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Invasion of Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, Senate Takes Action

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The Nigerian Senate  has resolved to direct its Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the circumstances around the the closure of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly by security agents. This resolution was taken following a Point of Order raised by Senator Bassey Akpan.
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said:
“As parliamentarians, we should not get partisan on this issue. If it’s true that security agents have invaded the House of Assembly, it is wrong and I must condemn such brutality.
“There should be an investigation quickly to establish what really happened and that committee should report back to us and tell us once it is confirmed. Then we can take it from there,” Saraki said.

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President Buhari communicates decision on Electoral Bill to NASS – (FULL LETTER)

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Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has taken a decision on the Electoral Bill 2018 and communicated his decision to the National Assembly.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, stated this on Friday while briefing State House correspondents.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has taken a decision on the Electoral Bill 2018 in accordance with his powers under the 1999 Constitution and he has communicated that decision to the Senate and the House of Representatives in accordance with the law.”
Enang said: “The decision contained in the communication can only be revealed by the person to whom the communication is addressed.
“But the Electoral Bill has left the President because he has taken his decision and has remitted back.”
Enang also said that President Buhari has accented to the National Open University Amendment Act which allows the NOUN to operate as all other universities, having the same powers and the same administrative structure, eliminating possible discrimination as some want to have on its products and programmes.
He said the Act also allows the National Open University of Nigeria to establish study centres.

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Senate President Saraki to President Buhari: “Sign the #ElectoralBill Now”

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Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to heed the advice of the anti-democratic elements who have now populated the political space and putting pressure on him not to give assent to the 2018 Electoral Bill.
Saraki in a statement in Ilorin today (Wednesday) signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, urged the President to rise above petty politics and act without further delay in the best interest of the country and its democracy by signing the Electoral Bill into law.
Saraki noted that he had been inundated with telephone calls and discussions by members of the National Assembly who expressed concern about the delay in the signing into law of the Electoral Bill as the one month period provided by the law for the President to sign a bill presented to him by the National Assembly is about to expire in the next few days.
He added that many of the legislators who contacted him were particularly disturbed that certain individuals who are said to be chairmen of political parties had approached the Federal High Court to stop the President from assenting to the bill.
He noted that the jaded tactic employed in the 90s to scuttle the return to democracy when groups like the Association for Better Nigeria (ABN) went to court to frustrate the announcement of the results of the June 12, 1993 elections is now being adopted by some masked groups and individuals to stop the signing into law of the Electoral Bill.
He urged President Buhari to dissociate himself from these ugly antics and sign the bill which he said has comprehensively addressed issues that usually clog the process of free, fair, credible and peaceful elections.
“ It is the prerogative of the President to either sign a Bill into law or refuse it assent. He is free to exercise this prerogative the way he likes in this case. What I found surprising is a situation where some people now want to adopt a wrong tactic of abusing the court process to stall the matter. That will be unacceptable and I am sure our judiciary will rely on the lessons from the past and not allow itself to be used.
“We do not want the President to allow the setting of a bad precedent in which somebody will go to court in future to stop the passage of an appropriation bill or any essential law which will be important to the development of the country.
“My position remains that the President, his aides, the entire country and the international community are aware that all the concerns raised by the President on the past three occasions he withheld assent to the bill have been addressed by the legislature. We bent backwards on each occasion to accommodate the wishes of the President. We started work on this law since 2016 to prevent a situation where it would become part of the election controversies.
“Every sincere commentator, observer and analyst knows that what we have done with that bill is to raise the level of transparency, credibility and acceptability of our electoral process. We made sure that the law if assented to and honestly applied by INEC and all those concerned will give us an election that will be better than what we had in 2015.
“The President should know that the survival of democracy, its development and the future of Nigeria are far more important than the ambition of any individual or party. I am using this opportunity to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to put a stop to this uncertainty in the political process by signing without delay the 2018 Electoral Bill so as to allow INEC and the concerned parties know how to prepare for a credible process”, Saraki stated.

