Akpabio Must Publish Names Of Lawmakers Who Got NDDC Contracts, Reps Insist

The Minister of Niger Delta appeared before a House of Representatives committee on July 20, 2020.
A file photo of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, during his appearance before a House of Representatives Committee on July 20, 2020.

 

The House of Representatives has asked the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, to publish the names of the members of the National Assembly who got contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Spokesman for the House and Committee Chairman on Media Affairs and Publicity, Benjamin Kalu, said this in a statement on Tuesday.

He noted that the minister had alleged that 60 percent of all the NDDC projects were awarded to members of the lawmakers between the months of January and May 2020.

Kalu explained that following the claim, the leadership of the 9th House issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Akpabio to publish a list of the lawmakers.

He decried that rather than doing as instructed, the minister wrote to the Speaker of the House, adding that the content of the letter was irrelevant to the issues raised.

The House spokesman revealed that the lawmakers were already evaluating the minister’s letter and the directive to press charges against him have not been lifted.

He said if the letter does not address the issues raised, it would be sent to the court for clearance as the speaker had stated.

Kalu, therefore, urged Nigerians to continue to ask the right questions as to what happened to the N81.5 billion said to have been mismanaged by the NDDC in six months.

Read the full statement below:

SEN. AKPABIO’S PERSONAL LETTER TO THE SPEAKER EXONERATES THE 9TH HOUSE BUT FAILS TO MEET THE ULTIMATUM, THE MINISTER IS INVITED TO PUBLISH THE LIST AS INSTRUCTED

Following a motion unanimously adopted by the House, an investigation was ordered into the activities and financial malfeasance of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and its Interim Management Committee (IMC) between the periods of January to May 2020.

In a coordinated and calculated attempt to distract Nigerians from the ongoing investigation, the Minister of NDDC and the leadership of the IMC raised spurious allegations against members of the National Assembly.

The Minister claimed under oath that 60% of all the NDDC projects under investigation were awarded to members of the House between the months of January and May 2020.

Following this disturbing allegation, the leadership of the 9th House issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Minister to publish a list of the legislators allegedly awarded 60% of the entire projects of NDDC between January and May 2020.

Instead of publishing the list for the world to see in the interest of transparency, the Minister in his usual diversionary tactics, chose to send an irrelevant 8-paragraph private letter to the Speaker regarding projects of 2018 which pre-date the 9th House of Representatives and had little to do with the bogus claims he made.

The House, therefore, reiterates that the Minister was given an ultimatum to publish names and not to write a personal letter to the Speaker. The Honourable Minister is hereby cautioned to desist from spinning tales and is invited to go public as instructed.

Nevertheless, it will interest Nigerians to know that paragraph 3 of the Minister’s letter fully exonerated the 9th Assembly. Also, in paragraph 7, the Minister completely withdrew his previous statement about 60% of the NDDC projects being awarded to members of the 9th Assembly.

It is also instructive for Nigerians to note that the total number of projects in the 2019 NDDC budget was 5,959 out of which 5,416 projects were rolled over from 2018, which the 9th Assembly obviously had no influence or control over.

Therefore, unable to prove his claims, the Minister presented an ineffectual spreadsheet of only 266 projects out of which about 20 projects were attracted by past members of the National Assembly as constituency projects, not as contractors, but in furtherance of their representative mandate.

The projects presented in the Minister’s letter are not within the scope of the investigation and do nothing to address the leadership’s ultimatum for him to publish the list of names of the members who he claimed took 60% of NDDC projects from January to May 2020.

Also, contrary to the mischievous narrative being peddled on the internet, the only mention of the Chairman of the NDDC Committee of the 9th House of Representatives, Rep. Tunji Ojo in that letter, was as to his alleged request for the complete payment of 19 contractors who had approached him with complaints over NDDC’s non-payment for their services.

This is, however, an allegation which has been completely refuted by Rep. Ojo and for which there is no evidence linking him.

The one member of the House mentioned in that letter only attracted the project to his federal constituency, in the same manner that the NDDC MD, EDFA, EDP, Chairman etc applied to the Commission for attention to the needs of their people and were obliged.

This attraction of projects does not in any way mean that contracts were personally awarded to them.

