Plenary Proceedings for the House of Representatives for Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

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Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila presiding.

After leading the House opening prayer and the National Pledge, the Speaker examined and approved the votes and proceedings of Wednesday, March 17th, 2021.

PETITIONS:
Rep. Mark Terseer Gbillah presented a petition from a group of the Tiv people living in the Diaspora against the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Before the petition was laid, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila remarked that he believed it was the same petition that led to a misunderstanding.

The Speaker clarified that “the House of Representatives does not discriminate against anyone, wherever the remotest part we may be, we remain Nigerians. I think the misunderstanding came from the issue of signatures, and I must say that the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Ahmed Wase has been one of the champions for Diaspora voting and was also involved very much in the creation of the Diaspora committee in this house some years back. So I think it’s clearly a misunderstanding. Please, go ahead and lay the petition, and it will be given proper and due attention.

The petition was referred to the Committee on Public Petitions for necessary legislative action.

MATTERS OF URGENT NATIONAL IMPORTANCE:

Rep. Kpam Jimin Sokpo, alongside others, moved a motion of urgent national importance on the attack on the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

Rep. Sokpo was worried that on Saturday, March 20, 2021, some gunmen opened fire on the convoy of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom. He said the armed attackers, numbering over 15, trailed the governor to his farm.

He said it was disturbing that since the attack, several media have been awash with reports that a group identified as Fulani group, was identified as being responsible.

He noted with delight the response of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, in condemning the attack and his subsequent directive for the police to conduct a thorough investigation on the attack. He also noted the IGP’s effort to investigate the incident.

He, therefore, prayed that the House should condemn the armed attack and assassination attempt on Governor Samuel Ortom.

He also prayed that the House should commend the President for his prompt response in ordering for the investigation on the incident.
He said the House should call on the DSS and the police to investigate claims of responsibility by one Umar Kabir Shehu.

Contributing, Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Godwin Elumelu said “it may sound very funny and very interesting that often we come here to talk about insecurity. It’s becoming very worrisome. Part of the reasons that our people sent us here is to have dividends of democracy.

He noted that if care was not taken, Nigerians may import commodities like cassava as farmers in the villages could no longer go to their farms due to fear of attacks.

He said the president had directed that anybody seen with an AK47 should be shot at sight, but he has yet to hear that anybody was shot, noting that if a governor could be attacked, then the rest of Nigerians are in danger.

“This House should take a decisive action on this matter. I wish to beg that we support this motion. It’s something that we should be worried about,” he said.

On his part, Rep. Samson Okwu said the motion was a very important one because it has to do with the security of the people and a governor of a state, saying “If a governor can be attacked that way, I wonder what happens to the ordinary citizens.”

He said those that have been given the mandate to purchase arms have failed to come and testify before a committee of the House, noting that the motion was timely and called on the entire House to support it.

Motion was put to voice vote and passed.

House of Reps Plenary March 23rd 2021 - 9News Nigeria
House of Reps Plenary March 23rd 2021 – 9News Nigeria

PRESENTATION OF BILLS:

  1. National Ginger Development Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1251) (Hon. Gabriel Saleh Zock) – First Reading.
  2. Facility Management Agency of Nigeria (Establishment, Etc.) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1252) (Hon. Ibrahim Hamza) – First Reading.
  3. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1253) (Hon. Kwamoti B. Laori) – First Reading.
  4. Notaries Public Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1259) (Hon. Sergius Ogun) – First Reading.
  5. Minimum Standards of Healthcare Facilities Bill, 2021 (HB. 1260) (Hon. Sergius Ogun) – First Reading.
  6. National Institute of Construction Technology and Management Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1255)
    (Hon. Sergius Ogun) – First Reading.
  7. Federal Medical Centre Hong, Adamawa State (Establishment) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1264) (Hon Yusuf Buba Yakub) – First Reading.
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  8. Federal Technical College of Agriculture, Eungwu–Ukwu (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2021 (HB. 1261)
    (Hon. Dozie Ferdinand Nwankwo) – First Reading.
  9. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2021 (HB.1270) (Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama) – First Reading.
  10. Federal Highways (Amendment) Bill, 2021(HB.1271) (Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama) – First Reading.
  11. Cabinet Composition Bill, 2021(HB.1272) (Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama) – First Reading.
  12. Federal University of Land Resources Technology, Oforolla, Imo State (Establishment) Bill, 2021(HB.1275) (Hon. Henry Nwawuba) – First Reading.
  13. Agricultural Products Marketing Board (Establishment) Bill, 2021(HB.1276) (Hon. Lawan Shettima Ali) – First Reading.
  14. Federal College of Agriculture, Geidam, Yobe State (Establishment) Bill, 2021(HB.1277) (Hon. Lawan Shettima Ali) – First Reading.
    The above 14 Bills were introduced and passed first reading on the floor of the House.

