James Emejo in Abuja
The House of Representatives Special Ad-hoc Committee on Political Agitations in Nigeria thursday unveiled a work plan on how it intended to go about the national assignment.
The Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Sulaimon Lasun Yussuff, who chairs the 16-member committee said relatively peaceful zones would first be visited while useful submissions would be made within the first two weeks of the assignment.
He said the committee would soon call for memoranda from the general public through electronic and print media to be received at the zones.
Going by the work plan drawn by the secretariat of the committee, thereâ€™ll be direct consultation with state government, local government, ethnic interest groups, registered political parties, Civil societies, youth, women and the handicapped, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), traditional/religious institutions and other interest groups.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Wole Oladimeji, the lawmakers would be expected to visit the six geo-political zones across the country to ensure a wide consultation with opinion leaders and other various interest group with a view to collating their inputs.
The House had passed a resolution to immediately revisit the issue of devolution of powers in the interest of the unity of the country in the wake of recent agitations.
It also resolved to set up a strong committee to liaise with all stakeholders across the six geopolitical zones for practical solutions to rebuild the countryâ€™s fragile unity.
House Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos), who is the deputy chairman of the special committee moved the motion under matters of urgent national importance.