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Reps to investigate Buhari govt’s abandoned N97bn cancer centre
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Reps to investigate Buhari govt’s abandoned N97bn cancer centre

The House of Representatives has revealed that it’s committees on Health Institutions and Health Care Services will investigate the National Cancer Control Plan established by the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari. According to the House, the investigation is to determine why fewer Nigerians with cancer cannot access treatment at the special centres. The House particularly mandated the committees to “investigate the Federal Government’s implementation of the National Cancer Control Plan 2018-2022 to ensure its implementation.” The committees are also to “ascertain the status of all radiotherapy cancer treatment centres in the country to come up with a workable plan to subsidise treatment for cancer patients.” The resolutions were sequel to the unanimous adoption of a motion...
Arm Prison officials with Machine guns to prevent more jailbreaks — Reps tell FG
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Arm Prison officials with Machine guns to prevent more jailbreaks — Reps tell FG

Following recent cases of jailbreaks in the country, the House of Representatives has proposed equipping officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service with General Purpose Machine Guns and other sophisticated weapons to prevent more cases of jailbreak in the future. The proposal which was contained in a motion moved by Gudaji Kazaure was unanimously adopted at the plenary on Thursday. While moving the motion titled ‘Need to Upgrade Correctional Centres in Nigeria,’ Kazaure noted that the recent cases of jailbreaks across the country had led to destruction of correctional centres and their security systems. Adding that correctional centres are where convicted criminals are kept to make society safe, “thus it is dangerous for such convicts to be let loose.” He said, “The House ...
Reps to kick-start public constitution hearing review June 1
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Reps to kick-start public constitution hearing review June 1

The House of Representatives Special Committee on Constitution Review has fixed June 1 to June 3 to begin its zonal public hearings taking place across the country’s six geopolitical zones. This was disclosed to the public by the Speaker of the House, Ahmed Wase in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja by his Chief Press Secretary, Umar Puma. Wase is also the Chairman of the House Special Committee on Constitution Review. The deputy speaker said the committee has invited the general public, executive and judicial bodies, traditional institutions, political parties, civil society organisations, professional bodies and other stakeholders to the public hearings. The statement read: “The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, who is also chairman of the special commit...
Southern governors gains support from Reps, ADF, MASSOB over resolutions on ban of open grazing, others
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Southern governors gains support from Reps, ADF, MASSOB over resolutions on ban of open grazing, others

Southern governors’ resolutions at their meeting on Tuesday generated more nationwide reactions on Wednesday. House of Representatives members from the 17 southern states have showed their support for the resolutions made by Southern Governors Forum at their meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital, banned open grazing and called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to take bold steps in restructuring the country. The southern lawmakers, in a statement by the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu and 22 others, yesterday, promised to deploy all legislative instruments at their disposal, to actualise the resolutions of the governors at their meeting in Asaba, on Tuesday. “The members of the House of Representatives from the South, without regard to any othe...
JUST IN: House of Reps seeks postponement of 2021 census
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JUST IN: House of Reps seeks postponement of 2021 census

The House of Representatives on Wednesday asked the Federal Government to immediately put a halt to plans to conduct national census in view of the rising cases of insecurity. The House said the exercise should be suspended until the security situation improves while asking chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC) to brief the House on the planned exercise. Sponsor of the motion of urgent public importance, Rep Shehu Beji Barwa, told his colleagues if the exercise is allowed to go ahead, a lot of Nigerians will be denied the opportunity of being counted having been displaced by insurgency and insecurity across the land. Details shortly…
Reps kicks against importation of rice, says offenders should be imprisoned for life
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Reps kicks against importation of rice, says offenders should be imprisoned for life

A law to prohibit the importation of rice into the country is underway in the House of Representatives. A Bill exclusively obtained by VANGUARD is entitled:” An Act to Provide for the Prohibition of Importation into Nigeria of Rice and the Penalty for the Contravention of the Said Prohibition and other Related Matters”. The Bill sponsored by Rep. Saidu Musa Abdullahi, warns, that “Any person who brings, causes to be brought, induced any other person to bring or attempts to bring Rice into Nigeria, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to imprisonment, as stipulated in section 2 of the Export (Prohibition) Act”. Section 2 of the Export Prohibition Act, states that:” Any person who takes, causes to be taken, induces any other person to take or attempts to take ...
House of reps set special committee to solve Nigeria’s insecurity problems
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House of reps set special committee to solve Nigeria’s insecurity problems

