Recession: Senate Concurs With Reps To Invite Buhari

Senate, Ambassadors, MTN, National-Assembly-ECOWASThe Senate has agreed with the House of Representatives on the decision to invite the President to brief a joint session of both chambers on the state of the economy.

The Federal Lawmakers in the Upper Chamber came to this resolution through a voice vote.

They claimed that there is a need for President Muhammadu Buhari to clarify the actual state of the economy, in view of alleged conflicting signals, coming from different officials of the administration, especially on the steps to getting Nigeria out of recession.

The House of Representatives had earlier said it is imperative that President Buhari addresses a joint session of the National Assembly to outline plans to pull Nigeria out of recession.

The lawmakers reached the resolution on Thursday after a debate that spanned two days at the floor of the Lower Chamber in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

To indicate how important the situation was, the Minority Leader of the House, Toby Okechukwu as well as some other lawmakers, Leo Ogor and Oluwole Oke, outlined the factors they believe led to the recession.

Most of them identified the Treasury Single Account policy, Foreign Exchange policy and the structure of Nigeria as some of the issues that need to be addressed.

Reps Demand Framework For N500 Billion Naira Social Intervention Fund

House of Representatives, social intervention fund, RepsThe House of Representatives demanded framework and details of 500 billion naira social intervention fund on Thursday in Abuja.

The legislators had directed a joint committee to ensure that the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Social Protection Programmes makes available the framework.

The motion resulted to a heated debate among lawmakers.

While some members supported the bill and sought that the Federal Government stop further disbursements of the fund, other lawmakers however opposed calls for the programme to be stopped.

House Postpones Sitting On Budget Implementation

reps-2015-budgetThe House of Representatives has again postponed investigations into the non-implementation of capital projects in the 2015 budget.

The Chairman, House Ad-hoc Committee on Non-Implementation of 2015 Budget, Aliyu Pategi, announced the postponement after some members questioned the absence of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance at the hearing.

Some of the lawmakers also questioned the submissions made by the different departments and agencies, saying the submissions did not address the concerns of the committee.

After putting off its investigative hearing last week, the ad-hoc committee of the House, looking into the non-implementation of the capital components of the 2015 budget were on hand to receive submissions from government agencies led by the Ministry of Finance.

The Chairman expressed the parliament’s concern over the implementation level of the budget.

The Director General of the Budget Office, Aliyu Gusau, however apologised for the inconveniences.

The Chairman then resolved that the hearing be put off till next week, even though it was made clear that the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance will be absent.

APC Urges Reps-Elect To Be Good Ambassadors

APC-members organise prayer in kadunaThe elected members of the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has been urged by the party leadership to be agents of change at the Green Chamber.

The National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun asked the elected legislators to ensure that they help the party deliver on its promises to Nigeria.

 He made the call at the ongoing party retreat organised for the lawmakers in Abuja.

Other guest speakers at the forum also tasked the lawmakers on all inclusive government by giving more opportunities for the women.

Earlier, one of the contestants for the Speaker-ship of the House, Mohammed Mongonu announced his withdrawal from the race because of the unity of the party.

Agitations for who becomes the Speaker of the House and president of the Senate in the 8th Assembly has been a hot topic for discussion in the last few weeks.

The resolution of which will be one of the first huddle to be crossed by these lawmakers.

Ebola: Reps Call For Compensation For Medical Victims

Human TraffickingThe House of Representatives in Nigeria has urged the Federal and State governments concerned to compensate the families of Dr. Stella Adadevoh and other health workers who died of the Ebola Virus Disease.

In plenary on Tuesday, a lawmaker, Olajumoke Okoya-Thomas, said that the gallant and patriotic role played by late Dr. Adadevoh and her team in curbing the spread of the disease in Nigeria deserved to be rewarded.

The house also observed a moment of silence in their honour and urged that the Nigerian government immortalises the late doctor by naming a medical institution in her honour.

Lawmakers also commended the Federal and State governments for the effective action taken to halt the spread of the disease.

Late Dr. Adadevoh played a major role in ensuring that the index patient,  a Liberian-American man, Patrick Sawyer, did not leave the hospital after he tested positive for Ebola virus.

The Nigerian president had dedicated Nigeria’s Ebola-free declaration by the World Health Organization on October 20 to health workers and to Nigerians.