Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Ignite the mind.


Full Plenary proceedings, House of Reps, Tuesday, July 2nd, 2024

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Kalu presided.


After the recitation of the National Anthem, the opening prayer and the recitation of the National pledge, the Deputy Speaker approved the second votes and proceedings of Thursday, June 27th, 2024


ANNOUNCEMENT:

  1. The Chairman and membership of some selected conference committees of the House were announced and they are to interact with their Senate counterparts.

REMARKS BY THE RT. HON. ABBAS TAJUDEEN, PHD, SPEAKER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE 2ND SESSION OF THE 10TH HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON TUESDAY, JULY 2ND 2024

[Protocol]
Honourable colleagues, it is with immense joy and excitement that I welcome you all back to the People’s House as we mark the commencement of the Second Session of the 10th House of Representatives. I hope that we all enjoyed a meaningful Eid Al Adha celebration with our families, constituents, and friends.

On the 13th of June 2023, we were inaugurated into this House with a shared commitment to be the strong voice and champions of our constituents. We made a solemn pledge to uphold the principles of democracy, justice, and progress. Today, as we reflect on our First Session, I am proud to say that we have not only honoured that pledge but have exceeded all expectations. Let me join all of you in offering our deepest gratitude to Almighty God for preserving our lives and sustaining us in this legislative journey. I congratulate and commend each and every one of you for the hard work, commitment, unity, forthrightness, and patriotism with which you have served our nation in the past year. Together, we have faced national challenges head-on, debated passionately, legislated wisely, and upheld the values that define us as a democratic society.

Over the past year, we have regrettably bid farewell to some of our beloved colleagues, Hon. Abdulkadir Danbuga (representing Isa-Sabon-Birni in Sokoto State) and Hon. Isah Dogonyaro (Garki/Babura in Jigawa State). Their absence is deeply felt within these hallowed halls. May we pause to remember their dedication to public service, their commitment to their constituents, and their contributions to shaping our nation’s future. We sincerely acknowledge and appreciate their services to the nation. Once again, we extend our heartfelt condolences to their families, their constituents, and indeed, to the entire nation. May their departed souls find eternal rest.

At the heart of this democratic journey has been the legislature, an institution that epitomizes the participatory character of our democracy. The National Assembly, comprising the Senate and the House of Representatives, has played a pivotal role in ensuring that the aspirations and interests of Nigerians are represented, laws are made for the peace and progress of the country, and the executive is held accountable.

The 10th House, in its First Session, has continued to uphold these tenets and the legacy of previous sessions before us. Throughout our first session, each one of you has demonstrated unwavering dedication and integrity in carrying out our duties. We have engaged in robust debates, passed crucial legislation, conducted thorough oversight, and stood firm in representing the diverse voices of our nation. Together, we have shown what true public service looks like – selfless, principled, and committed to the common good.

We have passed numerous laws that have shaped our economic landscape, reformed key sectors, and strengthened our democratic institutions. The House introduced 1,351 bills, the highest number in any first session since 1999. Out of this impressive number, 89 bills were passed, reflecting the House’s commitment to legislative efficiency and effectiveness. Key bills include the Access to Higher Education Act, 2024, popularly known as the Students Loan Bill, and the Electricity Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which aims to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of Nigeria’s electricity sector by promoting investment in renewable energy sources. Furthermore, the Federal Audit Service Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023, strengthens financial oversight and transparency, ensuring better management of public funds and reducing corruption. Additionally, 679 motions were introduced, setting a record for the number of motions in the first session.

One of the core functions of the legislature is oversight. Through public hearings, investigative committees, and rigorous debates, we have held the executive accountable, ensuring that public funds are used judiciously and that government policies are aligned with the needs of the people. Our oversight activities have led to significant outcomes, including recovering misappropriated funds and rectifying administrative inefficiencies.

We have rigorously engaged citizens in our various activities out of the firm understanding that we are here at the people’s instance. We have considered a good number of public petitions, prioritized constituency engagements, and held productive citizens’ town halls on budget considerations, electoral reforms, and the articulation of legislative agendas. We couldn’t have done otherwise given our appellation as the People’s House.

As we begin this second session, we must acknowledge that there are challenges ahead. Despite our efforts, Nigeria continues to grapple with issues of poverty, unemployment, and inequality. The expectations of our constituents remain high, and they look up to us to address pressing issues such as security, economy, healthcare, education, and infrastructure. The gains of democracy must translate into tangible improvements in the lives of our citizens. As legislators, we are aware that our work is far from complete. We must continue to enact laws that promote economic growth, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

In this regard, it is imperative that we strengthen our institutions and enhance our legislative processes. We must invest in capacity building for legislators and staff, improve our data collection and analysis capabilities, and foster greater collaboration with civil society and the private sector. Transparency, accountability, and public participation must remain the cornerstones of our legislative agenda.
As I noted in my July 4, 2023 speech, this House has been called upon to serve at one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history. However, it is a privilege to serve as members of this esteemed House at such a critical juncture in Nigeria’s history. Our nation faces numerous challenges. Yet, it is precisely during times like these that strong leadership and decisive actions are needed most. We have been entrusted with the responsibility to steer our country towards a brighter future, and I have full confidence in our collective ability to rise to the occasion.

Let me at this juncture renew my pledge as your Speaker to remain fair and open to all, irrespective of our political views and affiliations. I serve you as a servant-leader, committed to upholding the principles of democracy and ensuring that every voice is heard in this hallowed chamber. I humbly acknowledge that my role as Speaker places me as the first among equals in this august assembly. I do not see myself as a boss but rather as a facilitator of dialogue, a preserver of order, and a champion of democratic ideals. We are all colleagues here, united by our shared commitment to serving the people who have entrusted us with their hopes and aspirations. Each one of us brings unique perspectives and experiences to this House, and it is through collaboration and mutual respect that we can truly serve the interests of our nation. I pledge to uphold the values of inclusivity, transparency, accountability, and respect for all in all our deliberations and actions.

