Plenary Proceedings Of The House Of Representatives For Tuesday, March 8th, 2022

THE Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila presided.
After leading the opening prayer and the National Pledge, the Speaker approved the votes and proceedings for Thursday, March 3rd, 2022.
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​​ANNOUNCEMENT
Transmission From the President:
1. Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2022 to do with matters arising on Section 84(12) to subject certain political office holders to due Lawful processes.
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2. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila announced that issues arose from the voting on the constitutional amendment. The House will therefore rescind the decisions taken during voting on 3 of the Bills about women on citizenship, 35% affirmative action and that on the percentage of women to constitute leadership positions in political parties. A new date is to be set for voting on the 3 Bills to take place in a few weeks.
Following the pronouncements of the Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Rep. Abubakar Hassan Fulata moved the motion for the House to suspend its relevant rules to rescind its decisions on 3 of the Constitution Amendment Bills regarding women and it was seconded by Rep. Tobi Okechukwu.
The Speaker of the House further announced that after the voting takes place in a few weeks, if there is still a difference between the position of the House of Representatives and the Senate, there will be a need for harmonization between both chambers.
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The Deputy Speaker of the House, Rep. Ahmed Idris Wase resumed presiding over plenary proceedings.
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MOTIONS OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE
1. Rep. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha moved a motion on the need to acknowledge the International day for women and it was seconded by Rep. Mohammed Monguno. Rep. Onyejeocha stressed the important roles women play in the socio-economic development of any country. She hailed great women who have played critical roles and those who continue to presently play pivotal roles in leadership positions for the socio-economic development of Nigeria. She called on the House to continue to pay due diligence and give much-needed attention to issues concerning the Nigerian woman.
The motion was voted on and adopted.
2. Rep. Tolu Sadipe moved a motion on the need to call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to take diplomatic actions to urgently evacuate Nigerians trapped in Ukraine and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Yakub.
Rep. Sadipe in leading the debate stressed that ensuring the welfare and security of Nigerians home and abroad is the paramount responsibility of the government. She expressed worry at the harrowing experience suffered by Nigerians still trapped in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Rep. Sadipe further called on the House to mandate the Foreign Affairs Minister to, as a matter of urgency evacuate Nigerians stranded in Ukraine at the quickest possible and peaceful time.
Rep. Toby Okechukwu stated that the need to speedily evacuate Nigerians trapped in Ukraine cannot be overemphasized considering the horror they continue to face. He called for a ceasefire to enable countries to safely evacuate their stranded citizens.
Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub who is the Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs praised the spirit of the motion and reiterated the need for a safe corridor for the evacuation of stranded nationals of foreign countries. He called on the House to liaise with the Ukrainian authorities to give a leeway for the evacuation of Nigerians stranded in the country, as the Ukrainian authorities still harbour fears of being attacked by Russia.
The motion was voted on and adopted.
3. Rep. Ndudi Elumelu moved a motion on the need to need to investigate the activities of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) on the alleged misappropriation of funds for its operations. This he stated is necessary as ways have been devised by the management to divert such funds for other uses, the motion was seconded by Rep. Samson.
Rep. Elumelu bemoaned the alleged corrupt practices by the management of FERMA to defraud the Nigerian state by selecting and splitting projects for execution. This he stated has continued to sabotage the efforts of the government to the detriment of Nigerian road users. He called for the setting up of an Ad-Hoc Committee to thoroughly look into the issue.
The motion was voted on and adopted.
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PRESENTATION OF BILLS
1. National Council for Tea and Coffee Development (Establishment, etc.) Bill, (HB, 1893) (Senate) – First Reading.
2. University Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards, etc.) Bill, (HB, 1894) (Senate) – First Reading.
3. Orthopedic Hospitals Management Board Act (Amendment, etc.) Bill, (HB, 1895) (Senate) – First Reading.
4. Real Estate (Regulations, Development and Other Purposes (Establishment) Bill, (HB, 1896) (Rep. Blessing Onuh and Nine Others) – First Reading.
