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FOURTH REPUBLIC 8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (2015-2019) THIRD SESSION NO. 186 1059

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Thursday, 7 June, 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. Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1494) (Executive) – First Reading. 2. Patient Safety Agency of Nigeria (Establishment etc.) Bill, (HB. 1498) (Hon. Yakubu Dogara) – First Reading. 3. Nigeria Independent Warehouse Regulatory Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1495) (Hon. Chukwudi Onyereri) – First Reading. 4. Medical Laboratory Science Council Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1496) (Hon. Betty Apiafi) – First Reading. 5. Federal Polytechnic, Kwale (Establishment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1497) (Hon. Ossai N. Ossai) – Second Reading. PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

1. Report of Conference Committee Hon. E. Y. Orker Jev: “That the House do receive the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of the National Transport Commission as an Independent Multi-Modal Regulator for the Regulated Transport Industry Sectors; and for Related Matters”.

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2. Committee on Aids, Loans and Debts Management: Hon. Adeyinka Ajayi: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Aids, Loans and Debts Management on the Request for the Establishment of a Promissory Note Programme and a Bond Issuance to Settle Inherited Local Debts and Contractual Obligations Pursuant to Order Twelve Rules 2(C) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.

3. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by D. D Pantu and Associates: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by D. D Pantu and Associates against the Managing Director, African Steel Mill Limited on his abandonment as a victim of an Industrial Accident by his Employer” (Referred:30/11/2017). 4. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Aggrieved Foreign Trained Medical Doctors: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Aggrieved Foreign Trained Medical Doctors against Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) on the consistent act of injustice meted on them”(Referred:30/11/2017). 5. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Goddy Osa I.: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Goddy Osa I. against the Nigeria Police Academy on the Injustice meted on him by the Management” (Referred:12/10/2017). 6. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Babagana Ibrahim and Others: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Babagana Ibrahim and Others against the Federal Ministry of Finance on the Non-compliance with the Government Directives and the Court Order” (Referred:5/11/2017). 7. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by V. E. Otomiewo and Co on behalf of Mr. Wilson Nikoro and 7 Others: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by V. E. Otomiewo and Co. on behalf of Mr. Willson Nikoro and 7 Others on the Breach of Public Trust with the Brazen and Illegal conversion of the Land of the Uviwie People purportedly acquired for Public purposes into Private Property by some unscrupulous Soldiers through the Instrumentality of the Nigerian Army Property Limited” (Referred: 19/5/2016). 8. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Lewali Nigeria Limited: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Lewali Nigeria Limited against the Managing Director Nigeria Agip Oil Company on the Alleged Termination of Contracts Awarded to Messrs Lewali Nigeria Limited” (Referred: 26/4/2017).
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9. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Asoloko Jonathan: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Asoloko Jonathan against the Management of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on the none implementation of the House of Representatives Committee Report that bothers on the issue of Committee of Appointment ” (Referred: 10/10/2017).

10. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Akinbode Oluwafemi (Nigeria Tobacoo Control Alliance): “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Akinbode Oluwafemi (Nigeria Tobacoo Control Alliance) against the British American Tobacco Nigeria Limited (BATN) and other Tobacco Companies that illegally benefited from the Export Expansion Grant (EEG) Scheme in the form of Tax Waivers Grant and other benefits between 2004 and 2014” (Referred: 11/7/2017)..

11. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Bamiloye Temitope Abiodun: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Bamiloye Temitope Abiodun against the Nigerian Customs Service on the wrongful dismissal from service as Marine Inspector of Customs” (Referred:22/11/2016).

12. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by DCC Ogonnaya Akpuru: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by DCC Ogonnaya Akpuru against the Federal Road Safety Commission on Non-Promotion after several years of service on the same rank” (Referred:15/6/2017).

13. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Onyeme, Ejime Paul: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Onyeme, Ejime Paul against the Federal Judicial Service Commission for Job Re-instatment (Referred: 26/1/2016)

14. Committee on Public Petitions Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: Petition by Okugie, Ndukwe Nelson: “That the House do receive the report of the Committee on Public Petitions on the Petition by Okugie, Ndukwe Nelson against NIPOST on sustained refusal to comply with National Assembly resolution to recall him to duty” (Referred: 1/5/2017).

ORDERS OF THE DAY BILLS 1. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Provisions of the Electoral Act, No. 6, 2010 to further Improve the Electoral Process; and for Related Matters (HB.1425) – Third Reading.

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2. A Bill for an act to Establish the National Small Scale Business Development Loan Scheme to Design and Implement a Loan Scheme for Small Scale Business Enterprises all over the Nation; and for Related Matters (HB. 1466) (Hon. Anayo Nnebe) – Second Reading. 3. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Federal College of Education, Ejigbo to Provide full-time Courses of Teaching, Instruction and Training in Technology, Applied Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Humanity and Management; and to Provide for Appointment of the Provost and other Officers of the College to carry out the Administration and Discipline of Students of the College; and for Related Matters (HB. 1436) (Hon. Mojeed Alabi) — Second Reading.

MOTIONS

4. Discharge of Committees from Referrals on Bills, Pursuant to Order Seventeen, Rule 3 (g) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives: Hon. E. Y. Orker Jev:

The House: Notes that the following Bills were read a Second time in 2017 and referred to the underlisted Committees for legislative actions: S/no. Title of Bills Date Committee 1. Pre-Natal and Post Natal Health Services Bill, 2016 (HB.717)
27/4/2017 Healthcare Services
2. (HB. 1067) Federal University of Education, Nsugbe (Establishment) Bill, 2017

25/7/2017 Tertiary Education and Services

Aware that the Committees are yet to present Reports on the Bills, contrary to the provisions of Order Seventeen, Rule 3 (g) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives, to wit: “Any matter referred to any Committee shall be treated within 30 days otherwise the Committee shall stand discharged after 60 days and the matter committed to the Committee of the Whole for consideration”; Resolves to: Discharge the Committees from the Bills and commit same to the Committee of the Whole for consideration. 5. A Call to Address the Plight of Victims of Fire Disaster/Rain Storm in Tarmuwa And Gulani Local Government Areas of Yobe State: Hon. Abdullahi Usman Kukuwa:

The House Notes that on May 20, 2018, there was a fire outbreak at Lantaiwa in Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State which left over 250 houses destroyed; Also notes that on May 27, 2018, rainstorm wreaked havoc in various communities in Gulani LGA; which includes Bumsa, Gabai, Njibilwa, and Ngurum where about 530 houses were affected and 2 persons lost their lives in the incident;
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Concerned that the fire outbreak and rainstorm caused extensive damage and left in its wake, several houses, food reserves, farmlands worth millions of naira destroyed and rendered hundreds of people homeless, among whom are pregnant women, children and the elderly; Aware that the affected areas represent the food basket of Yobe State; Worried that the displaced persons are stranded and living like refugees in their own land, without livelihood, shelter and other basic human needs as a result of the fire outbreak and rainstorm; Resolves to: (i) Urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to assess the level of damage caused by the incident and urgently provide shelter and relief materials to the affected families and assist in rehabilitating them;

(ii) Mandate the Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness to ensure compliance and report back within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.

