Intense lobbying has begun among members of the House of Representatives for chairmanship of top committees, otherwise tagged ‘juicy’ committees.
The committees most desired by the lobbyists include banking and currency, finance, appropriation, petroleum (upstream and downstream), gas, education, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), industry, communications, environment, drugs, narcotics and financial crimes, local content, works, agriculture, health, privatisation and commercialisation, and works.
Others are aviation, internal affairs, external affairs, customs and excise, public accounts, House services, science and technology, pensions, police affairs, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), defence, navy, army, airforce and land transport.
Also on the juicy list is marine transport, labour, employment and productivity, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria control, housing and urban development, capital markets and electoral matters.
Sources said Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC, Kano), who is the spokesman for the Consolidation Group, which championed Dogara’s election may have been pencilled down to head the committee on appropriation while Hon. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje (PDP, Abia), who was chairman of committee on foreign affairs in the Seventh Assembly is said to be lobbying to be appointed chairman of the committee on public accounts.
Hon. Chike Okafor (APC, Imo) who was earlier nominated as deputy chief whip by Dogara before the APC reconciliation consumed him may head the committee on works as compensation.
Hon. Herman Hembe (APC, Benue), who is a ranking member and close associate of the speaker, is said to be gunning for the chairman of the FCT Committee.
Hembe was chairman of the Committee on Capital Markets in the last Assembly. Also, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno (APC, Borno) who lost out in being a principal officer may be compensated by retaining the Committee on Agriculture, which he chaired in the 7th Assembly.
Similarly, Hon. Jones Onyereri (PDP, Imo) is said to be lobbying to retain the chairmanship of the committee on banking and currency, which he headed in the 7th assembly.
Also, Hon. Nicholas Mutu (PDP, Delta) is angling to retain the NDDC. Mutu is one of the longest serving members in the House, having been elected since 1999.
Hon. Sani Zoro (APC, Jigawa), former NUJ president who is heading the ad hoc committee on media is likely to continue with the standing committee as chairman.