Together, let us demonstrate to our constituents that their trust in us is not misplaced and that we are worthy stewards of their hopes and aspirations. On this note, I am pleased to announce, as most of us are already aware, that from the 3rd to 5th of July 2024, we will be hosting the 2024 ‘House Open Week’ as part of the activities marking the conclusion of our First Session and the commencement of the Second Session of this 10th House. The event will kick off with the presentation of the House’s scorecard detailing our achievements and challenges over the past year. We will also have the honour of hosting prominent Nigerians and former presiding officers who will share their perspectives on our performance during this period. This reflective session will provide valuable insights into our strengths and areas for improvement.

Various engagements have been planned over three days to discuss the strategic legislative priorities outlined in our Legislative Agenda. These sessions are designed to facilitate discussions, debates, reflections on our deliberations, celebrate our achievements, and reaffirm our commitment to serving with integrity and diligence. It is my hope that this event will not only strengthen our bonds as colleagues but also reinforce our dedication to fulfilling our legislative duties with excellence.

I urge each and every Member to actively participate in this event over the three days. It is for this reason that we have decided suspend sitting for Wednesday and Thursday to allow for more robust engagement with our constituents. Your engagement, input, and commitment are crucial in ensuring that we collectively chart a course that aligns with the interests of those we represent. Let us seize this opportunity to engage meaningfully with our people, exchange ideas, and work towards common goals for the betterment of our nation.

Let me use this opportunity to register the appreciation of the House to our development and technical partners who have supported the House during the first session and have continued to do so. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN-Women, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women Nigerian Office (UN-CEDAW), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation (KAS), Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), YIAGA Africa, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Ford Foundation, PERL, CISLAC, and many others. As we commence the second session of the House, we look forward to more robust partnerships.

May God continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria and guide us in all our endeavours.
Thank you.


PETITIONS:

  1. Hon. Billy Osawaru laid a petition on behalf of a community in Edo state against the Nigeria Bottling Company (Coca-Cola) on the alleged marginalization of their interest.
  2. Hon. Paul Ekpo laid a petition on behalf of a complainant against the Maritime Academy on alleged non-payment of consultancy fees.
  3. Hon. Aniekwe Peter laid 4 petitions:
    I. on behalf of a complainant against Honorable Minister of Interior on the allegation of kidnapping and remanding him at the Kuje prison without due process.
    II. Against the assistant director in the Ministry of Finance on gross abuse of office and financial misappropriation .
    III & IV. Against Nigeria AGIP oil company on alleged violation of tenancy agreement.
  4. Hon. Joshua Gana laid a petition on behalf of a complainant against an exploration company on the alleged refusal to pay their contractual agreement fees.
  5. Hon. Jesse Onuakalusi laid 2 petitions:
    I. The first one is against an Insurance company for non-payment of insurance claims.
    II. The other is calling on the House to intervene in the crisis in the Zamfara state House of Assembly.
  6. Hon. Ayuba Adele laid a petition on behalf of a complainant against a courier company on the alleged mismanagement and mishandling of a vital parcel belonging to him.
  7. Hon. Patrick Umoh laid 2 petitions on behalf of 2 different complainants:
    I. On the need to avert disaster on trade more estate Abuja.
    II. The second is against a pension firm on the alleged discontinuation of his pension payment.

All petitions were referred to the House committee on Public Petitions


MATTERS OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE:

  1. Hon. Kingsley Chinda moved a motion on the urgent need to check the outbreak of cholera in Nigeria and it was seconded by Hon. Obordor Mitema. Hon. Chinda in leading the debate expressed serious concern at the spate of the outbreak of cholera in Nigeria and was alarmed at the rate of casualties following the outbreak. He stated that the National Center for Disease Control has acknowledged the human factor largely responsible for the outbreak and spread of cholera nationwide and called for proactive steps to curtail the further spread of the disease. Hon. Chinda called on the Federal Government to set up adequate mechanisms to halt the further spread of the disease. He also called on on the House committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values as well as that on Healthcare Services to ensure proper information, orientation and collaboration with relevant agencies to ensure the scourge is halted in its wake and report back to the House. The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the House committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values as well as that on Healthcare Services.
  2. Hon. Ahmed Jaha moved a motion on the need to condemn in strong terms the bombings in Gwoza local government area of Borno state and it was seconded by Hon. Adesola Olumuyiwa. Hon. Jaha in leading the debate stated that the multiple suicide bombings claimed various lives of many young Nigerians and injuring scores more. He stated that the perpetrators came in the identical attire of the family, so complacency should be reduced and Intelligence, searching and screening should be henceforth enforced in all such gatherings. Hon. Jaha called on the House to stand United in condemning these attacks for the preservation of the sanctity of human lives. He called on the security forces to step up efforts in intelligence gathering and cooperation with one another to be proactive against such attacks. Hon. Jaha called for collaboration between the communities and the security forces in order to forestall future threats. He called on the House to condemn the attacks and send a strong message that the House will not stand for insecurity and will ensure the protection of Nigerians living all over the nation. He further called on the House committee on National Security and Intelligence to investigate the matter and report back to the House in 2 weeks.

Hon. Abdussamad Dasuki in contributing to the debate commiserated with Nigerians all over who have been attacked in different states recently. He stated that these attacks have become one-too many as Nigerians continue to groan under the burden of insecurity that has adversely led to poverty and food insecurity. Hon. Dasuki lamented the fact that despite northerners leading key Defense and security sectors, the north is still in dire straits. He called for the sacking of any such head of a security apparatus found wanting. He also called for improved welfare packages for the security personnel on ground.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Kalu expressed concern at the spate of insecurity nationwide and called for all hands to be on deck to ensure a safer Nigeria. He called on the relevant Security committees of the House to be on top of the matter in proper over-sighting of these security agencies.

Hon. Babajimi Benson termed the attacks as heinous and barbaric. He called for more and proper intelligence gathering and dissemination between security agencies. Hon. Benson further called for the prioritizing of state policing to compliment what is available, but not sufficient. He called on the House committee on Constitutional Review to make state policing a reality.

Hon. Yusuf Gagdi warned against complacency on the part of security heads and agencies, and that those found complacent should be held duly accountable, as only that can ensure people take their responsibilities more seriously. He also called for proper over-sighting of the security agencies by the relevant committees of the House.

