…to establish foreign donors commission
BY Tordue Salem
ABUJA—The House of Representatives will tomorrow pass the anti-terrorism Bill into law. The law would empower security agencies to tackle terrorist activities within the country and mete out appropriate sanctions on offenders of its clauses. Some clauses carry death penalties, while others recommend life imprisonment.

The report on the Bill, as prepared by House joint-committee on Justice, Judiciary, Drugs and Narcotics, National Security, Human Rights and Interior, will be the first item on the agenda of Green Chamber tomorrow.

The Joint-Committee, led by Henry Dickson Seriake (PDP/Sagbama/Ikeremor-Bayelsa), had in November rounded off its work on a Bill for An Act to Provide for Measures to Combat Terrorism and for Related Matters, 2009.

The Bill, which was presented by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s administration, was referred to the committees on October 13, 2010, for a public hearing that involved Ministries of Justice, Interior and security chiefs.

A seasoned anti-terrorism expert, Dr. Joseph Moneke, who spoke to Vanguard in Abuja on the Bill, said the National Assembly had taken the right decision by yielding to pressure from the Presidency, the Nigerian public and the world to expedite action on the legislation.

“The National Assembly has so far taken the right step on the Bill and its passage will be the beginning of the end of terror agents in Nigeria,” he said.

He, however, commended the National Assembly for excluding a clause that would ban individuals from carrying over N500,000 in cash.

“I tend to side with the National Assembly on its decision to drop a clause; that kind of clause that would ban people from carrying more that N500, 000 in their pockets. That is why I said what they are doing is in the right direction,” he said.

He warned that if the present situation was not properly managed, some pockets of skirmishes had the potential of snowballing into a“tertiary terror”stage.

“There is definitely no personality profile for a terrorist, some people can even go to the University and study up to a PhD level and still the tendencies would still be there, but I would not talk too much on that.

“I would rather leave it to the security agencies to determine. But going back to your question, I would say my apprehension is that we are going down to that level where terrorism will take centre stage.

“One thing is that the indices that will usher in terrorism are already there. It has gone to unbearable stage which is suicide bombing; every other thing is already existing in the system. The primary stage has been experienced, the secondary stage has happened and now the tertiary stage where we are experiencing bomb attacks.

“Another danger is that we don’t even know areas that may have been designated for further attacks, if we had known that, some of these areas that came under attack would have been saved,” he said.

…to establish foreign donors commission

ABUJA—A law to establish a Donors and Development Partners Commission to tackle a disturbing trend of government’s embezzlement of remittances from Nigerians in the Diaspora and donations by foreign agencies, is underway.

The Bill, which is slated for second reading in the House of Representatives today, is sponsored by the Committee on Donors, headed by Rep. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje (PDP/Bende/Abia State).

Titled, A Bill for an Act to Establish the Donors and Development Partners Commission and for Matters Related Therewith, 2010, will be ready for the second time today.

The House will also consider a report from its Committee on Judiciary on  a Bill for an Act to Provide for condition of service of the Secretary and Staff of the National Judicial Council.

Other issues on the agenda of the House, barring any emergencies that may crop up are three key reports on petitions.

They are: Report on a petition by former staff of Nigeria Hotels Limited against the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Report on the Petition by Alhaji Musa Garba and Mr. Samuel M. Gaiya against the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA) and Report on the petition by Anselem Nwabuife and Kingsley Onuzuluike against the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Ituku/Ozalla, Enugu).

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