Wike:House of Reps awaits committee advice on the dismissal of 6 policemen



Hon. Kingsley Chinda representing Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency of Rivers State has moved a motion requesting the Green Chamber to prevail upon the Inspector General of Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission to stay action on the dismissal of 6 police officers who were said to have accompanied the Rivers State Governor to a polling unit in Port Harcourt City Council on December 10, 2016 during the National and State Assemblies election, against the orders from Police Headquarters.

He informed the House that the IGP and INEC had earlier set up Committees of investigation to look into the issues surrounding the elections including misconduct and infractions of human rights, adding that even the Rivers State Government on its part constituted a judicial panel of inquiry with a view to unraveling issues emanating from the said elections. This according to the Lawmaker resulted to allegations and counter-allegations of bias. It is on this note that Hon. Chinda wants the House to address the credibility issues arising from reports of the respective bodies of inquiry and by extension avert chaos in the polity.

The matter was referred to the House Committee on Judiciary and Justice to review the prayers of the motion and advise the chamber accordingly. 

During the plenary session on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, the House debated and passed four Bills for second reading; one of the Bills which scaled second reading on the floor of the House was a Bill co-sponsored by Hons. Femi Gbajabiamila and Edward Pwajok, seeking the amendment of the Labour Act, 2004 to make provisions for the compulsory registration of all Foreign employers of labour in Nigeria by the Ministry of Labour and Productivity. The Bill also seeks to strengthen the punishment and fines as contained in the principal Act.

Meanwhile, the joint report of the Committees on Finance, Appropriation, National Planning, Economic Development, Legislative Budget and Research and Aids, Loans and Debt Management on the 2017-2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) was laid before the Chamber for consideration by Hon. Ibrahim Babangida.

Courtesy NASS