6. Devastating Windstorm at Gwandu/ Jega Town of Gwandu/Aleiro/Jega Federal Constituency: Hon. Mohammed Umar Jega: The House Notes that terrible windstorm had occurred on Thursday 24 May, 2018 and devastated Unguwar Madi town and it’s environ (Akalawa and Bamungade villages) in Jega Local Government Area of kebbi state; Also notes that another rainstorm occurred Tuesday, June 5 2018 at Gwandu and Kambaza towns in Gwandu Local Government Area, which resulted in four (4) death and many others sustained various degrees of injury and are receiving treatment at the Gwandu General Hospital; Further notes that as a result of the dangerous storm, roofs of most houses in the area blew off, economic trees grounded, equally schools and hospital were affected; Concerned that the situation has caused untold hardship for the indigenes and inhabitants of these towns as basic necessities like food, water, shelters and healthcare are now lacking; Worried that the pathetic situation and suffering being experienced by the victims call for concern and indeed government’s assistance; Aware that Kebbi state is one of the frontline States for the Great Green Walls interventions; Also aware that the primary responsibility of government anywhere in the world is to protect lives and property of its citizen more so in an emergency situation like this; Regrets that if the situation is not addressed, it could degenerate to epidemics, starvation, deaths and destitution; Resolve to: (i) Urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to swiftly attend to the emergency needs of the victims of this deadly storm in Unguwar Madi, Gwandu and Kambaza towns;

(ii) Also urge the National Agency for Great Green Wall to provide shelter belt in the area to mitigate the effect of windstorm within the area in the future;

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(iii) Mandate the Committees on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, and Environment and Habitat to ensure compliance and report back in (4) weeks for further legislative action. 7. Need to Investigate the activities of a Cartel within the Bureau of Public Procurement Involving Fraudulent Manipulation, Abuse and Breach of Public Procurement Act: Hon. AbdulRazak Sa’ad Namdas:

The House: Recalls that the Bureau of Public Procurement is established by the Public Procurement Act 2007 and charged with the responsibility of ensuring the application of fair, competitive and transparent standards and practices for the procurement; and the attainment of transparency, competitiveness, cost effectiveness and professionalism in the public-sector procurement system. Also recalls that the Bureau is further empowered to prevent fraudulent and unfair procurement and review the procurement and award of contract procedures of every entity to which the Public Procurement Act applies; Notes that despite the statutory and sacred responsibilities imposed on the Bureau, recent events reveal that the Bureau has been violating the Public Procurement Act through numerous fraudulent, unfair and non-transparent practices; Also notes that upon conclusion of procurement processes by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for awards within their threshold, the Bureau adopts underhand practices aimed at bringing the bidding process within its reach, hence, the illegal activities of a cartel within the Bureau has prompted pre-qualified but unsuccessful bidders to write petitions to the Bureau against successful bidders; Further notes that upon presentation of the Petition, the Bureau forcefully initiated an Administrative Review Process, suspended the procurement process and invited the contractors and the MDAs for discussions, which eventually became an avenue for extortion of money from the contractor(s). Observes that the action of the Bureau is undermining the budget implementation of the Federal Government and is sabotaging the Nigerian economy and exposing Nigerians to hardship and sufferings; Concerned that if urgent steps are not taken to address the activities of the cartel within the Bureau, it will result in severe damage to the Public Procurement system and to the Budget implementation process. Resolves to: Mandate the Committee on Public Procurement to investigate the improprieties and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.

8. Need to Address the Ecological Catastrophe and Humanitarian Crises in the Lake Chad Basin: Hon. James Abiodun Faleke: The House:
Notes that the Lake Chad Basin Commission was established in 1964 to harness the resources of the lake for aquaculture, potable water for people and livestock and irrigation for agricultural development;
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Also notes that since the establishment of the Commission, the surface area of the Lake, which was more than 26,000 square kilometers, had been decreasing due to increased demand on the lake’s water from the local population as well as shifting climate patterns, and is currently less than 1,400 square kilometers; Concerned that the decrease in surface area has resulted in desertification and a decline in vegetation, causing humans and other natural species in the area to be stressed; Worried that the shrinking of the lake has caused several conflicts as to which countries that border Lake Chad have the rights to the remaining water, consequently leading to increasing violence in the area; Also worried that food insecurity and malnutrition in the region have reached critical levels as reports shows that humanitarian crises across the Lake Chad Basin is one of the world’s most severe and has resulted in mass displacement and migration of people from the region; Also concerned that the allocation of only one billion Naira in the 2017 budget to the Lake Chad Basin Commission is meagre compared to the ecological catastrophe and humanitarian crises in the region; Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Government to make concerted efforts at solving the Ecological catastrophe and Humanitarian crises in the Lake Chad Basin and increase budgetary allocations for the Lake Chad Basin Commission;

(ii) Also urge the Federal Government to make renewed commitment to the protection of the Internally Displaced Persons, provide emergency life -saving assistance and work closely with development partners to address the crises;

