Reps Task Executive On Proactive Measures To Tackle Recession

Reps, Executive, Recession, House of RepresentativesThe House of Representatives has called on the Executive to take more proactive steps to abate the hardship being experienced by citizens due to Nigeria’s economic recession.

The appeal was made on Thursday following a motion sponsored by a member of the House from Benue State, Representative Emmanuel Orker-Jev.

The motion was supported by the Chief Whip of the House, Representative Alhassan Dogowa, and the Chairman of the House Committee on Banking, Representative Jones Onyereri.

Although the lawmakers acknowledged that the Executive was taking steps to address the situation, they stressed the need to do more.

The House consequently set up an ad-hoc committee to monitor the various steps and policies being taken by the Federal Government to check the situation.

The committee has been given three months to complete its work, while the House revealed its plan to have a sectoral debate on the matter.

The Minority Leader, Representative Leo Ogor, hinted that the focus of the deliberation was on the economy when the House resumed the debate on the 2017 budget for the third day.

While the debate also continued in the Senate, the bill passed through second reading in both chambers.

Nigerians are expecting National Assembly to conclude its debate on the proposal and bring out a “budget of recovery and growth”.

Government’s Delegation Visits Borno Over Rann Bombing

Air ForceA Nigerian government’s delegation is in Borno State for an assessment of the situation in Rann community following Tuesday’s air strike on local settlement.

Among the team are the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, Ministers of Defence and Information, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel , the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General T.Y. Buratai and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

As part of the sympathy visit, the delegation has met with the state governor, Kashim Shettima, at the Government House and are expected to visit the hospitals to see those receiving treatment as a result of the bombing.

The air strike, which the military said was a mistake, is believed to have killed at least 50 people, with over a hundred people injured.

After the accidental bombing, the military said it had received information that fleeing Boko Haram insurgents were around the area before it launched the attack.

The military had launched clearance operations in the region to end insurgents activities that have been on for over seven years.

Members of the Boko Haram are making attempts to regroup after they were chased out of their Sambisa forest stronghold.