Thursday, March 3, 2016


Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have frowned at the senseless kidnapping of three female students from Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School, a private school in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
The students who were reported to have been abducted from their hostels by unknown gun men on Monday, February 29, 2016 are still missing, consequently, the member representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency in the Federal House, Hon. Babagishi Benson brought a motion of matter of urgent public importance, demanding that the Inspector General of Police and other security outfit intensify efforts to rescue the girls and bring the abductors to book as well. He further charged the Nigerian Police Force to set up street surveillance system around schools across the nation; the Lawmaker appealed to the security agencies to be proactive in protecting the lives and properties of citizens; adding that the protection of lives is indeed a core responsibility of government. In another development, the House has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to strictly enforce the statutory requirement of 10 percent of Banks' profits to be channeled into financing and lending to the manufacturing sector. Following a motion on the need to address the excruciating hunger, hardship and depreciating welfare of the masses, standing in the name of Hon. Karimi S. Sunday, the House further canvassed for cooperation between the National Assembly and the Executive Arm of Government in reducing the cost of governance with effect from the 2016 Appropriation Bill. Hon. Sunday, while debating the motion also called for the establishment of Commodities and Exchange Commission and Farm Produce Boards in order to provide a veritable platform for sale of agricultural products, reduce price volatility and boost export of agricultural products; adding that State Governments should enter strategic alliances that would eventually encourage agricultural development in their States.

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