OrderPaperToday – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has discharged some committees of their functions for failing to meet up with deadlines to submit reports.
The House also announced that any matter referred to committees should be treated within 30 days, otherwise the committee will stand discharged except a motion is brought to that effect which shall not exceed 15 days.
The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, while making the announcement, also urged all House committees that are yet to submit their reports to do so on or before 25th of May, 2021.
The following decisions were reached during plenary session on Wednesday when the Speaker expressed dismay over unnecessary delays by committees to make available findings of their investigations.
Moving the motion for the discharge of the defaulting Committees, the Chairman Rules and Business, Mr. Abubakar Funlata, cited Order 18, Rule 3 (1)(g) of the Standing Orders of the House.
He listed the defaulting committees thus: (i) Ad–hoc Committee to Interface with the Executive Arm of Government and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shi’ite). (HR.48/07/2019).
(ii) Ad–hoc Committee to Investigate the Assault and Rape of Student by Teachers at the FCT School of the Blind, Jabi. (HR.51/07/2019)
(iii) Ad–hoc Committee to Investigate the Crude Oil Theft in Nigeria. (HB.113/09/2019)
(iv) Ad–hoc Committee on the Alleged Negligence by the Federal Ministries of Justice, and
Petroleum Resources in the Handling of the Federal Government and the process and Industrial Development (P&ID) Limited. (HR.82/09/2019);
(v) Ad–hoc Committee to Investigate Oil- Spill Clean-ups and Remediation in the Oil
Producing States. (HR.94/03/2020);
(vi) Ad–hoc Committee on the Recent Global Crash in the price of Crude Oil on the Appropriation Act, 2020. (HR.92/03/2020)
(vii) Ad–hoc Committee to Investigate the Non-inclusion of Waste Management and Disposal in the NLNG Train-7 Project. (HR.123/03/2020);
(viii) Ad–hoc Committee to Investigate the Financial Budgetary Provisions, Approvals and
Multilateral Donations on Skills and Acquisition and Related Programmes of the Federal Government and its Agencies. (HR.05/07/2020).
Although, the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, pleaded with the speaker to give the committees more time to submit their work and blamed the clerks for the delays while also citing paucity of funds.
“I will plead that you use your good office to plead with clerks of those committees to hasten their work as well as release funds as of when due”.
Recall that the speaker had urged committees to take their duties seriously.