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Since Civil War, there was never a time the Military is Involved in Some Type of Warfare than this time – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan
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Since Civil War, there was never a time the Military is Involved in Some Type of Warfare than this time – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said that since civil war, there was never a time the Nigerian military got involved in warfare “like this time”. Lawan made the comment at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna state which he visited on Saturday June 12. The senate president who made a donation of N10m to the hospital, also called for support for the military because they are fighting for the Nigerian people. He said;   “After the civil war in Nigeria, I dare say that there was never a time the military is involved in some type of warfare than this time. “Our armed forces deserve all the support from all the citizens of Nigeria because they are fighting on our behalf. To do otherwise is to be unfair, to the armed forces. “Our expectations as citizens...
Nigeria needs twitter- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan
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Nigeria needs twitter- Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has finally reacted to the recent suspension of Twitter operations in the country.,   Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja today June 11 to mark the second anniversary of the 9th assembly, Lawan said Nigeria and Twitter need each other. He called for an amicable resolution of the feud with Twitter.   “Our belief is that Nigeria needs Twitter just as Twitter needs Nigeria. Our expectation is that we will be able to resolve this issue.  But beyond that, I am optimistic and I believe that all of us would have learnt our lessons.'' he said   The Federal government on June 4 suspended the operations of the microblogging site days after it deleted a tweet by President Buhari referencing the Civil war.
Awww! Senate observes one minute silence to honour TB Joshua
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Awww! Senate observes one minute silence to honour TB Joshua

The Senate today observed a minute silence in honour of the late Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Joshua, who died on Saturday at the age of 57. The Deputy Leader of the Senate, Professor Ajayi Boroffice, who is also the Senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District, drew the attention of his colleagues to the death of the late prophet. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, prayed for the repose of the soul of the late prophet and for God to grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.
President Buhari Seeks new N2.342tr External loan
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President Buhari Seeks new N2.342tr External loan

President Buhari has sought the Nigerian senate's approval for a fresh N2.343 trillion external loan to finance the 2021 budget. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, read a letter from the president seeking approval for the loan during plenary today May 18.
Restructure your states before calling for restructuring at federal level – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan slams Southern Governors
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Restructure your states before calling for restructuring at federal level – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan slams Southern Governors

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has lashed out at Southern Governors over their restructuring demand after their meeting in Asaba, Delta state last week. Lawan who faulted the demand, accused the governors of retreating to regionalism to address a national issue that should be collectively decided upon. He also asked the various state Governors to restructure their states before asking for restructuring at the federal level. The Senate President said; “I believe that, as leaders, especially those of us who are elected, should not be at the forefront of calling for this kind of thing because, even if you are a governor, you are supposed to be working hard in your state to ensure that this restructuring you are calling for at the federal level, you have done it in your state as w...
May Day: Workers’ conditions have worsened under Buhari, say ASUU, Atiku
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May Day: Workers’ conditions have worsened under Buhari, say ASUU, Atiku

The University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, lamented the plight of Nigerian workers, saying their conditions had worsened under the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd). ASUU said corruption and insecurity were the trademarks of the Buhari. The ASUU Chairman, UI, Prof Ayoola Akinwole, in a statement to mark the International Workers’ Day on Saturday (today), said the workers’ conditions had worsened under Buhari. The statement titled ‘Buhari-led administration: The real enemy of Nigerian workers’ urged all workers to rise in defence of the dignity of labour and “resist the flagrant disregard for human rights and the rule of law in the country.” “We must resist the...
Senators Jittery Over Fears Of Boko Haram Attack On Abuja
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Senators Jittery Over Fears Of Boko Haram Attack On Abuja

