The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara presided, after leading the prayer, he adopted votes and proceedings of Wednesday, July 12, 2017
1. Hon. Babajimi Benson (Lagos) laid a petition against the ministry of youths and sports for the non payment of salaries of some members of his constituency
2. Hon. Randolph IO Brown (Rivers) against illegal intimidation by Nigerian police on the life of some of his constituents.
Both petitions were Referred to the Committee on public petitions
Point of order
1. Hon. Kolawole Babatunde (Ondo) standing on order 8, Rule 4, brought to the notice of the House the alleged killings of 97 Nigerians by Cameroonian terrorists, Hon. A. E. Johnson (Edo) rose to second the first leg of the motion, Hon. Ishiaka (Ogun) seconded the second leg to set aside rules of the House. Hon. Kolawole in moving the motion stated that that some Nigerians had recently been killed in the Bakasi peninsula for not paying levy for fishing activities, this is despite the peace pact existing between Nigeria and Cameroon. This has become an ugly development that if not checked will lead to emboldening these acts of impunity. He Requested the House as the direct Representatives of the Nigerian people to condemn the killing, investigate the matter, invite the Minister of foreign affairs to brief the House on what is being done to stop the continued killing which has spread to Akwa Ibom and OndoStates, seek compensation for victims of the horrendous crime and observe a minute silence for the departed souls. Hon. Nnenna Elendu Ukeje (Abia) seconded the prayers, but however noted that the 97 deaths are still alleged and confirmation is needed before the hardest and decisive actions are taken. On this premise the Speaker suggested the prayers be amended to reflect the certain position on ground. Hon. Adamu Kamale (Adamawa) pointed out that being a Member from a border region, it is sad that all the villages ceded to Cameroon have been demarcated while those to Nigeria are still porous, he asked the House to ask the Boundary Commission to ensure demarcation of all committees to avert dispute. Hon. Agunsoye Rotimi (Lagos) pointed out that since the speculation is about the number not on the fact that some Nigerians were indeed killed, 1, 10 or 97, action needs to be taken to ensure the life of all Nigerians worldwide are taken seriously. Chairman, Rules and Business, Hon. Oker Jeff (Benue) stated that even the issue of death is in speculation, he advised that the prayer for one minute silence be suspended till it is ascertained, Deputy Chairman Rules and Business seconded the motion by Hon. Jeff, it was voted and passed as an investigative motion to the House Committee of Foreign Affairs
2. Hon. Chidoka Obinna (Anambra) moved the motion, Hon. Chris Azubogu (Anambra) seconded the first leave of the Motion, Hon. Yusuf Yakubu Buba (Adamawa) seconded the second leave. Hon. Chidoka called for the inclusion of Anambra State to the list of beneficiaries of flooding relief funds recently released by the Federal Government as the State also suffered wide range of devastation as a result of extensive rain. He prayed the House to direct NEMA to extend the funds to Anambra and visit the State to assess the damage, Hon. Babajimi (Lagos) seconded, Hon. Aliyu Ahman Pategi (Kwara) suggested an amendment that the Minister of Finance should brief the House through the Committee of Finance how the modalities of the funds release was Proceeded, Hon. Shehu Garba seconded the amendment, Hon. Chris (Anambra) also proposed an amendment to prayer one not to restrict it to the Federal Government but any Arm of Government that were involved in excluding of Anambra State.
PRESENTATION OF BILLS
1.Nigeria Customs Service Bill, 2017 (HB. 1074) (Senate) (Leader) — First Reading.
2.Federal Roads Authority Bill, 2017 (HB. 1075) (Senate) (Leader) — First Reading.
PRESENTATION OF REPORTS
1.Committee on Justice:
Hon. Razak Atunwa:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Justice on a Bill for an Act to Make it Mandatory for the National Assembly to Scrutinise and Approve Statutory Instrument before it becomes enforceable and for Related Matters (HB. 13)” (Referred: 8/10/2015).
