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LIFE SERVICE: NDDC-gate leads NASS into annual recess this week

OrderPaperToday – Federal lawmakers will likely commence their two months annual recess this week. Pending probes in both chambers will also be brought forward and deliberated particularly the drama with officials of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). More importantly, the decade-long stalled Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) is expected to resurface this week.

Annual Recess…

As it is the norm, federal lawmakers will most likely proceed on their two months annual recess this week which occurs August and September every year.

PIB to be presented…

Two weeks ago, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said the Executive will submit the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). It will be be expected this week as he assured that the federal parliament will earnestly begin work on it.

NDDC vs NASS…

Nigerians are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the investigative hearing of the NDDC as Mr. Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, and the Acting Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei, have both been summoned and expected to appear before the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC over allegations of financial malfeasance, fictitious contracts award, corruption allegations and other issues.

This is as the turn of events have this far been filled with accusations and counter-accusations between the lawmakers and members of the Commission.

Recall that the Managing Director (MD) of NDDC, Mr. Pondei staged a walk out on the Representatives on Thursday when he and some members of his staff appeared before the Committee. The Commission’s boss insisted that the NDDC Committee Chairman could not preside over a meeting he was an interested party since he has been accused of committing various crimes against the Commission.

Meanwhile, the red chamber will likely lay and consider the report from it’s committee on NDDC due to an investigative hearing that took place among relevant stakeholders on earlier highlighted issue.

NASS bureaucracy…

Another development billed for this week is that the newly appointed Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Amos Ojo is expected to resume his duty by Monday following his appointment by the National Assembly Service Commission as announced over the weekend.

Approval of Non-Career Ambassadorial nominees…

The Senate might consider and approve the report of it’s Committee on Foreign Affairs in respect to 42 Non-Career Ambassadorial nominees submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari and read by Lawan on the 12th of May.

Compliance of Committees…

Also to be expected is the compliance by various Committees of the House of Representatives on pending reports of House resolutions referred to them.

Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday gave ultimatum to committee chairmen in this category to submit their reports unfailingly on the 23rd of July or stand to lose their duties.

 

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