(iii) Mandate the Committees on Lake Chad, Climate Change and Water Resources to liaise with the ministries of Environment and Water Resources, and the lake chad Basin Commission and other Development partners to find lasting solutions to the lingering Ecological catastrophe and humanitarian crises in the Lake Chad Basin and report back within eight (8) weeks for further legislative action. 9. Need to Prevent Counterfeiting of Drugs in Nigeria through NAFDAC Mobile Authentication Service (MAS): Hon. Babajimi Benson: The House: Notes that fake drugs undermine every aspect of medical treatment and health care delivery and are a major cause of suffering and death; Concerned that Drug adulteration and counterfeiting has contributed negatively to the wellbeing of Nigerians and the illicit trade has escalated within the Nigerian health care system in recent times; Aware that in 2010, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), in its effort to combat counterfeit drugs, initiated the Mobile Authentication Service (MAS), which allows consumers to send by text message, an authentication code to a designated number approved by NAFDAC to confirm the genuineness of purchased drugs; Also aware that the MAS allowed consumers seeking to buy genuine drugs to scratch a coating on the packaging of the drug to reveal a unique 12 or 13 digit PIN that could be sent by SMS text to a

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short code 38353 and get a response within seconds indicating if the drug is genuine, or potentially fake or stolen; Observes that in recent times, there has been a reduced campaign on this authentication process and most over the counter drugs and infant syrups do not have the unique 12 or 13 digit PIN; Worried that the negligence on the part of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has led to the influx of fake and counterfeit drugs into Nigeria’s drug markets in particular and the health sector in general. Resolves to: (i) Urge the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDACL the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to ensure that the Mobile Authentication Service (MAS) is re-activated and applied to all drugs purchased in Nigeria; (ii) Also urge NAFDAC to, as a matter of urgency, begin a national wide publicity on MAS for the education and enlightenment of the public; (iii) Mandate the Committees on Health Care Services to ensure Compliance.

10. Need for the Judicial Service Committee of the Federal Capital Territory to Comply with the Presidential Directive on the Suspension of 8 Years Tenure Policy for Directors in the Federal Civil Service: Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok:

The House Notes that hitherto, the Federal Civil Service approved and passed a circular making it mandatory for all Directors on GL 17 that have served in capacity as substantive Director for eight (8) unbroken years and who are unable to secure promotion or elevation to a higher position of responsibility within the eight years of their Directorship to retire compulsorily regardless of their year of service or age; Further Notes that the Policy was applicable to the employees of the Federal Civil Service Commission, FCT Judicial Service Committee, National Assembly Service Commission, Federal Civil Service Commission and all Federal Government Agencies such as the Central Bank of Nigeria, Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPRA) to name a few; Observes that the central purpose of the Tenure Policy was to make room, create opportunity for promotion and easy ascension for lower cadre officials who commenced their career and have spent all their lives in the Public Service of the Federation, since most of the Directors came from the Private Sectors, Politics and other spheres of human endeavours; Aware that the Policy has outlived its usefulness and began to deny the Service of the opportunity of retaining the best hands as well as contravenes the Pension Reform Act and International Labour Laws; Also aware that at the commencement of this Administration, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the suspension of the Tenure Policy in the Federal Civil Service with immediate effect and consequently, the Head of Service of the Federation, (Mrs. Winifred E. Oyo-Ita, F.C.A.), by a Circular dated 20th June 2018 and referenced as HCSF/428/S.1./139 directed all Chief Executives and Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government to suspend the Tenure Policy in the Federal Public Service with immediate effect in consonance with the presidential directive;
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Worried that despite the directives from the Presidency and the Head of Service respectively, as well as a subsequent directive by the National Judicial Council to all Heads of Courts in the Federal Judiciary, the Federal Capital Territory Service Committee has refused to comply thus, Directors who have served in such capacity for eight (8) years are still compelled to resign regardless of years of service, age of retirement and the Pension Reform Act; Disturbed that the Policy is used selectively to ease out some good hands in service who are considered as rivals and threats in the quest for promotion to higher positions in the Public Service; Cognizant that the Judiciary is one and its policies and terms should accordingly be uniform, as such, the Federal Capital Territory Judiciary cannot be operating a Policy that is directly opposite what obtains in the mainstream Federal Judiciary despite the directive of the National Judicial Council; Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Capital Territory Judicial Service Committee to immediately comply with the suspension of the Tenure Policy of the Federal Civil Service in consonance with the Presidential Directive and Executive Circular; (ii) Mandate the Committees on F.C.T Judiciary, Public Service and Legislative Compliance to ensure adherence to the Presidential Directive and report back within two (2) weeks for further legislative action. 11. Gruesome Killings and Terrorist Attacks by Herdsmen Militia on Tse-Adough Community near Jato-Aka in Yaav Council Ward of Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State: Hon. Benjamin Wayo: The House: Notes that Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State is one of the areas most affected by the continued herdsmen attacks on Benue farming communities; Further notes with dismay the violent invasion on Tse-Adough Community in Yaav Council ward of Kwande Local Government on Sunday 3 May 2018 where over ten (10) innocent and unarmed villagers in multiple families were killed in cold blood including Zakaa Akanyi, Liamkpuur Zakaa, Gbaior Zakaa, Mimi Gbaior, Mngohol Imoter, Terseer Anzam, Ternenge Anzam and Mama Gbinde; Worried that Zakaa’s wife was adopted by the militia, 12 other victims of the attack were severely injured and are currently hospitalized at the NKST Hospital Jato-Aka; Also worried that over 40 houses, food stuff, animals and other properties worth over one hundred Million Naira were razed down; Further worried that these attacks usually take a terrorist format likened to the Boko Haram attacks that ravaged parts of the country; Concerned that the Turan Council Wards of Mbakyor, Yaav, Kumakwagh, Moon and Mbadura have been under severe attacks by the Herdsmen Militia, leading to displacement of hundreds of thousands of villagers who are currently in makeshift camps in and around Jato- Aka; Further concerned that the attack has sacked the whole of Moon Council Ward, displacing thousands of people who are currently taking refuge in the neighbouring communities; Resolves to: (i) Call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari to proscribe the activities of the Herdsmen Militia and declare them a terrorist group in
Nigeria;
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(ii) Urge the President and Commander -in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to direct the Nigerian Army, and other Security Agencies to tackle the menace of the herdsmen militia using the same Federal might it deployed in decimating the Boko Harm terrorists; (iii) Also urge the National Emergency, Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief materials to the affected Communities;

(iv) Further urge the Federal Government to take responsibility of offsetting all the hospital bills of victims of the attack and take over their treatment; (v) Mandate the Committees on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, and National Security and Intelligence to ensure compliance.

