One of the strong contenders for the speakership position of the House of Representatives, Muktar Betara has been ignored as Chairman of the Appropriation Committee as earlier reported.
Instead, Abubakar Bichi, a Kano lawmaker, has been appointed to head the plum committee, confirming this paper’s report.
The speaker of the House, Tajudeen Abbas, unveiled the standing committees on Thursday.
In announcing the 134 standing committees, Abbas tasked the heads of the Committees to “draw up their work plans” and submit them to the house.
He announced James Faleke as Chairman of finance committee; Betara (FCT); Akin Alabi (works); Bamidele Salami (public accounts); and Idris Wase (federal character).
Others who emerged as Chairmen are Leke Abejide (customs); Jimi Benson (defence); Ahmed Satomi (national security) and Yusuf Gagdi (navy).
The rest are Alhassan Doguwa (petroleum resources upstream); Ikenga Ugochinyere (petroleum resources downstream); Sada Soli (water resources), and Wole Oke (judiciary).
The standing committees are to carry out the oversight function on government agencies and programmes.
They are to also address specific issues of national importance which Abbas informed their selection based on capacity, and competency
He added that the parliament would not fail to “bring the full powers of the legislature on the “recalcitrant” ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) even as it would work with the executive to deliver promises made to Nigerians.