commission to intervene, NEMA should also provide relief to the bereaved. Hon. Daniel Reyeneju stated that the issue is a sad and reoccurring one. He pointed out that he Represents an area at war with the area Hon. Solomon represents and as a brother and colleague to Hon. Solomon, he feels sad that he cannot even access his Constituency Headquarters, as the route to the Headquarters passes through a portion of Hon. Solomon’s constituency, so it is unsafe. He urged the House to adopt the Motion in its entirety, as it should lead to peace. It was put to a vote and passed.

PRESENTATION OF BILLS

​1. Federal College of Education, Monguno (Establishment) Bill, 2017 (HB. 1215) (Hon. M. Tahir Monguno) — First Reading.

2.​ Federal College of Education, Jama’are (Establishment) Bill, 2017 (HB. 1216) (Hon. Isa H. Mohammed) — First Reading.

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

1.​ Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:

​Hon. Aminu Suleiman:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Students Union Activities (Control and Regulations) Act, Cap. S14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Remove the Restrictions on Student Unionism; and for Related Matters (HB. 236)” (Referred: 15/3/2016).

2.​Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:

​Hon. Aminu Suleiman:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Federal University of Agriculture Act, Cap. F22, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to make Provision for a change of name of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi to J. S. Tarka University of Agriculture, Makurdi; and for Related Matters (HB. 528)” (Referred: 18/5/2016).

Hon. Joseph (Edo) proposed for the presentation of the Reports (on behalf of Hon. Suleiman) Hon. Nurudeen Akinwunmi seconded it.

3.​ Committee on Capital Market and Institutions:

Hon. Yusuf Ayo Tajudeen:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Capital Market and Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Facilitate the Development of Nigeria’s Capital Market by Enabling the Conversion and Re-Registration of the Nigerian Stock Exchange from a Company Limited by Guarantee to a Public Company Limited by Shares; and for Related Matters (HB.983)” (Referred: 8/6/2017).

Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf proposed for the presentation of the Report, Hon. Henry (Bayelsa) seconded it.

Reports 4-13 stepped down by leave of the House due to the absence of Hon. Obonta on the Floor of the House:

4.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

​Report on the Petition by Fredorosa Casolini Limited:

​Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Fredorosa Casolini Limited against the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)” (Referred: 12/1/2017).

5.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

​Report on the Petition by Olufemi Erinoluwa:

​Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Olufemi Erinoluwa against CNC Quarry Nigeria Limited and Jackson for dishonest and fraudulent conduct and the refusal to pay for services to the company” (Referred: 2/5/2017).

​6.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

Report on the Petition by Aba Landlords Protection and Development Association (ALPADA):

​Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Aba Landlords Protection and Development Association (ALPADA) against Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) for unlawful charges by NEPA/PHCN/EEDC on estimated crazy bills and maintenance” (Referred: 21/9/2016).

​​Committee on Public Petitions:
Report on the Petition by Nkwere Charles Ekele and Ugwa Arinze Augustine:

​Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Nkwere Charles Ekele and Ugwa Arinze Augustine against the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) on alleged unlawful termination of appointment” (Referred: 14/6/2016).

​8.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

​Report on the Petition by Ozegbe David Abiaboh:

​Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Ozegbe David Abiaboh against the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs on Removal of his name from the Nominal Roll, stoppage of salary and non-issuance of Letter of Reinstatement” (Referred: 26/1/2016).

​9.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

​Report on the Petition by Evaristus D. Egbegu & Co.:

​Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Evaristus D. Egbegu & Co against the Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission for refusal to comply with Court Order” (Referred: 12/1/2017).

10.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

​Report on the Petition by Ken Ayapaye:

​Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Ken Ayapaye against the Nigeria Police Force on malicious victimization and dismissal from Service” (Referred: 16/11/2016).

11.​Committee on Public Petitions:

​Report on the Petition by Ahmed Tijani Yusuf Esq.:

​Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Ahmed Tijani Yusuf Esq. against the Federal Road Safety Commission on fraudulent operation of private account” (Referred: 19/1/2017).

​Committee on Public Petitions:
​Report on the Petition by Sunday Williams:

​Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Sunday Williams against the Nigeria Police Force on unjustified retirement from Service” (Referred: 25/1/2017).

13.​ Committee on Public Petitions:

​Report on the Petition by Mr Okewu Simon:

​Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Mr Okewu Simon on alleged non-payment of arrears of shifting and hazard allowance by the Nigeria Air Force” (Referred:13/4/2016).

