Honourable Fagen Gawo Was A ‘Truly Committed’ Lawmaker – Gbajabiamila

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has described late Honourable Muhammad Adamu Fagen Gawo as a truly committed lawmaker who meant well for his constituents and the country as a whole.

Fagen Gawo, who represented Babura/Garki Federal Constituency of Jigawa State on the platform of APC, passed away on Tuesday in Dubai.

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The Speaker in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi on Wednesday, expressed shock over the demise of Fagen Gawo, a member of the House.

He said that he was deeply touched by the news of the lawmaker’s death, describing it as painful.

“I still have fond memories of Rep Fagen Gawo, who happened to be a gentleman that was always willing to offer himself for the service to the nation as a member of the House.

“Here was a lawmaker who exhibited a high sense of maturity and statesmanship. He was always deep in his thoughts and wise in his counsel.

“He meant so many things to us. We all in the House would miss Rep Fagen Gawo. I pray the Almighty God will grant him a peaceful resting place in Jannah,” the Speaker said.

Impeached Trump Says Democrats ‘Consumed With Hatred’

US President Donald Trump gestures during a working lunch at the NATO summit at the Grove Hotel in Watford, northeast of London on December 4, 2019. PHOTO: Nicholas Kamm / AFP

US President Donald Trump railed against a Democratic Party “consumed with hatred” after he was impeached on Wednesday for abuse of power and obstructing Congress. 

“While we’re creating jobs and fighting for Michigan, the radical Left in Congress is consumed with envy and hatred and rage, you see what’s going on,” the Republican leader seethed at campaign rally in the state. “These people are crazy.”

Trump said the Democratic Party, which controls the House of Representatives where the votes took place, was “trying to nullify the ballots of tens of millions of patriotic Americans.

Bill Seeking Free Basic Education, Two Others Scale Second Reading

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and other members of the House at the Green Chamber on December 12, 2019. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

Three bills have scaled through the second reading in the House of Representatives chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

One of those which scaled through the second phase during Thursday’s plenary is the bill seeking to amend the Constitution to give legal backing to making free, compulsory, and basic education a fundamental human right for all citizens of Nigeria.

The second is a bill proposing punishment for the police or any other law enforcement agent who refuses to arrest any person as directed by a legislative house in the country.

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Although is unclear if the Constitution allows lawmakers to give directives to law enforcement agencies, but the lawmakers are attempting to amend the Legislative Houses Powers and Privileges Act 2017 to that effect.

The bill also seeks to prescribe the punishment for contempt of legislative houses and provide an exception to the kind of person to be compelled by a legislative house.

Such entities include the president, governors, deputy governors, diplomats and their agents, as well as international organisations like the United Nations, African Union, European Union, Ecowas, and Common Wealth.

This bill is sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, and another lawmaker, Luke Onofiok.

The third bill, on its part, is seeking for an act to alter the Constitution to provide for a timetable for submitting the names of ministerial or commissioners-nominees with their respective portfolios attached.

The bill will also make it compulsory to the president and governors to attach evidence of declaration of assets and liabilities of such nominees.

Sowore’s Rearrest: Reps To Investigate DSS’ Action

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The House of Representatives has mandated its relevant committees to investigate the action of Department of State Security Service (DSS) operatives following the rearrest convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, at the premises of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The matter was raised by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu and seconded by Toby Okechuwku during plenary on Tuesday.

The lawmaker described the occurrence as an abuse on the sanctity of the court room.

He said the reported invasion of the courtroom by DSS operatives can be seen as one arm of government attempting to overpower another, which will spell doom for the country’s democracy.

Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow movement was rearrested by operatives of DSS on Friday at a Federal High Court in Abuja, a situation which has sparked reactions from many.

This was after he was released on Thursday after months in DSS detention, following an order by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, who gave the security agency a 24-hour ultimatum.

Gbajabiamila Swears In Three Rep Members

PHOTO: House of Representatives.

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has sworn in three members to replace those who had been sacked.

Gbajabiamila after the opening prayers at plenary on Tuesday called on the clerk of the House to swear in the new members, Rep. Chinedu Ogah, Rep. Obinna Chidoka and Rep. Samson Okwu.

Thereafter, the Speaker called for an executive session.

 

 

Details later…

Reps To Investigate Alleged Non-Repayment Of $7bn Foreign Reserves

A file photo of lawmakers during plenary at the House of Representatives Chamber in Abuja.

 

The House of Representatives says it will investigate the alleged non-repayment of seven billion dollars from the country’s foreign reserves, disbursed to 14 global asset managers and 14 banks by the Central Bank of Nigeria since 2006.

The House on Thursday resolved to investigate the matter, after a motion sponsored by representative Abubakar Ahmad.

According to the motion, the CBN gave each asset manager and its Nigerian bank counterpart a sum of $500 million dollars from the nation’s foreign reserves to manage.

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The lawmakers are worried that after 13 years, the $7 billion foreign reserves has not been repaid to the CBN.

Appeal Court Sacks Reps Majority Leader, Doguwa

 

A Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna State has sacked the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Alhassan Doguwa.

Doguwa, the member representing Tudun Wada/ Doguwa Federal Constituency of Kano state was declared the winner of the February 23, National Assembly election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Dissatisfied with the outcome of the election, the candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Yusha’u Salisu dragged Doguwa of the All Progressives Party before the Kano State National and State Assemblies Election Petitions Tribunal, citing over voting and massive irregularities.

