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REPS DRILL SKYE BANK, CBN OVER INTERVENTION FUNDS TO ECONOMIC SECTORS


The Ad-hoc Committee on Central Bank of Nigeria on the floor of NationalAssembly enquired from the management of Skye Bank Plc on the issue of the various Intervention Funds of CBN and their impact on the economy.

Hon. Bassey Eko Ewa representing Yakur/Abi Federal Constituency of Cross River led the ad-hoc committee members on Legislative duty during the committee session and had earlier in the day held similar session with the top management of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Recall that the Committee had last week declined engagement with the directors of the Bank due to non-availability of the Bank’s Group Managing Director, Mr Tokunbo Abiru.


Today, the GMD who appeared in person apologized for his last absence and clarified the Issue of the N327billion fund suspected to have been part of the CBN intervention funds to the various sectors of the economy.

According to him, the N327 billion is not an intervention fund but a loan granted to Skye Bank to cushion the effect of the run which the Bank experienced on account of the change of the Board of the Bank by CBN in July 2016 in order to stabilize the bank.

The GMD further explained that being a Financial Accommodation rather than an intervention fund, Skye Bank is expected to pay back the money to the Apex CBN within a stipulated time frame.

The ad-hoc committee members had earlier session frowned at the CBN Governor for giving a “Piece Meal” information to the Committee. The Deputy Governor of CBN who represented his boss apologized and promised to get back to the committee to furnish them with necessary information required by the committe. The meeting was adjourned till next week Tuesday with a view to continuing similar meeting with other Banks.


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REPS RETURNS CRK AS INDEPENDENT SUBJECT


-By a unanimous voice vote, members of the House of Representatives at plenary on Tuesday jettisoned the Buhari’s government policy which subsumed Christian Religious Knowledge, CRK in Civic Education as a compulsory subject in the Secondary School curriculum.

This followed a motion titled “Call to make Civic Education an optional instead of a compulsory subject for Senior Certificate Examination”, filed by Hon. Beni Lar from Plateau State. The members after an exhaustive debate on the motion agreed that the policy was incongruent with the spirit and letters of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) on the provision of religious liberties.

The members agreed that students with the inputs of their parents at formative years should be taught the religious subjects of their choice in school. Essentially, the House while pointing out that the policy makers erred ab initio also agreed Islamic Studies and CRK should be taught independently and separately in the spirit of the constitution.

It will be recalled that the issue recently became a subject of controversy whereupon tempers flared.


REPORT FROM PLENARY AT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THURSDAY, JULY 6, 2017



For nassnewsng.com Adeboye Omoboye Oluwole


Speaker Yakubu Dogara said opening prayers and approved votes and proceedings for Wednesday, 5th July, 2017.


Speaker Dogara acknowledged the presence of students in the gallery and read an announcement from Hon. Chukwuka Onyema, who expressed appreciation to Members for the outpour of kind wishes following his birthday celebration.


Petitions were laid before the House by Hon. Evelyn, Hon. E.J Agbonayinma, Hon. Rita Orji, Hon. John Dyegh, Hon. Johnson Oghuma and Hon. Kehinde Agboola. Hon. Gogo Bright presented a petition from Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, decrying alleged constant harassment of her and her family members by security agencies.


Three reports were laid by Hon. Abubakar Husaini Moriki as follows;


1. Report of the Committee on Industry on a Bill for an Act to make it Mandatory for Tyres to bear Manufacturing and Expiry Dates, and to Prohibit the Importation of Used, Substandard and Expired Tyres and for Other Related Matters (HB. 499) (Referred: 21/7/2016).   


2. Report of the Committee on Industry on a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Small And Medium Scale Industries Development Agency (Establishment) Act, 2003 and to Establish the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria to Regulate, Oversee, Coordinate, Monitor and Evaluate the Developmental Activities and Operation of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Nigeria and amend the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Development Agency Act to Expressly Provide  the Agency with Power to Protect Artisans, Market Women and Traders and to Organize them into Clusters for Optimum Benefits and for Other Related Matters (HBs 803 and 808) (Referred: 23/11/2016).


3. Report of the Committee on Industry on a Bill for an Act to Establish the Chartered Institute of Training and Development of Nigeria, a body charged with Responsibility to Regulate the Practice and Profession of Training and Development and for Other Related Matters (HB. 401) (Referred: 18/10/2016).


Bills


First Order of the day was the debate on the general principles of A Bill for an Act to Establish a Regulatory Framework for the Water Resources Sector in Nigeria, Provide for the Equitable and Sustainable Development, Management, Use and Conservation of Nigeria’s Surface Water and Groundwater Resources and for Related Matters (HB. 1021) (Executive) (Leader).


Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, who led the debate, stated that the Bill will unbundle the water resources sector and enhance opportunities for public private partnership (PPP), and aims to regulate the use of Nigerian water supply in an equitable manner for all Nigerians, in addition to seeking to reinvent the existing river basin authorities. 


“The bill is all-encompassing and contains solutions to challenges plaguing the water sector in Nigeria. It is just as critical as the Petroleum Industry Bill”, he said.


The Chairman of the House Committee on Water Resources, Hon. Pategi, also weighed in, saying that the Bill is aimed at developing the water sector and managing Nigeria’s surface and ground water resources.


“It is an executive Bill that has been in the works since 2006, and will resolve issues relating to the ownership of water.”


Hon. Sadiq Ibrahim also spoke in support of the Bill, after which Speaker Dogara put the question and the ayes had it. The Clerk then read the long title of the Bill and it was referred to the House Committee on Water Resources.


The House then passed through second reading,A Bill for an Act to Amend the Council of Ministers (Evidence) Act, Cap. C32, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to make the Provisions of the Act Apply to the Executive Council of the Federation and for Related  Matters (HB. 1027) (Sponsored byHon. Gideon Gwani); This Bill seeks to amend the Principal Act by substituting Council of Ministers with Executive Council of the Federation, and by substituting “secretary” with “secretary to the government of the federation” as contained in section 171, sub-section 2A of the 1999 Constitution. The Bill was referred to the Committee on Justice.


Hon. Edward Pwajok then led debate on the general principles of A Bill for an Act to Establish the Chartered Polymer Institute of Nigeria to Promote, Advance and Develop the Application of Polymer Science, Engineering and Technology in Polymer and Allied Industries in Nigeria and for Related Matters (HB. 1029). He said that the issue of polymers has to do with plastics, rubbers, etc., and some time ago, some professionals felt concerned about the lack of an institute to handle polymer science and polymer engineering in Nigeria, and registered the Polymer Institute of Nigeria. He then stressed the importance of this institute being backed by law. The Bill was passed and referred to the Committee on Commerce.


The House also passed through second reading,A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (Establishment, etc.) Act, 2006 and for Related Matters (HB. 964) (sponsored by Hon. Obinna Chidoka). During the course of the debate, Hon, Chidoka stated that the Bill seeks to amend the principal act in order enhance the ability of the agency in the areas of prevention, detection and management of oil spills. Hon. Rita Orji and Hon. Jerry Alagbaoso also contributed to the debate. The Bill was subsequently passed and referred to the Committee on Environment and Habitat.


 


Motions


The following motions were adopted;


Call for Repair of Guard/Protective Rails on the Bridges at Kotonkarfe, Kogi State (moved by Hon. Tony Nwoye)


The House resolved tourge the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to urgently repair the guard/protective rails on the three bridges at Koton Karfe; and mandate the Committee on Works to ensure compliance.


Need to Address the Persistent Refusal of Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to Connect Electrified Towns and Villages to the National Grid (moved by Hon. Odebunmi Olusegun Dokun)


The House resolved to mandate the Committee on Power to interface with Electricity Distribution Companies with a view to ensuring the connection of all completed electrification projects to the national grid and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.


Need to Avert the Imminent Closure of University of Maiduguri Due to Rising Insecurity Occasioned by the Spate of Suicide Bomb Attacks  (sponsored by Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno, Hon. E. Y. Orker-Jev, Hon. Jibrin Satumari, Hon. Mohammed Nur Sheriff, Hon. Muktar Betara Aliyu, Hon. Mahmud Lawan Maina, Hon. Asabe Vilita Bashir, Hon. Mohammed Sanda A Ngamdu, Hon. Mallam Bukar Gana, Hon. Abdulkadir Rahis, Hon. Ayuba Mohammed Bello, Hon. Zakariyau M. Galadima, Hon. Goni Bukar Lawan, Hon. Ismail Ahmed Gadaka, Hon. Sidi Yakubu, and Hon. Sabo Garba)


The motion was supported by Hon. Jagaba Adams Jagaba, who said that all measures must be taken to ensure that the glory of the institution is restored.


Hon. Ahmed Kaita also stated that part of BH ideology is to make sure that they destroy the educational system, and the repercussions of allowing this to happen will be disastrous, and all measures must, therefore, be taken to ensure that they do not succeed.


“I know the FG is doing its best and we equally acknowledge the progress made, hoever, some things are fundamental based and adequate security must be given to the institution”, he said.


Hon. Mohammed Sani Abdu also noted that the university’s ranking has dropped due to challenges induced by the insurgency, and being the centre of excellence in the Sahel, it must be protected, especially as BH is saying that western education is prohibited.


“If we were able to conquer Sambisa, then we must be able to protect UNIMAID”, Hon. Sani Abdu said.


Other Members who supported the Motion include Hon. Beni Lar, Hon. Segun Odebunmi, Hon. Adamu Kamale, Hon. Chika Adamu, Hon. Umar Farouk, Hon. Garba Shehu, and Hon. Gudaji Kazaure, who suggested that high definition cameras should be provided for surveillance.


The House resolved to;


i.       urge the Federal Government to urgently intervene and put in place extraordinary measures to ensure restoration of peace and tranquility to the University of Maiduguri, including the immediate perimeter fencing of the school and the deployment of critical security systems to ensure full surveillance and detection of security breaches;


 


ii.     also urge the Security Agencies to submit a comprehensive plan of action to maintain constant security of the University in particular and the host community of the school in general to the House; and


 


iii.  mandate the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to ensure implementation and report back in four (4) weeks for further legislative action.


Plenary was adjourned at 1:23 p.m., until July 11, 2017 at 11 a.m. 

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REPS ON COMMERCE HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING


Reporting for nassnewng.com Adeboye Omoboye Oluwole


The House Committee on Commerce on Thursday held a one day public hearing on two bills referred to it by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara.

Stakeholders from all works of life filled the hall to capacity in other to make their submissions​ to the bills.

Hon. Speaker of the House of Representatives represented by the Chief Whip of the House Hon. Osagie said the need for licensing and regulating of the practice of logistics and transport in all ramifications has come to stay and every contributions shall be considered.

The chairman of the Committee on Commerce Hon. Sylvester Ogagba welcome all to the bills opened for discussion. A bill for an act to amend the oil and gas export free zone authority act, laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2011 with a view to provide for the designation and establishment of oil and gas free zones and sub-zones in Nigeria and for related matters. 

And a bill for an act to establish the Chattered institute of Logistics and Transport of Nigeria charged with the responsibility for amongst others, determine the standard of knowledge, skills and qualifications to be attain by persons seeking to become registered professionals and practitioners in logistics and transport in Nigeria and for licensing and regulating the practice of logistics and transport in all ramifications and for related matters.

The two bills were referred to the Committee on Commerce for hearing during plenary by the Speaker Hon. Yakubu Dogara. The one day public hearing has ended but the Clerk office is open to more submissions and deliberation.

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REPS TACKLES CASUALIZATION AND OUTSOURCING OF JOBS AND IT’S SOCIO-ECONOMIC EFFECTS

The House Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity starts a two days investigative public hearing​ to tackle the problems of casualization and outsourcing of jobs in Nigeria and it’s socio-economic effects.


The Chairman of the Committee Hon. Ezenwa Onyewuchi Francis in his opening speech during the investigative hearing said numerous organizations​ outsource their recruitments processes to agents in a bid to dodge responsibility, privileges and entitlements thereby leading to the Casualization of the workers not having access to leave, medical services and unionism in the work environment.

Casuals go through hard employment process, thesame work, thesame time of resumption and closing but different salary, no pension and gratuity.


Hon. Chukwuka Onyema Wilfred who represented the Spaeker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara said Labour laws should be reviewed upward to contemporary time. There’s need for collective bargaining from the Ministry of Labour. The dignity of Labour for the Nigeria workers should be reviewed and restored, non negotiable.

Outsourcing in the oil and gas company where foreigners do works that NIGERIANS can do should stop. 

The collective effort of various organizations and individuals can make this successful.

The two day public hearing continues today.


Adeboye Omoboye Oluwole for nassnewng.com from House of Representatives

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BREAKING: REPS RAISE MOTION TO SUMMON FASHOLA


Reporting: Adeboye Omoboye from House of Representatives


Hon. Sodiq Ibrahim from Adamawa state raised a motion in the plenary to Constitute an ad-hoc committee to look into the allegations of the Hon. Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Raji Fashola.

The motion which was loudly welcome by all in the house came on the ground of the allegations raised by the Minister against the Lawmakers.


In a Press Release signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Hakeem Bello, the minister said he was worried that the National Assembly spokespersons failed to address the fundamental points about development-hindering whimsical cuts in the allocations to several vital projects under the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing as well as other ministries.

Mr. Fashola had, in a recent interview while acknowledging that legislators could contribute to budget making, disagreed with the practice where the legislative arm of government unilaterally alters the budget after putting members of the Executive through Budget Defence Sessions and Committee Hearings to the extent that some of the projects proposed would have become materially altered.

While acknowledging the need for legislative input from the representatives of the people to bring forward their developmental aspirations before and during the budget production process, the minister had observed that it amounted to a waste of tax payers money and an unnecessary distortion of orderly planning and development for all sections of the country, for lawmakers to unilaterally insert items not under the Exclusive or Concurrent lists of the Constitution like boreholes and streetlights after putting Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAS, through the process of budget defence.


The Chief Whip of the house of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa speaking during the plenary in support of the motion insisted the Legislative arm of Government have the power to add and remove from the budget presented by the executive. It’s an embarrassment for an appointee of the executive like Raji Fashola to raise such a tarnishing accusation against the elected Lawmakers. 

The Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara put a question across to the members and the house unanimously echoes yes in favour of the motion.


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REPS SHUNS SKY BANK EXECUTIVES OVER NON APPEARANCE OF MD


Reporting Adeboye Omoboye from House of Representatives


The Ad-hoc Committee on Central Bank Intervention Funds shuns the Executives of Sky Bank at a meeting today at the floor of the National Assembly.


The Managing Director of the bank was expected to appear before the Committee as written in the letter sent to invite the bank to appear before it, but the executives of the bank was sent to represent the bank at the ad-hoc hearing set up to investigate the disbursement of Central Bank Intervention Funds which Sky Bank Participated.


Speaking with our correspondent the Chairman Hon. Bassey Eko Ewa from Yakurr/Abi, Cross River said the Act establishing Central Bank of Nigeria made provision that gives it the right to make some money available as intervention fund to rescue some area of the economy in distress. Very many critical areas like Electricity, Roads, Federal Institutions, Airline and Small scale Intervention Funds through the states.


A motion which was moved on the floor of the house alerted that the Intervention Funds given to the Companies/Banks was not properly utilized.


A Committee was set up to conduct investigation into the application following the Constitution. The funds released, did it achieve the purposes, has it yielded result.


One of the committee members from Amuwo Odofin, Lagos. Hon. Ogene said the attitude of Sky Bank is quite insolent. There Is need for the Adhoc Committee to take a decision. The letter sent to the Committee by the bank was not signed showing the state of unseriousness of the management.


The Chairman of the ad-hoc committee issued an ultimatum to the Bank 

Managing Director to appear before them in person during the next meeting with documents stating the amount received and how it was disbursed, as the parliament is saddled with the responsibility of Investigating the disbursement of the Intervention Funds which Sky Bank Played a critical role in the economy of the nation.


The committee is to make recommendations to the House Constitutionally to execute a motion or law pass by deliberation, either to accept, amend or reject it.

The sitting was adjourned to 11th of June.

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REPS UNRAVEL SCAM IN NHIS


Members of House Committee on Health Services in it’s investigative hearing which started on Wednesday unravel scam in NHIS, Calls for suspension of scheme to redirect it to meet it’s original goal.
What was conceived to bring succour to workers and their immediate families has ended up as a conduit pipe by some persons and organisations to siphon workers hard earned monies for personal gains.
This is the story of the NHIS as Lawmakers investigate the massive fraud that has crippled the scheme with the hope of finding a solution to the program.
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) which was conceived in 2005 to Carter for the healthcare needs of workers and their immediate families in the country have come under serious threat of collapse due to massive fraud discovered in its implementation.
The need for the investigation into the operations of the scheme as it relates to it’s beneficiaries was sequel to a motion by Hon Chike Okafor from Imo State who incidentally is the chairman of the committee.
He decried the poor process of implementation of the scheme and the need to find a solution to it a position shared also by the speaker as they welcome stakeholder’s to the investigative public hearing at the National Assembly on Wednesday.
The tone was set for the discussion when the Executive Secretary of NHIS alleged massive fraud in the implementation of the scheme due to the rate of none compliance role played by Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) as he called for amendment to the act establishing the Scheme.
But the Representative of the HMOs quickly debunked the allegations against it saying that there is a lot of confusion in the process as he called for understanding between all parties to make the implementation work.
What was conceived to make healthcare affordable and accessible to workers has been transformed to a conduit pipe by some persons and organisations to enrich individuals and organisations but the committee is determined to use the public hearing to redirect the programme and make it beneficial for it’s citizenry as mortality rate in the country rises to an all time high.

Adeboye Omoboye Oluwole from House of Representatives

———————————————DOGARA WARNS PRESIDENCY, THREATENS IMPEACHMENT OVER BUDGET



The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, reminded the presidency that non implementation of the Appropriation Act is an impeachable offence.


Dogara also insisted that the National Assembly has powers to introduce new projects, add, remove or reduce items in the Appropriation Bills in a presidential system of government.


“When it comes to the budget, the power of the purse in a presidential system of government rests in the parliament”, he stated.


Apparently reacting to comment made by Acting President Osinbajo suggesting that the legislative arm of government lacks the constitutional right to inflate the budget proposal submitted to it by the executive arm of government, Dogara said the 8th National Assembly was not a rubber stamp legislature.


“I don’t even want to believe that the acting president made that statement; I don’t want to believe that, sincerely speaking. Because when it comes to the issue of the budget, I think we better say this thing and make it very clear, so that our people will have a better understanding.


When it comes to the budget, the power of the purse in a presidential system of government rests in the parliament”, he said.


Speaking on a motion on matters of privilege sponsored by the member representing Yola North/Yola South/Girei of Adamawa state, Hon. Lawal Abubakar, Dogara insisted the constitution vests the powers of law making in the legislature, the power to execute or implement is vested in the executive, while the judiciary interprets the law so as to ensure checks and balances.


“A declaration as to which of the arms has the power and rights, in as much as it is related to the interpretation of the law, is the function of the judiciary and not of the executive”, he noted.


According to the Speaker, “the only other option open to the executive is to say because we didn’t assent to this, this is the budget of the parliament, so we will not implement.


But the point is that all of them, including us, are under an oath to faithfully execute the laws of this land. Then the question that will follow is if this a law of the land and the answer is yes.


“We are men of honour whether legislators or executive we are bound by the oath of office to faithfully execute that law and in the case of the executive, if it is not done, all of us know the very consequences. I don’t want to call it by its name, we know the consequences”, he added.


Abubakar had argued that his privilege as a member was breached by statements credited to Acting President Osinbajo who was quoted to have said on two occasions that the National Assembly has no powers to introduce new projects to the budget before passing it.


To this effect, Dogara noted that the Appropriation Act is a law enacted by the parliament and that public officers, from the president to his ministers, have sworn to uphold the constitution and the said refusal or failure to implement the budget is violation of the constitution, which has consequences.


The Speaker also stated that in the event of refusal to assent to any bill by the executive, the constitution empowers the National Assembly to override such veto in the interest of the public.

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CAN LEGISLATORS ALTER BUDGET PROVISIONS AS PRESENTED BY THE EXECUTIVE? (1)


Ordinarily, one would have thought since the executive is expected to prepare the budget estimates and place it before the National Assembly, the lawmakers should accept or reject the provisions as presented but are not expected to introduce new items that may not be priority of the government. They may also not be expected to increase the budget envelop since that may affect the balance of the budget. However, these may be ordinary expectations, but what does the law say about it.


The position of the law in this respect varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Generally speaking, budget development is typically in the domain of the executive branch of government which is responsible for the source and veracity of the content of the proposal and any change by the legislature should be done through the executive to avoid friction. There should be respect for the doctrine of Separation of Powers which guarantees the independence of each arm, even in the exercise of checks and balances.


In the USA, the Congress has authority to alter, increase, reduce or even introduce new items. Congress possesses unlimited amendment powers in the budget proposals. It can change funding levels, eliminate or add programmes, add or eliminate taxes or other sources of receipts (See the Budget of the US Government Fiscal year 1999 Washington DC, US Government Printing Office, 1998, page 2). In an international survey prepared by the National Democratic Institute, examples of jurisdictions are given on the role of the legislature in budget making e.g.


In Malawi, the constitution effectively prohibits the legislature from considering any bill or amendment for the imposition of any charge upon the CRF or any alteration of such charge unless the recommendation comes from the government; this effectively prohibits amendment of the ministers’ budget.Ghana – their constitution prohibits the imposition of charge on the Consolidated Fund of Ghana or the alteration of any such charge otherwise than by reduction.South Africa – their 1996 constitution empowers the legislature to offer amendments to the executive’s budget but the legislature must provide the procedure to exercise this power under a framework Law.