12. Need to Regularize the Importation of Sugar in Nigeria to Boost Domestic Production and Economic Growth: Hon. Iboro Ekanem: The House: Notes that Nigeria has been reported to have spent $8.44 Billion in importing sugar over the last twenty seven years, and loses at least $600 million annually to the importation of sugar for domestic consumption. Further notes that sugar is not just an industrial commodity, but a domestic commodity consumed on almost a daily basis; Aware that the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) was established to catalyze the development of the sugar industry with a view to ensuring that Nigeria attains at least 70% selfsufficient in her sugar requirement within the shortest possible time and even export to earn foreign exchange; Further aware that recent statistics does not show that the main objective of the NSDC is being achieved and there is a pressing need for further action; Worried that if the present situation is left unchecked, Nigeria may continue to lose millions to importation of sugar, and may suffer financial restrictions in other matters; Cognizant that Nigeria has the potential, excellent climatic conditions and the resources to engage in the production of sugar so as to establish a great deal of self-sufficiency in the sector; Concerns that Nigeria’s National Sugar Policy, and Local Content Policy and the existence of the National Sugar Development Council will continue to be irrelevant if excess sugar importation is not regulated to save billions of naira lost annually, for meaningful economic development. Resolves to: (i) Urge the Federal Government to establish National Sugar Plantation Programme to boost sugar production for local needs;

(ii) Also urge the Federal Government to issue regulations on sugar importation into the country with heavy duties to discourage importation of the products; and

(iii) Mandate the Committee on Industry to interface with the Management of the National Sugar Development Council to get updates on the current development of sugar import in Nigeria and the status of implementation of the National Sugar Policy, and report back within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.;

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CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS 13. Committee on Customs and Excise: Hon. James Abiodun Faleke: “That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Customs and Excise on the issue from the Statutory Revenue Fund of the Nigeria Customs and Excise, the Total Sum of ₦103,534,789,767.23 (One Hundred and Three Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty-Four Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Seven Naira, Twenty-Three Kobo) only, of which the Sum of ₦49,305,913,212.62 (Forty-Nine Billion, Three Hundred and Five Million, Nine Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Twelve Naira, Sixty-Two Kobo) only, is for Personnel Costs, while the Sum of ₦14,204,950,941.05 (Fourteen Billion, Two Hundred and Four Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Nine Hundred and Forty-One Naira, Five Kobo) only, is for Overhead Costs, and the sum of ₦40,023,925,613.56 (Forty Billion, Twenty Three Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty-Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirteen Naira, Fifty-Six Kobo) only is for Capital Projects for the Service of the Nigeria Customs and Excise, for the Financial Year Commencing from 1 January and Ending on 31 December, 2018. issue from the Statutory Revenue Fund of the Nigeria Customs and Excise, the Total Sum of ₦103,534,789,767.23 (One Hundred and Three Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty-Four Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Seven Naira, Twenty-Three Kobo) only, of which the Sum of ₦49,305,913,212.62 (Forty-Nine Billion, Three Hundred and Five Million, Nine Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Twelve Naira, Sixty-Two Kobo) only, is for Personnel Costs, while the Sum of ₦14,204,950,941.05 (Fourteen Billion, Two Hundred and Four Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Nine Hundred and Forty-One Naira, Five Kobo) only, is for Overhead Costs, and the sum of ₦40,023,925,613.56 (Forty Billion, Twenty Three Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty-Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirteen Naira, Fifty-Six Kobo) only is for Capital Projects for the Service of the Nigeria Customs and Excise, for the Financial Year Commencing from 1 January and Ending on 31 December, 2018: SUMMARY OF THE NIGERIAN CUSTOMS AND EXCISE BUDGET 2018 BUDGET A. Personnel Cost Proposal N’000 Consolidated Salary 39,015,599,856.91 Allowances 343, 910, 253 .16 Foreign Services 191, 090, 111.70 National Health Insurance Scheme 1, 241, 757, 788.84 Pension Contribution 3, 486, 751, 389.39 Group Life and Accident Insurance 4, 329, 453, 534 .74 Employees Compensation Fund 697, 350, 277.88 Total 49, 305, 913, 212 .62

B. Overhead Cost Proposal N’000 Travel and Transport – General 2, 581, 671, 923.42 Utilities – General 793, 317, 234.72 Materials and Supplies – General 1, 643, 502, 440.55 Maintenance Services – General 3, 093, 149, 038. 23 Training – General 489, 725, 001 .00 Other Services – General 925, 571, 709 .00 Consulting and Professional Services – General 584, 616, 871.14 Fuel and Lubricants – General 1, 759, 162, 853.44 Financial Charges – General 1,110, 000, 002.00 Miscellaneous Expenses General 1, 114, 259, 867. 555 Foreign Grants and Contributions 109, 974, 000.00 Total 14, 204, 950, 941.05

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C. Capital Project Cost Proposal N’000 Inventories 157, 514, 225. 82 Land and Building – General 24, 993, 594, 438. 27 Infrastructure – General 1, 402, 050, 199 .05 Plant and Machinery – General 321, 827, 343 .64 Transportation Equipment – General 8, 384, 740, 032.50 Office Equipment – General 4,481, 808, 561. 02 Deposits 282, 390, 813 .26 Total 40, 023, 925, 613.56

SUMMARY OF THE NIGERIAN CUSTOMS AND EXCISE BUDGET 2018 BUDGET A. Personnel Cost Proposal 49, 305, 913, 212 .62 B. Overhead Cost Proposal 14, 204, 950, 941.05 C. Capital Project Cost Proposal 40, 023, 925, 613.56 Grand Total 103,534,789,767.23

The Total Sum of ₦103,534,789,767.23 (One Hundred and Three Billion, Five Hundred and ThirtyFour Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Seven Naira, Twenty-Three Kobo) only.

14. Committee on Aids, Loans and Debts Management: Hon. Adeyinka Ajayi: “That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Aids, Loans and Debts Management on the Request for the Establishment of a Promissory Note Programme and a Bond Issuance to Settle Inherited Local Debts and Contractual Obligations Pursuant to Order Twelve Rules 2(C) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.

15. A Bill for an act to Establish the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism for Training, Certification and Registration of Personnel in Nigeria; and for Related matters (HB. 1212) (Hon. E. Y Orker-Jev) (Senate) – Committee of the Whole:17/4/2018. 16. A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Governance and Institutional Framework for the Petroleum Industry and for Related Matters (HBs. 477, 878 and 1053) (Committee of the Whole: 6/6/2018).

17. Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream): Hon. Akinlaja Iranola Joseph: ‘That the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) on Need to Investigate the Disappearance of Eleven Billion Naira Worth of Petroleum Products belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and approve the recommendations therein” (Laid: 7/3/2018). (i) Ensure the full recovery of Federal Government’s money i.e. N9Billion balance from Capital Oil and Gas Limited;
(ii) that the claims of 16Billion naira NNPC allegedly owes Capital Oil and Gas should be investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and if found to be true, they should be paid or it should be net-off against the N9Billion owed the Federal Government by Capital Oil and Gas;
(iii) that NNPC Retails should embark on a comprehensive review of all through-put agreements with Depots especially Article 11.1 to remove the lapses usually exploited by
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who sell NNPC Products without authorization. The report of the review should be submitted to the Committee within two (2) months from the day this report is adopted; (iv) that NNPC Retails Limited and PPMC should conduct a quarterly training of all NNPC Retail Staff representing it in private Depots to improve their knowledge of contract terms;
(v) that NNPC Retails should set-up an online “real-time” solution that will require DEPOT OWNERS that buy bulk products to inform NNPC Retails in “real-time” and the information made available to all Stakeholders. The online software should also reflect load-out products from all the Depots where NNPC Subsidiaries have through – put Agreement;
(vi) that NNPC Retails should also review operational effectiveness and business control as it relates to the Depots and the report of the review should be submitted to the Committee;
(vii) While investigation continues, Capital Oil and Gas Depot should be re-opened to secure the jobs of the people working there and appropriate sanctions should be imposed in accordance with their through-put Agreements as the action of Capital Oil and Gas with respect to the withholding of 9Billion naira of the NNPC Retails is condemnable;
(viii) that the sacked Managing Director, NNPC Retails should be recalled because based on the Committee’s findings and NNPC Retails investigation, she offered to loan NPMC, a sister Company under NNPC corporate 20 Million litres of PMS when there was imminent fuel scarcity. This action blew the lid on the fraud. She also reported the case to Security Agencies and set up an internal investigation panel that identified where the lapses were but not on the table of the M.D. The compulsory Retirement was unfair;
(ix) that Mr. Adio N. Yinusa who was indicted for gross inefficiency but had not been sanctioned, should be sanctioned;
(x) that the process of sale and transfer of ownership of specified quantity of Petroleum products as indicated on item 11.1 of the through – put agreement should be more explicit in which NNPC Retails should have the powers to approve sales of the products:
(a) that where the third party buying the product is the Company, the process should be spelt out in a clearer fashion;
(b) that the Agreement should have a Senior Officer at the minimum level of General Manager to approve the sales when third party is the Storage Company.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS Committee Date Time Venue 1. Rules and Business Thursday 7June, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 06 (White House) Assembly Complex 2. Public Petitions (Investigative Hearing) Thursday 7June, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 447 (New Building) Assembly Complex 3. Internally Displaced Persons, Refugees and Initiatives on NorthEast Zone
Thursday 7June, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 244 (New Building) Assembly Complex

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APC Asks Saraki To Reconvene National Assembly Now

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is hiding under the yet-to-be assented Electoral Act Amendment Bill to draw attention away from what it described as the treasonable actions of the senate president, Bukola Saraki who has refused to convene the National Assembly to consider at plenary the crucial 2019 election budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The All Progressives Congress therefore, insisted that the National Assembly must be convened immediately.
The party noted that the Electoral Amendment Bill passed by the National Assembly was alive and awaiting assent noting that assent to bills in all democratic governments reflect the prudence and discretion of the president in balancing the powers of key constitutional bodies and understanding the concerns of the executive.
APC condemned what it regarded as the abuse of office by the senate president backed by his PDP cohorts in sabotaging the executive, specifically INEC.
The APC called on all Nigerians, civil society and the international community to resist the on-going travesty and legislative rascality being perpetuated by the senate president and the PDP, saying the sanctity of Nigeria’s electoral system is being threatened by the orchestrated sabotage and deliberate attempt to weaken INEC, as Nigeria prepares for general elections in 2019.

 

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Court halts Saraki from declaring Akpabio’s Seat Vacant

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An FCT High Court sitting in Bwari has restrained Senate President Bukola Saraki from declaring the seat of former Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, vacant.

Justice Othman Musa on Wednesday also ordered Saraki not to impede Senator Akpabio’s access to the Senate building or take any action aimed at “overreaching his privileges and rights as a Senator pending the determination of the originating Summons of the applicant.”

Justice Musa ordered service of the originating Summons and other processes on Saraki through either the Clerk of the National Assembly, Clerk of the Senate or any other Clerk or reasonable staff of the National Assembly at the Assembly complex.
The orders were made after an ex parte application by Akpabio’s lawyers, Chikaosolu Ojukwu and Ebere Ahanonu, seeking to stop moves to declare his seat vacant following his defection from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The suit has been adjourned to August 29 for further hearing.
See the court papers:

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Saraki Appoints Onaiwu As Liaison Officer On State Matters

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The Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki has appointed Earl Osaro Onaiwu as liaison officer to the senate president on state matters.

This was contained in a statement by special adviser (media and publicity) to senate president Yusuph Olaniyonu.
Onaiwu who is a politician and public administrator will help to co-ordinate relationship between the office of the senate president and the various state governments across the country.
The 56 year old Osaro Onaiwu, was the former director general Nigerian governors’ forum under Former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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NASS Resumption: Lawmakers Trade Blames

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Nigerian lawmakers have been trading blames over the failure to reconvene the national assembly on Tuesday as earlier scheduled.

Some of them resorted to name calling while others are shifting blame.
The lawmakers who were just milling around the national assembly premises came around with the hope to sit and others who came for committee meetings bared their minds on the scheduled reconvening of the legislature.
Some of them resorted to calling their colleagues Judases who have vowed to frustrate any efforts to reconvene the assembly.
Some others shifted the blame and absolved the leadership of the national assembly of the failure to reconvene the national assembly; they said it was not the fault of the lawmakers themselves but the prevailing circumstances.
However, the leadership of the national assembly issued a statement to the effect that no date has been fixed for the sitting and that the virement request is yet to be processed.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the house of representatives has threatened ‘a fire for fire’, boycott of reconvening and all parliamentary activities over what it calls “unconstitutional and anti-democratic siege on the Benue state house of assembly by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government.”

