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Saraki Appoints Onaiwu As Liaison Officer On State Matters

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The Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki has appointed Earl Osaro Onaiwu as liaison officer to the senate president on state matters.

This was contained in a statement by special adviser (media and publicity) to senate president Yusuph Olaniyonu.
Onaiwu who is a politician and public administrator will help to co-ordinate relationship between the office of the senate president and the various state governments across the country.
The 56 year old Osaro Onaiwu, was the former director general Nigerian governors’ forum under Former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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NASS Joint Committee Approves New Electoral Bill

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The National Assembly has produced another version of the electoral act amendment bill addressing concerns raised by president Muhammadu Buhari.

In the latest version which is the 4th in the series, the use of card reader is clearly spelt-out.
The document however eliminates the contentious issues of sequence of elections.

The joint committee on electoral act met for the second time in two days and at the end of the closed door session which lasted several hours, a decision was finally reached on the electoral act amendment bill 2018.
With the lawmakers coming up with what they believe is a clean version for presidential assent.
The latest version which the lawmakers hope would be their final copy is a blend of the older versions albeit with slight but significant amendments.
Quite notable is the outright removal of a poisonous clause on sequence of election.

The new version takes away from the national assembly the power to legislate on local government elections but restores section 138 c & d which explains the grounds on which elections can be challenged.
The new version may have finally rested the controversy over card reader with the lawmakers admitting that card reader was not included in the last version of the bill turned down by president Buhari.

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APC Asks Saraki To Reconvene National Assembly Now

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is hiding under the yet-to-be assented Electoral Act Amendment Bill to draw attention away from what it described as the treasonable actions of the senate president, Bukola Saraki who has refused to convene the National Assembly to consider at plenary the crucial 2019 election budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The All Progressives Congress therefore, insisted that the National Assembly must be convened immediately.
The party noted that the Electoral Amendment Bill passed by the National Assembly was alive and awaiting assent noting that assent to bills in all democratic governments reflect the prudence and discretion of the president in balancing the powers of key constitutional bodies and understanding the concerns of the executive.
APC condemned what it regarded as the abuse of office by the senate president backed by his PDP cohorts in sabotaging the executive, specifically INEC.
The APC called on all Nigerians, civil society and the international community to resist the on-going travesty and legislative rascality being perpetuated by the senate president and the PDP, saying the sanctity of Nigeria’s electoral system is being threatened by the orchestrated sabotage and deliberate attempt to weaken INEC, as Nigeria prepares for general elections in 2019.

 

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Court halts Saraki from declaring Akpabio’s Seat Vacant

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An FCT High Court sitting in Bwari has restrained Senate President Bukola Saraki from declaring the seat of former Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, vacant.

Justice Othman Musa on Wednesday also ordered Saraki not to impede Senator Akpabio’s access to the Senate building or take any action aimed at “overreaching his privileges and rights as a Senator pending the determination of the originating Summons of the applicant.”

Justice Musa ordered service of the originating Summons and other processes on Saraki through either the Clerk of the National Assembly, Clerk of the Senate or any other Clerk or reasonable staff of the National Assembly at the Assembly complex.
The orders were made after an ex parte application by Akpabio’s lawyers, Chikaosolu Ojukwu and Ebere Ahanonu, seeking to stop moves to declare his seat vacant following his defection from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The suit has been adjourned to August 29 for further hearing.
See the court papers:

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Leke Baiyewu

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NASS Resumption: Lawmakers Trade Blames

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Nigerian lawmakers have been trading blames over the failure to reconvene the national assembly on Tuesday as earlier scheduled.

Some of them resorted to name calling while others are shifting blame.
The lawmakers who were just milling around the national assembly premises came around with the hope to sit and others who came for committee meetings bared their minds on the scheduled reconvening of the legislature.
Some of them resorted to calling their colleagues Judases who have vowed to frustrate any efforts to reconvene the assembly.
Some others shifted the blame and absolved the leadership of the national assembly of the failure to reconvene the national assembly; they said it was not the fault of the lawmakers themselves but the prevailing circumstances.
However, the leadership of the national assembly issued a statement to the effect that no date has been fixed for the sitting and that the virement request is yet to be processed.