ORDERS OF THE DAY

BILLS

1.​ Consolidation of Bills:

(a)​A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Orientation Agency Act, Cap. N64, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Provide an Operational Framework for the Global Initiative for Harmony Corps to Promote Inter-Ethnic Integration, Mediation, Peace-Building, Mutual Understanding and Patriotism for Peaceful Co-existence; and for Related Matters (HB. 875) (Hon. Lovette Idisi Ederin); and

(b)​A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Orientation Agency Act, Cap. N64, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 by including a Representative of the Traditional Institution and the Youth Council in the Membership of the Board of the Agency; and for Related Matters (HB. 1047) (Hon. Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma).

Hon. Bode Ayorinde moved for the consolidations of the Bills, it was seconded by Hon. Lovette Idissi.

​(a) ​A Bill for an Act to Amend the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act, Cap. B3, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Mandate Banks and Other Financial Institutions in Nigeria to state in writing, all Charges and Fees accruing to any Transactions in the Banks; and for Related Matters (HB. 961) (Hon. Daniel Reyenieju); and

(b) ​A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act, Cap. B3, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Re-enact the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act 2017; and for Related Matters (HB. 1096) (Hon. Jones Chukwudi Onyereri and Hon. Betty Apiafi).

Hon. Bode Ayonrinde seconded by Hon. Austine (Imo)

3.​ A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Boundaries Commission (Establishment) Act, Cap. N10, LFN, 2004 to provide for Regular, Periodic Delimitation and Supervision of States, Local Governments and Community Boundaries by the Commission so as to Check and Forestall Boundary Disputes; and for Related Matters (HB. 1184) (Hon. Ochiglegor Idagbo) — Second Reading.

Item stepped down by leave of the House

4.​ A Bill for an Act to Amend the Extradition Act, Cap. E25, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to give Effect to the Rule against Double Jeopardy as recognized under the Constitution, Provide Procedural Safeguards to avoid Extradition of Nigerian Citizens with Irrefutable and Uninvestigated Cases of Mistaken Identity and to effect appropriate Modifications on the Act to conform with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution; and for Related Matters (HB. 1187) (Hon. Solomon Ahwinahwi) — Second Reading.

Hon. Solomon moved for the Bill, it was Seconded by Hon. Agboola (Ekiti), Hon. Rita Orji stated that the amendment is necessary to give functionality to the Act as the Nigerian Constitution promotes, and as is obtainable Intenationally. It was put to a vote and passed for Second Reading, the Clerk read the long title and it was referred to the Committee on Justice.

MOTIONS

5.​ Boat Mishap/Flood Disaster in Ogbaru Federal Constituency, Anambra State:

​Hon. Chukwuka Onyema:

​The House:

Informed that Saturday, 26 August, 2017 was a dark day in Ogbaru Federal Constituency as a result of a boat mishap which led to loss of lives and wares and also rendered young children orphans;

Notes that construction work on the only Road that traverses Onitsha/Ogwu Ikpele/Ndoni/Ase/ Anieze was stopped about eighteen (18) years ago, thereby letting the road to deteriorate to such an extent that the waterway is the only means of transportation;

​Also notes that Ogbaru Federal Constituency shares boundary with other communities along the banks of River Niger such as Onitsha on the North, Asaba/Oko in Delta State on the West, Oguta in Imo State on the East and Ndoni/Anieze in Rivers State on the South;

Further notes that the dredging of River Niger by the Administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan did not cover the portions from Onitsha through Ogbaru down to Ndoni/Anieze, a situation which led to the flooding of Communities, submerging of health centres, schools and destruction of farm produce;

​Concerned that there could be outbreak of epidemics as a result of the stagnant waters and flow of industrial waste from Onitsha urban, if nothing is done to cause the water to recede;

​​Resolves to:


(i)​observe a minute in silence in honour of those who lost their lives in the flooding;

​(ii)​urge the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to include the rehabilitation/construction of Ossomala-Ogwu Ikpele-Ase-Ndoni road in the 2018 budget proposal;

​(iii)​also urge the Federal Government to initiate the dredging of River Niger from Onitsha through Ogbaru to Rivers State;


(iv)​further urge the National Emergency Management Agency to send relief materials to the victims;

​(v)​call on the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to provide vaccines for the victims against water borne diseases/epidemics; and

(vi)​mandate the Committees on Works, Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Healthcare Services, and Ports, Harbours and Waterways to ensure compliance and report back within eight (8) weeks for further legislative action.

