House Of Reps To Investigate Tax Waivers To Companies

House of Representatives Nigeria on Tax Waivers The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Finance and Public Accounts to investigate tax waivers that are currently being granted to multi-national companies in Nigeria.

The resolution made by the House on Tuesday was taken with a view to reducing tax waivers and achieving economic objectives.

Debating the motion, lawmakers agreed that the country could not afford such unproductive incentives.

It is not the first time members of the House of Representatives are deliberating on the issue of tax incentives given to companies at home and abroad.

In the motion moved by Honourable Kehinde Odenenye, the House once again considered the gains the country had made in its attempt to woo foreign investment.

The sponsor of the motion said there was little evidence that these tax incentives had increased investments.

The Majority Leader, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, suggested that the resolution to investigate the tax waivers should not be limited to foreign investors alone.

Some other lawmakers that made contributions – Mukhtar Ahmed, Herman Hembe and Nnenne Elendu-Ukeje – agreed that the policy on tax incentives had made little or no positive impact on the nation’s economy.

The house then directed its Committee on Finance and Public Accounts to investigate the matter, with the possibility of abolishing unproductive incentives.

The committee’s report is expected back in four weeks.

Immigration Recruitment: Reps Summon Management Over Stampede

Immigration Recruitment: Reps. Summons Management Over StampedeThe House of Representatives has summoned the management of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) over its recruitment test that turned tragic in some parts of the country.

The service’s recruitment exercise in 2014 led to a stampede which claimed 45 lives and left many more injured.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan had offered automatic employment to three members of the family of each deceased applicants and all those injured.

‘However, the agency is yet to give effect to the employment of families of victims of the Immigration recruitment pandemonium as directed by the former President.

The motion was taken after families of the victims staged a protest at the National Assembly over the inability of the NIS to follow the directive by former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

The Majority Leader at the Lower Chamber, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, who met with the protesters noted that they had duly signed letters of employment but had not being allowed to resume work.

Lawmaker Pledges To Ensure Adequate Funding For HIV/AIDs Control

house-of-reps on HIV/AIDsThe Majority Leader of the House of Representatives has pledged the Parliament’s commitment to ensuring adequate funding for HIV/AIDS control in Nigeria.

Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila gave the assurance during a meeting held on Friday at the National Assembly with a delegation of the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS led by the Country Director, Dr Bilali Camara.

The UN official said Nigeria needed to strive to match foreign donations in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

He said that Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS prevalence had put the country on the scale of nations that needed to do more to contain the disease.

Budget Implementation Will Be A Major Focus – Gbajabiamila

Femi-GbajabiamilaThe majority leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila says a 100 per cent budget implementation will be one of the major focus of the 8th Assembly now that the principal officers of the National Assembly have been chosen and the lawmakers are set for work.

Gbajabiamila told Journalists that the 8th Assembly would open up its books to the public with a breakdown of what lawmakers earn to allow public scrutiny and end the unfavourable speculations over salaries of lawmakers at the National Assembly once and for all.

Gbajabiamila Emerges House Of Reps Majority Leader

Femi-GbajabiamilaThe House of Representatives in Nigeria has resolved its crisis over the choice of its principal officers, with Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila emerging as the Majority Leader.

The tension over the leadership of the House came to an end on Tuesday at the plenary after the Speaker of the House, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, announced the principal officers.

Gbajabiamila’s emergence was a signal that the different factions may have closed ranks on the matter.

Other key positions were also announced by the Speaker. Honourable Buba Jubril was chosen as the Deputy Majority Leader, while Honourable Alhassan Dogwa was made the Chief Whip. Honourable Pally Iriase was chosen as the Deputy Whip.

Earlier, the Dogara group had argued that the Majority Leader should not come from the south-west and the north-east zones, considering the fact that the two zones produced the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker positions.

Today’s agreement may have put to rest the long drawn disagreement over the matter and a clear indication that the intervention of President Muhhamadu Buhari may have helped resolve the crisis which had threatened the unity of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

After a meeting between the APC members in the House of Representatives and the President on Monday, Mr Gbajabiamila expressed optimism that the issue would be resolved on Tuesday.