2.Committee on Justice:
Hon. Razak Atunwa:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Justice on a Bill for an Act to make Provision for a Standard Scale of Fines and Financial Penalties Imposed by Courts, Tribunals and Other Statutory Instruments and for Related Matters (HB. 642)” (Referred: 22/11/2016).
Hon. Benson (Rivers) moved to presented the report of the House Committee of Justice, Hon. Albert (Osun) seconded
3.Committee on Electoral and Political Party Matters:
Hon. Aishatu Jibril Dukku:
“That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Electoral and Political Party Matters on a Bill for an Act to Further Amend the Electoral Act, No. 6 of 2010 and for Matters Connected Therewith (HBs 165, 174, 220, 429,468, 484, 809 and 966)” (Referred:4/5/2016).
Hon. Aisha (Gombe) moved to present the report of the Committee on Electoral matters, Hon. Jega (Kebbi) seconded the motion.
ORDERS OF THE DAY
1.A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Assembly Budget and Research Office which shall provide the National Assembly with Objective, Timely and Non-Partisan Analysis Needed for Economic and Budget Decisions and for Other Related Matters (HB. 377) (Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila) — Third Reading.
Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno (Borno) as the Acting leader, moved the Bill be read a third time, Deputy Chairman Rules and Business seconded, it was passed.
2.A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 and Re-enact the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act to Provide Measures for the Prevention and Prohibition of Money Laundering in Nigeria and for Other Related Matters (HBs 390 and 410) (Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok) — Second Reading.
Hon. Gyang Pwajok (Plateau) moved for the second reading, seconded by Hon. Nnena (Abia). In leading the debate Hon. Pwajok (Plateau) stated that the absence of the House Leader puts him in a lacuna as his Bill contradicts some parts of the Executive Bill which the Leader was supposed to sponsor, while the 2 bills were merged, some salient areas still exist, one among many is the possession and non-declaration of excess cash, possession is not a crime, but the non-disclosure and these should be clarified. He Appealed that the grey area need to be clarified so it doesn’t look like the National Assembly is frustrating the Executive anti-corruption Bill. Hon. Oker Jeff (Benue) as Chairman Rules and Business said the Bills have been merged and Hon. Pwajok should argue his knowledge of the Bill and not be seen to uplift one part and dispute another. Hon. Tahir (Borno) stated his support for the Bill in its attempt to further discourage the incidents of money laundering through Financial Institutions. Hon. AE Johnson (Edo) stated that he had brought a similar Bill before the House some months back, but the consolidated Bill doesn’t seem to reflect his input. He stated that the Bill is critical to fighting corruption in financial institutions such as banks. Hon. Leo Ogor (Delta) stated that if not properly managed, money laundering can ruin any nation and the merit of the Bill clearly seeks to check money laundering but it draws its origin from foreign examples and there is the need at the Committee level to domesticate the issues raised to reflect the realities in Nigeria. Hon. Garba Shehu stated that Nigeria as a nation has very weak anti-corruption Laws that check mostly only electronic cash transactions and not that of physical cash. This Bill he stated will aid the Executive Arm of Government to be able to domesticate the Bill and apply it to the Nigerian scenario. Hon. Toby Okechukwu (Enugu) stressed the need to enact the Bill into Law as it helps to not only fight corrupt acts and individuals, but corruption as an institution and the Bill seeks to be a strong policy against corruption that can stand the test of time. Hon. Nnenna (Abia) stated that upon all the efforts Nigeria has invested in fighting money laundering; the proceeds of this laundering has been proven to sponsor terrorism, and as a nation grappling with the ill effects of insurggency, Nigeria cannot afford to have weak Laws to tackle the proceeds of illicit funds. As a progressive House, it behoves on them to lead the charge to empowering the Executive to fight corruption. South Africa she stated has been accepted into the International body that tracks and fights corrupt and illicit funds worldwide, Egypt is on its way to being admitted while Nigeria has had her application rejected once due to the lack of enabling local Laws operational in Her financial system and institutions, a review of her submission is coming up, all should be done to ensure Nigeria is not turned down again. The Bill was voted and committed to House Committee on financial crimes
3. A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration to provide, among other things, for its Functions and other Matters Relating to Educational Planning and Administration in Nigeria and for Related Matters (HB. 1030) (Hon. Oluwole Oke) — Second Reading.