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National Assembly Commends NNPC on Fuel Availability Plans at Yuletide

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The Nigerian National Assembly has commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on the strategies deployed so far to make petroleum products available to Nigerians throughout the end of year festivities and beyond.
Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Hon. Joseph Akinlaja, gave the commendation during an oversight visit to NNPC Towers yesterday.
The lawmaker expressed confidence that the elaborate measures put in place by the corporation to avert fuel supply shortage would be successful this year going by the painstaking efforts that went into the planning and execution of the zero-fuel scarcity strategy.
“We are impressed by the presentation and we are sure there will be no war room here again because of products scarcity, you have done very well and I’m happy that Nigerians are going to travel effortlessly at this period of the year”, Hon. Akinlaja enthused.
On the threat by major, independent petroleum products marketers to ground the sector due to unpaid subsidy arrears, the Committee Chairman appealed to the Federal Government to do everything within its powers to pay up the arrears to forestall any crisis.
Speaking further on the need to support NNPC to sustain petroleum products supply, Hon. Akinlaja said the corporation was overburdened and “because of that, when it runs into hiccups, somebody will say their operations are opaque. Let’s avoid fuel scarcity by supporting NNPC”.
The Committee also expressed satisfaction with the improvement on the integrity of the pipelines and urged NNPC to expedite action on the remaining ones, especially those linking the Ore Depot from Benin City and to the Ibadan Depot.

In his presentation to the Committee, Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, reassured Nigerians of the corporation’s preparedness to ensure zero-scarcity of petroleum products during the upcoming festive season and beyond.
The GMD who was represented by NNPC Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, Mr. Henry Ikem Obih, lauded the Committee for its support during the last fuel supply hiccups that occurred in the country from November 2017 to the early part of this year.
He disclosed that adequate measures have been deployed to avert any form of supply challenge, stressing that even if NNPC were to stop importing fuel as from today, there was enough stock of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in the country to last for 45 days.
On his part, Managing Director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company Limited (PPMC), Mr. Umar Ajiya, disclosed that the company has returned to profitability with a trading surplus of N32bn between January and November 2018.
The other downstream subsidiaries that made presentations were NNPC Retail Limited, Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company (NPSC) and NNPC Shipping.
One of the downstream subsidiaries of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Petroleum Products Marketing Company limited (PPMC) has returned to profitability and has recorded N32bn profit between January to November, 2018.
The PPMC boss also stated that as part of the zero-scarcity strategy, the company has over 170 million litres of PMS in stock at some NNPC Depots across the country following their successful rehabilitation along with connecting pipelines to forestall dependence on private sector depots.


NDU UGHAMADU
Group General Manager,
Group Public Affairs Division,
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
NNPC Towers,
Abuja.
5th December, 2018.

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Resolve staff issues before Friday – Saraki, Dogara direct NASS Mgt

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President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, have directed the National Assembly Management Committee headed by the Clerk, Alhaji Sani Omolori, to resolve all issues raised by protesting members of staff and report back by Friday.
The duo gave the directive at a meeting attended by the National Assembly’s Management and members of staff under the umbrella of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), following another protest at the NASS complex.
In a statement issued by Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Saraki, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the presiding officers of both chambers of the National Assembly stressed that it was important for the workers to be well motivated.

Saraki and Dogara directed that the demands of the staff be properly addressed in order to create a conducive atmosphere for the legislature to perform its duties.
The Senate President and Speaker noted that the demands of the workers are part of the responsibilities of the National Assembly’s Management and that the grievances of the workers should not be allowed to linger.
“The leadership of the National Assembly made it clear to the staff that the issues raised by them were previously unknown to the legislators and that even if they were known to the Senate President and the Speaker, the leadership could do little to address them because they fall under the purview of the NASS’s Management.
“They added that the constitution of the National Assembly Service Commission which the workers demanded will be made before Friday.
“The workers demanded for the implementation of the CONLESS system in the payment of their salaries and allowances, approval of new condition of service for the workers, among other issues.
“However, Dr. Saraki and Rt. Hon. Dogara, as well as their colleagues also reassured the workers that they will personally supervise how the management will eventually resolve the issues and ensure that the workers are not shortchanged”, Olaniyonu stated.