At the plenary, some members led by Honourable Alhassan Dogwa raised a motion, asking Nigerians to forgive the federal lawmakers for last month’s brawl, which disrupted the House.

However, another member, Honourable Ali Madaki, attempted to disassociate himself from the apology.

The Speaker subsequently ruled him out of order.

Meanwhile, the Speaker has set up a committee to screen the Service Chiefs nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Reps Majority Leadership: Dogara’s Camp Concedes To Gbajabiamila’s

Reps Crisis: Dogara's Camp Conceed Majority Leadership To GbajabiamilaThe camp of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have conceded the Majority Leader’s position to Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila’s camp in the lower chamber of the National Assembly.

The development is coming after the nomination of principal officials in both chambers had caused a vast fragmentation among lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC), including stakeholders in the party.

However, conceding to Honourable Gbajabiamila was not without a caution that the candidate must not emerge from the Southwest or Northeast geopolitical zone, an indication that the group has proactively edged out Gbajabiamila.

Briefing journalists in Abuja, the Spokesman of the Dogara camp, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin, insisted that the principle of equity and federal character must be respected in the distribution of the offices of the principal officers.

However, the Spokesman of the Gbajabiamila group, Honourable Nasir Daura, posited in a separate interview that no counter-offer had been made to the APC loyalists’ group.

With this process, the lingering crisis over the positions of principal officers in the House of Representatives may be far from over.

The APC had written to the Speaker of the House, nominating Gbajabiamila as the House Leader and recommending lawmakers to party’s remaining leadership positions but the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, refused to act on the letter forwarded to him by the leadership of the party, citing a pending court case as an excuse.

NASS Crisis: Speaker Dogara Explains Why He Shunned APC’s Letter

dogaraThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has explained that he was unable to act on the letter forwarded to him by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress because of a pending court case.

Speaking at a parley with former House Representatives members, Representative Dogara, however, said that the fracas that occurred in the House of Reps chambers last Thursday (June 25) was inexcusable and unacceptable.

The Speaker said that although he had wanted to act on the party’s letter nominating some persons as principal officers of the House, as a law abiding citizen he was compelled to do otherwise as a result of a pending court case instituted by about 36 APC lawmakers from the North Central zone.

The APC lawmakers alleged that the party had schemed them out in violation of constitutional provision on Federal Character Principle.

He said that the tradition has been that the six principal positions are shared evenly among the six geopolitical zones of the country in accordance with the Federal Character Principle.

The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had decided on the party’s position on principal officers of the 8th House of Representatives.

According to reports from the National Assembly on Tuesday, June 23 2015, the APC had written to the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, listing out the lawmakers that should fill the party’s remaining four leadership positions.

For House Leader, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila from South-west zone was selected and Honourable Ado Doguwa of the North-west zone was nominated for the position of Deputy House Leader.

Honourable Mohammed Monguno from the North-east zone was chosen as the Chief Whip while Honourable Pally Iriase from the South-south zone was selected for Deputy Chief Whip.

Plenary at the House of Representatives was disrupted by some members over the nomination of principal officers. The disruption on Thursday by some lawmakers, who protested a call by the Speaker for an Executive Session, turned the session into a rowdy one.

 

House Plenary Session Degenerates Into Fisticuff

HousePlenary at the House of Representatives in Nigeria has been disrupted by some members over the nomination of principal officers.

The disruption on Thursday by some lawmakers, who protested a call by the Speaker for an Executive Session, turned the session into a rowdy one.

The angry lawmakers attempted to take away the mace but the sergeant At-Arms and the security of the National Assembly kept custody of the Chamber’s symbol of authority.

Lawmakers then started singing and shouting in the chamber, with some carrying placards in protest of the Speaker’s decision.

Earlier, before the disruption, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, who contested alongside the Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, for the leadership position, was seen conferring with the Speaker, and then the situation escalated.