It must be noted that the defunct 1979 constitution and the current 1999 constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria were in line with the principle of Separation of Powers amongst the Legislature, Executive and the Judicial arms of government. The legislature makes laws; the executive administers and enforces the laws while the judiciary interprets the laws. In practice, there is cooperation and inter-dependence amongst them. Also, through the checks and balances, one arm of the government can exercise some level of powers over the other arms while being careful, in doing that, not to undermine or usurp their functions. But the legislature should not be made to seem like a rubber stamp of the executive in the budgeting process by accepting the proposal hook, line and sinker. Budget is a plan for saving, borrowing and spending. It is a mere guess work of income and expenditure. The actual income or revenue may fall short of what is expected while expenditure may outstrip the expected revenue.


From Section 81 of the constitution, it is clear that the President will after research on estimates of the revenue and expenditure for the year in question; present the same to the National Assembly. The National Assembly is the custodian of the nation’s purse; one of its most basic and fundamental powers exercised is the power to make laws in relation to taxation of income, profits and capital gains. (See item 59 of the Exclusive Legislative List, 2nd Schedule PT 1 to the Constitution 1999 as amended); the question thus is, “Does the National Assembly have the power to sanitise, query, apportion, vary, subtract from, add to, multiply, tinker with in any way the plans and estimates presented to ensure conformity with the laws, especially the constitution?”


It must be noted that without the approval of the National Assembly, the executive cannot withdraw money from the Consolidated Revenue Fund. See Section 80(2)(3) and (4) of the constitution. Article 1 Section 9 of the US Constitution is similar to Section 80 of our constitution. That section provides “No money shall be withdrawn from the Treasury but in consequence of the Appropriations made by law”. This means all moneys are paid into the USA Treasury which is like our CRF. Also, no withdrawal can be made from the USA Treasury except through appropriation.


Legislature while exercising its powers of oversight should realise that the powers are not absolute but subject to limitations. It cannot, for instance, usurp the general investigating functions of the executive nor can it take over or exercise the powers of the judiciary, otherwise it would be going ultra-vires its powers. This was the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of:


TONY MOMOH VS SENATE OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (1982) VOL 3 Nigeria constitutional law report 1 page 105; (1981)9 S.C (REPRINT) 1 AT 78-79.


In that case, the court held that with regard to the investigative powers of the legislature, anything outside the purpose defined in Section 88 of the constitution is not valid. In the case of GLOBAL EXCELLENCE COMMUNICATIONS LTD & ORS VS DUKE (2007) Law Pavillion Electronic Law Report – LPELR – 1323 (SC), the case of ATTORNEY-GENERAL BENDEL VS ATTORNEY – GENERAL FEDERATION & 22 ORS was relied on where OBASEKI J.S.C. stated the principles guiding the court in interpreting or constructing the provisions or our constitution and they include:


Where the language of the constitution is clear and unambiguous, it must be given its plain evident meaning;a constitutional power cannot be used by way of condition to attain unconstitutional result.under a constitution conferring specific powers, a particular power must be granted or it cannot be exercise.The constitution is an organic scheme of government to be dealt with as an entirety; a particular provision cannot be severed from the rest of the constitution.a constitutional provision should not be construed so as to defeat its evident purpose;the principle upon which the constitution was established rather than the direct operation or literal meaning of the words used, measure the purpose and scope of its provisions.


To be concluded


Mainoma, a professor of accounting, is the Vice Chancellor of Nasarawa State University, Keffi

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THE ESSENCE OF TELECOM MASTS IS TO MAKE LIFE EASY, NOT TO ENDANGER PEOPLE HEALTH. 


Hon. Iboro Ekanem the Chairman Committee on Heath Implications of Mounting of Telecommunication Masts Close to Building, said everything they are doing is for the good Health of the Public for the use of the masses and to safe-guide the system. He further said,the reason he selected this temperate is to make sure they are well guided and the sustainability on their business will be good. According to him, the main essence for Telecom masts is to make life easy and for business people to make profit but we should not kill ourselves in the process. He also said at Ibadan when they went for oversight research to confirm most document submitted by various stakeholders, The security at the station located in Ibadan Opposite Emmanuel College Samanda Amusement Park Height 50 Metres Health resistant level O.45 was complaining that he has been having sleepless night as a result of noise from the Telecom masts and ask NCC what they have done about such complaints NCC assure the Chairman that whenever they get such complain they try to compromise between the complainer and the operator. Hon. Anayo told NCC to be sure that when service producer acquire land. It should be large enough to handle set-back it is not fair to justify the service for whatever they do so, they should always consider the well being of the People. There should be agent corporation before any installing of Telecom masts and correction should be made when installing the masts not after they have install it law maker advise. According to her when they are working and condone to correct it for about one to two (1-2)Years. It means they are not working, she ask them to take all complaint very serious. NCC should make sure Nigeria don’t suffer from telecom masts close to them. NCC said they have open channel for communication that will bring customer and services provider together to laid down their complaints. Hon. Anayo Nnebe responded to NCC that not all Nigerians will have access to write to their channel of Communication so they should always take all complain serious either through their channel or not. Hon. Iboro ask (IHS) what are the Health related measure guarantee by their establishment for their co-operate Social responsibility? IHS said they have provide borehole for Communities that are in need and are working to reduce the noise People are complaining about Etisalat said they have provided about 50,000 Mosquito effective net for the People in the Community. ATC said they work with the Community to ensure the road is good for everyone. Glo: They look at the water they drink in the community and ensure it is harmless to their Health. NCC said when they place a Telecom Masts in a town and the People living there increase, there is need to put another Masts to ensure proper service. Chairman told IHS and all other operators to submit concrete evidence document concerning their work so far require from the committee before the next sitting.

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REPS ENGAGES MINISTER FOR HEALTH ON LOCAL VACCINES​ PRODUCTION


 Hon. Chike Okafor, Chairman Committee on Health Services led other members of the committee to engage the Minister for Health, Professor Isaac Kolawole, His state counterpart Osagie Ehanire, Director for NAFDAC and other officials of the Ministry of Health on the status of local vaccines production in Nigeria

The Committee members are Keen to know the present status of local vaccines manufacturing in joint venture with May & Baker.
The Lawmakers also wants to know the status of Federal Government National Health Insurance Intervention Scheme.


Professor Isaac Kolawole responding to the quizzes of the Lawmakers, said it gave him great Joy to have taken the decision of local vaccines production because it has put a stop to the madness of importing vaccines and restore our pride as a Nation.

The Minister said in 1940 Nigeria was producing vaccines not only that, we also import vaccines like smallpox, anti-rabies​ and yellow fever vaccine to the neighbouring countries. In the year 1991, a decision to upgrade Federal vaccines production came in which absolutely everything was imported. This importation collapse every vaccine production.
When I came on board, I discovered the decision to upgrade vaccine production in 1991, nothing was done till 2014. We have been upgrading other countries economy and I know this can not continue, said the Minister. Most of the vaccines importations have been supported by either world bank loan or external donor support.
We invited some vaccine production companies in Nigeria, we chose one and recommended to the President who gave approval.
May & Baker was chosen to produce vaccines locally. But because of the local challenge, people will rather want us to import vaccines than produce locally. We agreed they can invite technical partners to Nigeria and raise money on their own because Federal Government will not put money.
The Minister requested the support of the Lawmakers for the local vaccines production to start running.
Hon. Nicholas Ossai Ossai raised a motion that May & Baker be invited to make a presentation while Hon. members listen to them, this will ascertain their level of technical capacity. And Nigerians need to be educated while their prices needs to be competitive. No sales agreement as NAFDAC will register all vaccines after test and assurance of security. Most imported vaccines are fake, locally made vaccines is more trusted.

The Committee adjourned sitting till 21st of June 2017. 

Adeboye Omoboye from House of Representatives

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REPS ON WHISTLE BLOWER PROTECTION LAW; VITAL TO WAR AGAINST CORRUPTION


…says N/Assembly will break 9 year jinx of non-passage of the Bill.


The Bill for protection of Whistle Blowers is a vital tool against the war against corruption in Nigeria as it will greatly enhance disclosure of information on corrupt persons when it is passed by the National Assembly, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara has said.


Describing it as an essential element of the war against corruption, Dogara said it will also make it easy to uncover private collaborators who connive with corrupt public servants and provide adequate safeguards against victimisation of the person making such complaints.


The Speaker, who made the comments while delivering remarks at a workshop organised for the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes and members of the civil society on the Whistle Blowers Bill in the National Assembly on Tuesday, also argued that the Bill, when passed, will make more information available for investigation of alleged corruption and misuse of power by public servants.


Speaking on the proposed law, he said it is important to note that Nigeria does not currently have a law that protects whistle blowers, rather “what we have is the Federal Ministry of Finance’s whistle blowing programme which is designed to encourage anyone with information about a violation of financial regulations to report,” which has not yet been backed by any legal framework, and therefore, not legally enforceable.


He also noted that the burden of corruption in Nigeria is a peculiar one that inhibits our economic and social development and added that in order to fight this scourge and ensure a just and egalitarian society, the relationship between increased availability of information in the public domain, accountability and protection of person who expose alleged wrongdoing cannot be overemphasized.



“Disclosure of information for increased transparency is a necessary condition for accountability. The enactment of Whistle Blowers Protection law as a vehicle for the investigation of alleged corruption and misuse of power by public servants or their private collaborators and to provide adequate safeguards against victimization of the person making such complaint is therefore, an essential element of the war against corruption.”


Dogara added that the consequences of corruption are greater than just the diversion of public resources to private gain as it destroys societies and contributes to trust deficit and lack of confidence in governance, threatens sustainable economic development, ethical values and justice; destabilises the society and endangers the rule of law.


He expressed concern that the poor and vulnerable in the society suffer the harmful effect of corruption more grievously because they do not get to enjoy democratic dividends. He gave further assurance that the House of Representatives will continue to work towards enacting a robust legal framework on the Whistle Blower’s policy which will no doubt enhance quick and seamless recovery, forfeiture, and confiscation of property in respect of anti-corruption offences.


Furthermore, he expressed hope that the whistleblowers Bill will see the light of day through it’s passage into law “to break the jinx that has bedeviled this piece of proposed legislation since it was first introduced into the National Assembly in 2008.”


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MEET REPS ON NATIONAL SECURITY

Members of the House of Representatives are meeting with the Ministers of Interior and Defence, accompanied by Service Chiefs and the Senior Special Assistant to the president on National Assembly matters.


The ministers and Service Chiefs will be briefing lawmakers on the measures been taken to tackle the grave security challenges facing the country.


This follows a resolution on the matter last week Thursday, after the lawmakers urged that steps be taken to address and arrest the ugly spread and cases of kidnapping in the country.


The lawmakers called on the Federal Government to declare State of Emergency on kidnapping across the country.


The motion was raised by a member of the House from Ondo State, Representative Babatunde kolawole and supported by some of his colleagues including; Ado Dogowa, Emmanuel Orker-Jev and Adam Jagaba.


After deliberations on the issue on the floor of the House in Abuja, lawmakers unanimously agreed that the crime had taken an alarming dimension with the kidnapping of school children.


The House called for a security summit that would fashion an effective response to the kidnapping phenomenon.

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RADIOGRAPHERS TURNDOWN NCR BILL


Nigerian Radiographers weekend in Lagos rejected what they described as ‘ill-conceived’ proposed bill to establish the National Council of Radiology and Radiation Medicine, NCR, by a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Patrick Asadu.


The bill in question which has passed 2nd reading on the floor of the House, is seeking marriage between one regulated profession on one hand (radiology) and others accommodated in regulated profession (medicine and possibly nursing and engineering).


The radiographers however said the proposed bill is unnecessary as radiography already has a regulatory board.


At a joint press conference of the Association of Radiographers of Nigeria, ARN, and Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals, NUAHP, in Lagos, the President of ARN, Mrs. Elizabeth Balogun said radiographers were not consulted and have no knowledge or inputs into the said bill.


Balogun who said already they have taken their case to the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, added that the bill does not lend itself to clear citation, reference and understanding; neither does it toe the line of international best practice.


“For instance, it is difficult to decipher any positivity in a bill which seeks to establish a council of 12 medical doctors, three radiographers, and two medical physicists“.


Stating that the bill was another waste of tax payers’ money, she queried, “if radiographers are already being regulated as professionals, what is the motive for lumping them with others who don’t have their status of satisfaction and placement?


“Nigerian Radiographers reject the bill and refuse to be associated in any way with it. We are satisfied with Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria, RRBN, as our regulatory body. We are also aware of our legal right to fair hearing and freedom of Association.”


Speaking, Chairman, Board of RBBN, Hon Abdul Fatare Bakare, alleged that the bill would compound the fragile health institutions, aid and abate quackery in the system.


Bakare said the entire content of the proposed NCR was deeply upsetting and controversial.


He said creation of NCR will result in an ineffective regulatory body because it means one regulatory body will be responsible for multiple professions that require someone with specific knowledge to oversee them.


Bakare called on the Senate and the House of Representatives to confine the dangerous bill, urging them to legislate for adequate funding and training of radiographers in every teaching hospital in Nigeria with a view to reducing acute shortage of radiographers as well as stamp out quackery.


On his part, the South West Coordinator, ARN, Mr. Uzondu Eke, who warned on the dangers of chaos in radiography practice explained that little mistake in the profession could maim a person for life.


He said the discovery of the bill was a rude shock to them as radiographers already have a regulatory body likewise the medicine profession, which is already being regulated by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCAN.

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NASS FORCES ACTING PRESIDENT OSINBAJO TO DECLARE IMMEDIATE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN EDO STATE

Emerging report indicates that some concerned members of the National Assembly are mounting pressure on the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to declare a state of emergency on insecurity.

It was learnt that massive attacks are now been orchestrated by the Northerners against the Southerners.


The Majority Deputy Chief Whip, Pally Iriase, who dropped the hint during a media chat with Legislative Correspondents, in Abuja, raised an alarm over the renewed attacks and kidnapping across Edo North, where terrorists are trying to create a safe haven.


The Lawmaker, alleged that the sophisticated weapons being used by the bandits to the unleash terror on innocent residents and travelers across Edo State, especially Owan East and West, Etsako West, and Akoko Edo, cannot be equated with that of the Fulani herdsmen.


He further observed that areas where these men of the underworld are currently using to perpetuate the deadly act, are close to the Military and Police barracks.


He posited that members of these yet to be identified assailants are similar to the Boko Haram terrorists, who were dislodged in the North-East geopolitical zone, adding that, all efforts made by the vigilante groups within the areas to curtail their activities, were abortive.


“These bandits may well be members of the terrorists gang that have been dislodged from the North, because if you see the sophistication of their weaponry, if you see the audacity to which they do what they do, if you see the mindlessness with which they go about their banditry, and their quest to extort ransom, you will know that these men are not herdsmen, they are pure terrorists.


“What they are doing is to create a safe haven in the forest around Edo North, and I believe that if this is allowed, then whatever we are suffering now in the North-East, will be transferred to the South.


“They are not locals, if they were locals all you will know them for is this cut to size locally made pistols, or at best pump action. You are talking about people wielding machine guns. People wielding AK 47; AK 47 is the least weapon, you see them carrying, so they are just beyond what people call herdsmen, and they are very sharp shooters.


“All those they have killed, they get them with one shot. If you are running, just know you are gone, just make yourself available and pay whatever ransom they are talking about, and like I said, the populace is suffering in silence.


“There has to be an effort of the Military and Police; if this is not done, what you call cooperation (between security agencies and bandits) in whatever criminal tendencies, can only be snuffed out by concerted efforts by the security forces. The primary objective of governance is to secure life and property, and this is why it is very urgent and important that this clarion call be heeded, so that we don’t have a terrible blowout that will not be easy to contain,” the Edo Lawmaker lamented.


While reacting on the recent relocation threat issued by some Northern youth groups against Igbo indigenes, the two term Lawmaker said: “I will support the call for a state of emergency on security. If there is a state of emergency nationwide, all these statements and threat will be taken care of.


“The statement of Arewa youths, is the most irresponsible statement ever made by a group”, Iriase stressed.


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RADIOGRAPHERS TURNDOWN NCR BILL


Nigerian Radiographers weekend in Lagos rejected what they described as ‘ill-conceived’ proposed bill to establish the National Council of Radiology and Radiation Medicine, NCR, by a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Patrick Asadu.


The bill in question which has passed 2nd reading on the floor of the House, is seeking  marriage between one regulated profession on one hand (radiology) and others accommodated in regulated profession (medicine and possibly nursing and engineering).


The radiographers however said the proposed bill is unnecessary as radiography already has a regulatory board.


At a joint press conference of the Association of Radiographers of Nigeria, ARN, and Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals, NUAHP, in Lagos, the President of ARN, Mrs. Elizabeth Balogun said radiographers were not consulted and have no knowledge or inputs into the said bill.


Balogun who said already they have taken their case to the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, added that the bill does not lend itself to clear citation, reference and understanding; neither does it toe the line of international best practice.


“For instance, it is difficult to decipher any positivity in a bill which seeks to establish a council of 12 medical doctors, three radiographers, and two medical physicists“.


Stating that the bill was another waste of tax payers’ money, she queried, “if radiographers are already being regulated as professionals, what is the motive for lumping them with others who don’t have their status of satisfaction and placement?


“Nigerian Radiographers reject the bill and refuse to be associated in any way with it. We are satisfied with Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria, RRBN, as our regulatory body. We are also aware of our legal right to fair hearing and freedom of Association.”


Speaking, Chairman, Board of RBBN, Hon Abdul Fatare Bakare, alleged that the bill would compound the fragile health institutions, aid and abate quackery in the system.


Bakare said the entire content of the proposed NCR was deeply upsetting and controversial.


He said creation of NCR will result in an ineffective regulatory body because it means one regulatory body will be responsible for multiple professions that require someone with specific knowledge to oversee them.


Bakare called on the Senate and the House of Representatives to confine the dangerous bill, urging them to legislate for adequate funding and training of radiographers in every teaching hospital in Nigeria with a view to reducing acute shortage of radiographers as well as stamp out quackery.


On his part, the South West Coordinator, ARN, Mr. Uzondu Eke, who warned on the dangers of chaos in radiography practice explained that little mistake in the profession could maim a person for life.


He said the discovery of the bill was a rude shock to them as radiographers already have a regulatory body likewise the medicine profession, which is already being regulated by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCAN.

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REPS ON 2ND ANNIVERSARY: CALLS FOR UNBIASED APPRAISAL AS IT SCORES SELF HIGH ON NUMBERS OF BILLS PASSED SO FAR AND ADHERENCE TO IT’S LEGISLATIVE AGENDA


The 8th house of representatives has been adjourned the best so far judging by the numbers of bills it has passed in just two years and it’s strict adherence to working religiously with the legislative agenda it set for itself from inception.


It was however admonished to stop being a self serving institution but rather focus more on passing legislation that bothers on the overall interest of the country.


The chamber of the house of representatives was a beehive of activities on Friday as it marks the 2nd anniversary of the inauguration of the 8th house of representatives.


While welcoming his colleagues and other invited dignitaries to the event the Speaker Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara says the 8th Assembly in discharging its mandate had always placed the overall interest of the country above personal interest.


He says the aim of the anniversary is to give opportunity for appraisal of achievements recorded in the last two years.


Various Speakers at the special event gave their assessment of the house and advised on the way forward for the legislature and it’s role in deepening democracy for the good of the electorate who expect more from their representatives.


Lawmakers also expressed their views on the 8th house and the journey so far as they applauded the uninterrupted 18 years of democracy in the country.


Overall the general consensus by all is that the 8th house of representatives has exceeded all expectations considering its rough start which was almost marred by a platora of events notably the elections of principal officers and the budget padding scandal


It is left to see if the Yakubu Dogara led 8th Assembly can sustain its momentum of the numbers of bills passed and the legislative agenda it set for itself during the last lap of the legislative years remaining.

Adeboye Omoboye from House of Representatives

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STUDENTS DISRUPT PLENARY

Students disrupted peace  in the House of Representatives on Friday as members of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, protested the recognition of a factional president of the union by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara. The students, who are believed to be loyal to Chinonso Obasi, a factional NANS president, gained entrance into the lawmaking …


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REPS ON STOCK MARKET: THEY SUGGEST THAT OPENING IT UP FOR MORE INVESTOR PARTICIPATION WILL IMPROVE THE ECONOMY

In the bid to attract more money into the economy lawmakers have called ​for the opening up of the stock exchange market to enable more participation by investors to foster trade and investment in the country.


Lawmakers have passed for second reading the bill for an act to facilitate the development of the Nigerian Stock exchange market by enabling the conversion and re-registration of the Nigerian Stock exchange from a company limited to a Public company limited by shares


The mover of the motion Hon Tajudeen Yusuf from Kogi State says if this is done the stock exchange will be open to other investors as opposed to its present running by cabals.


Lawmakers in their submission says if the bill sails through it will bring the Nigerian stock exchange market in conformity with present day reality as others also says it will encourage those scared of the operations in the past to come into it.

Adeboye Omoboye​ Oluwole from House of Representatives

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Member of the House of Representatives onThursday called on the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to be on the alert in the bid to forestall breakdown of law and order across the country following the relocation threat issued by the 16 Northern youth groups and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).


Lawmakers in the green chamber have condemned in strong terms the stands of 16 Northern Youth Groups that the Igbos should leave the North on or before 1st of October and the immediate reaction after words by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that the Igbos should return to their homes


They stressed the need for urgent

intervention of Federal Government

to avert what it term a looming national crisis if urgent steps is not taking


These resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Hon Oghene Egoh from Lagos State as he called for Federal Government’s urgent intervention on the crisis.


Reacting to the threat to national security lawmakers call for security agencies to be on red alert to the looming disaster​.


The lawmakers are concerned that the calls are creating an alarming twist which is ominous and dangerous for the good health of the country as they call both parties to rescind their decision for peace to reign in the country as security agencies in the country have been instructed to be on red alert.

Adeboye Omoboye​ Oluwole from House of Representatives

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HOC COMMITTEE ON CONSTITUENCY OUTREACH HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING.  