Hon. Ahmed Idris also paid condolence to Nigerians affected by these dastardly acts of terrorism. He called for a collective and coordinated approach against insecurity as one united country. He also appreciated the charge for relevant committees of the House over-sighting security agencies to convey concerns of the House and Nigerians to the security agencies on the prevailing circumstances of escalating insecurity nationwide. Hon. Idris called for more accountability and collaboration between the security agencies and the Judiciary’s due prosecution and conviction of apprehended suspects. He stated his aversion to the idea of state police as his view is that the state governors will definitely use that privilege against perceived political adversaries. The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the House committee on National Security and Intelligence.

Hon. Bello Shehu moved a motion on the urgent need for the federal government to intervene in the devastation caused by flood and erosion in Kano state and it was seconded by Hon. Umar Ajilo. Hon. Shehu in leading the debate stressed the need for government to check the devastating effects of the flood that has brought untold and unbearable hardship on people in communities of the state. He stated that industrial and commercial activities have almost grinned to a halt and there is the need to come to the aid of these people. He called on federal ministry of Environment to engage the necessary agencies to ensure the salvaging of the situation. He further called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to ensure aid gets to the victims and that the Federal ministry of Works to rehabilitate the infrastructure in the community. The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the House committee on Environment, NEMA as well as that on Works.

  1. Hon. Yusuf Umar moved a motion on the need for urgent humanitarian assistance for victims of an accident in Kano state and it was seconded by Hon. Ginger Onwusibe. Hon. Umar in leading the debate stated that the tragic accident occurred along the Zaria road involving a truck that lost control and rammed into pedestrians returning from their Friday prayers, killing scores instantly. He expressed worry at the increase in casualties as a result of reckless driving. Hon. Umar called for more sanitization of road transport workers by the Federal Road Safety Corps and ensure violators be made to pay for the consequences of such reckless actions. He called on the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to provide aid for the victims. The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the House committee on Federal Road Safety Corps as well as that on National Emergency Management Agency.
  2. Hon. Clement Jumbo moved a motion on the urgent need to end food insecurity through mechanized agricultural revolution across Nigeria and it was seconded by Hon. Mamman Mukhtar. Hon. Jumbo in leading the debate stressed the need to protect and improve agriculture as the bedrock of nutritional survival for Nigeria. He bemoaned the large availability of land that is left uncultivated for the agricultural benefits of Nigerians as a result of diverse challenges. He called on the federal and state governments to demarcate 18 million hectares of land in the 6 geo-political zones to be cultivated by seasoned agriculturists who should employ the use of technologically-based cultivation and that the House committee on Agricultural Production and Services should ensure compliance.

Hon. Umar Garba proposed an amendment to incorporate the House committee on Nutrition and Food Security to the prayer of the motion.

Hon. Mohammed Shehu proposed an amendment asking for immediate release of fertilizer to farmers as not to be caught unawares in the new farming season. The motion was voted on, adopted as amended and referred to the House committee on Agricultural Production and Services.

  1. Hon. Peter Ifeanyi moved a motion on the need to honour Professor Humphrey Nwosu, the then chairman of the National Electoral Commission who returned late Moshhood Kolawole Abiola as winner of the June 12th, 1993 presidential election and it was seconded by Hon. Joshua Gana. Hon. Peter in leading the debate stated that after the realization of the injustice done at the June 12th, 1993 presidential election, some compensations have been made without the consideration of honoring Professor Nwosu who risked his life by declaring the result of the annulled June 12th, 1993 election. Hon. Peter called for a National honor to be awarded to Professor Nwosu, the federal government should invite him to every democracy day celebration and rename the Independent National Electoral Commission building after professor him. The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the House committee on Special Duties.

PRESENTATION OF BILLS
 

  1. Federal Vocational and Skills Acquisition College, Ibagwa-Aka, Enugu State (Establishment)Bill, 2024 (HB. 1493) (Hon. Chidi Mark Obetta) – First Reading.
     
  2. Agro-Industrial Park (Establishment) Bill, 2024 (HB. 1494) (Hon. Harrison Anozie Nwadike) – First Reading.
     
  3. Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria Act (Amendment) Bill, 2024 (HB. 1495) (Hon. Harrison Anozie Nwadike) – First Reading.
     
  4. Federal University of Agriculture, Nsit Ubium, Akwa Ibom State (Establishment) Bill, 2024 (HB. 1515) (Hon. Paul Ekpo Asuquo) – First Reading.
     
  5. Federal University of Health Sciences, Etinan, Akwa Ibom State (Establishment) Bill, 2024 (HB. 1516) (Hon. Paul Ekpo Asuquo) – First Reading.
     
  6. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) (HB. 1521) (Hon. Paul Sunday Nnamchi and three others) – First Reading.
     
  7. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Sixth Alteration)) (HB. 1522) (Hon, Okpolupm Ikpong Etteh) – First Reading.
     
  8. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Sixth Alteration) (HB. 1523) (Hon, Okpolupm Ikpong Etteh) – First Reading.
     
  9. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Sixth Alteration) Bill, 2024 (HB. 1524) (Hon. Amobi Godwin Ogah) – First Reading.
     
  10. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Sixth Alteration) Bill, 2024 (HB. 1525) (Hon. Amobi Godwin Ogah and four others) – First Reading.
     
  11. Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre Act (Repeal and Enactment) Bill, 2024 (HB. 1541) (Hon. Martins Esin Etim) – First Reading.
     
  12. Federal University of Aeronautics, Eruf – Offong Oruko, Akwa Ibom State (Establishment) Bill, 2024 (HB. 1542) (Hon. Martins Esin Etim) – First Reading.
     
  13. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Sixth Alteration) Bill, 2024 (HB. 1555) (Hon. Godwin Offiono and four others) – First Reading.

ORDERS OF THE DAY
 
BILLS
 

  1. A Bill for an Act to Alter Part 1 of the First Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), to change the name of Sabon Gari Local Government Area of Kaduna State to Zaria North Local Government Area, also to make Consequential Amendments by adding the word “South” to the name of the existing Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State and for Related Matters (HB. 1442) (Hon. Tajudeen Abbas and Hon. Sadiq Ango Abdullahi) – Second Reading.

