FOURTH REPUBLIC 8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (2015-2019) THIRD SESSION NO. 174 1009
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Tuesday, 22 May, 2018
1. Prayers 2. Approval of the Votes and Proceedings 3. Oaths 4. Message from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (if any) 5. Message from the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (if any) 6. Other Announcements (if any) 7. Petitions (if any) 8. Matter(s) of Urgent Public Importance 9. Personal Explanation
PRESENTATION OF BILLS
1. Compulsory, Free Universal Basic Education Act (Amendment) Bill (HB. 1461) 2018 (Hon. Owoidighe Ekpoattai and Hon. Mohammed Zakari) – First Reading.
2. Securitization Bill, (HB. 1462) 2018 (Hon. Jones C. Onyereri) – First Reading.
3. Nigerian Rice Research Institute Bill, (HB. 1463) (Hon. Aminu Mani Ashiru) – First Reading.
4. National Directorate of Employment Act (Amendment) Bill (HB. 1464) 2018 (Hon. Aminu Mani Ashiru) – First Reading.
ORDERS OF THE DAY BILLS 1. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Food, Drugs and Related Products (Registration, etc.) Act, Cap. F33, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Increase the Fine and Confer Jurisdiction on the High Court of States to try Offences under the Act; and for Related Matters ) (HB.199) Hon. Betty Apiafi) – Second Reading.
1010 Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 No. 174 2. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Federal University of Agriculture, Sabon Gida, Langtang to make Comprehensive Provisions for its due Management and Administration; and for Related Matters (HB. 1356) (Hon. Beni Lar) – Second Reading.
3. A Bill for an Act to Amend the University of Lagos Act, Cap. U9, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Provide for the Election and Tenure of Deans of Faculties, Schools, Institutes or Teaching Units; and for Related Matters (HB.263) (Hon. Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe) – Second Reading.
MOTIONS 4. Need to Develop the Olumirin Waterfall in Erin-Ijesha, Oriade Local Government, Osun State into a World Class Tourist Destination and a Hydro Power Generation Site. Hon. Oluwole Oke. The House: Notes that one of the numerous tourist attractions in Nigeria are the waterfalls across the various Geo-Political Zones of Nigeria; Also notes that one of the most amazing and breath-taking Waterfalls in Nigeria is the Olumirin Waterfall, located in Erin-Ijesha, Oriade Local Government Area, Osun State; Aware that according to Yoruba history, Akinla, a granddaughter of Oduduwa who founded ErinIjesha town, discovered the waterfall in 114 A.D.; Also aware that the water flows from the top of the mountain and has seven falls, each one providing a different perspective and forms a large pool of water on the ground, surrounded by vegetation; Further aware that Olumirin Waterfall attracts over 50,000 visitors annually, especially during the celebration of the Osun Osogbo festival and has the potential of attracting 1,000,000 local and foreign tourists annually; Further notes that the water current from the Olumirin Waterfall, if harnessed, is capable of generating 1500 megawatts of electricity for the National Grid and for the benefit of Nigerians; Observes that this magnificent and highly profitable waterfall has not been properly harnessed and developed into a befitting world class tourist site; Cognizant that with proper intervention, development and investment by the Federal Government, the site will evolve into a major tourist destination and will generate millions of revenue for the nation’s economy; Regrets that previous attempts by stakeholders in the private sector and the Osun State Government have not been successful; Worried that if urgent steps are not taken to preserve and develop the tourist site, Nigeria will lose value and profits that would have accrued from it and will continue to lose potential revenue from tourists; Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, and the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation to initiate steps and implement ideas to develop the site into a world class tourist Destination;
No. 173 Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 1011 (ii) Also urge the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to initiate steps towards tapping into the Hydro-Power potentials of the waterfall;
(iii) Mandate the Committees on Culture and Power to ensure compliance. 5. Need to Construct a Security Fence around the Sam Mbakwe International Airport, Imo State: Hon. Bede Eke: The House:
Notes the recurrent cases of security breaches at the Nation’s Airports which are often as a result of the expansive and porous nature of the Airports, and as such, it is difficult for the security personnel to secure and is therefore easily accessible by hoodlums and animals;
Disturbed by the numerous cases of stowaways at the airports, some of which resulted in death;
Also disturbed by the rampant cases of stray animals and sometimes humans on the runways of Sam Mbakwe International Airport, Imo state, some of which would have ended in fatalities but for the dexterity of the pilots;
Aware that under Annex 17 of the International Civil Aviation’s Standard Procedures, every Airport is supposed to be protected by a security fence and not a perimeter fence as is the case in major airports in the country;
Worried by the lack of any form of fencing at the Sam Mbakwe International Airport, Owerri;
(i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Aviation to construct a security fence at the Sam Mbakwe International Airport, Owerri, Imo State and other Federal Airports across the country;
(ii) Mandate the Committees on Aviation and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance;