The Chairman House Committee on Constituency Outreach, HON.LAWAL ABUBAKAR GARBA(APC) Yola North appreciated every stakeholders that made it to the public hearing,also he is very satisfied with their various effective contribution on the Bill for an Act to Establish the Constituencies Development Fund For The Purpose of Even Development of All Constituencies In The Federation And For Connected Purposes. Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Honourable Minister Babatunde Raji Fashola, contributed a lot to the public hearing, He said there is a gab in the Senate,between the State and Federal Constituency who are representing them, According to him, in some Constituencies what the Federal Parliamentary wants will be different from what the Senator wants, and the different between both parties are how to do good work for their state, so they need to come to agreement on how to carry out their Project. He further said they have to make tough choices on how to compete existing project they are committed to,that it is the duty of who ever is Representing any Constituency to follow his or her project to the end, the Legislature and Executive must be prepared to work together with mutual trust and reciprocal respect so that all projects being implemented by the Executive are domiciled in one constituency or another, and people must learn to wait by trusting that the project presented by their Representatives will not be Bridge. The Chair man said the committee has pull a lot of idea, and that is the essence of Pubic Hearing to sit down and digest every effective contribution from different Stakeholders, make a decision and report back to the house, He also said the committee is ready to learn and will remove the session that does not comply with the constituency, He is pleased to say all their effort is for the benefit of all Nigerians and the committee needs success.                                                   

Adebisi Adenike Blessing, House of Reps.

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HON. LINUS ABAA OKORIE WELCOMES NIGERIANS TO PUBLIC HEARING


The house Committee on Agriculture Colleges and Institutions today held a public hearing at the floor of National Assembly.


Hon. Linus Abaa Okorie in his welcome address thanked the Hon. Speaker, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara ably represented by Hon. Addo Doguwa who declared the event open.


Some bills were referred to the Committee which was addressed in the public hearing.


A bill for an Act to Amend the Agricultural Research council of Nigeria Act to reduce the numbers of governing board and a bill to repeal the Agricultural research council of Nigeria Act and re-enact the Agricultural Research council of Nigeria and other related matters.


A bill for an Act to Establish the Universities Veterinary teaching hospital (Constitution of boards ) and for other related matters.


A bill for an act to establish the Nigerian Agricultural Associations and to provide​ for a registrar who shall be responsible for administration of the act.


The Committee chairman presented a brief highlight of each bill being considered for hearing and public contributions are welcome to get it right.

Adeboye Omoboye​ Oluwole from House of Representatives

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REPS INTENSIFIES INVESTIGATION


Hon. Abu Ahmed led adhoc committee investigating the operational​ activities​ of telecommunications equipment and service companies/vendor in Nigeria has intensified investigating organisations appearing before it.


The organizations affected are Federal Lottery Commission, Trust Funds, NIPC and FIRS.


They were all invited for questioning on tax activities of telecommunications equipment and service companies/vendors in Nigeria.


An adjournment was moved, as ruled by Hon. Ahmed Abu the chairman of the ad-hoc committee.


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ADHOC​ COMMITTEE CONCLUDES INVESTIGATION ON $17BILLION STOLLEN


The ad-hoc committee set up to investigate $17billlion stollen from undeclared crude oil and liquified natural gas ended it’s investigations today in National Assembly.

Hon. Namdas Abdulrasak led other honourable members through an investigation that lasted for weeks.


NIMASA reveals in the round up meeting that the Intelligence Based Service mearnt to engage molecular power was due to quantum leap observed after certain parameters were set up to monitor lifting of crude oil.

NEITI gave details of vessel by vessel lifting due oil recruitment fund while presenting a video clip of a Saudi Arabia monitoring system on oil facility. Crude loss is partially due to either under declaration at the terminal, theft or vandalism.

The Nigeria Custom confirmed​ 100million barrels of crude oil from Eleme, but the Idorama Eleme Petrolchemical says it’s not crude oil that was lifted claiming Vergon C-5-bye products was what they lifted.

Ecobank Plc was excused for their MD’s absence.

DPR was asked to confirm companies that lifted crude that are not properly captured in Akpabi terminal and did not collect royalties to include Texaco.

The available documents presented to the committee indicates that there is lack of adequate synergy between the Government agencies regulating the activities of oil exploration and crude oil lifting by oil companies. The Committee thereafter, requested details of royalties paid by some of the oil companies in 2011.


The Committee is out to look for the $17billion stollen from undeclared crude oil and liquified natural gas.

Adeboye Omoboye from House of Representatives

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REPSBUDGET N35m FOR SECOND YEAR ANNIVERSARY


As the House of Representatives marks its two years in office, the lower chamber of the Na­tional Assembly yesterday disclosed that it has budget­ed the sum of N35 million for the anniversary.


The House, however, disclosed that chunk of the money is voted for the pub­licity of the event.


Addressing newsmen, the Deputy Majority Whip, Hon. Pally Iriase, who spoke on behalf of the leadership of the House said that they have broke all records in term of performance in the history of the national par­liament.


Disclosing the achieve­ment of the 8th National Assembly so far, Hon. Iriase, who said that the House will commemorate the second anniversary of its inaugura­tion on Friday June 9, 2017, said, “in spite of the stormy beginning, the House de­fied all negativeness, and with the maturity of the presiding officer, we quickly settled down to business.”


The lawmaker disclosed that in two years to date, the House introduced a total of 1,055 bills out of which 159 have been passed, about 500 at various stages of process­ing, while 33 have either been withdrawn or nega­tived by members.


Iriase explained that be­yond the commemoration, the event would “be dedi­cated to the appraisal of the legislative agenda, because we need to let the consum­ing public know how far we have gone”.


He said that before the House’s annual vacation, the House will direct greater of its attention to passing bills that are of utmost impor­tance to the nation’s econ­omy, as well as bearing di­rect benefits to the citizens, naming some to include all pending anti-corruption related, as well as the much awaited Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).


Fielding questions from newsmen, Iriase who had earlier agreed that the House took off on a shaky note in the aftermath of the speakership election, how­ever declined comment on the lessons the House may have learnt from the saga that led to the suspension of former Dogara’s ally, Abdul­mumin Jibrin, stressing that “the matter is subjudice”, since it is before the Court.


Also on the inability of the House to put the elec­tronic voting system, which was one of the top priorities as enshrined in the legisla­tive agenda of the House, Iriase disclosed that experts have been engaged, and that the test-running will begin this morning.


Billed for attendance in the special Friday’s session is the President or his rep­resentative, President of the Senate, Chief Justice of the Federation, Chairman Ni­gerian Governors Forum, All former Principal Offi­cers of the House, Doyen of Diplomatic Corps, All for­mer Clerks of the National Assembly, and all former House Members who are Governors and Deputies among others.


Keynote address will be by Professor Joash Amupi­tan, SAN, and a lecture on “Image perception of the Legislature: Causes and Pos­sible solutions”, while Guest speaker would be Olusegun Adeniyi, Chairman Thisday Editorial Board.

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REPS ON 

ANNIVERSARY

The house of representatives has begun preparation towards the second year anniversary celebration of the 8th Assembly and several programmes have been lined up to highlight the achievements so far of the legislature and precisely the house of representatives under Speaker, Yakubu Dogara

Several programmes have been air marked towards the two years’ anniversary of the inauguration of the 8th Assembly by the house of representatives 
To this end a special committee headed by the Deputy Whip of the house Hon Pally Iriase was mandated to organize a spectacle that will highlight the achievement of the Assembly in the last two years
Speaking to press corps on the program of events for the anniversary at the National Assembly, the chairman of the special committee gave insight into the program of events which will take place on June 9 to coincide with the inauguration of the 8th Assembly.
He said inspite of the storming beginning the 8th house of representatives defied all negative perception settled down and broke all records on delivery of its core mandate by passing 159 bills while over 500 is still in the process
He further outlined some of the achievements so far recorded by the 8th Assembly
Several dignitaries such as past Speakers of the house of reps, former principal officers of the house of Reps, Chairman of the APC, BOT Chairman of the PDP amongst others are invited to grace the event which will take place on Friday the June 9, 2017 at the chamber of the house of representatives.
Adeboye Omoboye from House of Representatives
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FOLLOWING THE WITHDRAWAL OF HIV FUNDING BY INTERNATIONAL DONORS, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAVE CALLED ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP THE PROCESS FOR FUNDING OF THE PROGRAM TO ENABLE THE LESS PRIVILEGED IN THE SOCIETY HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE TREATMENT.

THE MOTION CALLING ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TAKE OVER THE FUNDING OF THE HIV PROGRAM WHICH WAS ABANDONED BY THE INTERNATIONAL DONORS HAVE BEEN ADOPTED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
THE MOTION WHICH WAS SPONSORED BY HON SEGIUS OGUNS FROM EDO STATE IS CALLING ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO COME UP WITH ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR HIV PREVALENCE IN THE COUNTRY WHICH ACCORDING TO THE WHO REPORT RANKED NIGERIA AS THE SECOND HIGHEST INVESTED BEHIND ANOTHER AFRICAN COUNTRY SOUTH AFRICA.
SUPPORTING THE MOTION HON OGHENE EGOH FROM LAGOS STATE DECRY THE PERCEPTION THAT HIV IS ASSOCIATED ONLY TO PROMISCUITY BUT ATTRIBUTED OTHER FACTORS AS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS SPREAD
HE CALLED ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DEVISE WAYS OF FUNDING THE TREATMENT AND PREVENTION BY MAKING DRUGS AVAILABLE TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED IN THE SOCIETY.

THEY CALL ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP EFFORTS TO FUND HIV TREATMENT AS WELL AS PREVAIL ON THE INTERNATIONAL DONORS TO CONTINUE ITS FUNDING OF THE PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY AS A WAY OF FIGHTING ITS SPREAD.

Adeboye Omoboye from House of Representatives

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REPS CALL FOR THE AMENDMENT AND ENFORCEMENT OF THE COPYRIGHTS LAW.

The bill for an act to amend the copyrights act has passed second reading in the green chamber
Lawmakers argue that the bill will address and protect the intellectual property rights of hardworking artist  who spend time, energy and money to produce materials only to be denied the benefit of their efforts by greedy and unscrupulous persons for their selfish gains.
The bill for an act to amend the copyrights act in the country has passed through second reading in the house of representatives on Tuesday
The bill which seeks to amend the existing anti piracy laws in the country is intended to protect the intellectual property of artist who go through painstaking efforts to produce works and materials only to be denied their hard-earned benefits by greedy and unscrupulous persons
The bill was sponsored by Hon Bede Eke from Imo State who also prescribe stiff penalties for offenders.
Speaking in support of the bill lawmakers condemn the impunity with which these thieves of intellectual works deny hardworking artist and writers who put in painstaking energy,

time and money to produce works 

only to be short changed or outrightly denied there benefits.
They are of the view that an amendment that will proscribe punishment for violators of the copyrights act will bring sanity in the showbiz and entertainment industry most especially at this period that the country is seeking other ways of diversifying the nations economy
The bill having passed second reading was referred to the committee on Judiciary for further legislative input.

Adeboye Omoboye from House of Representatives

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REPS ON $17BN 


Following the discovery of huge financial Loss to the tone of 17 billion dollar stolen from undeclared crude oil and liquefied natural gas, the house of representatives ad-hoc committee has commenced hearing with the quizzing of the relevant stakeholder’s on the missing fund.


The house of representatives ad-hoc committee set up to unravel $17bn stolen from undeclared crude oil and liquefied natural gas continues hearing at the National Assembly on Monday


The ad-hoc committee chairman Abdulrazak Namdas commended the CBN for always willing to assist the committee and urged others to do same since what the committee is acting on is mere allegation


The CBN through its representative while responding to questions from members of the committee said the CBN has one crude oil account for the NNPC and that JP Morgan Chase of New York is the sole international banker for its international crude oil with the Accountant General of the Federation responsible for the auditing and account disbursement


The NNPC also briefed the committee on its role in the crude oil transaction as it also fielded questions from lawmakers who are determined to unravel the Sharp practices in the oil and gas sector


The public hearing continues as more agencies like the Customs, Neiti and others are set to give account of their involvement in the scam


The committee has vowed to expose the corruption that has bedevilled the oil and gas sector and the role played by the custodians of the nation’s common wealth.

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REP ON ABUSE OF PIONEER STATUS: BLAMES NIPS FOR NEGLECTING REGULATIONS


Lawmakers have lambasted the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council for failure to monitor the execution of the benefits of the tax waiver extended to qualified beneficiaries of pioneer status which they say should have helped to develop the economy  through industrial growth.

Several infractions have been observed to have been committed by several companies granted pioneer status by the federal government which was meant to drive industrialisation and economic growth in the country.

It is in realisation of these that the ad-hoc committee on Abuse of pioneer status was established by the house of representatives to look at Sharp practices in the exercise.
This was reiterated by the Speaker who was represented by Chairman Committee on Media and Public Affairs Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas and the Chairman of the ad-hoc committee​ on Abuse of Pioneer Status Hon. Jonathan Gaza.

The committee sort to know what qualifies a company from benefiting from the pioneer status to which the Executive Secretary gave a run down of laid down conditions as directed by law.


The Chairman Federal Inland Revenue Services wasn’t spared as he gave account on the position of his agency towards blocking leakages through collection of taxes.
Lawmakers observed that there have been gross abuse of the policy and that the NIPC has for so many years looked the other way to allow these companies bleed the economy in the guise of waiver sometimes for as long as seven years period waiver thereby negating the principles behind the program  but the council quickly laid the blame on the doorstep of the presidency.

The public hearing continues with lawmakers and major stakeholder’s deliberating on ways of making the pioneer status policy achieve its objectives of economic buoyancy at this period of economic recovery.

Adeboye Omoboye from House of Representatives

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE IN A ROWDY SESSION AS MEMBERS REJECT BILL TO ESTABLISH SOUTH EAST DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

The House of Representatives was today thrown into a rowdy session after majority of the lawmakers rejected a bill for the establishment of the South East Development Commission, SEDC. The lawmakers turned down the bill because according to them, there was not enough consultations carried out before the bill was presented to the House.

This however did not go down well with the lawmakers from the South East region. The South Eastern lawmakers argue that the South-East Development Commission if established, would be charged with the responsibility, among other things, to receive and manage funds from allocation of the Federation Account for the development, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of roads, houses and other infrastructure, as well as tackle the menace of poverty, ecological problems and any other related environmental or developmental challenges in the South-East states and for other related matters (HB 915).

According to Honourable Chukwuka Onyema who led the debate for the bill, the commission would serve as a unifying factor for Nigerians from the South East. After listening to the debate, the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara put the question for the bill to scale for the next reading.

Majority of the lawmakers answered nay and it was immediately stepped down. It is however not clear whether the South Eastern lawmakers would amend the bill and represent it to the house.

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PEACE CORPS: HOW NNEJI FORGED MY SIGNATURE, OVERTHREW ME AS COMMANDANT GENERAL -PROF. OGOEGBUNAM


Founder of National Unity and Peace Corps, Prof. Humphrey Ogoegbunam, has revealed how Dr. Chinedu Nneji forged his signature at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and dubiously declared himself the Commandant General of the Corps. 


This was even as, he admitted that the bill passed by the National Assembly was purely that of Dickson Akoh’s Peace Corps of Nigeria, adding that talks were underway to absorb his men into Akoh’s group. 


Ogoegbunam, who was addressing the Senate committee on Judiciary and Human Rights on Tuesday, said, Nneji only joined the Peace Corps in 2013 and there was no way he could have risen to the rank of Commandant General. 


According to him, Nneji, who was barely 2 months in the formation, was called upon to assist a female officer in running the affairs of the Corps while he (Ogoegbunam) embarked on medical trip to oversea. 


“When I came back, I saw his name as Commandant General, and I asked, how comes? How would you have become the Commandant General just like that


“He went to the CAC, forged my signature and withdrew the constitution that was submitted. He removed my name as Chairman of BoT and wrote his name as Chairman. He also included 13 names as members of BoT”, Ogoegbunam said. 


He said petition has already been submitted to the National Assembly and security agencies. 


Ogoegbunam also alleged that Nneji has been threatening his life, that must not disclose it to the public. 


“Since I returned to Nigeria, over 2 years ago, he has refused to see me. I have not set my eyes on him untill today”, he disclosed to Senate. 


Prof. Ogoegbunam tendered evidences before the Senate and urged it to allow the establishment of Nigerian Peace Corps, which he said, would enable his organization which has been existing for 30 years, to be co-opted into Dickson Akoh’s group. 


When asked by the Senate, if he would integrate the National Unity and Peace Corps into his group, if it is eventually established, Akoh said the Corps was all about the Nigerian youths and he would not object to it’

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REPS ON DIGITAL SWITCH


Ad-hoc Committee on digital switch chaired by Hon. Sunday Marshal from Kadunna State have requested for facts about the 17th of June deadline for digital switch across-the-country.

The Director General of NBC, Ishaqodibbo Kawu explained in his submissions to the Committee the readiness of the stake holders in the digital switch across-the-country. He said getting the state government involved is key to successful digital switch across-the-country.

The transmission of analog to digital across-the-board have been enmeshed since inception of the President Muhammad Buhari led government.


The Committee advices that getting the state Governors committed needs sensitization of the general public about the functionality of the digital switch.

According to the DG, NBC, signal is expected in Benin, Ghana and Cameron across-the-border while there is sufficient box to take off in states like Plateau, Niger, Kwara and Osun.

The switch box is just like your MasterCard, Remittance, Interswitch, Verve and the rest. It allows you to be served as NBC have paid for the boxes to be available with signals deployed through satellite. 

17th of June was fixed by ECOWAS not Nigeria, he explained. Agents involved are Pinnacle Communications, CCNL-FREE TV, ITS, TV ENTERPRISE and NBC.

The honourable members promised to assist the commission in achieving the target, as the meeting was adjourned till further notice.

Adeboye Omoboye Reporting from House of Representatives 

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REPS ON PUBLIC LITTERING: LAWMAKERS KICK AGAINST BILL, SAYS IT FALLS WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF THE 3RD TIER OF GOVERNMENT.

Reps have kicked against bill to make laws on environmental sanitation matters as they argue that the bill delves into the purview of local govt administration which falls under the residual list.

They however advised, the bill be fine tuned to enable it address environmental sanitation challenges in the country​.

Lawmakers in the green chamber have kicked against the attempt to encroach on the right of the the local government to make and enact laws that bothers on environmental sanitation in the country.

The bill which came as an act for the provision for the protection and control of public littering and to prevent the defacement of public places was sponsored by Hon Amuda Kannike from Kwara State to address the waste disposal and management issues.

But as laudable as the bill was lawmakers quickly identified  the lapses in the proposed bill which tends to encroach on the functions of the local government on environmental exercises which falls under its residual functions.

Having been convinced by his colleagues on the need to take a second look at the bill for some adjustments on it, the mover of the motion stepped it down for fine tuning.

Adeboye Omoboye Reporting from House of Representatives

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KIDNAPPERS RELEASE ABDUCTED MEMBER, GARBA DURBUNDE


A member of the House of Representatives, Garba Durbunde, who was kidnapped by unknown men along the Abuja-Kaduna highway on Tuesday May 30th, has been released. According to an aide of the lawmaker, Tunde Adela, the lawmaker who represents Takai/Sumaila federal constituency of Kano state at the lower legislative chamber, was released last night.

There are reports that his release was facilitated after a ransom was paid.

Durbunde was on his way from Abuja to Kano when he was abducted.

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HON. AMINU SULAIMAN GORO CONVEYED PUBLIC HEARING


The chairman house Committee on Tertiary Education , Hon. Aminu Suleiman conveyed public hearing today at the floor of National Assembly.


Education is the bed rock for any nation and as a committee with oversight responsibility on a critical sector of the economy, Tertiary Education needs consistent strive to explore and implement necessary apparatus, through interactive engagements, investigations, meetings and mediations. 

A bill for an act to Amended the Education (National Minimum Standards and Establishment of institutions) was listed for hearing with submissions from different stakeholders.

A bill for an act to Amend the student Union Activities ( Control and Regulations)

Other bills are a bill for an Act to Amend the National University commission, Federal University of Agriculture. 

Urgent need to investigate the report cancellation of the Nigerian Maritime University. Call for review of the country’s University Curriculum to reflect present day needs in Nigeria. And finally, call on the Council of legal Education and the body of benchers to allow law graduates of open University of Nigeria enrolment into the Nigeria law school.

Adeboye Omoboye Reporting from House of Representatives

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REPS ON MINIMUM WAGE                                                                   


Lawmakers have called for the periodic review of minimum wage in the country every 5 years as they identified inflation which continually diminishes the purchasing power of the average Nigerian worker as being the major causes of the constant agitation by workers.

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Thursday pushed forward, the process of making the review of the national minimum wage a periodic exercise every 5 years.
This followed the passage through second reading of ‘A Bill for an Act to amend the National Minimum Wage Act at plenary on Tuesday.

Leading the debate on the general principles of the bill during plenary, the House Majority Leader Hon Femi Gbajabiamila From Lagos State said the bill seeks to provide for periodic review of the national minimum wage every five years. 

He blames the continuous clamour for increased minimum wage by workers across the country on inflation which has constantly diminishes the purchasing power of the average Nigerian household

Supporting the amendment in his contribution to the debate Hon Rotimi Agunsoye from Lagos State says the current minimum wage was inadequate for the survival of the average Nigerian worker as he warned that any deliberate failure to review the minimum wage in the face of the ever increasing inflation and high cost of living could lead to increased corruption among workers. 

The bill however passed through second reading by a majority voice vote by lawmakers

It will be recalled that the last review of the national minimum wage was done in 2011 by former president, Goodluck Jonathan following much agitations by the Nigerian workers.

Adeboye Omoboye Reporting from House of Representatives

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HON. KARIMI SUNDAY CALLS FOR ELECTORAL REFORMS WITH TWO STANDARD BILLS 


The House of Representatives Committee on Electoral and political parties matters at a one day public hearing have debated twelve Electoral Act (Amendment) Bills referred to it from the plenary by the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara for discussion.

Two bills out of the twelve discussed was sponsored by Hon. Karimi S. Sunday a PDP member from Kogi state.