Debate
Hon. Sadiq Abdullahi moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Hon. Shettima Ali. Hon. Abdullahi in leading the debate stressed the need and essence for the Amendment Bill calling for the change of name which is based on historical, cultural, administrative and political values. The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the special committee on the Review of the Constitution.

  1. A Bill for an Ac to Regulate the Planning, Preparation, Passage and Execution of the Budget of the Government of the Federation and for Related Matters (HB. 23) (Hon. Tajudeen Abbas and Hon. Mohammed Omar Bio) – Second Reading.

Debate
Hon. Umar Bio moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Hon. Clement Jumbo. Hon. Umar in leading the debate stressed the importance for proper planning, preparation, auditing, passage and execution of the budget of the government of the federation, as it is the template on which all financial matters of the country is based. He stated that there is a fine line between a financial year performing very well or failing woefully to the detriment of Nigerians, and this is hinged on the care taken, as well as proper attention paid to the national budget process. The Bill he stated has 7 parts and urged Honorable members to support it for a proper budget process. The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the House committee on National Planning and Economic Development.

  1. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Chartered Institute of Project Managers of Nigeria Act, No. 3 of 2018 and Enact the Chartered Institute of Project Management of Nigeria Act charged with the Responsibility for Regulation of the Project Management Sector and the Registration, Licensing and Discipline of its Members and for Related Matters (HB. 1476) (Hon Benjamin Okeize Kalu, Hon. Gana Joshua Audu and six others) – Second Reading.

Second reading of the Bill stepped down by leave of the House.

  1. A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Land Resources Technology, Rabah, Sokoto State to, among other things, Provide for Teaching, Research, Instruction and Training of Students to Produce Middle and High-Level Professionals in Land Resources Technology and for Related Matters (HB. 717) (Hon. Ibrahim Mustapha) – Second Reading.

Second reading of the Bill stepped down by leave of the House.

  1. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerian Solid Minerals Communities Development Commission and for Related Matters (HB.1379) (Hon. Anamero Sunday Dekeri and Three Others) – Second Reading.

Debate
Hon. Sunday Dekeri moved for the second reading of the Bill and it was seconded by Hon. Uchenna Nwachukwu. Hon. Dekeri in leading the debate stressed the need of complementing the strides and development in the solid mineral sector for the achievement of true economic diversification and wealth creation for Nigeria as a nation. He also stated that the exploration of solid minerals in commercial quantities nationwide will bring down the level of insecurity nationwide as teeming youth will be positively engaged and it will make states more economically independent and less dependent on oil reserves and stipends from the federal government at the center.

Hon. Ahmed Idris commended the spirit of the Bill as it is apt, timely and in good national spirit. He bemoaned the hijacking of the lucrative sector of solid mineral exploration by illegal miners with highly connected people backing them. This process is what he stressed is hijacking the commonwealth of Nigerians by a few unpatriotic individuals. Hon. Idris called on the House to take the Bill and its intent seriously in order to tackle the root cause of problems of poverty and insecurity.

The Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Kalu called for the protection of the solid mineral exploration sector and to ensure Nigerians collectively benefit fully from it. The Bill was voted on, approved for second reading and referred to the House committee on Solid Minerals Development.


MOTIONS
 

  1. Need to Address the Deplorable State of Nigerian Roads:
    Hon. Emmanuel Ukpong:
     
    The House:
     
    Notes that road transportation in Nigeria is among the most effective means of movement, the roads are becoming increasingly congested with heavy vehicular and human traffic;
     
    Also notes that the deplorable state of Nigerian roads affects road users and vehicles, thus leading to a high rate of accidents, a high cost of vehicle maintenance, and an increase in travel time due to traffic congestion and to the bad nature of the road section;
     
    Worried that due to the congestion on Nigerian roads, motorists now use the walkways as transit routes as pedestrians are forced to cross the highways, thereby slowing down traffic and thereby causing accidents;
     
    Also worried that despite the loss of lives and properties caused by reckless misuse of walkways by motorists, the trend persists, thus posing risks to criminal insecurity, flooding, erosion, and adverse economic development;
     
    Aware that a poor road transportation system slows a nation’s cultural and social economic development, the nation’s GDP and revenue decreases when citizens find it difficult to transport goods and services from one location to another;
     
    Cognizant of the need to have a good road network to improve social economic development, address challenges, and improve road safety and security in Nigeria;
     
    Resolves to:
    (i) urge the Federal and State Governments to increase the presence of security personnel on highways and major roads in order to improve surveillance and monitoring systems to detect and respond to criminal activities;
     
    (ii) also urge that the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to enforce parking laws and ensure proper usage of walkways and pedestrian bridges;
     
    (iii) Mandate the Committee on Land Transport to liaise with the Federal Ministries of Works and Transportation and the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to investigate and propose permanent solutions to the issues; Encourage the executive to provide more security on roads.

Motion stepped down by leave of the House.

  1. Need to Investigate Exploitative and Predatory Pricing Practices against Nigerian Businesses by Their Foreign Counterparts Operating in Nigeria:
    Hon. Babajimi Benson:
     
    The House:
     
    Notes that Nigerian businesses operate in the International sphere and compete with similar business ventures operating in Nigeria;
     
    Also notes that International Business ethics and standards like the United Nations Global Compact, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and ISO 26000 for social responsibility, among others, require businesses to operate in a fair, healthy, and efficient manner while ensuring competitive trade practices in the operation of their businesses at home and abroad;
     
    Further notes that to ensure this practice, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act, 2018 was enacted to curb restrictive and unfair business practices capable of leading to distorted competition or flagrant abuse of dominant position of market power in Nigeria;
     
    Aware that a fair and healthy competitive market promotes economic efficiency and protects the interest and welfare of consumers by providing wide options of high-quality products and services at competitive prices;
     
    Also aware that some Nigerian businesses have suffered harsh and unfair competition and business relations with their foreign business counterparts;
     
    Cognizant that prior to the commencement of the Lagos-London route by Air Peace Airlines below one million Naira, foreign airlines like British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, etc. sold their one-way air tickets for as high as four million Naira;
     