Hon Oluwole Oke (Osun) moved the Bill be read a second time, The Deputy Minority Leader seconded. Hon. Oke stated that the Institute was set up to train high level manpower and has been drawing funds and operating without enacting Laws governing it, it has no legal backing and International partners are worried, the Bill seeks to legalize and regularize the functions of the Institute, the question was asked and passed for the second reading, referred to House Committee on education and tertiary services.
4. A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Cotton, Textile and Garment (CTG) Development Council to Provide for the Promotion and Facilitation of Cotton Production, Marketing and Standardization, Investment in Cotton Value Chain, Textiles and Garments as a Panacea to Achieving Self-Sufficiency in Cotton, Textiles and Garment Industry in Nigeria and for Related Matters (HB. 1003) (Hon. Abubakar Husaini Moriki) — Second Reading.
Hon. Abubakar Moriki (Zamfara) moved that the Bill be read a second time, Hon. Shuaibu Abdurahman (Adamawa) seconded. Hon. Abubakar Moriki said the Bill is in realization of the critical role cotton plays in the garment industry of Nigeria, the cotton policy in the 1970s was on the verge of greatness as it had become a money spinning machinery to the Government and people of Nigeria when in 1986 the policy was regrettably abolished which made farmers stop cultivating cotton, the revenue dwindled and the textile industry became comatose. All efforts to relativize the textile industry has been both short-lived and seemed to lack sincerity which all ended in failure. He therefore prayed the House to pass the Bill to provide a legal framework so that a created institution or council should coordinate efforts at cotton and textile revival, provide a platform for International collaboration for trade and development of cotton. Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Yusuf Lasun (Osun) stated that cotton can be traced to be the root of the growth of the economies of the wealthiest countries as agriculture is the only industry whose development brings to the fore the solution of many social ills. Hon. Lasun prayed the Bill to be all encompassing to include all of agriculture and not just cotton cultivation. Hon. Munir Babba (Kano) stressed that taking agricultural issues lightly will be detrimental to Nigeria and Her large population in the bid to feed, export and gain foreign exchange. He called on the present Government to carry on with some of the revolutionary policies of the last regime. He stated that after visiting Sudan and Ethopia, he has come to the sad conclusion that Nigeria seems to be unserious and paying lip service to agricultural development, no practicability compliments the many words spoken towards improving agriculture. The question was put, voted and passed for the second reading, it was referred to the House Committee on Industry.
5. A Bill for an Act to Affirm the Rights of a Citizen of Nigeria to Full Consideration for Public Appointments and for Related Matters (HB. 1000) (Hon. Mojeed Alabi) — Second Reading.
Hon. Mojeed Alabi (Osun) moved that the Bill be read a second time, Hon. Solomon Karen (Plateau) seconded. In leading the debate, Hon. Alabi stated that the Bill is not meant to try and amend aspects of the Constitution but to stress the importance of the provisions of the constitution and it doesn’t cover every public officer, but to stress the right to non-discrimination and all Nigerians should be able to have access to all opportunities in Nigeria. The Bill seeks to tackle the problem with the application of Federal Character principle to ensure that the best hands from where opportunities are zoned to get it, not the most highly connected. Hon. Kingsley Chinda (Rivers) raised a point of order on the Bill from the title, to the second part of the Bill that is covered by Chapter 4 of the Constitution. The issue of Federal character is also covered by the Bill, he prayed the Bill be withdrawn and the sponsor looks at it critically. Hon. Alabi then raised a counter point of order on specific terms that can be altered by his proposed Bill. Hon. Monguno (Borno) through his point of order countered Hon. Alabi pointing out that any Law contradicting any provision of the constitution is dead on proposal. The Speaker put the question to a voice vote and the Bill was stepped down.
