Author: Dirisu Yakubu

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to suspend the CEO of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Farouk Ahmed, pending the investigation of allegations regarding his remarks about local refineries. The motion was introduced by Esosa Iyawe, highlighting the importance of addressing the impact of fuel quality on engine hardware and air pollution. Farouk had claimed that diesel produced by the Dangote Refinery had high sulphur content, but a test supervised by the House of Representatives revealed otherwise. This sparked outrage from Nigerians, accusing Farouk of economic sabotage for disregarding local refineries. The unprofessional statements…

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The House of Representatives recently initiated a bill aimed at amending the 1999 constitution to introduce a single six-year term for the President, State Governors, and Local Government Chairmen. Sponsored by Ikenga Ugochinyere and 50 other lawmakers, the bill seeks to reduce the financial burden of frequent elections. The proposed amendments target specific sections of the constitution, outlining the tenure and conditions for holding office. If passed, it would mean a single six-year term for each holder, with allowances for potential extensions during times of war. The bill addresses the wastage associated with the current four-year election cycles, aiming to…

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The House of Representatives Committee on Defence is set to meet with key military officials to discuss President Bola Tinubu’s directive for the military to secure ‘ungoverned spaces’ from criminal elements. Chairman Babajimi Benson highlighted the importance of this directive in ensuring food security and reducing insecurity in the country. Benson emphasized the need for the armed forces to take possession of these areas to cultivate the land and prevent criminal activities. He also praised President Tinubu for advocating for local government autonomy, which he believes will enhance security and development at the grassroots level. Additionally, Benson called for the…

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The House of Representatives Committee on Defence is set to meet with top military officials to discuss President Bola Tinubu’s directive for the military to cultivate their land as a means to address food insecurity in the country. Chairman of the Committee, Babajimi Benson, emphasized the importance of food security in reducing insecurity and highlighted the role of the armed forces in securing vast lands. Benson also praised Tinubu for advocating for local government autonomy, stating that it will enhance security at the grassroots level. He stressed the significance of empowering local governments with financial autonomy to spur development and…

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Illegal mining in Nigeria is costing the country $9 billion annually, with only 3% royalty being paid to the government by legally licensed miners. This revelation came to light during an investigative hearing organized by the House of Representatives Committee on Solid Minerals in Abuja. Chairman Jonathan Gbefwi expressed concern over the impact of illegal mining on the economy and natural resources of the country. The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Christopher Musa, revealed that illegal miners are well-connected and difficult to apprehend, with the Nigerian Army having already arrested 387 individuals linked to illegal mining. The event aimed to…

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The House of Representatives has taken a bold step towards ensuring accountability and efficiency in the National Hajj Commission following the disappointing conduct of the 2024 Hajj pilgrimage. A motion moved by Mr Mohammed Bio led to the establishment of an ad-hoc committee to investigate the activities of NAHCON and FCTA Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, highlighting the need for improved welfare, organization, guidance, and monitoring of Nigerian pilgrims. The motion, titled “Urgent need to investigate the National Hajj Commission and the Federal Capital Territory Administration Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board,” underscores the significance of the Hajj exercise in Islam and expresses…

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The House of Representatives has clarified that it did not call on the Federal Government to suspend the implementation of the Samoa Partnership Agreement. Lawmakers stated that their resolution was to investigate controversial clauses in the agreement to ensure alignment with the Nigerian Constitution. The House emphasized the importance of consultation and stakeholder engagement regarding the agreement. Concerns were raised about clauses allegedly supporting the LGBTQ community and potential infringements on Nigeria’s sovereignty in the agreement. House Leader, Julius Ihonvbere, clarified that the agreement does not include provisions related to a $150 billion fund or LGBT rights promotion in Nigeria.…

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The House of Representatives is committed to reviewing the Steve Oronsaye Report, aimed at merging and scrapping some Federal Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies to enhance service delivery while cutting costs. The report, formulated in 2012 under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, was never implemented until recently when President Bola Tinubu expressed readiness to execute it. During a public hearing on the report, Ibrahim Isiaka, Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee, assured stakeholders of adherence to due process, emphasizing no abrupt actions without proper consultations. He affirmed, “We will not scrap your head behind you,” addressing concerns about staff layoffs.…

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Welcome to the Review of Government Agencies and Commissions! The House of Representatives Special Ad Hoc Committee on the Restructuring of Government Agencies and Commissions has begun the process of reviewing the recommendations of the Steve Oronsanye Report. This report, submitted to the Federal Government in 2012, aims to reduce the cost of governance by merging, scrapping, and relocating some departments and agencies. Following a Federal Executive Council meeting on February 26, 2024, chaired by President Bola Tinubu, the implementation of the report was approved. The recommendations include merging 29 government agencies, subsuming eight parastatals into other agencies, relocating four…

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The House of Representatives Calls for Investigation into Promotion Stagnation in Civil Service In a recent development, the House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to look into the lack of promotion opportunities within the civil service from 2013 to 2023. This call to action came after a motion was presented by Mr. Salman Idris, the representative of Ijumu/Kabba-Bunu Federal Constituency, Kogi State during a parliamentary session. Emphasizing the vital role of the civil service in delivering benefits of democracy to the citizens, Idris highlighted the importance of promotions for the career growth of civil servants. Stagnation in promotions,…

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