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 Wednesday:
“Constitution Amendment to be concluded this month” – Conference of Speakers Of State Assemblies
Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly of Nigeria, Abubakar Sulaiman, has assured Nigerians that the ongoing amendment to the 1999 Constitution transmitted by the National Assembly would be concluded this month.
Sulaiman gave the assurance on Monday, while speaking at the ‘Technical meeting on harmonising Standing Orders of State Houses of Assembly’ held at the instance of the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS).
“It’s in the process. As of now, I think we have five or six States that have already passed it and other States are still on course. You know when this draft was sent to the State Houses of Assembly, there were so many issues that stopped us from going on, like State primary elections, recess, and so on and so forth,” he said.
Buhari Must Go: “National Assembly being dramatic over Impeachment moves” – Presidential Candidate
Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Adewole Adebayo, has described impeachment moves by opposition lawmakers in the National Assembly as merely theatrics.
Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent, Adebayo noted that the National Assembly knows what to do if wants to summon the President and the Service Chiefs, adding that the drama is a waste of time.
“But they are part of the people approving this budget, the budget is not performing even for the Defense sector, many of them are contractors supplying things for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and all of that, so don’t deceive yourself that your salvation is coming from those people. Let’s be watching that drama,” he opined.
Insecurity: “National Assembly deserves more blame than Buhari”
A chieftain of socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prince Richard Ozobu, has said that the National Assembly deserves more blame than the executive for the rising spate of insecurity in Nigeria.
Ozobu, who spoke to Vanguard in Umuahia described the call for the President’s impeachment as a distraction and insisted that no country in the world leaves its entire security only in the hands of its executive arm of government.
”What have they done to reduce the high rate of unemployment? Look at the jumbo salary they enjoy while the masses of Nigeria suffer hunger. A quarter of the annual budget of the National Assembly can be deployed to fight insecurity and job creation.
Nigeria is today a country where politics is the biggest industry. Members of the National Assembly drive official cars with a huge bureaucracy. The rate of unemployment and corruption is too high in Nigeria. These are among the many factors fueling insecurity in the country.”
Niger Senator laments poor support for Sports in Nigeria
The lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District in the 9th National Assembly, Mohammed Sani Musa, has bemoaned the poor support for sports in Nigeria.
Senator Sani who disclosed this while receiving the John Utaka Academy, which returned from a tour of France where they emerged victorious, went on to call for increased funding for the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
“The government needs to increase their support for sports and I as a Senator would make efforts to see that the ministry gets the needed support from the federal government. Nigeria is blessed with so much talent and we are not doing enough to tap into them. Not all of us can be politicians,” he said.
2023: PDP guber aspirant, Ex-Reps member defect to LP
A former member of the House of Representatives, Linus Okorie and four other chieftains of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi State have decamped to the Labour Party (LP).
In announcing their defection, the decampees explained their decision as being borne out of the belief that the LP has given enough reasons to move the state and Nigeria forward. They also pledged to work for the actualisation of a presidential win for the party’s candidate, Peter Obi at the 2023 polls.
The other defectors include Eze Emmanuel; a former governorship aspirant, Prince Chibueze Agbo; a former Commissioner for Education in the state, as well as three other chieftains of the party,