OrderPaperToday – As activities are beginning to pick up across the country despite the spread of COVID-19, the National Assembly particularly the House of Representatives will this week revert back to normal plenary schedules – thrice weekly – unlike the past one month that the lawmakers sat once weekly.

The passage of the revised 2020 budget will be prioritized in the coming week alongside pending probes assigned to standing and ad-hoc committees of the National Assembly.

Passage of 2020 budget…

The 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF &FSP) was passed by both chambers in the previous week.

This week, the committees on Appropriation in both houses will likely present their reports paving way for possible passage of the revised 2020 budget.

Insecurity tops probe exercises in Reps…

The House on Thursday last week summoned the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin and Service Chiefs, Director, Department of State Security and Inspector General of Police to brief it on the effort being made to tackle renewed killings, kidnapping and armed banditry in the country at next sitting. This will likely happen on Tuesday or any other plenary day this week

The Joint Committees on Committee on Foreign Affairs, Diaspora, Human Rights and Inter-parliamentary investigating the maltreatment of Nigerians living in China by Chinese authority in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to present it report.

Similarly, the House of Representatives Joint Committees on Foreign Affairs, Diaspora and Labour has scheduled a meeting with Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice & Labour & Productivity, NIDCOM, NAPTIP and Nigeria Immigration Service on Monday, 8th June 2020.

Power worries high on senate’s investigations…

The Ministry of Finance, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other power agencies will appear before the Senate committee on Power over N1.8 trillion Federal Government interventions in the Power Sector since privatisation of the sector from 2012 to date.

The probe conducted by the Senate Committee on Power is on Power Sector Recovery Plan and the Impact of COVID-19 pandemic following a motion moved in the red Chamber.

Also the red chamber had directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to make submission of documents indicating alleged variations in exchange rate which caused missing $3.3billion from the $21.3billion remitted to it by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) as foreign Tax in 2015.

Officials of the Nigerian Army , the Police and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are expected to appear on Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Public Accounts over alleged unaudited Accounts for several years.


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