The House of Representatives has implored the acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to swear-in two ministerial nominees from Kogi and Gombe States that were recently screened and cleared by the Senate. This came, following a motion on matters of urgent public importance moved by Hon. Sunday Karimi during plenary session on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. The resolution also urged the Acting President to assign portfolios to them as a matter of urgency.
He informed that the Senate screened and cleared Suleiman Hassan (Gombe) and Ocheni Hassan Ikani (Kogi) as replacements for both the late Barr. James Ocholi and Ms Amina Mohammed respectively; noting that despite the screening and clearance by the Senate, the executive has hitherto failed to swear the nominees in.
The Lawmaker, while making his case in his motion cited Section(1) of the constitution as the “grand norm which mandates the President to constitute the Federal Executive Council comprising Representatives from the 36 States of the Federation including the FCT.
Hon. Karimi added that the absence of Kogi and Gombe on the Council makes the FEC improperly constituted.
In another development, the House shunned the Federal Government’s policy which makes Christian Religious Knowledge, CRK under Civic Education compulsory in Secondary School curriculum.
A resolution on the matter which has generated much agitation amongst religious groups came on the heel of a motion moved by Hon. Beni Lar titled “Call to make Civic Education an optional instead of a compulsory subject for Senior Certificate Examination.”
The motion was extensively argued and exhausted before securing a majority vote that the policy was inconsistent with the spirit and letters of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) on the provision of religious liberties.
Consequently, the House resolved that students with the inputs of their parents at formative years should be taught the religious subjects of their choice in school, adding that both CRK and Islamic Studies be treated independently.