6.Need to Cover the Open Drains and Culverts on Highways in Abuja to Reduce Accidents:
Hon. O. K. Chinda:
Notes the existence of many open drains and culverts on major highways in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja which pose great risks and danger to pedestrians and motorists, particularly at night and during rainfalls when visibility is reduced;
Aware that some of the major highways where those open drains and culverts are commonly found include the Lugbe-Airport Road; the Abuja-Kubwa Expressway; the Abuja-Nyanya Road, A.Y.A – Kubwa Express Road, among others;
Also aware that while there are set global standards for road and drainage construction, the practice of leaving drains and culverts uncovered on major highways as we have in FCT, Abuja falls short of current global standards and international best practices;
(i)urge the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to urgently take steps to ensure that all open drains and culverts on the highways in the FCT, Abuja are covered; and
(ii)mandate the Committees on Works, Federal Capital Territory, and Legislative Compliance to report the level of compliance within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.
Hon. Chinda (Rivers) moved the motion, Hon. Ogbaga (Ebonyi) seconded, the question was put to a voice vote and passed.
7.Call on the Federal Government to Establish a Polytechnic in Oyo State:
Hon. Olajide Olatubosun:
Notes that there are twenty-eight (28) Federal Polytechnics spread across the Country and their locations clearly manifest a deliberate policy by successive Administrations to ensure a fair and equitable distribution among the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation;
Aware that Oyo State is a pacesetter and power house in Western Education in Africa, but concerned that in spite of that excellent profile, successive Administrations have failed to establish a Federal Polytechnic in Oyo State, a situation that places indigenes and residents of the State at a disadvantaged position in their quest for admission into Federal Polytechnics due to the fact that the policy of “Catchment Area” is a prioritized criterion in admission into the Institutions;
Believes that the establishment of a Federal Polytechnic in Oyo State will give indigenes and residents of the State a sense of belonging, promote national cohesion and integration and also provide them more opportunities of acquiring higher education;
(i)urge the Federal Government to consult with the Government of Oyo State with a view to establishing a Federal Polytechnic in Oyo State; and
(ii)mandate the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to liaise with the Federal Ministries of Education and Finance, the National Board for Technical Education and other stakeholders to ensure compliance.
Hon. Olajide (Oyo) moved, Hon. Lego (Kwara) seconded, the Speaker of the House asked to clarify a hint that construction work has started in Oyo, so that the House doesn’t pass the motion in ignorance. Hon. Odebunmi (Oyo) stated that he knows of no such work being done. Hon. Shaheed and Olasubo (both from Oyo) suggested it be stepped down till the news is verified, the motion was stepped down by the leave of the House
8.Call for Dualization of Ilorin-Abuja Highway and Construction of a Rail Line:
Hon. Aliyu B. Ahman-Pategi:
Aware that all the states of the Federation that border the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have direct dualized road access to the capital city except Kwara which though not directly bordering it is still relatively close;
Notes that access to the capital city from Kwara is mainly through Bida in Niger State and Lokoja in Kogi State, both of which entail seven hours of commuting which can significantly be cut down to about two and half hours if a road is constructed from Ilorin through Okeoyi – Patigi – Kpada – Baro- Giri/Airport junction in the capital city and it will also reduce the huge traffic competing for access on the Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa segment of the Ibadan-Kaduna highway;
Also notes that the new route will create a vital and alternate gateway in times of emergency as it happened when the Niger bridge at Lokoja was flooded in 2012;
Further notes the desirability of construction of a rail line along the proposed route to fit into the ongoing national rail network which will link the capital city with Lagos port through Ilorin and the Baro Inland Port and will significantly impact on costs and valuable time currently being spent on road travels and also ease the movement of goods;
(i)call on the Federal Ministry of Works, Housing and Power to initiate a design for the construction of a highway through Ilorin-Okeoyi-Patigi-Kpada-Baro-Giri/Airport road, Abuja and include it in the 2018 budget proposal;
(ii)also call on the Federal Ministry of Transportation to initiate a design for a rail line along the same route for inclusion in the same budget circle; and
(iii)mandate the Committees on Works, and Land Transport to ensure implementation and report back in eight weeks for further legislative action.