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ORDERS OF THE DAY
BILLS
1. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Abrogate the State Joint Local Government Account and Provide for a Special Account into which shall be paid all Allocations Due to Local Government Councils from the Federation Account and from the Government of the State; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
2. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Establish Local Government as a Tier of Government and Guarantee their Democratic Existence, Tenure; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
3. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Change the Names Afikpo North and Afikpo South Local Government Areas; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
4. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Change the name of Kunchi Local Government Area; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
5. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Change the Names of Egbado North and Egbado South Local Government Areas; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
6. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Correct the name of Atigbo Local government Area; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
7. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Correct the Name of Obia/Akpor Local Government Area; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
8. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Provide for the Financial Independence of State Houses of Assembly and State Judiciary; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Nkeiruka.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
9. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to compel persons to obey or comply with Legislative Summons; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
10. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Regulate the First Session and Inauguration of Members-Elect of the National and State Houses of Assembly; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
11. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Institutionalize Legislative Bureaucracy in the Constitution; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
12. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide the Procedure for Overriding Executive Veto in Respect of Money Bill; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
13. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Establish the Federal Revenue Court and the Revenue Court of a State; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
14. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Further Strengthen the Judiciary for Timely Dispensation of Justice; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
15. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Provide the Timelines within which Civil and Criminal Cases are heard and determined at Trial and Appellate Courts in Order to Eliminate unnecessary delay in Justice Administration and Delivery; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
16. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Ensure Uniformity in the Retirement Age and pension Rights of Judicial Officers of Superior Courts of Records; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
17. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Delete the Reference to the Provisions of the Criminal Code, Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Act, Criminal Procedure Code or Evidence Act; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
18. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to exclude the Period of Intervening Events in the Computation of Time for Determining Pre-Election Petitions, Election Petitions and Appeals therefrom; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
19. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to allow Court or Tribunal Proceedings to be conducted remotely, Virtually, Online or through any Media Platform or Technological Innovation; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by ? Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
20. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to expand the Interpretation of Judicial Office to include Courts or Tribunals created by an Act of the National Assembly or a State Law of the House of Assembly; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
21. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for the Post Call Qualification of the Secretary of the National Judicial Council; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
22. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Permit Public Servants to Engage in Healthcare, Education, Production and Services beyond Farming; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
23. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Impose the requirement of fair Hearing in the process of Recommendation of Removal of Judicial Officers by the State Judicial Service Commission; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
24. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Include Judges of the National Industrial Court in the Composition of Election Tribunal; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
25. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Move Airports from Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent Legislative List; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
26. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to move Fingerprints, Identification and Criminal Records from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent Legislative List; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
27. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Delete Prisons in the Exclusive Legislative List and Redesignate it as Correctional Service in the Concurrent Legislative List; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
28. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to move Railway from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent Legislative List; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
29. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to allow States Generate, Transmit and Distribute Electricity in Area covered by the National Grid; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
30. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Empower the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission to Enforce Compliance with Remittance of Accruals into and Disbursement of Revenue from the Federation Account and Streamline the Procedure for Reviewing the Revenue Allocation Formula; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
31. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Enhance the Independence of Certain Bodies; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
32. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Remove Transitional Lawmaking Powers from the Executive Arms of Government; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
33. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Specify the Time within which the Executive shall present to the National Assembly any Treaty between the Federation and any other Country for Enactment; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
34. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Specify the period within which the President or the Governor of State shall present the Appropriation Bill before the National Assembly or House of Assembly; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
35. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Require the President or Governors to submit the Names of Persons Nominated as Ministers or Commissioners within thirty days of taking the Oaths of Office for Confirmation by the Senate or State House of Assembly; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
36. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Third Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to include Presiding Officers of the National Assembly in the Membership of the National Security Council; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
37. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Establish State Security Council; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
38. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Second Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Empower the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly to summon the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Governors of States to answer Questions on issues on which the National and State Houses of Assembly have the Powers to make Law; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
39. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to reduce the Period within which the President or the Governor of a State may authorize the withdrawal of Monies from the Consolidated Revenue Fund in the absence of an Appropriations Act from six months to three months; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
40. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Replace the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation with the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federal Government; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
41. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Establish the Office of the Accountant–General of the Federal Government separate from the Office of the Accountant –General of the Federation; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
42. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Specify the Timeframe for the Conduct of Population Census; and for Related Matters– Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
43. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Establish the Office of the Attorney–General of the Federation and of the State separate from the Office of the Minister of Justice or Commissioners for Justice of the State in order to make the Offices of the Attorneys–General Independent and Insulated from Partisanship; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
44. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for a State of the Nation and State of the State Address by the President and Governor; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
45. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Include Former Heads of the National Assembly in the Council of State; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
46. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Provide for the Termination of Tenure of Certain Elected Officials on Account of a Change of Political Party; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
47. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Enhance existing Provisions on the Formation of Political Parties; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
48. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Provide for Independent Candidacy in Presidential, Governorship, National Assembly, State Houses of Assembly and Local Government Councils Elections; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
49. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for the Office of the Mayor for the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Abuja; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
50. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for Appointment of a Minister from the Federal Capital Territory; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
51. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to correct the error in the definition of the Boundary of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; and for Related Matters– Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
52. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to make Free, Compulsory and Basic Education a Fundamental Right of all Citizens under Chapter IV of the Constitution; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
53. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Require the Government to Direct its Policy towards ensuring Rights to Food and Food Security in Nigeria; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
54. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Reflect the Establishment and Core Functions of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
55. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Establish the National and State Councils of Traditional Rulers to advise the President and Governors on Matters Related to Customs, Security and Public Order; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
56. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Provide a Minimum Percentage for Women in Ministerial or Commissioner Nominees; and for Related Matters – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
57. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy (Establishment) Act, 2017 and Enact the Federal University of Health Sciences and Technology, Enugu to make Comprehensive Provisions for Management and Administration of the University; and for Related Matters (HB.1604) – Third Reading.
