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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday launched an investigation into the sale of Defence College quartets, in Apo, Abuja.

The lower house will also unearth the status of undeveloped plots allotted in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara said this while declaring open a Public Hearing organized by the House Committee on FCT to consider the two House resolutions alongside four other relevant bills.

Mr Dogara enjoined stakeholders to take advantage of the lawmaking process to provide information and materials that will guide the committee in its legislative work.

“In the Law-making process, Public Hearing is the only stage in the development process of a Bill or Motion  that has the advantages of affording the public the opportunity of providing information and materials that will stimulate interests of citizens leading to their participation and contributions in the process of law-making.

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“It is also a platform where interests and opinions are articulated and aggregated to form the basis for making good law and policy for the betterment of the larger society, ” Mr Dogara said.

Following House resolution, The FCT committee, Chaired by Hon. Herman Hembe was mandated to carry out investigations on the need to establish the status of undeveloped allotted plots in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

The committee was also tasked to investigate the viability of taking measures geared towards enforcing the terms and conditions for such grant and allotment and establishes the identity and ownership of properties in the highbrow areas of the FCT, Abuja, among others.

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Mr Dogara told participants that sections 4, 60, 89 and 297-303 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended, and inherent powers of the House Committee on Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as stated in Order 18, Rule 34, are the legal instruments that would guide this Public Hearing”


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