BREAKING: National Assembly Resumes Today

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The National Assembly upon its resumption today (Tuesday) will focus on the hikes in electricity tariff and petrol price.

It wa also gathered that both Chambers would  start considering the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and the Petroleum Industry Bill as well as debate the worsening insecurity in the country

Other issues that will attract the attention of the Lawmakers include the controversial water bill and  the Companies and Allied Matters Act which has been opposed by the groups including the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, who pleaded anonymity said that the Senate would  receive briefings from its relevant Committees on Power and Petroleum Resources.

The Principal Officer said that the recent hikes in the electricity and fuel prices would be debated.

He said: “We are resuming on Tuesday amidst the crisis generated by the recent electricity and fuel prices increments and as representatives of Nigerians, we must address them.

“We had earlier appealed to the electricity distribution companies in Nigeria to suspend their planned tariff increment till next year and they agreed.

“They hurriedly announced the increment when we were  on recess, so we are going to find out what happened  from them.

“As for the fuel price increase, it is not acceptable to us but we are going to listen to the arguments of stakeholders before taking a formal position on it.”

It was learnt that some Senators would raise the issue of CAMA currently generating controversies.

The Senator representing Ekiti South, Biodun Olujimi, disclosed that the issue would definitely be tabled for discussion at  plenary.

She said: “The CAMA issue is generating controversies and we have to address it during our sessions”.

The Spokesperson for the Senate, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, confirmed that the Senate would address all current issues.

He said: “As you are aware, the leadership of the House of Representatives had invited the organised labour for a meeting. It was geared towards finding a solution to the impending industrial crisis as a result of the fuel and electricity tariff hikes.

“I can assure you that there is no division among the Leadership of the Senate and that of the House. We are working towards the same goal.

“The House Leadership would brief their counterpart in the Senate on the outcome of its meeting with the Labour Leaders and the National Assembly will take a position on it as an institution”.

Meanwhile, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, is expected to communicate the transmission of the PIB to his colleagues at plenary.

Also, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Solomon Adeola, is expected to submit his  panel’s report on the 2021-2023 MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper on resumption of plenary this week.

The consideration of the report and its approval will  determine the presentation of the 2021 budget by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to the National Assembly in October.

Apart from this, the Committee on the Review of 1999 Constitution is expected to start legislative work on the various memoranda, reports and bills already submitted by Nigerians, seeking amendments to the constitution.

The Chairman of the Committee, who is also the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, had said the panel would start work as soon as the submission of memorandum closed.

It was learnt that the Secretariat of the Committee stopped the collection of memorandum on Friday in line with the directive of the panel leadership.

Speaking, the Chairman of the House Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson, said the Lawmakers would address issues concerning security and economy of the country.

Benson said: “One, we are going to complete the Nigerian Armed Forces Support Fund Bill; two, the Electoral Act (amendment bill) is very important; three, constitution review; four, the PIB. We intend to deliberate on them vigorously and ensure that a lot of work is done within the next one or two months”.

The ‘Bill for an Act to Provide Special Financial Support for the Revamping of the Nigerian Armed Forces with the Provision of Regular Training for Armed Forces Personnel and the Provision of Modern Security and Defence Equipment and Other Related Matters’ passed second reading on February 27, 2020.

Also, Chairman of the House Committee on Navy, Yusuf Gagdi, said the Chamber was ready to address pending issues affecting the country and the people.    

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