House Speaker moves to amend rules

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi
Gbajabiamila has raised a nine-member committee
to review the operating rules of the House. The committee is to carry out a comprehensive review of the House Rules with emphasis on contentious
aspects.

The House Rules Review Committee is headed by
Professor Julius Ihonvbere and consists of old and new members who
have three weeks to wrap up its assignment.

The committee is to align the House Rules to conform
with global legislative best practices.

The eighth House had been embroiled in contention over
some aspects of the House Rules which empowered the then Speaker, Yakubu Dogara
to suspend indefinitely any member whom he “thinks” is walking towards the mace
with malevolent intent.

Aliyu Madaki (APC Kano) with 10 others had gone to
court, urging it to declare the House Rules null and void and of no effect
because they were deemed to be draconian.

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