National Assembly Resumes Today After 2 Months Break

THE ongoing battle against insurgency in the North-East, as well as the battle against the spread of the Ebola virus are top of the Senate agenda as the lawmakers resume today.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, who stated this in an interview in Abuja, said the senators will immediately consider the request of President Goodluck Jonathan for a loan of $1 billion to secure weapons to fight insurgency.

He also said the Senate will be looking for the best way out of the current threat of an outbreak of Ebola virus in the country.

The senator, in an interview with Senate correspondents in Abuja, on Monday, said the lawmakers were also expecting the  president to send in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) that would guide the process of the 2015 budget.

He stated that the National Assembly would take up the report of the just-concluded national conference, in accordance with due legislative practice.

According to him, the National Assembly would await the president’s decision on aspects of the report that demanded legislative action.

He also said that the Senate would give priority attention to the request of the president for police funding reforms and align such request as contained in a recent letter with constitutional provisions.

“Today, we can say that as we resume, we will consider the health challenge that is facing the country, the way it is handled, the way forward, particularly the Ebola question, it cannot be unnoticed, it will be addressed by the Senate.

“Also, the request from Mr President for $1 billion loan will be laid on the order paper for consideration by the Senate,” he said.

On  the confab, he said “when it comes from the president, we will address it in the normal legislative process, but we cannot speak on a matter which we are yet to receive, because we do not know the form, time and the character it will come. As of today, I am not aware that we have received it.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Rules and Business, Honourable Albert Sam-Tsokwa, has asked President Jonathan to beam his searchlight on the spending of Ministry of Defence and Defence headquarters.

This, he said, was as a result of growing insecurity in the North-East, despite trillions of naira budgetted for security sector in the country.

This came as the lawmaker impressed it on the executive arm of government to ensure that the 2015 budget was submitted to the National Assembly between now and first week of October, saying that “2015 is an election year and it will not be in the interest of Nigerians that the budget is passed late.”

The lawmaker, while expressing worry over the activities of Boko Haram insurgent in the troubled zone, on Monday, asked the president to investigate the spending of the military, in order to know the true position on the state of the nation.

Speaking ahead of House resumption today, Sam-Tsokwa noted that “the House of Representatives has a pact with Nigerians, based on its legislative agenda and I want to assure them that we will keep fate with the legislative agenda.”

He added that “the Boko Haram members are nonentities,” querying why they were having an upper hands.

“Let the president do an in-house search, but certainly, there are enemies within,” he stated.



Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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