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Ban materials promoting LGBT in nursery, primary schools, Reps urge govt

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to place a total ban on local production, importation, and use of any educational material that teaches or promotes Lesbianism, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) in schools across the country.

It also urged the Federal Ministry of Education, the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council, and the Education Research Council (ERC) to carefully vet and censor the contents of educational materials used in nursery and primary schools throughout the country and ensure that they are appropriate and devoid of any connotation of immoral behaviours.

The House mandated the Committee on Basic Education to ensure compliance.

These resolutions followed the adoption of a motion, titled: Ban on Inappropriate Educational Materials in Nursery and Pre-Primary Schools in Nigeria, moved by Sulaiman Abubakar Gumi.

It also said the Curriculum Service Departments undertake the same at the state level, whereas the Education Research Council (ERC) does same in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

The House expressed concern about the influx of foreign educational materials in Nigeria’s nursery and primary schools which teach and promote certain orientaions that are alien and inimical to the country’s cherished norms and values.

It also expressed concern that the widely used book, Queen Primer, subtly introduces terms like ‘gay’, ‘eros’, among others, “that commonise sexual perversion and immoral behaviours, thus exposing innocent children to terms inappropriate for their age, which is unlawful, unethical, highly immoral and antithetical to child upbringing”.

Also, the House of Representatives urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Ministry of Finance to release the approved N27.6 billion to oil bearing host communities, as prescribed by the Petroleum Industry Act 2021.

It also urged the Federal Government to hasten the approval for the release of the balance of the funds to host communities.

The Green Chamber mandated the Committee on Host Communities to ensure and monitor the release of the initial approved N27.6 billion to legitimate representatives of host communities in compliance with the Petroleum Industry Act, 2021, and statutory provisions and report to back within four weeks for further legislative action.

These resolutions followed the adoption of a motion, titled: Need for the Central Bank of Nigeria to Release the Approved N27.6 Billion as part of Funds Generated from Gas Flaring Penalties to Host Communities in Compliance with the Petroleum Industry Act, moved by Awaji-Inombek D. Abiante.

The House said it was aware that the previous administration of Muhammadu Buhari approved N27.6 billion, which is part of funds domiciled with the CBN as gas flaring penalties, to host and impacted communities of oil-producing areas.

It said it was also aware that over N100 billion had been received as gas flaring penalty or fines by the Department of Petroleum Resources and paid into the CBN.

Also, the House of Representatives yesterday urged the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) to establish a military formation or unit and utilise local intelligence to track the movements of bandits in Illela and Gwadabawa local government aAreas of Sokoto State.

The Green Chamber mandated its committees on Defence and Army to ensure compliance.

These resolutions followed the adoption of a motion, titled: Need to Establish Military Formation in Illela and Gbadabawa Federal Constituency, Sokoto State, moved by Bello Isa Ambarura.

The Housed noted that Section 14(2) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) provides that the security, safety, and welfare of the people of Nigeria shall be the primary purpose of government.

It also noted the incessant security breaches in Sokoto East and Sokoto South where the lives and properties of the citizens are lost due to the activities of armed bandits in Illela and Gwadabawa local government areas

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