President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has appointed Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eriemenyo as the first Chairman of the Oil, Gas and Host Communities Committee.
Biobarakuma who represents Bayelsa East Senatorial district, is from the South South geo-political zone of the country.
The Committee is a new Committee of the upper chamber.
Lawan unveiled the Committee in an announcement moments before the upper chamber adjourned plenary on Tuesday.
The announcement of the new committee comes a week after the Senate amended its 2015 Standing Rules.
Prior to the amendment of the Rules, Lawan had explained that the exercise was intended to accommodate Committees hitherto created under the 8th Senate and not captured in the Standing Orders.
Chairman of the Rules and Business Committee, Senator Suleiman Sadiq Umar, on his part, said the amendment of the rules by the chamber was “to accommodate issues that will make such Orders dynamic to facilitate effective legislative process.”
According to the new Rules, Senators can be members of not more than seven Committees at a time, while committee membership consist of not less than seven members and not more than twenty members at most.
Fierce gun battle in Idumota as hoodlums clash, streets, markets deserted [Video]
Idumota on Lagos Island is boiling as heavy gunshots have been witnessed in the area following bloody clash between rival hoodlums.
The incident began last night and spread to Friday morning, with hoodlums seen with dangerous weapons, such as cutlasses, guns, fighting themselves.
Some people have been feared killed in the gun-battle. Areas such as Idumota, Kosoko, Oluwole, Martins and Balogun have been deserted as street urchins engaged in bloody clash.
Security reports said there is heavy gunshots and serious fight on Lagos Island as Area boys were fighting themselves.
People have been warned to stay away from Lagos Island right now as the fight spreads to other areas, while officials of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, and Task Force are trying to restore calm to the area.
The popular Idumota Market has been deserted as traders ran for their lives.
According to EONS Intelligence, as at 9,00am, the crisis in Idumota has escalated.
It said: “Violent attacks accompanied with sporadic shootings in Idumota area of Lagos State as hoodlums from the area clash with hoodlums from Kosoko/Oluwole, Martins and Balogun. The situation in the area is currently tensed.”
Footages on Twitter showed residents running helter and skelter, with sporadic gunshots heard. Hoodlums with cutlasses were also seen in the footages.
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New defence spokesperson to Media: Help sustain troops’ morale
Major General Jimmy Akpor, the director of defence information has asked the media to assist in sustaining the current morale of troops deployed to various operations across the country.
According to Akpor, this would enable the troops to effectively defend the territorial integrity of the country as well as win the ongoing war against insurgency in Nigeria.
He stated that this would be the modest contribution of the press to national security.
Akpor spoke after assuming office on Friday at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
He said, “Bearing in mind that National Security encompasses the ability of our nation to protect its citizens, economy and other institutions, the Military with other security agencies, have been at the forefront of maintaining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation as well as facilitating economic, political and energy security, amongst other aspects of national security.
“Permit me to bore you with one of the Components of Fighting Power; the Morale Component, which enables personnel to fight efficiently, braving all difficulties while carrying out their constitutional roles.
“The Press, our press, must therefore do its part (as you have always done), in sustaining the morale of the citizenry and especially the morale of the military, along with other security agencies, as it deals with the contemporary security challenges that bedevil the nation.
“Fostering the morale of the fighting troops, the morale of the military, would remain your critical contribution to national security as members of the Press.”