The first bill seeks to amend section 140(2) of the Act to empower the Courts or Election Tribunal to declare the person with the second highest number of votes as the winner of an election where it finds or holds that person who obtained the highest votes at the election was not qualified to contest the election. The existing provision in the Act provides that where the situation indicated occurs, the election tribunal or Court shall not declare the person with the second highest votes or any other person as elected, but shall order a fresh election. The language of the proposed amendment makes the power of the Court to make such order discretionary, and as well, gives the Court the option of making any other order it deem fit. The explanatory memorandum of the Bill states that the amendment is being proposed to bring the Act in tandem with Electoral jurisprudence in Nigeria by ensuring that the Act complies with the doctrine of separation of powers.


The second bill seeks to amend section 33 and 36 of the Electoral Act 2010(As Amended)to provide a frame work that will enable​ a Vice-Presidential candidate or Deputy Gubernatorial candidate to conclude the poll where the nominated candidate for a political office of the President or the Governor of a state dies.

The bill attempts to provide a frame work to address the incident that occurred at the 2015 Kogi Gubernatorial Elections where a candidate died before declaration of results. The justification for this proposal is that a presidential or Gubernatorial candidate and his running mate are on a joint ticket. For Elections to legislative Houses where there is no running mate, it proposes fresh elections. The bill seeks to prohibit the substitution of candidates once polls have commenced.

Adeboye Omoboye Reporting from House of Representatives

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COMMITTEE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING


The house committee on telecommunications led by Hon. Fijabi Saheed held public hearing on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday 25th 2017.


nassnewsng recalls that two bills were referred to the committee by the Hon. Speaker during plenary.


A bill for an act to appeal the Nigeria postal service acts and establishment the Nigeria postal Commission to make comprehensive provisions for the development of postal services and for other matters connected.

A bill for an act to amend the stamp duties act, 58 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to ensure compliance with the current realities and for other related matters.


The speaker represented by Hon. Ado Doguwa during the public hearing said the two bills open for hearing​, input and debate seeks to give Nipost the enabling environment to measure up with the advance postal administration in the development of it infrastructures and human resources as well as attainment of financial autonomy to meet international best practices.

Hon. Fijabi in his closing remark said the passage of the bill will position Nipost for the realization of the Federal Government financial inclusion programme which will provide access to the unbanked and underbanked rural communities as key to o poverty alleviation. Present at the Public hearing was the Hon. Minister for communication Bar. Adebayo Shittu.

Adeboye Omoboye Reporting from House of Representatives

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REPS CALLS FOR AUDITED ACCOUNT OF TELECOM SERVICE PROVIDERS.

Ad-hoc committee inaugurated to investigate the operational activities of telecommunications equipment and service companies/ vendors in Nigeria have called for an audited accounts of telecommunications services providers from Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS).
The committee led by Hon. Abu Ahmed yesterday quizzed the telecommunications operators statutory tax remittance according to law and the involvement activities of CPC, NSITF, NIC, NITDA, NCS, FRCN, NPC, NIPC and FIRS.
The Chief Executive Officer of NIPC educated the committee on pioneer status of the telecommunications operators which has exhausted over five years maximum limit.
The Chief Executive Officer of Federal Inland Revenue Services, Tunde Fowler who was the last to be quizzed while addressing the committee over multiple taxation, said telecommunications operators take penalty and other related charges as multiple taxation. It is not true, as other charge or penalties charge is different from taxes.

Hon. Oluwole Oke in his point of view insisted that the service providers undermine the taxes. This calls for a need to probe the audited account copies submitted to FIRS for aggregate information.

The chairman ruled over an adjournment move to resume the committee investigation next week Tuesday.
 Reporting from House of Representatives

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REPS TO ENFORCE USE OF PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES



House of Representatives has called on the police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to enforce the use of pedestrian bridges on the nation’s highways.

Adopting a motion moved by Johnson Oghuma (Edo-APC) yesterday, the House asked the Inspector-General of Police and the Commandant-General of the NSCDC to, as a matter of urgency, deploy their personnel at various points on the highways where the pedestrian bridges were located to enforce their use and also provide security on the bridges.

Oghuma noted that pedestrians still prefer to cross the highways directly rather than using the pedestrian bridges, thereby endangering their lives.
“There is little or no enforcement mechanism to compel pedestrians to use the bridges and if drastic measures are not taken to enforce adherence to the use of pedestrian bridges, the trend will likely continue and more lives will be lost through pedestrians being knocked down by speeding vehicles,” he said.

He also noted that the advantages of these bridges as safety measures for pedestrians.

Adopting the motion, the House urged the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to construct barricades where the bridges were available to stop pedestrians from crossing highways directly, provide light on the bridges to encourage usage at night and also provide cover from the sun and rains for the users.

It also called on the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to conduct awareness campaigns to educate the populace on the need to use pedestrian bridges.

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AD-HOC COMMITTEE INTERACTS WITH MINISTER OVER JOB LOSS



The ad-hoc committee led by Hon. Abu Ahmed, inaugurated​​ to investigate the operational activities of telecommunications equipment and service companies/vendors in Nigeria had an interactive meeting with the Minister for communication, Bar. Adebayo Shittu and his officials on the floor of the house of Representatives today.
During the meeting the committee questioned the massive loss of job in the sector which has caused unemployment and poor services rendered to the masses by the telecommunications operators.

Bar. Adebayo Shittu responding to the committee said, athough the ministry have set up a committee involving other ministries like labour, employment and productivity, Interior and Internal affairs to look into the activities of the telecommunications operators, but insisted the ministry lacks the power to sanction any vendor except their subordinate NCC.
Dr. Adebayo Shittu further appeal that other stakeholders like NCC, Ministry of Labour, employment and productivity, Interior and Internal affairs be invited to discuss the issues regarding the Vendors and chart effective solutions.
The permanent secretary in turn assured the members that they are on the same page as eight telecommunications operators are being investigated by the committee set up by the ministry. The vendors includes Globacom, Airtel, Ericson, MTN, Etisalat, Mtel, ZTE and Gotel.
The chairman stated that all stakeholders appealed will be invited in the next meeting. He ruled for adjournment till May 31 2017.
 Adeboye Omoboye Reporting from House of Representatives
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COMMITTEE ON HEALTH HOLDS 2 DAYS PUBLIC HEARING
On the floor of House of Representatives today, committee on health institutions led by Hon. Betty Apiafi ended a two-day Public hearing which started yesterday.
The public hearing started yesterday with the focus to debate a bill for an act to regulate the medical residency training programme in Nigeria, a bill for an act to amend and repeal the pharmacy council of Nigeria act and the need to investigate the joint venture agreement between The UATH, Gwagwalada and Crystal thorpe Nigeria limited.
While it ended today with a bill for an act to provide for the establishment of the National Agency for Albinism and Hypo-pigmentation (NAAH) and other related matters, a bill for an act to amend the radiographers​ registration and a bill for an act to provide for the establishment of a National Center for research, management and control of Autism, Downs syndrome and for other related matters.
The committee assures stakeholders in the health sector to focus on bills that will curtail the current organizational, operational and structural challenges that are having hampering the growth of the Health Sector in the country.

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ACTING PRESIDENT YEMI OSINBAJO SOUGHT TO INCLUDE DBN AND FAFIN-II IN BORROWING PLAN

In a letter addressed to Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, Osinbajo said the DBN which is a multi-donor supported bank was omitted in the 2014-2016 external borrowing plan.

The acting president explained that the donors were ready to release funds to the DBN following the approval of the National Assembly.

He also said the fund for agricultural finance in Nigeria (FAFIN-II) is being supported with a sum of €9 million by the KfW development bank of Germany after it had released €10.5 million in 2013 in the first tranche.

Osinbajo said the second tranche of €9 million is to consolidate on the gains of the first tranche.

“Mr. Speaker may wish to know that the DBN is a multi-donor supported bank approved under the previous administration with financing agreements executed on 25th February 2015,” the letter by Osinbajo read.

“However, the facility in the sum of $1.28 billion appeared to be inadvertently omitted in the 2014-2016 external borrowing plan approved by national assembly.

“In view of the importance attached to these two projects by our administration, it has become imperative to seek for your usual understanding and kind consideration for the inclusion of the DBN and FAFIN-II into the 2016-2018 external borrowing plan as addendum.”


Adeboye Omoboye from House of Representatives

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REPS ON PROCUREMENT EXERCISE


The Committee on procurement have unraveled Sharp practices in the award of contact to private interest rather than qualified and experienced companies contrary to the directives from the president that only experienced and qualified companies are engaged in the pre-shipment inspection in the oil and gas sector


The Committee has insisted on the invitation of the Ministers of Finance and Works to clear the air on its findings and to put the records straight


The directive by president Mohammadu Buhari that only experienced and qualified companies be engaged for pre-shipment inspection exercise seem to have been flaunted by the DPP and the Ministry of Finance as the Committee on procurement has discovered massive fraud in the award of contact to unqualified contractors and also discovered huge under remittance of taxes by this same companies to the FIRS


These discoveries were made by the Committee during cross examination by its members to invited companies during the public hearing to ascertain the credibility of the companies purported to have met the required standard set by the President in his letter dated June 3, 2015 as a way to sanitize activities in the operations of pre-shipment inspection companies in the oil and gas sector.


Lawmakers were surprised that some companies continue to carry on their activities illegally despite not being paid since 2015 a situation that drew suspicion of something fishy in their operations.


The Committee has invited the Ministers of Finance and Works to appear before it on May30 to furnish it with its role in the exercise

Adeboye Omoboye from House of Representatives

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COMMITTEE ON PORTS, HARBOURS AND WATERWAYS HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING


House Committee on ports, Harbours and Waterways held a two days Public hearing on the floor on National Assembly Monday 22 – 23 May, 2017. 

Hon. Asadu Patrick Oziokoja The Chairman of the Committee on ports, Harbours and Waterways, welcome all the Stakeholders, Non-Governmental Organization. (NGO) N. T. C. And other Organization’s present for the Public hearing. One of the consultants from Lagos State Engineer Jibola Samson, said that their Position is clear, the Lagos State Government are new in this area of inland waterways under the Federal Authority. Lagos State Government added to the position that was submitted yesterday.
The proposed​ bill amendment tends to threaten what we believed as illegal act, in other words common man should benefit from any development in the Country. 
There is challenges​ to the law that allows the parliament to give right to the Inter-State not Intra-State, therefore where any law is inconsistence to the Constitution, such laws should give way. Association of Registration represent​ed by Mr. Frank Ukor said his colleague presented his document for amendment which says the President should appoint the Chairman of the board, but the Vice Chairman will be appointed by the Stakeholders, the register should be submitting to the Board, the problem with the council is that some stakeholders are going to the Court, the issues that need urgent attention is the membership of the Board among the Stakeholders, there should be Four Zones and Five members elected from each Zones to represent them because when there is meeting there is always problem.

Adebisi Adenike Blessing from House of Representation.

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REPS ON ELECTORAL REFORMS


Election matters in the country has often times been a subject of Constant wrangling leading to violence in some cases and countless litigations by political  parties and contestants as well.
It is to address this countless challenges in the nations democratic process that the Committee on Electoral and Political Parties matters is organising a one day public hearing on proposed amendment to the electoral act 2010 as amended,

The Committee on Electoral and Political parties matters has put together a one day public hearing on the proposed amendments to the electoral act 2010.
The proposed bills twelve in number to be amended are bills which have been subject to controversies  at various times and which have also thrown open debate which threatened the existence of the nations fragile democracy.
In his opening speech the Speaker says the essence of the hearing is to create à legal framework and to give everyone asses to contribute to legislative matters in order to strengthen law making process in the country a view which was corroborated, by the Chairman of the Committee Aishatu Dukku from Gombe State.
The Deputy speaker  Yussuff Lasun and Chairman Ad-hoc Committee on Constitutional review house of reps while lauding the proposal on independent candidacy welcomed the presence of the representative of the Chief of Army Staff a development he says is good for democracy also reiterated that the worst democracy is better than the best military rule.
Various participants also commended the Committee for the hearing and advised that it should expedite action on the proposed bills since time is short and INEC has already released the time table for the 2019 general elections.

The hearing is to make necessary input into 12 important bills which have put to test some of the nations electoral laws in past elections and to address and make possible amendments where necessary to correcting the lacuna as the 2019 elections approaches.
The Nigerian bar association, Independent National Electoral Commission, the Civil Societies and representatives of all political parties are all present at the one day hearing.

Adeboye Omoboye from House of Representatives.

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ICPC ARRAIGNS HOUSE OF REPS. MEMBER FIR CERTIFICATE FORGERY

A former Deputy Speaker and current member representing Jos-North state constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Honourable Ibrahim Baba Hassan, has been docked before Honourable Justice J.U.A Musale of High Court 31 of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), sitting in Jabi, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for allegedly submitting a forge certificate.

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ABUJA: REPS ON NDDC

It is no longer news that the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC has failed in its statutory responsibility of aiding the development of the Niger Delta region where oil exploration activities has destroyed the socio-economic life of host communities through the destruction of their means of livelihood.
The Commission was established in 2000 as an agency of the Federal Government to among other things formulate policies for the development of the Niger Delta but instead it has been politicized and transformed into a cash cow for syphoning the wealth of the region and with no infrastructural development to point at.

The Niger Delta Development commission NDDC was founded in 2000 to among other things formulate policies for the development of the Niger Delta region whose ecosystem has been destroyed by activities of oil exploration companies thereby leading to the destruction of their livelihood.

The motion was sponsored by Hon Kingsley Chinda from Rivers State as he observed that for years now poor funding by Federal Government which has constantly failed to remit the statutory funds to the commission, failure of three percent of annual of oil and gas companies and fifty percent due member states from the ecological fund.

Lawmakers supporting the motion said the commission has fall short of expectation of its mandate and that monies given for the purpose of development have often times been embezzled as they call for the investigation of the commission.

Lawmakers thereby calls for the adequate funding of the commission with clear provision of the act establishing it

The committees on Public Accounts, NDDC, Finance and an Anti-Corruption was mandated to investigate and ascertain all outstanding sums due to the NDDC, and its utilisation of funds from 2010 to date and report and make recommendation within four weeks for further legislative action.

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HON. HASSAN A. OMALE CALLS FOR PEACE IN BAGANA COMMUNITY.


The House of Representatives today passed a motion raised by Hon. Hassan A. Omale at the plenary for the need to restore peace in Omala Local Government area of Bagana Community in Kogi State.
According to him various Ethnic groups such as Agatu, Hausa, Egbira and the predominant people of Igala have lived peacefully together at Bagana, in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State over the Years.

It recently occured that there was crisis among the Fulani Herdsman and the predominant people of Bagana Community which affected Market Men and women, Fishermen, and Students in the area. The attack brought about killing of hundreds of people,burning and damaging of properties by the Herdsmen.

He had spoken to the Commissioner of Police to handle the crisis but it was discovered that the soldiers​ that were taken there were redeployed from the Community and for the crisis to be resolved, there is need for the Soldiers and Mobile Policemen to return to the Community.

He emphasised that it is not only the People living within the Community that have problem, there is external forces while making appeal within the internal people to appease them to live in harmony as Brothers and Sisters while go about their daily activities as it was before. 

He concluded that it is one of the necessary mandate expected from the Government to protect the People lives and Properties.

Adebisi Adenike Blessing from House of Reps.

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REPS ON STIGMATIZATION BILL

The bill that seeks to make stigmatization of persons who are victims of insurgency and militancy by group of persons punishable and through prosecution has failed second reading.

Lawmakers argue that the matter has been taken care of by relevant sections of the constitution of the country that bothers on the fundamental human rights to dignity and free association as provided by the federal constitution.
The house of representative has killed the bill seeking to make it punishable for persons who are victims of insurgency or militancy to be stigmatized by persons or group of persons for reasons that bothers on their unfortunate conditions has been thrown out by lawmakers in the green chamber.
The bill which was sponsored by Hon Ahmed Yerima to  address the stigma being faced by  victims of insurgency and militancy in the country.

The bill elicited emotions and support from some lawmakers who argue that victims should not be made to suffer for a situation they do not have direct control for as such must not be made to suffer unjustly they therefore recommended appropriate sanctions for offenders.

But other lawmakers were of the view it will amount to duplication since the constitution of the country haven’t envisaged such actions has addressed it in its relevant sections.

They suggested the bill be directed to relevant Committee of the house for more legislative input.

The bill having been subjected to a rigorous debate on the floor of the House, was killed by Majority voice vote of ney by lawmakers.

Adeboye Omoboye Reporting from House of Representatives

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CBN GOVERNOR INSULTS THE PARLIAMENT


The Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Godwin Emefiele was said to have insulted the parliament on Wednesday by his letter to the House committee on National Security and Intelligence.

The committee is bent on investigating the NIA, EFCC and CBN over the recent​ discovered looted funds. 

The committee have written to Mr Godwin Emefiele three times before now, who in turns told the committee that the case is before the Vice President panel and should not be given double investigation.

But the CBN governor clearly wrote on Wednesday in his letter that was read by the committee chairman,Hon. Aminu Sanni and directed to the Hon. members of the committee, that he will not appear before the committee, which was taken to be an insult to the parliament.

The committee in a motion moved during the short meeting that ended in annoyance and stamp by the chairman, summoned Mr Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor to appear before it on Tuesday 23rd 2017 at the hour of 2pm prompt.

In like manner the EFCC and the suspended NIA boss is to appear before the committee the same time and date.

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REPS ADHOC COMMITTEE INVESTIGATES​ DPR/OSP/NDR ACCOUNT WITH STANDARD CHARTERED BANK

Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) have appeared before the adhoc committee investigating the revenue lekages and activities of DPR today.

The ad-hoc committee is chaired by Hon. Jarigbe Agbom Jarigbe from Ogoja/Yala Federal constituency.

The adhoc committee was inaugurated to investigate the revenue leakages and activities of DPR.

DPR is the sole regulatory​ agency supervising oil and gas across the entire nation.

During the meeting the committee quizzes DPR with a prospect to investigate it’s account with standard chattered bank Uk limited and stakeholders.

After the meeting, the chairman of the adhoc committee, Hon. Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe from Ogoja/Yala Federal constituency speaking with journalist said the committee will like to investigate why and what empowers the transaction in question.

All documents related to the transaction was asked to be submitted to the adhoc committee before the next meeting.

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HOUSE TO INTERFACE OVER LAUTECH OWNERSHIP FEUD

THE OWNERSHIP CRISIS ROCKING THE LADOKE AKINTOLA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY OGBOMOSHO, OYO STATE HAVE SNOWBALLED INTO A PROTEST BY THE STUDENTS OF THE INSTITUTION WHO LOCKED OUT CANDIDATES FOR THIS YEARS  COMPUTER BASED (CTB) JAMB EXAMINATION, PREVENTING THEM FROM WRITING THEIR EXAMS.

THE STUDENTS ARE PROTESTING THE DISRUPTION TO THEIR ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES WHICH ACCORDING TO THEM IS PUTTING THEIR FUTURE IN JEOPARDY DUE TO THE UNRESOLVED DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN THE OYO STATE GOVERNMENT AND ITS OSUN COUNTERPART.

STUDENTS OF THE LADOKE AKINTOLA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY OGBOMOSHO OYO STATE HAVE SHOWED THEIR DISPLEASURE OVER THE INABILITY OF THE OYO AND OSUN STATE GOVERNMENTS TO RESOLVE THE LONG STANDING OWNERSHIP FEUD OF THE INSTITUTION BETWEEN BOTH STATE GOVERNMENT

THE STUDENTS HAVE LOCKED OUT PROSPECTIVE JAMB CANDIDATE SITTING FOR THE 2017 UTME EXAMS IN PROTEST OF THE DISRUPTION OF THE PERPETUAL SUSPENSION OF ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES AT THE INSTITUTION.

THE MOTION WAS SPONSORED BY HON ODEBUNMI DOKUN, FROM OYO STATE AND SUPPORTED BY HON. FIJABI FROM SAME STATE WHO ARGUED THAT THE LINGERING CRISIS IF NOT ADDRESSED IS CAPABLE OF PUTTING THE FUTURE OF THE STUDENTS AFFECTED IN SERIOUS JEOPARDY.

HOWEVER THOUGH, JAMB HAS RESCHEDULED A NEW DATE FOR THE EXAMS TO BE RETAKING, THE HOUSE HAVE DIRECTED ITS COMMITTEE ON TERTIARY INSTITUTION TO INTERFACE WITH THE INSTITUTION ON WAYS TO FORESTALL FUTURE OCCURRENCE AND REPORT BACK IN FOUR WEEKS FOR FURTHER LEGISLATIVE ACTION

Adeboye Omoboye from House of Representative

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Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok, San Decamp from PDP to APC


According to Him, He was elected as a member of this Honourable House on the platform of The People Democratic Party (PDP) and sworn in on 9th of June, 2015. However, for over a Year now, my Party has been enmeshed in internecine crisis, which started during the Congresses to elect party officials. As a matter of fact there are divisions in the PDP from the National level between the Sheriff and The Makarfi Factions, and also in my State between the Badung and Sango factions which led to the sealing of the Party secretariat in Jos on the 12th of May, 2017. The Party is divided in my Local Government down to the Ward Level with parallel Structures of the Party. From the outset of the crisis in the Party, I have refrained from joining any of the factions, hoping that good sense will prevail to usher in reconciliation in the Party. However the divisions are hardening and on Saturday, 13th May, 2017, over Five Hundred delegates from my Federal Constituency besieged my residence “mandating, directing and authorising” that I quit the Party. I am left with no option but to appraise my membership of the party and go along with my constituents. I hereby renounce my membership of the PDP and after due consultation with my constituents, I have decided to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) with effect from today being 17th May 2017.

 Adebisi Adenike Blessing, from House of Reps.

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ADHOC COMMITTEE SACKS REPRESENTATIVES DURING INVESTIGATION


Hon. Abu Ahmed led adhoc committee investigating the operational​ activities​ of telecommunications equipment and service companies/vendor in Nigeria on Tuesday rejected the representatives of revenue generating organisations appearing before it.

The organizations affected are Federal Inland revenue service, National Information Technology Development Agency, Nigeria Employer Consultative Association, National Insurance Commission, Tertiary Educational Funds, Standard Organization of Nigeria, Consumer Protection Council and National Pension Commission.

