Reps de­fer mo­tion on Im­mi­gra­tion re­cruit­ment

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

For the sec­ond time in one week, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives yes­ter­day de­ferred de­bate on a mo­tion that seeks to re­verse Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan’s di­rec­tive on fresh re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise into the Nigeria Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice.

Fol­low­ing the March 15 stam­pede where 16 ap­pli­cants lost their lives, Jonathan had can­celled the ex­er­cise and in­sti­tuted a spe­cial com­mit­tee to carry out a fresh one to be chaired by chair­man of the Federal Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion.

But a mo­tion was pre­sented on the floor of the House last Wed­nes­day by Rep Ahmed Idris (APC, Plateau) who said Jonathan’s di­rec­tive vi­o­lated the law.

“The dec­la­ra­tion by the pres­i­dent with­out re­course to the ex­ist­ing Act of the Na­tional As­sem­bly un­der­mines the sa­cred doc­trine of con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism and the rule of law which, if al­lowed, may verge into dic­ta­tor­ship,” he said.

The prayers could not be taken as Rep Os­sai Ni­cholas Os­sai (PDP, Delta) brought a point of or­der, ar­gu­ing that the House had al­ready taken a de­ci­sion on the mat­ter.

Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihe­dioha called on chair­man of the rules and busi­ness com­mit­tee, Al­bert Sam Tsokwa (PDP, Taraba) to ex­plain.

Tsokwa in his ex­pla­na­tion said he could not re­call if there was any such mo­tion passed but pleaded with the House to give him time to cross-check his documents.

But when the mo­tion came up for de­bate on the floor yes­ter­day, it was once again de­ferred as some law­mak­ers ar­gued that the pres­i­den­tial di­rec­tive was just for the spe­cial com­mit­tee to “as­sist” in con­duct­ing fresh re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise.

Rep Betty Api­afi (PDP, Rivers) ar­gued that the mo­tion only cap­tured an as­pect of the Im­mi­gra­tion Act, which favoured the prayers, say­ing there was need to ex­am­ine it as a whole.

Con­se­quently, Speaker Aminu Waziri Tam­buwal ruled that the mo­tion be stepped down to give him time to study the Act.

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