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  • Updated: September 25, 2023

National Assembly: Seven Issues To Be Deliberated After Resumption

National Assembly: Seven Issues To Be Deliberated After Resu

Lawmakers of the Nigerian National Assembly will resume work on Tuesday after a lengthy break of more than eight weeks.

While the lawmakers were on vacation, Nigerians all around the nation were struggling to make ends meet because of rising costs for products and services brought on by government policies.

These government policies have resulted in untold hardship for a good percentage of Nigerians, this has also heightened insecurity and the poverty ravaging the average Nigerian.  

It is believed that the Nigerian National Assembly holds a big sway in the affairs of the country and how the policies these lawmakers deliberate on shape the country's politically, Economically and socially. 

It is with this that we have compiled seven key issues to be deliberated upon by the Nigerian National Assembly lawmakers when they resume on Tuesday. 

1. New Minimum Wage 

Festus Osifo, President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), stated last week that organised labour anticipates the President to propose a new minimum wage to lessen the impact of the elimination of fuel subsidies.

The constitution's exclusive legislative list includes the minimum wage. As a result, the National Assembly has the authority to pass minimum wage legislation. The executive is anticipated to deliver the minimum wage law.


2. Mohbad, Mandatory Autopsy

Ned Nwoko, a senator from Delta State, declared last week that he will present a measure requiring an autopsy to be performed on every deceased individual.

Sen Nwoko made the declaration shortly after the uproar surrounding the passing of the Afrobeat singer Mohbad.

Deliberations among legislators on the Afrobeat singer's passing might result from the introduction of such a bill. Sen. Elisha Abbo visited the late superstar's mother as well, it should be recalled.

There is a chance that the singer's passing may be covered when the MPs meet again on Tuesday.


3. Insecurity

Only eight of the dozens of female students who were abducted by bandits from the Federal University Gusau in Zamfara State are said to have been freed by the Army; the whereabouts of the others are still unknown.

Nigerians struggle with widespread insecurity, which ranges from banditry in the North to separatist agitations in the South-east, across all regions of the country outside Zamfara.

On Tuesday when the parliamentarians reconvene, Nigerians will be watching for responses from their representatives.

4. Confirmation of the New CBN Governor

Yemi Cardoso has resumed work as acting governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) after being nominated by President Bola Tinubu last week.

Nigerians' confusion about Godwin Emefiele's standing has caused the nomination to spark debate on social media. Many people had expressed concerns about Cardoso's hiring while Emefiele was still on suspension.

However, the CBN claimed that Emefiele had already resigned in a statement released on Friday by its Director of Corporate Communications, Isa AbdulMumin.

The Senate is anticipated to start the confirmation procedure on Tuesday. 

However, several senators who are worried about what has been dubbed the "Yorubanization of the economic sector" are thought to be likely to oppose Cardoso vigorously.

Many Northern Senators disagree with the President's choice to name Cardoso as Emefiele's replacement and Zacch Adedeji as the acting FIRS director.


5. Budget

When President Tinubu submits his annual budget to the two houses of the National Assembly on Tuesday, Nigerians will have the chance to observe his approach to managing the country's finances.

If elected, the President had pledged to evaluate the nation's fiscal policy; the budget may provide the first window into his strategy.

According to the Fiscal Responsibility Act, the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) should have been delivered to the National Assembly by now, however, they haven't.

The National Assembly may also aim to maintain the January to December budget cycle by seeing to it that the 2024 budget is approved before it adjourns in December.

6. Confirmation of New Ministers

President Tinubu's newly proposed ministers are another matter for confirmation. 

President Tinubu proposed Jamaila Ibrahim and Ayodele Olawande as candidates for the position of minister of youth.

When the Senate meets on Tuesday, their confirmation process is anticipated to start.

A decision has also been made about Nasir el-Rufai and the other nominees who were rejected by the Senate. 

The former governor of Kaduna State was not cleared by the Senate due to security concerns. 

President Tinubu has not yet proposed a replacement but has stated that Kaduna State is the exclusive holder of the Ministry of Environment.

The President has not nominated a replacement, therefore even if various media sites have claimed that El-Rufai has opted out, all eyes will still be on the Senate to determine the fate of the former Kaduna State governor. 


7. Akpabio’s Rumoured Impeachment Plot

There were rumours that some senators, particularly those from the North, may take action against Senate President Godswill Akpabio during the break.

Daily Post had initially reported that a small number of lawmakers are still supporting the former governor of Akwa-Ibom.

If there was an impeachment threat, it would be more obvious when the lawmakers reconvene. 

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