House of Representatives Plenary Today Tuesday, 23/1/2018

House of Representatives Plenary Today Tuesday, 23/1/2018

Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Tuesday, January 23, 2018, The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara presiding

After the Speaker led the opening prayer, he went on to examine and adopt plenary votes and proceedings for Thursday, December 18, 2018

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

​Report of the Conference Committee on Environmental Managers Registration Council of Nigeria:

Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Establish the Environmental Managers Registration Council of Nigeria; and for Related Matters.

Report of the Conference Committee on Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill, 2018:

Hon. Jones Chukwudi Onyereri:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Bankruptcy Act, Cap. B2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill, 2018; and for Related Matters.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

BILLS

1.​ Consolidation of Bills:

(a)​ A Bill for an Act to Amend the Animal Diseases (Control) Act, Cap. A17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to increase some Penalties; and for Related Matters (HB. 682) (Hon. Ahmed Babba Kaita); and

(b)​ A Bill for an Act to Amend the Animal Diseases (Control) Act, Cap. A17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Provide for the Establishment and Maintenance of Electronic Animal Identification System throughout the Federation; and for Related Matters (HB. 1268) (Hon. Ali J. C Isa).

A Bill for an Act to Amend the West African Examinations Council Act, Cap. W4, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Provide for Strict Penalties for Contraveners of the Act; and for Related Matters (HB. 1264) (Hon. Aliyu Bahago Ahman-Pategi) – Second Reading.

A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Orientation Agency Act, Cap. N64, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to be Independent from the Ministry of Information and Receive Funding directly from the Federal Government; and for Related Matters (HB. 1266) (Hon. Sergius Ogun) – Second Reading.

Hon. Sergius Ogun Sponsored the Bill, Hon. Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma seconded it. While leading the debate, Hon. Ogun stated that the Bill seeks to ensure the Nigerian identity does not go extinct. It seeks to strengthen the Capacity of the National Orientation Agency in order to strengthen the Nigerian identity, especially in the rural areas. He argued the importance of translating important messages and policy statements into indigenous Nigerian languages so as to ensure the dissemination of important messages to all and sundry.

MOTIONS

Rescission on a Bill for an Act to Establish National Agency for Ethics and Values, to provide for the Functions and Powers of the Agency, the Qualifications and Procedures for the Appointment of the Chairman and Members and for Related Matters, Pursuant to Order One, Rule 1(2) and Order Nine, Rule 1(6) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.

Hon. Odebunmi Olusegun Dokun

The House:

Notes that the Bill for an Act to Establish National Agency for Ethics and Values to provide for the functions and powers of the Agency, the qualifications and procedures for the appointment of the Chairman and members; and for related matters was passed on 17 October 2017;

Also notes that Clause 2(d) of the Bill was pre-emptive as it made reference to a non-existing Act, and allowing the said Clause to stand will mislead the public as to the intent and purpose of the Bill;

Resolves to:

Rescind the decision on Clause 2(d) of the Bill for an Act to establish National Agency for Ethics and Values to provide for the functions and powers of the Agency, the qualifications and procedures for the appointment of the Chairman and members, and for related matters and recommit Clause 2(d) of the Bill to the Committee of the Whole for reconsideration.

Motion stepped down by leave of the House

Need for Assistance to the People of Abandari in Jigawa State:

Hon. Ibrahim Abdullahi Dutse:

The House:

Notes the devastating fire disaster which occurred sometime this January, 2018 in Abandari, a village in Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State which led to loss of properties and crops in farmlands worth millions of Naira;

Aware that the village has a population of over two hundred thousand inhabitants, who are predominantly farmers and have been displaced by the fire and left without farm produce for sale or food to eat;

Concerned that the farmers may not be able to continue farming in the devastated condition they have found themselves, if drastic action is not taken to ameliorate the sufferings of the people and bring them back to a reasonably rehabilitated state to be able to go back to farming;

Believes that relief materials are needed for those displaced people who have lost their homes and farm produce;

Resolves to:

(i) urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief materials for the affected community to ameliorate their sufferings;

(ii)​mandate the Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness to ensure implementation.

Hon. Ibrahim moved the Motion, Hon. Hassan Abubakar seconded it.

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

Committee on Electoral and Political Party Matters:

​Hon. Aishatu Jibril Dukku:

“That the House do consider 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) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 13/7/2017).

Report of the Conference Committee on Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill, 2018:

Hon. Jones Chukwudi Onyereri:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Bankruptcy Act, Cap. B2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill, 2018; and for Related Matters and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 23/1/2018).

Committee on Power:

​Hon. Daniel Asuquo:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Power on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission Meter Reading, Billing, Cash Collection and Credit Management for Electricity Supplies Regulations No. 42 of 2007 to Address Matters Relating to Outstanding Liability of Electricity Bills in Rented Apartments; and for Related Matters (HB. 510) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 23/11/2017).

Committee on Capital Market and Institutions:

​Hon. Yusuf Ayo Tajudeen:

“That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Capital Market and Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Facilitate the Development of Nigeria’s Capital Market by Enabling the Conversion and Re-Registration of the Nigerian Stock Exchange from a Company Limited by Guarantee to a Public Company Limited by Shares; and for Related Matters (HB. 983) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 21/11/2017).

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