    Also Cognizant that as soon as Air Peace Airlines commenced the sale of their tickets at a lower price, other airlines dropped their prices far below that of Air Peace Airlines, supposedly with the intention of frustrating Air Peace Airlines’ London route operations;
     
    Further Cognizant that Dangote Oil Refinery and Petrochemicals Company is also currently being frustrated by International Oil Companies (IOCs) in Nigeria by denying them crude and other unfair business practices, thereby threatening its survival;
     
    Concerned that whenever they agree to sell crude to Dangote Refinery, the IOCs sell at high premium prices far above the market price, thereby forcing Dangote to import crude from countries as far as the United States, with its attendant high costs;
     
    Also concerned that apart from these predatory pricing practices and other unethical business practices adopted by the foreign airlines and IOCs, Nigerian businesses have also been subjected to other unfair treatment both home and abroad in an effort to disrupt their smooth operation;
     
    Further concerned that it appears that the objective of these foreign multinationals is to ensure Nigeria remains at their mercy by patronizing only their services or exporting crude oil and importing refined petroleum products, thereby making Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa perpetually facing unemployment and poverty, while they create wealth for themselves at our expense;
     
    Worried that these acts of unfair and unfavourable business have led to the closure of some erstwhile thriving businesses that provided better alternatives to Nigerian customers at cheaper prices;
     
    Also worried that if this remains unchecked, Nigerian businesses like Air Peace Airlines will continue to suffer these unfair competitive practices that will adversely affect their operation and the ability of customers to get quality services at affordable prices;
     
     
    Resolves to: 
     
    (i) urge the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), to immediately halt the unfair business practices perpetrated by certain foreign businesses operating in Nigeria;
     
    (ii) mandate the Committees on Aviation, Commerce, and Petroleum (Upstream and Downstream) to investigate the circumstances surrounding the predatory pricing practices and unethical business competitive behaviours by foreign airlines and IOCs and report within four (4) weeks for further legislative action;
     
    (iii) also mandate the Committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance.

Debate
Hon. Babjimi Benson moved the motion on the need to investigate exploitative and predatory pricing practices against Nigerian businesses by their foreign counterparts operating in Nigeria.

Hon. Kabiru Ahmad proposed an amendment to incorporate the House committee on Foreign Affairs into the prayers of the motion. The motion was voted on, adopted as amended and referred to the House committee on Aviation, Commerce, Petroleum (Upstream and Downstream), Foreign Affairs as well as that on Legislative Compliance.

  1. Stagnation of Promotion in Federal Civil Service:
    Hon. Salman Idris:
     
    The House:
     
    Notes that Section 169 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), provides for the establishment of the Civil Service of the Federation, while Section 170 equally provides for establishment of the Federal Civil Service Commission;
     
    Aware that the Civil Service is an organ of government headed by the Head of Service of the Federation, responsible for the leadership management and capacity development of the Federal Civil Service which is the engine room of government and administrative machines for implementation of policies and programmes of the Federal Government of Nigeria;
     
    Also aware that promotion are essential for the career progression of civil servants which serves as a motivational incentive for productivity and performance;
     
    Also notes that over the years stagnation in promotions across Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government have resulted in loss of Service delivery, decline in highly specialized skills, low level of productivity and performance, employee unrest, corruption and dampened morale;
     
    Further aware that the Civil Service, requires a comprehensive reform prioritize timely and fair promotions and remunerations to align with global best practices;
     
    Cognizant that promotion stagnation in the Civil Service requires urgent intervention to achieve government policies and programs;
     
    Concerned that Some Civil Servants who undergo mandatory examinations are promoted nominally but not financially, despite adequate recurrent expenditure in the annual appropriations budget for Ministries, Departments and Agencies;
     
    Disturbed that promotion stagnation affects the career of an officer in service, as every Civil Servant is expected to reach his career peak within 35years in active service or by the retirement age of 60 years;
     
    Resolves to:
     
    Mandate the Committees on Public Service Matters and Public Sector and Institutional Reforms to investigate promotion stagnation in the Federal Civil Service from 2013–2023 with the intention of encouraging a more effective and efficient Civil Service and report within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.

Debate
Hon. Salman Idris moved the motion on stagnation of promotion in federal civil service.

Hon. Ahmed Idris proposed an amendment to incorporate the House committee on Federal Character into the prayers of the motion. The motion was voted on, adopted as amended and referred to the House committee on Public Service Matters, Institutional Reform as well as that on Federal Character.

  1. Need to Constitute the National Council on Public Procurement (NCPP) as Prescribed in the Public Procurement Act, 2007:
    Hon. Murphy Osaro Omoruyi:
     
    The House:
     
    Notes that the Public Procurement Act was enacted to regulate government activities and ensure transparency, accountability, and efficiency in procurement processes;
     
    Also notes Section 1 of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 mandates the establishment of the National Council on Public Procurement;
     
    Further notes that the National Council on Public Procurement is essential for oversight, regulation, and standardization of procurement practices across Government Agencies;
     
    Aware that the composition of the NCPP includes representatives from various interest groups in the country as contained in Section 1(2) (a)-(g) of the Act to ensure inclusive stakeholders’ participation in National Development;
     
    Concerned that the absence of the National Council on Public Procurement undermines the objectives of the Act and hampers procurement processes.
     
    Worried that the last administrations of Umaru Yar Adua, Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari have refused to inaugurate the National Council on Public Procurement as prescribed by the Act;
     
    Disturbed that the Federal Executive Council has continued to usurp the most important functions of the National Council on Public Procurement;
     
    Cognizant of the need to constitute the National Council on Public Procurement in accordance with Section 1 of the Public Procurement Act 2007 which is crucial for transparency, accountability, and efficiency in government procurement processes
     
    Resolves to:
     
    (i) urge the President and Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to constitute the National Council on Public Procurement in accordance with the provisions of the Act; and
     
    (ii) mandate the Committee of Public Procurement to ensure compliance.

Debate
Hon. Murphy Omoruyi moved the motion on the need to constitute the National Council on Public Procurement (NCPP) as prescribed in the Public Procurement Act, 2007 and it was seconded by Hon. Usman Balami. The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the House committee on Public Procurement.

