OrderPaperToday- 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 Friday:
INEC moves deadline for PVC registration
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced a shift in the deadline for the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR); directed all Electoral Commissioners to continue the exercise pending further directives.
The electoral management body made the disclosure in a statement issued late Thursday, which also mandated all parties that have concluded governorship and state assembly elections to upload nominated candidates to INEC’s portal from 1st -15th July.
“The Continuous Voter Registration will continue nationwide, and all Resident Electoral Commissioners and Electoral Officers have been directed to continue with the exercise pending further directives.”
2023: Omo-Agege picks Delta lawmaker as running mate for Delta Guber
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State, Ovie Omo-Agege, has picked Ossai Osanebi as his running mate for the 2023 gubernatorial election.
The Deputy Senate President announced Osanebi’s nomination through a statement issued on Thursday, by Ima Niboro, Director of Communications and Media Strategy for the Delta APC Gubernatorial Campaign Organisation.
Osanebi is currently a ranking member of the Delta House of Assembly, representing the Ndokwa East State Constituency.
Reps seek justification for $1.177billion contribution by Nigeria to ECOWAS
The House of Representatives has mandated its relevant committees to determine justification for Nigeria’s huge financial contribution to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) over a period of 16 years amounted to $1.177billion.
The Committees on Inter-Parliamentary Relations and ECOWAS Parliament, as well as Foreign Affairs are also to appraise the benefits and contributions of the regional body towards Nigeria’s socio-economic development in the last 10 years.
This followed the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance moved by Awaji-inombek Abiante (PDP, Rivers) plenary who recalled that ECOWAS was established in 1975 with the main goal of promoting economic cooperation among member states in order to raise living standards and promote economic development.
Reps plan separate contributory pension scheme for National Assembly
The House of Representatives on Thursday, began the process of pulling out staff of the National Assembly from the contributory pension scheme administered by the National Pension Commission (PENCOM).
The development is coming on the heels of a legislation titled ‘Bill for an Act to Amend the Pension Reform Act, 2014 to Exclude/Exempt the National Assembly Service from the Contributory Pension Scheme and Establish the National Assembly Service Pension Board’ which passed for second reading during plenary.
Sponsor of the bill, Olododo Cook, who chairs the House Committee on National Planning and Economic Development, said the proposal seeks to establish a National Assembly Service Pensions Board.
Reps set up committee to review duplication of federal MDAs
The House of Representatives has set up a committee to review the status of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) of the federal government.
The committee chaired by Victor Mela (APC, Gombe) was inaugurated on Wednesday by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, who stated that the committee must suggest amendments to relevant laws if there is a need to do so.
This committee is also expected to come up with solutions to the continuous conflict of functions and avoidable bickering among established Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDA’s), resulting in ineffectiveness, inefficiency, and redundancy in the government workforce.