…Sponsors over 3000 People for Medical Treatment
…Purchases JAMB forms for over 400 students
…Laments on condition of IDPs across Nigeria
BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
Hon. Umar Muhammad Jega representing Gwandu/Aliero/Jega Federal Constituency of Kebbi State was among the 360 legislators sworn-in on 11th June, 2019 for a four-year term.
Within the period, 11th June, 2019 to 11th June, 2021 Hon. Umar Jega who is the Chairman, House Committee on internally Displaced Persons and Refugees did not hesitate to point to the direction he is going as far legislative activities are concerned. He sponsored several bills, presented motions and carried out constituency programme and projects.
As a Chairman of House Committee on IDPs and Refugees, Jega also made several efforts through oversight function to alleviate the pains and suffering of the IDPs in various camps.
Constituency Programme and Projects
Though the primary responsibility of lawmakers as stipulated by the nation constitution, is lawmaking and oversight function, Hon. Umar Jega in response to the yearnings, aspirations and calls of his people carried out several constituency projects in Gwandu/Aliero/Jega Federal Constituency of Kebbi State.
One of such interventions at his constituency include the medical outreach programme which allowed about 3000 persons to get free medical treatment while about 500 beneficiaries of the programme had eye surgery operation.
About 500 people also had free surgical operation for different ailments such as hernia, appendicitis, hydrocele, lipoma etc.
According to Jega, the free medical outreach programme was done in collaboration with Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.
In order to encourage education of the young ones, Jega purchased forms of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board’s UTME for over 4oo students in his constituency.
He also empowered several less privileged people including young people and women through training on computer, tailoring, fashion and designing among others. Several others were provided with motorcycles.
There is hardly any festive period particularly Sallah, that Hon. Jega did not provide truck-load of food stuff notably, bags of rice, millet etc to his constituents.
His committee, the internally Displaced Persons and Refugees, within the last two year of the 9th National Assembly has taken several steps towards addressing the challenges of the internally displaced persons, IDPS.
Jega is also among the lawmakers that warm others through contribution to bills and motions at the floor of the Green Chamber.
He presented several motions, sponsored and co-sponsored bills.
One of such motions by Hon. Mohammad Umar Jega is titled:
“URGENT NEED TO RE-OPEN AND EXTEND REGISTRATION AND REDEEMING OF GROWTH ENHANCEMENT SUPPORT SCHEME (GESS) IN KEBBI STATE AND TO ENSURE ITS WIDER COVERAGE.”
The motion which was brought pursuant to Order Viii Rule 4 – Matters of Urgent Public Importance sought for a House resolution directing the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to immediately restore the GES programme and lift the suspension to reach the targeted farmers, not only in Kebbi State but also in other states that are interested.
Following Jega’s motion the House also resolved to direct the Minister of Agriculture to simplify the registration process to make the programme more accessible to eligible farmers.
The House also urged the Federal Executive Council to extend the life span of the programme for more than 4 years under the extant policy in recognition of its significance towards agricultural development. which is the highest employer of labour and major focus of the administration.
The House also mandated the committee on Agricultural services to ensure compliance and report back to the house within four weeks.
“URGENT NEED FOR SPECIAL INTERVENTION TO CURTAIL THE IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 ON IDPs HEALTH AND LIVELIHOODS” is also another motion moved by Hon. Umar Jega
Sequel to this motion, the House of Representatives urged the Federal Government to urgently intervene and made special grant of five Billion Naira to National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and internally Displaced Persons to curtail the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in the Nation IDPs camp.
Parts of the motion read below:
“There are in Nigeria today about 2.5 million internally displaced persons living in over 290 crowded camps and host communities.
“Be informed that
The displacement in the county are caused by
1. The Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
2. The conflict between herders and farmers
3. The activities of the Armed Bandits and cattle rustlers
4. Communal clashes
5. Natural disasters like flooding and fire outbreak.
“Also informed that the IDPs live in densely populated camps.The overcrowdiness in these camps make social distancing all but, impossible, access to drinking water and sanitation are virtually unavailable, this make the containment of the pandemic very serious and desirable.
