Drama, as APC Reps members trade slaps over committee
Dec 27, 2015
By Dayo Oyewo
The disaster rocking the Home of Representatives over juicy committees took a dramatic flip as two members of the Home of Representatives, Hon. Herman Hembe and Hon. Aliyu Sani Madaki, on Tuesday exchanged slaps over the problem.
The altercation sprang between the each who’re members of the All Progressives Congress up shortly earlier than the graduation of the day’s sitting.
It nonetheless took the took the intervention of the Deputy Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Hon. Yusuf Lasun, to separate Hembe (APC-Benue) and Madaki (APC-Kano).
The allocation of chairmanship of Home Committees by the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has drawn unhealthy blood among the many Honourable members of the Home as there have been allegations of favouritism within the allocation of the headship of the committees.
Hembe emerged because the chairman of the Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, which is taken into account as a Grade A committee and by extension juicy.
A associated growth of such nature got here up on Monday as some loyalists of Femi Gbajabiamila, majority chief of the home of representatives, boycotted the inauguration of standing committees of the home faulting the distribution components.
Talking on the finish of a gathering that lasted greater than six hours, Musa Adar (Sokoto-APC) rejected the distribution and accused Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the home, of favouring opposition events. Adar, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, stated the composition of the chairmen and deputy chairmen of the committees, was a “clear manifestation of the maginalisation of the All Progressives Congress (APC)”.
In accordance with him, within the seventh meeting, the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), which was the bulk, bought 71 per cent share of the committees, whereas minority events bought 26 of the 89 committees. Adar questioned why there can be even distribution between the APC, which is almost all within the eighth meeting, and minority events. “No legislature on the earth has ever shared committees on 50:50 foundation between the bulk and the minority,” he stated.
“There should be clear-cut margin between majority and minority events as was finished in earlier assemblies.”
He alleged that the committees had been shared in a way calculated at sabotaging the bulk, “with the last word purpose of rolling again the electoral victory of our social gathering”. Adar stated committees on petroleum, works, gasoline, international affairs, banking, info know-how, aviation, ports and waterways, which had been essential “to the success of President Muhammadu Buhari’s change agenda”, got to the PDP.
“What’s the motive behind such undemocratic transfer? Is it to derail the change agenda of President Buhari to ease their ungodly marriage with PDP forward of 2019?’’ he requested. Aliyu Madaki, Musa Adar, Ayo Omidiran, Phillip Shaibu, Sunday Adepoju and 20 different lawmakers attended the assembly.
Nonetheless, Mohammed Monguno, Samil Sulieman and Rufai Chanchangi, who had been additionally current on the assembly, participated on the inauguration ceremony as chairmen of agriculture and stable minerals, and deputy chairman of customs and excise duties respectively.
Whereas inaugurating the committees, Dogara charged the chairmen “to hit the bottom working”. “Some commentators have decried the massive variety of committees as being unwieldy and non-cost efficient.
This criticism despite the fact that, apparently effectively intentioned, misses the purpose,” he stated. “Expertise gained from the operation of committees since 1999, reveals that the features and mandates of some committees are very extensive certainly and can’t be successfully supervised and over sighted by a single committee.
“As an illustration, the home cut up the committee on training into two, specifically: primary training and providers, and tertiary training and providers. “The previous committee on training had a mandate to supervise the funds and coverage problems with the next establishments.”
Earlier, in a letter to Dogara, Gbajabiamila had expressed reservations for not being consulted within the formation means of management of the committees.
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