Additionally, the letter also listed the names of contract awardees with no evidence linking them to those who attracted the projects to the beneficiary communities. It takes lifting the corporate veil for the directors to be seen and the Corporate Affairs Commission is there to establish who the real owners of the companies are.

Until then, it is wrong to attempt to establish a nexus which currently does not exist. The document remains a mere spreadsheet of people who attracted projects to their communities in furtherance of their representative functions.

Furthermore, the directive to press charges against the Minister has not been lifted by the House as the leadership is busy considering the weight of the Honourable Minister’s letter. If it does not clear the doubt and wrong perception, it will be sent to the court for clearance as the Speaker stated.

Once again, the letter’s annexures showing 2018 projects have no relevance to what was requested from the Minister because it was outside the scope of his claims, it was also not comprehensive but selective by mentioning only one current member for attracting projects to his constituency and not for receiving contracts.

The House is mindful of a letter currently before it where the Minister also applied to attract several projects to his Senatorial Zone during his time at the Senate, does it mean the contracts were awarded to him?

Nigerians are encouraged to ignore the deflections of the Honourable Minister and continue to ask the right questions as to what happened to the money of the region which has led to a gross disservice to Niger-Deltans.

Nigerians should start asking the right questions and demanding the right answers; and the right question remains, “What happened to Nigeria’s ₦81.5billion under the charge of NDDC in the space of 6 months?”

Signed

Rep. Benjamin O. Kalu

Official Spokesperson

Lawmakers Inspect Abuja Airport Ahead Of Domestic Flight Resumption

This photo taken on July 6, 2020, shows the front view of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. Members of the House Committee on Aviation have inspected the airport ahead of the resumption of domestic flights scheduled for July 8, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Some members of the House of Representatives have paid an inspection visit to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

The lawmakers, who comprise members of the House Committee on Aviation, inspected the airport on Monday ahead of the resumption of domestic flights in the country.

During the visit, the lawmakers advocated the need for relevant agencies to ensure compliance with safety protocols amid the rising cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

This comes barely a week after the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the airport in the nation’s capital and the Murtala Mohammed International Airport would resume domestic operations on Wednesday.

He also announced that the airports in Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri (Imo State), and Maiduguri (Borno State) would also resume local operations on Saturday, while other airports would resume on July 15.

According to the minister, the date for resumption of international flights will be announced in due course.

Highpoints of the lawmakers’ visit to the airport in Abuja are captured below:

Members of the House Committee on Aviation inspect the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on July 8, 2020, ahead of the resumption of domestic flights in the country. PHOTOS: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

National Assembly Increases Crude Oil Benchmark Price

A file photo of the National Assembly complex in Abuja. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

The National Assembly has reviewed the benchmark price of crude oil in the amended Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).

At separate plenaries in the Senate and House of Assembly chambers on Tuesday in Abuja, the lawmakers increased the price from the proposed $25 to $28.

Senators in the Upper Chamber took the decision in line with the recommendations in the report of the Senate Committee on Finance.

They explained that increasing the benchmark price became necessary because of the upward trend in the price of crude oil in the international market.

The Senate, however, retained the exchange rate of N360 to a dollar proposed by the executive arm of government.

Similarly, lawmakers in the lower chamber considered the report of the House Committee on Finance on the revised MTEF.

In line with the recommendations of the committee, the lawmakers increased the crude oil benchmark price.

They also proposed an oil production output of 1.8 million barrels per day, as against the 1.9 million barrels per day as submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The House, therefore, called on the government to immediately scrap the Excess Crude Account (ECA).

According to them, the ECA has no backing of the law and should be scrapped in accordance with Sections 80 and 81 of the Constitution.

Consideration Of Infectious Diseases Bill Not Suspended By Court – Reps

Some members of the House of Representatives during plenary on April 28, 2020. Photo: Twitter- @HouseNGR

 

 

The House of Representatives has disputed the reports that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the suspension of the ongoing process of the consideration of the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, 2020.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Media, Benjamin Kalu, faulted the claims in a statement on Sunday.

He described the reports as a misrepresentation of facts which has also misled Nigerians on the position of the count on the controversial bill.

According to the House spokesman, the applicant had by way of a motion ex-parte sought a court order suspending the consideration of the bill by the lawmakers.

