Reps Task Executive On Proactive Measures To Tackle Recession

Reps, Executive, Recession, House of RepresentativesThe House of Representatives has called on the Executive to take more proactive steps to abate the hardship being experienced by citizens due to Nigeria’s economic recession.

The appeal was made on Thursday following a motion sponsored by a member of the House from Benue State, Representative Emmanuel Orker-Jev.

The motion was supported by the Chief Whip of the House, Representative Alhassan Dogowa, and the Chairman of the House Committee on Banking, Representative Jones Onyereri.

Although the lawmakers acknowledged that the Executive was taking steps to address the situation, they stressed the need to do more.

The House consequently set up an ad-hoc committee to monitor the various steps and policies being taken by the Federal Government to check the situation.

The committee has been given three months to complete its work, while the House revealed its plan to have a sectoral debate on the matter.

The Minority Leader, Representative Leo Ogor, hinted that the focus of the deliberation was on the economy when the House resumed the debate on the 2017 budget for the third day.

While the debate also continued in the Senate, the bill passed through second reading in both chambers.

Nigerians are expecting National Assembly to conclude its debate on the proposal and bring out a “budget of recovery and growth”.

Two PDP House Members Defect To APC

PDPTwo members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives have defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

In separate letters, read on the floor of the House, the lawmakers, one from Anambra State, Tony Nwoye and the other from Benue State, Emmanuel Udende, informed the House that they are leaving the PDP due to the leadership crisis in the party.

The Minority Leader of the House, Representative Leo Ogor, however, rejected the move and vowed that the party will take legal action against the two lawmakers.

He said no recognised institution such as the courts had ruled that the party had split into factions.

But Dogara said that there was no need to debate the matter as the issue of the PDP would be handled at the national level.

With the departure of the two members from the PDP, the APC now has more numbers in the house where it is already in control.