Representatives ask Aregbesola about Buhari’s bill on board of paramilitary agencies

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The House of Representatives has asked Home Secretary Rauf Aregbesola to explain why the federal government is proposing to consolidate Nigeria’s main paramilitary agencies under a single board.

The Senate and House are currently considering an executive bill forwarded by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retired), to the National Assembly to establish the Council of Civil Defence, Corrections, Federal Fire and immigration.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; and House Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila had read Buhari’s letter on the Executive Bill dated February 9, 2022, during the February 15, 2022 plenary.

The accompanying letter read in part as follows: “In accordance with Section 58 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), I transmit herewith the Bill of 2022 on emergency preparedness, corrections, federal fire services and immigration, for the kind consideration of the Senate.

“The Civil Defence, Corrections, Federal Fire Services and Immigration Bill of 2022 seeks to establish the Civil Defence, Corrections, Federal Fire Services and Immigration Services Board to reflect adequately the current relationship between the Board, the Corps and the Services and align their composition, structure, functions and practices to achieve the intended mandate of the Services.

The president expressed hope that the bill would receive the “usual” rapid review by the Senate and the House.

On Friday, Aregbesola appeared before the House.

House Majority Leader Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, who presided over the investigative hearing, said it was necessary for lawmakers to seek explanations on certain provisions of the proposed amendment, particularly why the ministry “wants all of these major entities to come under one board. ”

Ado-Doguwa also said, “Another provision of the bill calls for the appointment of four commissioners for the council, which we believe could be a financial burden on the government.

Aregbesola, who was accompanied by some ministry officials, told lawmakers that the amendment to Nigeria’s Immigration and Prisons Act should allow for the inclusion of civil defense and the federal fire service.

The minister said the aim was “to align the functions and structure of organisations”.

Aregbesola added that the executive bill “seeks to amend the Immigration and Prisons Board of Nigeria, to place the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp and the Federal Fire Service under the responsibility of the board to comply with related laws and practices”.

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