Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, yesterday reeled out the names of chairmen and deputy chairmen of the 96 House standing committees.
The announcement came four months after the eighth House was inaugurated on June 9.
Before now, the lower chamber had only managed to inaugurate few ad-hoc committees to pilot its affairs pending when the standing committees would be inaugurated.
The announcement of the committee chairmen and deputies would have been done a day earlier, but the Council of State meeting held at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday forced the Green Chamber to suddenly adjourn sitting in order to allow the speaker attend the crucial meeting.‬
At yesterday’s plenary, the speaker took his time to reel out the names of the chairmen and their deputies.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers are chairmen of 48 committees, PDP are in charge of 46, while the Social Democratic Party, SDP, and All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, are heading one committee each.
While some returning lawmakers retained their committees, others were moved to other committees.
Mohammed Monguno, Nkiruka Onyejeocha and Jones Onyereri retained their previous Committees of Agricultural Production and Services, Aviation and Banking and Currency respectively.
Others such as Abdulmumin Jibrin was moved from Finance to Appropriation; Jagaba Adams Jagaba from Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes to Interior; Zakari Mohammed from Media and Public Affairs to Basic Education.
Seven new committees were added to the existing 89, thus bringing the numbers of standing committees to 96.
The new committees are: Agricultural Colleges and Institutions; Basic Education and Services; Delegated Legislation; FCT Judiciary; IDPs, Refugees and Initiatives on North-East; Insurance and Actuarial Matters and Tertiary Education and Services.

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