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.”

School Admission: Don’t Sacrifice Merit For Zoning, Lawmaker Cautions Educatnion Ministry

The Deputy Chairman, Media and Publicity Committee, House of Representatives, Victor Ogene on Monday urged the Federal Government not to “sacrifice merit on a platter of zoning,” referring to the National Common Entrance cut off marks published by the Ministry of Education.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Ogene said that matter is of “urgent public importance” and during the 3rd session of the House of Representatives, a motion was passed to check the situation.

Mr Ogene, who spoke on behalf of Anambra state and the South East, expressed his objection to the fact that students from his state are required to score 139 marks on merit while “some others are made to score just 2 and 4 marks for the same examination”.

This, he said, runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian constitution in chapter 42(1) – “No Nigerian shall be discriminated against on the basis of community, ethnicity, religion, tribe, gender”.

“We should not sacrifice merit on a platter of zoning,” he said.

The House of Representatives has passed a motion mandating its committee on education to interface with the National Examinations Council and the Federal Ministry of Education”

The committee is expected to send its report on Tuesday, 2nd July.

Merit Quotient

Mr Ogene also said many members of the house would like to raise the merit quotient to ‘about 50 or 60percent”.

He attributed the issue to “failure of governance at different levels” and accused several governments of concentrating on building more schools instead of focusing on the quality of education.