By Gift Chapi Odekina
The chairman of the house of representatives ad hoc Committee on Media,Khadijah Bukar-Abba Ibrahim yeaterday said that the Speaker Gbajabiamila is set to commence his tour of troubled regions with visits to Zamfara and Borno States to access the situation of banditry and insurgent attacks
Speaking at a briefing with journalist in Abuja, Ibrahim said that the reason behind the visit was for the Speaker to have a firsthand knowledge of the situation of the people of the troubled region.
“The Speaker has always expressed concern about the country’s security situation, the visits would enable him know what the people are going through and how to use the instrumentality of the legislature to address the situation.
“He is starting with Zamfara and Borno States before other regions. When he was hosted to a dinner by the Lagos State government, he also enjoined Nigerians to be patient and fully participate in the activities of the legislature by offering useful information and providing constructive criticism.
“This according to him, would make the job easier for the House to carry out its constitutional responsibilities.
“He also advised key stakeholders not to heat up the polity by their utterances and actions but have all hands on deck towards steering Nigeria to where it rightly belonged. He appealed to all Nigerians to be patient and follow due process while expressing their grievances,” she added.
Speaking on the issue of principal officers of the green chamber, Khadijah disclosed that contrary to reports, no political party has made its intention on the issue official to the leadership of the House.
She said Monday the 24th of June was the last day for the submission of letter of intent for preferred Committees of the House by members.
She said: “No political party has communicated its decision on principal officer official to the Speaker. No party, be it the majority or minority has sat down to select its principal officer and they have not communicated to the Speaker yet on how they intend to go about it”.
The chairman however noted that the Selection Committee has given lawmakers till Monday 24th June to submit their forms indicating their preferred Committee where their competences would be best utilized.
In addition, Ibrahim, who was flanked by other members of the Committee said office accommodation for the lawmakers would have been ready by the time the lawmakers returned next week as the ad hoc Committee on Welfare as been working round the clock to ensure a hitch-free allocation process.