#NewsRoundup: YPP gets second Senator, Reps postpone reading of Water Bill

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Across the length and breadth of Nigeria, here are the biggest stories around Nigeria’s legislators and the institution of parliament you mustn’t miss this Friday:

YPP gets second Senator in 9th NASS, as PDP lawmaker defects

The lawmaker representing Akwa-Ibom North East Senatorial District, Bassey Albert Akpan has defected to the Young Progressives Party (YPP).

This came to the fore on Wednesday when Senate President, Ahmad Lawan read his letter of resignation from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) at the start of plenary.

With this development, the ranks of YPP in the 9th National Assembly rose to two; as Senator Bassey joins Senator Ifeanyi Ubah (Anambra South) within the party’s fold.

READ ALSO: #NewsRoundup: Embattled Akwa Ibom Senator dumps PDP

Reps postpone deliberation on controversial Water Bill till September

The House of Representatives has resolved to delay the second reading of the controversial National Water Resources Bill, 2020 till September when the National Assembly resumes from its annual recess.

Chairman of the House Committee on Water Resources, Sada Soli, in disclosing this at Thursday’s plenary, said the two-month break will allow members to scrutinise the proposals in the bill and note their observations.

“Now I am calling on the Clerk to please ensure that the bill goes to every member because of the importance of the bill. And I call on my colleagues to please kindly take time, read that bill, subject that bill to (scrutiny by) a third party. You have time now to subject that bill back home during our holidays.

“We will not take that bill in haste. We will give every member the opportunity to look at that bill from Clauses 1 to 154,” he assured.

READ ALSO: ‘My Governor can’t agree to this,’ – Controversy greets re-introduced Water Bill

Reps to probe terrorist attack on Kuje Correctional Centre

The House of Representatives on Thursday resolved to probe the Tuesday, July 5 terrorist attack on the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja.

This resolution followed the consideration of a motion titled ‘Need to Investigate the Terrorists Attack on Nigerian Prisons, Kuje’ presented by Sha’aban I. Sharada during plenary.

The Green Chamber further mandated its Committees on National Security and Intelligence, Interior, Reformatory Services, Defence, Army, Airforce, Navy, and Police to investigate the causes, dimensions, and effects of the recent attack on Kuje Prison in Abuja.

READ ALSO: Kuje Prison Break: Lawan alleges collusion, blames lack of CCTV

TCN: Reps to probe ‘irregularities’ in employment process

The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to invite the management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to explain alleged irregularities in the agency’s employment process.

This resolution followed a unanimous adoption of a motion by Preye Oseke (PDP, Bayelsa) at the plenary, supported by Nkem Abonta (PDP, Abia) who noted that besides Bayelsa, Abia among others has been affected.

Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase in his ruling, mandated the Committees on Federal Character and Public Service Matters, to invite the Head of Service of the Federation and TCN’s Managing Director to explain the rationale behind the marginalisation of some states in its ongoing recruitment exercise.

READ ALSO: Reps to probe $2billion TCN contracts 

Reps Speaker tasks journalists on factual reportage

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has urged journalists to always ensure they get their facts right before going public, stressing the House is always ready to provide any information required.

Represented by the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase, Gbajabiamila stated this on Wednesday at the inauguration of the new executives of the House of Representatives Press Corps and the launch of its maiden magazine ‘Green Sentinel.’ 

“I urge you to use available opportunities of cross-checking your facts. Our doors are always wide open. Nothing is done in secret because we believe in communication. Communication is power. Where you lack communication there would be gaps,” he said.

READ ALSO: NASS Primaries: ‘Loss by incumbent Reps, loss to democracy’ – Gbajabiamila

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