Speaking to newsmen at the House of Representatives, the house deputy minority leader, Chukwuka Onyema described the situation as unacceptable.

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Benue Assembly Taken Over By Security, Members Barred From Sitting

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The Benue state assembly premises was taken over by security personnel on Friday and barred members from reconvening to deliberate on issues of urgent state importance.

Ad-hoc committee chairman on publicity, Paul Biam said no cogent reason has been given by the most senior security personnel as to why the assembly was besieged by the security except that he had superior orders from above to take charge.
Biam maintained that as law abiding citizens they will not resort to resisting the security but rather search for an alternative venue to meet as they were duty bound by the constitution to sit at any location to do their legislative business.
While the recently impeached speaker Terkimbi Ikyange still maintains he remains speaker the ad hoc committee chairman on publicity said the issue of the dissolution of the assembly’s previous leadership is certainty not in contention.
On July 24 a vote of no confidence was passed on the previous leadership which led to their dissolution and new leaders were elected.

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SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018

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8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOURTH SESSION NO. 16
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SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER
Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018
1. Prayers 2. Approval of the Votes and Proceedings 3. Oaths 4. Announcements (if any) 5. Petitions
PRESENTATION OF BILLS
1. National Housing Fund Act CAP N45 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1077) – First Reading Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
2. Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 697) – First Reading Sen. Magnus Abe (Rivers South-East).
PRESENT ATION OF REPORTS
1. Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters Sen. David Umaru (Niger East) -That the Senate do receive the reports of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on:
a. The Confirmation of Nominations of Senator Abba Ali and Mr. Mohammed Sagir for Appointment as Members (Non-Legal) Federal Judicial Service Commission; and
b. The Firearms Act (Amendment) Bill,2018 (SB. 489) – To be Laid.
2. Report of the Joint Committee on Power, Steel Development & Metallurgy and Gas Resources The urgent need to save the 215 Megawatts (MW) Kaduna Power Plant Sen. Enyinnaya H. Abaribe (Abia South) and Sen. Bassey A. Akpan (Akwa lboni North-East) -That the Senate do receive the report of the Joint Committee on Power, Steel Development & Metallurgy and Gas Resources on the urgent need to save the 215 Megawatts (MW) Kaduna Power Plant – To be Laid.
3. Report of the Committee Finance The urgent need to review the Excise Tariff Increment in order to save Local Distillers of Beverages from looming extinction Sen. John Owan Enoh (Cross River Central) -That the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Finance on the urgent need to review the Excise Tariff Increment in order to save Local Distillers of Beverages from looming extinction – To be Laid.
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PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS
1. Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions Sen. Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim (Kioara South) -That the Senate do receive and consider the Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the Confirmation of the Nomination of Mr. Banire, Muiz Adeyemi Ph.D, SAN for Appointment as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria III compliance with Section 10(1) of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Act, 2010.
2. Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions Sen. Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim (Ktoara South) -That the Senate do receive and consider the Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the Nomination of Mr. Folashodun Adeb isi Shonubi for Appointment as the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in accordance with the provisions of Section 8(1) (2) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) (Establishment) Act 2007.
3. Report of the Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs The Reflection of Federal Character on all Federal Gouennnent Appointments Sen. Tijjani Yahaya Kaura tZamfara North) -That the Senate do receive and consider the Report of the Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs on the Reflection of Federal Character on all Federal Government Appointments.
4. Conference Committee Report Federal Audit Seruice Commission Bill, 2018 (HE. 107) Sen. Matthew A. Urhoghide (Edo South) -That the Senate do consider the Conference Committee Report on the Federal Audit Service Commission Bill, 2018 (HB. 107).
5. Report of the Committee on Special Duties National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Intemally Displaced Persons Bill, 2018 (SB. 335) Sen. Abdul Aziz M. Nyako tAdamaura Central) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Special Duties on the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons Bill, 2018 (SB. 335) – Adjonrned Consideration Thursday, 19th lilly, 2018 (Clause 21 ).
BILLS I;OR CONCURRENCE
1. Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria Act CAP F 16 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 911) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
2. Engineering (Registration, etc) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1092) – lOnClI11″Pl1rp Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
3. Chartered Institute of Commodity Brokers of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (HE. 528) – COnC1I11″eIlCe Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
4. Immigration Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 480) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
5. Small and Medium Scale Development Agency Act 2003 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 803) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
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CONSIDERA nON OF REPORTS
1. Report of the Committee on Science and Technology Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Bill, 2018 (SB. 585) Sen. Robert Ajayi Boroffice (Ondo North) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Science and Technology on the Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Bill, 2018 (SB. 585).
2. Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service The Counselling Practitioners Council Of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 636) Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the Counselling Practitioners Council of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 636) – Adiourned Consideration, Tuesday, i» Jllly, 2018 (Clause 5).
3. Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters Nigerian Law Reform Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 26) Sen. David Umaru (Niger East) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters on the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 26).
COMMITTEE MEETINGS
No. Committee Date Time Venue
1. Petroleum Resources Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 3.00pm Committee Room 327 Upstream Senate New Building
2. Ad-hoc Committee on Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 2.00pm Committee Room 328 Investigation of Allegations Senate New Building of Corruption against NNPC Trading Ltd.
3. Gas Resources Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 1.00pm Committee Room 305 Senate New Building
4. Establishment and Public Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 12:00noon Committee Room 438 Service Senate New Building
5. Joint Committee on Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 3.00pm Committee Room 107 Establishment of Museum Senate New Building And Archives
6. Banking, Insurance & Other Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 1.00pm & 3:00pm Committee Room 221 Financial Institutions Senate New Building
7. Public Accounts Tue. 24thThu. 26th& Fri 27thJuly, 2018 1.30pm Police Service (Oversight Visit) Commission Office
8. Power, Steel Development Wednesday, 25thJuly, 2018 2.00pm Committee Room 431 And Metallurgy Senate New Building
9. Privatization Wednesday, 25thJuly, 2018 12:00noon BPE Office (Oversight Visit) Maitama, Abuja
10. Water Resources Wednesday, 25thJuly, 2018 1.30pm Sen. Office Room 0.29 Senate New Building.

