OrderPaperToday – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has come down hard on committees that stall on reporting on mandates referred to them at plenary.
Speaking on the issue on Tuesday in his resumption address, Dogara directed all standing and ad-hoc committees to comply with an earlier directive to submit reports of all referrals to their committees.
The Speaker said the delay in submission of the reports is stalling legislative activities and in turn hindering development of the country because some of the issues are supposed to have been deliberated upon and decisions taken at plenary long ago.
Recall that the House through a resolution issued a directive asked all committees whose reports are yet to be submitted to do so but months after that call many committees are yet to comply.
According to him, “the practice of divesting various Ad-Hoc and Standing Committees with jurisdiction over referrals that have refused or neglected to submit their Reports on various Bills and Resolutions would continue in the new year.
“We would strengthen the Rules and Business Committee of the House, which is the secretariat of the Committee of Whole, to consider the Reports divested from various Committees. Indeed, all Ad-Hoc Committees that have not submitted their Reports within the time frame given to them, and without getting an extension of time from the House would be divested of jurisdiction and that without further notice.”