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PDP Reps Threaten Boycott Of Parliamentary Activities

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the house of representatives has threatened ‘a fire for fire’, boycott of reconvening and all parliamentary activities over what it calls “unconstitutional and anti-democratic siege on the Benue state house of assembly by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government.”

Speaking to newsmen at the House of Representatives, the house deputy minority leader, Chukwuka Onyema described the situation as unacceptable.

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Benue Assembly Taken Over By Security, Members Barred From Sitting

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The Benue state assembly premises was taken over by security personnel on Friday and barred members from reconvening to deliberate on issues of urgent state importance.

Ad-hoc committee chairman on publicity, Paul Biam said no cogent reason has been given by the most senior security personnel as to why the assembly was besieged by the security except that he had superior orders from above to take charge.
Biam maintained that as law abiding citizens they will not resort to resisting the security but rather search for an alternative venue to meet as they were duty bound by the constitution to sit at any location to do their legislative business.
While the recently impeached speaker Terkimbi Ikyange still maintains he remains speaker the ad hoc committee chairman on publicity said the issue of the dissolution of the assembly’s previous leadership is certainty not in contention.
On July 24 a vote of no confidence was passed on the previous leadership which led to their dissolution and new leaders were elected.

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SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018

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8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOURTH SESSION NO. 16
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SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER
Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018
1. Prayers 2. Approval of the Votes and Proceedings 3. Oaths 4. Announcements (if any) 5. Petitions
PRESENTATION OF BILLS
1. National Housing Fund Act CAP N45 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1077) – First Reading Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
2. Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 697) – First Reading Sen. Magnus Abe (Rivers South-East).
PRESENT ATION OF REPORTS
1. Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters Sen. David Umaru (Niger East) -That the Senate do receive the reports of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on:
a. The Confirmation of Nominations of Senator Abba Ali and Mr. Mohammed Sagir for Appointment as Members (Non-Legal) Federal Judicial Service Commission; and
b. The Firearms Act (Amendment) Bill,2018 (SB. 489) – To be Laid.
2. Report of the Joint Committee on Power, Steel Development & Metallurgy and Gas Resources The urgent need to save the 215 Megawatts (MW) Kaduna Power Plant Sen. Enyinnaya H. Abaribe (Abia South) and Sen. Bassey A. Akpan (Akwa lboni North-East) -That the Senate do receive the report of the Joint Committee on Power, Steel Development & Metallurgy and Gas Resources on the urgent need to save the 215 Megawatts (MW) Kaduna Power Plant – To be Laid.
3. Report of the Committee Finance The urgent need to review the Excise Tariff Increment in order to save Local Distillers of Beverages from looming extinction Sen. John Owan Enoh (Cross River Central) -That the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Finance on the urgent need to review the Excise Tariff Increment in order to save Local Distillers of Beverages from looming extinction – To be Laid.
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PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS
1. Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions Sen. Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim (Kioara South) -That the Senate do receive and consider the Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the Confirmation of the Nomination of Mr. Banire, Muiz Adeyemi Ph.D, SAN for Appointment as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria III compliance with Section 10(1) of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Act, 2010.
2. Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions Sen. Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim (Ktoara South) -That the Senate do receive and consider the Report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on the Nomination of Mr. Folashodun Adeb isi Shonubi for Appointment as the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in accordance with the provisions of Section 8(1) (2) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) (Establishment) Act 2007.
3. Report of the Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs The Reflection of Federal Character on all Federal Gouennnent Appointments Sen. Tijjani Yahaya Kaura tZamfara North) -That the Senate do receive and consider the Report of the Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs on the Reflection of Federal Character on all Federal Government Appointments.
4. Conference Committee Report Federal Audit Seruice Commission Bill, 2018 (HE. 107) Sen. Matthew A. Urhoghide (Edo South) -That the Senate do consider the Conference Committee Report on the Federal Audit Service Commission Bill, 2018 (HB. 107).
5. Report of the Committee on Special Duties National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Intemally Displaced Persons Bill, 2018 (SB. 335) Sen. Abdul Aziz M. Nyako tAdamaura Central) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Special Duties on the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons Bill, 2018 (SB. 335) – Adjonrned Consideration Thursday, 19th lilly, 2018 (Clause 21 ).
BILLS I;OR CONCURRENCE
1. Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria Act CAP F 16 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 911) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
2. Engineering (Registration, etc) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 1092) – lOnClI11″Pl1rp Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
3. Chartered Institute of Commodity Brokers of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (HE. 528) – COnC1I11″eIlCe Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
4. Immigration Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 480) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
5. Small and Medium Scale Development Agency Act 2003 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 803) – Concurrence Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
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CONSIDERA nON OF REPORTS
1. Report of the Committee on Science and Technology Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Bill, 2018 (SB. 585) Sen. Robert Ajayi Boroffice (Ondo North) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Science and Technology on the Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Bill, 2018 (SB. 585).
2. Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service The Counselling Practitioners Council Of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 636) Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the Counselling Practitioners Council of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 636) – Adiourned Consideration, Tuesday, i» Jllly, 2018 (Clause 5).
3. Report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters Nigerian Law Reform Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 26) Sen. David Umaru (Niger East) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters on the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 26).
COMMITTEE MEETINGS
No. Committee Date Time Venue
1. Petroleum Resources Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 3.00pm Committee Room 327 Upstream Senate New Building
2. Ad-hoc Committee on Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 2.00pm Committee Room 328 Investigation of Allegations Senate New Building of Corruption against NNPC Trading Ltd.
3. Gas Resources Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 1.00pm Committee Room 305 Senate New Building
4. Establishment and Public Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 12:00noon Committee Room 438 Service Senate New Building
5. Joint Committee on Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 3.00pm Committee Room 107 Establishment of Museum Senate New Building And Archives
6. Banking, Insurance & Other Tuesday, 24thJuly, 2018 1.00pm & 3:00pm Committee Room 221 Financial Institutions Senate New Building
7. Public Accounts Tue. 24thThu. 26th& Fri 27thJuly, 2018 1.30pm Police Service (Oversight Visit) Commission Office
8. Power, Steel Development Wednesday, 25thJuly, 2018 2.00pm Committee Room 431 And Metallurgy Senate New Building
9. Privatization Wednesday, 25thJuly, 2018 12:00noon BPE Office (Oversight Visit) Maitama, Abuja
10. Water Resources Wednesday, 25thJuly, 2018 1.30pm Sen. Office Room 0.29 Senate New Building.