Senators on Tuesday expressed the fear that the Boko Haram insurgents may overrun the nation’s capital, Abuja, because of the attacks the deadly group had launched on neighboring states. On Monday, the Governor of Niger State, Sani Bello, revealed that Boko Haram terrorists had taken over about 50 communities in the state. Bello said the terrorist group is just some two hours away from Abuja. As a way of addressing the issue, Senate resolved to send its leadership to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari. But no date has been fixed for the meeting. The decision of the Senate followed a motion, moved through a point of order by Musa Sani from Niger State, tagged, “Activities of bandits and Boko Haram terrorists in Niger State”. After a long debate, the Senate resolved that t...
Nigerian Leaders Need Prayers From Followers – Ahmad Lawan
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Nigerian Leaders Need Prayers From Followers – Ahmad Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has urged Nigerians to continue praying for the leaders in government as they tackle the various challenges facing the nation. Lawan, according to a statement released on Saturday by his media office, made the appeal at the launching of Pataskum Emirate Central Mosque Appeal Fund, at Potiskum, Yobe State. The Senate President, the statement added, announced a donation of N20 million to support the project. He said, “Every time, leaders need prayers, particularly from the followers. “Our leaders, particularly our President, Muhammadu Buhari, may God grant him good health, God has given him the leadership of this country through you. “He is trying his possible best for you and we too that are part of his leadership, we are trying our best ...
Lagos Special Status: Ahmad Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila, Sanwo-Olu Meet
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Lagos Special Status: Ahmad Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila, Sanwo-Olu Meet

Today, I met with the Senate President @DrAhmadLawan at his residence. Also present was the Speaker of House of Representatives @femigbaja. I commended the stability of @nassnigeria and the necessary cooperation with the FG on important issues of governance. I also used the opportunity to discuss issues of fundamental interest to the progress of Lagos State. I implored @nassnigeria to support our demand for a special status and funding for our state due to the burden we carry as the commercial centre and melting pot of the country.  
Easter Celebration: Senate Adjourns Plenary By Three Weeks
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Easter Celebration: Senate Adjourns Plenary By Three Weeks

The Senate on Wednesday said it will proceed on a three-week Easter break from Thursday. The lawmakers would however be holding committee meetings within the 19 days Easter break. Senate President Ahmad Lawan stated this at the end of plenary on Wednesday. Lawan said that the break would commence Thursday and last till Tuesday, April 13, 2021.   Senate adjourns Plenary to Tuesday, 13th April, 2021. #GavelBangs #TodayInSenatePlenary
SERAP Sues Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over Alleged Missing ₦4.4 Billion NASS Fund
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SERAP Sues Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over Alleged Missing ₦4.4 Billion NASS Fund

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sued Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila at Federal High Court, Abuja over alleged missing N4.4 billion National Assembly fund. In the suit filed at the weekend, SERAP is seeking “an order of mandamus directing and compelling Lawan, Gbajabiamila and National Assembly to perform their constitutional oversight functions to ensure prompt and transparent investigation into the allegation that N4.4 billion budgeted for the National Assembly may be missing and unaccounted for.” The suit followed publication of annual audited reports for 2015, 2017 and 2018 in which the Auditor-General of the Federation raised “concerns about alleged diversion and misappropriation of public...
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Nigerians Abroad Threaten To Withhold $23 Billion Remittance Over Ahmed Wase’s Remarks

Nigerians in Diaspora Worldwide, yesterday, threatened to withhold over $23 billion yearly remittances to the country after the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, allegedly infringed on their rights. The group, in a petition, addressed to Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on Wase to reverse his rejection of a complaint by the Mutual Union of Tiv in America on issues relating to land grab in Benue State. The Nigerians abroad threatened to halt immediate fund repatriation if the demand fails to see the light of day in 14 days. Wase, who presided over plenary last Wednesday, had rejected a petition presented by the member representing Gwer East/West Federal Constituency of Benue State,...
Senate To Screen Service Chiefs Behind Closed Doors Today
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Senate To Screen Service Chiefs Behind Closed Doors Today

The Senate committees responsible for the oversight of the Nigerian military forces will start the screening of the newly appointed service chiefs on Tuesday ( today) . The Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy , Senator Thompson Sekibo, who confirmed the development in a chat with our correspondent on Monday evening, however, said the service chiefs would be screened behind closed doors . The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had on Wednesday , referred the request of the President, Major General , Muhammadu Buhari , ( retd.) , for the confirmation of the new service chiefs, to the joint committees on Army , Navy and Air force for necessary screening . Lawan , gave the committees, two weeks to carry out their assignments and report to the Senate in plenary. The appointees for confir...
FG Will Restore Peace, Sanity In Two Months – Senate President
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FG Will Restore Peace, Sanity In Two Months – Senate President