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House Rescinds 14 Clauses of the Electoral Act, (Amendment) Bill, 2018

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The House at its plenary session of Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 Rescinded 14 Clauses of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 Pursuant to Order 9 Rule 1(6) of the Standing Orders of the House. Presenting the motion on the floor of the House Hon. Orker- Jev Y.E (Benue) recalled that the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was passed by both Houses and that the Report of the Conference Committee that harmonized the areas of difference in the Bill was adopted on Thursday, 7 June, 2018.
He stated that the amendments were intended to strengthen the electoral process in Nigeria, more particularly the 2019 General Election and that in the cause of the final cleaning up of the Bill passed some provisions were found to negate the essence of the amendment.
Accordingly, he stated that the House resolved to rescind its decision on Clauses 3, 5, 8, 11(2), 13(b), 14 (4), 15(3), 18, 21, 23, 24, 28, 32 and 38 of the Bill as passed, The Bill was then recommitted to Committee of the whole for reconsideration after which its recommendations were adopted and  passed.

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FOURTH REPUBLIC 8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOURTH SESSION NO. 17 67

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Tuesday, 24 July, 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 REPORTS

1. Committees on Federal Capital Territory and Federal Capital Territory Area Councils and Ancillary Matters: Hon. Sergius Ose Ogun:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committees on Federal Capital Territory and Federal Capital Territory Area Councils and Ancillary Matters on a Bill for an Act to Authorize the Issue from the Federal Capital Territory Administration Statutory Revenue Fund of the Federal Capital Territory Administration Account, the Total Sum of N271,532,518,887 (Two Hundred and Seventy One Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty Two Million, Five Hundred and Eighteen Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty Seven Naira) only, of which the Sum of N56,194,171,520 (Fifty-Six Billion, One Hundred and Ninety Four Million, One Hundred and Seventy One Thousand, Five Hundred and Twenty Naira) only, is for Personnel Costs and the Sum of N57,517,045,738 (Fifty Seven Billion, Five Hundred and Seventeen Million, Forty Five Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty Eight Naira) only, is for Overhead Costs whilst the Balance of N157,821,301,629 (One Hundred and Fifty Seven Billion, Eight Hundred and Twenty One Million, Three Hundred and One Thousand, Six Hundred and Twenty Nine Naira) only, is for Capital Projects for the Service of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for the Financial Year Commencing from 1 January and ending on 31 December, 2018 (HB. 1506) (Referred: 17/7/2018)”.

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2. Report of Conference Committee: Hon. Beni Lar: “That the House do receive the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Establish the National Biotechnology Development Agency; and for Related Matters (HB. 33)”.

3. Report of Conference Committee: Hon. Kingsley O. Chinda: “That the House do receive the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Establish the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation, Provide for Additional Powers and Functions to the Office; Establish the Federal Audit Service Commission; Repeal the Audit Act, 1956, the Public Accounts Committee Act, Cap. P35 LFN, 2004, and Public Accounts Implementation Tribunal Act, Cap. P36 LFN, 2004 and Enact the Federal Audit Service; and for Related Matters (HB. 107)”.

4. Committee on Environment and Habitat: Hon. Obinna Chidoka: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Environment and Habitat on a Bill for an Act to Amend the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (Establishment), Etc.) Act, 2006; and for Related Matters (HB. 964) (Referred: 6/7/2017)”.

5. Committee on Environment and Habitat: Hon. Obinna Chidoka: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Environment and Habitat on a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of the Erosion Control and Prevention Commission and Vest it with Responsibility for the Prevention, Control, Management and Redress of Erosion and for Related Matters (HB. 1019) (Referred: 25/5/2017)”.
6. House Delegation to the Sixth Ordinary Session (4th Parliament) of the Pan African Parliament: Hon. Betty Apiafi: “That the House do receive the Report of the House Delegation to the Sixth Ordinary Session (4th Parliament) of the Pan African Parliament held at Parliament Building, Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Republic of South Africa from 7– 18 May, 2018” . _____________________________________________________________________________________

ORDERS OF THE DAY

BILLS
Consolidation of Bills: 1. (a) A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Tobacco Control Act, 2015 and vest the Implementation of the Bill with the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control; and for Related Matters (HB. 882) (Hon. Dickson Tarkighir);

(b) A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Tobacco Control Act, 2015, to Address the Lacuna that may be easily Exploited by Tobacco Industry in Nigeria and for Related Matters (HB. 1176) (Hon. Muhammed Tahir Monguno); and

(b) A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Tabacco Control Act, 2015 to Cure certain Defects in the Act, ensure its Effective Implementation in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 1503) (Hon. Muhammed Tahir Monguno).

2. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 Cap. C23, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to delete item 45 from the Exclusive Legislative List and move it to the Concurrent Legislative List; and for Related Matters (HB. 1509) (Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila) – Second Reading.

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3. A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Prevention of Lifestyle Diseases through the Regulation of the Sale, Consumption and Advertisement of Unhealthy Processed Foods, Drinks and Beverages which are High in Calories, Sugar, Saturated Fat and Sodium; and for Related Matters (HB. 1329) (Hon. Abubakar Yunusa Ahmed) – Second Reading. _____________________________________________________________________________________

MOTIONS

4. Rescission of Clauses 3, 5, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 18, 21, 23, 24, 28, 32 and 38 of the Electoral Act, (Amendment) Bill, 2018. Pursuant to Order 9 Rule 1(6) of the Standing Orders of the House. Hon. Orker- Jev Y.E:

The House:

Notes that the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was passed by both Houses and the Report of the Conference Committee that harmonized the areas of difference in the Bill was adopted on Thursday, 7 June, 2018;

Aware that the Amendment was intended to strengthen the electoral process in Nigeria, more particularly the 2019 General Election;

Also notes that in the cause of final cleaning of the Bill as passed some provisions were found to negate the essence of the amendment;

Resolves to:

Rescind its decision on Clauses 3, 5, 8, 11(2), 13(b), 14 (4), 15(3), 18, 21, 23, 24, 28, 32 and 38 of the Bill as passed, and recommit same to Committee of the whole for reconsideration and passage.