6. Need to Stop the Increasing Rate of Child Labour, Molestation and Abuse in Nigeria: Hon. Omosede Igbinedion: The House: Aware that children are gifts from Almighty God and as such should be loved, provided for and protected; Also aware that the Child’s Rights Act as passed by the National Assembly shows commitment to work with the International Labour Organisation to combat child labour in Nigeria; Disturbed at the sudden and disturbing rise in the rate of child labour, molestation and abuse in Nigeria; Worried that the recent data published by the National Bureau of Statistics shows that 50.8% of Nigerian children, aged between 5 and 17 are engaged in child labour; Again Aware that child labour entails work that are mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to the children and ultimately deprives them the opportunity to good education;
1012 Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 No. 174 Concerned that oftentimes, child domestic helps are forced to do work that are beyond their tender bodies, and eventually stunt the general development of the children involved; Also concerned that children who depend on the care of adult often end up being molested and maltreated in ways that are out rightly inhumane; Notes with concern the Report in the Vanguard Newspaper of Tuesday, November 14, 2017, where, in Lagos, a woman threw her 15 years old maid from the balcony of a two (2) storey building on the accusation that she stole her jewelries; Also notes another case reported in the Punch Newspaper of Saturday, January 6, 2018, where, again in Lagos, a woman was arrested for locking up her 11year old housemaid in a poorly ventilated house without food and travelled for the Christmas; Further aware of a survey by the National Population Commission in 2014 which showed that 6 out of every 10 children have experienced some form of violence and 50% of Nigerian children have experienced physical violence and that between 2014 to date, there has not been any improvement; Also disturbed that child sexual abuse is beginning to rear its ugly head in Nigeria and the most recent happened in Lagos, where a school supervisor was accused of sexually molesting a twoyear-old child; Observes that there is no better time than now to declare a state of emergency against all forms of child abuse in Nigeria; Mindful of the provisions of Section 14, subsection (1) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) which states, that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”. Resolves to: (i) Urge the Ministries of Women Affairs and, Labour and Productivity to put modalities in place to arrest the spate of child abuse in Nigeria;
(ii) Mandate the Committees on Women Affairs and Social Development, Human Rights and, Labour, Employment and Productivity to: (a) enlighten the Public on the need to bring the incidences of child molestation and abuse to the notice of the relevant authorities; (b) investigate the trend, and report to the House within two (2) weeks for further legislative action.
CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS
7. Committee on Housing: Hon. Ahmed Babba Kaita: “That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Housing on the Need to Ensure Full Compliance with the National Housing Fund Act for Effective Housing Delivery in Nigeria and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 22/2/2018).
(i) that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Commercial Banks and Insurance Companies should be compelled to perform their statutory duties as provided in the Act;
No. 174 Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 1013 (ii) that the Federal Government should re-capitalise the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria to the tune of N500 billion to make it more vibrant and responsive to its functions, for effective housing delivery in Nigeria;
(iii) that the promotion of the parallel organisations against the interest of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should be further investigated and sanctioned;
(iv) that the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria should be given necessary government support in areas like guarantee, recapitalisation and allocations to empower the Bank for maximum productivity;
(v) that steps should be taken to review the provisions of the Act to make it more enforceable;
(vi) that existing Federal Government institutions should be supported rather than create new ones to avoid duplication of functions.
8. Committee on Housing: Hon. Ahmed Babba Kaita: “That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Housing on a Bill for an Act to Repeal the National Housing Fund Act, Cap. N45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the National Housing Fund Bill to make Provisions for Additional Sources of Funding; and for Related Matters (HB 1077) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid:22/2/2018). 9. Committee on Housing: Hon. Ahmed Babba Kaita: “That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Housing on a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria Act, Cap. F16, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to make Comprehensive Provisions for Establishment of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria and its Board of Directors; and for Related Matters (HB. 911) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid:22/2/2018).
COMMITTEE MEETINGS Committee Date Time Venue 1. Rules and Business Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 06 (White House) Assembly Complex 2. Labour, Employment and Productivity Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 468 (White House) Assembly Complex 3. Public Petitions (Investigative Hearing) Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 429 (White House) Assembly Complex 4. Ad-hoc Committee on the Investigation of Registration and Issuance of Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) to underage voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 345 (White House) Assembly Complex
1014 Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 No. 174 5. Ad-hoc Committee on Utilization of 350 Billion Naira Natural Resources Fund as a Financial Window for Development of the Solid Minerals Sector and the Need to Ascertain Federal Government Investments and Proceeds from Solid Minerals and Steel Development. Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 144 (White House) Assembly Complex