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.”

Reps Set Up Committee To Investigate, Monitor Recruitment Of Nigerians By MDAs

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The House of Representatives has resolved to set up a committee which will investigate and monitor the recruitment of Nigerians by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government. 

The resolution was reached to day on the floor the House of Representatives.

According to an order of the plenary on Wednesday, the House stated that its move comes on the heels of reports suggesting that the Federal Character principle is not always followed in filling openings within the MDAs.

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The House noted that the Civil Service, Public Service and Public Sector is the single biggest employer of labour in Nigeria and accounts for the funding of the most homes in the nation directly and indirectly. Adding that if the Federal Character principle is not adhered strictly to and the recruitment within the MDAs are not investigated and monitored, then poor output may be experienced in the civil and public service, arising from unqualified and poorly motivated workforce.

To this end, the House resolved to put together an adhoc committee which will investigate and monitor the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government. This the House did, minding that bearing in mind that standing committees have not been constituted.

 

 

Reps Consider Motion To Take Over Edo Assembly

The House of Representatives on Tuesday considered a motion seeking to take over the functions of the Edo House of Assembly in line with the constitution.

This according to the sponsors of the motion is a matter of urgent public importance and in view of the crisis rocking the legislative house.

The motion was brought during plenary on Tuesday by Julius Ihonvbere, Peters Akpatason, and Johnson Oghuma and it is to enable the proper inauguration of Edo State Assembly.

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During the deliberations, some lawmakers asked for investigation before the House takes the final decision.

The House thereafter resolved to set up a committee to investigate the ongoing situation.

Read the motion paper below…

More to follow…

PHOTOS: House Speaker Gbajabiamila Visits Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (left), with Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila during the Speakers visit to the governor at the Governors Lodge, Abuja on Monday, June 17, 2019.

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday visited Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Gbajabiamila who represents Surulere Federal Constituency of Lagos State in the lower chambers met with Sanwo-Olu at the Governors Lodge in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Both men were seen exchanging pleasantries, beaming with smiles.

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Their coming together comes barely seven days after Gbajabiamila emerged Speaker of the Ninth Assembly.

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House Of Reps Members Commence Voting For Speaker, Deputy

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Voting has commenced at the House of Representatives for the position of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Ninth Assembly.

Two members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are in contention for the speakership position, Femi Gbajabiamila, who is the preferred candidate and Mohammed Bago.

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