  1. Circulation of Fake Consumables in Nigeria:
    Hon. Ahmed Sani Muhammad:
     
    The House:
     
    Notes that in the fourth quarter of 2023, Nigeria experienced an insurgency involving daily patronage of fake consumables such as drinks, drugs, cooking spices, beverages, and baby food which caused health issues and discouraged local manufacturers and importers of genuine products in the country;
     
    Aware that in December 2023, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) intercepted counterfeiters involved in the production of consumables worth about seven hundred and fifty million Naira;
     
    Also aware of a recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which revealed that fake and substandard drugs kill about 500,000 persons in sub-Saharan Africa each year;
     
    Worried about the potential health complications and economic impact of counterfeit products on Nigerians, heightened by contaminated consumables;
     
    Informed by a global consultancy Price Waterhouse Coopers where it is estimated that Nigeria may lose approximately two hundred billion Naira annually to counterfeit medicines, excluding substandard ones;
     
    Resolves to:
     
    (i) urge NAFDAC and Standards organization of Nigeria (SON) and Manufacturing Drugs Factories to:
     
    (a) establish more efficient channels in every state and local government to verify and monitor products before circulation.
     
    (b) identify and punishing individuals involved in the distribution or production of counterfeit goods; and
     
    (c) intensify efforts to identify culprits distributing or producing counterfeit goods and fully punish them according to the law; and
     
    (d) regularly engage and sensitize consumers on digital codes or icons that indicate the authenticity of their products.
     
    (ii) mandate the Committees on National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control and Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation.

Debate
Hon. Ahmed Muhammad moved the motion on the circulation of fake consumables in Nigeria and it was seconded by Hon. Uchenna Okonkwo. The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the House committee on National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control as well as that on Legislative Compliance.

  1. Need to Address the Reoccurring Incidents of Harassment, Intimidation, and Extortion of International Passengers at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Port Harcourt:
    Hon. Boniface S. Emerngwa:
     
    The House:
     
    Notes that international airports throughout the globe are gateways into a country, the safety of travellers as well as cargo is the main responsibility of officers attached to airports, and across the country, airports have consistently displayed high security performance by the security officers on duty;
     
    Also notes that some security personnel on duty at Nigeria’s international airports constitute major setbacks to the country, especially in the case of the international wing of International Airport Port Harcourt, where   passengers arriving are exposed to severe harassment, intimidation, and extortion of money by the security personnel at the airport;
     
    Observes that international travellers in particular are frequently forced to provide receipts for any personal belongings in their luggage and are the targets of extortion, charges, and excessive searches;

Concerned that credible reports revealed that airport security personnel delay passengers, causing unreceipted payments and charges, especially for foreigners. Personal items are charged without receipts, bags are forcefully opened and searched, and valuables are stolen in broad daylight. Furthermore, the vile crime is committed in all the country’s international airports;
 
Also concerned that if these actions of the security agents are not checked, they will impact the struggling economy very negatively, as the country’s economic credibility will dim in the global market, thus discouraging foreigners and investors from coming into Nigeria to do legitimate business;
 
Further concerned about the possibility of a sharp decline in the revenue generated by foreign visits for business, tourism, and other purposes, given that Nigeria is currently facing severe economic difficulties and that foreign investments are essential to bolstering the faltering economy and creating jobs for young people without employment;
 
Cognizant of the fact that the country’s monopolistic economy necessitates the participation of foreign investors to boost economic growth and increase the Gross Domestic Product (GDP);
 
Resolves to:
 
(i) urge the Ministry of Aviation to launch an investigation promptly in order to bring the perpetrators to justice, thereby acting as a deterrent and preserving the credibility of the country in the global community; and
 
(ii) mandate the Committee on Aviation within seven days to investigate the activities of the security personnel attached to the international wing of the airports nationwide, bring the culprits to face the law, and report within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.

Debate
Hon. Boniface Emerengwa moved the motion on the need to address the incidents of harassment, intimidation and extortion of international passengers at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Port Harcourt and it was seconded by Hon. Famous Osawaru.

Hon. Kabiru Ahmad proposed an amendment to the heading of the motion to encompass all other Nigerian International airports.

Hon. Nnolim Nnaji also proposed an amendment to incorporate the House committee on Interior into the investigation. The motion was voted on, adopted as amended and referred to the House committee on Aviation, Interior as well as that on Customs and Excise.

  1. Need to Clampdown on Private Universities and Organisations involved in Currency Substitution and Dollarization of the Economy:
    Hon. Mudashiru Lukman Alani:
     
    The House:
     
    Notes that Section 15 of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act, 2007 provides that the unit of currency in Nigeria shall be the Naira, which makes the Naira the only acceptable currency as a legal tender in Nigeria. Also, Section 20 Subsections I and 5 of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act, 2007 states that the currency notes issued by the bank shall be the legal tender in Nigeria for payment of any amount and stipulate that any person who contravenes this provision is guilty of an offence punishable upon conviction to six (6) months imprisonment or a prescribed fine;
     
    Also notes that the CBN issued a circular dated April 17, 2015 to all banks in Nigeria restating that it is illegal and an offence to price or denominate the cost of any product or service in any other foreign currency. According to the CBN circular, no business offers or acceptance (except businesses in the oil and gas industry, maritime, aviation, operators in the free trade zone, and selected government agencies) should be completed in Nigeria in any currency other than Naira;
     
    Further notes that it is illegal in Nigeria for any goods and service provider, including institutions, universities, agencies, organisations, etc., to demand fees in dollars or any other foreign currency;
     
    Aware that the CBN directed that deposit money banks operating in Nigeria desist from the collection of foreign currencies for payment of domestic transactions on behalf of their customers and the use of their customers’ domiciliary accounts for making payments for visible and invisible transactions, which include fees, charges, licences, etc. originated or completed in Nigeria;
     
    Observes that some organisations and institutions, particularly private universities, are going against the laid down law by charging tuition fee in dollars instead of naira, which is the legal tender;
     
    Also observes that a Bayelsa State University is breaking the law by collecting tuition fee in dollars, the aforementioned institution charges a variety of faculty tuition fees, including $2500-$3000 for students in the Faculty of Science and Computing and $2500-$3000 for students in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, among others. The institution provided quotes in local currency (Naira) for additional fees such as lodging, medical deposits, etc.;
     