The House of Representatives on Wednesday set up a special committee to address the country’s insecurity. The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, who announced the committee during Wednesday’s plenary in Abuja, said the committee would comprise all the principal officers of the House and 30 other members. The membership of the committee was distributed along party lines and state-by-state basis. Gbajabiamila said the committee was expected to come up with recommendations within three weeks, adding that these would be transmitted to the Executive for implementation. He said: “The committee will begin work immediately and will take about two to three weeks to turn in their report for onward transmission to the President. Membership includes all the principal officers an...
Reps wade into dispute between telecom operators, banks over USSD charges
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Reps wade into dispute between telecom operators, banks over USSD charges

The House of Representatives has urged telecommunication operators to halt the planned withdrawal of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) services to financial institutions in the country. This was the sequel to the adoption of a motion by Rep. Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta) at plenary on Tuesday, March 16. Moving the motion, Ossai said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) introduced the Cashless Policy in a bid to realise its statutory mandate of promoting monetary stability and a sound financial system in Nigeria. He said that one of the innovations introduced with the policy was USSD services used by Global System for Mobile Communication Technology to communicate with service providers’ computers via text messages. He explained that it was to check account balan...
Reps canvass higher allocation, say National Assembly is broke
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Reps canvass higher allocation, say National Assembly is broke

The House of Representatives has said the paucity of funds was hampering legislative functions of members of the National Assembly. The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, raised the alarm during a news conference in Abuja on Thursday. The National Assembly had a budget of N139.5bn in 2018, N125bn in 2019 and N128bn (N125bn proposed, N3bn added) in 2020. While the sum of N125bn was proposed for the National Assembly in 2021, the sum of N134bn was approved for it and all other affiliates such as the National Assembly Service Commission, National Legislative Institute among others. Kalu said, “Yes, the House is broke. I have said it before and I am saying it again, and I am not afraid to say it. The House is ‘broke’ and it is afraid to a...
Reps question Kyari, allege $5bn not remitted in 14 years
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Reps question Kyari, allege $5bn not remitted in 14 years

 The House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee set up to investigate stolen crude oil valued at N5tn on Wednesday grilled the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Melee Kyari. At the investigative hearing, which our correspondent obtained its video footage on Thursday, the management of NNPC and the lawmakers, however, disagreed over the alleged non-remittance of $5bn accrued from crude sales between 2005 and 2019. Chairman of the committee, Peter Akpatason, noted the irregularities in the various documents submitted by NNPC and other agencies. He stated that the panel was set up to identify and proffer lasting solutions to oil theft and revenue loss. Akpatason decried that the illicit act ‘has lasted too long’, saying, “As responsi...
Ex-Service Chiefs as ambassadors: Wike accuses Senators, Reps of double standards
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Ex-Service Chiefs as ambassadors: Wike accuses Senators, Reps of double standards

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has accused the National Assembly of double standard for confirming former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Burutai and other ex-Service Chiefs as non-career ambassadors. Wike also took a swipe at a National Assembly member from Kogi State, Smart Adeyemi, for describing Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State as a ‘drunk.’ The governor spoke when the Senate Committee on Niger Delta paid him a visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Wednesday. Wike wondered why senators, who had severally decried the poor performances of the former service chiefs cleared them for another appointment. He said: “Let me use this opportunity to express the dismay of most Nigerians to the Senate. Convey this to the Senate. We must be courageous in whateve...
House of Reps to confirm new service chiefs Tuesday
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House of Reps to confirm new service chiefs Tuesday

There are strong indications that the House of Representatives will on Tuesday confirm appointments of the new service chiefs nominated by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). It was reliably learnt on Saturday that the ad hoc committee set up by the House to screen the nominees would lay its report on Tuesday. Incidentally, the House now holds plenary just once every week – on Tuesday – due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview with our correspondent on Saturday, Chairman, House Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson, disclosed the level of preparedness for the report presentation. When asked if the report was ready, Benson said the committee was putting some “finishing touches.” Responding to another question on when is the committee would lay the...
Reps set to screen new service chiefs Wednesday
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Reps set to screen new service chiefs Wednesday

