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Reps want Nigerians evacuated from Central African Republic

12 December 2013, 15:12

Abuja - The House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to evacuate Nigerians living in the Central African Republic to avert further killings of Nigerians in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Central African Republic has, in recent times, witnessed sectarian and religious crises, leading to the killings of some Nigerians.

The House adopted the resolution, following a voice-vote on the motion moved by Leo Ogor (PDP-Delta).

In the motion, the lawmaker noted that there were reports that more than 83 Nigerians had been killed due to the violence in the region.

Ogor, who is the Deputy Majority Leader, expressed concern that a situation where innocent Nigerians were being killed on a daily basis was "unacceptable".

He said that the intervention was necessary because of the sanctity of life, which was also guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution.

In his contribution,  Friday Itulah (PPD-Edo) however, said that it was only those Nigerians who were willing to be evacuated that should be evacuated.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa (APC-Lagos) and Abubakar Momoh (APC-Edo) concurred with the submission of Ogor that Nigerians residing in the central African country should be evacuated.

Similarly, the House called on the Federal Government to order the immediate evacuation of Nigerian immigrants from Saudi Arabia.

The resolution followed a motion brought by Bashir Galadanci (PDP-Kano).

In the motion, Galadanci said that the immigrants were Nigerian citizens, adding that efforts should be made to ensure that they were not stranded in Saudi Arabia.

He said that most of the detained immigrants from other countries had already been evacuated by their home governments.

Meanwhile, the House passed for the second reading a bill to amend the provisions of Section 147 of the 1999 Constitution.

The bill seeks to increase the qualifications of those who could be appointed to head a ministry in the aviation, health and education sectors, among others.

It also wants such ministries to be administered by competent persons who are knowledgeable about all the activities in the sector.

The bill was sponsored by Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos).

Besides, the House passed for the second reading a bill to alter Section 175 (2) of the Constitution to subject the presidential powers of pardon to the approval of the National Assembly.

The bill was sponsored by Emmnauel Jime (PDP-Benue).

The House equally passed for the second reading a bill to alter Sections 234, 239,269 and 290 of the Constitution.

The bill by Ossai Ossai (PDP- Delta) seeks to make the workload of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court less cumbersome by increasing the number of judges on the bench.



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