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Reps blame host communities’ agitation on govt, oil firms

The House of Representatives’ Committee on Host Communities has blamed the agitation by host communities in the oil-producing states especially in the Niger Delta region on the failure by government and oil companies to tackle the problems they are facing. Chairman of the newly created committee, Dumnamene Dekor, stated this at the inaugural meeting of...

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Reps summon Sirika over insecurity around airports

 The House of Representatives has invited the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, to appear before its Committee on Aviation to explain how bandits gained entrance to the Kaduna airport and kidnapped 11 persons. At the plenary on Wednesday, the House unanimously adopted a motion moved by Mr Musa Pali, who prayed the House to ‘invite...

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Reps recommend suspension, prosecution of PRODA DG, fund recovery

THE House of Representatives has ordered an immediate suspension and prosecution of the acting Director-General of the Project Development Institute Enugu, Fabian Okonkwo, over alleged illegal activities. The House Committees on Public Procurement made the recommendation in its report that was laid on Tuesday. The report was considered and adopted at the plenary on Wednesday....

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Reps probe Warri refinery abandonment, oil diversion

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja  The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the issues that are frustrating oil production and lifting at the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. At the plenary on Wednesday, the House mandated its Committee on Petroleum (Upstream) to conduct an investigative hearing on ‘the...

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National minimum wage not implementable, states should decide what they can pay–Rep, Muhammad

In this interview with LEKE BAIYEWU, the member representing Sabon Gari Federal Constituency of Kaduna State in the House of Representatives, Mr Garba Muhammad, insists that the federal, state and local governments should be left to determine what to pay their workers The Federal Government once gave bailouts to state governors to pay workers’ salaries...

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Insecurity: Stop explosives sale to oil firms, Reps tell NSA, ministry

The House of Representatives Committee on Mines and Steel Development has asked the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr Olamilekan Adegbite, to immediately stop issuing and revoke to sell explosive devices to oil servicing companies operating in Nigeria. Chairman of the committee, Michael Okon, gave...

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Reps invite aviation minister over insecurity around airports

The House of Representatives has invited the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, to appear before its Committee on Aviation to explain how bandits gained entrance to the Kaduna airport and kidnapped 11 persons. At the plenary on Wednesday, the House unanimously adopted a motion moved by Mr Musa Pali, who prayed the House to “invite...

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Ogun rep Aremu dumps ADC for APC

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja A member of the House of Representatives from Ogun State, Olaifa Jimoh Aremu, has defected from the African Democratic Congress for the All Progressives Congress The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, read Aremu’s letter of defection at the opening of the plenary on Wednesday. Aremu is representing Egbado North Federal Constituency. The Deputy Minority...

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‘Chamber not marketplace’, Gbajabiamila berates Reps who disrupted plenary

THE Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Tuesday, condemned members who carried out activities that disrupted the smooth proceedings in the chamber. Gbajabiamila specifically criticised lawmakers with the habit of roaming around the chamber and having group discussions during plenary. The Speaker declared that the chamber was not a marketplace, saying, “That...

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Differential wage bill: Start with govs, political office holders, Labour tells National Assembly

• El-Rufai, other governors behind wage bill, Labour alleges • Speaker defends sponsor, asks workers to articulate grievances The organised labour has again criticised  political office holders over a bill which seeks remove  minimum wage negotiations  from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent legislative list. The National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba...

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