Hon. Pategi (Kwara) moved the motion, Hon. Chukwuka Onyema, Deputy Minority Leader, (Anambra) seconded the motion, as a motion on infrastructure, the question was put to a voice vote and passed.
9.Illegal Concession of some Public Enterprises through the Approval of the Federal Executive Council in Violation of the Public Enterprises (Privatization and Commercialization) Act, 1999:
Hon. Mark T. GbillahHon. Abdulrazak S. NamdasHon. Ochiglegor Idagbo:
Notes that the National Council on Privatization is the only Federal Government body empowered by Section 11 of the Public Enterprises (Privatization and Commercialization) Act, 1999 to approve the Privatisation and Commercialization of Public Enterprises;
Also notes that before the expiration of its four-year tenure two years ago, the National Council on privatization, in exercise of the powers conferred on it by Sections 2 and 3 of the Public Enterprises (Privatization and Commercialization) Act, 1999 proposed the commercialization of the under listed public Enterprises by concession:
(i)the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja,
(ii)the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos,
(iii)the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano,
(iv)the Port Harcourt International Airport, and
(v)the Nigerian Railway Corporation;
Aware that in the absence of a formally Constituted and inaugurated National Council of Privatization, the Federal Executive Council in violation of the provisions of Section 11 of the Public Enterprises (Privatization and Commercialization) Act, 1999 approved the concession of the Nigerian Railway Corporation narrow gauge lines to GE of United States of America and also the concession of four National Airports, namely: Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International, Airport, Lagos, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano and the Port Harcourt International Airport;
Further aware that the House Committee on Privatization and Commercialization of the 8th Assembly investigated the attempt by the NNPC to engage investors to rehabilitate the 3 NNPC Refineries situated at Kaduna, Warri and Port Harcourt without the involvement of the Bureau of Public Enterprise or approval of the National Council of Privatization in violation of the provisions of the Public Enterprises (Privatization and Commercialization) Act, 1999 and directed that the process be halted until the formal constitution and inauguration of the NCP for due process to be followed;
Worried that despite the Resolution of the House, the Federal Executive Council has without the NCP and BPE or compliance with due process, continued to make decisions on Privatization and Commercialization of public enterprises;
Concerned that non-adherence to provisions of the Act of parliament by the Federal Executive Council is tantamount to executive lawlessness and impunity and the continued approvals for the concession of public enterprises in violation of section 11 of the Public Enterprises (Privatization and Commercialization) Act, 1999 if not checked, will result in loss of investors’ confidence in the Federal Government’s Privatization Programme and encourage corruption and lack of transparency;
(i)urge the Federal Government to ensure that any further Concession, Privatization and Commercialization of Public Enterprises is in strict adherence to the provisions of the Public Enterprises (Privatization and Commercialization) Act, 1999;
(ii)also urge the Federal Government to stop every process of Concession, privatization and commercialization of any public enterprise that was initiated without the approval of a formally constituted and inaugurated National Council of Privatization; and
(iii)mandate the Committee on Privatization and Commercialization to investigate the legality of the approval of the Federal Executive Council to engage AGIP for the rehabilitation and operation of Warri Refinery, concession of the NRC narrow gauge lines to GE of USA and the Federal Ministry of Aviation processes for the concession of the (4) National Airports, i.e. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano and Port Harcourt International Airport and make recommendations to the House within two weeks.
