Probe into $10m bribery allegation against Reps begins

The Special Ad-hoc Committee probing the $10 million bribery allegation against members of the house of Representative, to pass the Control Infectious disease bill has commenced its sitting.

The controversial bill was sponsored by the Speaker and two other lawmakers.

Some of the parties invited by the Ad-hoc Committee chaired by Hon. Henry Nwawuba includes the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) and other stakeholders.

The House had on Tuesday, 5th May 2020 resolved to probe the promoters of the alleged $10 million bribery allegation in response to the motion raised by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Idris Wase.

In his remarks, Chairman of the Special Ad-hoc Committee, Hon. Henry Nwawuba disclosed that the House leadership has submitted its position on camera, adding that the bad eggs among the membership of the House will not be protected.

He further noted that the allegation was very clear, the source was very clear, adding that the investigative hearing does not foreclose the legal action proposed by the House.

ALSO READ: Another 8 members of Ibadan company test positive for coronavirus

Following the public outcry and series of criticism trailing the provisions of the proposed legislation, the House via a resolution passed on Tuesday, 5th May, resolved to rescind its earlier decision to consider the bill at the Committee of the Whole.

To this end, the House resolved to conduct a public hearing with the view to enable members of the public to make inputs.

Speaking at the last Tuesday plenary, Hon. Abubakar Fulata who sponsored a motion titled: ‘Recession of the resolution of the House on Quarantine Act (Repeal and Enactment) Bill, 2020 (HB.836) pursuant to Order Nine, Rule 1(6) of the Standing Orders of the House of the Representatives.

In his lead debate, Hon Fulata noted that on Tuesday, 28 April 2020, a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Quarantine Act, Cap. Q2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, make provisions Relating to Quarantine and make Regulations for preventing the introduction into and spread in Nigeria of Dangerous Infectious Diseases; and for related matters was read a Second Time and referred to the Committee of the Whole.

According to him, the House “realizes the need to engage members of the public and relevant stakeholders to make contributions to the Bill.

To this end, the House resolved to “rescind the initial referral on the Quarantine Act (Repeal and Enactment) Bill, 2020 and Refer same to Committees on Healthcare Service, Health Institutions and Justice for further legislative action.”



Buy and read digital replicas of your TRIBUNE titles by subscribing through E-VENDING

COVID-19: Buhari May Announce New Policy Monday
President Muhammadu Buhari may on Monday announce new measures as the nation battles to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Towards this, on Sunday, the president received a briefing and recommendations on efforts further contain the spread of the virus from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on… Read full story

Lagos Considers Full Reopening Of Economy
Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said on Sunday that the state government is considering full re-opening of the critical sectors of its economy, but quickly noted that the move would not be pushed in a hurry. The governor gave this indication while at a briefing after the State’s Security Council meeting held at the… Read full story

MONDAY LINES: Agboola Gambari’s Burning Grass
What should Nigeria expect from you as Chief of Staff?”: “I don’t report directly to the nation; I report to the president.” “What should he (the president) expect from you? What can you assure him?” “I think you should ask the president. I give him my loyalty, competence and support.” “What will be your guiding principle as Chief of Staff?”… Read more

COVID-19: Buhari May Announce New Policy Monday
President Muhammadu Buhari may on Monday announce new measures as the nation battles to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Towards this, on Sunday, the president received a briefing and recommendations on efforts further contain the spread of the virus from the Presidential Task Force… Read full story

COVID-19: Ganduje, Deputy, Political Office Holders’ Salaries Cut By Half
Kano State governor Abdullahi Ganduje, his deputy, all commissioners and other political office holders from the month of May would receive half salary due to COVID-19 pandemic challenges on the state’s… Read full story

Israel’s Netanyahu Sworn In As Head Of Long-Awaited Unity Government
Israel’s parliament has sworn in a new government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz, ending the longest political crisis in the country’s history, Aljazeera reports. After more than 500 days without a stable government and three inconclusive elections, lawmakers in the… Read full story

EDITORIAL: The Infectious Diseases Bill
THE spontaneous anger triggered by the bill titled Infectious Diseases Control Bill 2020 has subsisted because of the resolve by the leadership of the House of Representatives to stick to its gun on the matter. The bill is being sponsored by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamilla; Pascal Obi, the chairman, House Committee on… Read full story

Buhari Receives PTF Report On COVID-19 Containment Effort
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday received a report from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the COVID-19 pandemic on the effort at the containment of its spread. The task force led by its chairman and Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, met the president at his… Read full story

WHO To Kick Off International Meet Amid US-China Tensions
The World Health Organization will on Monday kick off its first-ever virtual assembly, but fears abound that US-China tensions could derail the strong action needed to address the COVID-19 crisis. The World Health Assembly, which has been trimmed from the usual three weeks to just two days, Monday and Tuesday… Read full story

The Coming Anti-Christ And The Africans
This is an imaginary essay. But it fits in with the economic, geopolitical and spiritual realities of our world today. By a dream-vision, I was taken to the Infernal Kingdom where I beheld Satan sitting on his throne with glittering pomp. The powers and principalities were paying obeisance to him, prostrate on the ground… Read full story

How Businesses Can Thrive During Peak And Trough
Business never follows a linear path. Rather, business runs in cycles; boom and bust, peak and trough, good and bad, great and tough. However, irrespective of the cycle in which a business finds itself, the stakeholders’ expectations remain unchanged – value must be delivered to them; customers expect quality… Read full story

Speaking Against Evil Is Not An Act Of Disobedience
What is good becomes bad, when it is done at the wrong time. Also, it is good to be hushed and silent, but when you are silent and still when you are to speak out, silence becomes bad. Sleep is good, but when done at the wrong time, it becomes bad. It is good to rest at home, but when you rest at home at the wrong time… Read full story

Leadership: Lessons Along The Way – 2
In the course of fulfilling your life assignment, many people will be engaged in the process, for good or for ill. You will be making the greatest mistake of your life by assuming that just because people gleefully got involved with what you are doing translates to their being committed to you. Those who are committed to… Read full story

You might also like

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. AcceptRead More