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Nigeria National Assembly Plenary proceedings, House of Reps, Thur, Nov 16th, 2023

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen presided.


After leading the opening prayer and recitation of the national pledge, the Speaker approved the votes and proceedings of Wednesday, November 15th, 2023


Administration of Oath of allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that of the Office of a Member of the House of Representatives on a Member-elect:

  1. Hon. Alex Ikwechegh Mascot (Abia, Aba North/South APGA)

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PETITIONS:

  1. Hon. Bukar Ajilo laid a petition on behalf of a complainant against NAPTIP on alleged assault and abuse of power
  2. Hon. Famous Osawaru laid a petition on behalf of a complainant against Bank of Agriculture on alleged unfair treatment in the area of promotion
  3. Hon. Chris Nkwonta laid a petition on behalf of a complainant against the alleged trespass and sale of part of property by some staff of Kaduna Polytechnic
  4. Hon. Ukabo laid a complainant on alleged wrongful appointment of a lady as a provost in an educational institute in Gusau
  5. Hon. Paul Nnamchi laid 2 petitions on behalf of different complainants, but on similar issues. The first is seeking leave to be honorably discharged from the organization he worked in, instead of being terminated, while the second is on an alleged unlawful termination from Polaris Bank.

All petitions were referred to the House committee on Public Petitions
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MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE:

  1. Hon. Paul Nnamchi moved a motion on the urgent need for the Federal Government to establish an inland dry port in Enugu state and it was seconded by Hon. Bitrus Laori. Hon. Nnamchi in leading the debate stated that the need arises from the need to boost economic activities in the marine sector in Enugu state as the proposed site is well situated to accommodate such. This inland dry port he stated wold boost the already available opportunity for economic diversification and inter-connectivity trade in the state. He further stated that the transport of agricultural produce nationwide will also be further boosted . Hon. Nnamchi called on the House committee on Ports and Harbor to liaise with the Nigeria Ports Authority to ensure this all important inland dry port is established and that the committee on Legislative Compliance should ensure compliance with the prayer of the motion. The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the House committee on Ports and Harbor as well as that on Legislative Compliance.
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ADMITTANCE INTO THE CHAMBER
Admittance into the Chamber:
Hon. Julius Ihonvbere:
“That the House, pursuant to Order Twenty–One, Rule 8 (2) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives, do admit into the Chamber, the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Inspector General of Police and their entourage for the purpose of Sectorial Debates on the issues of National Importance”.

The motion for admittance was moved by Hon. Julius Ihonvbere and seconded by Hon. Aliyu Madaki _____________________________________________________________________________

