Discordant reactions yesterday trailed the move by the Senate to review the nation’s constitution.The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, constituted a 56-member panel made up of seven principal officers as a steering committee for the constitution review, with one senator each from the 36 states and two each representing the six geopolitical zones. He named his deputy, Ovie Omo-Agege as the chairman of the steering committee. The seven principal officers are the Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya; Robbert Borriffice; Sabi Abdullahi; Senate Minority Leader, Enyinaya Abaribe; Emmanuel Bwacha; Philip Aduda; and Sabi Yau. But the only Young Progressive Party (YPP) Senator Ifeanyi Uba raised an objection to the effect that his party was not taken into account even when it is the third in the Senate after the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “We have three political parties in the Senate, APC, PDP and YPP. There was no mention of my political party in the constitutional review committee and I feel it may be an oversight. You should consider my party because we are here on our own, I am here for my party caucus just like every other senator.”
Electricity Tariff Hike Will Push Cost Above 40%, MAN Warns
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), has charged the nation’s economic managers on the need to attract significant investment to encourage large scale generation and significant improvement in transmission and distribution of power supply in the country. MAN noted that electricity remains a vital input for manufacturing process to the extent that it constitutes up to 40 percent of its cost of production, warning that any increment in tariff will lead to a further rise in production costs. Such costs will inevitably be passed on to consumers, with attendant ripple effect in the economy.MAN equally warned that increasing electricity tariff will have drastic negative effect on the Gross National Product (GNP); Gross Domestic Product (GDP), disposable income, consumption, consumer price index, employment, government revenue from corporate taxation, among others. MAN President, Mansur Ahmed, at the yearly media luncheon, advised the Federal Government to concentrate on developing processes and policies to address the nation’s power needs.He said: “It is also important for government to ensure adequate and appropriate consultations with stakeholders in the private sector on such decisions with far-reaching implications.
74 Parties Lose Registration, Set To Battle INEC In Court
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday deregistered 74 political parties on the grounds that they failed to meet requirements for party registration. The Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, who released names of the deregistered political parties at a press conference in Abuja, also said 18 parties made the list of registered parties in the country. The registered political parties, which reacted angrily to INEC’s decision, said it was sub judice, saying they would take legal action against the commission. Among the deregistered parties are the National Conscience Party, which was established by the late human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, Kowa Party and the United Peoples Party. They also include Pastor Chris Okotie’s Fresh Democratic Party; Peoples Trust, whose presidential candidate was Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim; the Advanced Allied Party, the All Blending Party, the Advanced Congress of Democrats, the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, the Alliance for Democracy, the All Grassroots Alliance, the All Grand Alliance Party, the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, the Alliance For New Nigeria, the Alliance National Party, the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, the African Peoples Alliance, the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, the Alternative Party of Nigeria and the Alliance of Social Democrats.