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House Rescinds 14 Clauses of the Electoral Act, (Amendment) Bill, 2018

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The House at its plenary session of Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 Rescinded 14 Clauses of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 Pursuant to Order 9 Rule 1(6) of the Standing Orders of the House. Presenting the motion on the floor of the House Hon. Orker- Jev Y.E (Benue) recalled that the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was passed by both Houses and that the Report of the Conference Committee that harmonized the areas of difference in the Bill was adopted on Thursday, 7 June, 2018.
He stated that the amendments were intended to strengthen the electoral process in Nigeria, more particularly the 2019 General Election and that in the cause of the final cleaning up of the Bill passed some provisions were found to negate the essence of the amendment.
Accordingly, he stated that the House resolved to rescind its decision on Clauses 3, 5, 8, 11(2), 13(b), 14 (4), 15(3), 18, 21, 23, 24, 28, 32 and 38 of the Bill as passed, The Bill was then recommitted to Committee of the whole for reconsideration after which its recommendations were adopted and  passed.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Tuesday, 24 July, 2018

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FOURTH REPUBLIC 8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOURTH SESSION NO. 17 67

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER Tuesday, 24 July, 2018

1. Prayers 2. Approval of the Votes and Proceedings 3. Oaths 4. Message from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (if any) 5. Message from the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (if any) 6. Other Announcements (if any) 7. Petitions (if any) 8. Matter(s) of Urgent Public Importance 9. Personal Explanation _________________________________________________________________________________ PRESENTATION OF REPORTS

1. Committees on Federal Capital Territory and Federal Capital Territory Area Councils and Ancillary Matters: Hon. Sergius Ose Ogun:

“That the House do receive the Report of the Committees on Federal Capital Territory and Federal Capital Territory Area Councils and Ancillary Matters on a Bill for an Act to Authorize the Issue from the Federal Capital Territory Administration Statutory Revenue Fund of the Federal Capital Territory Administration Account, the Total Sum of N271,532,518,887 (Two Hundred and Seventy One Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty Two Million, Five Hundred and Eighteen Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty Seven Naira) only, of which the Sum of N56,194,171,520 (Fifty-Six Billion, One Hundred and Ninety Four Million, One Hundred and Seventy One Thousand, Five Hundred and Twenty Naira) only, is for Personnel Costs and the Sum of N57,517,045,738 (Fifty Seven Billion, Five Hundred and Seventeen Million, Forty Five Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty Eight Naira) only, is for Overhead Costs whilst the Balance of N157,821,301,629 (One Hundred and Fifty Seven Billion, Eight Hundred and Twenty One Million, Three Hundred and One Thousand, Six Hundred and Twenty Nine Naira) only, is for Capital Projects for the Service of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for the Financial Year Commencing from 1 January and ending on 31 December, 2018 (HB. 1506) (Referred: 17/7/2018)”.

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2. Report of Conference Committee: Hon. Beni Lar: “That the House do receive the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Establish the National Biotechnology Development Agency; and for Related Matters (HB. 33)”.

3. Report of Conference Committee: Hon. Kingsley O. Chinda: “That the House do receive the Report of the Conference Committee on a Bill for an Act to Establish the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation, Provide for Additional Powers and Functions to the Office; Establish the Federal Audit Service Commission; Repeal the Audit Act, 1956, the Public Accounts Committee Act, Cap. P35 LFN, 2004, and Public Accounts Implementation Tribunal Act, Cap. P36 LFN, 2004 and Enact the Federal Audit Service; and for Related Matters (HB. 107)”.

4. Committee on Environment and Habitat: Hon. Obinna Chidoka: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Environment and Habitat on a Bill for an Act to Amend the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (Establishment), Etc.) Act, 2006; and for Related Matters (HB. 964) (Referred: 6/7/2017)”.

5. Committee on Environment and Habitat: Hon. Obinna Chidoka: “That the House do receive the Report of the Committee on Environment and Habitat on a Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of the Erosion Control and Prevention Commission and Vest it with Responsibility for the Prevention, Control, Management and Redress of Erosion and for Related Matters (HB. 1019) (Referred: 25/5/2017)”.
6. House Delegation to the Sixth Ordinary Session (4th Parliament) of the Pan African Parliament: Hon. Betty Apiafi: “That the House do receive the Report of the House Delegation to the Sixth Ordinary Session (4th Parliament) of the Pan African Parliament held at Parliament Building, Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Republic of South Africa from 7– 18 May, 2018” . _____________________________________________________________________________________

ORDERS OF THE DAY

BILLS
Consolidation of Bills: 1. (a) A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Tobacco Control Act, 2015 and vest the Implementation of the Bill with the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control; and for Related Matters (HB. 882) (Hon. Dickson Tarkighir);

(b) A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Tobacco Control Act, 2015, to Address the Lacuna that may be easily Exploited by Tobacco Industry in Nigeria and for Related Matters (HB. 1176) (Hon. Muhammed Tahir Monguno); and

(b) A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Tabacco Control Act, 2015 to Cure certain Defects in the Act, ensure its Effective Implementation in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 1503) (Hon. Muhammed Tahir Monguno).

2. A Bill for an Act to Alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 Cap. C23, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to delete item 45 from the Exclusive Legislative List and move it to the Concurrent Legislative List; and for Related Matters (HB. 1509) (Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila) – Second Reading.

