By Aishat Salihu
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday, inaugurated four ad-hoc committees to set the tone for legislative activities in the 9th Assembly.
Following the executive session that lasted for over four hours, the committees announced by the Speaker include ad-hoc committee on media, committee on selection, committee on welfare and committee on rules and business.
Gbajabiamila, earlier, before dissolving into the executive session, had to lecture some of the new lawmakers on how to raise a point of order or move a motion, also directed the Clerk of the House to write the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, asking him to notify the president of his election and that of Hon. Ahmed Idris as speaker and deputy speaker respectively.
He said the letter is to inform the president that the House of Representatives is now properly constituted and ready to receive communications from his office.
In a media briefing, after the closed-door session, chairman of the media committee, Abba-Ibrahim disclosed that the other three ad hoc committees: rules and business, welfare and selection would meet and appoint a leader among them.
She further added that the members, during the executive session, agreed to close all gaps of division arising from the campaigns and work as one, stating that all campaign media platforms are to be shut down by all former contestants for leadership positions.
“Today, we stand united, although we are from different political parties. We agree that we will remain one House because the speaker emerged on the platform of joint task. “We are going to close all platforms and form only one WhatsApp platform where all members will be added to share information and communicate with one another,” Abba-Ibrahim said.