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BREAKING: Deputy chairmen of Reps standing committees protest alleged marginalisation

Deputy chairmen of various House standing committees and other members have expressed frustration and anger over what they called the overbearing attitude of some chairmen.

The Nation gathered that some deputy chairmen have been gathering signatories of fellow lawmakers for onward submission to the House leadership in protest against the development.

Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Ja‘afaru Leko, was said to have raised the matter of the overbearing attitude of the Committee Chairman, Erhiatake Ibori-Suenu, at an executive session on the House on Tuesday.

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On resumption of plenary that day, the House had dissolved into an executive session to discuss what Speaker Tajudeen Abbas said was an issue of importance to the House.

A source, who was privy to the discussions at the executive session, said Leko‘s presentation before the House was applauded by other members present.

The Nation also gathered that many committee chairmen are now jittery over the complaint against them, following the Speaker’s assurance that the House leadership would look into the complaint.

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The angry members were reported to have said that the committee chairmen had no right to marginalise them as they were all elected into the parliament to represent their constituents.

After the executive session, Speaker Abbas had referred to Leko as „the new Labour Leader“ while inviting him to second a motion moved by Aderemi Oseni on the need for the Federal Government intervention to ease the devastating effect of the fire outbreak that ravaged a market in Ibarapa East of Oyo State.

Constituting the standing committees last July, Abbas had warned against discrimination among members, asking the chairmen to carry along their deputies.

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But House spokesman Akintunde Rotimi denied knowledge of the allegations.

He said the House has a committee monitoring the activities of the various committees.

Rotimi added: „I am not aware of any such accusations. The new House Rules are very clear about the roles of committees. We also have a House Committee specifically monitoring the performance of House standing committees that can address issues that may arise in the effective running of committees.“

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