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#NASSThisWeek (Reps): Controversy greets Electoral Offences Bill, Motion on allowances for Judicial Officers



OrderPaperToday – Every day of the week, both chambers of the National Assembly sit to deliberate on critical issues in the polity and also consider enacting legislation or amendment on the same as it relates to these issues.

Due to the volume of these motions, bills, and reports from committee meetings that are churned out weekly, there is a huge possibility that you could miss out on some.

This weekly special is focused on bringing you up to speed with some of the most important developments around the legislators and the National Assembly you may have missed in the course of the week.

Here are some of the big stories:

Controversy trails bill establishing Electoral Offences Commission

Deliberation on a bill seeking to establish the Electoral Offences Commission in the House of Representatives was on Thursday, trailed by controversy.

The proposed legislation is titled ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish National Electoral Offences Commission and the Electoral Offences Tribunal to Provide for the Legal Framework for Investigation and Prosecution of Electoral Offences for the general Improvement of the Electoral Process in Nigeria; and for Related Matters.’

House Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa who ought to move for the second reading of the Bill pointed out that he was not consulted about it being incorporated to move for the second reading of the Bill.

Another lawmaker, John Dyegh also made a complaint that he had sponsored a similar bill which went through due process in the previous Assembly but didn’t receive Presidential assent. The second reading of the Bill was thus stepped down till Tuesday to ensure equity to Dyegh so as to ascertain if he actually sponsored a similar bill.

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Reps step down motion seeking upward review of allowances for Judicial Officers 

The House on Thursday, stepped down a motion seeking to raise the budgetary allocation of the judicial officers and provision of Special Intervention Funds for the development of the judiciary arm of government.

Sponsored by Onofiok Luke (PDP, Akwa Ibom), the motion is titled ‘Need to Address the Deteriorating Working Conditions of Judicial Officers,’ the motion generated a heated argument during plenary session as lawmakers disagreed with parts of the proposed resolution.

According to the Chief Whip, Mohammed Monguno (APC, Borno), it is dangerous to call for the upward review of allowances for Judiciary and Political office holders without calling for the upward review of the national minimum wage that affects the general labour workforce.

Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila in his submission called for a harmonisation of all concerned issues, while the motion was stepped down for further legislative consultations and consolidations.

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 Reps demand probe of 12 years disbursement of Ecological Fund

The House on Thursday, mandated the Committee on Ecological Fund to investigate the total consolidated mandatory accruals into the Ecological Fund from 2010 to March 2022.

It also tasked the Committee to evaluate the disbursement of the Ecological Fund in line with the provision of the 1999 Constitution from 2010 to March 2022 and to investigate the utilisation of the fund by benefiting Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) from 2010 to March 2022 and establish infractions (if any).

The Green Chamber thereafter resolved to conduct public hearings with all major stakeholders on the effective and efficient utilization of the Ecological Fund and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.

These resolutions were sequel to a motion sponsored by Femi Bamishile (APC, Ekiti) entitled ‘Need to Investigate the Total Consolidation Accrual and Utilisation of Ecological Fund.’

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Reps summon former Perm Secs, Directors, Others over non-rendition of accounts

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has commenced investigations into the financial activities of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).

The development follows queries raised against it by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (OAuGF) for non-rendition of Financial Accounts for seven years running as required by the law of the Federation.

The Committee chaired by Oluwole Oke (PDP, Osun) summoned the current Permanent Secretary of Ministry of FCDA, Olusola Olusade, two retired Permanent Secretaries, as well as two former Directors of the Ministry of Finance.

They are expected to give an explanation for their failure to render the financial accounts despite being paid their monthly salaries and allowances as public officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Audit Query: Reps Committee grill PENCOM over non-rendition of audited financial records

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has directed the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and the Director-General of the Budget Office to furnish it with the copies of the budget of the National Pensions Commission (PENCOM) for 2019 to 2022 without delay.

Chairman of the Committee, Oluwole Oke (PDP, Osun) directed the Clerk of the Committee to write the SGF and the Budget Office to get these details.

This came to the fore on Thursday when the Director-General of PENCOM represented by the Commissioner in charge of Technical, Anyim Nyerere, appeared before it on Thursday.

Oke noted that the Committee would decide the next line of action on the Commission upon the receipt of the copies of its budgets for the years under review from both the SGF and the Office of the Director of Budget.

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Lizzy Chirkpi
Lizzy Chirkpi
Lizzy Chirkpi has a BA in French and is a senior reporter at OrderPaper. She has keen interest in photojournalism and video documentary. She's also a writer and author of a book, "Pourquoi Le Francais." She likes reading, traveling and watching movies.
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