Hon. Mark (Benue) moved the motion, Hon. Austin (Imo) seconded. In leading the debate, Hon. Mark stated that the body (National Council of Privatization) to handle concessions was only recently approved, but concessions had begun prior to setting up the Council in violation to Acts of Parliament. H then Prayed the support of the House to stop the tide of impunity by the Executive Arm of Government. Hon. Lego (Kwara), Hon. Kolawol, Hon. Namdas (Adamawa), Hon. Ogbaga (Ebonyi) Hon. Gudaji Kazaure (Jigawa) supported the Motion and condemned what they termed as Executive rascality on the part of the Federal Government and blatant disregard for the rule of Law. Hon. Ogbaga Sylvester asked the Federal Government to ascertain the level of compliance to the laid down provisions on privatization, Hon. Solomon Maren (Plateau) seconded the amendment, the Motion was passed as amended after a voice vote.
10.Call for Removal of Abandoned Shipwrecks from the Waterways:
Hon. Randolph Iwo Oruene BrownHon. Boma Goodhead
Hon. Abiante Awaji-Inombek D.:
Notes that Nigeria derives immense benefits from its maritime industry which is a major source of revenue from import and export activities at the sea ports and waterways which is also a means of transportation and livelihood for those living in the coastal States who do not have direct access to their communities by land;
Aware that the waterways have been polluted and are now dumping ground for abandoned shipwrecks as can be seen in the situation of upper and lower reaches of Bonny estuary in Rivers State where no fewer than thirty (30) shipwrecks were abandoned, thus constituting risks for both artisanal and commercial users and resulting, among others, in Nigeria losing lots of communities, beaches and mangroves owing to erosion activities caused by the tidal influence occasioned by blockage of the waterways by abandoned shipwrecks;
Also aware that in the last five (5) years, no fewer than 318 wreckages have occurred, over 49 boat mishaps recorded with an average of 214 people losing their lives between Bonny estuary and its adjoining creeks and tributaries;
Concerned that the existence of agencies like the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) that are saddled with the responsibility of managing the waterways have not deterred the abandonment of shipwrecks on the waterways;
Also concerned that the funds released in 2013 for the removal of the shipwrecks may not have been effectively utilized as the menace is increasing by the day;
(i)urge the Federal Government to take steps to ensure that all shipwrecks in the waterways are removed without further delay to enhance safety and speedy activities in the Nation’s Maritime operations as well as reduce potential risks of loss of lives, properties, and communities, thereby enhancing revenue generation from the maritime sector;
(ii)mandate the Committees on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, and Ports, Harbours and Waterways to investigate the issue of shipwrecks, sweeping of the waterways and the management of funds released for that purpose in 2013 and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.
Hon. Randolph (Rivers) moved the motion, Hon. Olasubo (Oyo) seconded, as an investigative motion, the question was put to a voice vote and passed.
11.Need to Investigate the Activities of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Concerning the Renewal of Nursing License:
Hon. Oladele Olatunbosun George:
Notes the vital roles of nurses in the health care delivery process and for any Nurse to practice, he or she must be licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria which is a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Health saddled with such responsibility under the Nursing and Midwifery (Registration, etc.) Act, Cap. N143, Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004;
Also notes that there are many nurses practicing in both private and public health institutions whose licenses have expired and have not been removed or who have never been licensed to practice at all;
Concerned about allegations of delay by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria in the renewal process of licenses of nurses some of which last for over a year. When it is known that it is illegal for an unlicensed nurse to treat or offer services to a patient in any health care facility under any guise;
Also concerned that patients are at risk of being treated by uncertified nursing practitioners, leading to unpleasant health consequences, complications and even death in some instances;
Cognizant of the urgent need to take a critical look at the process of renewal of licenses and evaluation of the practice of nursing in Nigeria with a view to restoring the globally acceptable standard while ensuring quality delivery in our health institutions;
Mandate the Committee on Healthcare Services to investigate the activities of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria in the area of issuance and renewal of nursing licenses with a view to ensuring due and speedy process and report back within eight (8) weeks for further legislative action.
