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Reps Pass Motion to Revisit Devolution of Powers Bill


The House of Representatives Tuesday passed a resolution to immediately revisit the issue of devolution of powers in the interest of the unity of the country.

Resuming from its two-month recess, the House also resolved to set up a strong committee to liaise with all stakeholders across the six geopolitical zones for practical solutions to the country’s  unity. 

House Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC,  Lagos), moved the motion under the motion of urgent national importance.

Resolved to set up a committee to consult stakeholders on the rising spate of agitations in Nigeria, the House expressed optimism that the committee would find lasting solutions to the agitations and seek ways to preserve the unity of the country.

Gbajabiamila had urged the house to set up a “strong committee’’ to investigate the rising tensions and agitations.

The lawmaker in his motion said that agitations for restructuring appeared to be the root to all the problems.

He said that the agitations had resulted to proscription of groups, loss of lives and judicial pronouncements.

According to him, the house must do all it can to save the country from political crisis.

Gbajabiamila said that every lawmaker must speak with one voice to save the country from breaking up.

“It is imperative that the members of the House of Representatives, who hold brief for their teeming constituents must drop partisan politics, ethnic and religious interests and speak with one voice to save our country from disintegration.’’

He also stressed the need for the house to embark on a process of healing and uniting the country through interventions.

The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara. 

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