The House of Representatives will on Wednesday screen the newly appointed service chiefs, The PUNCH has learnt. The service chiefs will be screened behind closed doors for security reasons, according to Chairman of the House Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson, who spoke to our correspondent on Monday. They are Maj. Gen. Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea lrabor – Chief of Defence Staff; Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao – Chief of Air staff. They are to replace the former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. Spe...
Reps to ban journalists without media degree
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Reps to ban journalists without media degree

The Nigerian House of Representatives has started considering a bill which will make it illegal for anyone without the minimum qualification of a bachelor’s degree or higher national diploma (HND) in journalism or other related courses to practice journalism in the country. The bill is being sponsored by Francis Agbo, the member representing Ado/Ogbadigbo/Okpokwu federal constituency. The bill tagged the Nigerian Press Council Amendment Bill 2019 has already passed first reading on the floor of the house. The bill which is already scheduled for second reading, seeks to amend some sections of the Nigerian Press Council Act Cap N128 LFN 2004. The bill makes provision for those without the basic requirements listed above to “within five years obtain a postgraduate certificate...
House of Reps set up committee to screen new service chiefs
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House of Reps set up committee to screen new service chiefs

The House of Representatives has set up a 40-member joint committee to screen the new Service Chiefs. The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, announced this at Wednesday’s plenary. President Muhammadu Buhari appointed the new service chiefs on January 26. He had also forwarded the names to the National Assembly for screening and confirmation. The new service chiefs are – Maj.-Gen. Lucky lrabor (Chief of Defence Staff), Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru (Chief of Army Staff), Rear Adm. Awwal Zubairu Gambo (Chief of Naval Staff) and AVM Isiaka O. Amao (Chief of Air Staff). The speaker said members of the committee included chairmen and deputy chairmen of the House’s Standing Committees on Defence, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Navy. The former service ch...
House of Reps Deputy Speaker’s aide resigns, says my integrity and peace of mind priceless’
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House of Reps Deputy Speaker’s aide resigns, says my integrity and peace of mind priceless’

Ahmad Tijjani Abubakar, a legislative aide to the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase Idris, has resigned from his appointment with the lawmaker, saying his “integrity and peace of mind are more important to him.” Abubakar, who tendered his resignation letter to the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Francis Akabueze, on January 27, said his integrity and peace of mind was affected by his job and position. He also posted the letter on his Facebook page on Sunday and asked the Deputy Speaker to ensure the full payment of his salaries and other entitlements. Abubakar wrote: “ALHAMDULILLAH. My integrity and peace of mind are priceless. One is off, the other is on the way. May ALLAH SWT continue to be our source of everything we need in the name of our ...
Fighters in our chamber will be arrested, prosecuted – House of Reps threatens
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Fighters in our chamber will be arrested, prosecuted – House of Reps threatens

The House of Representatives has threatened to arrest any member or group of persons who would constitute themselves into a nuisance within the confines of the National Assembly Complex in the future. The warning was issued in a statement on Friday by the spokesman of the House, Benjamin Kalu who was reacting to a fight that erupted on Thursday in Abuja between members of the oil host communities in the Niger Delta region during a public hearing on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). He said that the House was disappointed by the unhealthy development, stressing that the action defiled and desecrated the sanctity of the parliament. Titled “Re: Scuffle at the Public Hearing of the Petroleum Industry Bill the statement read thus in full: “The House is appalled at the scuffle whi...
Breaking: Fight breaks out at Reps PIB public hearing
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Breaking: Fight breaks out at Reps PIB public hearing

It was a free-for-all by oil producing communities in the Niger Delta region on Thursday during a public hearing on the Petroleum Industry Bill(PIB) at the House of Representatives. The fight broke out at House hearing room 028 among some of the leaders of the host communities Although it was not clear what led to the fight, trouble started immediately hostcom was called by the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee to make their presentations. The chairman has earlier said that after the Hostcom complete their presentation,the various host communities will be invited individually to make their presentations. But they shouted him down with a shout of no, no, no. To this end, lawmakers and other participants are scampering for safety. Security agents are currently trying to...
Reps urge Nigerian govt to postpone schools resumption by three months over COVID-19
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Reps urge Nigerian govt to postpone schools resumption by three months over COVID-19