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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA NOTICE PAPER Monday 3 December, 2018 – Friday 7 December, 2018

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FOURTH REPUBLIC 8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (2015-2019) FOURTH SESSION NO. 17

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA NOTICE PAPER Monday 3 December, 2018 – Friday 7 December, 2018
1. Monday 3 December, 2018 Committee Meetings: Plan of Legislative Business of the House and Committees for the Week.
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2. Tuesday 4 December, 2018 (a) Bills: (i) A Bill for an Act to Establish the Projects Development Agency (PRODA), Enugu to Conduct Scientific, Engineering and Technological Research aimed at facilitating the Domestication and Industrialization of Appropriate Technology for Socio-Economic Advancement of Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 1542) (Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta) – Second Reading. (ii) A Bill for an Act to Regulate International Studies for Wards and Children of Nigerian Public Officers, to Strengthen Indigenous Institutions to Provide efficient Educational Services for National Development; and for Related Matters (HB. 1005) (Hon. Sergius Ose Ogun) – Second Reading. (iii) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Public Procurement Act, Cap. P 44, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to make it Mandatory for 20% of all Public Procurement of the Federal Government in a Financial year to be Awarded to New Indigenous Companies, Indigenous Youths and other Nigerians who fall within the economically disadvantaged Group; and for Related Matters (HBs. 1311 and 1501) (Hon. Afe Olowookere and Hon. Karimi Sunday) – Second Reading.

(b) Motions: Need to Investigate the incessant Killings of Female Students in Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State: Hon. Lovette Ederin Idisi.

(c) Consideration of Reports: (i) A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Federal University of Education, Zaria; and for Related Matters (HB. 1536) (Senate) (Leader) – (Committee of the Whole: 24/10/2018).

(ii) A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Adeyemi Federal University of Education, Ondo; and for Related Matters (HB. 1539) – (Senate) (Leader) – (Committee of the Whole: 24/10/2018).
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(iii) A Bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education, Owerri; and for Related Matters (HB. 1537) (Senate) (Leader) – (Committee of the Whole: 8/11/2018).

(iv) A Bill for an Act to Provide for Protection of Persons who render reasonable Assistance during Emergency situations occurring at places within Federal Jurisdiction and to serve as a model to be adopted by States of the Federation and for Related Matters (HB.171) (Hon. Babajimi Benson) – (Committee of the Whole:16/6/2016). __________________________________________________________________________________________ 3. Wednesday 5 December, 2018 (a) Bills: (i) A Bill for an Act to make Provisions for a Law Relating to the Liability of Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare Institutions in respect of Injury caused to Patient by negligence in the delivery of Healthcare, the Liability of Governmental Ministries and Agencies for injury caused by their Culpable failure to provide a Minimum core of Resources to the Healthcare Institutions, the duty of Healthcare Professionals to disclose to Patients Material risks Relating to proposed treatment, the Establishment of a National Panel of Medical Experts, the Encouragement of Alternative Dispute Resolution; and for Related Matters (HB. 1418) (Hon. Mojeed Alabi) – Second Reading. (ii) A Bill for an Act to Provide for Compulsory Compensation of Victims of Road Accident by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers or Motor Vehicle Owners and Establish the Road Accident Victims Compensation Department under the Federal Road Safety Commission; and for Related Matters (HB.1442)(Hon. Wale Raji) – Second Reading. (b) Motion: Failure of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Niger Delta Development Commission to complete various Projects worth $40 Billion initiated in the last Ten Years: Hon. Abbass Tajudeen. (c) Consideration of Reports: (i) Committee on Public Petitions: Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta: (a) Report on the Petition by Tricenuel Barristers and Solicitors on behalf of Mr. Nwora O. Afamefuna against the Nigeria Customs Service on the fraudulent disposal of his Consignment, Toyota 4 Runner with Chassis No. 204545 and a Bill of Lading No. 5306748982 (Laid: 17/7/2018).
(b) Report on the Petition by Salehu Sabo O. against Nigeria Customs Service on his wrongful dismissal from service in 2005(Laid: 19/7/2018).
(c) Report on the Petition by Okugie Ndukwe Nelson against NIPOST on the sustained refusal to comply with the National Assembly resolution to recall him to duty (Laid: 7/6/2018).
(d) Report on the Petition by Sule Ugo Ugwunnadi and Associates, Legal Practitioners on behalf of Jukatex Nigeria (Ltd) against the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria on the alleged unethical charges and unprofessional banking practices by Access Bank Plc. (Laid:15/5/2018).
(e) Report on the Petition by Pat Ozule against the Management of the Nigerian AGIP Oil Company (NAOC) on the alleged breach of Contract, deliberate refusal to pay for service rendered, seizure and other acts of impunity perpetrated by the Management of the Company (Laid:15/5/2018).;
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(f) Report on the Petition by Eshett Sarah Lambert against the Federal Road Safety Commission on the wrongful termination of her appointment (Laid: 18/7/2018);
(g) Report on the Petition by Bamiloye Temitope Abiodun against the Nigerian Customs Service on the wrongful dismissal from service as Marine Inspector of Customs (Laid: 6/7/2018);
(h) Report on the Petition by Jonathan Nwachuhwu Ekeke against the Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture on wrongful dismissal and appeal for reinstatement (Laid: 18/7/2018). __________________________________________________________________________________________
4. Thursday 6 December, 2018 (a) Bills: (i) A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990 Cap. C20, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria , 2004 and Enact the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2018 to Provide for the Incorporation of Companies Limited Liability Partnership, Limited Partnerships, Registration of Business Names together with Incorporation of Trustees of certain, Communities, Bodies., Associations; and for Related Matters (HB.1566 ) (Leader) – Second Reading.