Senate President Ahmad Lawan, has given a two-month timeline for the country to achieve a more secure and peaceful environment. The Senate President gave the reassurance on Monday while speaking to State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Speaking on the target to restore peace and security in the shortest possible time, the Senate President said government is doing everything possible to secure all parts of the country and ensure peace returns before the rainy season sets in so that farmers and others can go about their normal lives in a secure environment. He said the National Assembly would complement efforts to upgrade the Armed Forces by helping with the appropriation for the required equipm...
Yoruba Council Of Elders Berates Ahmad Lawan Over Statement On Shasha Crisis
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Yoruba Council Of Elders Berates Ahmad Lawan Over Statement On Shasha Crisis

The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has berated the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, for accusing South-West governors and leaders as responsible for ethnic crisis and killings in the region. But reacting to Lawan’s accusation in a telephone chat with The Guardian, yesterday, the Secretary of YCE, Dr. Kunle Olajide, described his claim as untrue. He said that on the contrary, it was the silence of the national leadership, including the President of the Senate, fuelling ethnic crisis. “It is totally untrue. Ethnic crisis is being amplified by the relative silence of even the National Assembly and the Senate President himself and also the Presidency. “What appears to be the insensitivity of the Federal Government to our plight that has been on now in the last four years in t...
Ahmad Lawan Blames South-West Governors For Killings In Shasha Market, Ibarapa
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Ahmad Lawan Blames South-West Governors For Killings In Shasha Market, Ibarapa

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, says divisive utterances by some Southwest governors were responsible for the killings in Sasha market in Ibadan, Oyo State and other violence against northerners in the region. A crisis had on February 18 erupted in Shaha following an argument that ensued between a pregnant Yoruba woman and a Hausa businessman. Following the development, many were killed while many houses were burnt, which rendered thousands of Hausa residents homeless. Speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa Service, Lawan attributed the violence to the latest call for the eviction of Fulani herders out of Southwestern states. “Leadership failures in the region cause what happened in Oyo State and other things that kept happening in the Southwestern states,” he said. “Som...
Buratai, Other Ex-Service Chiefs In Senate For Ambassadorial Screening
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Buratai, Other Ex-Service Chiefs In Senate For Ambassadorial Screening

The immediate past service chiefs have arrived at the Senate for their screening as ambassadorial nominees. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had on February 10, directed the Committee on Foreign Affairs to confirm General Abayomi Olonisakin (retd); Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd); Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas (retd); Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar(retd); and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman (Rtd) as non-career ambassadors-designate to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. The service chiefs arrived at the Senate around 11am for the screening. Members of the panel, led by Senator Mohammed Bulkachuwa, held a 15-minute closed-session before commencing the screening.
SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Seeks Probe Of “Missing ₦4.4Bn NASS Funds”
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SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Seeks Probe Of “Missing ₦4.4Bn NASS Funds”

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President Dr Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila to “use their good offices to urgently probe and refer to appropriate anti-corruption agencies allegations that N4.4 billion of public money budgeted for the National Assembly is missing, misappropriated, diverted or stolen, as documented in three audited reports by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.” In the open letter dated 30 January 2021 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation said: “By exercising strong and effective leadership in this matter, the National Assembly can show Nigerians that the legislative body is a proper and accountable watchdog that represents and ...
Anger As 10 APC Governors Accompany Buhari To Daura For APC Registration
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Anger As 10 APC Governors Accompany Buhari To Daura For APC Registration

The main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party; Yoruba Socio-political group, Afenifere; and some individuals have expressed surprise that 10 governors of the All Progressives Congress could abandon their state duties to accompany the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to revalidate his membership of their party in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State on Saturday. The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, was also part of the President’s entourage. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed the number of governors and others, who accompanied the President in a statement titled “We have nothing to hide, our books will always be open – President Buhari.” The statement read in part, “The President’s registration exe...
Nigeria Now Earns $2bn Annually From Deep Offshore Production Sharing Contracts
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Nigeria Now Earns $2bn Annually From Deep Offshore Production Sharing Contracts

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said that amendment to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act has increased remittances from the sharing contracts into the federation account from $260 million to $2billion annually. He also vowed that “demons” frustrating the passage of Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) within the last fourteen years will be defeated this year by the 9th National Assembly. Lawan stated this on Tuesday while speaking with journalists on his 62nd birthday celebration in Abuja. He said the patriotic zeal used by the National Assembly in October 2019 to pass an amendment to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act would be deployed for expeditious consideration and passage of the PIB already before it, latest by...
2021 Budget: PMB Sends Finance Bill 2020 To NASS
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2021 Budget: PMB Sends Finance Bill 2020 To NASS