He, however, stressed that the court declined to grant the reliefs sought by the applicant in order to enable the respondents in the case to appear before it and enter a defence.

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Kalu said it was unfortunate that the purport of the interim order was wrongly reported, adding that the House intended to put the order of the court in a proper perspective.

He noted that the respondents have yet to be officially served with the processes in the said suit as directed by the court.

The lawmaker stressed that the House would continue to perform its lawful mandate without jeopardising its respect for the judiciary and the process of adjudication.

Read the full statement below:

The House of Representatives notes with dismay the erroneous reports by certain print and online media outfits, in what appears to be willful or malicious misinterpretations of the decision of the court in suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/463/2020 on 13th May 2020, asserting that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the House to suspend the ongoing process of the consideration of the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, 2020 (the “Bill”); a misrepresentation of facts which has in turn misled various other media outfits and the general public.

While the House encourages the public and all media outfits to verify and refer to the certified true copy of the court’s order in all further social commentary or report on the subject matter, it has become necessary to set the record straight.

The truth of the matter is that although the applicant, by way of a motion ex-parte, sought a court order suspending the consideration of the Bill by the House, the court in its wisdom and in the interest of justice and fair hearing, declined to grant the reliefs sought by Applicant in order to enable the Respondents in the case to appear before it and enter a defence.

For the sake of clarity, the crux of the court’s decision in the abovementioned suit is reproduced hereunder, “Upon hearing this Motion Ex-parte as moved by learned counsel to the Applicant and upon careful consideration of the averments in the affidavit in support, Exhibits attached and the written and oral address of learned counsel, the Court is of the view that bearing in mind the weighty averments in the affidavit in support which are intended to stay the Legislative actions of the Respondents in regard to the Bill in disputation and the exigencies of the times (that is to say the COVID-19 pandemic) and the attendant hysteria in the polity, the Court is of the opinion, that it is in the interest of justice to hear the Respondents before making a long term decision in this case.

“It is for this reason that I hereby make an Order mandating the Respondents to appear before this Court on the 20th day of May 2020 to show Cause why the application of the Applicant should not be granted.”

It is unfortunate that the purport of the interim order was wrongly reported. The House, therefore, wishes to put the order of the court in proper perspective and state that the act of legislation is a sacred and constitutional responsibility that should not be subjected to flimsy or superficial reportage in the interest of our democracy.

While the respondents await official service of processes in the abovementioned suit as directed by the court, the House reiterates that as a creation of the Nigerian Constitution, it will continue to perform its lawful mandate without jeopardising its healthy deference to the judicial system and the process of adjudication.

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Signed

REP. BENJAMIN OKEZIE KALU

Official Spokesperson

House of Representatives

Governors Were Misguided On Infectious Diseases Bill – Reps

A file photo of some members of the House of Representatives at the green chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

 

The House of Representatives has responded to the call by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to step down the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, 2020.

In a statement on Thursday, Chairman of the House Committee on Media, Benjamin Kalu, said the governors were misguided on the bill.

He explained that the lawmakers had resolved to subject the Bill to a public hearing where Nigerians from all walks of life would have the opportunity to make their inputs towards the draft legislation.

According to Kalu, the NGF’s position is coming rather late and the House legislates for the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja only.

He said the lawmakers were surprised that in arriving at its decision, the NFG relied on an update from Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal – a former Speaker and erstwhile ranking member of the House.

The House spokesman stressed that bills such as the Control of Infectious Diseases were not subject of the concurrence of State Houses of Assembly or state governors, as stated in the Constitution.

He added that the governors ought to be aware of the lawful processes of legislation and “should not be misguided” by the position of the former speaker.

Kalu raised concern that the presence of Governor Tambuwal in the NGF’s consultative panel may not guarantee a smooth interface with the lawmakers.

He alleged that the former speaker seemed to have already taken a biased position and called on the NGF to review the membership of the consultative committee.

Read the full statement by the House Committee Chairman on Media below:

It has come to the attention of the House of Representatives that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has, through a communiqué at the end of its virtual meeting held on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, asked the House to step down the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, 2020, which public hearing is already scheduled.

