Reps resume plenary Tuesday after annual recess

Xenophobic attacks, VAT increment, security, 2020 budget, others top agenda

The House of Representatives will on Tuesday resume plenary session after the annual recess embarked on July 25 earlier this year.

The Tribune Online gathered that ahead of the resumption, the Speaker, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila was at the Chambers at the weekend to personally inspect the facilities on ground.

The Management had commenced the general renovation of the two chambers of the National Assembly and the complex shortly after the long vacation.

Findings revealed that some issues expected to top the agenda of the House include but limited to the recent xenophobic attacks on the Nigerians living in South Africa, the growing insecurity in the country, the recent proposed increment of the Value Added Tax, VAT.

Others are the 2020 budget, the unveiling of the members of the 103 House standing Committees which Chairmen and Deputies were named before the recess, consideration of bills and motions of public, urgent and national importance amongst others.

Speaking on the resumption, the Chairman House Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Hon Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo said that Nigerians should expect the House that would work for them across political parties under the leadership of Hon Femi Gbajabiamila.

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According to him, “Nigerians should expect the House that will stand for them and a House that will work on the pains of Nigerians to make their pains their gains, Nigerians should know that this particular House under the erudite legislator, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila is poised to take the country Nigeria to the next level of greatness.

“So, we will collaborate with the Executive, that’s the basic thing because democracy is all about collaborating, yes we disagree for the benefit of the people most importantly, we will collaborate with the executive to reduce unemployment, to provide better security and to ensure that we enhance our foreign policy.

“Nigerians are treated with utmost respect wherever they find themselves all around the world unlike the case of South Africa, it is an example, so obviously, the House will stand for Nigeria.

“We will work for Nigeria and we believe from what the executive has said, the 2020 budget will be coming in maybe at the end of the month hopefully, the National Assembly is ready to work on the budget, give Nigeria a budget by the end of the year and return Nigerians to the January to December budgeting time and we can move our country forward economically and socially.

“So we should expect a House that will perform more than ever before, a House that will deliver, the core campaign and legislative agenda of the Ninth National Assembly.”

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