OrderPaperToday – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has threatened to reassign duties of all Adhoc Committees to the House Standing Committees if they fail to turn in their report before Easter.
Gbajabiamila gave the warning at plenary following a plea by an Adhoc Committee Chairman, Ganiyu Johnson (APC, Lagos) for an 8-week extension to turn in its report on the state of refineries in the country.
The warning came after the House adopted a motion ‘Calling on the Federal Government to Save Nigerians from the Recurring Hardship of Petroleum Products Scarcity.’
The motion raised by the Chairman of the Rules and Business Committee, Abubakar Fulata (APC, Jigawa); was pursuant to Order Nine, Rule1(6) of the House of Representatives Standing Orders.
Fulata while speaking, noted that on Tuesday 15 March 2022, a motion on a Call to save Nigerians from the recurring hardship of Petroleum products scarcity was passed and adopted. He further recalled that on Wednesday, 26 January 2022, the House set up an Ad-hoc Committee to determine the state of Refineries in the country.
The lawmaker said the Ad-hoc Committee is currently meeting with relevant stakeholders in the Petroleum Industry and conducting an investigation to find a lasting solution to the reoccurring petroleum scarcity in Nigeria.
He, therefore, explained that there is a need to allow the Ad-hoc Committee to continue its assignment. However, the Speaker in his submission said since the week given to the Adhoc Committee to submit its report has not elapsed yet they should continue their work.
The House to this end, adopted the motion when put to vote by Speaker Gbajabiamila and it went in favour of the majority of the House.