- As Reps resume plenary Tuesday
Ahead of its resumption date on Tuesday, some members of the House of Representatives have begun scrambling to head juicy committees.
Currently, the lower chamber has 89 standing committees out of which 25 are considered ‘juicy’ committees.
They are, army, appropriations, aviation, banking and currency, custom and excise, defence, education, environment, Federal Capital Territory, finance, gas resources, health, house services, interior and justice.
Others include: land transport, marine transport, navy, Niger Delta Development Commission, NNDC; Niger Delta, petroleum resources (downstream), petroleum resources (Upstream), power, public accounts and works.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday learnt that as soon as the Green Chamber adjourned plenary on August 13, 2015 to September 29, 2015, these lawmakers intensified their lobbying for these lucrative committees.
One of the lawmakers, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said he would like to chair the House Committee on Marine.
Though he said he wants to chair the committee because of his desire and passion for marine transport, it has become a reoccurring phenomenon for lawmakers to scramble for ‘juicy’ committees at the beginning of new Assembly.
Our correspondent also gathered that a good number of legislators that are likely to chair these juicy committees would come from pro-Dogara camp.
A senior legislative aide, who would not want his name mentioned, told Nigerian Pilot Sunday that the same scenario played out in the seventh House of Representatives when some of the lawmakers loyal to Aminu Tambuwal chaired most of the lucrative committees.
He explained that despite the selection committee, it is the Speaker that has the final approval.
Meanwhile, the Speaker is set to inaugurate some of the sensitive committees this week.
These committees are: Rules and Business, House Services, Media and Public Affairs, Finance, Appropriations and Public Accounts.
It was learnt that the selection committee has recommended to the Speaker chairmen and members of the committees.