• Wednesday September 5, 2018 08:29 AM
  • NILS Press Corps

National Assembly in the press in the 35th week of 2018 was relatively moderate. Legislative activities spread across 12 sectors of the nation’s economy, out of which three featured most prominently. Among them were:
• Politics - 60 times
• Legislature - 15 times
• Economy - 13 times
Other sectors also involved in the week’s legislative activities of the country’s apex legislature but on a low key note include: Communication, Defence, Education, Executive, Finance, Judiciary, Labour, Petroleum and Transportation.

A total of 117 stories concerning the nation’s highest law-making body were recorded during the week. Only 35 of them projected the image of the National Assembly POSITIVELY. One of the favourable reports was captioned “House Committee Blames DPR For Loss of $21bn”.
According to the story, the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee investigating alleged loss of $21 billion by Nigeria to expired agreements on Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) with the International Oil Companies (IOCs) has blamed the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for failing to renegotiate the terms of the contracts when they were due as provided in the agreement.

The Committee has also resolved to write the Embassies and High Commissions of the home countries of the affected IOCs to help the Federal Government to recover its lost revenue. The Deep Offshore and Inland Basin PSC Act had provided that the terms of contract should be renegotiated when crude oil price reached $20 per barrel to enable Nigeria collect higher royalties from the IOCs.

Meanwhile, as much as 79 stories portrayed the image of the revered Parliament in the NEUTRAL direction. One of such reports reads “Bello, Melaye Condole Adeyemi on Wife’s Death”. Accordingly, the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has described as shocking and sad the death of the wife of Sen. Smart Adeyemi, Mrs. Yemisi Adeyemi.

Also, the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial Zone, Sen. Dino Melaye has taken to his twitter account to commiserate with Sen. Adeyemi whose wife died in the early hours of Saturday after a brief illness. Sen. Melaye wrote “Sen. Smart Adeyemi accept my empathy over the loss of your beloved wife; it came as a rude shock. Our God who is the greatest comforter will comfort you in times like this. It is well with you, affliction shall not arise again, God is your strength”.

However, only three stories tilted the image of the apex legislature to the NEGATIVE direction. One of the not too good reports was titled “Alleged N369m Deal: Police Trail Hunkuyi as Senator Refuses to Honour Invitation”.
According to the story, with his refusal to honour its invitation over investigation into a N369 million deal, the Nigeria Police Force is on the trail of Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi. The Force added that it could it may also declare him wanted if it could not effect his arrest.

The Police had on August 3, 2018 invited Sen. Hunkuyi and the Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Kaduna State Chapter, Mr. Adamu Ango for interaction in connection with a N369 million failed project.

• National Assembly in the Press is a Publication of Information Unit, NILDS.