(ii) A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna for the Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Diseases, Co-ordination of Research in Ear, Nose and Throat challenges, Training of Specialists in Ear, Nose and Throat; and for Related Matters (HB. 1522) (Hon. Mohammad Usman) – Second Reading.

(iii) A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre Act, Cap. C12, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the National Centre for Citizenship and Leadership Training; and for Related Matters (HB. 1354) (Hon. Segun Adekola) – Second Reading.
(iv) A Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerian Shoreline Development and Protection Agency charged with Responsibility for Management and Administration of Sea Waves on the Nation’s Coastland; and for Related Matters (HB. 1508) (Hon. Julius Pondi) – Second Reading.
(b) Motion: Need to check the Problem of Money–Women in Bechev Community, Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State: Hon. Ochiglegor Idagbo. (c) Consideration of Reports:

(i) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Public Holidays Act, Cap. P40, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to bring the Act in tandem with the current realities and exigencies of the modern times and to declare June, 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria and for Related Matters (HBs. 918 and 1529) ( Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok and Hon. Kayode Oladele) (Committee of the Whole: 22/11/2018). (ii) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy Act, No. 8 of 2017, to Provide for amendment of the Interpretation Section to bring the Act in conformity with Other existing Laws in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 1496) (Hon. Gideon Gwani) – (Committee of the Whole: 24/10/2018). (iii) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Nigerian National Merit Award Act, Cap. N122, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to require that any Awardee that is convicted of a
Criminal Offence shall be stripped of the Honour; and for Related Matters (HB. 555) (Hon. Ayodele Oladimeji) (Committee of the Whole:12/10/2016).

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(iv) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Casino Taxation Act Cap. C3, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 by Extending the Operation of the Act beyond Lagos and for Related Matters (HB. 365) (Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok) – (Committee of the Whole: 4/10/2016). (v) A Bill for an Act to Establish a Correction, Reformation and Reintegration Centre to Provide Support Services for Persons in the Area of Reformation and Reintegration of Youthful Offenders; and for Related Matters (HB. 452) (Hon. Ochiglegor Idagho) (Committee of the Whole: 14/7/2016). (vi) A Bill for an Act to Repeal the National Agricultural Seeds Act, Cap. N5, LFN, 2004 and Re-enact the National Agricultural Seeds Council, 2016 and for Related Matters (HB. 472) (Committee of the Whole: 27/11/2018). (vii) Committee on Special Duties: Hon. Nasiru Sani Zango Daura: Report on a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission Act, 2005 and Enact the Public Private Partnership Regulatory Commission Bill, to Strengthen and Enhance the Sup5656561ervisory Role of the Commission and effectively position it in Regulating the Participation of the Public and Private Sectors in Financing of Construction, Development, Designing, Operation or Maintenance of Infrastructure or Development Project of the Federal Government through Public Private Partnership Agreement; and for Related Matters (HB. 358) (Laid: 8/3/2018).

