OrderPaperToday – Across the length and breadth of Nigeria, here are the biggest stories around Nigeria’s legislators and the institution of parliament you mustn’t miss this Thursday:
APC jittery as 18 Senators plan defection
The dominance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Senate is currently under threat as no fewer than 18 APC senators have concluded plans to defect to the opposition.
As reported by The PUNCH, the governing party which had earlier lost 13 Senators to the opposition parties, might lose more of its aggrieved lawmakers who lost their return tickets to the National Assembly during the party primaries.
The development is said to be unsettling leaders of the party, who were worried that if the wave of defections continue and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gained more members, the ruling party might lose its majority status in the Senate.
So far, the PDP and the New Nigeria Peoples’ Party (NNPP) are among the major opposition parties that have benefited from the defection by APC lawmakers.
Corruption Allegation: Senate President asks C’ttee to wade into crisis rocking Judiciary
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has mandated the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to urgently wade into the crisis presently rocking the Judiciary.
He gave the directive on Wednesday, during plenary, against the background of corruption allegations levelled by 14 Justices of the Supreme Court against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed.
“So, I’ll urge our Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters, to get involved with the CJN and Judiciary generally – at this level with the Supreme Court – to find out what the real issues are; and how the National Assembly can help,” he said.
Reps decry kidnap of Traditional Rulers, killing of Nigerians despite ransom payment
The House of Representatives has expressed grave concerns over systematic and co-ordinated kidnap of traditional rulers as well as the killing of innocent Nigerians despite the payment of ransom.
These worries came to the fore on Wednesday after the adoption of a motion of urgent national importance sponsored by Solomon Maren (PDP, Plateau) as well as the presentation of the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Idris Wase.
Wase, who presided over the plenary further urged all the affected State Governments on the need to employ the services of local vigilantes.
Senate considers legislation on Police Pension Board
A Bill seeking to establish the Police Pension Board scaled second reading on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday.
Leading the debate on the general principles of the Bill, Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo (APC, Adamawa North) expressed dismay at the disparities between the pension and gratuity benefits of the Nigeria Police and those of her counterpart in the military.
He added that ensuring equity and justice in the payment of pensions would boost the morale of serving personnel, as well as enhance the standard of living of the retired personnel of the Nigerian Police Force.
Reps invite NAFDAC, SON, FCCPC over poor-quality disinfectants in circulation
The House of Representatives has invited the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mojisola Adeyeye for an explanation of the presence of ineffective disinfectants in the markets.
The development followed the adoption of a motion titled ‘Call on the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission to investigate the Poor Quality of Toilet Clean Disinfectants used in Nigeria,’ sponsored by Sergius Ogun (PDP, Edo) at Tuesday’s plenary.
The Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Farouk Salim, and Executive Vice-Chairman of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, (FCCPC) Babatunde Irukera were the others invited for the same purpose.
They are to appear before the House Committee on Commerce and Industry to give the justification.