Hon. Onyema moved the Motion, Hon. Binta Bello seconded, as an infrastructure and disaster related Motion, it was put to a vote and passed.

6.​ Call on Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to Restore Electricity Supply to Ejigbo Local Government Area of Osun State and its Environs:

Hon. Mojeed Alabi:

The House:

Notes that Ejigbo, the headquarters of Ejigbo Local Government Area of Osun State is a cosmopolitan city with significant population and a thriving economic base, and has thus been one of the pillars of socio-economic and political development in the State in particular and Nigeria in general;

Informed that Ejigbo Local Government Area and its environs, comprising towns and villages with population figure close to one million Nigerian and foreign residents, have been in complete blackout for more than three months now and there appears to be no end in sight to this uncomfortable situation;

Also informed that the transmission lines for distribution of electricity to Ejigbo Local Government Area and its environs cover several kilometres of bush and are therefore prone to being constantly vandalized due to poor monitoring, fault reportage and response rate by the appropriate authorities;

Further informed that the people of the various communities in the Area have made immense monetary and material contributions over the years towards having improved electricity supply to their communities with no tangible results on a sustainable basis;

Convinced that the non-supply of electricity to those communities might have contributed to the upsurge in criminal activities in the area and decline in socio-economic activities, with the attendant hardships on the residents;

Aware that the responsibility for supply of electricity to the communities rests on the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), which has failed, refused and/or neglected to take effective steps to restore electricity supply to those communities despite repeated calls, appeals and demands from the people;

Also aware that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) have their respective responsibilities in the supply of electricity to Ejigbo and the adjoining communities;

Convinced that immediate restoration of constant electricity to the communities would not only boost the socio-economic activities of the area, the State and Nigeria in general, but also save the people from the menace of the criminally minded individuals and gangs that have seized the opportunity of the blackout to make living unbearable for the inhabitants of the various communities;

Resolves to:

(i)​call on the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to restore electricity supply to Ejigbo Local Government Area of Osun State and its environs to save the inhabitants from the various threats attendant to long period of electricity blackout in the area;

(ii)​urge the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), through the National Control Centre in Osogbo, the Osogbo Transmission Region and the Osogbo Transmission Centre, to urgently look into the issues affecting the transmission cables supplying electricity to Ejigbo and its environs to minimise faults, improve fault reportage and response rate and facilitate constant electricity supply to the areas; and

(iii)​also urge the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to ensure that the issues raised above are urgently looked into by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC); and

(iv)​mandate the Committee on Power to ensure implementation and report back in four (4) weeks for further legislative action.

Hon. Alabi moved the Motion, Hon. Idagbo (Crossriver) seconded it. As a utility Motion, it was put to a vote and passed.

​Need to Investigate the Status of the Nation’s Four Refineries, their Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) to Date and Regular/Modular Licensed Refineries:
Hon. Ibrahim Ayokunle Isiaka:

The House:

Notes that Nigeria, the 12th largest oil producing nation in the world, with an estimated 37.2 billion barrels of crude oil deposits and ranking 7th in the world in terms of gas reserves of about 187 trillion feet, is not among the three top countries in Africa in terms of refining capacity and is the only member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) that depends on imported refined petroleum products;

Also notes that despite the more than $20b that had been spent on the Turn Around Maintenance of the refineries built to refine 445,000 barrels of crude per day, the refineries, located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna have, over the years, fallen into disrepair with their average capacity utilization standing at an abysmal 11 percent, which is the worst performance record in Africa, compared to 81 per cent and 85 per cent respectively for Egypt and South Africa;

Cognizant that whopping sums of $308 Million, $57 million, $200 million and lately, more than ₦264 billion had been spent on maintenance of the refineries, yet it was reported that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is seeking for $1.8 billion to carry out another Turn Around Maintenance to make the refineries attractive to investors;

Informed that Senegal runs one refinery with a 27,000bpd capacity, Cameroon has one with 42,600bpd; Congo, 21,000bpd; Niger Republic, 20,000bpd; Chad 20,000bpd; Zambia 34,000bpd, Gabon 25,000bpd, Algeria 499,000bpd, Libya 380,000bpd, South Africa 626,500bpd and Egypt 1,102,550bpd, respectively;

