Amendment of Federal Character and other top Bills and Motions before House of Reps this week

David OputahMay 21, 202410 min

The top bills and motions before the House of Reps this week include a Bill for an Act to Amend the Federal Character Commission Act 2004.

The House of Representatives remains at the forefront of shaping policies and laws that govern the nation. With each passing week, lawmakers deliberate, discuss and push bills and motions aimed at addressing the most pressing issues facing our society.

Each week brings forth a flurry of legislative activity, as lawmakers navigate the complex terrain of governance to address the multifaceted needs of our society.

Join us as we delve into the heart of the legislative agenda, exploring the top bills and motions that command the attention of the House this week (May 20-24, 2024).

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Top Bills:

A Bill for an Act to Amend the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria Act, Cap. A12 Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to make provisions for the Establishment of Agricultural and Energy Technical Institute, Aboh, Delta State and for Related Matters (HB.955)

A Bill for an Act to Regulate Factoring, Purchase of Receivables, as well as Establishment, Operation and Control of Operation of Business Organisations engaged in Factoring and Receivables Financing and for Related Matters (HB.516)

A Bill for an Act to Amend National Teacher’s Institute Act, Cap. N79, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Constitute Membership of the Council and Provide Nigeria Certificate in Education, Undergraduate, Post–Graduate and Research Programmes in Teachers Education and for Related Matters (HB. 879)

A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Health Insurance Authority Act, 2021 to Establish a National Social Registrar (NSR) as the Primary Identification Tool for the Disbursement of the Vulnerable Group Fund and For Related Matters (HB.803)

A Bill for an Amend the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act to remove Spouses from the List of Persons required to declare their Assets and for Related Matters (HB. 769).

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A Bill for an Act to Establish the Integrated Corporate Data Management Commission as the Body responsible for Comprehensive Collation, Harmonization of Certificates issued by Corporate Statutory Regulatory bodies, Graduation based on compliance with enabling laws Regulating Corporate Entities in Nigeria and for Related Matters (HB. 518)

A Bill for an Act to Establish the Chartered Institute of Public Health Studies and Administration charged with the responsibility of advancing the study, Training and Practice of Public Health Management and Administration in Nigeria and for Related Matters (HBs.161 and 1041)

A Bill for an Act to Amend the Federal Colleges of Education Act to Establish Federal College of Education (Special) Dukku, Gombe State and for Related Matters (HB.1371)

A Bill for an Act to provide for the Federal College of Nursing and Midwifery Amassoma, Bayelsa State and for Related Matters (HB. 1118)

A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal College Nursing and Midwifery Amoji–Nike, Enugu State and for Related Matters (HB.524)

A Bill an Act to Amend the Federal Universities of Agriculture Act, Cap. F22 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Establish Federal University of Agriculture, Atomkpe Inamite Town, Cross Rivers State and for Related Matters (HB. 134)

A Bill for an Act to Establish Chartered Institute of Nigerian Universities Professional Administrators charged with the Responsibility for Advancing the Study, Training and Practice of Universities Professional Administration and for Related Matters (HB. 784)

A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Nigerian Railway Corporation Act, Cap. N129, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to provide for the formation of Companies to take over the Functions, Assets, Liabilities and Staff of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, to Develop Competitive Railway Services; to Establish the Nigeria Railway Authority to provide for the Licensing, Technical and Safety Regulation of the Railway Sector, to provide the Framework for Private Sector Participation in the Provision of Rail Services and for Related Matters (HB. 1378)

A Bill for an Act to Amend the Federal Medical Centres Act to Establish Federal Medical Centre Atan -Ota, Ogun State and for Related Matters (HB. 349)

A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to include sign Language among the Language used in conducting the Business of the National Assembly and for related Matters (HB. 210)

A Bill for an Act to Amend the Federal Character Commission Act 2004 and for Related Matters (HB.721)

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Motions:

Outstanding Bills from Preceding Assembly: Hon. Francis E. Waive.

Addressing Six Months Blackout in Kachia/Kagarko Federal Constituency, Kaduna State.

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Calling on Nigeria Police to Halt Collection of Five Thousand Naira for Issuance of Motor Vehicle Information Certificate.

Need to ensure International Oil Companies involved in the Divestment of Assets in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria Comply with the Decommissioning, Abandonment Regulations and Guidelines of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) as Enshrined in the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).

Rehabilitation of Ubiaja/Ebu/Asaba Federal Road in Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency.