“Aware that the IDPs (people fleeing disasters) are the most vulnerable and most of them are with strained and fragile Health conditions.
“Worried that the current situation with regards to COVID-19 there is an apparent need for urgent Federal Government special intervention in the following areas.
a. Provision of food
b. Provision of non- food but essential items such as medicine
c. Face masks
d. Hand Sanitizers
e. Soap, detergents and buckets
“Concerned that sensitization programme across the camps in the country to educate the IDPs on basic hygiene become necessary. We can only imagine what it would look like for the Men, Women and Children living in displacement camps, if the pandemic strikes in any of the overcrowded camps in the country.
The House resolved to:
“Urge the Federal Government to urgently intervene and made special grant of five Billion Naira to National Commission for refugees, Migrants and internally Displaced person to curtail the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in the Nation IDPs camp.”
The House following this motion mandated the committee on IDPs to ensure judicious use of the fund.
A BILL FOR AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL SECRETARIAL STAFF OF NIGERIA: AND FOR RELATED MATTERS is one of the bills sponsored by Hon. Muhammad Umar Jega
According to the lead debate, the bill will standardize the practice of Secretarial Profession in Nigeria; enforce a code of ethics in the profession in Nigeria and provide a legal framework on discipline, rules, ethical status of secretarial professionals in Nigeria.
“The Rt. Hon. Speaker, Hon. Members the secretarial Profession is as old as any career structure in Nigeria. To give a cheque history of development of the Professional Secretarial which started before early 1970’s, as a training but unregulated body. In the 1970’s, Secretarial Institutes sprang up with few acquiring government recognition and accreditation.
“Getting to the 1980’s some Polytechnics work out the training of Secretarial Practitioners thereby creating a window for advancement of the profession. Also the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the University of port-Harcourt were the first set of Universities to offer Secretarial Studies at degree levels in the country.
:Today, Secretarial Studies are offered AT Master’s degree and Ph.D. Levels. Transitionally and with the integration of ICT and Computer into the world of documentation, the advancement in the profession earned it a new name: Office Technology and Management (OTM) as accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
“Furthermore, admission requirement into the University/Polytechnic are equally same as any management course requirement. Practically, and as obtainable, graduates of Secretarial studies or Office Technology Management (OTM) are also placed as Administrative Officers in some establishment.
“It is saddening to note that despite all the foregoing advancement, which has naturally transform Secretarial practice from mere traditional role to modern roles, accommodating ICT and general administration, its practitioners are still unregulated and uncertified thereby reducing the profession to nothing. In order to standardize the profession of Secretarial studies, it will be in the best interest of the profession to regulate the profession of Secretarial Studies by means of a legal framework, hence the Bill.”
“The essence of CIPSSON Bill:
The Bill when passed into law, will seek to:
[i] standardize the practice of Secretarial Profession in Nigeria;
[ii] enforce a code of ethics in the profession in Nigeria;
[iii] provide a legal framework on discipline, rules, ethical status of secretarial professionals in Nigeria;
[iv] provide a framework on placement of secretarial professionals in line with advancement in the profession;
[v] regulate generally secretarial profession in Nigeria;
[vi] accommodate other cadres that were left out in any other arrangement; and
[vii] assist in generating revenue for all tiers of government in Nigeria.
“The Rt Hon. Speaker, Hon Members item 49 of the Second Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1990 (as amended) specifically empowered the National Assembly to allow
for establishment of professional occupations as may be designated by the National Assembly.
The implication of the cited constitutional provision is to allow for the existence bodies for the purpose of regulating Secretarial reporting.
The bill was read for second time and referred to the relevant committee for further legislative actions.
A Bill for an Act to Amend the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria Act, Cap I.12, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Provide for the Role of Chemists, the Regulation of Practicing Fees by Members of the Institute; and for Related Matters (HB. 180) was also sponsored by Hon. Muhammad Umar Jega.