The House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services on Saturday urged the Federal Government to postpone the resumption of schools across the country by three months over the COVID-19 pandemic. Several states governments in Nigeria had directed schools in their domains to resume academic activities on January 18. The Chairman of the committee, Julius Ihonvbere, who made the call in a statement titled: “School resumption: Are we truly prepared?,” urged the federal government to review the January 18 resumption date. He implored the government to postpone the resumption by an additional three months over fears that there are no adequate measures in schools to check the spread of the COVID-19. The statement read: “We are particularly concerned that when the...
Ex-House of Reps deputy speaker loses seven family members in auto crash
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Ex-House of Reps deputy speaker loses seven family members in auto crash

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Sunday sent condolences to a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Babangida Nguroje, over the death of seven of his family members. Nguroje was said to have lost two of his sisters, Zainab and Hajiya Hadiza with her husband and their four kids, to a road accident. Buhari’s condolence message to the former federal lawmaker was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled “President Buhari condoles with Hon. Nguroje, over death of sisters, others.” Shehu quoted the President as saying, “I am lost for words to describe such multiple deaths in a single-car accident in which family members perished. “I received the news of this tragedy with deep sh...
We never apologised to anyone over Buhari’s invitation, Reps say
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We never apologised to anyone over Buhari’s invitation, Reps say

The leadership of the House of Representatives on Monday disclosed that it has never apologised to anyone including President Muhammadu Buhari for exercising its constitutional responsibility to the Nigerian citizens. Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Honourable Benjamin Kalu, who gave the position via a statement entitled: ‘Clarification on apology to the Presidency’, dismissed the report in its entirety. Kalu, who expressed dismay over the content of the report, stressed that the Presidency had at no point demanded for apology from the House as well. “It has come to the knowledge of the House that a few sections of the media reported that the House apologised to the Presidency over the resolution of the House which arose from the motion sponsored by mem...
Insecurity: Reps drop Buhari invitation, apologise to Presidency
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Insecurity: Reps drop Buhari invitation, apologise to Presidency

The House of Representatives is no longer keen on inviting President Muhammadu Buhari to address it on the security challenge in the country. The House leadership, according to sources, found that the initial invitation had assumed ethnic and political dimension. It was also learnt that some of the lawmakers behind the motion to invite Buhari had apologised to the Presidency. They claimed that their motion was not intended to embarrass the President, contrary to insinuations in some quarters. Some members had sponsored a motion to seek the urgent intervention of the Presidency following the recent killing of 48 farmers in Zabamari, Borno State. Those who demanded action were Hon. Ahmed Satomi, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno, Hon. Zainab Gimba, Hon. Muktar Betara, Hon. Mall...
Reps reject bill proposing 70 years as age limit for president
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Reps reject bill proposing 70 years as age limit for president

The House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a bill which proposed 70 years as age limit for any individual vying for the office of the president. The bill also proposed 65 years as the age limit for all persons targeting seats in the National Assembly. The bill which was sponsored by a member of the House representing Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala federal constituency, Bede Eke, was rejected outrightly by the lawmakers. Bede said the bill was an extension of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run bill. He said: “We had some challenges recently with the #EndSARS protests, and we are aware of their demands. Our youths will celebrate this House if we should pass this bill. “You cannot talk about Not Too Young To Run when people are occupying the places.” In his remark, the Minority ...
Rep members dump PDP, APGA, defect to APC
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Rep members dump PDP, APGA, defect to APC

Two members of the House of Representatives announced their defections at the plenary on Tuesday. While Aliyu Ya’u (Peoples Democratic Party, Kano), defected to join the All Progressives Congress, Shiddi Danjuma (APGA, Taraba) also defected to the APC. The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, read their separate letters of defection during Tuesday’s plenary. The Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu; and Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu, faulted the defections arguing that the defectors misled the house by claiming they left their former parties because of a crisis. Gbajabiamila noted their points but went on to declare that with Yau’s defection, all of Kano’s 24 members now belong to the APC. A member from Benue State, Herman Hembe, had on Tuesday last week, left APGA to join th...
We have constitutional rights to invite Buhari, Reps hits Malami
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We have constitutional rights to invite Buhari, Reps hits Malami

