OrderPaperToday – This week, plenary will resume after the extended three week break embarked upon by both chambers of the National Assembly to allow its Committees oversee the defence of the 2020 budget. Also, the drama surrounding the NDDC board is expected to come to an end with the confirmation of nominees.

Plenary resumption and 2020 budget: Plenary will resume this week. The House and Senate initially adjourned for two weeks to allow for budget defence but subsequently added a week, following the failure of its committees to conclude the process as scheduled. Committees of both Chambers of the National Assembly will begin to put their budget reports together to pave way for the third reading and passage of the budget. This process could tarry and the budget may not be passed before December.

NDDC Board Confirmation: Last week, the nation was treated to another display of the Senate’s “bow and go” tradition after nominees for appointment into the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) were mostly eased through the screening process. Nevertheless, the nominees would likely be confirmed in plenary this week.

The nominees include Pius Odubu from Edo State, nominated for the position of Chairman; Bernard Okumagba from Delta State, nominated for the position of Managing Director; and Otobong Ndem from Akwa Ibom State who was nominated as the Executive Director, Projects.

Others are:  Maxwell Okoh from Bayelsa State; Jones Erue from Delta State; Victor Ekhatar from Edo State; and Joy Nunieh from Rivers State; Nwogu Nwogu from Abia State; Theodore Allison from Bayelsa State; Victor Antai from Akwa Ibom State;  Maurice Effiwatt from Cross River State; Olugbenga Edema from Ondo State; and Uchegbu Kyrian from Imo State.

Also nominated are: Aisha Murtala Muhammed from Kano State, representing North-West; Ardo Zubairu from Adamawa State, representing the North East; Ambassador Abdullahi Bage from Nasarawa, representing the North Central; and Badmus Mutalib from Lagos State representing the South West.

Power transfer bill to be passed: A Bill for an Act to provide for the smooth and orderly transfer of power from one government to another sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, is set for passage this week. A Bill for an Act to amend the Labour Act to make further provisions for the compulsory registration of all foreign employers of labour in Nigeria will also likely be passed this week.

Media bills debate:  A Bill for an Act to amend the National Broadcasting Commission Act and A Bill for an Act to amend the Nigeria Press Council Act are scheduled to be debated during the week as the bills are set for second reading in the House of Representatives. The amendment to the NBC Act is designed to strengthen the Commission and increase its effectiveness while the amendment to the Press Council Act will remove bottlenecks affecting its performance and bring it up to date with current realities in press regulation.

Other bills set for second reading in the Green Chamber this week include: A Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerian Security Trust Fund Act; A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Primary Health Care Development Agency Act and A Bill for an Act to Establish the Forensic DNA Database in Nigeria.

Continued Budget Defence: Despite the extended three week period granted to Committees of the National Assembly to carry out budget defence sessions, the exercise will continue this week with a handful of Committees which are yet to conclude their assignments.


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