President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the Finance Bill, 2020 to the National Assembly, seeking its expeditious passage into law to aid the implementation of the proposed 2021 budget. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, read the President’s letter at plenary on Tuesday morning. Buhari’s transmission of the Bill to the lawmakers was done pursuant to Sections 58 and 59 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). The Bill is proposing key reforms to taxation and Customs among other far-reaching decisions against the backdrop of the international oil price decline and effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
Senator Elisha Abbo Dumps PDP For APC
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Senator Elisha Abbo Dumps PDP For APC

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress. Senate President Ahmad Lawan read Abbo’s letter of defection during the plenary session on Wednesday. Abbo noted that alleged mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa State led to his defection to APC.
President Buhari meets with National Assembly leaders over lingering #EndSARS protests
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President Buhari meets with National Assembly leaders over lingering #EndSARS protests

President Buhari yesterday October 18, met with President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, over the ongoing #EndSARS protests in all parts of the country.   The meeting took place at the State House, Abuja.   Bashir Ahmad the President’s personal assistant on new media disclosed this via his official Twitter handle. ''President Buhari currently meeting with Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, on the ongoing #EndPoliceBrutality protests.''   Further details about the meeting weren't released.  
Senators Protest Fuel, Electricity Hikes
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Senators Protest Fuel, Electricity Hikes

There is tension in the camp of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, over increasing protests from lawmakers, following recent actions taken by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. The fear, Daily Sun gathered, is borne of claims that some of the lawmakers drawn from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were plotting to convene an emergency sitting next week. The emergency sitting, it was further gathered, is to provide an avenue for lawmakers to question the response of the leadership to recent hikes of electricity and petroleum products. The Petroleum Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations (NNPC), had on Wednesday announced a new ex-depot price of N151.56k fo...
Non-Performing Service Chiefs Can Go – Senate President
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Non-Performing Service Chiefs Can Go – Senate President

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Sunday said any officer found short of expectations should be shown the way out if he refuses to go. Lawan, who briefed State House reporters after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the National Assembly was ready to receive supplementary budget to tackle the security challenge, including the recruitment of more personnel in various security agencies in the country. He said the resources must be provided to empower the security agencies to fight the Boko Haram in the North East, banditry and other security challenges across the country. Lawan, who said the security situation in the country especially in the northern part of the country required that more resources be given to the security agencies, added that...
Buhari, Lawan Meet In Aso Rock
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Buhari, Lawan Meet In Aso Rock

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met behind closed doors with the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan at the State House, Abuja on Sunday. The meeting was centred on the security challenges in the country, performance of the Service Chiefs, and the crisis tearing the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, apart. Speaking to journalists after the meeting, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said that he briefed the President on what was discussed on the floor of the senate as it concerns the myriads of security challenges that have bedevilled the country. According to him, “You know that the country is facing many serious and deep security challenges and I have come to meet with Mr President to discuss with him what we have discussed in the senate previously that we shoul...
Details of Buhari’s Meeting with Lawan on Sunday Revealed
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Details of Buhari’s Meeting with Lawan on Sunday Revealed

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has shared details of his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Both men met behind closed doors on Sunday at the State House in Abuja. Buhari and Lawan discussed the current state of security in the country, the crisis currently engulfing the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and other topics. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Lawan said “You know that the country is facing many serious and deep security challenges and I have come to meet with Mr President to discuss with him what we have discussed in the senate previously that we should do whatever it will take to improve the security situation in the country. The Senate President also called for more resources to be provided for the Army, Navy, Air F...
Non-performing Service Chief Should be Sacked — Senate President, Ahmad Lawan
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Non-performing Service Chief Should be Sacked — Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Thursday June 11, called for the sack of underperforming service chiefs. The senate president made the comment after Borno North senator, Abubakar Kyari raised a point of order over the massacre of over 81 people in Gubio village, part of the district he represents.   Ahmad said; “The Senate has passed several resolutions on the insecurity in the country with all stakeholders carried along, but the issue has persisted.” “The stand of the Senate should be that people who have performed in office should be allowed to stay in such office." The federal government was also urged to deploy the armed forces and other security agencies to beef up personnel around the Lake Chad shores. The is coming ahead of a meeting between the leaders...
Senate President Lawan Leads Senators, Ministers To Orji Kalu’s Residence After He Was Released From Prison (Photos)
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Senate President Lawan Leads Senators, Ministers To Orji Kalu’s Residence After He Was Released From Prison (Photos)

