APC Member Suggests Committee Consolidation for Speaker Abbas: Enhancing Effectiveness in Legislative Processes

APC Member Suggests Committee Consolidation for Speaker Abbas: Enhancing Effectiveness in Legislative Processes

…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media. In a recent development within the All Progressives Congress (APC), a high-ranking member closely associated with Gbajabiamila has recommended a reduction in the number of House committees under Speaker Tajudeen Abbas.

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This suggestion comes as a departure from Gbajabiamila’s approach in 2019, where he increased the number of committees to accommodate various stakeholders.

However, the APC member proposes consolidating the committees for greater effectiveness instead of expanding their numbers.

Challenges of Multiple Committees:

The legislator argues against the presence of multiple committees overseeing a single ministry, as this could impede their effectiveness.

The concern lies in the potential difficulties faced during joint committee sessions, where one senator may have to interact with several House chairmen.

This calls for a more balanced approach to ensure efficiency in the legislative process.

Pressure on Speaker Abbas:

Speaker Abbas is reportedly facing pressure to “settle” aspirants who conceded their bids to support his candidacy, especially those associated with the G-7 group.

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During negotiations at the Presidential Villa, these disappointed aspirants presented their demands to political heavyweight Tinubu.

Some aspirants may receive appointments outside the National Assembly, adding uncertainty to the future of key committee chairmanships.

Uncertainty in Committee Chairmanships:

While the fate of key committee chairmanships remains uncertain, notable figures like Aliyu Betara, the outgoing Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, and Yusuf Gagdi, his Navy counterpart, might retain their positions.

Rumors circulate that James Faleke, a known ally of the President and Gbajabiamila, has expressed interest in the appropriations committee as the outgoing Chairman of the House Committee on Finance.

However, Speaker Abbas must carefully consider these appointments.

Considerations for Speaker Abbas:

The Deputy Chairman (South) of the Joint Task, Olawale Raji, expresses confidence in Speaker Abbas, emphasizing the inclusive nature of his administration.

Raji believes that Abbas bears a substantial responsibility to accommodate everyone, as reflected in the outcome of the election.

Echoing this sentiment, Babajimi Benson, another Joint Task leader, acknowledges that appointments are solely at the Speaker’s discretion, and he stands ready to serve in any capacity.

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Conclusion:

As Speaker Abbas navigates the challenges ahead, the recommendation to consolidate House committees for greater effectiveness presents a significant consideration.

Additionally, addressing the aspirations of those who supported his candidacy while managing the uncertainties surrounding key committee chairmanships will be crucial.

Speaker Abbas carries the responsibility of creating an inclusive administration that accommodates diverse perspectives and ensures the smooth functioning of the legislative process.

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