They were all invited for questioning on tax activities of telecommunications equipment and service companies/vendors in Nigeria.

The committee frowned at the act as non of the revenue generating organisations came with their executives​ which seems to undermine the power of the legislative arm of government.

The lawmakers upheld a motion seeking the sack of the representatives from the meeting and summoning the executives of the organizations to appear before the committee next week Tuesday.

An adjournment was moved, as ruled by Hon. Ahmed Abu the chairman of the ad-hoc committee.

Adeboye Omoboye reporting from House of reps

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HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC PROCUREMENT BEGINS INVESTIGATIVE PUBLIC HEARING


The house committee on public procurement led bye Hon. Oluwole Oke have started an investigative public hearing today on the floor of the house of Representatives. The motion as moved by Hon. Gabriel Kolawole from Akoko, on the need to investigate allegations of abuse, breach and violation of the public procurement act 2007 in the engagement of consultants for pre shipment inspection and monitoring of crude oil and gas export from Nigeria, was referred to the committee on public procurement chairman by Hon. Oluwole Ok from Obokun Federal constituency of Osun state.
Rt.Hon.Yakubu Dogora, Speaker House of Representatives,welcome stakeholders to the Investigative Hearing, towards the Engagement of Consultants For Pre-Shipment Inspection and Monitoring of Crude Oil and Gas Export from Nigeria. According to him, the World Bank also estimated that $300 billion of Government funds generated from crude oil cannot be accounted for, as it may have found its way into the pockets of some Individuals, that it is needless to say that corruption and mismanagement of the country’s crude oil earnings have contributed largely to put Nigerian economy in recession. Also the enthronement of due process, transparency and blocking leakages in the system is a major concern of the House on behalf of the Nigerians. He further said all participants are encouraged to speak freely to contribute where necessary, because it will not only assist the House of Representatives in discharging one of its Constitutional duties, but will also contribute to the on-going efforts to move our country forward.

Adeboye Omoboye reporting from House of Reps.

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2017 Budget Passes In Reps Without Controversy.

 Federal law makers in the House of Representatives on Thursday passed the 2017 budget in a clause-by-clause consideration.

 In what appeared to be a departure from the previous practice, the House approved the N7,441,175,486,758 appropriation Bill without any serious observation from law makers in respect of figures presented.

 Though, the passage of the 2017 Appropriation was devoid of controversy, Speaker Yakubu Dogara warned members, especially chairmen of committees of any act of unauthorised alteration of figures in the document passed.

Dogara who congratulated his colleagues for a job well done told members that they need to preserve the integrity of the document they have produced for the growth and development of Nigeria.

 However, during the consideration of the budget report, members raised eyebrows over N51billion believed to be an undeserving amount allocated to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) as recurrent expenditure.

After reading through all the budget,The budget allocated to National Assembly is N125bn and for Agriculture and Rural Development N103bn,compare to Education N56bn.

As Members Frowns At N51bn Recurrent For SGF. Though the Honourable Members Frowns at N51bn Recurrent For SGF, but it was still carried as the speaker Yakubu Dogara repeatedly read through the budget, various passed budget.

Adebisi Adenike Blessing, from House of Reps.

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REP RAISES MOTION ON NON-PAYMENT OF SIWES ALLOWANCES TO STUDENTS BY THE INDUSTRAIL TRANING FUND(ITF).

During the plenary, HON. O.K CHINDA raise a motion on the need to address the Non-payment of Swiss Allowances to student. He stated that the industrial Training Fund (ITF) has failed to pay allowances to students industrial work experience scheme (SIWES) which was the main reason why the fund was set up, and that the fund was established purposely to encourage the acquisition of skills needed for man power training in the country, and under the SIWES scheme, students undertaken six(6) months, and in some cases one(1) year Industrial Training(IT); He further said that it is unconscionable for the ITF or any Government agency to deliberately put the student into hardship by withholding funds that have been released for payment of their SIWES Allowances, Hon. CHINDA says he believes student will continue to be ripped off, unless urgent action is taken to check the prevailing practices in the operations of the ITF, therefore an Ad-hoc committee should be set up to investigate fraud in the operations of the Industrial Training Fund(ITF), especially on the utilization of its funds from 2010 to date, and bring back report within four(4) weeks for further legislative action.  

Adebisi Adenike Blessing, from House of Reps.

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REPS ON BILLS

Three bills passed second reading out of seven for consideration in plenary on Wednesday
They are the bills for an act to repeal and re-enact the oil and gas export free zone authority act, A bill to amend sections 2,4,7,11 and 15 of the constitution that makes for compulsory and free universal Basic Education in the country and the bill to for an act to establish the agricultural produce price control agency.

The bill for an act to repeal and re-enact the oil and gas export free zone authority act to provide for special investment areas in the country passed second reading in the house of representative
The motion was sponsored by Hon Oker-Jev from Benue State
Lawmakers while supporting the motion says the bill if passed will be of great benefit to the oil producing communities and States 

The bill passed through second reading by a majority voice vote and was referred to the committee on commerce for further legislative input 

Similarly the bill for an act to amend sections 2,4,7,11 and 15 of the compulsory, free universal basic education act also passed second reading

The motion was sponsored by Hon Mohammed Mahmud from Niger State 

The motion passed through second reading and was referred to the committee on basic education and services for further legislative input 

Also the bill to establish the agricultural produce price control agency of Nigeria to ensure distribution and sale of fertilizer, plant crops and other agricultural produce to farmers at subsidized rate also passed second reading in the house 

The motion was sponsored by Hon Ali Isa from Gombe State 

Supporting the bill lawmakers say the bill couldn’t have come at better time since it will encourage agricultural development in the country and help to drive the diversification agenda of the president Buhari administration and will bring back the good old days of agricultural revolution in the country.

The bill passed second reading reading through a unanimous voice vote by lawmakers and subsequently referred to the committee on agriculture, production and services for further legislative input 

Four bills however could not scale through second reading as they were either stepped down or thrown out for failing to meet the constitutional acceptance and requirements by lawmakers 

Adeboye Omoboye reporting from House of Reps

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REPS INVESTIGATE CAUSE OF DEATH IN QUEENS COLLEGE.


NASS recalls an epidemic that broke out in queens college in which no fewer than four students were lost.
The house committee on basic education chaired by Hon. Mohammed Zakari from Kwara have started investigating the cause of the death.

Nigeria’s premiere girls only Secondary Federal Institution Queens college, Yaba, Lagos (founded in 1927), has in the past witnessed a myriad of deaths of its students Praise Shodipo, Vivian Osuinyi and Bithian Itulua as a result of poor water and sanitary condition in the school as speculated.

Dr Lamin Amodu who was the former principal in charge then was quizzed alongside the present principal Mrs Betty Aree, former PTA chairman Mrs Beatrice Akhetuamen, present PTA chairman Dr John Otobike and other officials present.
The meeting which lasted more than six hours took turn to examine evidences and submissions of the management of the school. The anger of the committee was sprouted due to the absence of the Minister for Education and his state counterpart in a crucial issue that involves the deaths of promising Nigerians.

The representative of the Minister for Education was not granted the privilege to talk as the issue is said to be beyond his capacity. The minister was asked to appear in person, in the ruling of the chairman, Hon. Mohammed Zakari and an adjournment of the meeting was moved till Next week Tuesday 3pm.

Reporting from house of representative, Adeboye Omobo

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HON.NNANNA IGBOKWE TOLD KEYSTONE M.D THAT THEY ARE HIDING MATERIAL EVIDENCE FROM THE COMMITTEE.                  


In the on going committee hearing on the review of petroleum pump pricing template led by the chairman committee HON.NNANNA IGBOKWE who demanded keystone MD to provide all records showing all the various transaction they have done,the manager Mr Chinedu and the M.D told the committee that all document required from them, including how the product was trucked out has been submitted. The chairman said the transaction he did is more than two, which the document he reported is stating, that he is hiding material document from the committee, that they are convince by what he tells them and the committee needs more clarification on the transactions, the chairman also told him to provide a current status of subsidy claims with Federal Government,Records of product stored,also payment receipt to back them up, together with receipt of forex from CBN and the 17.5 million, he should prove the rate which it was received and returned, they should be submitted before 19 may 2017.                                                   

Adebisi Adenike Blessing, House of Reps.
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REPS PROPOSED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

It’s been observed that the upsurge in rural-urban migration in the past 25 years clearly indicates the socio-economic and developmental deficit in most rural areas around the country to this end lawmakers in the green chamber have proposed the establishment of a rural area development agency to provide for the social and economic sustainability of the rural areas in the country as the bill scaled through second reading in the house of representative.

The abandonment of rural areas in the country by rural dwellers for a better life to urban centers for a better life is a common phenomenon in the country as this leaves the rural areas poorer and less developed in the country with attendant decline in Agriculture leading to further decline in food production and low viability of the local economy.

This is the submission of Hon Uchechuku Nnam-Obi from Rivers State as he calls for the urgent need to create the rural areas development agency to provide for the economic and social sustainability of rural areas in the country as he proposed a structure for the agency. 

Lawmakers in supporting the bill hailed it as a grass root bill which is capable of bringing development to the country through creation of social amenities to the reach of the common rural dweller.
As vast majority of Nigerians still reside in rural areas it is hoped that the establishment of the rural area development agency with effective collaboration with States and local government will provide basic amenities and infrastructure to boast rural economy and all round development in the country and would put an end to rural-urban migration. 

ADEBOYE from House of reps.

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PRESIDENT TRANSMITS OFFICIAL LETTER OF HIS TRIP TO HOUSE OF REPS.

President Mohammadu Buhari has formally translated a letter to the house of representative informing it on his trip to the United Kingdom for further medical treatment as the Committee on appropriation submits 2017 Appropriation Report to the house.
The letter notifying lawmakers of the president’s trip to the United Kingdom for further medical treatment was read on the floor of the house to members by the Speaker Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara at plenary on Tuesday.

The Speaker in his letter the president directed that the Vice president is to act as the coordinating Vice president pending his return.

Similarly the Mustapha Dawaki, led Committee on Appropriation formally submitted it’s Appropriation report on the 2017 budget proposal to the house.

The report was submitted to the house for further legislative action.

ADEBOYE FROM HOSE OF REP.

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PROVIDE REPORT ON SUBSIDY CLAIM FROM 2011 TILL 2014 HON. NNANNA IGBOKWE TELLS FRANSCO OIL COMPANY. 

The public hearing on review of pump price of petroleum that commence on 8th may 2017 involves representatives of different stake holders , during the meeting the chairman HON. NNANNA IGBOKWE ask FRANSCO OIL COMPANY which was represented by the M.D Mr Kunle Robort to provide report on subsidy claim from 2011 to 2014 December. FRANSCO said the last time they receive subsidy payment was 2011 and as of February last year, before the price change they were selling petrol 74 naira at their deploy. The chairman HON. NNANNA told FRANSCO that the subsidy was removed may 2016 and that they did not sell at that price that he is making claim for fund,which lead to the demanding of report of all subsidy claim made to the Federal Government till date, Amount receive from Federal Government till date, as well as report on forex receipt 2011 till date. HON. NNANNA told him to provide all record as stated irrespective of the previous records together with their bank statement from 2011 till date, and he should reappear on 26 may 2017, so as other stake holders with their different date to reappear,that their Managing Directors was not present. the meeting was further adjourned to 9th may 2017 10:am.

 

Adebisi Adenike Blessing from house of Reps.

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NCC BOSS APPEARS BEFORE REPS


nassnewsng could recall in the last meeting, before adjournment the adhoc committee investigating operational activities of telecommunication equipment and service companies/vendors in Nigeria summoned the Executive/Vice Chairman of Nigeria communications Commission, NCC to appear before it. The NCC boss appeared today 8th of May, 2017.

A letter was sent to the commission dated 4th of May requesting for collaboration and support on investigation of operational activities of telecommunications equipment and service companies/vendors in Nigeria.

In the letter, according to section 88 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, the committee requested for documents to help them in carrying out their assignments.

The committee requested for a List of all licensed telecommunication and IT companies operating in Nigeria, names, address, and category of licence/frequencies/spectrums that they operate with.

Cost associated with the licenses, spectrum and frequencies they have acquired.

Evidence of up to date payments of those licenses, spectrum and frequencies for each awardee.

Records of infractions committed by these companies, penalties imposed and evidence of payment of these penalties from 2005 till date.

Furnish the committee with the parameters and basis you deploy in determining and approving transfer of funds outside the shores of Nigeria particularly those that bring in capital and investment from outside the shores of Nigeria.

Provide the committee with a list of the transactions that NCC has approved for repatriation of funds abroad from 2005 till date.

Audited accounts of all registered telecommunication and IT companies from 2005 till date.

Evidence of compliance with statutory obligations by telecommunication and IT companies from 2005 till date.


NCC in reference to the committee requests in the letter requested for two more weeks to present the documents and also refers to item 5 and 7 as not in its jurisdiction but will write to introduce the committee to the appropriate quarter.

The chairman in his ruling approved NCC request for more time, promises to invite the Ministry of Labour in the next meeting and also states the main aim of the committee to reduce loss of job in the telecommunications sector. The meeting was adjourn till next week.

Adeboye reporting from House of reps.

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REPS EMBRACES NEW BUILDING TECHNOLOGY


The House committee on work chaired by Hon. Tobi Okechukwu have welcome the introduction of new technology in building low cost houses in Nigeria today.

An international company MultiCON group known to be experts in the production of building materials and matrix optimized concrete for building houses was brought into Nigeria from Germany to introduce the new technology to the committee on the floor of national Assembly.

The build technology experts MultiCON group in their power point presentations explained to the representatives how they could get designs from architect and transform it into structures of different kinds.
 The members applaud the technologist with a warm embrace and encourage the experts to see how they can make the technology benefit a common man in Nigeria.

The idea of a mobile factory from one site to another is the most exciting of the expert’s presentations according to the committee. They thereby appeal to the experts to strategize on how to meet the housing needs of the very remote areas with lower earnings who could not cope with the cost of acquisitions of the houses.
The chairman Hon. Toby Okechukwu who hails from Enugu state appreciated the building experts and advice them to take advantage of Nigeria’s large market and numerous investors.

A motion was moved for adjournment till next meeting.

Reporting from House of reps. Omoboye Adeboye.

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NIGERIAN PASSPORT

Obtaining the Nigerian Passport for sometime now has been an herculean task for Nigerians living in the country, and those living abroad are not spared the agony of acquiring this means of national and international identification.

Lawmakers have called for urgent need to address these embarrassing situation by mandating the Ministry of Interior, Foreign Affairs and it’s relevant committees to address the situation.

It’s been observed that obtaining the Nigerian passport this days is likened to the biblical camel passing through the eyes of the needle as it is observed that Nigerians home and abroad now form long queues in Immigration Offices to acquire this scarce item with little or no success.

This is the submission of Hon Ayodeji Joseph from Lagos State as he challenged lawmakers to act fast to avert the national and international embarrassment.

Supporting the motion lawmakers while frowning at the long process of acquiring the national passport called for ways to domesticate the production and obtaining it in the country and abroad.

The house however mandated the committees on Interior and the Foreign Affairs to collaborate with the relevant Ministries to address the situation and report back to the house within two weeks for further legislative action 

Adeboye omoboye, from House of Representatives

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The bill to make it criminal to deface the National flag through the inclusion or imposition of object or design of any form thereby making it loss it’s originality has passed second reading in the house of representative as lawmakers call for proper enforcement to make it an offence and punishable by law.
Lawmakers have been expressing total condemnation to the attitude of Nigerians and most especially government officials at all levels who in the attempt to show class have consistently defaced the national flag with the super imposition with all sort of objects including the coat of arms.
The bill was sponsored by Hon Samuel Onuigbo from Abia State.
In supporting the bill lawmakers say it amounts to a national embarrassment for an instrument of identity like the national flag to be so defamed with designs and symbols of various shades as they questioned the legacy the elderly and government is leaving behind for the young and upcoming generation.
When put to vote lawmakers were unanimous as the bill passed through second reading
The bill was referred to the committees on information, national orientation, ethics and values for further legislative input

Omoboye Adeboye, reporting from house of representatives

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REPS REVEALS PLAN TO SEEK AUTONOMY TO OPERATE CUSTOM


House of representative committee on custom headed by Hon. James Abiodun Faleke the controversial gubernatorial candidate of Kogj state, today revealed their intentions to forward a bill seeking the independence of the Nigeria Custom.
When this bill is successful Nigeria Custom will have an automatic permit which will enable it carryout its activities without going through ministry of finance.

During the meeting the 2017 budget was presented starting with the 2016 budget performances.


The Controller General of custom Col. Hammed Ibrahim Ali speaking on the budget summary submitted to the committee which was admitted to have captured virtually everything starting with 2016 budget performances and approved revenue target, said there was no legal backing for levels on luxury items. He mentioned some of the challenges facing the Nigeria Custom as they perform their duty. Porous nature of the border is one of the problems in the past which encourages smuggling. But with the opening of the sea port.

The custom boss said most of the rice imported into the country through land border are expired rice. Also 99% of vehicles coming to Nigeria are expired. The dealers goes for cheapest product almost expired, repackage them with stamp duty for innocent masses to buy them. When the government discover this, they decided to subject imported goods for safety test.
The 2017 budget was presented which is lower compared to that of 2016. A proposal have been sent for increment in salary to 20%. The Nigeria Custom has a total staff strength of 17, 499 personnel, there is provision for increment in personnel before the year end.

The committee chairman speaking on behalf of the members promised to look critically into the 2017 budget compared with Senate and come up with a resolute on approval.

Hon. Jerry Alagbaso moved a motion for adjournment and seconded by his counterpart from ilaje/ ese odo federal constituency

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REPS CALLS FOR URGENT IMPLEMENTATION OF MINIMUM WAGE

The May day celebration In Abuja was marred with protest by workers in the FCT owing to the inability of government to meet it’s promise to implement the the minimum wage made to it over the years.
To this end the house of representative have called for interface between it’s committee on Labour, employment and productivity to liaise with Nigeria Labour Congress and other relevant Agencies to look into the issue of minimum wage and find a lasting solution to persistent Labour unrest In the country.
May day celebrations is an internationally recognized day set aside to recognize the contribution of workers to the economic growth of any nation. 

But the recently concluded May day celebration across the country was marred with protest by workers who feel betrayed by constant government refusal to honour the pledge it made to workers for improvement in their daily take home pay and most especially at this period of harsh economic crisis in the country.
The motion was sponsored by Hon Ezenwa Onyewuchi, from Imo State under matter of urgent public importance.
While calling on the amicable resolution of the rift between workers and the government, lawmakers expressed worries at the refusal of some state governments to pay the agreed minimum wages as they believe that the proposed N56,000 is inadequate to meet the present economic reality in the country. 

The lawmakers are of the view that legislative solution should be used to tackle the situation as they call on the federal government to activate the minimum wage act.

The motion was referred to the committee on Labour, employment and productivity to liaise with the organise Labour for further legislative Input.
In a related development the the house of representative have dropped the motion to compel oil companies to establish operational and administrative offices in their host communities and States as against the current practise of sighting it in cities outside where oil is explored.
The motion which was sponsored by Hon Opiah Goodluck from Imo State was suppose to give host communities the advantage of benefiting from development associated with the presence of the oil companies activities in the areas like good roads and other Infrastructural gains.
Some lawmakers supported the motion says that it will compel the oil companies to ply back to the host communities having caused major damages to the ecosystem of areas where exploratory activities may have destroyed as it will boost the economy through welfare and employment of indigens.

But lawmakers sighted insecurity in the region and the fact that it is not compulsory to sight administrative offices in all areas where exploration activities are taking place since all exploration sight normally have operation offices in communities where exploration activities are taking place
Though their was a spirited fight by proponents of the motion in the house. The motion was thrown out through a voice vote by members

Adeboye Omoboye from nassnews, Abuja

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REPS SUMMONED NCC BOSS


The ad hoc committee inaugurated to investigate the operational activities of telecommunications equipment and service companies/vendors in Nigeria have summoned the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) to appear before it on Monday, May 8th 2017.
The NCC boss was represented by the permanent secretary and officials of the commission to speak at his absence during the committee meeting today.


The committee in a joint ruling disagrees with the gesture and asked their boss to appear in person.

The chairman of the committee, Hon. Abu Ahmed also warned NCC not to drag the committee behind schedule as this is not an oversight hearing, reports will be submitted to the house for legislative decision and action.

Omoboye Adeboye reporting from NASS

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MOHAMMED GOLOLO ATTACKED IN HIS CONSTITUENCY


About one week after protesters attacked lawmakers and other public officials at a political event in Katsina, another lawmaker has been attacked.

Protesters on Sunday disrupted a political gathering convened by a member of the House of Representatives, Mohammed Gololo (APC-Bauchi), in his ancestral Gololo village of Gamawa Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Mr. Gololo, who is the representative for the Gamawa federal constituency, was pelted with stones at the event organized by the lawmaker to distribute empowerment materials to his supporters.

His vehicle was damaged in the process as security operatives whisked him away, witnesses said.

A witness said that the windscreen of the car of the federal lawmaker was smashed by the angry youth who reportedly marched from the scene to his house to continue the attack. Luckily for Mr. Gololo, he and members of his family were said to have fled the house before the arrival of the mob.

Efforts by our reporter to speak with the lawmaker over the incident was not successful, as repeated calls to his phone lines were diverted.

A member of his family who confirmed the attack on Mr. Gololo’s house, however, denied that it was by a mob.

He attributed the damage to burglary, saying thieves had broken into Mr. Gololo’s old residence.

The assailants reportedly carted away personal belongings of the representative during the attack.

An indigene of Gamawa Local Government Area, who identified himself simply as Salisu, said he was at Gololo village at the time of the incident.

An indigene of Gamawa Local Government Area, who identified himself simply as Salisu, said he was at Gololo village at the time of the incident.

Mr. Salisu accused political opponents of instigating the protesters against the lawmaker, saying Mr. Gololo was saved from being lynched by his military guards.

