COMMITTEE ON PENSIONS HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING
House Committee on Pensions led by Hon. Hassan Adamu Shekarau held a one day public hearing on Thursday on the floor of the House of Representatives. It was a one day public hearing that brought together professionals in all works of life. The public hearing is focused on two bills, An act to amend the Pension reform act 2014 to exclude or exempt members of the Nigeria Police Forcce, Nigeria Custom Services, Nigeria Immigration Services, Nigeria Prisons Services, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, ICP, EFCC, NDLEA from the application of the Contributory Pension Scheme. An act to amend the pension act of the Contributory Pension Scheme for effective Service delivery and for related matters. __________________________________ DOGARA, DALUNG, ANYIM, 4 GOVERNORS, OTHERS TO GRACE VARSITY OF JOS ALUMNI REUNION Speaker of the House of the Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara is among galaxy of elites and guests expected to attend the 2017 Mega Reunion of the University of Jos Alumni Association which holds this Thursday, September 28. The event scheduled to hold at the Yar’adua Centre Abuja, is organized to “bring Josites together to discuss issues that would help attract the needed infrastructure to the University” This, is contained in a release jointly signed by the National President, Mallam Idris Yakubu and Public Relations Officer, Prof. Emeka Desmond Ozoji and made available to the media. The event would also be attended by 20 other Legislators from the National Assembly, Governors of Plateau, Imo, Kebbi and Bauchi States (who are Josites). Others are Ministers for Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Usani U Usani; Youths & Sports Development, Comrade Solomon Dalung, and his Niger Delta counterpart, Prof Claudius Daramola. The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, former Inspector General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro are also billed to be in attendance. “The University of Jos Alumni Association (UJAA) shall hold her 2017 Unijos Alumni Mega Reunion and Dinner on Thursday September 28, 2017 at the Yar’adua Centre Abuja” According to the release, Josites who have carved a niche for themselves in their various endeavors, would be recognized and awarded during the event, which is expected to have The Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Sebastian Seddi Maimako (who is also an alumnus) in attendance. “During the event, Alumni members who have distinguished themselves in their respective areas of calling, shall be honored with awards; while Josites who recently got into Executive and Appointive positions in both the public & private sectors, would be recognized and celebrated. The Vice- Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Sebastian Seddi Maimako (also a Josite), will be making his first major appearance among the the Alumni family, having assumed office in June 2016” The release further stated that the re-union would also witness the “unveiling of a 3D presentation of the Unijos Alumni Centre Project, a multi-purpose Centre to be built on the permanent site of the university, that will incorporate a 500 seat Auditorium; meeting rooms; offices; shops, Internet bar; reception lounges and an Honours arcade” “All funds raised during the event will be deployed towards building the Centre” the statement reads. __________________________________ COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND HABITAT HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING The House Committee on Environment and Habitat held public hearing on four bills presented on the floor of the House of Representatives. It was a two days public hearing which started on Tuesday with focus on an act to amend the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency as contain in the NESREA Establishment laws of the Federation of Nigeria to provide for and adopt clean air policies and for related matters. An act to provide for the Establishment of the Institute of Environmental practitioners of Nigeria sponsored by the Chairman of the Committee Hon. Obinna Chidoka. An Act to regulate the disposal of waste by Industries or companies, prohibit Environmental pollution, prescribe penalties against offenders as sponsored by Hon. Ayuba Mohammed Bello and An act to Establish desertification, erosion, flood and Control agency sponsored by Hon. Hassan A. Omale. ___________________________________ REPS WILL REVISIT RESTRUCTURING” The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Lasun Yusuf, has said the lower legislative chamber of the National Assembly will revisit the issue of devolution of power, an aspect of the constitution amendment. The Senate and the House of Representatives had earlier voted against devolution of power but the deputy speaker explained that the lawmakers, who voted against devolution of power at the two chambers, were in the minority. Lasun said this in an interview with journalists in Ilobu, his home town in Osun State on Saturday during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration. He stated that those who voted for devolution of power would have won if simple majority vote had been adopted to determine the approval or rejection, saying 220 Reps voted for its approval. He said the 240 votes needed to approve the proposal fell short by 20 votes, adding that the amendment also failed by the same narrow margin at the Senate. The deputy speaker explained that the majority of the lawmakers were in support of devolution of power, blaming the lack of interest of the members of the public for the failure of the amendment. He argued that the lawmakers, who voted against the provision, did so because their constituents did not instruct them to support it during the public hearings. Lasun added, “Those who don’t want devolution of power are in the minority. “We would have won if it was by simple majority. Someone asked me why I am supporting devolution of power when I know that I am contesting to be governor in my state and I told him that I am not contesting to sit over the local government money. States will be relieved of burden once the local governments have more power. “Devolution of power failed because members of the public did not show interest in what we were doing. If they did, they would have discouraged those lawmakers, who voted against it, from doing that. “But the good news is that we will revisit it when we resume. We are going back to it when we resume.” Lasun said he was more concerned with the incessant traffic caused by the narrow bridge linking Ilobu with Osogbo, the Osun State capital, and Ogbomoso in Oyo State. He pointed out that the gridlock informed the decision to award the contract for the construction of a new bridge, valued at N584m, which was captured in the 2016 budget. Lasun said the same contract was listed in the 2017 budget because the contractor handling the project had just been mobilised by 15 per cent. He explained that the N1bn listed in the 2017 budget was for the bridge and the construction of the road which is about 28 kilometres from Osogbo to Ilajue, which is the boundary with Oyo State. The deputy speaker stated that he was contesting the state governorship because he wanted to salvage the bad situation in the state. Lasun argued that if competent persons shunned the post, the bad situation would degenerate because the charlatans would compound the issues on the ground. “No matter the situation on the ground in the state, it can be salvaged and I am ready to salvage it,” he added. The deputy speaker stated that he would focus on agriculture, education, health and vocational skills acquisition to reposition the economy of the state if voted into power.