In the communiqué, the NGF noted that “Following an update from the Governor of Sokoto State and Vice Chairman of the NGF, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on the proposed Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, 2020 introduced by the House of Representatives, Governors raised concern with the lack of consultation with State governments who are at the forefront of the epidemic.”

The NGF said it “resolved that the Bill should be stepped down until an appropriate consultative process is held, including a public hearing to gather public opinion and concerns.”

Against the impression given in the NGF’s communiqué, the House has since last week resolved to subject the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill to a public hearing where Nigerians from all walks of life will have the opportunity to make their inputs towards the draft legislation. The NGF’s position is coming rather belatedly.

However, the House wishes to state clearly that whilst it legislates for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, including being the Parliament for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja only; the Nigeria Governors Forum is recognized by members of the House as leading lights in the task of Nation Building.

It is rather surprising that the NGF, in arriving at its decision, relied on “an update from the Governor of Sokoto State,” who, apart from being a lawyer, is a former Speaker and an ex-ranking member of the House, who should know better and guide the Forum accordingly.

We assume that his position was informed by his well-known personal and partisan opposition to the emergence of the current leadership of the house considering his obvious stance in 2015 and 2019.

Unlike in a constitution amendment matter, where state houses of assembly have a defined constitutional role to play in effecting any review to it, Bills such as the Control of Infectious Diseases are not by our constitution subject of the concurrence of state houses of assembly or state governors.

We do believe that our respected Governors are aware of these lawful processes of legislation and should not be misguided by a biased position of a former speaker.

Let it be known that the House of Representatives, and indeed the National Assembly, are independent of the control of any state governor or former Speaker, except if we want to change that now.

Even at that, it has to be by a constitutional amendment sponsored the citizens and not by the personal view of one Governor and former speaker.

Notwithstanding, the House expresses its readiness to work with the Committee raised by the NGF to meet members of the Green Chamber on the Bill.

The Governors are our critical stakeholders in nation-building, and we understand the importance of working with our Governors at critical moments such as this pandemic period.

The House also wishes to state that the NGF is free to make its position on the Bill known through a memorandum during the planned public hearing or send its representative or representatives to appear in person.

To date, no single Governor has called the Speaker or anyone in leadership to express his views. It is our belief that there are better channels of communication available to the NGF to address the leadership of the house instead of the pages of newspapers.

The House is also concerned that the presence of the Sokoto State Governor in the NGF’s consultative panel may not guarantee a smooth interface, since in his capacity as a former Speaker he could not guide the Forum appropriately on the matter, and he appeared to have already taken a biased position.

Thus, the House calls on the NGF to review the membership of the consultative committee so as to achieve the desired objectives with the unbiased members during their engagement with the leadership of the House.

It is instructive to note that the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) in Section 60 gives the House the powers to regulate its legislative activities, and the House would not shy away from that.

Members of the 9th Assembly are united irrespective of party affiliation and will continue to do those things that will promote good governance, unity, and progress of our country.

Signed:

Rep. Benjamin Kalu

Official Spokesperson

Chairman, House Committee on Media.

Reps Ask FG To Stop Repatriation Of Almajiri Children

Some members of the House of Representatives during plenary on April 28, 2020. Photo: Twitter- @HouseNGR

 

 

Members of the House of Representatives have called on the Federal Government to intervene and immediately halt the repatriation of the Almajiri children to their states of origin.

This formed part of the resolutions of the lawmakers during Tuesday’s plenary at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

They made the call following a motion sponsored by a member of the House, Aishatu Dukku.

According to Dukku, the repatriation of Almajiria children is against the fundamental human rights of any Nigerian to reside in any part of the country.

She also expressed concern over the mode of transportation the children were subjected to.

The lawmaker described it as dehumanising, stressing that the children were packed into a vehicle in the scorching sun.

The House also resolved to urge the Northern governors to ensure that the Almajiri children were captured in the Universal Basic and Technical Education System.

Some Northern governors have repatriated hundreds of Almajiri children to their states of origin, as a measure to check the transmission of COVID-19 in their states.

Following their arrival in their various states, the children were isolated and their samples were collected to test for COVID-19.

While the Almajirai whose results came out positive were further isolated for treatment, those who were not infected were allowed to reunite with the society.

