Across both chambers of the National Assembly; the Senate and House of Reps, lawmakers meet weekly to deliberate upon critical issues in the polity. They consider enacting legislation or amending the same as it relates to these issues.
However, due to the large volume of these motions, bills, and reports from committee meetings churned out weekly, there is a huge possibility that you could miss out on some.
This weekly special is thus 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 from the House of Representatives:
Northern Caucus dismisses impeachment plot on speaker Femi Gbajabiamila
The Northern Caucus in the House of Representatives has refuted reports about a plot to commence the impeachment process against the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Recall that an online platform had released a report on a grand plot by the Northern Caucus of the House to impeach the Speaker in the event that he fails to support the passage of the controversial Water Resources Bill.
The bill which has met stiff opposition from the 7th and 8th Assemblies was recently reintroduced by the Chairman of the House Committee on Water Resources, Rep. Sada Soli.
PDP Reps Caucus demands President Buhari’s impeachment
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the House has joined voices with their counterparts in the Senate demanding that President Muhammadu Buhari urgently address the worsening security situation or face impeachment.
House Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, re-echoed this position when he spoke after a joint meeting on Thursday between the Senate and House caucuses in Abuja.
He stressed that the presidency and all those who believe that the threat was laughable will be shocked at their action at the expiration of the 6-8 week ultimatum issued to the President.
Reps step down motion on okada ban
The House stepped down a motion calling on the Federal Government to halt the proposed nationwide ban on motorcycles as part of a strategy to curb terrorist activities.
Rep. Abubakar Yalleman (APC Jigawa), had moved the motion during Tuesday’s plenary at the Green Chamber, praying the House to urge the Federal Government to restrict the ban to local governments where banditry and terrorism were rife.
After making his case, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Ahmed Idris Wase, who presided over plenary, appreciated the motion but appealed to the lawmaker to cooperate with the executive arm of government in the fight against insecurity.
House urges NIMC to redesign identity cards to capture NIN
Lawmakers in the lower chamber on Wednesday urged the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to redesign the National Identity Cards to include the National Identity Number (NIN).
This resolution followed the adoption of a motion on urgent public importance sponsored by Fredrick Agbedi (PDP, Bayelsa).
Noting that NIN is used for virtually all transactions in Nigeria requiring identity verification, Agbedi said the commission started issuing digital ID cards which display only the name, age, and nationality of the older ID cards without displaying the NIN.
HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis Control: Reps to investigate late, non-disbursement of Project funds
The House on Wednesday mandated its Committees on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Control, as well as Healthcare Services and Health Institutions to investigate the late/non-disbursement of the Impact Project funds.
The resolution followed the adoption of a motion calling for intervention in Nigeria’s Losses in the fight against malaria moved by Benjamin Okezie Kalu, Yusuf Tanko Sununu, and Abubakar Dahiru during plenary.
The committees are also to probe the alleged underperformance and downrating of the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) by the Office of the Inspector-General of the Global Fund and the procurement and distribution of nonapproved mosquito nets across the country and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.
Reps urge ONSA, Telcos to impose stiff penalties on unregistered SIM cards
The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and Telecommunication companies have been tasked to ensure that SIM cards barred in Nigeria cannot be used in any part of the world.
This resolution was passed following the adoption of a motion on a matter of urgent public importance sponsored by Ahmed Munir (APC, Kano), bothering subscribers whose SIM cards were blocked for failing to link them with National Identification Number (NIN).
In his lead debate, the lawmaker noted that since they were blocked to curtail their use for unscrupulous purposes, he wondered why measures were not implemented to ensure these cards do not work when roamed abroad.
A Bill for an Act to repeal the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation Act, 2004 and enact the Nigerian Tourism Development Bill, 2022;
A bill seeking to amend the Pension Reform Act, 2014 to make provisions for the establishment of the Federal Capital Territory Administration Staff Pension Bureau and the Federal Capital Territory Area Councils Staff Pension Bureau, for effective pension administration, management and service delivery, scaled second Reading.
In the same vein, a bill seeking to establish the Chartered Institute of Digital Technology and Development of Nigeria also scaled second reading.
In his lead debate, sponsor of the bill, Solomon Maren stated that digital learning is at the forefront of global development and the bill seeks to ensure Nigerians are not left behind in the new trend of getting things done easier, more efficiently, and smarter.
Reps to relieve two committees of duty on Nigeria Start-Up Bill, Others
The House also resolved to discharge the Committee on Information Technology and Commerce of the ‘Bill for an Act to establish the Nigeria Startup Bill, 2022’ which was referred to it on March 22, 2022.
Similarly, the House discharged the Committee on Commerce on the Chartered Institute of the Development Studies and Administration of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill 2020, which was referred to it on May 19, 2021.
To this end, the House resolved to commit the same to the Committee of the Whole for consideration.
Reps Committee demand details of contract agreement signed with NNPC on DSDP
The House Ad-hoc Committee probing the 2017 to 2021 subsidy regime has urged all companies involved in the Direct Sale, Direct Purchase (DSDP) of crude oil to refined products to submit all relevant and detailed documents to its committee by Friday this week.
Chairman of the Committee, Al-Mustapha Aliyu who made the call during a public hearing on Wednesday, called on all the companies that signed agreement with the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC).
Reps extend timeline for special ad-hoc committee probing fuel subsidy regime
The lawmakers on Tuesday resolved to extend the mandate of the Special Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the petroleum products subsidy regime.
The resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business, Abubakar Fulata, in line with Order 1, Rule 1(2) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.
OUTSIDE THE PARLIAMENT
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Wednesday apologised over his tweet announcing his current study at Harvard University in the United States.
Gbajabiamila in his apology tweet noted that the post was insensitive to the feelings of young citizens and their parents presently bearing the brunt of the over 5-month strike by university lecturers.
The Speaker had on Tuesday shared photos of himself in a Havard classroom, the same day the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) commenced protests across the nation in solidarity with the Academic Staff of Universities Union (ASUU).
The lawmakers on Thursday proceeded on a six-week annual recess and expected to resume on Tuesday, 20th September 2022.