5. Friday 7 December, 2018 Summary/Review of Weekly Activities of Committees

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Senate Committees to look into Issues of Voter Intimidation, Harassment by Security Agencies

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The Nigerian Senate resolved to investigate the alleged cases of voter intimidation, harassment and disenfranchisement by security agencies in the recently conducted Kwara House of Representatives bye-election.
In a Point of Order, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim revealed that: “Less than 45% of registered voters showed up for the election because of the harassment and arrest going on. The DSS were protecting only members of the ruling party. Let us bring this to the notice of well-meaning Nigerians and the International Community.”
Speaking on the development, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki said:
“We must rise above partisan views. We have the responsibility as representatives of the people to ensure that elections do not involve issues of harassment to the nation and the security operatives must be seen to be non-partisan.
“It is very important that we ensure that our security agencies look into this matter not just because it has affected members of the Senate. We have elections coming in 2019 and it is important that we play our role to ensure the security agencies allow Nigerians carry out their civic responsibility to go and vote.
“A situation where individuals are not allowed to carry out their vote is a recipe for disaster. We must prevent it. An ad-hoc Committee should look into it and give us recommendations on how best to address this before next year because this is a matter of great importance & we must do something to call the security agencies to order so as to ensure free & fair elections,” the Senate President said.
The Senate then resolved to mandate the Committee on Police and National Intelligence to investigate this matter and report back to the full plenary.

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Police Reform Bill will help to Curb Kidnappings across the Nation, Senate President

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Today, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, asked the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to fast-track the public hearing of the Police Reform Bill.
This followed a Point of Order raised by Senator Tijjani Kaura, who drew the attention of the Senate to the kidnapping of 100 persons in Zamfara State.
Speaking on the Point of Order, the Senate President said: “This is of great concern because of the level of kidnapping we are seeing in the state. I am happy that it is Senator Garba heading the Committee on Police.
“We have the Police Reform Bill that will address some of the issues because I think the institutional issues need to be addressed to solve medium and long term problems; they are clearly issues of manpower, training, equipment and funding.
“These are issues that we must address holistically. We need to move very fast. Sen. Garba should fast track the process and let us have that bill ready for public hearing and come here to review it and see how, with the support of the police, we can effectively fight crimes and prevent these kinds of situations,” the Senate President said.

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Police Seals Anambra Assembly Complex

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The Police Command in Anambra has announced the sealing of Anambra House of Assembly (ANHA) complex over the impeachment crisis rocking the House.
SP Haruna Mohammed, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Anambra disclosed this in a statement in Awka on Friday.
Mohammed said the application to seal off the complex was contained in an official letter to the Commissioner of Police.
“The Anambra State Police Command wishes to inform the public that it has sealed off the Assembly Complex with effect from 6:00pm of Thursday 15th November, 2018 as a proactive measure to avert possible breakdown of law and order in the Assembly,” he said.
The command implored members of the public to stay away from the complex until further notice.
It also solicited the co-operation of Anambra people in its commitment to provide adequate security in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there was strong police presence at the complex on Nov. 15 when the House resumed after the impeachment saga that rocked it on Nov. 13.
The house was divided between former Speaker Rita Mmaduagwu who was purportedly impeached and Mr Ikem Uzoezie who was installed as new speaker.

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INTRIGUES OF A FAILED IMPEACHMENT