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS:

  1. Committee on Health Institutions:
    Hon. Paschal Obi.
    “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Health Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Establish Federal Medical Centre, Igboho, Oyo State; and for Related Matters (HB. 733)” (Referred: 29/9/2020).
  2. Committee on Health Institutions:
    Hon. Paschal Obi.
    “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Health Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal Medical Centre, Wase, Plateau State; and for Related Matters (HB. 885):(Referred: 7/7/2020).
  3. Committee on Health Institutions:
    Hon. Paschal Obi.
    “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Health Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Establish Nigerian Health Infrastructure Development Bank to enhance and promote the Health and Wellbeing of Nigerians of all Walks of Life, to boost Local Healthcare Capacity; and for Related Matters (HB. 908)” (Referred: 8/12/2020).
  4. Committee on Health Institutions:
    Hon. Paschal Obi.
    “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Health Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Establish Federal University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Bida, Niger State for the purpose of Providing Qualitative Education in Medicine and Health Sciences; and for Related Matters (HB. 411) (Referred: 27/2/2020).
  5. Committee on Health Institutions:
    Hon. Paschal Obi.
    “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Health Institutions on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Orthopedic Hospitals Management Board Act, Cap. O10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to provide for Establishment of Orthopedic Hospital, Jos, Plateau State; and for Related Matters (HB. 886)” (Referred: 7/7/2020).
    Rep. Pascal Obi moved for the presentation of the above five reports. Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila consequently asked him to lay them, which he did.
  6. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
    Hon. Aminu Suleiman:
    “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal University of Technology, Asaba, Delta State for the Promotion and Development of Technical Education in Nigeria and make Comprehensive Provisions for its Due Management and Administration; and for Related Matters (HB. 721)” (Referred: 4/3/2020).
  7. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
    Hon. Aminu Suleiman:
    “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on the Need for Intervention in the Conflict between the Management of Federal Polytechnic, Bida and the Academic Staff Union of the Polytechnic, Bida Branch (ASUP–BD) (HR. 198/11/2019)” (Referred: 20/11/2019).
  8. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
    Hon. Aminu Suleiman:
    “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on the Need to stop Post JAMB/UTME Examination in Nigeria’s Higher Institutions (HR. 151/11/2019)” (Referred: 6/11/2019).
  9. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
    Hon. Aminu Suleiman:
    “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on Call on the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to Review the 2020 Timeline for the Compulsory use of National Identity Number (NIN) to Register for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) (HR. 176/11/2019)” (Referred: 13/11/2019).
  10. Committee on Tertiary Education and Services:
    Hon. Aminu Suleiman:
    “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services on the Increase in Fees Charged by University of Maiduguri (HR. 153/11/2019)” (Referred: 6/11/2019).
    Rep. Aminu Suleiman moved for the presentation of the above five reports. Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila asked him to lay them, which he did.
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ORDERS OF THE DAY:

BILLS

  1. Consolidation of Bills

(a) A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Directorate of Employment Act, Cap. N28, Laws of the
Federation of Nigeria, 2004, to Review the Objectives of the Directorate, to Review the Composition of the Board and Enhance the Funding Regime of the Directorate for better Access to Credit for Youth Self–Empowerment and change the Short Title of the Act to National Agency for Job Creation and Human Capital Development; and for Related Matters (HB. 709) (Hon. Bamidele Salam); and
(b) A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Directorate of Employment Act, Cap. N28, Laws of the
Federation of Nigeria, 2004; and for Related Matters (HB. 1049) (Hon. Darlington Nwokocha).
Debate:
Rep. Abubakar Hassan Fulata moved for the consolidation of the two Bills. After the passage of the motion, the Speaker directed that the House Committee on Rules and Business should schedule a date for the debate on the consolidated Bills.

  1. A Bill for an Act to Establish the Institute of Mortgage Brokers and Lenders of Nigeria to Regulate the
    Activities and Ensure Professionalism in the System; and for Related Matters, 2021 (HB. 88) – Third Reading
    Debate:
    House Leader, Rep. Alhassan Ado Doguwa moved for the third reading of the Bill, and it was seconded by Rep. Shehu Koko. After the adoption of the motion, the Bill was passed.
  2. A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Blood Service Commission to Coordinate, Regulate and
    Ensure the Provision of Quality Blood and Blood Products; and for Related Matters (HB. 181) – Third Reading.
    Debate:
    House Leader, Rep. Alhassan Ado Doguwa moved for the third reading of the Bill, and it was seconded by Rep. Lawal Shettima Ali. After the adoption of the motion, the Bill was passed.
  3. A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal College of Education, Tudun Wada Dankadai; and for Related​Matters (HB. 1092) (Hon. Alhassan Ado Dogowa) – Second Reading.
    Debate:
    House Leader, Rep. Alhassan Ado Doguwa moved for the second reading of the Bill. It was seconded by Rep. Kabiru Idris.
    The Bill was consequently passed for second reading and referred to the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services.
  4. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act, 2011 to expressly provide that Colleges
    of Agriculture shall benefit from the Fund, Provide for Additional Conditions for Accessing Fund for Capital Projects by Beneficiary Institutions to Encourage the Beneficiary Institutions to Embark on Capital Projects instead of Relying Solely on Fund for Capital Developments and Provide for Inclusion of Academic Staff of Research Institutions, Research Institutes and Colleges of Agriculture respectively
    as Beneficiaries of Research Grants, Scholarship and other Interventionist Funding under the Tertiary Education Trust Fund; and for Related Matters. (HBs. 116, 193 & 880) (Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno, Hon. Abbas Tajudeen and Hon. Usman Abdullahi) – Second Reading.
    Debate:
    Rep. Usman Abdullahi moved for the second reading of the Bill, and it was seconded by Rep. Luke Onofiok. The Bill was passed for second reading and referred to the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services.
  5. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Advertising Practitioners (Registration, Etc.) Act, Cap. A7, Laws of the
    Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the Advertising Practitioners (Registration, Licensing, Etc.) Bill for Establishment of a Council for Advertising Practitioners as the Apex Regulatory Authority for the Nigerian Advertising Profession and Practice and Ensure Smooth Operations of the Council; and for Related Matters (HBs. 137& 518) (Hon. Abdulrazak Sa’ad Namdas and Hon. Adeyemi Akeem Adeniyi)
    – Second Reading.
    Debate:
    Rep. Abdulrazak Sa’ad Namdas moved for the second reading of the Bill, and it was seconded by Rep. Adeyemi Akeem Adeniyi. The Bill was passed for second reading and referred to the Committee on Commerce.
  6. A Bill for an Act to Establish Federal Medical Centre, Ankpa, Kogi State; and for Related Matters (HB.
    1195) (Hon. Abdullahi Ibrahim Ali) – Second Reading.
    Debate:
    Rep. Abdullahi Ibrahim Ali moved for the second reading of the Bill. It was seconded by Rep. Ahmed Dayyabu Safana. The Bill was passed for second reading and referred to the Committee on Health Institutions.
    MOTIONS
  7. Rescission of the Committal of National Innovation Agency (Establishment) Bill, (HB. 872) and Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act (Repeal and Enactment) Bill, (HB. 586) (Hon. Abubakar Hassan Fulata:

The House:

Notes that a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment and Management of a National Innovation Agency and a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act and Establish the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority were read a second time on 21 and 23 July, 2020, respectively and committed to the Committee on Science and Technology;

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Also notes that since the committal, some new Committees had been created, among which is the Committee on Science Research Institutions which was created from the Committee on Science and Technology;

Further notes that the mandate and objectives of National Innovation Agency (Establishment) Bill fall within the jurisdiction of existing agencies under the Committee on Science Research Institutions;

Aware that the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority is a Parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and therefore falls under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream);

Cognizant that the committal of the Bill for Establishment and Management of the National Innovation Agency to the Committee on Science and Technology can no longer be sustained as the Agency is under the newly created Committee on Science Research Institutions and then an error in committing the Bill on Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority also to the Committee rather than that of Petroleum Resources (Upstream) and therefore the need to commit the Bills to the appropriate Committees;

Resolves to:

Rescind its decisions of July 21 and 23, 2020 committing a Bill to Provide for the Establishment and Management of a National Innovation Agency and a Bill to Repeal the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act and Establish the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority to the Committee on Science and Technology and commit:

(i) the National Innovation Agency (Establishment) Bill, (HB. 872) 2020, to the Committee on Science Research Institutions; and
(ii) the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act (Repeal and Enactment) Bill, (HB. 586) 2019, to
the Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream).

Debate:

Rep Abubakar Hassan Fulata moved the above motion. Rep. Rotimi Agunsoye seconded it. The motion was passed accordingly after its unanimous adoption by the Members.

  1. Investigation of the Non–Release of Retention Funds by Federal Ministries, Departments and
    Agencies:

Hon. Abubbakar Makki Yalleman:

The House:

Notes that in the last ten years, Ministries, Departments and Agencies have held unto retention funds running into billions of naira meant for contractors despite issuing Certificates of Completion, taken over the projects and the expiration of the mandatory defect liability period as prescribed by law;

Also notes that the practice is inimical to the growth of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) as it denies contractors the needed capital to stay afloat while part of those funds formed part of the N1.2 trillion the Fiscal Responsibility Commission accused about 122 MDAs of failure to remit in 2020;

Aware that the global best practice in Retention Fund is to release half of the fund after the issuance of the certificate of completion, while the balance is released upon the attainment of the defect liability period which is usually twelve (12) months after completion and handover of the projects;

Observes that the withheld funds are never captured by MDAs as generated revenues, accounted for, or appropriated in a subsequent budget while beneficiaries are made to go cap in hand begging and lobbying for the release of the funds which rightfully belong to them;
Also observes that with the harsh economic climate in the country, low–profit margins, runaway inflation, high lending rates and difficulty in accessing funds by MSMEs, the 5%–10% retention fees oftentimes constitute a significant portion of the contractors’ profit, especially as payment schedule is skewed in favour of the MDAs;

Concerned that the actions of MDAs amount to gross infraction of Section 37(1–4) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 and its overall objective of harmonizing existing government policies and practices to engender probity, accountability and transparency in the procurement process;

Resolves to:

Set up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the failure of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to release Retention funds and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.

Debate:

Rep. Abubakar Makki Yalleman moved the motion and prayed for the House to take decisive action in line with the prayer of the motion. Rep. Leke Abejide seconded the motion. Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila put it to a voice vote, and it was unanimously adopted by the House.

  1. Need to Intervene in the Lingering Outage in Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
    ​Hon. Suleiman Aliyu Lere:

The House:

Notes that sequel to the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, the National Electric Power Policy was promulgated with the objective of establishing an efficient electricity market in Nigeria;

Also notes that the provision of electricity to residents of developing countries is an incentive for improved economic and social development, as access to reliable energy aids in alleviating poverty and generally advancing the social and security status of communities;

Aware that the goal of the National Electric Power Policy is to address the unstable electric power supply situation in Nigeria which leads to customers being exposed to frequent power cuts and outage;

Also aware that the reform was meant to positively overhaul the industry which was characterized by lack of maintenance of power infrastructure, outdated power plants, low revenues, high operational costs, high revenue leakages, power theft and non-cost reflective tariffs;

Further aware that the country still faces a serious energy crisis due to shortfall in electricity generation from domestic plants, declining productivity and failure to meet the current electricity demand in Nigeria in an efficient and economically viable manner;

Observes that besides the foregoing challenges, incessant cross-boundary electricity supply and revenue settlement disagreements among Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) have led to the unjustified disconnection of power by the disputing Discos, thereby putting innocent communities, particularly on State border lines, at a grave disadvantage and unnecessary hardship;

Also observes that the lingering cross-border power supply/revenue remittance dispute between Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) and Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) to the energy supplied by JEDC to Lere Local Government Area, within the administrative jurisdiction of KEDCO, has led to the disconnection of supply to about 28 communities by JEDC for more than 6 months now;

Further observes that Lere Local Government Area comprising 11 wards namely; Abadawa Garu, Yarkasuwa, Lazuru, Ramin Kura, Gure/Kahugu, Lere, Sabon Birni, Dan Alhaji, Kayarda and Saminaka – the administrative capital and commercial hub of the area, with many towns and villages connected to the National Grid;

Concerned that the reason for the power cut was the failure of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) to remit unsettled funds to the tune of about N2, 800, 000, 000.00 (Two Billion, Eight Hundred Million Naira) Only to Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC), being the outstanding cost of energy supplied particularly to Saminaka and environs in Lere Local Government Area over some time;

Cognizant of the standard of practice in the electricity supply contract, which is negotiated on an individual basis and not based on the whole community;

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Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) to immediately reconnect the feeders and restore electricity supply to the affected communities;
(ii)​mandate the Committee on Power to:

(a) interface with the Managements of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) and Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) to ascertain the reason (s) for the power cut to the consumers in Lere Local Government from the National Grid without any notice;
(b) investigate similar instances of unnecessary deprivation of electricity to communities by the Electricity Distribution Companies on account of internal trade disputes among the DISCOs, and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

Debate:

Rep. Suleiman Aliyu Lere moved for the second reading of the motion. Rep. Shehu Balarabe seconded the motion. It was unanimously adopted.

  1. Need to Complete the Abandoned Youth Centre Project at Ajara – Torikoh, Badagry Federal Constituency, Lagos State:
    Hon. Babatunde Hunpe:

The House;

Notes that the Ajara-Torikoh, Badagry Youth Centre Project was started as an entrepreneurial and skill development programme for young aspiring entrepreneurs with a leadership mind-set;

Also notes the efforts being made by the present government to address the issue of abandoned projects across the country but dismayed that the Ajara–Torikoh, Badagry Youth Centre Project has remained abandoned since 2012, despite the amount appropriated for its construction in 2011/2012;

Concerned that the abandonment of Badagry Youth Centre Project by successive governments poses serious threats to security and engenders cybercrime, social vices and crime in Badagry axis as a result of many unemployed youths who would have been engaged in the Centre;
Also concerned that the large hectares of land released by the host community for the Project are being encroached into by illegal and unauthorized occupants as a result of the abandonment of the project;

Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development to make provision in the 2022 Budget estimate for the completion of the Project.

(ii) mandate the Committee on Youth Development to ensure compliance and report back within two (2) weeks for further legislative action.

Debate:

Rep. Babatunde Hunpe moved the motion. Rep. Akin Alabi seconded the motion. It was unanimously adopted after Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila put it to voice vote.

  1. Pollution in the Environment and Farmlands in the Niger Delta Region that Destroys Sources of
    Livelihood:

Hon. Henry Ndochukwu Nwawuba​​​
Hon. Dumnameme R. Dekor,
Hon. Victor Onyemachi Nwokolo​​​
Hon. Victor Mela
Hon. Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro​​​
Hon. Muhammad Ali Wudil
Hon. Tijani Kayode Ismail​​​​
Hon. John Dyegh
Hon. Francis Charles Uduyok​​​
Hon. Olumide Babatunde Osoba
Hon. Tijani Ahmed Yusuf
Hon. Yusuf Saidu Miga
Hon. Makwe Livinus​​​​
Hon. Hamza Ibrahim
Hon. Patrick Nathan Ifon:

The House:

Notes the high level of environmental pollution caused by oil and gas exploration and production activities in the Niger Delta region as well as environmental degradation due to poor production practices, and inadequate maintenance of pipelines and oil infrastructure;

Also notes that there were two separate oil spills from Okordia Rumuekpe pipeline and the flow station at John Krana 4 known as Adibawa flow station in Eharama Community of Bayelsa State owing to long usage of oil pipeline since 1969, operated by Shell (SPDC), and the Ogada-Brass pipeline operated by AGIP (NAOC) both of which occurred in 2020;

Further notes the tensions associated with lack of employment, scarcity of natural resources, pollution of land, rivers and forests as well as the associated poverty caused by the activities of Shell Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) in B–Dere, Ogada–Brass, Okordia Rumuekpe and other communities in Ogoni land of Rivers and Bayelsa states;

Concerned that both Shell Petroleum Company (SPDC) and Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) have failed to clean up affected areas and compensate the affected families, neither have they repaired damages caused by fire outbreaks arising from the spills dispersed by flood which destroyed other sources of livelihood in the region;

Also concerned that the nonchalant attitude of these companies have brought untold hardship on the people of these communities who rely on farm produce and fishing for survival;

Observes that the communities are overstressed by the conflicting involvements of the International oil companies and their operating agents in Ogoni land over the years in the extraction of Oil and Gas which has resulted in overlapping damage to the environment, coupled with a growing level of agitation, unemployment, and poor infrastructural development in the communities;

Further observes that considering Section 20 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) which states thus, “the state shall protect and improve the environment and safeguard the water, air, land, forest and wildlife of Nigerians”, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) can investigate and sanction facility owners for gross violation of Federal Environmental laws;

Determined to arrest the unfortunate incidence from reoccurring and further degenerate into hostilities by the host communities;

Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Federal Government, through the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) to sanction Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) and Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) for gross violation of Environmental Laws;

(ii) also urge the Department of Petroleum Resources, (DPR), Shell Petroleum Development Company and Nigeria Agip Oil to comply strictly with NOSDRA Act;

(iii) mandate the Committee on Host Communities to liaise with the Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Shell Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) and Agip (NAOC) and carry out effective inspection and comprehensive assessment at Muuabooh, Kinaben, Vuruvulu and Ke–eegio creeks in B–Dere and other impacted areas in Gokana Local Government Area of Ogoni land, including other Host Communities in the Niger Delta Region with a view to ensuring strict compliance with the NOSDRA Act as well as the Environmental Guidelines and Standards for the Petroleum Industry In Nigeria (EGASPIN).

Debate:

Rep. Henry Ndochukwu Nwawuba moved the motion. Rep. Ahmed Jaha Babawo seconded the motion.

Rep. Ndudi Elumelu moved for the amendment of prayer three for the House to mandate the Committees on Environment and Host Communities to take charge of the matter. It was seconded by Rep. Preye Influence Oseke. The motion was adopted by the House.
The motion was unanimously adopted, and Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila referred it to the Joint Committee on Host Communities and Environment.

Adjournment:

At 1:09.pm, the House Leader, Rep. Alhassan Ado Doguwa moved for the House to be adjourned to Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 11.am. It was seconded by Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Godwin Elumelu. Consequently, the House was adjourned to the agreed date.
Courtesy:

Media Unit, Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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