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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has given a deadline to the Chairmen of both Standing and Adhoc Committees to turn in their reports or risk being relieved of their responsibilities.

Gbajabiamila made the announcement during Tuesday’s plenary session, as he stated that “due to the shortage of time for campaigns, primaries, Ramadan and Easter holidays; Committees that have not turned in overdue reports are to be listed on Thursday, April 7th, 2022.”

“The affected Committees will be discharged of such responsibilities,” he added.

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The Speaker thereafter called on the House Committee on Rules and Business to compile the list of Standing and Adhoc Committees that were yet to turn in their reports.

In a swift intervention, however, Abubakar Fulata (APC, Jigawa), who is Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business, stated that about 170 referrals to Standing Committees and over 22 referrals to Adhoc Committees are listed, and as such and will be ready for reading by then.

In his reaction, Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims (APC, Kogi) rising on the ground of Personal Explanation stated that the lack of funds and technical reasons such as Court injunctions are hindering the investigation of some Committees.

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Aminu Suleiman (APC, Kano) stated that if the Committees are discharged, it should not look as if they are incapable of discharging their responsibilities, as it is largely due to lack of funding or technical issues.

On his part, Yusuf Gagdi equally reminded the Speaker that some Committees were instructed by the House not to work during House recesses.

In his reaction, Gbajabiamila asked for the submission of court injunctions hindering investigations of Committees of the House. He noted that the issue of funding was not enough to stall investigations.

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On the issue of Committees being barred from working during recess, he noted that it was for the formation of a quorum, and there has been ample time since then for serious Committees to get work done. 

Meanwhile, the Speaker also announced the Membership of the Adhoc committee set up to investigate the ‘Duplicity Of Projects By Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) In the National Budget’ to be chaired by Victor Mela (APC, Adamawa). 

“The report should be submitted unfailingly within 4 weeks for further legislative action,” Speaker insisted.

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