OrderPaperToday – Investigative hearings in both federal chambers involving the appearances of top officials from the executive arm will largely shape the activities of the National Assembly in the coming week.
Also, the accusation and counter-accusation over the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) will likely resurface next week.
774,000 jobs: Will Ngige break the ice between NASS and Keyamo?
The Minister for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Sen. Chris Ngige, was last week invited by the National Assembly to explain modalities for the implementation of the public works scheme slated to create jobs for 774,000 Nigerians.
This followed the stormy session that ensued between the Minister of State for Labour and productivity, Festus Keyamo and federal lawmakers over allegations of attempted hijacking of slots by the latter.
The lawmakers directed that the programme be put on hold pending the appearance of Ngige who observers believe is more experienced in relating with the legislature having been a senator himself.
Officials to appear in Reps over organ trafficking…
The Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali was summoned last week Wednesday by the House of Representatives over the proliferation of human organ trafficking of Nigerians across the borders. He is expected to appear this week.
Others expected to appear are Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) and Federal Ministries of Justice and Labour, Employment and Productivity for the investigative hearing into the travails of Nigerians trapped in foreign countries.
Govt agencies, oil companies face probe over revenue leakages…
The House of Representatives had threatened to issue warrants of arrest against the Director of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the managing director of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) if they fail to submit documents before the House joint Committees on Finance, Banking, and Currency on the investigative hearing into the alleged $30 billion dollar annual revenue leakages by multinational oil companies.
Other companies and agencies expected to present documents are; PAN Ocean Oil Nigeria Ltd, Statoil Company Ltd, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd, Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), Addax Petroleum Development Company Ltd, Chevron, sterling oil exploration, heritage oil exploration, and a host of others.
Report on privatization of power to be presented…
Following the conclusion of the investigative hearing on N1.8trillion federal interventions in the power sector since its privatization from 2012 and invitation of several relevant stakeholders, the Senate committee on Power is expected to revert to the chamber and proffer recommendations on the matter.
Recall that at the end of the hearing, the Chairman of the Committee, Gabriel Suswam (PDP, Benue) informed that Government’s Ministries, Departments, and Agencies are owing Distribution Companies N98 billion. He also pointed out that insolvency is the cause of the country’s deteriorating power sector.
Screening of non-career ambassadors designate…
In a letter read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan last week, President Muhammadu Buhari sent 42 names for confirmation as non-career ambassadors designate.
This might be referred to the relevant committee which would then hold a session to screen the nominees.
Public hearing of alleged fraud in NDDC…
Although the time given by the senate to probe the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) following a motion moved by Senator George Sekibo of an alleged money laundering to the tune of N40 billion has elapsed, no beyond a media warfare has happened.
It is however likely that the investigation hold this week after a group petitioned both chambers informing that the monies laundered are more than the said amount.
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