Debate
Rep. Peter Akpatason moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Abubakar Fulata.
The Bill was read the third time and passed.
58. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Nursing and Midwifery Act, Cap. N143, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004; and for Related Matters (HB. 1813) (Senate) – Second Reading.
Debate
Rep. Peter Akpatason moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Rep. Abdulganiyu Johnson.
The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the Committee of the Whole.
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MOTIONS
59. Urgent Need to Re-construct Jama’are-Azare Roundabout Along Kano-Bauchi-Maiduguri Expressway:
Rep. Bashir Uba Mashema:
The House:
Notes that security and welfare of citizens is the primary purpose of government;
Also notes that the Jama’are roundabout in Bauchi State links Yobe and Borno States making it a very busy and essential route for the transportation of goods and services within and outside Bauchi State;
Further notes that in 2006, the Federal Government awarded a contract for dualization of 600km road in order to ease the movement of people and goods;
Concerned that lack of a well-constructed roundabout at Jama’are, which links to Azare, has resulted in incessant accidents around the spot;
Also concerned that the topography of the area around Jama’are roundabout is so low that motorists are unable to see the river ahead until it becomes too late to avert a disaster;
Worried that the roundabout has led to incessant loss of lives as there are no road bumps or adequate signs to alert unsuspecting motorists;
Cognizant of the need to find a lasting solution in order to save lives of commuters plying the Kano-Bauchi-Maiduguri road, especially around Jama’are;
Resolves to:
(i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to reconstruct the Roundabout at Jama’ Are-Azare along Kano-Bauchi-Maiduguri Expressway to avert further accidents and needless loss of lives in the area;
(ii) mandate the Committee on Works to ensure compliance.
Motion stepped down by leave of the House.
60. Need to Revamp the Iyake Suspended Lake at Ado-Awaye in Iseyin Local Government Area of Oyo State:
Rep. Shina Peller:
The House:
Notes that tourism is a strong pillar of growth for the Nigerian economy with a contribution of 3.20 percent to the National Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and providing 2.70 percent of total employment in 2013, and according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), it is envisaged to rise by 6.1 percent per annum from 2014 to 2024;
Also notes that in 2014, the World Travel and Tourism Council recommended adequate security, increase investment in infrastructure and tourist centers to boost tourism activities in the country.
Aware that Ado-Awaye Hill is a tourist destination that is under-utilized and neglected as there are several attractions including the Iyake suspended Lake, Ishage Rock, Elephant Tree, Ese Awon Agba (footprints of the elders), Esekan Iku , Isata Hill, and the Iya Alaro Lake, among others;
Concerned that the Iyake suspended Lake in Ado-Awaye, a very rare natural occurrence that has the potential of attracting tourists all over the world annually has been abandoned;
Resolves to:
(i) Urge the Federal Government to make budgetary provisions in the 2023 Appropriation estimates to revamp the Iyake suspended Lake in Ado-Awaye;
(ii) mandate the Committee on Culture and Tourism to ensure compliance.
Debate
Rep. Shina Peller moved the motion on the need to revamp the Iyake suspended lake at Ado-Awaye in Iseyin local government area of Oyo state and it was seconded by Rep. Oriyomi Onanuga.