After calm was restored, the Speaker admonished the lawmakers not to start the 8th Assembly on a stormy note, as they came to the lower chamber to represent their constituencies.

The session was eventually brought under control and the House immediately adjourned plenary till July 21.

At a press briefing after the plenary, the House of Representatives apologised to Nigerians over the actions of the lawmakers who disrupted the proceedings.

The Chairman of the House ad-hoc Committee on Media, Honourable Sani Zorro, condemned the lawmakers’ actions, saying “the House sincerely apologises to Nigerians for the events of the day”.

 

House Of Reps Leadership: APC Decides On Principal Officers

House Of Reps Leadership: APC Decides On Principal OfficersThe national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has decided on the party’s position on principal officers of the 8th House of Representatives.

According to reports from the National Assembly on Tuesday, the APC had written to the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, listing out the lawmakers that should fill the party’s remaining four leadership positions.

For House Leader, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila from South-west zone was selected and Honourable Ado Doguwa of the North-west zone was nominated for the position of Deputy House Leader.

Honourable Mohammed Monguno from the North-east zone was chosen as the Chief Whip while Honourable Pally Iriase from the South-south zone was selected for Deputy Chief Whip.

The names were said to have been approved by the party after extensive consultations.

Meanwhile, the lawmakers from the south-south told reporters on Tuesday that they were not pleased with the arrangement.

House of Representatives Condemns Killing Of Corps Members

Corps MembersLawmakers in the Lower Chamber have passed the first motion of the 8th House of Representatives condemning the killing of corps members in different parts of Nigeria.

Moving the motion under matters of urgent national importance, Honourable Kingsely Chinda, said “the nation must take steps to protect these young Nigerians who are serving their country”.

The PDP Rivers State representative was brought to a halt by a point of order by an APC Lagos State representative, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila.

Gbajabiamila’s point of order was sustained and the motion was put to a vote. The motion was, however, passed with some amendments.

The House urged the police to investigate the matter and ensure those responsible were brought to justice.

Proceedings adjourned to June 23, while the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, brought the first day of legislation to a close.

It is expected that by June 23, the remaining principal officers of the House would have been announced.

NASS Inauguration: Saraki Swears In 28 Absent Lawmakers

LawmakersNigeria’s newly elected Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has sworn in 28 lawmakers who were absent from the National Assembly inauguration.

The Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Salisu Maikasua, administered the oath of office on the 28 Senators-elect on Wednesday.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, were elected on the floor of the red chamber on Tuesday, contrary to the desire of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Despite the party’s displeasure with the election of Saraki, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his readiness to work with the elected Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

He noted that he did not have any preferred candidate for the Senate and the House of Representatives, adding that he is willing to work with whoever the lawmakers elected.

Treachery

The APC had, at a straw poll, chosen Senator Ahmed Lawan as the party’s candidate for the Senate President’s position and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, as the Speaker of the 8th National Assembly. None of the choice candidates was elected for the position in the Tuesday election, a development that the APC described as treachery.

To further push the party’s displeasure with the process that brought Senator Saraki in, some APC Senators earlier on Wednesday threatened to take all necessary political and legal means to challenge Senate Presidents’s emergence.

Jibrin Drops Speaker Ambition, Endorses Dogara

SpeakerOne of the lawmakers contesting for the position of speaker of the 8th House of Representatives from Kano State, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin, has dropped his ambition and withdrawn from the race.

Addressing reporters on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city and flanked by some members from both the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, Honourable Jibrin said he would now support Honourable Yakubu Dogara for the position of the Speaker.

With the move, only two legislators would be contesting for the position of the Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara from Bauchi State and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila from Lagos State.

Honourable Jibrin expressed hopes that whoever would emerge the Speaker would be determined by the lawmakers themselves, adding that the party would respect that choice.

In another development, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, told journalists in Abuja that his party had neither fielded a candidate nor endorsed the candidacy of any contestant for the Senate Presidency.

Mr Metuh also decried an alleged threat from Senators of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to their colleagues to either support their candidature or be persecuted.