    Further observes that a University located in Rivers State that is about to launch its academic activities is violating Section 20 Subsection 1 of the CBN Act 2007 by charging its tuition fee in dollars. The following are some of the fees that the university listed: $15,000 for the College of Engineering, $15,000 for the College of Management and Social Science, etc. The extra fees for housing that the university is requesting are expressed in Naira;
     
    Cognizant that the actions of these Institutions, which involve conducting business and providing services in currencies other than the Naira, which is the official currency of Nigeria, are improper, unlawful and against the backdrop of the declining value of the Naira in relation to other currencies on the foreign exchange market;
     
    Also cognizant that the global best practice, which is being used by foreign Universities and Institutions, is to specify a borderline between the tuition fee to be paid by local students and international students, the ideal practice is for the universities to clearly state on their websites the stipulated amount local students are to pay and the amount international students are to pay in dollars;
     
    Further cognizant that there are several private Nigerian universities with international students on their admission, and the tuition fees of these universities are quoted or charged in Naira, which is the legal tender in Nigeria;
     
    Concerned that the increasing trend of currency substitution and the use of foreign currency, particularly the American dollar, as a means of exchange rate and legal tender, is causing serious damage to the
    economy and that any form of dollarization is placing strain on the Naira an equivalent to economic sabotage;
     
    Resolves to:
     
    (i) urge the Federal Government, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) the National University Commission (NUC) and Federal Ministry of Education to:
     
    (a) investigate the activities of these universities and other organisations involved in providing services and products in foreign currency;
     
    (b) issue appropriate sanctions to the institutions and organisations involved in the breach of its regulations;
     
    (ii) mandate the Committees on Banking Regulations and University Education to interface with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to initiate compliance strategies and report within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.

Motion stepped down by leave of the House.

  1. Need to Investigate Administration of Public Revenues and Expenditures of the West African Examination Council from 2018 to 2023:
    Hon. Amobi Godwin Ogah: 
     
    The House:
     
    Notes that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) local is fully Treasury funded from the Federation Account;
     
    Also notes that Section 80(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) states that no monies shall be withdrawn from the Consolidated Revenue Fund or any other public fund of the Federation, except in the manner prescribed by the National Assembly, consequently, all funds received as examination fees from candidates for registration are considered public funds;
     
    Observed that the Council, in addition to its statutory allocation, obtained a credit facility of 5 billion, Naira from First Bank Limited in 2022, though repaid the credit facility within the same year, but there was no full disclosure as to the purpose of the loan in its financial statement;
    
Cognizant that by virtue of Section 89(1)(c) of the 1999 Constitution, for the purpose of any investigation, the Senate, House of Representatives, or a Committee appointed shall have the power to summon any person in Nigeria to give evidence at any place or produce any document or other thing in his possession or under his control;
    
Worried that as of January 12, 2019, WAEC has an investment of 2,974,510,000 units of shares worth N1,45,000,000 in Megatons W.A. Limited, a company that engages in the business of printing security and confidential documents. An additional investment of N32,255,000 was made in the same year, bringing the total value of the investment to N1,487,255,000 as of 31 December, 2019. However, the company suddenly went into the liquidation process, and lots of provisions were made for impairment of the investment in line with Internal Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS 9);
    
Aware that N899, 375,000 provisions for impairment were made on the total investment, and it represented 60% of the total investment. This is a huge loss that calls for questions as to why a proper investment decision was not made ab initio;
    
Also aware that the WAEC proposed expenditure for the year 2024 is 42.9 billion, Naira whereas its IGR projection is 32 billion Naira;

Cognizant of the need for the National Assembly to thoroughly appropriate WAEC’s Humongous IGR, scrutinize Council’s past financial statements and debt collection from State Governments to avoid further wastage of public funds and contradict accountability and prudence stewardship;
 
Resolves to:
 
(i) mandate the Committee on Basic Education Examination Bodies to do the needful for the West Africa Examination Council to subject its year 2024 IGR for appropriation and approval;
 
(ii) mandate the Committee on Basic Examination Bodies to investigate the annual IGR collected by the West African Examination Council from 2018-2024 and examine the financial books/records and financial statement of the council from 2018-2023 to ascertain compliance with existing laws governing the administration of public funds and report within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.

Debate
Hon. Amobi Ogah moved the motion on the need to investigate administration of public revenues and expenditures of the West African Examination Council from 2018 to 2023. The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the House committee on Basic Education.

  1. Alleged Mismanagement of Government Agricultural Initiatives and Funding by Departments, Agencies, and Government Programs Outside the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security:
    Hon. Chike John Okafor:
     
    The House:
     
    Notes the growing food scarcity and malnutrition in Nigeria and the alleged mismanagement of agricultural funds intended for agricultural development in the country;
     
    Also notes that the Federal Government, through various schemes and interventions in the last in eight years (8) have spent over two trillion Naira   in funding agricultural interventions with the view of making food available for millions of Nigerians, but due to the alleged mismanagement, misapplication of funds and abuse of the programs, Nigeria is still experiencing food scarcity and malnutrition;
     
    Aware of the reports and allegations of abuse, mismanagement, and misapplication of government intervention funds earmarked for agricultural development and food security initiatives in Nigeria through the:
     
    (a) Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through the Anchor Borrowers Program (ABP) disbursed about I.12 trillion Naira to 4.67 million farmers involved in either maize, rice or wheat farming through 563 (five hundred and sixty-three only) anchors;
    (b) The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) disbursed (two hundred and fifteen billion, sixty-six million, nine hundred and eighty thousand, two hundred and seventy-four Naira, fifty-two Kobo) so far to facilitate agriculture and agrobusinesses;
    (c) Bank of Industry (BOI) disbursed 3 billion Naira to twenty-two thousand, one hundred and twenty smallholder farmers through the Agriculture Value chain financing (AVCF) Programme. Additionally, the bank funded forty-nine agro and food processing businesses with 59.4 billion Naira in loans;
    (d) in 2023, the Federal Government of Nigeria unveiled a 5 billion Naira loan facility to the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) for Livestock farmers across the country;
    (e) National Agricultural Development Fund in March of 2024 inaugurated a NI.6 billion Recovery Fund for the Ginger Blight Epidemics Central Taskforce (GBECT) for the control of Blight disease in Ginger, among other interventions.
     