Rep. Abdulganiyu Johnson proposed an amendment to prayer 2 by adding the House Committee on Appropriations to ensure compliance.
The motion was voted on and adopted as amended.
61. Call on the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation and the National Film and Video Censors Board to promote Indigenous Cultures and Moral Values:
Rep. Sulaiman Abubakar Gumi.
The House:
Notes that the mass media, especially television, has a great influence on the socialization of children, adolescents and even adults and as such, is capable of also influencing the attitude, character, lifestyle and culture of individuals either negatively or positively;
Also notes that in order to enjoy the positive gains of the mass media, the Federal Government established the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation and the National Film and Video Censors Board to regulate Broadcasting as well as censor films and video works;
Further notes that Section 2 (i) of the National Broadcasting Commission Act provides, amongst other functions, that the Commission shall have the responsibility of promoting indigenous cultures, moral and community life through broadcasting;
Aware that the National Film and Video Censors Board Act mandates the Board to censor films and video works as well as regulate and control cinematographic exhibitions in Nigeria;
Concerned that despite the measures put in place by the aforementioned agencies to regulate the mass media, there is an increasing level of negative influence, mostly on children and youth who are persuaded by Nigerian films and video works depicting various forms of aggressive and violent acts;
Also concerned that the recent trend of local movies showing long scenes of illicit practices like banditry, kidnappings, terrorism and ritual killings do not only contravene the broadcast code or guidelines but also form part of the root causes influencing immoral acts and illicit behaviours among Nigerian youths;
Worried about recent confessions by some youths who were arrested for various crimes, affirming the fact that there is a growing number of home videos and satellite movies illustrating immoral messages in local languages, thus causing more harm than good to the psyche of the young viewers;
Resolves to:
Mandate the Committee on Information, National Orientation, and Ethics and Values to liaise with the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation and the National Film and Video Censors Board to investigate the rise in the broadcast of materials depicting illicit messages with a view to mapping out more efficient ways to utilize the mass media as a major means of inculcating the desired form of indigenous culture, morals, and community life in the country and report back within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.
Debate
Rep. Saulaiman Gumi moved the motion on the call on the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation and the National Film and Video Censors Board to promote indigenous cultural and moral values and it was seconded by Rep. Shehu Ahmed.
The motion was voted on and adopted.
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CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS AT THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE, Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase Chaired.
62. Report of the Conference Committee on the Nigerian Postal Service Act (Repeal and Enactment) Bill, 2022:
Rep. Isiaka Ibrahim:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Nigerian Postal Service Act, Cap. N127, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Establish the Nigerian Postal Commission to make Comprehensive Provisions for the Development and Regulation of Postal Services, and for Related Matters and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid:3/3/2022).
Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Chinedu Ogah stated that the Bill seeks to repeal the former Act and enact the proposed one through the Bill to ensure the Nigerian postal service remains in line with advancing global changes.
Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on approved: 3, 8-10, 54, 63, 74
63. Committee on Health Institutions:
Rep. Paschal Obi:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Health Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Orthopaedic Hospitals Management Board Act, Cap. O10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Provide for Establishment of Federal Orthopaedic Hospital, Azare, Borno State; and for Related Matters (HB.1322) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid:17/2/2022).
Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Paschal Obi stated that the Bill seeks to amend the Act to provide for the establishment of the proposed orthopedic hospital to make it discharge its relevant functions effectively.
Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on approved: 1, 2, 4
Clause amended and approved: 3
64. Committee on Health Institutions:
Rep. Paschal Obi:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Health Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal College of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Sciences, Isiala-Mbano, Imo State; and for Related Matters (HB. 1642) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 2/2/2022).
Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Paschal Obi called on members to favourably consider and approve the establishment Bill for the good of Nigerians living in the region.
Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on approved: 1,2
Clause amended and approved: 3. Further consideration of the Report was deferred for further legislative input.
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HOUSE IN PLENARY
The House reverted to plenary and adopted the report of the Committee of the Whole following a motion by the Deputy Leader of the House, Rep. Peter Akpatason and seconded by the Chief Whip, Rep. Mohammed Monguno.
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Adjournment:
The House at 14:21 adjourned plenary till Wednesday, March 9th, 2022 by 11:00 following a motion for adjournment moved by the Deputy Leader of the House, Rep. Peter Akpatason and seconded by the Chief Whip, Rep. Mohammed Monguno.
Courtesy:
Media Unit, Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives.