Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Wednesday, December 28th, 2022

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Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Wednesday, December 28th, 2022.

The Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila presided.


After leading the opening prayer and the National Pledge, the Speaker approved the Votes and Proceedings of Wednesday, December 22nd, 2022


ANNOUNCEMENT


The Speaker announced the transmission of a letter from Mr. President on the Federal Produce Inspection Service Bill for consideration.


PETITION


Rep. Luke Onofiok presented a petition by five petitioners against the Independent National Electoral Commission over its failure to conduct an election for the vacant seat of the Oron Federal constituency.


Rep. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe also presented a petition on the need to construct a pedestrian bribe on the Ibadan end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway due to the danger the absence of the bridge is constituting to the residents of the area.


All petitions were referred to House Committee on Public Petition.


MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE


Rep. Victor Mella Danzaria moved a motion of urgent national importance on the need to suspend the planned sale of Oil mining license 11. The lawmaker said the license is in dispute because it was idle since 1993 after the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) that operated the joint venture was forced out of Ogoniland.


He prayed that the Federal government and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) should be urged to suspend planned asset sale until all disputed issues are resolved while also urging the House to mandate its Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) to immediately investigate the planned auction and report back within four weeks.


The motion was voted on and adopted.


Rep. Babajide Obanikoro also moved a motion on the need to investigate the killing of one of his constituents, Bolanle Raheem by a police officer. He said the gruesome killing of the Lagos lawyer by the police officer and another constituent within the same jurisdiction less than three weeks ago and other citizens across the country is a sad development that must be arrested.

Among other prayers, he prayed for the House to investigate the killing while urging that the consumption of alcohol and other hard substances that may affect the performance and execution of the responsibilities of police personnel while on duty be prohibited.


The motion was voted on and adopted.


ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

1. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the second reading of A Bill for an Act to Amend the Appropriation Act, 2022 to extend the Implementation of the Capital Aspect of the Appropriation Act, 2022 from 31 December, 2022 to 31 March, 2023; and for Related Matters (HB. 2161). It was seconded by Rep. Nicholas Ossai.


Bill voted on, read the second time and referred to the Committee of Supply.


PRESENTATION OF REPORTS


1. Rep. Saidu Musa Abdullahi moved that the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Finance on a Bill for an Act to amend relevant Tax, Excises and Duty Statutes in line with the Macroeconomic Policy Reforms of the Federal Government; to amend and to make further provisions in specific laws in connection with the Public Financial Management of the Federation; and for Related Matters.


2. Rep. Muktar Betara moved a motion to lay the Report of the Committee on Appropriations on the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Bill to authorize the issue from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) the total sum of N819, 536,937,813 (Eight Hundred and Nineteen Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty-Six Million, Nine Hundred and Thirty-Seven Thousand, Eight Hundred and Thirteen Naira, only.


3. Rep. Muktar Betara moved a motion to lay the Report of the Committee on Appropriations on a Bill for an Act to authorise the issue from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation the total sum of N21,827,188,747,391 (Twenty One Trillion, Eight Hundred and Twenty Seven Billion, One Hundred and Eighty Eight Million, Seven Hundred and Forty Seven Thousand, Three Hundred and Ninety One Naira) only, of which N967,486,010,536 (Nine Hundred and Sixty Seven Billion, Four Hundred and Eighty Six Million, Ten Thousand, Five Hundred and Thirty Six Naira) only is for Statutory Transfers, N6,557,597,611,797 (Six Trillion, Five Hundred and Fifty-Seven Billion, Five Hundred and Ninety-Seven Million, Six Hundred and Eleven Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety Seven Naira) only is for Debt Service, N 8,329,370,195,637 (Eight Trillion, Three Hundred and Twenty Nine Billion, Three Hundred and Seventy Million, One Hundred and Ninety Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirty Seven Naira) only is for Recurrent (Non-Debt) Expenditure while the sum of N 5,972,734,929,421 (Five Trillion, Nine Hundred and Seventy Two Billion, Seven Hundred and Thirty Four Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty Nine Thousand, Four Hundred and Twenty One Naira) only is for contribution to the Development Fund for Capital Expenditure for the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2023. (HB. 2084).


CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY)

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila Chaired.


House Rules suspended to enable Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase to chair the Committee of Supply


1. Rep. Saidu Musa Abdullahi moved for the consideration of the Report of the Committee on Finance on a Bill for an Act to amend relevant Tax, Excises and Duty Statutes in line with the Macroeconomic Policy Reforms of the Federal Government; to amend and to make further provisions in specific laws in connection with the Public Financial Management of the Federation; and for Related Matters. It was seconded by Rep. Mohammed Alkali.


Synopsis

Rep Abdullahi said as it has become customary, the Bill seeks to support the implementation of the 2023 Federal budget of fiscal consolidation and transition by proposing key reforms to specific tax, customs and other fiscal laws.