5. Need to Develop the Olumirin Waterfall in Erin-Ijesha, Oriade Local Government Area, 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 Water-falls across the various Geo-Political Zones of the Country;

Also notes that one of the most amazing and breathtaking waterfalls in Nigeria is the Olumirin Waterfall, located in Erin-Ijesha, Oriade Local Government Area, Osun State;

Further notes that according to Yoruba history, Akinla, a granddaughter of Oduduwa who founded Erin-Ijesha town, discovered the waterfall in 114 A.D;

Aware that the water flows from the top of the mountain and have seven falls, each providing a different perspective and forms a large pool of water on the ground, surrounded by vegetation;

Also aware that due to its breathtaking nature, 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;

Cognizant that the water current from the Olumirin Waterfall, if harnessed, is capable of generating 1500 megawatts of electricity for the National Grid for the benefit of Nigerians;

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Observes that this magnificent and highly profitable Waterfall has not been properly harnessed and developed into a befitting world class tourist site;

Further observes that with proper intervention, development and investment by the Federal Government of Nigeria, the site will evolve into a major tourist destination and will continue to generate millions of naira as revenue for the Nigerian 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 the tourists;

Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and, the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation to initiate steps and implement ideas in order to develop the site to a world class tourist Destination;

(ii) Also urge the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to initiate steps towards tapping into the Hydro-Power potentials of the Water fall;

(iii) Mandate the Committees on Culture and Tourism, and Power to ensure compliance.

6. Need for Proactive Steps on the Unplanned Rural – Urban Migration in Nigeria: Hon. Rimamnde Shawulu Kwewum Hon. Sunday Marshal Katung Hon. Lawal Abubakar

The House:

Aware that Boko Haram Terrorists have driven people from many rural communities in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States;

Also aware that as a result of the killings unleashed on the rural communities of the Middle Belt Region, other parts of the North and Southern States, hundreds and thousands of people are fleeing the rural areas, causing a massive and unplanned Rural -Urban migration;

Further aware that presently, several states, including Adamawa, Benue,Taraba, Nasarawa, Plateau, Niger, Kogi, Edo, Delta, Ebonyi, Ondo, and Zamfara are afflicted by the killings that have shocked the international community;

Concerned that rather than abating, these challenges are expanding and spreading to more States across the nation;

Further concerned that the consequence of the continuous conflicts is the acquisition of, and crude manufacture of arms by Communities which feel threatened;

Disturbed that the void being created in the rural areas or expanding “ungoverned spaces” may be taken over by bandits, terrorists and rogue elements;

Also disturbed that the “ungoverned spaces” like the notorious Sambisa forest usually provide room for training, planning and execution of violence by Non-State Actors;

Cognisance that the consequence of unplanned urbanisation include pressure on infrastructures and increased violent crimes;
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Worried that currently IDP camps around the country are developing into unregulated and unplanned permanent settlements;

Also worried that at the moment thousands of persons flooding into urban areas are creating and developing settlements in unplanned suburbs centres which may be difficult to remove in future.

Resolves to:

(i) Call on relevant Federal and State Government Agencies to create planned settlements to accommodate persons coming to town from rural areas;

(ii) Urge the Federal and State Governments to develop the security and infrastructural facilities to enable the slowdown of the migration;

(iii) Declare emergency on the security situation in Nigerian Rural Areas;

(iv) Mandate the Committee on National Security and Intelligence to investigate the rapid unplanned urbanisation and report back within eight (8) weeks for further legislative action. _____________________________________________________________________________________

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

7. A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Smooth and Orderly Transfer of Power from one Government to another and for Related Matters (HBs.102 and 109) (Leader) (Committee of the Whole: 18/1/2018).

8. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Federal Polytechnics Act, Cap F.17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Review the Retirement Age of Staff of Polytechnics, Harmonize the Tenure of the Office of the Rector and Other Principal Officers of the Federal Polytechnics in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB.1488) (Leader) (Committee of Whole: 10/7/2018)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
1. Rules and Business Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 06 (White House) Assembly Complex

2. Ad-hoc Committee to Investigate the Election into the Boards of the National Sports Federation and Forms of Engagement and Sporting activities in Nigeria

Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 460 (New Building) Assembly Complex

3. Public Petitions (Investigative Hearing)
Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 447 (New Building) Assembly Complex

4. Ad-hoc Committee to Investigate the NonRemittance of the Nigerian School Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Contributions by the Federal, States and Local Government

Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 144 (New Building) Assembly Complex

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5. Ad-hoc Committee to Investigate the Huge Debts owed Indigenous Companies by International Oil and Gas Companies

Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 324 (New Building) Assembly Complex

6. Water Resources Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 034 (New Building) Assembly Complex

7. Power Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 144 (New Building) Assembly Complex

8. Federal Character (with Federal Judicial Service Commission, Federal University, Gusau, and Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM))
Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 247 (New Building) Assembly Complex

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In a sudden twist of fate, the ruling All Progressives Congress has had 32 of its members in the House of Representatives defecting to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday.

Four other lawmakers also defected to the African Democratic Congress.

Thirty-two members of the APC in the House of Representatives had defected to the PDP in what is turning out to be a macabre political dance.

Four others in the APC from Oyo State also defected to the ADC, bringing the total number of defection to 36.

The Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has just made the announcement, throwing the PDP camp into jubilation.

However, the APC still remains in the majority.

Details later…

 

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News Pictures Of The Day : Chief (Mrs) Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu celebrates as daughter ,Chineme graduates from University of Brighton

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PHOTONEWS: Senators visit Ekweremadu at home

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Video:Nigerian football coach Salisu Yusuf filmed taking cash

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Breaking : Saraki Sneaks Self Into National Assembly , Presides over The Tuesday , July 24th Plenary

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Dogara Assures South and Middle Belt Forum, comprising Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), and Middle Belt Forum Leaders On Restructuring.

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Video : More Trouble as Dogara Storm House of Reps Amidst Hailing From PDP Reps Members

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Picture of Rihanna and Donald Glover drives fans wild

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Senate angrily urges security operatives to vacate Ekweremadu’s residence immediately.

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala : Twitter appoints ex-Nigerian minister to its board

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UPDATE: Melaye, Kwankwaso, 13 Other Senators Defect To PDP

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Oshiomhole Threatens Ngige With Expulsion

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GOVERNOR OBIANO PRESENTS CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION TO NEWLY ELECTED TRADITIONAL RULERS

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Press Statement By The President Of The Senate, His Excellency, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON, On July 31, 2018

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Saraki, Dogara slam Ortom’s impeachment by 8 legislators

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President Muhammadu Buhari withholds Assent to Five Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration) Amendment Bills

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News Pictures Of The Day : His Majesty, Eze Eri 34th, Eze Aka Ji Ovo Igbo Visits Igbo Village & Museum in Staunton, Virginia, USA.

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