Posted by News Express | 16 April 2014 | 4,761 times
Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of the 20 committees constituted yesterday emerged today.
The Committee on Devolution of Power whose responsibilities comprises fiscal federalism; revenue sharing; resource control; sharing formula and any other related matters has both former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah and former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Coomasie as co-chairmen.
Headed by Mohammed Kumalia and Gen Ike Nwachukwu as co-chairmen; part of the functions of the Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government are Federalism; Regionalism; State Creation; Geo-political zones; Forms and Content of Government; Presidential; Parliamentary; Legislature; Bicameral; Unicameral Legislature (Part-time/Full-time) and Local Government Administration.
The Committee on National Security is headed by Mohammed Jimeta, former Inspector General of Police and has former Chief of National Intelligence, Chief Albert. K. Horsefall as deputy.
The committee is saddled with issues regarding the Armed Forces; Civilian oversight of the security sector; Review of the Armed Forces Act; the Police; Reform of the Customs Service; Road Safety Corps; Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism; Armed Robbery; Kidnapping; Small Arms Proliferation Communal Violence; Election Violence; Illegal oil theft and smuggling; Sea piracy; Organised/Trans-National Crime; Money Laundering; Human Trafficking; Drug Trafficking; Terrorism Financing; Cyber Crime; and any other related matters.
The Committee on Environment Meteorology and Climate Change is headed by Senator Florence Ita-Giwa with Y. Bukar Mandara as deputy chairman. Its functions cover Illegal Mining Activities; Pollution; Gas flaring; Protection of Biodiversity; Afforestation and Reforestation; Flooding/Gully Erosion; Environmental Degradation; Oil Spillage and Desertification; Drought; Waste management/Disposal; Hazardous/Toxic Waste; Bush burning; Natural Disaster
Committee on Politics and Governance has Professor Jerry Gana and Chief Olu Falae as co-chairmen. Its scope of work covers Immunity clause; Good governance and democratization; Deepening democracy, democratic culture and orientation; Mechanisms for a more inclusive participatory democracy; National Ethics; Minority rights/ ethnic nationalities Corruption; Anti-Corruption Agencies; Corruption and national development Constitutional Amendment; Freedom of Information; Role of traditional rulers.
Retired Justice G. A. Oguntade is the chairman of the Committee on Law, Judiciary, Human Rights, Legal Reform, Law and Order. The deputy chairman is Professor Auwalu Yadudu.
Its work covers the Judiciary; Review of judicial institutions; Increase in the number of Supreme Court Justices; Increase in the number of divisions of the Court of Appeal; Technology in administration of Justice; Professional development of Judicial Officers; Sharia and customary legal systems; Delays in administration of justice; Independence of the judiciary; and Funding of the Judiciary.
Others are Appointment of Judicial Officers; Access to justice; Alternative Justice – ADR, Mediation, Conciliation e.t.c.; Specialised Courts/ tribunals; Condition of service of judicial officers; Prison reforms; Rehabilitation; Reformation; Reintegration Sentencing and death penalty; Justiciability of the fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policy; Chapter 2 of the Constitution Jurisdiction of Industrial Court.
Iyom Josephine Anenih is the chairman of the Committee on Social Sector which also has Professor Ruqaiyatu Rufa’I as deputy chairman. Its work covers Health; Universal Health Care Coverage; Primary Healthcare; Investment in health; Emphasis on Preventive Health; Education, Restructuring of the curriculum; Investment in education; and National education policy.
Others are Return of missionary and private schools to original owners; Nomadic education; Institutionalising Almajiri education system; Housing; Affordable Housing; Social Security; Rights of senior citizens; Unemployed Nigerians; Pensions and Gratuity; Insurance; Poverty and wealth creation; Gender; Status of married women; State of origin; State of marriage; Affirmative Action; Political Participation; Discrimination; Child’s Rights Law; Child’s Right Law Implementation Bodies; Disability Rights/ Welfare.
The Committee on Transportation is headed by Senator Musa Adede while Ralph Osanaiye is the deputy chairman. Its responsibilities cover: Roads; Railway; Aviation; Maritime; National Inland Water Ways; Shipping and shipment.
The Committee on Science, Technology and Development has Dr Daniel Maddo as chairman, with High Chief Raymond Dokpesi as deputy. It will focus on Information, Communication and Technology; Media/Social network; Science and technology education; Investment in research and development; Promotion and improvement of indigenous technological innovations; Space and nuclear regime; Capacity building and training for scientists; Medical technology; Biodiversity; and Fabrication of buildings e.t.c.
