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Reps Speaker, Gbajabiamila Speaks “Direct Primaries Will Make Political Office Holders Accountable To The People” – Naijanewsdirect

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that he supported direct primaries in the electoral bill to make public servants and political officer holders more accountable to the people. Gbajabiamila gave the explanation while hosting a delegation of the Nigerian youths on a thank-you visit for his role on direct primaries led by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare on Thursday. He said: “If I know that my return will depend on some few men, I may care about you. But if I know that my return will depend on my accountability and representation to the people, I will do the right thing. “It is important for this generation to open the door of leadership to the next generation. We must allow every Nigerian to participate fully in the process of leadership. I, therefore, stand with Direct Primary.” “That’s why I said at different fora that I’m for direct primaries. We have to do this for the sake of the institution. “When you gather yourselves (as youths), chances are that you’ll win. Democracy is a government of the people. Democracy is not just a general election. It starts from the primaries.” The Speaker, therefore, challenged the Nigerian youths to brace up for the future. “Take advantage of the new amendment,” saying “power is not served a la carte. I’ll ask that you carry that advocacy out there because it’s for you”, he said. He noted that the youths were part of the reasons lawmakers exist, stressing that “The youths are the greatest asset of any nation, not just in Nigeria.” He said the Nigerian youths were thriving in different spheres of life, but that when it comes to politics, they do not show much interest. “Since the Not Too Young to Run became law, you’ve not taken advantage of that. The Act

Reps Propose N1million Fine Against Hospitals That Fail To Report Patients Of Gunshot – Naijanewsdirect

The House of Representatives has recommended a fine of one million naira against any hospital and healthcare giver that fails to report victims of gunshot to security agencies. The house made the recommendation while considering a report on a Bill for an Act to amend the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshots Act at plenary on Tuesday. The report was presented by the Chairman, House Committee on Healthcare Services, Rep. Yusuf Sununu (APC-Kebbi). Sununu said that the bill, when passed into law would ensure victims of gunshots, chemical attacks and other bodily harm have access to healthcare. He said that in the report, the committee had recommended that hospitals and other healthcare providers should be fined N100,000 should they fail to report to security agencies. Deputy Speaker of the house, Rep. Ahmed Wase, who presided over the sitting observed  that the N100,000 fine was too small. He suggested that the fine be increased to one million naira to ensure that the clause is fully complied with. Members unanimously voted and adopted the amendment and raised the fine to one million naira.

Mild Crisis In House Of Reps As Gbajabiamila Stops Elumelu’s #PantamiResign Campaign – Naijanewsdirect

There was a mild crisis in the House of Representatives after the Speaker of the house Femi Gbajabiamila, blocked a motion by Minority leader Ndudi Elumelu. Elumelu, on Wednesday had urged the House to demand resignation or sack of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, for once backing activities of Jihadist leaders and deadly Islamic sects. At the plenary on Wednesday, Elumelu raised a point of order to demand that the House acts on the issue. He particularly demanded the minister’s resignation or sack. Recall, Pantami has been under fire for once preaching the violent cause of extremist Islamist sects and Jihadist narratives of al-Qaeda and the Taliban before he became a minister in the cabinet of the President Muhammadu Buhari.   The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, overruled the Minority Leader, noting that Elumelu came under the matter and the matter being raised had nothing to do with his privilege as a lawmaker making the plenary to move to other items on the House’ agenda.

Reps Call For Sales Of Seized Properties By EFCC To Fund 2021 Budget – Naijanewsdirect

The House of Representatives has stated that part of the 2021 budget is to be funded by the proceeds made from the sales of forfeited assets in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). The disclosure was made by the House of Representatives ad hoc Committee on Abandoned Property. Chairman of the committee, Hon. Ademorin Kuye called for the immediate sale of seized assets by the EFCC at an investigative hearing on sales of abandoned property on Thursday in Abuja. Kuye said that as long as the EFCC kept the property in its custody, it would loose value and deteriorate, adding that such would not augur well for the country. He said the Federal Government has said that part of the 2021 budget would be funded with the proceed from sales of seized property, adding that keeping the property would affect the budget. Kuye said the EFCC should ensure diligent prosecution of cases involving seized assets before offering them for sale.

Fayose Blasts Reps., “You’re Mere Toothless Bulldogs, I’ll Be Surprised If Buhari Honours Your Invitation” – Naijanewsdirect

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has labelled members of the House of Representatives as ‘mere toothless bulldogs’ that only exist on paper in the eyes of President Muhammadu Buhari.   Fayose made the claim in a tweet on Tuesday evening while reacting to a resolution by the House of Representatives to invite the President to brief the House on the true state of security in Nigeria. According to him, he would be surprised if Buhari honours their invitation. The House considered a motion moved by members from Borno State on the recent killings of 43 rice farmers by Boko Haram insurgents. The debate became rowdy after the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, said it would be inappropriate to invite Buhari to disclose the actions being taken towards handling the security situation in the country. Gbajabiamila described it as counter-productive. Reacting to the development, Fayose, in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Tuesday, said: “I will be surprised if the President honours the House of Reps invitation. “The National Assembly that is supposed to be representing the people should know by now that in the eyes of this President, they only exist on paper because they are mere toothless bulldogs. “Some of those Rep members at the forefront of the invitation of the President to appear before the House should expect EFCC invitation, freezing of their accounts or arrest for plotting to bring down the legitimate government of the President,” Fayose tweeted.

Breaking: Lawmakers Vote Against Castration As Punishment For Rapists – Naijanewsdirect

The House of Representatives has voted against a prayer seeking to recommend castration for rapists. The House, at the plenary on Thursday, considered and adopted a motion on the rising cases of sexual violence in Nigeria. A member, Mr James Faleke, had recommended that persons found guilty of rape should be castrated. Just before the prayer was subjected to a voice vote, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, however, asked what would happen to an older female who rapes a younger male. The comment generated noise in the chamber, The PUNCH reports. Putting the prayer to vote, the nays had it. In honour of victims of sexual violence in Nigeria, the House resolved that members should be dressed in black on the next legislative day. The House is expected to sit on Tuesday. Debate on rape and other sexual crimes lasted over two hours during Thursday’s plenary. Credit: Punch

Femi Gbajabiamila, The Truth and The House of Representatives by Hon. Mufutau Egberongbe -Naijanewsdirect

It was easy deciding to write this. At least with the current situation of the country brought by COVID-19 and the need for everyone, but those carrying out essential services to remain home, one’s mind is now open to a crowd of thoughts. However, decisions are different from actual implementations. How can one effectively write about Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives without any difficulty? What part of his being can one write about with any form of mastery? Will this piece not even be doing injustice to the man, who my colleagues will agree, has that needed emotional intelligence required for leadership and grasp of every situation? For a time now, the National Assembly has not sat (a sitting, however, took place recently); the activities of the lawmakers have been hampered by the ravaging Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. But Gbajabiamila? He remains in the news either looking for ways to ease the effects of the lockdown on the people of the country or fighting for the restoration of dignity for Nigerians in the diaspora. Just recently, Gbajabiamila had a reason to summon officials of the Chinese government over the way some Nigerians in China were treated as revealed in a video that trended. The video showed Nigerians being sent out of their houses and passports seized. A furious Gbajabiamila declared that his country would not take such ill-treatments lightly. (Today, I met with the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria on the disturbing allegation of ill-treatment of Nigerian citizens in China. I showed him the video clip that had made the rounds. He promised to look into it and get back to my office on Tuesday. The diplomatic relationships between our two countries are for the mutual benefits of our citizens, then there must be respect for our