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House of Reps receives 500 public petitions in 2 years

By Luka Binniyat

ABUJA -  Chairman,  House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition, Cyril Maduabum, said yesterday in Abuja, that no fewer than 500 petitions from individuals, communities, corporate bodies and organisations had been received by his committee from 2007 till date.

Maduabum also encouraged Nigerians who have no financial  strength to seek redress from the law courts to bring their grievances to the National Assembly for possible redress.

Maduabum, who was addressing a press conference in preparation for the public presentation of  a Public Petition Journal tomorrow, said: “From June 2007 to date, the House referred 500 petitions to the committee for investigation.”

He said the committee had painstakingly investigated and treated 350 of them, and that most of those treated have received compliance.

He said: “Implementation of our legislative resolution in view of these petitions has been very high. We have been able to give some oil communities some succour from oil firms. We have returned people to jobs and we have settled all kinds of disputes in the past two years.

“Any person can submit a petition to the House of Representatives on any issue the National Assembly has powers to legislate,” he said.

The presentation of the journal would be done by the Speaker, House of Reps, Dimeji Bankole, while former Speaker of the House of Reps, Ghali Na’Abba would be the Chairman of the occasion.


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