Various organisations had last year written public petitions accusing Mr. Gololo of abandoning his constituents while living a life of opulence in Abuja.

According to the petition written in both English and Hausa languages, the last time Mr. Gololo was sighted in his constituency was about six months before the attack.

“All attempts have been made to invite Honourable Mohammed to come to his constituency for a meeting, so that he will understand why people are not happy with him.

Unfortunately, he refused, saying the youth should send a delegation to meet him in Kano, Kaduna or Abuja.”

The groups said they were further incensed when Mr. Gololo was named in the allegation of sexual harassment in the United States of America.

The American Embassy in Nigeria had written the House of Representatives last year to allege that three lawmakers on an official assignment in the U.S. sexually harassed a hotel staff or were caught soliciting for prostitutes.

The House, however, absolved the members when the embassy declined to send a representative to the House to substantiate the allegation.

Mr. Gololo’s constituents also accused him of not demonstrating loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Another source told us that the lawmaker had refused to attend a meeting called over the various issues in his hometown, Gololo, until a youth corps member serving in Abuja paid him a visit.

Mai Zanen Gololo, the presenter of a popular Hausa radio programme, “Zabi Son Ka”, described the attack as unfortunate.

He confirmed that Mr. Gololo’s residence was ransacked.

“All the property, including television, refrigerator, windows, in fact anything handy, have been taken away.

“Trouble started when it was time to start distribution of sewing machines. Gololo and the security around advised that the items be distributed at the police station. The items were later taken away to Gamawa.

“When the security took the remaining items to Gololo’s house, these youth forced their way into the house, carted away a xnumber of sewing machines and all properties in the house. The situation was so mad that someone tried to remove the main gate of the house, but was chased away by the security.’’

When asked if the lawmaker truly abandoned his constituency, he said it was not true.

“You know, if you don’t distribute money, people will say you are not attending to their needs.

Though I may not know when he comes, because when he comes I don’t pay him a visit. But he did some culverts in this town and some other minor projects. He assists also.”

The presenter also said the house vandalised is not the old house as some people were saying.

“It is his new house where he resides whenever he was in town. I went there and saw how it was vandalized like in a war situation.”

Another witness who identified himself as Adamu, said the assailants even removed ceilings and woods from the roof of the house.

He said until the incident, Mr. Gololo was last seen in his hometown during the last Sallah celebration, about seven months ago.

“When I saw the situation go out of control, I had to run away for fear of being arrested, as I had nothing to do with that unfortunate incident.”

A resident confirmed that at least four youth from Gololo have been arrested since the incident and taken to neighbouring Bauchi State.

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REPS INAUGURATES ADHOC COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES OF TELECOMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES COMPANIES /VENDORS IN NIGERIA

The House of representative have formally inaugurated an Ad-hoc committee to be headed by Hon. Ahmed Abu from Lavun/ Edati/Mokwa Federal constituency.

The Ad-hoc committee is to investigate the operational activities of telecommunications equipment and services companies/Vendors in Nigeria. The house of representative in her sitting on Thursday, 16th of March 2017 approved a motion setting up the Ad-hoc committee.

The speaker in his speech during the inauguration said under the term of reference, the committee is charged with the responsibility of investigating the operational activities of telecommunications equipment and services companies/vendors in Nigeria with a view to determine whether there are irregularities in the employment status and conditions of Nigerians. To determine the spate of massive loss of jobs in the sector. Evaluate their administrative and operational procedures. Assessing their tax compliance status and ascertaining the parameters and procedures used by Nigerian communications commission and the Central Bank of Nigeria in approving fund transfer from these companies. To report back in four (4) weeks for further legislative action.

ADEBOYE Omoboye from House of Reps


EXECUTIVE INSISTENCE ON MAGU THREAT TO DEMOCRACY

Democracy stands on a tripod as such all arms must respect the existence and functions of the other as enshrined in the constitution lawmakers in the green chamber say is the only way to uphold the principles of separations of powers and checks and balances in the country. The planned decision by the presidency to go ahead with the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission despite his rejection twice by the Senate amounts to the contravention of the act that established the agency and ultimately negates the principles of democracy as enshrined in the constitution.

This is the position of lawmakers in the lower legislative chamber at plenary on Thursday. The motion was brought to the floor by Leo Ogor the minority leader of the house of Reps from Delta State who argue that should the executive be aggrieved with the position of the legislative arm on any matter of national importance the courts should have been the best place to seek interpretations for clarifications. Lawmakers wondered why a Learned person in the calibre of the vice president a professor of law will allow himself to be caught in the web of political ignorance rather than strife to promote the rule of law.

Lawmakers cautioned that personal opinions of individual government appointees or electees must not be mistaken as that of government but warned that if not checked could dove tail into a dictatorship. The House urge the president to always approach the courts for interpretations of any contrive conflicts as it cautioned it also to refrain from making statements that connote usurping powers of the judiciary as it negates the doctrine of separations of powers. It mandated the committee on legislative compliance to ensure implementation of its decision. In a related Development the house has urged government to make anti natal free for all women in the country as it bemoan the rate of maternal mortality in the country.

The bill which passed second reading in the house on Thursday received the support of all the lawmakers in the house. The sponsor of the bill Tony Nwoye from Enugu State says death rate on these matter have reached epidemic proportion due to the poor economic condition of most household. Lawmakers call for the urgent need to expedite action on making anti natal free for all women and mothers in the country. Lawmakers says the social welfare be extended to mothers of triplets multiples Child delivery while also calling on medical officers in the country to ensure compliance. The bill passed through second reading by a unanimous voice vote

ADEBOYE Omoboye from House of Reps

 


TENDER YOUR M.O.U,HON. EKANEM TELLS NCC.

The Chairman Hon.Iboro Ekanem said (NCC) Nigeria Communications Commission should come with his submission of the same MOU. Director of (NESREA) National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency,Mr Lawrence Anumkam draw the attention of all the Relevant Stake holders to find a way forward for elastic solution to the problems on ground which is Beyond Radiation,and there is also Noise Pollution,Vibration that affect the Community, and he also call on the Regulator to ensure that they comply with the law and do their job properly.

The Consultant from (NMA) Doctor Ododo Bernard Itopa and Doctor kamal Jimoh lament that the effect from the Radiation which include Skin problem,Stochastic, and Brain tumour. A special Multi centre research should be created in order to follow up with people living close to the environment. He advised the Committee on the need to domesticates the studies to know when ever the temperature is high.

Hon.Ekanem thank the relevant Stake holders for honouring the Committee and taking the meeting very Important. He advised all the Stake holders to have a good synergy instead of bringing irrelevant excuses,and face the facts on ground.
                   

By Adebisi Adenike Blessing, House of Reps. 26.04.2017


REPS GRILLS TECHNIP FMC OVER EXPATRIATE QUOTA AND OTHER.


The House Committee on Local Content have engaged FMC Technologies with queries over expatriate quota violation, Welfare package and board membership.

Hon. Emmanuel Ekon, the chairman of the committee quoting a cross section of the law, said the expatriate quota law is been violated and will not be condoned.
He said whatever is not done in the various countries of the expartrates should not be practice here in Nigeria.
Hon. Emmanuel Ekon also said that expatriate quota violation have been a re-occurring issues, thereby promised that the committee will write the ministry of interior officially urging them to rise to checkmate the influx of non Nigerians in the oil and gas industry. A lot of non-Nigerians entered into the country illegally, working illegally without appropriate approval and nobody is challenging them.

If this is been checkmate we will be able to secure jobs for Nigerians who are jobless.

The outgoing managing director of the company, Mr Micheal Hunt show some level of remorsefulness on behalf of the company and not proud of the company’s action.

He said training indigenous workers is less expensive compare to expatriate and that the company will make amends before the next meeting.


Hon. Emmanuel Ekon said the job of the committee is not to harass investors but to create enabling environment to work but also make sure the law of the land is obeyed. The committee agreed that the oil and gas company should go and regularize the corrections and come back with an approved expartrate quota from local content board and the ministry of interior. Hon. Oboro move motion for adjournment while Hon. Fijabi seconded. The meeting was adjourned till end of June 2017.

Reporting from house rep, ADEBOYE Omoboye. 26.04.2017


AD-HOC COMMITTEE ON THE HEALTH EFFECT ON TELECOMMUNICATION MASTS ADJOURN IT’S MEETING TO 8th MAY 2017.


The Ad-Hoc Committee on the health effect on Telecommunication masts have adjourned it’s meeting to 8th May, 2017.

Hon. Iboro Ekanem called on the relevant stake holders to summit their document in (20) copies when coming for the next meeting. Hon. Iboro Ekenam said the problems the masses are facing is beyond Radiation, even those that are living close to the Telecommunication masts. The Director of (NESREA) National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency Mr Lawrence Anumkam, said beyond the radiation there are also issues of Noise pollution, Air pollution, Smoke etc. So actions should be taken before the situation gets out of hand. Doctor Ijumoka Representing NMB adviced that there should be Multi Research in other to identify the risk effect of GSM, so they can take necessary decision to bring solution to the problem. The chairman Hon.Iboro Ekanem appreciated every speaker for their presence and engagement concerning the issue. He also said all stake holders must come together to provide solution, not to appoint blame on any one. also the operators should recover their investment in a very good environment, and should not include discrimination because there are process that should be followed. The meeting was then adjourned to 8th may 2017.

From Adebisi Adenike Blessing, House of Reps 25.04.2017


HOUSE ADJOURNS AS IT PAYS TRIBUTE TO A FALLEN COLLEAGUE


The house of representative,Just after resuming from almost a two weeks Easter break in line with its policy of solidarity with its Senate counterpart have adjourned plenary to Wednesday the 26th of April 2017 following the passing away of Senator Isiaka Adeleke whose sad event occurred on Sunday the 23rd of April 2017.

The motion was brought to the floor by Mojeed Alabi from Osun State. The Lawmakers further poured encomium on him describing him as a political icon, a great leader and a philanthropist who touched lives irrespective of religious or ethnic divide. Lawmakers thereafter proceeded to sign the condolence register as they paid a condolence visit on the president of the Senate Bukola Saraki.

The late Senator Isiaka Adeleke was the first civilian governor of Osun State and a two term serving Senator of the Federal Republic.

Reporting from house rep, ADEBOYE Omoboye. 25.04.2017


Rep member refutes media reports of attack 


A House of Representatives member representing Bakori/Danja federal constituency Amiru Tukur has refuted reports by some media outfits that he was attacked on Saturday at Funtua Local Government of Katsina State.
He made this disclosure in a chat with PremiumTimes correspondent at his office on Tuesday.
He said he was at a rally where the ruling party was supposed to welcome defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) and other parties into its fold but was not attacked.
“I wasn’t attacked personally, yes some dignitaries were attacked at the event but I was not involved”
“The incident happened in Funtua and I represent Bakori/Danja constituency so I see no reason why people from Funtua should attack me. For what?” He said.
There were reports that the governor’s convoy was attacked alongside that of the senator who represents Funtua, Abu Ibrahim but Mr. Tukur said he did not even go to the venue in a convoy.
“I was seated long before the Governor’s convoy arrived.”
“I went there in a friend’s car and we left there in peace.”
“I got to hear about purported attack from relatives and friends who called to commiserate with me and I told them it was all rumors.”
“As you can see, I’m alright.”

It’s just the handwork of mischief makers.”
It was reported that Abu Ibrahim, the senator representing Katsina South, and Amiru Tukur narrowly escaped mob action at a political event organised by the Katsina State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Funtua.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that it took a combined teams of security personnel to rescue notable politicians, including the governor’s entourage, as they came under attack from protesters.


REPS ON 17BN UNDECLARED STOLEN CRUDE OIL AND GAS ADJOURNS


In the on going investigation, Members of the House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee on $17billion Stolen from Undeclared Crude Oil and Liquefied Natural Gas from Nigeria on Thursday adjourns till after easter break.
The chairman of the ad-hoc committee Abdulrazak Namdas collectively suggested with the committee members requesting for adjournment due to non compliance some of the invited stakeholders.
The committee at this point directed that the hearing be shifted to after the easter break while another meeting day is to be announced.

Reporting from house of reps ADEBOYE omoboye

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REPS ON 17BN UNDECLARED STOLEN CRUDE OIL AND GAS: FROWNS AT NPDC, DPR CONDUCTS.

In the on going investigation, Members of the House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee on $17billion Stolen from Undeclared Crude Oil and Liquefied Natural Gas from Nigeria on Tuesday frowned at officials of National Petroleum Development Corporation, NPDC and Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR for lack of competence to speak on the issue at stake.
In like manner, the Attorney General of the Federation in a session explained to the committee the power of attorney to enable them give proper representation due to the serious nature of the issue at stake
Crude oil theft in the country has deprived the nation huge sums of foreign exchange earning that ordinarily would have helped to build infrastructures to grow the nations economy

Efforts by past administrations to tackle these hydra-headed monster have continually hit a brick wall as the nation continue to lose well over 12 billion dollars in the last three years
The chairman of the ad-hoc committee Abdulrazak Namdas collectively agreed with the committee members requesting the executives of NPDC, Nigeria Navy, DPR to re appear before the investigative ad-hoc committee with documents backing up their answers to the committee haven observed the officials were not competent enough to speak on the subject matter.
The committee at this point directed that the hearing be shifted to Wednesday the 12th of April.

Reporting from house of reps ADEBOYE omoboye

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Urgent intervention on epidemic ravaging Queens College Lagos

Following the outbreak of epidemic in Queens College Yaba Lagos State which have already claimed 3 lives with several others still battling for survival have attracted serious condemnation by lawmakers in the green chamber.
They call for urgent intervention and to investigate the causes of this epidemic with the aim to stopping it and avoid its spread to immediate environs and other institutions in the country.
Our National Assembly Correspondent Omoboye Adeboye has the news.
The poor state of the nations federal colleges and unity schools came to the floor for discussion as lawmakers in the green chamber condemned the poor handling of the epidemy that ravaged the Queens College Yaba Lagos killing 3 students with many others hospitalized.
The motion which came as matter of urgent public importance was brought by majority leader of the house Femi Gbajabiamila from Lagos State as he lamented the attitude of the management of the school and ministry of health in concealing and downplaying the epidemic.
Lawmakers in their submission decry the poor state of public schools which has made preference for private schools in high demand, they condemn the attitude of the education minister in trying to suppress the outbreak of the epidemic.

Lawmakers call for investigation into the epidemic outbreak and the role played by the management with view of bringing culprits to book.
The House has resolved to summon the principal of Queens College Lagos, the Ministers of Health and his Education counterpart to explain their role in the incidence before the House

Reporting from House of representative Omoboye Adeboye

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REPS ON 17BN UNDECLARED STOLEN CRUDE OIL AND GAS: FROWNS AT NPDC, DPR CONDUCTS


In the on going investigation, Members of the House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee on $17billion Stolen from Undeclared Crude Oil and Liquefied Natural Gas from Nigeria on Tuesday frowned at officials of National Petroleum Development Corporation, NPDC and Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR for lack of competence to speak on the issue at stake.

In like manner, the Attorney General of the Federation in a session explained to the committee the power of attorney to enable them give proper representation due to the serious nature of the issue at stake
 Crude oil theft in the country has deprived the nation huge sums of foreign exchange earning that ordinarily would have helped to build infrastructures to grow the nations economy

Efforts by past administrations to tackle these hydra-headed monster have continually hit a brick wall as the nation continue to lose well over 12 billion dollars in the last three years


The chairman of the ad-hoc committee Abdulrazak Namdas collectively agreed with the committee members requesting the executives of NPDC, Nigeria Navy, DPR to re appear before the investigative ad-hoc committee with documents backing up their answers to the committee haven observed the officials were not competent enough to speak on the subject matter.
The committee at this point directed that the hearing be shifted to Wednesday the 12th of April.

Reporting from house of reps ADEBOYE omoboye

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REPS CALLS FOR THE NEED TO INVESTIGATE THE HEALTH IMPLICATION OF THE MOUNTING OF TELECOMMUNICATION MASTS CLOSE TO BUILDINDS.                                  

An Adhoc committee to investigate the health effect of mounting telecommunications masts close to buindings has been set up and launched by the the speaker of house of representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.

In his opening speech, Hon. Iboro Ekanem, The chairman of the Ad-hoc committee thanked Mr. Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara and the entire leadership of the house of Representatives for giving the committee opportunity to serve the House in particular and Nigeria in general. He stated that the hearing is not an avenue to be conservative with the truth to the detriment of the people,the environment and the economic development of the Nation. However, no view will be regarded as not important, therefore the invitees should be open and sincere in their contributions. He further said it is worthy to note that the committee has taken into cognisance that there are conflicting findings in studies conducted to determine if or not electromagnetic radiation ( EMR) emitted by telecommunication masts and it’s associated equipment are injurious to human health and environment. Hon. Iboro Ekanem said the committee are aware of the recent confusion between the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) and the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) on this matter especially on the set back distance which telecommunication operators have to adopt in setting their masts near buildings. P.I Enyinna and G.O.Avwir,in Characterization of the Radio Frequency Radiation Potential of Alakahia and Choba Committee, Nigeria (2010), in their study linked the cases of Fatigue, Headache, Sleep disturbance and loss of memory to the effect of Electromagnetic Radiation(EMR) on the people living close to the masts. Also, Shalangwa D.A, Vasira P.G. And Waba A.S. In 2011 on Health risk of using Global System for Mobile Communication(GSM) Mobile phone in their Conclusion recommend as follows; Despite the fact that it is safe to use Mobile Phone, as additional margin of safety the following recommendations can be put in place to avoid excessive exposure: 1. When going to bed, switch off your mobile phone or keep it far away from you. 2. Avoid frequent contacts/calls, or use Microphones instead of placing mobile phones close to your ear. 3.pregnant women should keep their mobile phones away from them. 4. Send your messages through text instead of regular calls”.


Finally Hon. Iboro Ekanem assured all the participants that their views and opinions will count in evolving the Legislative framework and implementation strategies for ensuring a minimum health and environmental risk with reference, but not limited to specific Absorption Rate (SAR), Noise pollution, Air pollution, heat, Smoke and Vibrations as a result of indiscriminate installation of Telecommunication Masts and Base Stations close to buildings in the country.

BY ADEBISI ADENIKE BLESSING, FROM HOUSE OF REPS.

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REPS ON 17BN UNDECLARED STOLEN CRUDE OIL AND GAS: WALKS OUT CBN, NPDC, DPR OFFICIALS

Members of the House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee on $17billion Stolen from Undeclared Crude Oil and Liquefied Natural Gas from Nigeria on Monday walked out officials of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, National Petroleum Development Corporation, NPDC and Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR for lack of competence to speak on behalf of their principals on the issue at stake
They call for the chief executives to appear before it unfailingly on Tuesday or better still issue there representatives the power of attorney to enable them give proper representation due to the serious nature of the issue at stake
 Our National Assembly Correspondent Adeboye O. Omoboye has the report.

Crude oil theft in the country has deprived the nation huge sums of foreign exchange earning that ordinarily would have helped to build infrastructures to grow the nations economy
Efforts by past administrations to tackle these hydra-headed monster have continually hit a brick wall as the nation continue to lose well over 12 billion dollars in the last three years
This is the submission of the chairman of the ad-hoc committee Abdulrazak Namdas and the speaker represented by the Minority Whip of the house of representative Yakubu Barde
The investigative hearing started at about 11.30am but the chairman of the ad-hoc committee observed that none of the representatives of CBN, NPDC and DPR had letters of attorney from there principal to represent them on the issue at hand at which point it was collectively agreed that the officials were not competent enough to speak on the subject matter.
The committee at this point directed that the hearing be shifted to Tuesday the 11th of April with the Chief Executives present in person or better still the representatives appear with letters of attorney from there principal.

Reporting from house of reps ADEBOYE omoboye

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BRITTANIA-U EXONERATED FROM FOREX FRAUD


Brittania- U oil and gas Nigeria limited has been cleared. The oil company which is own and manage by a Nigerian, Mrs Uju C. Ifejika has been under investigation by adhoc committee hearing on d review of petroleum pump pricing template led by the committee chairman, Rapheal N. Igbokwe.

Stakeholders from the oil and gas sector as well as government agencies and companies were quizzed on pms delivery, their indebtedness to nnpc/ppmc and total sum of forex received from CBN as part of government intervention on the removal of subsidy.
Some oil and gas companies could not give satisfactory clarification of allocated funds from forex (cbn) before the committee.
Brittania-U said to have observed irregularities in the records brought before the committee wrote DPR to question their submissions respectively.

In response, DPR wrote the committee clearing Britania-U of any forex fraud and also apologise officially for the mix up.

Adeboye Omoboye reporting for house of reps.  07.03.2017

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REPS GRILL ZENITH AND KEYSTONE BANK


In the on going committee hearing on d review of petroleum pump pricing template led by the committee chairman, Rapheal N. Igbokwe. Zenith bank and Keystone bank were quizzed on forex received by one of it clients, Total Plc and their agency Nightbridge as part of government intervention on the removal of subsidy.


The committee asked the banks to provide accurate particulars of forex processed in relation to the receipt of each supply of same as well as giving full account of utilization of forex funds, provide bills of laden, perform invoice and allocation papers for their clients and a satisfactory clarification of allocated funds from forex (cbn) before the committee.

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REPS ENGAGES TOTAL PLC MD OVER FOREX DEALS


House of Representatives adhoc committee hearing on d review of petroleum pump pricing template led by the committee chairman, Rapheal N. Igbokwe, engaged the managing director of Total PLC on pms delivery, their indebtedness to nnpc/ppmc and total sum of forex received from CBN as part of government intervention on the removal of subsidy.

The committee asked the company to explain their involvements and that of their agent, Nightbridge in relation to the receipt of forex from CBN as well as giving full account of utilization of forex funds, provide bills of laden, perform invoice and allocation papers.
In response, the managing director of the oil companies, total Nig plc gave a satisfactory clarification of allocated funds from forex (cbn) before the committee.
Total Nig. Plc representative was asked to reappear before the committee on April 11th and 26th respectively.

