2017 Will Bring Succour To Nigerians- Dogara

2017 Will Bring Succour To Nigerians- DogaraSpeaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has urged Nigerians to be resilient in the face of the current hardship in the country, saying 2017 will bring succour to their sufferings.

In a New Year message to Nigerians, issued by his Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker assured Nigerians that some positive results of the new policies and initiatives of the present government would begin to manifest in the new year leading to an improved quality of life for the citizens.

“The All Progressives Congress government of President Muhammad Buhari is fully aware of the hardship faced by Nigerians.

As members of the same government, we can assure that in the new year, succour will come the way of our people as we work to provide long lasting solutions to the myriad of problems.

“On our part, the National Assembly shall also go to work as the central institution of democracy through which the will of the people is expressed.

As parliamentarians we cannot afford to be observers or mere onlookers but actors.  Our work is more urgent now than ever before because the change we seek must not be anchored on the quick sands of expediency but on the enduring solid rock of legislative frameworks that deal with corruption, eliminates gender based violence, strengthens democratic institutions, and reinforces human rights and good governance.

We shall also not fail the nation in ensuring effective scrutiny of the National government for effective implementation of all legislative frameworks especially the 2017 budget” he said.

“Be assured that the House of Representatives is not resting on its oars to pass legislation that will provide support for the actualization of the lofty ideas of the change promised by this government.

Dogara urged Nigerians to keep praying and working hard for the peace, unity and prosperity of the country.

Senate, Reps Are United On 2016 Budget – Senator Abdullahi

2016 budgetThe Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, maintains that the Senate and House of Reps are united in their decisions on the 2016 budget and that there is no disagreement between the two chambers.

This is following the recent controversy on the passing of 2016 budget.

Speaking in an interview, the lawmaker said everybody agrees that the Lagos-Calabar rail line project is important and something must be done to address its omission in the budget.

“Overall, let me be very clear, we are very united on this subject matter, we are not averse to that project and we are in total support of that project.

“The question remains that yes its been omitted, what do we do? I think that is where we should begin to put our energy,” he said.

He gave the assurance that both the Senate and House of Reps are committed to ensuring good governance in the country.

“Nigerians shouldn’t think we are on different pages… We want to assure Nigerians that our successful working together within us first internally – within the chambers and between the two chambers, is key to the progress that can be achieved.

“Then the National Assembly and the Executive; our successful working relationship is key to the progress that can be made and I think Nigerians should help us to promote that, rather than trying to throw issues that will rather create disharmony and divisions.”





N10bn Private Jet: Reps Give Allison-Madueke Fresh Summons, Lawyer Protests

Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke
Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Account has issued fresh summons to the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Allison-Madueke, to appear before it over the alleged expenses of 10billion Naira on private jets.

Also summoned are the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu; Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Engr. Saleh Dunoma; the Managing Director of Pipeline and Petroleum Products Marketing Company, PPPMC, Mr Haruna Momoh; Vistajet International Limited and other stakeholders.

The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Zakari Mohammed, said that all those summoned were to appear between June 15 and 17 to shed light on various aspects of the alleged N10 billion expenses.

He added that anyone who refuses to appear would face a subpoena under the law.

You Can’t Probe Deziani For Now, Lawyer tells House

Meanwhile, Constitutional lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, has warned the House of Representatives against making any move to resume probe of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, on the alleged N10B aircraft charter scam.

The senior lawyer asked the House to put the probe on hold for now since the Minister has a legal action before a Federal High Court in Abuja, challenging the legality of the House of Representatives’ decision on the over-sight function.

In a letter of protest delivered to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambawal, Mr Ozekhome faulted the announcement of the fresh move to begin the probe, warning that the move would amount to an affront to the law court where the legal action was pending.

The human rights activist, in the letter also copied to the Senate President, Senator David Mark, said that the practice in the world especially in a civilized society is for both parties in a dispute to take their hands off the disputed matter once a law court has been invited for adjudication on the issue.

He said that it was wrong and abnormal for the House to proceed to probe the Minister even when the House has already joined issued with her in a law court of record and in competent jurisdiction.

APC – nPDP Alliance: House Of Reps Leadership Still Intact

Though some House of Representatives members belonging to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) may have decided to defect to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), the House leadership led by Speaker Aminu Tambuwal remains intact.

This is coming from the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Victor Ogene in a meeting with journalists in Abuja.

He told the journalists, “People do not cross carpet in groups, except where you have a merger, and a merger can be announced as we saw not too long ago where 3 or more political parties got together and on the floor of the house announced their merger.”

He also noted that until a party is able to get up to 181 members, there is no basis to contemplate a change of leadership in the house.

“Talking about defection, it has to do with individual legislators, as I speak with you, I am not aware of any of such moves towards defection. When we get to that bridge we will cross it, but suffice to say that the leadership of the House is intact, until a particular political party has at least 181 members, that is when you can begin to talk about a party with a majority in the House. So for now the status quo remains, nothing has changed.”