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Aminu Tambuwal

Legislative activities will commence fully on Tuesday as members of the National Assembly resume from their two months recess.

Following speculation that the House Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, may defect to the All Progress Congress, APC, many PDP lawmakers are already eyeing the seat.

The resumption will lay to rest the widespread speculation that Tambuwal would defect to APC when the House resumes.

Following this speculation, some members of the Peoples Democratic Party have already started jostling for the Speaker’s position.

The race became imperative due to the belief that the position is for the PDP and that whenever the speaker leaves PDP he must step down from the seat.

While confirming this, Mohammed Zakari, chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, explained that the House kicked off with those bills that were pending.

Some of the pending bills included considered for expedite consideration include Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB; Cybercrime Bill, Tobacco Bill, anti-Terrorism Bill and Asset Forfeiture Bill, Constitution review, respectively.

While speaking on some of the national issues, Victor Ogene, deputy chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, stated that various standing committees including Health, Education during the recess interfaced with major stakeholders as part of efforts towards resolving national crises.

He also disclosed that the Committee on Education will today, Monday meet with major stakeholders in the Education sector including Ibrahim Shekarau, minister of Education; Onyebuchi Chukwu, Minister of Health and Emeka Wogu, Minister of Labour and Productivity.

Also expected at the meeting are Presidents and National Executive Council, members of Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Parents and Teachers Association, PTA, among others.

Tambuwal had last week directed the House Committee on Education to interface with various stakeholders with the view to resolve the lingering crisis over the September 22 new resumption date for public and private schools across the country.

Federal Government had postponed the resumption date as part of measures to contain the spread of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.

Ogene who conveyed the directive, said: “In the wake of the outbreak of the dreaded Ebola virus disease in the country, Education Minister, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, had announced a postponement in the resumption date of schools from September to October 13, 2014, so as to give the country’s health authorities enough time to ensure containment.

“In a swift reaction, however, private school owners had vehemently opposed the one-month shift in resumption, compelling the Federal Ministry of Education to settle for a new date of September 22, 2014, after a meeting with stakeholders in the sector,” he said.

While reacting to the crisis on the creation of 30,000 polling units as announced by Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Ogene assured that the House Committee on Electoral Matters would interface with various aggrieved interest groups with the view to avert crisis ahead of the forthcoming general elections.

“The Committee on Electoral Matters will also interface with various INEC and other stakeholders on electoral issues that came up including the bye-elections held in some states.

“It will create opportunity for them to brief the House appropriately and for us to take informed decision on resumption,” Ogene who is presently on oversight function to his Constituency in Anambra State

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