The National Assembly will resume work on Tuesday after a lengthy break of more than eight weeks.
While the lawmakers were on vacation, Nigerians all around the nation were struggling to make ends meet because of rising costs for products and services brought on by government policies.
The National Assembly will have to deal with a number of concerns when they reconvene after the break, as highlighted in this story by Webteam@ipledge2nigeria.
Mohbad— mandatory autopsy
Last week, Ned Nwoko, a senator from Delta State announced that he would introduce a bill to make it mandatory for an autopsy to be conducted on every dead person.
Sen Nwoko made the announcement on the heels of the controversy that is trailing the death of Afrobeat singer, Mohbad.
The introduction of such a bill may lead to debates by lawmakers on the death of the Afrobeat singer. Also, it would be recalled that Sen Elisha Abbo also visited the mother of the late superstar.
When the lawmakers reconvene on Tuesday, there is a possibility that the death of the singer will be discussed.
Impeachment rumor involving Akpabio
There were rumors during the break that certain senators, especially those from the North, could take action against Senate President Godswill Akpabio.
Several MPs are still supporting the former governor of Akwa-Ibom, according to information obtained
If there is an impeachment threat or if it was an anomaly, it will be more obvious when the lawmakers meet again.
A higher minimum wage
Festus Osifo, President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), stated last week that organized labor anticipates the President to propose a new minimum wage to lessen the impact of the loss of gasoline subsidies.
The constitution’s exclusive legislative list includes the minimum wage. As a result, the National Assembly has the authority to pass minimum wage legislation. The executive is anticipated to deliver the minimum wage law.
Confirmation of new ministers
One other confirmation is the new ministers nominated by President Tinubu. It would be recalled that President Tinubu nominated Jamaila Ibrahim and Ayodele Olawande as ministers of youth.
The Senate is expected to commence their confirmation when they resume on Tuesday.
Also, there is a decision on Nasir el-Rufai and the other nominees not cleared by the Senate. The Senate did not clear the former governor of Kaduna State over security reports. However, President Tinubu is yet to nominate a replacement, instead indicating that the Ministry of Environment is reserved for Kaduna State.
While several media outlets have reported that Mr el-Rufai has opted out, however, with the President not nominating a replacement, all eyes will still be on the Senate regarding the status of Mr el-Rufai.
As the National Assembly resumes on Tuesday, Nigerians will get the opportunity to see the fiscal direction of President Tinubu when he presents his annual budget to the two chambers of the National Assembly.
It would be recalled that the President had promised to review the fiscal policy of the country if elected; the budget may give the first prism into his plan.
Normally, the National Assembly ought to have gotten the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) in line with the Fiscal Responsibility Act; however, the two documents have yet to arrive at the parliament.
Also, the National Assembly may be targeting to keep the January to December budget cycle by ensuring the passage of the 2024 budget before adjourning in December.
Days ago, dozens of female students at the Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State were kidnapped by bandits with only eight reportedly rescued by the Army, hence, the fate of the others remains unknown.
Apart from Zamfara, Nigerians across the country are battling with general insecurity ranging from bandits in the North to separatists agitations in the South-east.
When the lawmakers resume on Tuesday, Nigerians will be expecting reactions from their lawmakers.
Confirmation of CBN Governor
Yemi Cardoso has resumed work as acting governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) after being nominated by President Bola Tinubu last week.
Nigerians’ confusion about Godwin Emefiele’s standing has caused the nomination to spark debate on social media. Many people had expressed concerns about Mr. Cardoso’s hiring while Mr. Emefiele was still on suspension.
However, the CBN claimed that Mr. Emefiele had already resigned in a statement released on Friday by its Director of Corporate Communications, Isa AbdulMumin. The Senate is anticipated to start the confirmation procedure on Tuesday.
The President’s decision to appoint Cardoso as Emefiele’s replacement and Zacch Adedeji as Acting FIRS boss is not pleasing to many Northern Senators.