PRESENTATION OF BILLS

  1. ​Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 Act (Alteration) Bill, 2023 (HB.907) (Hon.
    Sulaiman Abubakar Gumi) – First Reading
  2. Federal Cancer Research and Treatment Centre, Kaduna, Kaduna State (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.908) (Hon. Muktar Shagaya) – First Reading.
  3. Federal Cancer Research and Treatment Centre, Owerri, Imo State (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.909) (Hon. Muktar Shagaya) – First Reading.
  4. Federal College of Entrepreneurship and Skill Acquisition, Surulere, Lagos State (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.910) (Hon. Sagir Ibrahim Koki) – First Reading.
  5. Federal College of Entrepreneurship and Skill Acquisition, Bauchi, Bauchi State (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.911) (Hon. Sagir Ibrahim Koki) – First Reading.
  6. Federal Colleges of Education Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB.912) (Hon. Anamero Dekeri) – First Reading.
  7. Restitution of Damaged Public Property (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.913) (Hon. Felix Uche Nwaeke) – First Reading.
  8. University Teaching Hospitals (Reconstruction of Board etc. Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB.914) (Hon. Abdulmalik Zubairu) – First Reading.
  9. Federal College for Adult and Non-formal Education, Maru, Zamfara State (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.915) (Hon. Abdulmalik Zubairu) – First Reading.
  10. Federal College of Nursing and Health Technology, Kotorkoshi, Zamfara State (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.916) (Hon. Abdulmalik Zubairu) – First Reading.
  11. Border Communities Development Agency Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB.917) (Hon. Akarachi E.T Amadi) – First Reading.
  12. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 Act (Alteration) Bill, 2023 (HB.918) (Hon. Ojema Ojotu) – First Reading.
  13. Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB. 919) (Hon. Abubakar Hassan Nalaraba) – First Reading.
  14. Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB.920) (Hon. Abubakar Hassan Nalaraba) – First Reading.
  15. Tribunal of Inquiry Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB.921) (Hon. Abubakar Hassan Nalaraba) – First Reading.
  16. Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB.922) (Hon. O.K Chinda) – First Reading.
  17. Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.923) (Hon. O.K Chinda) – First Reading.
  18. Companies and Allied Matters Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB.924) (Hon. Olamijuwonlo Ayodeji Alao Akala) – First Reading.
  19. National Price Control Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.925) (Hon. Olamijuwonlo Ayodeji Alao Akala) – First Reading.
  20. Public Order Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB.926) (Hon. Emmanuel Ukpong–Udo) – First Reading.
  21. Federal College of Entrepreneurship and Skill Acquisition, Illela, Sokoto State (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.927) (Hon. Bello Isah Ambarura) – First Reading.
  22. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 Act (Alteration) Bill, 2023 (HB.928) (Hon. Alex Egbona) – First Reading.
  23. Child’s Right Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB.929) (Hon. Alex Egbona) – First Reading.
  24. Standards Organisation of Nigeria Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB.930) (Hon. Alex Egbona) – First Reading.
  25. Gifted and Talented Children Centres (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.931) (Hon. Akintunde Rotimi Hon. Benjamin O. Kalu and 4 others) – First Reading.
  26. Nigeria Immigration Service Trust Fund (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.932) (Hon. Peter Ibrahim Gyendeng) – First Reading.
  27. Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management of Nigeria Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB.933) (Hon. Abdulmalik Zubairu) – First Reading.
  28. Nigerian Defence Academy Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB.934) (Hon. Abdulmalik Zubairu) – First Reading.
  29. Institute of Health Service Administrator of Nigeria (Establishment, Etc.) Bill, 2023 (HB.935) (Hon. Bassey Akiba) – First Reading.
  30. Federal University of Education, Numan, Adamawa State (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.936) (Hon. Kwamoti B. Laori) – First Reading.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

BILLS

  1. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria Act, Cap. A26, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and for Related Matters (HB.712) – Third Reading.

Debate
Hon. Julius Ihonvbere moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Hon. Aliyu Madaki. The Bill was voted on, approved for third reading and passed.

  1. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Federal Medical Centres Act to Establish Federal Medical Centre, Ovwian, Delta State and for Related Matters (HB. 222) – Third Reading.

Debate
Hon. Julius Ihonvbere moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Hon. Aliyu Madaki. The Bill was voted on, approved for third reading and passed.

  1. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Chartered Institute of Business Administration of Nigeria charged with the Responsibility for Advancing the Study, Training and Determining the Standards of Knowledge and Skills to be Attained by Persons Seeking to become Registered Members of the Institute and for Related Matters (HB.140) – Third Reading.

Debate
Hon. Julius Ihonvbere moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Hon. Aliyu Madaki. The Bill was voted on, approved for third reading and passed.

  1. A Bill for an Act to Establish Nigerian Council for Psychologists Charged with Advancing the Study, Training and Practice of Psychology Profession and for Related Matters (HB.610) – Third Reading.

Debate
Hon. Julius Ihonvbere moved for the third reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Hon. Aliyu Madaki. The Bill was voted on, approved for third reading and passed.


SECTORIAL DEBATES:
5.​ Sectorial Debates Pursuant to Order Seventeen, Rules 1(3) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.

The motion for the commencement of the debate was moved by the Leader of the House, Hon. Julius Ihonvbere and seconded by the Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Aliyu Madaki.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Kalu rose on a Constitutional Point of Order sited in Sections 88 and 89 of the Constitution and frowned at all the Service Chiefs for sending representatives, instead of coming themselves to brief the House in a friendly dialogue aimed at bringing Nigerians up to speed on the current efforts of the Security Apparatus of the country to keep them safe in these trying times of security challenges. He stated that the House, which is an equal Arm of Government is in the right to call the Service Chiefs to come and brief it on the high level engagement on security matters. Rt. Hon. Kalu then called on the House to suspend the briefing till the Service Chiefs come themselves to brief the House. The motion was seconded by Hon. Nnolim Nnaji. The motion was voted on and adopted. The sectoral debate was then shifted till Tuesday, November 21st, 2023.


Adjournment:
The House at 11:38 AM adjourned plenary to Wednesday, November 21st, 2023 by 10:00 A.M following a motion for adjournment moved by the Leader of the House, Hon. Julius Ihonvbere and seconded by the Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Aliyu Madaki

Courtesy: LightRay Media and Media Unit, Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives.

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