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Gbajabiamila cancels victory party, to visit crisis-torn constituencies

– Femi Gbajabiamila has cancelled the traditional victory party in celebration of his emergence as speaker of the House of Representatives

– The speaker also constituted four ad-hoc committees for the legislative activities

– They are ad-hoc committee on media, committee on selection, committee on welfare and committee on rules and business

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday, June 13, inaugurated four ad-hoc committees to set the tone for legislative activities in the 9th Assembly.

New Telegraph reports that he has said he would visit some federal constituencies that are facing different crises in order to have firsthand information about the state of things in such areas.

Legit.ng gathered that Gbajabiamila also cancelled the traditional victory party in celebration of his emergence due to the work load before the lawmakers.

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The House has also adjourned plenary till July 2 to enable lawmakers sort out their accommodation and complete relocation processes.

The committees announced by the speaker after the executive session that lasted for over four hours, include ad-hoc committee on media, committee on selection, committee on welfare and committee on rules and business.

The media committee is headed by former minister of state for foreign affairs, Hon. Khadijat Bukar Abba-Ibrahim (APC, Yobe) with Hon. (Prof) Julius Ihovbere (APC, Edo), Hon. Sada Soli (APC, Katsina), Hon. Francis Agbo (PDP, Benue), Hon. Luke Onofiong and Hon. Abubakar Fulata (APC, Jigawa) as members.

Other members of the media committee include Hon. Bamidele Salam (PDP, Osun), Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi (APC, Plateau), Hon. Abubakar Yusuf Ahmed (APC, Gombe), Hon. Lynda Chuba Ikpeazu (PDP, Anambra) and Hon. Leke Abejide (ADC, Kogi).

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Earlier, before dissolving into the executive session, the new speaker, who had to lecture some of the new lawmakers on how to raise a point of order or move a motion, directed the clerk of the House to write the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and ask him to notify the president of his election and that of Hon. Ahmed Idris as speaker and deputy speaker respectively.

He said the letter should inform the president that the House of Representatives is now properly constituted and ready to receive communications from his office.

Briefing the media after the closed door session, chairman of the media committee, Abba-Ibrahim disclosed that the other three ad hoc committees: rules and business, welfare and selection would meet and appoint a leader among them.

“Today, we stand united, although we are from different political parties. We agree that we will remain one House because the speaker emerged on the platform of joint task. We are going to close all platforms and form only one WhatsApp platform where all members will be added to share information and communicate with one another,” Abba-Ibrahim said.

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The lawmaker disclosed that speaker Gbajabiamila would be visiting some crisis-ridden federal constituencies across the country to have firsthand information on the problems confronting such states.

The immediate past speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara was, however, absent in the chambers at the first plenary of the 9th Assembly.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that some aggrieved House of Representatives members constituted themselves into a group called G-70 in protest over the emergence of Gbajabiamila as the speaker of the 9th National Assembly.

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