Hon. George (Oyo) moved the motion and Hon. Solomon Mahreen (Plateau) seconded, as an investigative motion, the question was put to a voice vote and passed
12.Need to Curb Incidents of Damage to Cars by Gravels Falling from Over-Filled Truck:
Hon. Abubakar A. Yunusa:
Notes that heavy trucks that are usually used to transport gravels, rocks and other debris from one place to the other are often overfilled and have no covers with the drivers moving with reckless abandon;
Aware of numerous cases of gravels and other debris falling from the trucks and injuring pedestrians or damaging other vehicles plying the roads and the victims are not able to get any relief because the truck drivers, on realizing the damage they have caused, usually speed off to escape from the scene;
Also ware that there are usually no signs on the trucks to alert people of their contents as a result of which they constitute even more hazards on the roads;
Mandate the Committee on Federal Road Safety Commission to liaise with the Federal Road Safety Commission to work out modalities to ensure that vehicles carrying gravels and other debris are not overfilled, and are also properly covered as well as carry bold signs to alert people of their contents in order to avoid their falling off and injuring people or damage other vehicles.
The Motion was stepped down due to the absence of the sponsor
13.Call for Rehabilitation and Integration of the 115 Chibok School Girls Released by the Boko Haram Insurgents:
Hon. Adamu D. U. Kamale:
Notes that on the 14 April, 2014, 276 Chibok School girls were abducted at the Government Secondary School Chibok by the Boko Haram insurgents;
Also notes that during the abduction, 57 of the schools girls luckily escaped among them were; Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu who were recently hosted by the president of the United States on their graduation from Canyonville Academy in Oregon, United Sates of America;
Aware that as a result of concerted efforts by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Internal Committee of the Red Cross, 21 of the abducted school girls were released on Thursday, 13 October, 2016 and thereafter on 7 May, 2017 another 82 of the school girls were releases totaling 115 girls with two others found by the Nigerian Armed Forces;
Cognizant that the release of the Chibok School girls brought joy to Nigerians and the outside world as their freedom is correlated with the success of the Nigerian Army over the insurgents and also rekindled hope and confidence of Nigerians in the ability of the Federal Government to overcome the insurgents;
Disturbed that with the release of the 115 Chiboks School girls in 2016 and this year, the Federal Government of Nigeria has not drawn any programme for their Rehabilitation and integration;
Worried that the 115 rescued Chiboks School girls were kept in concentration camp under the condition that dampens their morals to overcome the trauma inflicted by the insurgents;
Convinced that the implementation of the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme by the Federal Government of Nigeria has helped in the rehabilitation, integration and development of the Niger Delta Youths to higher status as some of them have graduated from various Universities both within and outside the Country;
Also convinced that the rescued 115 Chiboks School girls that are camped are capable of making Nigeria proud as their colleagues, Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu who are opportuned to have proceeded with their studies in the United States of America;
(i)urge the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports, Women Affairs and Presidential Committee on North East Initiatives to draw a comprehensive programme for the rehabilitation and integration of the 115 Chibok school girls.
(ii)mandate the Committees on Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs), Refugees and Initiative on North East Zone, Youth Development, and Women Affairs to ascertain the conditions and prospects of the 115 chibok school girls released by the insurgents and report back within 4 weeks.
The Motion was stepped down due to the absence of the sponsor
Deputy Chairman, Rules and Business moved for the remaining items be stepped down.
CONSIDERATION OF REPORT
14.Committee on Health Institutions:
Hon. Betty Apiafi:
“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Health Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Regulate the Medical Residency Training Programme in Nigeria and for Other Related Matters (HB. 982) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 8/6/2017).
The Acting Leader (Hon. Monguno (Borno) ) moved for Adjournment and the Acting Chairman Rules and Business seconded, the House stands adjourned.