Northwest APC Drums Support For President Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari, Northwest APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Northwest region of Nigeria has appealed to citizens to be patient with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The National Vice Chairman for the APC Northwest, Mr Inuwa Abdulkadir, made the appeal on Monday at the region’s consultative meeting in Katsina State.

Mr Abdulkadir urged the party members to support the policies of the Federal Government.

He restated the determination of the APC-led administration to fulfill its campaign promises made to Nigerians.

The appeal is coming barely a week after the Northwest caucus at the House of Representatives passed a vote of confidence on President Buhari and his administration.

The caucus, made up of lawmakers from both the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party from the zone, jointly made the declaration after a two-hour meeting at the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The leader of the caucus and Chief Whip of the House, Representative Alhassan Dogowa, said Nigerians could not afford to miss the President in 2019.

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”.

Reps’ Northwest Caucus Passes Vote Of Confidence On Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari, Northwest caucus, House of RepresentativesThe Northwest caucus at the House of Representatives has passed a vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration.

The caucus is made up of lawmakers from both the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party from the zone.

They jointly made the declaration on Wednesday after a two-hour meeting at the House of Representatives in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The leader of the caucus and Chief Whip of the House, Representative Alhassan Dogowa, noted that Nigerians could not afford to miss the President in 2019.

He said the lawmakers also considered the security challenges in the zone and called for a coordinated and concrete plan on how to address the issue.

FG To Make Transport Sector Public-Private Partnership – Ameachi

Rotimi Amaechi, Transport, EnergyThe Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Ameachi, says the Nigerian Government will shift the transport sector from full government ownership and management to public-private partnership.

The Minister made the disclosure on Monday during a public hearing on the Nigerian Railway Authority Bill and the National Transport Commission Bill at the House of Representatives.

Leading officials from the Transportation Ministry, he said that Nigeria needed $166 billion over the next five years to meet its infrastructural needs in the energy and transport sectors.

The Chairman, House Committee on Land Transport, Honourable Aminu Isa, stressed that the hearing on the two bills would help to enact and establish the Acts.

Representing the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, the Chief Whip of the House, Honourable Ado Dogowa, praised the efforts of the Federal Government in the transport sector.

The public hearing is expected to guide the committee and serve as a means of gathering the views of Nigerians on the bills before it is passed into law.

The two bills are meant to help Nigeria’s transport sector and put in place, legal framework to enhance public-private partnership in the sector.

House Of Reps Begins Hearing On CCTV Contract

CCTVThe House of Representatives on Thursday began hearing on the failed contract for the installation of CCTV cameras in Abuja and Lagos.

At the hearing, the former Managing Director of the Nigeria Communication Satellite Ltd, Engineer Ahmed Rufai, placed the blame on the Federal Government for the failure of the $470 million National Public Security Communication Project.

Some of the agencies present at the hearing denied having any knowledge of the project or being involved in it.

The Chairman of the House committee investigating the CCTV contract, Ahmed Yerima, and the Chief Whip of the House, Garba Alhassan, spoke on the focus of the investigation.

According to report, the House had investigated the issue before in the 7th Assembly without coming out with a verdict.

The committee, however, gave the assurance that they would complete their own investigation as speedily as possible to ensure the project helps address the country’s security challenges.

Gbajabiamila Group Walks Out Of APC Lawmakers Meeting

Femi-GbajabiamilaSome members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives loyal to the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, walked out of the party’s caucus meeting on Tuesday.

The action brought another twist to the crisis over the composition of committee chairmen in the House, as the lawmakers alleged that there was a plot to remove Mr Gbajabiamila from his position.

According to a lawmaker, Mustapha Dawaki, the meeting was to discuss a news conference held by some members of the House the day before.

At the press conference the organisers said that the distribution of the committee was not acceptable and that they were speaking on behalf of the APC caucus.

But Mr Dawaki dismissed their claims.

“The statement attributed to the APC caucus is not in the interest of the APC caucus. Two people out of over 200 cannot come and speak on behalf of the APC caucus,” Mr Dawaki said.

“We Get Along”

One of the lawmakers that left the meeting on Tuesday, Honourable Ahmed Kaita, also said that the Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, had gone against the wishes of the party.

“Yesterday [Monday] while we were having a meeting at the National headquarters of the party, texts messages were flying by the same group of people that do not want the APC to succeed in this House… that Gbajabiamila is going to be removed today and they actually planned it.

“We came and they could not do anything. We have the majority and as long as this House is going to be dictated by the Peoples Democratic Party, we will resist it,” Honourable Kaita said.

Addressing reporters on the issue, the Majority Leader, however, said there was no issues between him and the Speaker.

“The Speaker and I have no issues. We get along. If those that claim they are with the Speaker and those who claim they are with me have issues among themselves, it is for the speaker and I to resolve these issues for them and not for us because we have no issues,” Mr Gbajabiamila said.

“Nigerians Are Tired”

Ado Dogowa
Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Ado Dogowa says the House’s leadership has no crack

The Chief Whip of the House, Ado Dogowa, also denied any plot to remove the Majority Leader, saying the leadership of the House is united.

“The leadership has no crack as far as we are concerned.

“As I am talking to you, Honourable Dogara and the leader of the House is in the same room in the office of the Speaker discussing and trying to see how we can move ahead. Nigerians are tired of this waiting,” Mr Dogowa explained.

“Any speculation made that there is a plot to remove the Majority Leader is unfounded and it is not from the APC,” he said.