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3. A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Prevention of Lifestyle Diseases through the Regulation of the Sale, Consumption and Advertisement of Unhealthy Processed Foods, Drinks and Beverages which are High in Calories, Sugar, Saturated Fat and Sodium; and for Related Matters (HB. 1329) (Hon. Abubakar Yunusa Ahmed) – Second Reading. _____________________________________________________________________________________

MOTIONS

4. Rescission of Clauses 3, 5, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 18, 21, 23, 24, 28, 32 and 38 of the Electoral Act, (Amendment) Bill, 2018. Pursuant to Order 9 Rule 1(6) of the Standing Orders of the House. Hon. Orker- Jev Y.E:

The House:

Notes that the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was passed by both Houses and the Report of the Conference Committee that harmonized the areas of difference in the Bill was adopted on Thursday, 7 June, 2018;

Aware that the Amendment was intended to strengthen the electoral process in Nigeria, more particularly the 2019 General Election;

Also notes that in the cause of final cleaning of the Bill as passed some provisions were found to negate the essence of the amendment;

Resolves to:

Rescind its decision on Clauses 3, 5, 8, 11(2), 13(b), 14 (4), 15(3), 18, 21, 23, 24, 28, 32 and 38 of the Bill as passed, and recommit same to Committee of the whole for reconsideration and passage.

5. Need to Develop the Olumirin Waterfall in Erin-Ijesha, Oriade Local Government Area, Osun State into a World Class Tourist Destination and a Hydro Power Generation Site: Hon. Oluwole Oke:

The House:

Notes that one of the numerous tourist attractions in Nigeria are the Water-falls across the various Geo-Political Zones of the Country;

Also notes that one of the most amazing and breathtaking waterfalls in Nigeria is the Olumirin Waterfall, located in Erin-Ijesha, Oriade Local Government Area, Osun State;

Further notes that according to Yoruba history, Akinla, a granddaughter of Oduduwa who founded Erin-Ijesha town, discovered the waterfall in 114 A.D;

Aware that the water flows from the top of the mountain and have seven falls, each providing a different perspective and forms a large pool of water on the ground, surrounded by vegetation;

Also aware that due to its breathtaking nature, Olumirin Waterfall attracts over 50,000 visitors annually, especially during the celebration of the Osun Osogbo festival and has the potential of attracting 1,000,000 local and foreign tourists annually;

Cognizant that the water current from the Olumirin Waterfall, if harnessed, is capable of generating 1500 megawatts of electricity for the National Grid for the benefit of Nigerians;

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Observes that this magnificent and highly profitable Waterfall has not been properly harnessed and developed into a befitting world class tourist site;

Further observes that with proper intervention, development and investment by the Federal Government of Nigeria, the site will evolve into a major tourist destination and will continue to generate millions of naira as revenue for the Nigerian Economy;

Regrets that previous attempts by stakeholders in the private sector and the Osun State Government have not been successful;

Worried that if urgent steps are not taken to preserve and develop the tourist site, Nigeria will lose value and profits that would have accrued from it and will continue to lose potential revenue from the tourists;

Resolves to:

(i) Urge the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and, the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation to initiate steps and implement ideas in order to develop the site to a world class tourist Destination;

(ii) Also urge the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to initiate steps towards tapping into the Hydro-Power potentials of the Water fall;

(iii) Mandate the Committees on Culture and Tourism, and Power to ensure compliance.

6. Need for Proactive Steps on the Unplanned Rural – Urban Migration in Nigeria: Hon. Rimamnde Shawulu Kwewum Hon. Sunday Marshal Katung Hon. Lawal Abubakar

The House:

Aware that Boko Haram Terrorists have driven people from many rural communities in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States;

Also aware that as a result of the killings unleashed on the rural communities of the Middle Belt Region, other parts of the North and Southern States, hundreds and thousands of people are fleeing the rural areas, causing a massive and unplanned Rural -Urban migration;

Further aware that presently, several states, including Adamawa, Benue,Taraba, Nasarawa, Plateau, Niger, Kogi, Edo, Delta, Ebonyi, Ondo, and Zamfara are afflicted by the killings that have shocked the international community;

Concerned that rather than abating, these challenges are expanding and spreading to more States across the nation;

Further concerned that the consequence of the continuous conflicts is the acquisition of, and crude manufacture of arms by Communities which feel threatened;

Disturbed that the void being created in the rural areas or expanding “ungoverned spaces” may be taken over by bandits, terrorists and rogue elements;

Also disturbed that the “ungoverned spaces” like the notorious Sambisa forest usually provide room for training, planning and execution of violence by Non-State Actors;

Cognisance that the consequence of unplanned urbanisation include pressure on infrastructures and increased violent crimes;
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Worried that currently IDP camps around the country are developing into unregulated and unplanned permanent settlements;

Also worried that at the moment thousands of persons flooding into urban areas are creating and developing settlements in unplanned suburbs centres which may be difficult to remove in future.

