Speaker Yakubu Dogara has set up 11-member Ad-hoc committee on restructuring and political agitations as part of efforts geared toward dousing the lingering socio-political crises across the country.
The Ad-hoc Committee to be chaired by Yussuff Lasun, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives was setup after the adoption of the debate on the motion of ‘Urgent National Importance sponsored by Femi Gbajabiamila, House Leader.
Other members are: Femi Gbajabiamila, (APC-Lagos) who doubles as deputy chairman of the Ad-hoc committee; Buba Jibril, Deputy Majority Leader; Alhassan Doguwa, Chief Whip; Pally Iriase, Deputy Chief Whip; Leo Ogor, Minority Leader; Chukwuma Onyema, Deputy Minority Leader; Yakubu Barde, Minority Chief Whip; Binta Bello, Deputy Minority Whip; Nnenna Ukeje, chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Bode Ayorinde, deputy chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business.
Gbajabiamila who underscored the need for the House intervention, urged the House to immediately set up a strong committee to liaise with all stakeholders across the six geopolitical zones for practical solutions to robust the unity of Nigeria.
He also stressed the need for the House to immediately revisit the issue of devolution of powers in the interest of the unity of Nigeria.
In his lead debate, the Lagos lawmaker noted that “there have been different agitations across the Nigeria which have led to divergent views on the suitability of redefining the structures upon which the unity of Nigeria rests on. These agitations have resulted into proscription of groups, loss of lives and judicial pronouncements.
“Events of the last few weeks brought Nigeria close to precipice but for the determination of Nigerians in their various show of commitment to the peace and unity of the country. Hence the urgent need for the intervention of the House of Representatives.
“Imperative that the members of the House of Representatives who hold brief for their teeming constituents must drop partisan politics, ethnic and religious interests and speak in one voice to save our country from disintegration,” he stressed.
In a related development, Ismaila Kawu, Senior Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters (House) has commended the harmonious relationship between the Presidency and House of Representatives.
Kawu in a statement obtained by BusinessDay specifically commended the “360 members of the House for unanimously passing a resolution to work for the unity of Nigeria in the face of daunting challenges and threats by certain groups, who are bent on causing disharmony and dis-unity among Nigerians. Indeed, there is no better time to come out with such a strong position like now.
“In the same vein, the lawmakers’ resolved to work with Mr President for one Nigeria so as to take the country to the next level of development is laudable.
“I wish to assure the lawmakers, under the leadership of Mr Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, that Mr President remains resolute and committed to bringing the change he promised Nigerians in different facets of our lives. Thus, he needs the support of the House to achieve this.
“It is our hope and belief that the House would continue to work hand-in-hand with the Executive to achieve the laudable programmes and positive of this administration.
“We thank members of the House for their support and cooperation since their inauguration on June 9, 2015,” Kawu said.
KEHINDE AKINTOLA, Abuja