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National Assembly Lawmakers propose immunity for presiding officers of legislature


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The lawmakers argued that presiding officers in the legislature ought to enjoy immunity since its applicable to the executive and judiciary.

Lawmakers, numbering 21, on Saturday, June 18, voted in favour of proposed immunity for presiding officers of the legislature, while 15 voted against it.
The decision was taken at a two day retreat on constitution review, organised by the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Constitution Review, with the theme,
“Towards Ensuring Governance Accountability in Nigerian federalism.’’
The lawmakers argued that presiding officers in the legislature ought to enjoy immunity since its applicable to the executive and judiciary.
The Chairman Senate Committee on Works, Kabiru Gaya , said the essence of immunity was to guard some public office holders against any form of distraction while discharging their duties.
He said, “there are three tiers of government and only two arms enjoy immunity.
“See what is happening to the President of the Senate now. We are not saying the case in court should be stopped.
“But even yesterday we read in the papers that there is a fresh case of forgery of Senate Standing Rule against the presiding officers and some other persons and all is to distabilise us.’’
The Leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume , also supported the proposal for immunity for all presiding officers in the three arms of government.
However, he argued that such immunity should be limited to civil offences committed by the officers.
According to him, “for criminal issues there should be no immunity but for civil offences there should be immunity. Whoever it is that is involved in a criminal matter should be prosecuted.’’
The Minority Leader of the Senate,
Godswill Akpabio , proposed that all National Assembly members and Houses of Assembly members should be given immunity.
He explained that elected officers, who were saddled with the responsibility of ensuring good governance should be allowed to carry out their functions without any form of interference.
“I propose that all principal officers of the House of Assembly, House of Representatives and Senate, should enjoy immunity like the executive.
“So all parliamentarians who have criminal cases can be invested but they should serve their punishment after office,’’ he said.
However, the Deputy Senate Leaders,
Bala Ibn N’ Allah, argued that Nigerians might misconstrue the proposal for immunity for the legislature to mean that they were arrogating so much power to themselves.
He suggested total removal of immunity from all arms of government, adding:
”`Let us remove immunity from everyone and let there be balance.
“If you give immunity to everybody, a legislator may rape a lady and wait to finish his tenure before being prosecuted because he has immunity,’’ he said.

In a similar development, the lawmakers agreed on rotation of governorship positions among different ethnic groups in states.
The lawmakers also proposed that independent candidates should be allowed to vie for political offices and voted against diaspora voting.

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Sex Scandal Reps begin investigation into alleged misconduct of 3 members


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The three members of the House namely; Mohammed Garba Gololo, Samuel Ikon and Mark Gbillah have been accused of soliciting for sex and attempted rape.

The House of Representatives says it has begun investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct its members who recently attended an International Visitor Leadership Program in the United States.
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, had in a
l » etter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara , accused three members of the lower chamber of improper conduct, attempted rape and soliciting for prostitutes while on official trip to the U.S.
The three lawmakers namely;
Mohammed Garba Gololo , Samuel Ikon and Mark Gbillah were accused of
soliciting for sex and attempted rape » .
Spokesman of the House, Abdulrazak Namdas who confirmed the receipt of a letter from Mr Entwistle to the Speaker said the leadership of the House has begun investigating the matter adding that the outcome of the investigation would be made known in due time.
“We are in receipt of a letter from the ambassador from the United States to Nigeria where he alleged that there is a misconduct by some members of the National Assembly that attended a programme.
“However as a responsible parliament, the leadership has received these letters and it’s doing its own investigation and it remains an allegation,” Namdas said.
Meanwhile, two lawmakers » have since denied »

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Bill to reduce age qualification of political candidates to 30 years passes second reading in House of Reps


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The second reading of a Bill by the House of Representatives seeking to reduce the age qualifications for interested candidates to contest for the positions of President, governor and senator in the country to 30 years, passed second reading yesterday June 8th.
The bill also seeks to reduce the age qualifications to contest for the House of Representatives and State Houses of Assembly to 25 years.
The bill which is being sponsored by Tony Chinedu Nwulu representing Oshodi-Isolo 11 Federal Constituency of Lagos State, seeks to alter section 65, 106, 131 and 177 of the 1999 constitution which had pegged the age qualification of candidates for the office of President at 40 years and above, office of governors and senate, 35 years and above and House of Representatives and state Houses of Assembly members to 25 years and above.
Speaking on the bill, Nwulu said “Countries like the United Kingdom parliament decided in 2006 to lower their age of candidacy from 21 to 18, which had existed since the Parliamentary Elections Act 1695. An age candidacy of 25 would encourage greater youth participation in politics.” The bill is also seeking to permit independent candidacy during any election.

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Photo/Video: Nassarawa state lawmakers fight dirty in their chambers over appointment of sole administrators


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Members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly engaged in a free for all fight during their plenary last Friday April 2nd over the appointment of local council administrators in the state.

