House of Reps to Begin Sectoral Debates
The House of Representatives is billed to commence sectoral debate on aspects of the Nigerian economy on Tuesday, May 3rd 2016.
The sectoral debate is consistent with the 8th Assembly’s Legislative Agenda and Standing Orders, and will address challenges facing different aspects of the Nigerian economy.
The first Sectoral Debate shall cover “Diversification of the Nigerian Economy: Real Sector Development”.
SCHEDULING OF SECTORAL DEBATES
The Speaker has approved the holding of the Sectoral Debates consistent with the Legislative Agenda of the House, Paragraph 7(ii) :
“(ii.) Sectoral Debates
The 8th House will introduce sectoral debates on various aspects of Nigerian economy as part of its legislative initiative to address national problems. These sectoral debates will lead to the crafting of new laws or amendment to existing ones or generate recommendations on how to address the specific problem in question.
The House will designate specific legislative sitting days or weeks in its calendar specifically for discussion on various problems facing the nation. Such identified themes, sectors, areas or problems include employment and job creation, Health, Education and Social Services; Women, Youths and Children concerns; Power/Energy Sector, Oil and Gas, Science and Technology; Commerce and Industry; Transportation; Telecommunications; Agriculture; Mining; Manufacturing; Diversification of the Economy, Finance, Corruption, Security Matters, Infrastructure and other initiatives of urgent national importance.
Modalities for carrying out the sectoral debates will be as approved by the House.”
It was also provided by Order XVI, Rule 3 (New Rule).
“The House may engage in sectoral debates on issues of national importance as may be directed by the House or the Speaker.”
2. The Honourable Speaker has approved the scheduling of the first set of debates from 3rd May to 5th May, 2016 on “Diversification of the Economy: Real Sector Development”.
3. The Honourable Ministers of different Ministries concerned with this topic are to be scheduled to present their different perspectives, on the diversification of the economy as follows:
Hon. Minister of information, Culture and Tourism – 3rd May, 2016- 11am
Hon. Minister of Agriculture – 4th May, 2016 – 11am
Hon. Minister of Finance – 4th May, 2016 – 1pm
Hon. Minister of Solid Minerals – 5th May, 2016 – 11am
The Honourable Ministers’ presentations will be at the Plenary Sessions of the House in Chambers.