FG Is Committed To Promoting Ease Of Doing Business – Enelamah

Okechukwu-EnelamahThe Minister of Trade, Investment and Industry, Mr Okechukwu Enelamah, says one of the key priorities of the government is to promote the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

Mr Enelamah made the statement during a public hearing on Tuesday on two consolidated bills organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Commerce to ensure fairness in economic activities in Nigeria.

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Bill seeks to establish a commission to regulate competitive activities in every sector of the economy.

The bill, which is co-sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, aims at promoting and protecting a competitive market from unjust business practices.

Mr Dogara was represented at the public hearing by Honourable Pally Iriase who stressed the need for the establishment of the commission.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Commerce, Honourable Sylvester Ogbaga, identified the bill as a way to aid the diversification of Nigeria’s economy and create jobs.

The Minister of Trade, Investment and Industry also advocated for competition laws to strengthen the nation’s economy and recommended the quick passage of the bill.

Other agencies and groups, however, emphasised the need to strengthen regulatory bodies.

Participants at the public hearing agreed that the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Bill would encourage foreign investments and facilitate the growth of small and medium scale enterprises in the country.

The approval of the commission  had earlier been given by President Muhammadu Buhari few days ago, according to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

A statement by a spokesman for the Vice President, Laolu Akande, said Professor Osinbajo announced the approval of the commission while presiding over the first Quarterly Consultation between the presidency and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria on Friday afternoon.

House Of Reps Intervenes In Kogi Assembly Speaker’s Impeachment

House-of-Representatives-NigeriaThe House of Representatives has sent a delegation to Kogi State in an attempt to intervene in the crisis rocking the State House of Assembly that resulted in a purported impeachment of the Speaker.

The impeachment controversies have paralysed legislative activities at the chamber and drew the attention of the federal lawmakers.

Five lawmakers in a 20-member House sat on February 16 and purportedly removed the Speaker, Honourable Momoh Jimoh.

The lawmakers also chose Umar Imam as the new Speaker of the House.

Mr Friday Sanni, who briefed reporters about the impeachment, said the Speaker was impeached for not carrying other members of the House along in the affairs of the House.

In an attempt to restore normalcy in the legislative chamber, the House of Representatives set up a committee to investigate the impeachment controversy and broker peace between the factions.

The Committee visited Lokoja, the state’s capital on Saturday and met with the Governor, Mr Yahaya Bello.

In a meeting with Governor Bello, the 10-man Committee headed by Honourable Pally Iriase spelt out their fact finding mission before going into a closed door meeting which lasted for over an hour.

At the end of the meeting this is what the chairman of the committee and the governor have to say when journalist bombarded them with questions.

The Committee members also met with the members of the House of Assembly but the anti-Jimoh lawmakers were absent.

After the closed-door meeting the lawmakers refused to speak with reporters on the outcome of the meeting.

The embattled Speaker, however, said they would resume legislative function soon while the committee chairman said they had gotten needed facts and would send their reports to the House.

The deliberation may have held, but the absence of the anti-Jimoh lawmakers leaves so much question about whether the matter was over or not.

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 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.