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HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FCT AREA COUNCIL & AUXILIARY MEETS MINISTER FOR FCT.

The house committee on FCT Area Councils and auxilliary led by Hon. Zephaniah Jisalo met with the Hon. minister of FCT to investigate the resettlement and payment of compensation to the original inhabitants of FCT.

nassnewsng.com recalls that in the last meeting of the committee with the FCT area council chairmen on ‘resettlement and payment of compensations as it affects the FCT indigenes dates back to the creation of the territory in 1976.

It was resolved that the FCT minister should be invited to discuss and resolve issues pertaining to the blue print of the planned implementation from inception to achieve fairness and justice for the inhabitants indigenes.
In the light of the foregoing challenges there was recommendations that resettlement.
Schemes are comprehensive developmental programme. some confidence building measures need to be undertaken in order to ensure that resettlement scheme achieves its objectives. The need to commence rehabilitation works on buildings that were vanderlized and a robust engagement with stakeholders. It being advocated to be pursued as a way of moving the FCTA resettlement programme forward. The meeting was adjourn till further date.

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REP BEATEN TO COMMA IN HIS CONSTITUENCY


A house of representative member representing Bosso, Paiko Federal constituency in the Niger east senatorial district of Niger state narrowly escape death as aggrieved youths in the constituency beat him beyond recognition. 

Our reporter gathered that he was first hospitalised in the Tunga area of the state capital before he was transfered to a medical center in Kaduna. 

Trouble was said to have started when the lawmaker drove into one of the villages in his constituency to attend a meeting.
It was learnt that as he was arriving the venue the youths asked him to leave in his own interest but ignored.One of the youths slapped him another hit him in the stomach, then it became a free for all beating before the police was called to intervened. The lawmaker is Hon. Salihu Adamu.

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Reps call for use of birth, death registration for economic and population planning also canvases 20% removal of tariff from imported medicine into the country

The house of representative have adopted the motion on the registration of birth and death certificate in the country and the motion has been referred to the relevant committee for further legislative action just as the house also mandated the committee on Health institution and services to investigate federal governments plan to impose 20% tariff imposition on imported medicine into the country

Our National Assembly Correspondent has the report. The House of Representative has adopted the motion on birth and death registration at plenary on Thursday
The motion was sponsored by Omosede Igbinedion from Edo state as the lawmaker drew the attention of members to the importance of a standard database of birth and death registration in the country
In her submission she says such registration is critical for planning especially at this time when government lack adequate data for economic planning.
The motion was unanimously adopted and referred to the committees on population, national planning and economic development to monitor compliance and report back for further legislative action.
In a related development, the house also adopted the motion by Onwubuiriri Kingsley from Imo state calling on the Federal Government to drop the 20%. tariff imposed on imported medicine into the country 
They say the tariff will lead to high cost of healthcare and also acquiring drugs from the counter for the already suffering Nigerians who are struggling with the economic recession in the country
The house has mandated the committee on health institutions and services to investigate the matter and report back in two weeks for further legislative action.

reporting from House of reps,Omoboye Adeboye,

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REP RAISED MOTION ON DEVASTATING RAINSTORM IN AKOKO EDO FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY


Hon. Peter Akpatason who hails from Akoko Edo Federal Constituency has raised a motion during plenary on Tuesday, 4th April 2017.

In an interactive chat with our correspondent the member disclosed that there was a devastating rainstorm in the area which caused loss of lives and colosal damage to properties. 

The rainstorm happened in Lampese, Ibillo, Ugbosi Afe, Imoga, Ugboshi Ele, Ekpedo, Uneme, Neme Nekhua, Aiyetoro, Igarra, Girami Petesh, Ojirami Afe and Ososo. It blew off roofs, damage walls and rendered hundreds of people homeless, thereby exposing them to unhealthy weather conditions.

The member representing Akoko Edo people presented the issue officially to the house thereby moving a motion, put on record and refer to the appropriate committee with a mandate to visit the community with NEMA within two weeks. To provide relieve materials for the displaced victims and also take inventory of damages caused with a view to assist the victims.

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REPS CALLS FOR EXTENSION OF UNIFIED TERTIARY MATRICULATION EXAMINATIONS (UTME). 

 The House of Representatives at plenary on Tuesday 4th April 2017, in a motion raised by Hon. Danburam Abubakar Nuhu called on the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to liaise with JAMB to extend the one month deadline by at least another one month, for the registration of candidate for the UTME in order to create more space for prospective applicants. Hon. Danburam said the the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) was established in 1978 to  approved centers are registering 250 applicants at a time and most of them are not spacious, do not have adequate computers. He called on the Joint Admissions and matriculation Board to deploy safety equipment at each centre to forestall any incidence of stampede due to overcrowding; and also urge JAMB to specify the requirements, including safety measures which qualify any centre to participate in the conduct of UTME Computer Based Test. 

Reporter:Adebisi Adenike Blessing from House of Reps.

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Igbokwe elected as African Representative on the International Committee on Middle East Settlement.


Hon. Nnana Igbokwe has been elected as African Representative on the International Committee on Middle East Settlement. He beats four others.

This took place at the 136th Assembly of IPU holding at Dhaka – Bangladesh. The 136th Assembly holds from 1st to 5th April, 2017.

In same vain Hon Igbokwe steps down as African Representative on Board of Young Parliamentarians Forum of the IPU after completing his two years tenure.

His outstanding performance on the Board earned him support of International Lawmakers to be elected into the International Committee on Middle East Settlement.
However, Hon Igbokwe still remains the Nigerian President of the Young Parliamentarians Forum, a four Year term that will elapse in 2019.

Hon Igbokwe been congratulated by the Presidebt of IPU – Hon Saber Hossain Chowdhury MP

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President has no powers to grant extension of office under the constitution.


Following the discovery of a bogus extension of tenure of office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Jamila Shuara by the House committee on Basic Education
The Committee have ruled that the constitution of the country do not give the president of Nigeria powers to extend or elongate tenure of any civil servant as such have directed the Head of Service to ensure civil service rules and procedures are strictly implemented

The committee on basic education and services have ruled that the president Mohammadu Buhari has no powers under the constitution to extend the tenure of a retired civil or public servant either by length of service or age reasons
This is the position of members of the house committee on Basic Education and Services putting an end to over more than one month of investigative hearing on the alleged illegal extension of the service of former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Jamila Shuara whose tenure was to have expired.

This followed the inability of the Head of Service of the Federation to produce documents and letters purported to have emanated from the presidency to back up the tenure extension of Jamila Shuara in the civil service
Failure to convince the committee on the justification of the tenure extension of the Permanent Secretary, the committee passed its ruling

The committee have given the Head of Service four weeks to ensure compliance to the recommendation of the committee and report back to it

Adeboye Omoboye reporting from National Assembly, Abuja. 31.03.2017

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REPS CALLS NUC TO REGULATE VISITING LECTURESHIP. 


 The House of Representatives at plenary on Wednesday 29 march 2017, Hon. Abbas Tajudeen raised a motion for the preparation of master plans for the balanced development of all universities in Nigeria, and the need for National University commission (NUC) to keep records of all lecturers in various university. In a interaction with Hon. Abbas, He said his concept is to help all Newly universities to know the profile of any staff lecturer they want to employ,because some lecturers do have appointment with several universities which is unknown by the university that employed them. He added that some lecturers teach more than one course in a particular university.

Some times their lecture period clashes with the other university where their primary assignment is supposed to be carried out, and cause the student to lack behind in their various courses. He finally call on the NUC as a matter of urgency to carry out background profile on the various lecturers in Nigeria universities,other wise the Education system will continue to drill. 

 

BY ADEBISI ADENIKE BLESSING, FROM HOUSE OF REPS. 29.03.2017

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140b GEEP loan: Reps call for review of repayment plan


The House of Representatives on Wednesday in Abuja urged the Federal Government to review the loan repayment plan of the N140 billion Government Enterprising and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) to enable beneficiaries gain maximally from the programme. 

The motion was brought to the floor under matters of urgent public by Chika Adamu from Niger State.

He observed that the stringent conditions attached to the programme negated the purpose of boosting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the country and called for the review of the conditions in order to make the programme accessible to Nigerians since the Bank of Industry (BoI) had started disbursing the funds.

Contributing to the motion the House Minority Whip, Yakubu Bade said it will be almost impossible to repay the loan in six months due to the stringent conditions attached.
Other Lawmakers also call for a pragmatic approach to handling the issue and to stop paying lip service to poverty alleviation in the country, lawmakers also commended the FG for initiating the programme but recommended repayment of the loan to be between six weeks to one year.

The motion was referred to the joint committees on Poverty Alleviation and Industry with a charge to engage with the Bank of Industry for proper legislative action.

reporting Adeboye O. Omoboye reps Abuja.  29.03.2017

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REPS CONSIDER COMMITTEE REPORT ON THE BILL TO PROTECT DATA.

 

The House of Representatives at plenary on Wednesday 29 march 2017, Hon. Razak Atunwa, chairman committee on Justice raised a motion for consideration on a bill for continually data protection to regulate processing of information.

In an interaction with nassnews, he further said there is need for the National Assembly to ensure the protection of data, that data should not be shared or sold without the consent of the data owners. As far as individual is concern there should be adequate protection of data. It should be on law that no individual or a particular company is allowed to sell data stollen.


Hon. Razak said there will be penalty attached to anyone that violate this law. The person or group will be imprisoned for two years or pay a fine of 1million naira, equally any one dat offer to share data outside the regulation also committed same offence and will be sentence to 1year Imprisonment or pay 500 thousand fine. So when the bill is passed to the general society nobody is above the law,and it will take its normal course.

BY ADEBISI ADENIKE BLESSING FROM HOUSE OF REPS. 29.03.2017

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REPS ANGRY WITH OYO ITA 


Lawmakers were visibly angry with the Head of service Winifred Oyo Ita for failing to appear before it with document requested for by the committee as such the hearing was adjourned to Thursday 30th of march for the continuation of the hearing failure of which the house will be forced to use its full powers.

It will be recalled that the committee on Basic Education Services had requested the HOS to furnish it with details of documents and files concerning the permanent secretary ministry of education.

lawmakers were visibly angry with the Head of service Winifred Oyo Ita for failing to appear before it with document requested for by the committee as such the hearing was adjourned to Thursday 30th of march for the continuation of the hearing failure of which the house will be forced to use its full powers.

It will be recalled that the committee on Basic Education Services had requested the HOS to furnish it with details of documents and files concerning the permanent secretary ministry of education.

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REPS EXPOSE FOREX FRAUD IN OIL AND GAS SECTOR

Some Companies have been indicted in the on-going investigations, involving forex fraud in the Nigerian Petroleum sector. Recall that an Ad hoc committee was set up to investigate the increase in petrol pump price of PMS. The committee headed by Hon. Nnana Igbokwe, is on a mission to expose oil and gas companies that had access to Forex from CBN as part of government intervention funds after removal of subsidy. It has been discovered that some of these oil and gas companies got forex through fraudulent means, with many diverting the forex funds for other businesses while others did not return the money after making profit. These fraudulent actions without questions are the reasons for the increasing level of indebtedness,causing the suffering of the masses.

The indebted companies, subject to further investigations include:

  1. Surelink oil and gas
  2. Stockgas
  3. Prudent oil and gas
  4. Omasco oil
  5. Petrodel oil and gas

They are to report back on the 7th of April.

reporting from House of Reps. Adeboye O. Omoboye. 28.03.2017

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REPS CALLS FOR EFFECTIVE PENSION VERIFICATION EXERCISE IN NIGERIA.


The House of Representatives at session on Tuesday 28th of March 2017, Hon. Johnson.E. Oghuma raised a mirror on the need to look into the annual verification exercise for. pensioners to determine the Numbers of pensioners in the country. He further said many pensioners may be required to sleep outside their area of residence due to the verification exercise. Hon.Johnson express his concern over the elderly pensioners who travelled long distance and having to undergo such stress and so much burden on them,and it has resulted in the death of some pensioners who struggle to survive. Hon. Johnson call on the house to mandate the committee on pension to liaise with the national pension commission to work out the possibility of bringing verification points to Senatorial District Headquarters so as to reduce,to the barest minimum loss of lives and undue stress on Nigeria’s senior citizens. 

By Adebisi Adenike.B.REPS. 28.03.2017

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REPS CALL FOR INCREASED AND MORE EVEN INVESTMENT IN TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE


The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Ports, Harbours and Waterways, Hon. Dr. Pat Asadu has decried the lack of investment in the transportation infrastructure in the South Eastern part of Nigeria. He frowned at the neglect of the other modes of transport especially the inland waterways, in the Transport Ministry’s budgets and policy statements. He further observed that a Government promoting national peace and harmony and the multi-modal transport policy cannot concentrate all its investments to the near total exclusion of a geopolitical zone where a high percentage of the overall cargo are traded, or neglect the inland waterways that provide 28 out of the 36 states of Nigeria and the FCT with cheap, fast and secure means of transportation of bulk cargo, including containers, agricultural and mining products.

 Dr Asadu was reacting to explanations from the Hon Minister of transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, on why the N213b of the Ministry’s 2017 budget was devoted to railway infrastructure alone, while only a paltry N4b was allocated to the inland waterways, and wondered why such railway projects do not extend to the South East at all. Dr Asadu reminded the Minister and the audience of the fact that the 1999 Contitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, clearly makes it mandatory that both appointments to public offices and development of the country’s infrastructure must be spread evenly,so as to command national loyalty and that it is the non-adherence to this Federal Character as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution that sometimes generate ethnic and regional tensions, agitations and even militias.


Dr Asadu, a three time member, representing Nsukka / Igbo – Eze South Federal Constituency of Enugu State made his remarks during the budget defence session by the Federal Ministry of Transportation and its agencies before the House of Representatives Joint Committees considering the Ministry’s 2017 budget estimates. The joint committee comprises those of Aviation,chaired by Rt. Hon. Nkiru Onyejeocha ( Abia), Land Transport ; Rt. Hon. Aminu Sani Isah, ( Sokoto), Maritime Safety, Education and Administration ; Rt. Hon. Mohammed Bago ( Niger) and Ports, Harbours and Waterways ; Dr Pat Asadu ( Enugu).

Dr Asadu also lamented on the very low budget releases to the Ministry-of only 24%, according to the Ministry; and why even the meager releases were not even fully utilized. He however, urged the Ministry to devote at least 10% of its railway budget to the inland waterways sector and see the effect on movement of bulk cargo and improved safety on our roads, affirming that the long completed Onitsha River Port, and the other River ports in Baro, Niger State, Lokoja, Kogi State and Oguta, Imo state would be wasted if the ministry cannot fund NIWA to create navigable waterways to take cargo to these ports. He went on to emphasize that the Onitsha River Port is already wasting due to disuse atrophy since its completion in 2012. Disagreeing with the Minister,he insisted that the Onitsha-River port had huge potentials considering the cargo loads to the South East which made this particular River Port very viable, especially when the zone has been left out in the modern railway projects of government.
Other Chairmen and members of various committees present equally expressed displeasure with several aspects of the budget, ranging from observed lack of utilization of the released funds which many felt demonstrated lack of capacity by the Ministry in procurement of critical infrastructure, even with funds at its disposal at a time other Ministries were desperately seeking releases and using same timely, to poor preparation of the presented budget documents, the inequitable and lopsided distribution of the Ministry’s allocation to different modes of transportation, noting that rails are funded to the detriment of air and water and the uneven spread of these infrastructure to the different geopolitical zones where the Eastern ports, the Eastern roads and the Eastern airports are obviously short-changed and that even the North East is not any better.
 The Chairman of the House committee on Land Transport, Engr Aminu Sani Isah warned the Ministry not to deceive the parliament as the over N60b released to the Ministry for its rail projects are not utilized up to now, even as the Minister told members that such funds had not been released to the Ministry who only had gotten the Authority to Incure Expenditure(A.I.E)for the funds .  Rt Hon Nkiru Onyejeocha, Chairperson ( Aviation) alerted the Minister that the runway at the Akanu Ibiam airport, Enugu was as bad as the Abuja airport runway presently undergoing rehabilitation and should be repaired immediately, to avert the inevitable eventual closure of the airport and the attendant hardship such would visit on its users. She also informed the Ministry that the terminal building of the airport which was blown off by rains in the last rainy season was neither budgeted for nor being repaired.

The Minister, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amechi, in his further response explained that the Ministry was expecting further releases in the 2016 budget that may take their overall budget releases to over 50% before the financial year ends. He assured the members that the apparent neglect of the South East in the railway infrastructure was not the making of the present government as the projects were awarded by the previous governments of Late President Musa Yar Adua and former President Goodluck Jonathan and that the President Muhammad Buhari government only accepted to complete these projects to reduce the plethora of abandoned projects in Nigeria. He affirmed that he has proposed a new initiative that would cover the South East and other major towns in the next phase of railway development and that this new initiative has gotten oral approval of Mr President who has a plan of taking rail transportation to all the state capitals. He promised that he would take a memo to Mr President on this initiative and hoped to have a better report to the South East and other areas not covered by the present railway projects during the 2018 budget defence, claiming that he considers himself an Ibo as well. He pleaded with the committees to retain the N80b proposed for Ajaokuta – Itakpe -Aladja standard gauge in the 2017 budget as this project would be very useful whenever the steel projects in these areas are completed. On the lopsided allocation of the Ministry’s budget to the railway sector, he insisted that the President is only interested in the railway development at the moment and that apart from the National Inland Waterways Authority, the other agencies in the Maritime sector are revenue generating.
He also defended the issue of poor utilization of funds released for low cost projects and items in the ministry’s 2016 budget,attributing it to those below him in the ministry as his focus as Minister would not cover all the small items and project detailed in the budget.  

The Minister vehemently denied the question raised by the Chairman of the House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, Rt. Hon. Mohammed Bago on the allegations of hoarding of projects and delays in the procurement process in the Ministry,with the sole aim of allowing companies promoted by certain individuals in the Ministry get fully registered, so as to be awarded such jobs, saying such assertions were meant to tarnish the image of his officers and himself, as Minister.

The joint committees resolved to undertake a joint oversight of the Ministry as soon as possible to further interact with the Minister and other officials and also satisfy members on the 2016 budget performance before passing the 2017 estimates.

reporting from House of Reps. Adeboye O. Omoboye. 26.03.2017

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ABUJA AREA COUNCILS COMPLETES 2017 BUDGET DEFENCE BEFORE REPS.

Abuja Area Councils Abaji, AMAC, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje and Kwali have concluded their 2017 budget presentations and defences of their annual budgets before the house committee on Area Councils, House of Representatives, Abuja.

The dispute over IGR formular was settled during the meeting. 40% goes to AMAC while 60% goes to other Area councils Internal Generated Revenue from the area councils is shared according to input, population and indices application. The house committee on area councils adviced Abaji area council chairman to dialogue with his speaker to make adjustment, Amac was asked to trim down expenses, Bwari area council was asked to focus on electorate benefits and generally the area council chairmen were propelled to embark on people oriented projects.

reporting from House of Reps. Adeboye O. Omoboye. 23.03.2017

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REPS ENGAGES AMEICHI IN A JOINT SESSION


House of reps committee on Ports, Harbours and Water ways had joint budget presentation session in National Assembly for committees on Aviation, Land Transport, Marine Safety, Education and Administration and Ports Harbours and Waterways by the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Rotimi Ameichi.


The Hon. Minister of Transport relayed the performances of 2016 budget with less than 23% fund release. The analysis was not accepted by the joint committee as the achievements was not satisfactory.  The committee adjoined the meeting to continue next week Tuesday, 28th of March, 2017.


Immediately after the Minister presentation, the House Committee on Ports, Harbour and Waterways engaged The Nigeria Shippers Council, NIWA and Freight Forwarding. The committee is headed by Hon. Patrick Asada from Enugu.

reporting from House of Reps. Adeboye O. Omoboye. 23.03.2017

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REPS INTENSIFY INVESTIGATION ON PMS PRICE… 


The Ad hoc committee on petrol pump price chaired by Hon. Nnana Igbokwe have intensify its efforts to unveil the cause of hike in fuel price in the country despite Federal Government intervention from Forex reserves through CBN for the importation of gasoline but was pocketed. Most of the shipping agency took the intervention funds but did not utilize it for the purpose and refused to return it, thereby diverting it into other businesses. The adhoc committee took a new dimension in investigating by issuing query to the activities of the agencies.

The clerk was directed to write the Inspector General of Police to investigate one Handrew Aladu who is the MD of HAR petroleum Services Limited(one of the agencies being investigated), since he refuse to appear before the committee but sent a representative who is not presentable.


 In like manner, Nibrit another shipping agency was asked to present their permit from DPR to import gasoline. DPR disclose during the committee meeting that no company is allowed to import PMS without permit from its stable and non of such company can act on behalf of a company that has the permit. Total PLC was directed to provided documents backing up their contract acceptance, end and renewal in lifting crude for further clarification. NPA and NIMASA was directed to provide their own records too. The meeting is to continue tomorrow as announces by the chairman, Hon. Nnana Igbokwe while a motion for adjoinment was moved.

reporting from House of Reps. Adeboye O. Omoboye. 23.03.2017

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REPS,H.O.S BICKER OVER PERMANENT SECRETARY TENURE EXTENSION


There was a heated argument between members of committee on Basic Education chaired by Hon. Zakari Mohammed and the Head of service on Tuesday at the national assembly when she was invited to throw light on the tenure extension of the permanent secretary ministry of education.

The lawmakers accuse the HOS for wrongfully advising the president on the tenure extension of the PS against the civil service rules which leaves retirement age at 60years or after 35 years of service.


The committee on Basic education headed by Hon. Zakari Mohammed have invited to appear before it on Tuesday the HOS to come with relevant documents as requested by the house to back up the tenure extension of the permanent Secretary of the ministry of education Jemila Shuara.

reporting from house of representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye

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UPDATE ON THE ON GOING 3 DAYS AD HOC COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE REVIEW OF PETROLEUM PRICING TEMPLATE FOR PMS


In continuation of the 3 days committee hearing on d review of petroleum pump pricing template led by the committee chairman, Rapheal N. Igbokwe, stakeholders from the oil and gas sector as well as government agencies and companies were quizzed on delivery, their indebtedness to nnpc/ppmc and total sum of forex received from consumers as part of government intervention on the removal of subsidy.