PTF Mobilises 3,300 Informants To Report Suspected COVID-19 Cases In Kano

FG Has Made Provision For N30,000 Minimum Wage, Says SGF
A file photo of the SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha.

 

 

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 will engage about 3,300 informants to report suspected cases of coronavirus in Kano State.

The PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, revealed this on Tuesday in Abuja.

He made the disclosure when he led members of the task force to the House of Representatives chamber of the National Assembly in the nation’s capital.

Mustapha briefed the lawmakers on the measures being put in place by the Federal Government to address the situation in Kano and curb the spread of the disease in the state.

He explained that the task force has mobilised the informants for a house-to-house search and report suspected cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The PTF chairman believes Kano is fast emerging as the epicentre of the pandemic in the northern region of the country.

As part of efforts to address the situation, he revealed that a total of 58 technical staff from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have been deployed in the state.

According to Mustapha, the COVID-19 testing capacity in Kano has been increased to 400 per day and plans are in place to increase it to 2,000 daily by the end of the week.

He, therefore, used the opportunity to call on the National Assembly to pass legislation that would further cushion the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and improve the health sector.

Among the PTF members who accompanied the SGF are the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and the Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.

Reps Adjust Plenary To Once A Week Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Some members of the House of Representatives during plenary on April 28, 2020. Photo: Twitter- @HouseNGR

 

 

Members of the House of Representatives have resolved to hold plenary at least once every week until the COVID-19 lockdown order is lifted.

The lawmakers took the decision following a motion raised by Abubakar Fulata at the resumed plenary on Tuesday in the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

Fulata sponsored the motion entitled “Regulating Plenary Sittings in the Period of COVID-19 Pandemic and Lockdown”, pursuant to Order One, Rule 1 (2) of the Standing Orders of the House.

He noted that the House had adjourned plenary for a period of two weeks to enable members to enlighten their constituents on the dangers of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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The lawmaker added that because of the lockdown order issued by President Muhammadu Buhari on March 29, the resumption which was earlier scheduled for April 7 was suspended and subsequently adjourned indefinitely.

He called the attention of his colleagues to the constitutional responsibility of the National Assembly to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Federation but could not discharge its responsibility due to the lockdown order.

According to Fulata, the provisions of Order Five, Rules 4 and 5 of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives regulate the sittings of the House from Monday to Friday on every legislative day except when it is on recess.

He explained that the purpose of sponsoring the bill was for the House to provide legislative support to the Executive Arm by approving measures to address the welfare of the citizens during the period of the lockdown and thereafter.

Reps To Resume Plenary On Tuesday

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

 

 

Members of the House of Representatives are to resume plenary on Tuesday.

The Clerk of the House, Patrick Giwa, announced this in a statement on Sunday.

“This is to inform all Members of the House of Representatives that the House will now resume plenary session on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 10.am.

“Members are advised to take note of the new date of resumption, please.

“The COVID-19 guidelines approved by the Federal Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and additional Guidelines developed by the House will be sent to Members’ pigeon holes for collection on resumption,” the statement read in part.

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Giwa in the statement, however, stated that staff and members’ aides are to work from home and will be notified when needed in the office for any special assignment.

The House had in March suspended its plenary for two weeks in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease.

It later extended the suspension due to the lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States.

Meanwhile, Nigeria has continued to witness an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 91 new cases were recorded on Sunday, bringing the total infections in the country to 1,273.

Reps Resolve To Invite ASUU, Others Over Ongoing Industrial Action

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and others at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja on March 10, 2020. Photo: Twitter- @HouseNGR

 

 

The House of Representatives has invited the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Ministries of Labour and Education, over the ongoing warning strike by members of the union.

This formed part of the resolutions reached during Tuesday’s plenary following a motion of urgent public importance raised by a member of the chamber, Dachung Bagos.

Bagos said there was an urgent need for the House to intervene in the rift between the Federal Government and ASUU over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and other underlying issues.

Other lawmakers decried that if the issue was not resolved, ASUU would embark on an indefinite strike at the end of the warning industrial action.

They described the strike as a national embarrassment, saying the students were always at the receiving end when the lecturers go on strike.

Meanwhile, the House has resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate oil spill clean-ups and remediation in the oil-producing states in the last five years, and the activities of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency.

