“Lobbying Pays Off: Speaker Abbas to Reveal Committees on July 27 and Distribute Official Cars to Members”

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Speaker Tajudeen Abbas of the House of Representatives is set to unveil the committees and their chairmen for the 10th Assembly on July 27. The announcement will mark a significant step in running the legislative agenda of the House. Additionally, once the standing committees are constituted, members will receive their official cars to support their work and oversight functions.

Lawmakers have been engaged in intense lobbying to secure chairmanship positions in what they perceive as “juicy committees.” Some of the committees that have attracted significant attention include Appropriation, Army, Defence, Navy, FCT, Finance, Public, Air Force, Police Affairs, and Niger Delta Development Commission, among others.

On June 15, shortly after assuming office as Speaker, Mr Abbas constituted seven special committees, including the Internal Security Committee, Selection Committee, Media Committee, Legislative Agenda, Rules and Business, Welfare and Ethics, and Privileges Committee. However, some lawmakers who were already appointed to these committees are reportedly lobbying for positions in more desirable committees.

Representative Khadijat Buka-Abba, who currently heads the ad hoc committee on Media and Publicity, has expressed her reluctance to continue as the chairman of the committee once the standing committees are unveiled. This sentiment may be influenced by her previous experience chairing the same committee in 2019.

A source close to the matter revealed that the official announcement of the committees and their chairmen will be made by the Speaker on July 27. This announcement is eagerly awaited by both lawmakers and the public.

In related news, preparations are underway for lawmakers to receive their official cars, which will facilitate their legislative work and oversight functions. The cars will primarily be used by the respective committees for carrying out oversight activities. It is important to note that at the end of their term, lawmakers are responsible for the payment of these cars. In some cases, members may choose to purchase the cars through auction, while others may choose to return them.

Currently, the Nigerian Senate has 57 standing committees, while the House of Representatives has 89 standing committees. These committees play a vital role in shaping legislative activities and ensuring effective governance in the country.

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