LIFE SERVICE: Killing of soldiers, student loan, insecurity expected to dominate NASS agenda

David OputahMarch 19, 20247 min

OrderPaper’s latest LIFE Service highlights a convergence of critical issues set to command the attention of the National Assembly in the upcoming week.

This week at the National Assembly promises to be dynamic and potentially contentious as a confluence of critical issues demands attention from lawmakers.

From the killing of soldiers in Delta state to the nationwide internet disruption that affected telecoms and banks; the new student loan bill proposed by the President to concerns over out-of-school children; Senator Ningi’s budget padding allegations and insecurity issues, OrderPaper forecasts these topics, among others, to dominate discussions.

Killing of Soldiers in Delta State:

The recent tragic incident involving the killing of soldiers in Delta State has sent shockwaves across the nation.

At least 15 military personnel were killed by irate youths during a communal clash over a land dispute in Bomadi and Okuoma communities in the state.

The personnel attached to the 181 Amphibious Battalion were responding to a ‘distress call’ when they were ambushed and killed on Thursday.

The Delta state and federal governments had condemned the incident while promising that perpetrators would face the wrath of the law while the Nigerian Army accused the community of resorting to propaganda saying the development confirmed that the killing was a communally orchestrated attack.

In a statement released on Monday, the Nigerian Army said the killing was masterminded by members of the community, noting that the troops would not retaliate. However, some hours after the incident, several houses in the community were reportedly on fire.

Security concerns and the need for robust measures to address insurgency and criminal activities are expected to drive discussions on the floor as Lawmakers are expected to deliberate on strategies to address the security challenges in the region and prevent further loss of lives.

Undersea Cable Cut is now 90% fixed

Nationwide Internet Loss Impacting Telecoms and Banks:

The widespread internet outage that affected telecommunication services and banking operations nationwide has underscored vulnerabilities in Nigeria’s digital infrastructure.

Nearly a dozen West African states, including Nigeria, are currently experiencing internet outages occasioned by damage to multiple undersea telecommunication cables. This has caused a widespread connectivity outage in parts of the continent, with operators and Internet monitoring groups cautioning that the situation might require several weeks or even months to resolve.

The affected cable lines included critical continental arteries such as the West Africa Cable System (WACS), MainOne, South Atlantic 3, and ACE sea cables, all vital for telecommunications data transmission.

Lawmakers are likely to scrutinize the causes behind this disruption and explore strategies to prevent similar incidents in the future, safeguarding critical infrastructure and ensuring uninterrupted services.

Federal Government Student Loan Launch Indefinitely

New Student Loan Bill Proposed by the President:

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu ‘s submission of a new student loan bill before the National Assembly signals a significant legislative proposal aimed at addressing access to education financing.

The long-awaited implementation of a student loan policy garnered significant traction during the week as the Federal Government announced the indefinite postponement of the scheme, just 48 hours before its scheduled launch.

While that was generating debates, the President forwarded a letter to the Senate and the House of Representatives, seeking a repeal and re-enactment of the Act.

The criticisms levelled at the qualifying requirements for applicants, repayment plans, and governance structure following the law’s signing may have some bearing on the president’s decision.

The President’s letter which sought an expeditious consideration of the bill was read for the first time at the Senate and was subsequently passed for a second reading.

Deliberations are anticipated on the bill this week with a focus on the bill’s provisions, its potential impact on student welfare, and mechanisms for its effective implementation.

Concerns Over Out-of-School Children:

Nigeria continues to grapple with a significant number of out-of-school children, posing a threat to the country’s future socio-economic progress. The issue remains a matter of grave concern, demanding urgent legislative attention.

Lawmakers are expected to evaluate existing policies and propose interventions to enhance access to quality education, particularly for marginalized communities and ensure every child has access to quality education.

Suspended senators

Budget Padding Allegations Against the Senate by Senator Ningi:

Allegations of budget padding against the Senate by Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi (PDP, Bauchi Central) have stirred controversy and raised questions about transparency and accountability in the budgetary process.

The issue was a lightning rod for debate and scrutiny within the assembly last week as the accusations sparked intense discussions as lawmakers grappled with the implications and ramifications of such allegations on the integrity of the legislative process.

In its decision, the Senate, following a motion raised by Senator Solomon Olamilekan (APC, Ogun West) on an urgent need to address the false allegation by Ningi voted in favour of a three-month suspension of the Senator maintaining that should he tender an apology and show some remorse, the matter will be deliberated within the Senate and he will be called to return.

While many believe the issue may have died down, OrderPaper expects more revelations, drama and actions on the issue.

Insecurity Issues:

The escalating insecurity challenges in the country, characterized by the recent wave of kidnappings in Kaduna state, have highlighted the pervasive insecurity plaguing certain regions of the country.

Terrorists on Sunday night kidnapped 87 people after launching a fresh attack on the Kajuru-Station community in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Reports said the terrorists also broke into some shops and stole food items and other valuables as they invaded the village around 10 pm.

The attack came barely two days after 15 women and a man were abducted in the Dogon-Noma community of the same local government.

Kajuru and Chikun LGs had in the past two weeks become the hotbed of kidnapping, causing tension in the state.

Lawmakers are likely to deliberate on strategies to bolster security infrastructure, enhance intelligence-gathering mechanisms, and collaborate with relevant stakeholders to curb criminal activities and restore peace to affected regions.

In addressing these multifaceted challenges, the National Assembly is poised to demonstrate its commitment to safeguarding national security, promoting socioeconomic development, and upholding the welfare of citizens across the country. As debates unfold and decisions are made, the legislative landscape is expected to witness dynamic shifts aimed at addressing the pressing needs and concerns of the Nigerian populace.

David Oputah

Oputah David M is a Bloomberg-trained Journalist with a diversified experience in online journalism and newsroom management. He is a 2023 MTN Media Innovation fellow!

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