 Summary

Clauses voted on and approved: 1-44


2. Rep. Saidu Musa Abdullahi moved that the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Finance on the issue from the Statutory Revenue Fund of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) the total Revenue of  N262,959,510,955 (two hundred and sixty-two billion, nine hundred and fifty-nine million, five hundred and ten thousand, nine hundred and fifty-five naira), only is for out of which N126,070,912,538 (one hundred and twenty-six billion, seventy million, nine hundred and twelve thousand, five hundred and thirty-eight naira) only is for Personnel Cost, while the sum of N96,061,565,065 (ninety-six billion, sixty-one million,  five hundred and sixty-five thousand, sixty-five naira) only, is for Overhead Cost and the sum of N40,827,033,352 ) (forty billion, eight hundred and twenty-seven million, thirty-three thousand, three hundred and fifty-two naira) only is for Capital Expenditure for the service year ending December 2023. It was seconded by Rep. Mohammed Alkali.


Synopsis

Rep. Abdullahi said the Finance Committee considered the budget proposal of FIRS thoroughly before arriving at its consideration to enhance its operation and the execution of its mandates.


Summary:

 Recommendations voted on and approved: 1-3


3. Rep. Muktar Betara moved that the House do consider the Report of the Committee on Appropriations on the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Bill to authorize the issue from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CFR) the total sum of N819, 536,937,813 (eight hundred and nineteen billion, five hundred and thirty-six million, nine hundred and thirty-seven thousand, eight hundred and thirteen Naira, only and it was seconded by Rep. Maki Yallerman.


              (i)           Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development     N69,247,175,770

              (ii)          Federal Ministry of Works and Housing                                  N704,789,762,043

              (iii)         Federal Capital Territory                                                            N30,000,000,000

              (iv)         Federal Ministry of Water Resources                                                    N15,500,000,000


Synopsis

Rep. Betara said the Supplementary budget was fundamentally raised to make available additional funds to cushion the effect of the 2022 flood across the country that affected agriculture and road infrastructures among others.


Summary:

Recommendations voted on and approved: 1-4


4. Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the consideration of A Bill for an Act to Amend the Appropriation Act, 2022 to extend the Implementation of the Capital Aspect of the Appropriation Act, 2022 from 31 December, 2022 to 31 March, 2023; and for Related Matters (HB. 2161). It was seconded by Rep. Nicholas Ossai.


Synopsis

Rep. Ado-Doguwa said the Bill seeks to allow for the completion of critical projects for the benefit of Nigerians.


Summary

Clauses voted on and approved: 1-3.


5. Rep. Muktar Betara moved a motion to lay the Report of the Committee on Appropriations on a Bill for an Act to authorise the issue from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation the total sum of N21,827,188,747,391 (Twenty One Trillion, Eight Hundred and Twenty Seven Billion, One Hundred and Eighty Eight Million, Seven Hundred and Forty Seven Thousand, Three Hundred and Ninety One Naira) only, of which N967,486,010,536 (Nine Hundred and Sixty Seven Billion, Four Hundred and Eighty Six Million, Ten Thousand, Five Hundred and Thirty Six Naira) only is for Statutory Transfers, N6,557,597,611,797 (Six Trillion, Five Hundred and Fifty-Seven Billion, Five Hundred and Ninety-Seven Million, Six Hundred and Eleven Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety Seven Naira) only is for Debt Service, N 8,329,370,195,637 (Eight Trillion, Three Hundred and Twenty Nine Billion, Three Hundred and Seventy Million, One Hundred and Ninety Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirty Seven Naira) only is for Recurrent (Non-Debt) Expenditure while the sum of N 5,972,734,929,421 (Five Trillion, Nine Hundred and Seventy Two Billion, Seven Hundred and Thirty Four Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty Nine Thousand, Four Hundred and Twenty One Naira) only is for contribution to the Development Fund for Capital Expenditure for the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2023. (HB. 2084). It was seconded by Rep. Nicholas Ossai.


Summary:

Recommendations voted on and approved: 1-13.


HOUSE IN PLENARY 

Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase presided.


The House reverted to plenary and adopted the report of the Committee of Supply following a motion by Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa and seconded by Rep. Ndudi Elumelu.


Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved for the suspension of House Rules to enable the Third reading of Bills and the adoption of Votes and Proceedings of the day. It was seconded by Rep. Jerry Alagbaoso.


Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the Third reading of the 5 Bills and it was seconded by Rep. Babatunde Adejare.


Bills voted on, read the third time and passed.


Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa moved for the adoption of Votes and Proceedings of the day. It was seconded by Rep. Segun Odebunmi.


Motion voted on and adopted.


ADJOURNMENT


Adjournment:

The House at 15.05 adjourned plenary to Tuesday, January 17th, 2023 by 11:00 following a motion for adjournment moved by the House Leader, Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa and seconded by the Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu.


Courtesy:

Media Unit, Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives.

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