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By Ifeanyi Afuba
The attempt to seize power at the Anambra State House of Assembly on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, was doomed from the outset. The conspirators took for granted the resolve of Ndi Anambra to defend the present reign of good governance in the State.
The plot to remove the Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt Hon Rita Maduagwu was driven by mercantile politics.
A couple of weeks to the failed impeachment, the lawmakers involved held series of meetings at hotels in Awka with moneybag politicians angling for the 2019 elections. Deals were soon struck to begin an orderly destabilisation of the State Government beginning with the seizure of the Assembly’s Speakership.
Driven by greed and haste, the actors turned blind eyes to the rules of engagement. The announced figure of 18 members in support of the impeachment move was not the case. At least two members whose signatures were forged as among the proponents of impeachment cried blue murder over the falsification. For having the courage and decency to unmask the deceit, the henchmen of impeachment declared the purported suspension of Hon Paschal Agbodike and Hon Uche Okafor.
Similarly, Hon Obinna Emeneka who was out of town had condemned the smuggling of his name into a retrogressive line of action.
More members have continued to turn their backs to the conspiracy on realisation of the sinister agenda. A few members who had been recruited into the plot at the last minute on the deception that the list was to protest deductions from their emolument have since rallied behind the Speaker, Rita Maduagwu. With Hon Chugbo Enwezor and Hon Nnamdi Okafor out of the country and their stand unconfirmed, the number of the rebelling legislators stood at 13.
Conscious of their minority status, they dodged the statutory requirement of calling for individual votes on the question of whether Hon Rita Maduagwu was to step down as Speaker. Without voting on the issue, the presiding Deputy Speaker, Hon Harford Okeke, who had just returned from his monitoring of activities at Government House, then announced the election of a new Speaker.
What could be more childish? Wisely, the Clerk of the House, Mr Pius Udoh declined to swear in the purported new Speaker. There could be no swearing in because there was no valid step taken to remove the Speaker Rita Maduagwu and there was no recognised process of electing a new Speaker. It requires 20 members to oust the Speaker. Why do the rebelling lawmakers think that a bag of intrigues, lies and noisy propaganda can change this fact? Well, they have to be seen as discharging the contract entered into with the moneybag politicians from Abuja.
Shortly after, the Speaker, Hon Rita Maduagwu convened the House and forming the quorum, the more purposeful and well meaning members went into serious legislative business.
The outrage that greeted the rascality by the 13 impeachment legislators should be a clear message to them and their politically ambitious sponsors that Ndi Anambra will not permit any playing with the fortunes of the State.

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Laws can help fight terrorism in Africa- Senate President

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President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has underscored the importance of appropriate legislations in winning the war against crime and terrorism in the African Continent.
Senator Saraki made this known in his speech at the opening session of the 73rd Executive Committee Session and the 41st Conference of the African Parliamentary Union (APU), in Abuja, on Thursday.
He insisted that African legislators need to do more to share ideas and work together to devise new and effective strategies for addressing the many challenges facing the continent.
“It is clear that, in order to achieve desired outcomes in the fight against terrorism and pursue growth and development, we must adopt both regional and Africa-wide strategies. African governments should be supportive of one another and put up a united front. The legislature is at the vanguard of this. Collaboration is essential. We must share ideas and mechanisms for overcoming the challenges, and this Conference is a most effective platform for doing so,” he said.
According to him, “These challenges are common to us all, and we must respond accordingly, with a common purpose. Terrorism and organised crime recognise no borders. Africa’s problems require African solutions. Collective effort is needed. We must therefore ask ourselves as legislators: what role are we playing? How have we supported the Executive in dealing with these matters?
“You will agree with me that legislation is key in fighting crime and terrorism. If you look at the developed countries, it is through legislation that they have stayed on top of these issues,” he stated.
The President of the Senate further stated that members of national parliaments need to unite in order to be able to collaborate across borders in the discharge of their responsibilities.
“Permit me to say that the nucleus of legislative power in each country should not be neglected,” he said. “Charity, they say, begins at home. In this scenario, it means that, in order to effectively collaborate across borders for continental peace and progress, the legislature must first collaborate from within.
“I would, therefore, encourage better relationship between members and the leadership of parliament in individual countries. This is the foundation of the continental relationship we are striving for, and it would give much needed fillip to the work of the African Parliamentary Union.”
He thanked the APU for granting the hosting rights of both meetings to Nigeria and expressed hope that the events would go down in the annals of the African Parliamentary Union as time well spent, “both in terms of the objectives of the meetings and memorable experiences in our serene capital city.
“Let me assure you that we are committed to doing all in our power to ensure positive outcomes on all fronts. To all our special guests from all over the continent of Africa, we bid you welcome,” he added.

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