Resolves to:

(i) Call on relevant Federal and State Government Agencies to create planned settlements to accommodate persons coming to town from rural areas;

(ii) Urge the Federal and State Governments to develop the security and infrastructural facilities to enable the slowdown of the migration;

(iii) Declare emergency on the security situation in Nigerian Rural Areas;

(iv) Mandate the Committee on National Security and Intelligence to investigate the rapid unplanned urbanisation and report back within eight (8) weeks for further legislative action. _____________________________________________________________________________________

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

7. A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Smooth and Orderly Transfer of Power from one Government to another and for Related Matters (HBs.102 and 109) (Leader) (Committee of the Whole: 18/1/2018).

8. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Federal Polytechnics Act, Cap F.17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Review the Retirement Age of Staff of Polytechnics, Harmonize the Tenure of the Office of the Rector and Other Principal Officers of the Federal Polytechnics in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB.1488) (Leader) (Committee of Whole: 10/7/2018)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
1. Rules and Business Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 06 (White House) Assembly Complex

2. Ad-hoc Committee to Investigate the Election into the Boards of the National Sports Federation and Forms of Engagement and Sporting activities in Nigeria

Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 460 (New Building) Assembly Complex

3. Public Petitions (Investigative Hearing)
Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 447 (New Building) Assembly Complex

4. Ad-hoc Committee to Investigate the NonRemittance of the Nigerian School Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Contributions by the Federal, States and Local Government

Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 144 (New Building) Assembly Complex

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5. Ad-hoc Committee to Investigate the Huge Debts owed Indigenous Companies by International Oil and Gas Companies

Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 324 (New Building) Assembly Complex

6. Water Resources Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 034 (New Building) Assembly Complex

7. Power Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 144 (New Building) Assembly Complex

8. Federal Character (with Federal Judicial Service Commission, Federal University, Gusau, and Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM))
Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 3.00 p.m. Committee Room 247 (New Building) Assembly Complex

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Update : 32 APC lawmakers defect to PDP, four to ADC

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John Ameh, Abuja

In a sudden twist of fate, the ruling All Progressives Congress has had 32 of its members in the House of Representatives defecting to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday.

Four other lawmakers also defected to the African Democratic Congress.

Thirty-two members of the APC in the House of Representatives had defected to the PDP in what is turning out to be a macabre political dance.

Four others in the APC from Oyo State also defected to the ADC, bringing the total number of defection to 36.

The Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has just made the announcement, throwing the PDP camp into jubilation.

However, the APC still remains in the majority.

Details later…

 

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Book Review : The Morning Sunset By Joy Chinwe Aguguo Duru

 

By Joy Chinwe Aguguo Duru
The Morning Sunset is a book written to sensitize our people over the issue of engaging in a perilous journey to Europe via Libya. It is a story written for everyone: the youths; kids; fathers and mothers. The continuing migration of people into Europe across the Mediterranean is unnecessary. People are not born to waste their future that way.
The Morning Sunset is simply passing a message to people in Africa. Those that have not been opportuned to visit western world think that it is a bed of roses. In fact a paradise . Where as it is not like that. Many chose to come in search of greener pastures. They believe that Europe is the only place they will have the opportunity to get a better life for themselves and that of their families.

My messages to Nigerians and Africans are that our people should not abandon any tangible thing they have or their education just to embark on this long and dangerous journey through road and desert because the life in Europe does not worth such risk . Also let some parents and relatives be aware especially those that are anxiously waiting for the day their beloved children will come back from Europe but they never knew that the bones of their children have been rotten in Sahara deserts and in the seas of foreign land.

 


Joy Chinwe Aguguo Duru is originally from Nigeria but lived in Italy for several years before moving to Leicester , UK.

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