OrderPaperToday – This week the National Assembly will be preoccupied with matters ranging from insecurity to probing billions of unremitted funds by revenue generating agencies of the federal government, among other pertinent legislative activities.

Security Committee begins work

The Senate ad-hoc committee on reviewing the security architecture of the country is set to commence work this week following its inauguration last week.

The formation of the committee followed a motion moved by the Senate leader, Abdullahi Yahaya, on the urgent need to restructure, review and reorganise the current security architecture of the country.

The committee is chaired by Senate leader, Yahaya Abdullahi.

Members of the committee include Senate minority leader, Eyinnaya Abaribe; Senate deputy chief whip, Sabi Abdullahi; Senator Mohammed Ndume, Senator Aliyu Wammako, Senator Dauda Jike, Senator Kashim Shettima, Senator Ibn Na’Allah, Senator George Sekibo and Senator Ibrahim Gobir.

Others are Senator Suleiman Kwari, Senator Kabiru Gaya, Senator Gershom Bassey, Senator Stella Oduah, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Senator Abba Moro, Senator Abubakar Yusuf and Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

During the inauguration of the ad-hoc committee last Tuesday in Abuja, the Senate president, Ahmed Lawan, urged the 18-member committee to deepen understanding of the nature of the security crisis and to recommend ways to improve the situation.

In the House of Representatives, a key legislation on possible integration of private Closed Circuit Television into the national security infrastructure is likely to be introduced.

Committee on Constitution Review for inauguration

Last week, the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, constituted the 9th Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Constitution Review.

Deputy Senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege, is the chairman of the committee, while one member was drawn from each state to form its membership. In addition, two senators were also selected per region to serve in the committee as regional representatives.

The members include principal officers and ranking senators. The principal officers are: Ovie Omo-Agege (chairman), Abdullahi Yahaya, Robert Boroffice, Sabi Abdullahi, Eyinnaya Abaribe, Emmanuel Bwacha, Philip Aduda and Sahabi Ya’u. They also constitute the steering committee and members of the main committee. Each state is represented by one senator as already reported.

House Investigations

This week, the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts will continue investigative hearings on what it describes as “reckless refusal by non-treasury and partially funded agencies to render their audited accounts covering the period 2014-2018 to the Auditor General of the Federation.”

Already, the committee has queried the Department of Petroleum of Resources (DPR) over non-compliance with a directive to make their audited accounts available to the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation (AGF). The committee also expressed displeasure that the DPR did not remit funds through the appropriate channel but chose instead to remit through the Ministry of Petroleum.

More agencies are now expected to appear before the committee this week.

Similarly, the House of Representatives Committee on Finance uncovered over N65 billion unremitted funds generated as revenue by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) between 2014 and 2019.

Documents made available to the committee by FAAN showed that the agency was supposed to have remitted the sum of N9.48 billion but made remittance of N5 billion for the year 2014 and similarly, in 2015, same FAAN underpaid government over N8 billion as actual amount paid into federation account was discovered to N1.145 billion but claim it paid N2.151 billion, whereas the actual amount due to federal government was 10.85 billion.

Speaking further, the chairman of the committee, James Faleke, added that “in 2016, the actual amount due to federal government was supposed to be N11.6 billion but you, FAAN, paid N1.56 billion into the federation account. Also in 2017, the actual amount due to federal government was N13.19 billion but you underpaid the sum of N1.51 billion.”

This week, the committee will continue its investigations in a bid to ensure that government revenue generating agencies make proper remittances to the federation account as and when due.

A key probe likely to be started in the House is on the health sector as a member is prepared to raise a motion on the utilisation of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund in plenary.


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