The state governor, Tanko Al-Makura had dissolved the boards of the various council administrators after their two-year tenure ended on March 24th.

The governor immediately appointed sole administrators to man the affairs of the Local government areas, a decision that was not welcomed by the state house legislators who according to them, had resolved to immediately conduct elections so that new Local government chairmen can be sworn in.

Six out of the 24 lawmakers alleged that the other lawmakers had received money to go against their resolution. The allegations prompted the House leader to call for their suspension, a motion that resulted to chaos. The suspended members prevented the sitting, leading to a fight.

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Mother, boyfriend charged in death of toddler burned in oven


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Remember the story about the little girl who was burned in the oven by her older siblings? Well her mum and her boyfriend have been charged with four counts of child endangerment.
Racqual Thompson, 25, and Cornell Malone, 21, were arrested Tuesday morning and held on bonds totaling $36,000 apiece.
Fox 26 reported, citing Child Protective Services officials, that one of Thompson’s children, a 3-year-old boy, admitted to putting 19-month-old J’zyra Thompson in the oven of the couple’s northeast Houston apartment on the evening of Nov. 16. According to court records prosecutors filed Monday, Racqual Thompson told police she had left the children alone for about 30 minutes to pick up Malone from work.
Later that night, Thompson and Malone again left the children alone after putting them to bed to go get some pizza and visit Malone’s brother. The couple was gone for about two hours.
“Mr. Malone stated that when they returned and went into the apartment, he could ‘smell something burning,'” according to a probable cause affidavit.
Thompson and Malone told police they found the three other children crying and pointing to the kitchen. In the kitchen, the oven had tipped over, with the oven’s door face down on the floor, with J’zyra apparently inside, according to the affidavit.
Malone “stated he uprighted the ‘range’ and the next thing he noticed was J’zyra was lying on the floor. He stated that she was obviously burned and deceased,” according to the affidavit. The oven had apparently been turned on “all the way.”

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Nigerian lawmakers need psychological evaluation- Etcetera


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As written by Etcetera:
One of the identified problems of investigative hearings and oversight of the executive arm is the multiplicity of committees with overlapping jurisdiction on the same subject matter. This has led to a situation where more than one committee is handling the same subject matter. Invitations are sent to the same officials of government by different committees on the same subject,” says Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, while presenting the 8th House legislative agenda.
Dogara has reversed this statement and has gone ahead to increase the committees in the House of Rep from 84 to 95.
In other words, the Dogara- led House has told Nigerians that their clamour for the government to curb corruption and slash the cost of governance will continue to be a pipe dream. And they are also letting us know in very clear terms that as far as the overpaid national assembly members are concerned, it is all about sharing the booty.
This is coming as several ranking lawmakers of the 360-strong member chamber intensify lobbying for the headship of “Grade A” committees or what are otherwise considered “plum” committees.
Increasing the number of committees from 84 to 95, the House now has a rise in total allocation to the various committees.
Does it really make any sense splitting the committee on education into three – primary, secondary and tertiary education- and that on agriculture divided into two – mechanised and rudimentary agriculture?
I think this is simply the speaker compensating his supporters at the expense of the nation.
One question we should ask Mr Dogara is if it is not the same House of Representatives that had 20 committees under former Speaker, Umar Ghali Na’abba in 1999.
The United States is bigger than Nigeria in size and population and has a larger House of Representatives with 435 members, and it currently has 21 congressional committees, 20 of which are standing committees and one select committee.
Increasing the number of House Committees from 84 to 95 in the face of a dwindling revenue and their talks about ‘the need to cut cost of governance’ is hypocrisy of the highest order. The sad thing is that these guys are not doing anything for us. How it is that no member of the National Assembly has been recalled by his constituency beats me. What can 95 committees do that 20 can’t? How many members constitute a committee? Are we going to have one person in several committees?
Well, I guess yes, and no wonder they have been scrambling for “plum committees”. Plum? Isn’t that a word for milking the treasury? Are we supposed to have anything ‘plum’ in the House? With the amount of committees, then every member will definitely be a chairman of one committee or the other.
The entire business of legislation should be made a part-time thing and members paid only for the times they actually sit and engage in legislative business. This will save cost of running the National Assembly and make sense in the noise about reducing the cost of governance.
Meanwhile, another troubling story in the news is that of the Taraba State governor approving the appointment of 50 special advisers and 62 senior special assistants, totalling 112 aides, who shall be advising him in the Government House. How difficult is governing a state like Taraba that the governors need 112 advisers?
We must stop our so-called politicians from this madness. If a governor needs 112 advisers to run his government, why electing him at all? We need to be conducting psychological tests on our political office seekers.
They have fashioned another way to milk the nation. This is corruption at another level, if they cannot cut down the cost of running the government in a dire time like this, then they should stop singing about fighting corruption because they are even more corrupt than the people they accuse of corruption.

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