The committee also asked the companies to provide accurate quantities of products and particulars of vessels in relation to the receipt of each supply of same as well as giving full account of utilization of forex funds, provide bills of laden, perform invoice and allocation papers.

In response, representatives of oil companies like total Nig plc, dozzy oil, tempogate oil could not give satisfactory clarification of allocated funds from forex (cbn) before the committee.

Similarly, trans ocean sea trade Ltd, Lagon oil, matrix energy and dee zones observed to have irregularities in their records were brought before d committee. After an exhaustive deliberation, the committee queried the discrepancies in their invoices, some of d forex from government that is irreconcilable, debt status in dispute and thus, were directed to appear before the committee on March 23rd,24th and 27th respectively.

Cynthia Wilson reporting from house of representative, Abuja

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 HON.(SIR) DENNIS NNAMDI AGBO MARKS 53RD BIRTHDAY IN NASS

It was celebration time in the house as Hon. (Sir) Dennis Nnamdi Agbo representing Udenu\Igbo Eze North L.G Federal constituency, marked his 53rd birthday with family,friends and well wishers in National Assembly.

The honorable is a member of grade A committee in National Assembly. The event was well attended by the Speaker of House of Representatives, The Deputy Speaker and some committee members. Also present,to celebrate with him were his wife,Lady Maureen Agbo and son Netonna Agbo.

 

Reporting from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye.


REPS SUMMONED MD OF TOTAL PLC

The MD of Total Plc have been summoned in the on going meeting of the Ad hoc Committee on Review of Pump Price of Petrol scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 15th, 16th and 17th March 2017 respective. The Committee chaired by Hon Nnanna Igbokwe – Chairman, have requested for explanation on the    a storage facility of 35000 metric tones of crude in possession of Total PLC.

In the same meeting, the representative of Nigeria Port Authority, Capt. Ihenacho Ebubeagu, general manager monitoring and compliance presented a template showing Lagos, Benin and  Calabar channels to the members of the ad hoc committee on behalf of the Nigeria Port Authority to establish the facts about figures fixed by marketers without consulting Nigeria Port Authority.


Present is the DG Corporate Affairs Commission, Jostine Nidiya, invited to give a professional advice on foreign company in agreement with NNPC, doing business in Nigeria but coming in a joint venture with a local company. Other oil and gas and shipping services companies present includes SGS, BLUESEA, TIGER SHIPPING, SAHARA, NIMASA and INTEGRATED SHIPPING SERVICES for the three days meeting which continues today. 

Reporting from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye.


The House of representatives committee on women in parliament chaired by Hon. (Barr) Evelyn Omavowan Oboro held a press briefing to commemorate the international women’s day.

This is a day set aside by the United Nations to celebrate women world wide.

In her speech, Oboro stated that the theme of this year’s celebration in Nigeria is ”Women come out and be bold”, apt and timely. She urged women to stand up and be bold for change. While appreciating the role of women in all spheres of life, she encouraged them to participate more in politics and governance. Oboro, decried that though there is respect for culture and religion, let service to humanity not be based on that rather let it be based on justice and equity.

reporting from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye. 08.03.2017

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REPS HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING

REPS HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING

Public hearing are critical aspect of legislative process, which affords the general public and other stakeholders the opportunity to participate extensively and be part of the legislative process with reference to lawmaking.

House committee on banking and currency chaired by Hon. Sir. Jones Chukwudi Onyereri, held a public hearing on four critical economic bills.

A bill for an act to amend the banks and other financial institutions act to among other things establish a deposit fund at the Central Bank for standardization and management of dormant accounts in accordance with International best practices and for other related matters.

A bill for an act to repeal the peoples bank of Nigeria act.

A bill for an act to amend the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) act of 2010, to expand the board or the corporation so as to enhance its efficiency in the discharge 0f its statutory duties and for other related matter and a bill for an act to amend the Nigeria sovereign investment authority Act 2011to align it with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, restore the sovereignty of the Naira as the national currency ensure transparency of its funding and entrench parliamentary accountability and for other matters connected therewith.

In attendance are stakeholders from NSIS, CBN, Ministry of Finance and NDIC. The chairman in his speech said the public hearing is about a second to the last page for due process.

reporting from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye. 07.03.2017

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REPS SUMMONS GMD OF CRUDE AND OIL MARKETING DEPARTMENT

REPS SUMMONS GMD OF CRUDE AND OIL MARKETING DEPARTMENT

The ad-hoc committee on review of pump price of petrol headed by Hon. Nnana Igbokwe has summoned the GMD of NNPC, BlueSea Maritime and Tiger Shipping company to explain to it the circumstances that has led to change in price of petrol or making traders or retailers to sell above pump price.

nassnews recalled that the committee had after its public hearing called for a technical session of relevant stakeholders to address the sharp practices that has led to the over pricing of Motor premium spirit also known as petrol and advise the government appropriately.

The technical section of the committee activities have attained another dimension in verifying the oil marketers activities for safety factors, making marketers account for the funds they received.

Other Stakeholders present are NIMASA, DPR, NPA and the Nigeria Police. No cogent reason was given for the disparity in the fuel pump price and the reps members committee has taken it as part of their duty to expose inefficiency, leakages and deceit to the masses.

reporting from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye. 06.03.2017

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REPS CHARGE MARYAM UWAISE ON SOCIAL INVESTMENT..

The house committee on Poverty Alleviation chaired by Hon. Ali Wudil Mohammed from Kano state, have charged the Special Adviser to the president on Social Investments to be committed to alleviating the poverty in the land.

The call came during the 2017 budget defence presentation, in which analysis of the 2016 budget performances was review.

The Special Assistant to president on social investment, Mrs Maryam Uwais affirm the focus of the department which is under the Vice President office to be committed to alleviating the poverty of the people, creating sustainable structure,effective mechanism, transparency, credibility and accountability in credit method. The school feeding programme is targeted at feeding 5.5million pupils.

The 2017 Budget was presented by the head of technical team with an appropriation bill of #500bollion to be expended fully on alleviating the poverty of the masses. A motion was moved for adjoinment till the next meeting.

Details will be relayed on a video chat with the special adviser to the President on Social Investments.

reporting from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye. 01.03.2017

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REPS CLASH OVER BUHARI STATUS…

nassnewsng.com recalls that the president Muhammed Buhari have been away from the country to London since January 19.

Members of the House clashed over the health status of the President on Tuesday in the Chamber. The House majority Leader, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila started the argument when he tried to stop the Chief Whip, Mr. Alhaasan Ado Doguwa from describing the president as a sick man. Ado Doguwa was contributing and opposing a motion seeking to investigate the alleged harassment of members of ”Kwankwasia” followers, a political group loyal to former Kano state Governor Senator Rabiu Kwakwaso. The motion was moved by a fellow Kano Lawmaker, Aliyu Madaki while both Gbajabiamila who is from Lagos state and Ado Doguwa who is from Kano are members of A. P. C.

Reporting  from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye. 28.02.2018

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REPS INVESTIGATES A CASE OF RESCUETER AND RESCUETOR.

House of Representative Committee on Arm Forces Pension have started investigation on a case brought before it, an old soldier injured on duty, retired and abandoned by the army. The old soldier said He join the Nigeria Arm Forces in the Year 1968, he was among the soldiers deployed to Awka in Anambra State during the Nigeria Civil War. The old soldier said He was shot on his thigh in 1968 and was discharged in 1979, because he has been injured and cannot continue with the work, he was forced to resigned. His pension was not paid until when the late Umar Musa Yar’Adua comes up with the rule that those who served Nigeria and are no more in service should be giving their pension. This favoured him as the Nigeria Army Pension started paying him since 2008 till date. He is currently pleading with the House committee on Arm Forces pension to assist him make a law ordering the Nigeria Army to commence his payment within the period of his injury, 1979-2008.

The chairman of the committee argues that it is impossible for the committee to accept the plea of the Old Soldier brought before it, because he doesn’t have any document backing him up and as a Military man, injured without treatment, to have continued to work for good 11years between 1968-1979 before he was forced to retire.

The Commandant Representing Nigeria Armed Forces Pension said assuming he work for 15years he will be qualify for the request but since he didn’t meet there requirement year he will not be compensated, and they can’t include him in their pay role.

reporting from house of representative, Lawal Olatunbosun 28.02.2017

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REPS COMMENDS BUHARI FOR COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE..

The chairman house committee on climate change in his remarks during the defence of 2017 proposed appropriation for climate change has commended the President Muhammed Buhari GCFR for his clear and unambiguous demonstration of commitment towards combating climate change. Nigeria is particularly vulnerable to climate change as hostile developments like pollution, flood, coastal and gully erosions. The committee received a house referral on a call for intensification of sensitization on the mitigation and adaption of climate change in the Nigerian agricultural sector with resolutions, urging the Federal Government to carry out public awareness campaigns on the effects of climate change so as to enable Nigerians especially the farmers to adapt to climate change in order to mitigate its effects and to increase Nigeria’s carbon credit capacity through investments in projects geared towards reduction in carbon emissions.

Before the 2017 budget defence the committee held interaction with the cross cutting MDAs, Ministry of environment, agriculture and science and technology who had presented their budgets, to be precise with the primary aim of closing the obvious gap through creating awareness so as to earn public acceptance and behaviour change sorely needed to attain success in all ramifications of fight against climate change.

reporting from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye. 28.02.2017

________________________________________REPS CALLS FOR REPLICATION OF FEDERAL GESTURE IN STATES…

 

The House committee on Federal Judiciary in a speech delivered by its chairman Hon. Aminu Shittu Shagari during the Federal Judiciary 2017 budget defence said the 36 states of the Federation should copy and replicate the good gesture of the Federal Government for responding positively to the financial needs of the Judiciary. The sum of 100 billion is proposed for the Judiciary in the 2017 appropriation bill as against the sum of 70 billion in 2016. A 30% rise have been noted in the financial demands of the Judiciary. The annual budget of the Judiciary is a first line charge on the consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation. It caters for salaries and allowances of about 1, 150 serving Judicial officers in both the Federal and State courts established under Section 6 of the 1999 Constitution as amended. It also caters for the gratuities, pensions and retirement benefits of about 400 retired judicial officers nationwide.

reporting from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye 28.02.2017

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REPS DISCOVERS ABNORMALITY IN PUMP PRICE.

Reps have summoned the Managing director of Lagos Channels Management company to appear before its committee to give a clear picture of the contract of dredging it has with the Nigerian Ports Authority.

This is to explain the terms of contract it has for the dredging of the nations sea ports which inefficiency in the dredging of the nations ports have forced mother vessels batting in neighboring countries thereby forcing the high cost of the product in the country.

The ad-hoc committee on review of pump price of petrol headed by Hon. Nnana Igbokwe has invited the MD Lagos Channels managing company to explain to it the circumstances that has led to this.
The committee decided to invite the MD following the inability of the general manager finance to convince the committee of the performance of Lagos channel management company in the dredging of the sea port.

Sharp contrast was also observed in the process of pricing as the committee noticed huge gap in the process of buying and selling of the product by Hyde energy company during the hearing.

The committee, reacted to the sharp difference and condemned the process for arriving at the figure as presented by the GM finance.

It will be recalled that the committee had after its public hearing called for a technical session of relevant stakeholders to address the sharp practices that has led to the over pricing of Motor premium spirit also known as petrol and advise the government appropriately

Reporting from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye 27.02.2017

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REPS KICKOFF FCT AREA COUNCILS 2017 BUDGET DEFENCE…. 

The House Committee on FCT Area Councils and Ancillary matters chaired by Hon. Zaphania Jisalo (FCT) and his deputy Hon. Kabir Shuaibu (Katsina) have kickoff FCT Area Councils 2017 Budget which started with Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC)

The AMAC boss Abdullahi Adamu Candido analysed a review of 2016 budget performances with detailed documents. The house committee requested for a list of executed projects with facts and figures from 2016 budget.

The 2017 budget defence for FCT Area Councils started with AMAC with an overall total budget of 6.1billion presented by the chairman Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, followed by Bwari council with a total budget of 3.8 billion presented by the council chairman Hon. Musa Dikko.

The meeting was adjourn for Monday 27th, 2017, 10 a.m.

reporting from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye 24.02.2017

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REPS ISSUES BENCH WARRANT TO COMPANIES FOR NOT APPEARING…

The House of Representatives received and debated on the motion on alleged huge debt by major oil marketers. The house immediately swung into action to, not only to encourage recovery of the debts, but also, to analyze reasons such indebtedness occurred in the first instance and consider how to curb the excesses.

Hon. Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya, the Chairman ADHOC committee on alleged huge debtand criminal act of sabotage by major oil marketers in connivance with PPMC, on the occasion of the openinng ceremony of the closed investigative hearing by the committee in the house of representatives conference room 231, openly expressed the disappointment of the house at the non compliance to rules by operators in the oil sector of the economy.

A bench warrant was issued to companies that refused to appear on the invitation of the committee. The companies such as Conoil, Oando, Masters energy and Capital oil is involved.

reporting from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye. 23.02.2017

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REPS TELLS MINISTER,”YOU HAVE THE BEST BUDGET PRESENTATION SO FAR”.

The Hon. Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment and Hon. Minister of State in the Ministry, Aisha Abubakar (absent) have been praised to have presented the best budget in the 2017 budget defence going on in National Assembly.

A joint committee on Industry and Commerce in the wisdom of the leadership of the two chairmen Hon. Abubakar Husaini Moriki from Zamfara and Hon. Styvester Ogbaga respectively, interacted with the Ministry in a holistic and productive exercise.

The two committees are jointly responsible to oversea the activities of the Ministry and all the parastatals under the Ministry. In addition to oversight responsibility, the Ministry and the agencies are required to defend their budget before the committees.

The Hon. Ministers presented a detailed budget obviously being aware of the current economic challenges the country is facing, particularly of interest, the recession which has virtually affected all spheres of the economy and worse hit the standard of living of an average Nigeria.

Reporting From National Assembly : Omoboye Adeboye. 23.02.2017

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REPS RECEIVES BOI, SMEDAN & NEFUND BUDGET 


The house committee on Industry have received the budget defence of BOI, SMEDAN and NEFUND on the floor of National Assembly, Abuja, Nigeria. The committee chaired by Hon. Abubakar Hussain Moriki from Zamfara state examined the achievements of the 2016 budgets of the three parastatals, on a satisfactory note requested a proceed on the presentation of the 2017 budget requesting a guideline on the operational bench mark of the organizations.

The bank of indusyry BOI Acting Managing Director Waheed Olagunju presented the 2017 budget financials on note of operating profitability in 2017 with a robust management team work. The 2016 budget have a similarity in terms of structure with the 2017 budget but different in content. The BOI boss advised the need for a profitable venture and increase productivity for Nigeria economy to progress in recession. The disbursement to MDAs will increase in 2017 giving priority to publicity and media promotions.

Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN in a different light lamented non release of funds in the 2016 Budget review and appeal the committee members to intervene for a prompt release of funds to back up 2017 budget. SMEDAN group was led by the DG\CEO Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda.

Finally, National Economic Deconstruction Fund NEDFUND reveal the recovery of 395.8 million on resumption in August 2016, in a strategic angle by Dr. Ezekiel Oseni. We work to earn and we don’t depend on government for salary, he said.

Reporting From National Assembly : Omoboye Adeboye. 22.02.2017


REPS COMPLAINS OVER THE LACK OF SPACE IN STAFF HOSPITALS!

 The house committee on medical institution has expressed concerns over the lack of space in hospitals across Nigeria at the 2017 budget defence giving in which the representative from all medical centres across the country were present. The event was chaired my the chairman house committee on medical institutions, Hon Mrs Betty Apiafi and other members of the committee in Abuja today. The chairman spoke extensively that the hospitals must invest in softwares that has manual(Tested and trusted )that other teaching hospitals can assess which can stand the test of time. She went further in advicing all medical axperts to work coherently togrther…. stating that budget cannot move forward without formula.
She however urge the personnel in charge of handling project to wrap up completions with all required facilities to enable Nigerians get proper and best medical treatment at home instead of alway travelling abroad for critical medical issues!
The chairman also insisted on synergy between the National hospital Abuja and the Federal medical centre, Jabi. She urged the team at the medical centre not to compete with the National hospital but to compliment each other saying that the two are suppose to be the centre of excellence in the health sector.
She however suggested that NHIS should lead referrals to the general hospitals and leave the National hospital to handle the critical issue such as major surgery and other transplant that ordinary Nigerians fly out to other countries to get done.

 Taiwo Agoro, Reporting for NASSNEWS from the National Assembly, Abuja. 22.02.2017


REPS DISAGREE WITH SEN. NGIGE OVER BUDGET. 


House Committee on Labour, employment and productivity have disagreed over the 2016 budget performance of ministry of labour headed  by Senator Chris Ngige. nassnewsng.com recalls that the minister, Senator Chris Ngige in the last meeting was asked to produce a better document with explicit figures due to non compliance with the request of the ministry. The house committee chaired by Hon. Francis Ezenwa from Imo state disagrees with conflicting information and figures noted on the document released.

The committee requested for clarification on discrepancy noted in the 2016 budget documents presented earlier, requesting for a total breakdown on the six zonal workshops. They reps said the issue of 2016 budget should be dealt with explicitly before going into 2017 budget. The Minister, Senator Chris Ngige in response to the committee said the ministry inherited lots of new officers and the projects are to low for him to flag off. He said the former officers will be brought back to explain in the next meeting. The minister also revealed not to have gotten all the fund released. Funds were released without cash backing, he said. The committee clerk, Aliyu S. Garba was asked to contact the ministry of finance for clarification base on the non availability of funds released without cash backing. The committee proceeded to the 2017 budget defence of the ministry of labour in the interest of masses.

Reporting for NassNewsNg: Omoboye Adeboye 22.02.2017

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MAKE THE ECONOMY WORK REPS TELLS MINISTER….

Make the Economy Work Reps Tells Minister...

Make the Economy Work Reps Tells Minister…

The house committee on National Planning and Economic Development led by Hon. Bashir Babale have told the Minister, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma to make the economy work. Hon. Bashir Baballe in his speech during the budget defence pointed issues of abandoned projects in the MDGs, inability to maintain personnel cost, food insecurity and inter ministerial relationship. He lamented critically how 5000 per month allowances has not change the life of the people.

The minister, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma in response defended the 5000 per month allowances. He said there are other aspect of the programme to support the allowances but just a commitment on the part of the president to make sure nobody is left behind, as the programme is targeted to the poor. Government has priority and our focus is on Agriculture, Transportation and Industrialization helping small scale and medium scale business. The Director General Budgets in his own defence said personnel cost has taken over 40% of the overall budget of the federation which has posted challenges in the practices of MDAs. The Perm sec of the ministry Mrs Nana Fatima Mede appealed to the reps to please intervened in propelling the MDGs to release the list of all abandoned projects to be inculcated.

Reporting from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye. 21.02.2017


REPS RECEIVES 2017 BUDGET DEFENCE OF THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH.

A combined house committee on Health Institutions and Health Services led by Hon. Beti Apiafi and Hon. Chike Okafor respectively have received the 2017 Budget Defence of the Ministry of Health and Stakeholders. In her Opening speech Hon. Betti Apiafi said priority should be given to House Shore Services, cleaning ness of the Hospitals should be prioritized in the budget if not there might be epidemic outbreak of diseases in the hospitals.

Hon. Minister for Health, Professor Isaac Adewole before presenting the the 2017 budget of the Ministry of Health called for a review of the policy and residency programme carried out. Criteria for the selection of the residency doctors needs to be reviewed. Not all doctors are qualified to go into residency. The right attitude must be put in place. Guarantee of accountability and transparency is another issue, a scheme was launched in which Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari commissioned.

An audit of personnels was recommended to curb indisparity in the despatch of personnels, sustainability mechanism, leadership, electricity and power. sitted beside Hon. Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, is the Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire. The question and response was coordinated by Hon. Chike Okafor. A variation in the 2016 budget to 2017 budget was noted, as there was an increase in the budget with an increment of 3% in the new budget. Hon. Nicholas Ossai Ossai stated that the ministry is supposed to be policy makers capacity building.

Reporting from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye.21.02.2017


REPS DEMANDS NBC ACCOUNT ON DSO..

An Ad-hoc committee on the process of digital broadcasting switch over (DSO) in Nigeria, headed by Hon. Sunday Marshall Katung, have summoned NBC and all stake holders in the information and communication sector to investigate the process of the digital (Broadcast) switch over in Nigeria and over #34billion realised from least on the DSO initiative which includes transition from analog to digital.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) decided to give the Cable operators the aggregation licence in other to accommodate their experience in content aggregation. Stakeholders in the information and communication technology sector also submitted their memorandum on the process of digital broadcasting switch over in Nigeria. An aggreement was reach on adherance to the digital (Broadcast) switch over slated for June, 2017 in Nigeria.

Reporting from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye. 20.02.2017


HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS MEETS OFFICIALS OF THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND NIPOST ON 2017 BUDGET DEFENCE

Nassnews recalls 2017 budget proposals started with the view of solving the economic hardship in Nigeria. The House ordered its various committees to meet all stakeholders for 2017 budget defence. In this regards, Committees on Telecommunications chaired by Hon. Fijabi Saheed held what could be tagged a pre budget defence with officials of the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology and Nipost.

During the meeting, the Honourable Minister presented a review of 2016 budget implementation to the house. In response, an observation was raised by members of the committee that all what has been reviewed is in valid and a call for oversight function was made which eventually led to a motion for adjoinment mandating the parastatals to re present the 2017 budget proposal in a more coordinated form.

Reporting from House of Representative, Adeboye O. Omoboye.20.02.2017