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Reps reject FOI bill

By Tordue Salem

ABUJA—The House of Representatives has for the third time shelved debate on the Freedom of Information Bill. The Bill which was slated yesterday for consideration and subsequent referral to relevant committees for a public hearing was shot down by the naysayers who were sadly, in the majority.

The last time these crop of lawmakers threw out the bill, was on 14 November 2007, but pursuant to Order xv, Rule 8, Reps. Ita Enang, C.I.D Maduabum, Eziuche Ubani and others, re-introduced a Motion for the Bill to be reconsidered by the House.

However, a majority of the lawmakers rejected the Motion, as well as rejecting a motion by Speaker Dimeji Bankole for an executive session to straighten out issues that may have been agitating their minds on the content of the Bill.

Co-sponsors of the Motion to re-consider the Bill are: Reps. Sylvester Ogbaga, Sam Tsokwa, Festus Adegoke, Patricia Etteh, George Ford Nwosu, Mohammed Garba, Shuaibu Abdullahi and Samson Osagie.

Others are Messrs Emmanuel Adedeji, Bala Adamu Kuta, Sani Saleh Minjibir, Sani Takori, Nicholas Mutu, Ishaku Sharah, Mohammed Mungono, Jacob Alebiosu, Aminu Shagari and Samaila Muhammed.

The movers of the Motion in their argument had stated that “several lawmakers may have requested that this motion be brought to rescind the said decision and recommit it to the Joint Committee on Information and National Orientation and Justice for proper scrutiny of the Bill”.


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