The Committee on Agriculture has Umaru Muhammed Hadeija as chairman while Mrs. Ifeoma Idigbe is the deputy chairman. Its functions cover: Food Security; Food storage, processing and packaging industries; Grazing Reverses/Ranching and Industrial Cattle feeds; Water Resources; National agricultural policy; Agricultural subsidy; Mechanised agriculture; Land acquisition, traditional institutions and agriculture; Irrigation; Bio-technology and Agricultural Production; Poultry and Fishery; and Animal Husbandry.
Civil Society, Labour and Sports Committee is headed by Mrs. Bola Ogunrinade with Issa Aremu as deputy. It covers such areas as Empowerment and regulation of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Capacity building for CSOs; Youth empowerment; Unemployment; Minimum wage; Trade Unionism and Industrial Action; National Youth Service Corps Investments in sports; and Legal regime on sports.
The Committee on Public Service covering Federal Character; Civil Service Structure; Remuneration of public officers and civil servants; State of the civil service; and Salary Structure is headed by Engineer Ebele Okeke with Ambassador Adamu Aliyu as deputy chairman.
Political Parties and Electoral Matters Committee has Dr Iyorcha Ayu as Chairman and Senator Ken Nnamani as deputy. Its work scope includes: Political parties and Electoral process; Method of elections; Party supremacy and internal democracy; Independent candidature; Regulation of campaign; Campaign financing and expenditure ceiling; State monitoring bodies and Local Government Elections; Electoral offences; Independence and autonomy of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); Delineation of constituencies; Conduct of free and fair elections; The role of security agencies in elections; Diaspora voting; Political Recruitment and internal democracy in political parties.
Foreign Policy and Diaspora Matters Committee has Professor Ibrahim Gambari as chairman and Professor Lawrence Ekpebu as deputy. Its work outline includes: Prisoner Exchange; Extradition; Promotion of culture and tourism, investment in tourism; Cultural exchange; Nigeria and international peacekeeping operations; Review of Technical Aid Corps programme; Promotion of peace, human rights, justice and racial equality within the international system; and Nigeria-centric foreign policy.
Others are: Security and well-being of Nigerians at Home and Abroad Afrocentricism; Promoting Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regime; Non alignment; Economic diplomacy; Domestication of treaties; Mutual Legal Assistance; Universal Jurisdiction; Role/ Participation in International Organisations; Diaspora matters; Role of foreign missions in Nigerian domestic affairs; and Status of Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Land Tenure Matters and National Boundary Committee has Gen A. B. Mamman as chairman and Oba Michael Gbadebo Adedeji as deputy. Its work includes: Review of the Land Use Act; Traditional Land Holding Rights; Establishment and manning of boundaries; and Adjustment of boundaries.
The Economy, Trade and Investment Committee has Bola Shagaya as Chairman and Fola Adeola as her deputy. It will work on: Industries and Industrialisation; Diversification of the economy; Patents, Copyright, Trademarks, Trade or Business name, Industrial Designs and Merchandize Marks; Bio-piracy and traditional knowledge; Foreign Direct Investments Exclusive Economic Zone; Export Processing Zone; Oil and other mineral resources exploration and management; Trade agreement; Bilateral/Multilateral; Tourism and Economic Development plan.
Energy Committee is headed by Senator Rashid Ladoja and Engineer Bello Suleiman as deputy. It will work on: Strategic energy policy; Oil and Gas policy; Solar Energy; Nuclear Energy; Wind energy; Hydro energy; Thermal energy and Bio-energy.
The Committee on Religion is chaired by both Bishop Felix Ajakaiye and Alhaji Nurudeen Lema. It will discuss State and religion; Sponsorship and public funding of pilgrimage; and Restoring national ethics, culture, morals and core values.
The Committee on Public Finance and Revenue Generation has Adamu Aliero and Senator Azu Agboti as chairman and deputy respectively it will focus on: Domestic and external debt; Tax administration; Tax contribution; Internally generated revenue; Externally generated revenue; Regulation of external borrowing by States and Local Governments; and Productivity
The Committee on Citizenship, Immigration and Related Matters is headed by Dr Muhammed Abdullahi and Chidinma Uwajumogu as deputy. Its functions include: Movement of goods, persons and services; Citizenship and nationality; Integrated national database; Immigration and internal security Multiple citizenship of Nigerians; Residency; Indigeneity and residency (indigenes/settlers dichotomy); Refugee and asylum; Census; and Border patrol.
•Photo shows Iyom Josephine Anenih (right), chairman of the Committee on Social Sector,with another female delegate.
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