Concerned that despite major paradigm shift and consideration of different reliefs, including reduction of licensing fee for new refineries from $1 million to $50,000 to make domestic refining attractive and reduce the huge capital flight to fuel importation, meet local demand and possible exports, only Aliko Dangote has put the license to use and no efforts have been made to revoke the licenses given to individuals and corporate organizations to build refineries which have not yet been utilized;

Also cognizant of the primacy of fuel in the nation’s hierarchy of needs and its importance to the economy as public energy supply is grossly inadequate and so, 80 percent of economic and domestic processes depend on power from generators;

Believes that the government ought to have an interest in ensuring the provision of affordable fuel because of the unacceptably high level of poverty in the country which stands at 69 percent, mainly due to the unsustainable level of general and youth unemployment which stands at 24 percent and 45 percent respectively;

Resolves to:

Set up an Ad-hoc Committee to:

(i)​ ascertain the viability of continuing investments of public funds on the nation’s four (4) refineries and allocation 445,000bpd crude utilization for the same purpose;

(ii)​determine the current utilization level of Warri, Kaduna and Port-Harcourt Refineries;

(iii) ​carry out a comprehensive investigation on the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) carried out to date on the refineries; and

(iv)​ identify the private and corporate individuals that have refused to utilize the licences (Regular and Modular), the readiness and status of all current holders and report back within 90 days for further legislative action.

Hon. Isiaka moved the Motion, Hon. Abdulrahman Shuaibu seconded it. It was put to a vote and passed.

8.​ Continuing Abuse of Court Order and Illegal Use of Armed Men by PRESCO Nigeria Limited to Unlawfully Appropriate Customary and Ancestral Land belonging to the People of Egborigun in Agbon Kingdom, Delta State:

Hon. Lovette Ederin Idisi.

The House:

Notes that the land under dispute in this matter is known as Egborigun (Ugbirigun) which belongs to the people of Igun in Agbon Kingdom of Delta State and straddles both sides of River Ethiope;

Also notes that the land was wrongly carved into Oriorwon Local Government Area in the former Bendel State (now Edo State), and following the invitation of the National Boundary Commission to determine the boundary area, the Governments of Edo and Delta States signed a communique for maintenance of the status quo pending the report of the Commission;

Further notes that despite the Agreement, the Government of Edo State leased the land to a private company, Presco Plc which is into palm oil production business;

Aware that the people of Igun obtained an order from Isiokolo High Court mandating all parties to maintain the status quo, but Presco Plc, acting under the protection of law enforcement agents, has been disobeying the Order, in the process, oppressing, arresting and compelling the people of Igun to sign undertakings not to interrupt the ongoing acts of land grabbing by Presco Plc;

Resolves to:

(i)​call on the Inspector-General of Police to take steps to enforce the judgement of the High Court, Isiokolo and to stop further uprooting of crops by Presco Plc;

(ii)​urge the National Boundary Commission to expedite action and release the Report of its investigation into the land dispute; and

(iii)​mandate the Committee on Public Petitions to investigate the matter and report back in eight (8) weeks for further legislative action.

Hon. Lovette moved the Motion, Hon. Mato (Benue) seconded it. It was put to a vote, passed and referred to the Committee on Public Petition.

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

​A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Open University Act, Cap. N63, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Provide for the inclusion of ICT as another means of Providing Tuition towards the Advancement of Learning throughout Nigeria by the National Open University; and for Connected Purposes (HB.1040) (Leader) (Committee of the Whole:18/10/2017).

Hon. Tahir Monguno moved for the consideration of the Report, it was seconded by Hon. Bode Ayonrinde

10.​ A Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency as the Central Body in Nigeria Responsible for Receiving, Requesting, Analyzing and Disseminating Financial Intelligence Report and Other Information to Law Enforcement, Security and Intelligence Agencies and Other Relevant Authorities; and for Related Matters (HB.1082) (Committee of the Whole) (Adjourned Consideration: 16/11/2017).

Item stepped down by leave of the House

HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Hon. Tahir Monguno stated that the Bill seeks to conform with technological advancement worldwide in the teaching of students of Tertiary level, to which the National Open University belongs, dealing with students possessing a high level of technological and assimilative ability. The clauses were voted and carried.

HOUSE IN PLENARY

The House in Plenary adopted Proceedings it undertook in the Committee of the Whole.

Adjournment

The House adjourned Plenary till Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by 11:00 Am

Courtesy:

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

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