The resolution followed a motion by Abubakar Fulata who raised concern that the annual report of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) indicated that 569 incidents of oil spills were conveyed with 9718.22 barrels spilled.

He noted that only 800.55 barrels were recovered while thousands of barrels of oil were lost to the environment.

In their various contributions, the lawmakers were worried that the oil-producing communities continued to complain of belated joint investigative visits, inadequate oil spill clean-up and remediation, thus exacerbating the woes of the polluted communities and the negative impact on the environment.

The motion was, thereafter, referred to the ad-hoc committee and asked to report back within eight weeks for further legislative action.

Reps Approve 2019 Budget Of N346.4bn For NDDC

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and others during plenary in Abuja on March 4, 2020. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The House of Representatives has adopted the report of its Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on the 2019 budget of N346.4 billion for the agency.

The lawmakers approved the report on Wednesday during plenary in the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

A breakdown of the total figure shows that N22.3 billion is for personnel cost and N13.5 billion is earmarked for overhead expenditure.

The sum of N4.1 billion was allocated for capital expenditure while N305.5 billion was for development projects.

Meanwhile, a bill for the establishment of the South-South Development Commission has scaled second reading in the House.

The bill for an act to provide for the establishment of the Federal University of Technology, Asaba, Delta State was also read and passed for the second time.

It seeks to promote and develop technical education and make comprehensive provisions for its due management in the country.

A total of 19 bills introduced on the floor of the house also passed the first reading.

See the list of the bills and their respective sponsors below:

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.754) by Mohammed Monguno.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.755) by Mohammed Monguno.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.756) by Mohammed Monguno.

Allocation of Revenue (Federation Account, Etc.)  Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB.757) by Mohammed Monguno.

Nigerian Independent Warehouse Regulatory Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB.758) by Ossai Ossai and Ari Abdulmumin.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.759) by Ben Igbakpa.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.760) by Ben Igbakpa.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.761) by Ben Igbakpa.

Electoral Act (Amendment Bill, 2020 (HB.762) by Aishatu Dukku.

Electoral Act (Amendment Bill, 2020 (HB.763) by Saeed Abdullahi.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.764) by Saeed Abdullahi.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.765) by Saeed Abdullahi.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.766) by Saeed Abdullahi.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.767) by Igariwey Enwo.

Federal University of Ndufu-Alike Ikwo Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB.768) by Chinedu Ogah.

Federal Polytechnics Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB.769) by Chinedu Ogah.

Federal Polytechnics Act (Amendment) Bill,2020 (HB.770) by Nasiru Daura.

Federal Colleges of Education Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB.771) by Nasiru Daura.

Procurement Integrity Bill, 2020 (HB.772) by Nasiru Daura.

Why Reps May Suspend Plenary For Two Weeks Over Coronavirus – Spokesman

A cross-section of lawmakers during plenary at the House of Representatives chamber in Abuja.

 

 

The House of Representatives has clarified the controversy on the planned suspension of plenary over coronavirus.

In a statement on Tuesday, the spokesman for the House, Benjamin Kalu, said the lawmakers have yet to proceed with the decision to suspend plenary.

He explained that the lawmakers, during plenary, considered a motion on the urgent need for emergency response and need to contain the deadly virus in the country.

According to Kalu, the motion was thoroughly debated and passed while some of the prayers included the need for the leadership of the National Assembly to set up an ad-hoc committee to liaise with the relevant health agencies to ensure efforts to combat the virus were intensified.

He said the House also called for a better orientation of the disease by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, through relevant media outfits to keep Nigerians abreast of the situation.

“An amendment to the prayers of the motion calling on the House to suspend plenary for two weeks to work and contribute its legislative efforts by helping to sensitise constituents on the coronavirus and how it is being handled was also adopted,” the lawmaker revealed.

He added, “The amendment also urged the management of the National Assembly to put measures in place to ensure the virus does not find a place to fester in the National Assembly.

“It is, however, necessary to clarify that the two weeks suspension of plenary has not commenced and is subject to reconsideration by the House.”

Kalu said the leadership of the House would meet and consider the arrangement necessary before a date would be fixed for the sensitisation of constituents by their respective lawmakers.

He noted that the business of law making would continue on Wednesday.