Deteriorating State of Electricity Supply in Minna and Environs.

Need to Complete the Okaki Yenegwe, Okolo Nembe Road Project.

Non-compliance with Corporate Social Responsibility obligations towards Oil-producing Communities by ExxonMobil Company Limited in Akwa Ibom State.

Rehabilitation of Biu –Garkida– Adamawa Road in Askira – Uba/Hawul Federal constituency: Hon. Midala Usman Balami. (x) Installation of Appropriate and Adequate Metering System by the Department of Petroleum Resources of Nigeria (DPR).

Need to Execute House Resolution on Security.

Need to Investigate the Contract by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for the Opokuma Clan Erosion Protection in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

Call to Convert Seized Properties of Offices for Public Use.

Need to Allow Pregnant Women Enjoy Free Medical Treatment from Public Health Institutions during and after Delivery.

Need to Complete Silo Handovers and Support for Agricultural Productivity through Neon Agro Commodities.

Resettlement, Integration and Compensation of Ingenious Communities in the Federal Capital Territory.

Allegation of Execution of Slave Agreement between Nigerian Miniseries, Departments and Agencies with Chinese State.

Oil Exploration Activities in Gombe and Bauchi States.

Tackling the Drop in the Standards of Education in Nigeria.

Need to Complete the Abandoned Dredging of the Calabar Seaport.

Rehabilitation of Failed Section of Yashe – Kusada – Ingawa – Dutsi _ Shargalle road.

Need to Employ the Use of Modern Technology to Secure the Nation’s Borders

Call to Establish Nigeria Correctional Centres, Armed Security Guards and Correctional Data Security Across the Country.

Need to Investigate Investments in Renewable Energy Sector and Foreign Grants received from 2015 till Date.

Illegal Unbundling, Stripling and Misappropriations of Assets in Nigerian Postal Services

Need to Address and Mitigate Erosion in Gadakam Damgum and Jajere Town of Fika/Fune Federal Consistency, Yobe State.

Consideration of Reports:

A Bill for An Act to Establish the National Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science to Conduct Professional Postgraduate Examination for Candidiates into Various Specialties in Medical Laboratory Science; and for Related Matters (HB.310).

A Bill for An Act to Establish the Office of Budget Management of the Federation and to Provide a Legal Framework for Budget Process Management in the Federal Government of Nigeria to Ensure Effective Regulation of Budget Preparation, Presentation, Implementation and Auditing; and for Related Matters (HB.698).

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A Bill for An Act to Establish National Rice Production, Processing and Research Institute, Igbemo-Ekiti, Ekiti State and for Related Matters (HB.584) – Committee of the Whole:

A Bill for an Act to provide for the Establishment of the Federal University of Environment Technology, Koroma/Saakpenwa, Tai Ogoni and for Related Matters (HB.1040) – Committee of the Whole:

A Bill for An Act to Establish the National Food Safety Council and National Food Safety Management Committee for the Official Control of Food and Feed Safety, the Obligations of Food and Feed Business Operators and Define the Functions and Powers of Institutions of Government to ensure that Food and Feed Safety Risks are Effectively Managed; and for Related Matters (HB.613) – Committee of the Whole.

Public Petitions:

Report on the petition by A. E. Adole & Co against Julius Berger Nigeria Plc Ijora-Lagos A Case of Conspiracy to Vendetta, Criminal Defamation and Conduct likely to cause Breach of Peace (Laid: 13/2/2024).

Report on the petition by Dr. Hilary Ibe against the Veterinary Council of Nigeria for reinstatement and payment of full benefits (Laid 8/2/2024).

Report on the petition by Dr. Moemeke George Onyekanjinke against the Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority on a Complaint of Unfair Treatment and Handling of Service conditions, an appeal for Investigation and consideration of his petition brought before the 9th Assembly but was not concluded before the end of the 9th Assembly (Laid 8/2/2024).

Report on the petition by Joseph Andrew A. Against the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL): an appeal for reinstatement back to Service (Laid 8/2/2024).

Report on the petition by M.C Chambers against Multi-Choice Nigeria Limited, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) over the persistent and unjustified increase in the Tariffs; a request to stop same and implement the Pay -As –You View -Scheme (Laid 8/2/2024).

David Oputah

Oputah David M is a Bloomberg-trained Journalist with a diversified experience in online journalism and newsroom management. He is a 2023 MTN Media Innovation fellow!

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