Fuel Price Hike: Reps, Labour Meeting Ends Without Resolution

Labour, Fuel PriceA meeting organised by the House of Representatives to avert the planned strike by organised labour over fuel price hike has ended without a definite position agreed upon.

The House had in a special session on Monday called on the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to shelve its planned strike on Wednesday pending the outcome of the intervention of the parliament on the matter.

The 18-member adhoc committee headed by the Chief Whip of the House, Rep Ado Doguwa, met representatives of the NLC led by Comrade Ayuba Wabba and seven others.

Speaking after the closed door meeting, a member of the adhoc committee, Nicholas Ossai, said that it was up to labour to take a decision and communicate to Nigerians.

Kogi Assembly Crisis: Five Members Sit, Suspend 10

Kogi AssemblyThe crisis rocking the Kogi State assembly deepened on Tuesday as members of the pro-Imam faction of the House suspended ten members of the factional group led by the embattled Speaker, Momoh Jimoh-Lawal.

The group, led by Umar Imam, announced the suspension at the floor of the assembly after a report of a committee set up to look into the crisis.

The five-man committee led by Honorable John Abah, in its findings, said that the crisis caused in the House were unnecessarily heated up by some people with vested interests.

The committee also aligned with the position of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who is alleged to have said that the sealing up of the Kogi Assembly was not necessary as the crisis had not led to break down of law and order in the state.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has summoned the Attorney-General of the Federation over his alleged comments that the National Assembly was wrong to have taken over the duties of the Kogi State House of Assembly.

In a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Nicholas Ossai and unanimously supported by most lawmakers, the House described the comments of the Attorney-General as a direct attack on the National Assembly.

The Senate agreed with the House of Representatives to take over the legislative functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly after its leadership crisis degenerated into a situation where two persons claimed to be Speaker of the House.

Reps Summon Attorney-General, Police IG Over Kogi Assembly

Attorney GeneralThe House of Representatives has summoned the Attorney-General of the Federation over his alleged comments that the National Assembly was wrong to have taken over the duties of the Kogi State House of Assembly.

In a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Nicholas Ossai and unanimously supported by most lawmakers, the House described the comments of the Attorney-General as a direct attack on the National Assembly.

Rep Nicholas Ossai informed the House of a letter allegedly written by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, directing the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to unseal the Kogi State House of Assembly.

The House has also set up an adhoc committee to investigate the matter and report back to the House in two weeks.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had reportedly told the IG of Police, Solomon Arase, to disregard the National Assembly’s resolution to take over the Kogi State House of Assembly, saying the lawmakers’ resolution was wrong.

The Senate agreed with the House of Representatives to take over the legislative functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly after its leadership crisis degenerated into a situation where two persons claimed to be Speaker of the House.

The Senate also declared that the impeachment proceedings embarked upon by five members of the Kogi assembly is null and void.

The recommendation was made by a delegation mandated by the House of Representatives to look into what it called illegal removal of the Speaker of the State House.

The Senate consequently directed the Inspector General of Police to seal the Kogi State House of Assembly complex until the matter is resolved.

House Of Reps Holds Budget Defence Sessions

HouseThe House of Representatives in Nigeria has continued its sitting on budget defence at the National Assembly in Abuja.

Speaking at the opening of the budget defence session for federal judiciary on Thursday, the House Committee on Judiciary worry over the poor funding structure of the judiciary by the state governments.

The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Honourable Aminu Shagari, lamented that heads of the judiciary at the state level were always at the mercy of the state executives, which he said was an infraction on the Principle of Independence of the Judiciary.

At the sitting of the House Committee on Information, the acting Director General of the Nigerian Television Authority, Sola Atete, made a revenue projection of five billion Naira in the 2016 budget.

However, a member of the committee, Nicholas Ossai, insisted on carrying out a status inquiry to know the capacity of the station to generate such revenue.

Meanwhile, the issue of budget padding came up again during the sitting of the House Committee on Marine.

The Maritime Academy of Nigeria had written to the committee to request for amendments in the budgetary proposal, noting that some of the items were duplicated.

In his response, the House Committee Chairman on Marine, Honourable Umaru Mohammed, promised to look at the proposed amendments from the academy before proceeding with the consideration of the entire budget proposals.

House To Investigate Refusal Of Agip To Compensate Aboh Commuinty

House of Representatives in Nigeria kick against removal of JegaThe House of Representatives has mandated its Committees on Environment and Gas Resources to investigate the refusal of the Nigerian Agip oil company to pay N400 million compensation for devastation caused by a gas leak in Delta State.

Moving the motion, Hon. Nicholas Ossai said the Irri/Kwale Gas Pipeline operated by the oil company emitted gas from 23rd to 29th December, 2009 which polluted the entire community of Aboh in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State.

The Committees on Gas Resources and Environment have been given three weeks to complete their assignment and report back to the House.