President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday hosted Speakers of the House of Assemblies across the federation.
The meeting had the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, Permanent Secretary, State House, Jamil Arabi and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters all present.
Conspicuously missing at the meeting was the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Frank Okiye. Okiye was absent at the meeting because he was not invited. His non-invitation is because both the Presidency, National Assembly and conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly do not recognize him.
The purpose of the meeting was to prevail on President Buhari to issue an executive order compelling State Governors to implement the State Assembly and and Judicial autonomy at the state level
“This is not about party but about our country. I will support this bill and will urge my colleagues that we should do away with partisanship,” he stated.
However, Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and some other lawmakers, said the Value Added Tax (VAT) should be left at 5 percent instead of the proposed increase to 7.5 percent.
The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan ruled that Senator Abaribe should have raised the alarm during the second reading and not when the committee submitted its report.