House of Representatives has vehemently refuted the claims by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami that the National Assembly lacked powers to invite the President for questioning. The House said it did not act in error by inviting President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that the House had the right to investigate issues bothering the country. House spokesman and chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, told journalists after plenary that since the House was yet to receive any official communication from the president that he was no longer honouring the invitation, it would be wrong for them to assume that he would not honour the invitation. Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Ju...
We’re pleased with your performance – Elders, stakeholders tell Hon Chidoka
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We’re pleased with your performance – Elders, stakeholders tell Hon Chidoka

By: Isaac Ojo The lawmaker representing Idemili North and South Local Government Areas in the House of Representatives, Hon Obinna Chidoka has played host to elders and stakeholders from Nkpor. Hon. Chidoka during an interaction with his visitors charged political office holders to perform in their first tenure rather than waiting for the second term. He said that it is imperative for politicians to make good their electioneering campaign promises in their first tenure because they may not have opportunity of going for second term. "There are many politicians in and outside Nigeria who didn't get second tenure, few examples include; former Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, former President Goodluck Jonathan and even President Donald Trump, they can only be assessed based...
PDP House of Reps seeks for Buhari’s impeachment
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PDP House of Reps seeks for Buhari’s impeachment

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus of the House of Representatives has called on members of the Green Chamber, to commence impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari. They opine, he is incapable of continuing as the leader of the country. Besides, the section of PDP lawmakers in the Green Chamber, urged members of his cabinet to declare him incapacitated, invoking section 144 of the 1999 constitution. The caucus “wants Nigerians to compel their representatives in the National Assembly to immediately commence impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari for gross incompetence and persistent and continuous breach of Section 14(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution. The Section provides ” the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary p...
Reps invite Emefiele, Ahmed over alleged illegal withdrawal of $21bn NLNG funds
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Reps invite Emefiele, Ahmed over alleged illegal withdrawal of $21bn NLNG funds

The House of Representatives has invited Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN); Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning as well as Ahmed Idris, the accountant-general of the federation over the purported illegal withdrawal of $21 billion from the Nigeria Liquefied and Natural Gas Limited (NLNG)’s Dividends Account from 1999 to 2020. The committee on public accounts of the lower legislative arm put out the summons following a remark by Mele Kyari, the group managing director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the deductions from the NLNG Dividends Account were endorsed by the CBN, the Federal Ministry of Finance and the NNPC. Umar Ajiya, the NNPC chief financial officer, who deputised for Mr Kyari, no...
House of Reps seeks for better salaries, allowances for doctors, others
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House of Reps seeks for better salaries, allowances for doctors, others

The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, called on Federal Government to increase the salary and allowances of Nigerian medical practitioners for their better welfare. The House specifically urged the Ministry of Labour, Employment, and Productivity to “review the salary, allowances, and welfare of Nigerian medical practitioners and House decried the mass exodus of workers in the health sector, calling on the Federal Government to discourage the migration of health workers to other countries. The House specifically urged the Ministry of Labour, Employment, and Productivity to “review the salary, allowances, and welfare of Nigerian medical practitioners.” The House also called on the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity to “consider expanding the size of the medica...
BREAKING: Reps to summon Buhari, demand explanation over Borno killings
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BREAKING: Reps to summon Buhari, demand explanation over Borno killings

The House of Representatives has resolved to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to address members in plenary over the security crises across the country. Earlier, plenary at the House of Representatives turned rowdy on Tuesday as members were sharply divided over a motion seeking to invite Buhari to appear before the lawmakers to explain the rising spate of insecurity in the country. The House was considering a motion moved by members from Borno State on the recent massacre of 43 rice farmers in the state by Boko Haram insurgents. Part of the prayers was to invite Buhari to appear on the floor of the House and address the lawmakers in plenary. Efforts by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and Chairman, House Committee on Air Force, Shehu ...