On September 5, 2019, the tribunal dismissed the petition filed by the PDP candidate on the grounds of failure to prove the allegation of irregularities and over-voting.

However, while delivering a unanimous judgement on Monday, Justice Oludotun Adefope-Okojie of the Appellate Court, wondered how the tribunal came to the conclusion that the opposition PDP and its candidate failed to prove their case.

Justice Adefope-Okojie, therefore, set aside the tribunal judgement and nullified the election in the two local governments the sacked lawmaker represents, saying that the entire process was marred by irregularities.

The court also held that the entire election cannot stand and therefore, ordered INEC to conduct a fresh election in the entire constituency within 90 days.

House Of Representatives Inaugurates Standing And Special Committees

Members of the House of Representatives at a special plenary to inaugurate the Committees.

 

The Federal House of Representatives on Wednesday inaugurated Committees to aid the ease of legislative proceedings for the Ninth Assembly.

The inauguration of the Special and Standing Committees comes three months after the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, named the chairmen and deputy chairmen of the standing committees of the House.

In attendance are the members of the House and principal leaders led by Mr Gbajabiamila.

Expected to attend the event are the ministers, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed and former speakers of the lower chamber.

COAS, IGP, Absent As Service Chiefs Finally Appear Before Reps 

Service Chiefs have finally appeared before the House of Representatives to discuss the national security issues. 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and the Inspector General Police (IGP) Adamu Muhammed, are however absent at the meeting which is currently holding behind closed doors in one of the meeting rooms of the National Assembly.

Both Buratai and Muhammed sent representatives.

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Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the meeting is aimed at finding out why there are still growing concerns of insecurity in the country despite the claims of success made by the military.

More photos from the meeting.

 

At the meeting, he asked why there is an uptick in insecurity. He also offered the collaboration of the house to ensure the lingering security challenges are curtailed.

Chief of Defense Staff who led the Service Chiefs at the meeting apologised for their absence at the previous meeting called by the House of Representatives.

He explained that their absence was not out of disrespect to the House but due to another meeting which was held by the Service Chiefs of the same day.

The service chiefs had earlier on Friday shunned the invitation by the House of Representatives, a situation which the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila described as an insult to the Parliament.

He then promised to report the matter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

I Never Expected Commendation Or Award, Onyema Tells Reps

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Air Peace airline, Allen Onyema on Wednesday told the House of Representatives that he never expected to receive a recommendation for a national award.

Onyema was invited to the green chambers and recommended for a national award, after he used his airline to freely evacuate Nigerians from South Africa, following the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners in the country.

In his remarks, the Air Peace boss thanked the lawmakers for the honour, adding that his actions were spontaneous and he would do anything to evacuate even a single Nigerian.

“I did not do it spontaneously, nor did I do it for publicity, I had to mortgage my landing right in South Africa because I just got the landing right before the crisis.

“I did not give a damn, I never did, because I know that I will not go to heaven with any dime.

“I have never been so honoured in my life. You have brought tears to my eyes. I would not have been able to do this if the federal government did not allow me or assemble those people for me to evacuate,” he said.

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Onyema had earlier told Channels Television in an interview that he is using his airline to freely evacuate Nigerians from South Africa because he wants the world to see Nigeria respected as a nation

Speaking further in the interview, he noted that evacuation of foreigners from another country isn’t a good sign for the affected nation involved.

On Wednesday last week, the Air Peace airline evacuated no fewer than 185 Nigerians who indicate interest to return home as a result of the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa.

Another set of about 319 people are expected to return to the country today but the trip earlier suffered a setback as a result of landing permit.

Having resolved the issue and secured the permit for the plane to land in Johannesburg, Onyema said the South African authorities gave the airline an arrival time.

He insisted that it was not the first time he was making a contribution to the nation’s development and highlighted his role in restoring peace to the Niger Delta in the heat of militancy in the region.

Gbajabiamila Appoints Chairmen Of Reps Committees

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has named the chairmen and deputy chairmen of the standing committees of the House.

According to a list forwarded to Channels Television, the Speaker appointed leaders for a total of 105 committees of the lower chamber of the National Assembly.

Gbajabiamila made the announcement during plenary on Thursday.

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A breakdown of the list shows that the chairmen were selected across five political parties in the country.

They include the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Others are All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), and Action Alliance (AA).

See the full list below:

Edo Assembly Closure: PDP Cautions Reps Against Constitutional Violation

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the order by the House of Representatives, asking the Police and the Department of State Services (DSS) to shut down the Edo State House of Assembly, as ‘completely unconstitutional’.

The lower chamber had asked the IGP, Mohammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the DSS, Yusuf Bichi, to shut down the Edo State House of Assembly, following the adoption of a report of the House ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the crisis rocking the state Assembly.

The Party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said such action has no place in a democratic dispensation and is only obtainable in a military system.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cautions the leadership of House of Representatives to desist from actions that violate the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and could trigger a constitutional crisis in Edo state and the nation at large.

“The PDP states that no section of the 1999 Constitution confers the
House of Representatives with the powers to issue orders to a state governor or direct the shutdown of a sitting State House of Assembly.

“Whether in language or action, such is only obtainable in a military
system,” it stated.

The party also noted that such actions can encourage dictatorial tendencies and undermine the constitution.

“Our party cautions the federal legislature to note that such imperial
stance against a legislative house; a symbol of the sovereignty of the people is self-destructing and opens the fundamentals of our nation’s
democracy to unwarranted attacks.”