    Also aware that funds advanced to end users of the Federal Government interventions were allegedly misused, misapplied and channeled to non-farming and nonagricultural purposes, hence the current acute scarcity of food;

Worried that the agricultural sector plays a crucial role in ensuring food security, improving nutrition, and supporting the livelihoods of millions of Nigerians, and any abuse on the programs and schemes of Government drastically affects millions of innocent citizens;
 
Cognizant of the need to investigate government agricultural interventions and funding allocated to Departments, Agencies, Schemes and Programs outside the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to ensure transparency, accountability, and effective resource utilization;
 
Resolves to:
 
mandate the Committees on Nutrition and Food Security and Agricultural Production and Services; Agricultural Colleges and Institutions and Finance to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the alleged misuse of Government interventions and agricultural funding by Departments, Agencies, Schemes and Programmes of the Federal Government outside the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and report within four (4) legislative weeks for further legislative actions.

Debate
Hon. Chike Okafor moved the motion on alleged mismanagement of government agricultural initiatives and funding by Departments, Agencies, and Government Programs outside the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and it was seconded by Hon. Mohammed Jamilu. The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the House committee on Nutrition and Food Security and Agricultural Production and Services; Agricultural Colleges and Institutions as well as that on Finance.

  1. Need to Revoke the Contract for the Construction of Flooded Sections of the East-West Road Connecting Major Communities in Bayelsa State:
    Hon. Oboku Abonsizibe Oforjil:
    
The House:
    
Notes that the East-West Road is one of the important roads in the Federation which has significantly contributed to the country’s economic and social development, it connects major regions facilitating trade, commerce, and cultural exchange, thus improved access to markets, industries, and social services;
    
Also aware that the Federal Ministry of Works awarded the contract for the construction of the box culverts for the repairs of the flooded section of the East-West Road (Kaiama-Ahoada Section) to Rock Result Nigeria Limited, but the company has failed to execute the contract, causing traffic disruptions, loss of lives and fatalities;
     
    Recalled that on 11 April, 2024 the current Minister of Works on an inspection tour at East-West Road praised Rock Result Nigeria Limited, but till date nothing has been achieved;
    
Worried that East-West road has been in a dilapidated state for years particularly at Iheke in Ahoada East Local Government of Rivers State, Aven in Patani and Umeh in Isoko South Local Government Areas of Delta State connecting Bayelsa State to Rivers and Delta States and other parts of the country;
    
Also worried that Federal Government is prioritizing the coastal road over the crucial east-west road, which is vital for the country’s economic survival;
    
Resolves to:
     
    (i) urge the Federal Ministry of Works to immediately revoke the contract for the construction of flooded East-West Road to Rock Result Nigeria Limited and other contracts and re-award the same to a company with expertise and capacity; and
     
    (ii) mandate the Committee on Works to ensure compliance.

Debate
Hon. Oboku Oforjil moved the motion on the need to revoke the contract for the construction of flooded sections of the East-West road connecting major communities in Bayelsa state and it was seconded by Hon. Ibe Osonwa. The motion was voted on, adopted and referred to the House committee on Works.


CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE) Rt. Hon. Benjamin Kalu chaired:
 

  1. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy Act, No. 8, 2017 and Enact the Federal University of Dental Technology and Therapy, Enugu, Act, 2024 to Make Comprehensive Provisions for Management and Administration of the University; and for Related Matters (HB. 249) – Committee of the Whole: 21/5/2024.

Synopsis of the report:
Hon. Julius Ihonbvere stated that the Bill seeks to cure the lacunae in the practice of dental studies and provide equipment and facilities for the development of dental studies for Nigerians.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and approved: 2-30
Clause amended and approved: 1

  1. A Bill for an Act to Establish Chartered Institute of Auctioneers to Provide for the Control of its Membership and to Promote the Practice of Auctioneers in Nigeria and for Related Matters (HB 1046) – Committee of the Whole: 8/2/2024.

Synopsis of the report:
Hon. Julius Ihonbvere stated that the Bill seeks to set proper standards for registered members, consultants and practitioners in the auctioneering sector of the nation.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and approved: 1-23

  1. A Bill for an Act to Establish Nigeria French Language Village as an Inter–University Centre for French Studies and for Related Matters (HB.136) – Committee of the Whole: 8/2/2024.

Synopsis of the report:
Hon. Julius Ihonbvere stated that the Bill seeks the training of qualified professionals in French for Nigerian students to be proficient, fluent, well trained and professional in French relations for proper international relations and integration.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and approved: 1-31

  1. A Bill for an Act to Establish National Rice Production, Processing and Research Institute, Igbemo–Ekiti, Ekiti State and for Related Matters (HB.584) – Committee of the Whole: 20/12/2023.

Synopsis of the report:
Hon. Julius Ihonbvere stressed the importance of the Bill to boost food security and price stability of different varieties in rice production and sales for nutritional values of Nigerians.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and approved: 1-19

  1. A Bill an Act to Provide for Establishment of the Federal University of Technology and Environmental Sciences, Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State and for Related Matters (SB. 174) – Committee of the Whole:6/3/2024.
     
     

Synopsis of the report:
Hon. Julius Ihonbvere stated that the Bill seeks educational development in environmental technology and create the opportunity for people to study the principles of sustainable development in Nigeria. He urged Honorable members to support it.

Summary of voting:
Clauses voted on and approved: 1-31


HOUSE IN PLENARY:

The House reverted to plenary and adopted the report of the committee of the Whole following a motion by Hon. Julius Ihonbvere and seconded by Hon. Kingsley Chinda.


Hon. Julius Ihonbvere moved for the House to adopt the votes and proceedings of the day and it was seconded by Hon. Kingsley Chinda.


Adjournment:
The House at 15:01 PM adjourned plenary to Tuesday, July 9th, 2024 by 11:00 A.M following a motion for adjournment moved by the Leader of the House, Hon. Julius Ihonbvere and seconded by Hon. Paschal Abodike.

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

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