House Minority Leadership Crisis: Why We have not Submitted Our Report – Hon. Kolawole Lawal

HON. KOLAWOLE LAWAL, Chairman House Committee on Ethics and Privileges

…States achievements of his committee and his personal contributions to his constituents in the last one year of 9th National Assembly

BY OBUTE JAMES

The Chairman, House Committee on Ethics and Privileges, Hon. Kolawole Lawal has given reasons for the delay in concluding and submitting the report on the alleged violation of House Standing Order by Hon. Kingsley Chinda and others.

Recall that the House of Representatives had mandated the committee led by Hon. Kolawole Lawal to investigate Chinda and his three other colleagues-Hon. Chukwuma Onyeama, Hon. Ajibola Muraino and Hon. Yakubu Barde for parading themselves as leaders of the PDP caucus in the Green chamber.

But speaking to THE LEGISLATURE on his activities in the last one year, Hon. Kolawole Lawal said his committee is like the police of the House which is saddled with the responsibility to ensure that the House Standing Orders are not abused and those who abused them are punished accordingly.

He said his committee could not conclude and submit the report on the lawmakers who allegedly abused the House Standing Order because of litigation against the House and his committee.

A Federal High Court in Abuja in February this year issued an order of interim injunction restraining the House of Representatives from further investigating or taking any disciplinary action against Hon. Kingsley Chinda, and others.

The decision of the House to investigate the matter was consequent upon the adoption of a motion by Hon. Ben Igbakpa who alleged that the quartet were falsely parading themselves as leaders of his party, thus violating the standing rules and orders of the green chamber.

The plaintiffs in the case presided by Justice I.E included Chinda, Chukwuma, Muraina and Barde, while the defendants are the Speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabamila; Clerk of the National Assembly, Clerk of the House, Hon. Kolawole Lawal, Hon. Ibrahim Misau among others.

BILLS, MOTIONS AND OTHER NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS OF HON. KOLAWOLE LAWAL IN THE FIRST YEAR OF THE 9TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Hon. Kolawole Lawal, Chairman House Committee on Ethics and Privileges is the representatives of Egbado South/Ipokia Federal Constituency of Ogun State.

According to him his priority is placing his constituency on the consciousness of Hon. Members of the house and quality representation: He has presented several motions so far which show the myriad of problems and deprivation in his constituency

Other include performing legislative oversights with diligence; training especially in conflict resolution which has reinforced the peaceful atmosphere of his people in the face of provocation; Bringing the dividends of democracy home to our people by training; Being the voice of his people and giving them hope of a better tomorrow.

He moved a motion on the need to suspend the policy halting the supply of petroleum products to towns within 20 kilometres to the international borders by the Nigerian Customs Services in order to stop the smuggling of the product out of the country

Similarly, on 26th November, 2019 Lawal also moved a motion on the urgent need for rehabilitation and reconstruction of idiroko international land border in Ogun State.

On 7th November 2019, Lawal also moved a motion on Expansion and Rehabilitation of Idiroko/Owode-Ota road.

Motion on the construction of a likn bridge in Tongeji Island in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State was also moved on 14th November, 2019

Motion on the need to Rehabilitate and Dualize Ita-Oshi-Ilaro-Owode Yewa-Ikoga Road in Ogun West and Central Senatorial Districts of Ogun state was moved by Lawal on 5th December, 2019 and was and adopted by the House.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Alteration) Bill which has passed First Reading is being sponsored by Hon. Kolawole Lawal.

This Bill seeks to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by changing the name of Egbado South & Egbado North Local Government Areas to Yewa South & Yewa North Local Government Areas.“`

Another bill sponsored by Hon. Lawal is “A bill for an Act to amend the Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA). To enlarge the scope of its coverage. It passed First Reading on 18th September, 2019 and Second Reading 28th November, 2019

A bill for an Act to Establish The Federal University Of Technology, Ipokia Ogun State sponsored by Hon. Lawal also passed First Reading on 27 November, 2019 and Second Reading on 10 December, 2019

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