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Thursday night led a delegation of Senate leadership to visit the Senate Chief Whip , Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in his Aso Villa residence , Abuja. The visit took place one day after Kalu, a former governor of Abia, was released from prison following his conviction by a federal high court in Lagos. Kalu alongside Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account of Abia state were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 36 counts of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion and they were jailed in December. But they appealed the verdict of the court. The host and his visitors all wore face masks but did not observe social distancing when they posed for photographs.  
Speak For Yourself – Senate President Tells Enugu Senator Who Said “Africans Marry For Children Not Love”
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Speak For Yourself – Senate President Tells Enugu Senator Who Said “Africans Marry For Children Not Love”

Senator representing Enugu north, Chukwuka Utazi says that Africans do not marry for love, but simply to have children. Utazi said this while contributing to a debate on a bill seeking to prevent, control and manage sickle cell anaemia in the country, on Tuesday, May 12. Utazi, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator further stated that it is painful to realise that some people cannot marry their main choice because of blood group. “This bill is taking me down the memory lane because I’m an AS carrier and when I was about getting married, several years ago, I moved into this orbit and I know what I went through because I was in love. I knew the trauma. After that incident, for five years I didn’t come out of it,” he said. “So I am speaking from experience and I know how ...
Names Of The 42 Ambassadors Nominated By President Buhari (Full List)
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Names Of The 42 Ambassadors Nominated By President Buhari (Full List)

has obtained a list of the ambassadors sent to the Senate for confirmation by President Muhammadu Buhari. It will be recalled that on Tuesday, the senate received a formal request from President Muhammadu Buhari for the confirmation of 42 career Ambassadors-designate. The request which was contained in a letter dated May 6, 2020, was read on the floor during plenary by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan. The letter reads: “In accordance to section 171 (1),(2)(c) and subsection (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. I have the honour to forward for confirmation by the Senate, the under-listed forty-two (42) names of nominees as Career Ambassadors-Designate.” The Ambassadors-designate for confirmation are: C.O Nwachukwu, Abia; A. Ka...
President Buhari Nominates 42 Ambassadors
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President Buhari Nominates 42 Ambassadors

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated 42 people as ambassador designate, all of them career officers. The names were contained in a letter sent to the Senate and read on the floor of the upper legislative chamber by President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday. In the letter, the President sought the consent of the Senate‎ for the confirmation of the nominees. He also said the profiles of the nominees would be forwarded to the Senate. Some of the names are Nwachukwu C. A.; A. Kefas ; Y S. Suleiman; G.M. Okolo; G.E. Edopa, among others.
Lawan, Gbajabiamila Fault Social Investment Programme Implementation
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Lawan, Gbajabiamila Fault Social Investment Programme Implementation

The leadership of the National Assembly has faulted the way the Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government is being implemented and called for an enabling legislation in line with global best practices. Senate President Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila made their reservations about the scheme at a meeting held on Tuesday with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq and some top officials of the Ministry. The meeting was attended by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase and some other principal officers and members from both Chambers. The meeting convened by the leadership of the National Assembly against the back...
COVID-19: NASS Shuts Down, Says No Lawmaker Tested Positive
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COVID-19: NASS Shuts Down, Says No Lawmaker Tested Positive

The two chambers of the National Assembly yesterday suspended legislative activities for two weeks following the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease. Senate President Ahmad Lawan announced the suspension after the Red Chamber emerged from an about one-hour executive session. He, however, said the Red Chamber would be on hand to attend to emergency issues. He said, “The Senate further resolves to adjourn sitting for two weeks from today due to the pandemic of coronavirus ravaging the entire world. The Senate resumes on the 7th of April.” He urged the federal government to devote special fund to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has asked its members to remain in Abuja throughout the two weeks period. The Green Chamber’s resolution to suspend s...
Senators Worried Over COVID-19 Status Of 35 Colleagues
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Senators Worried Over COVID-19 Status Of 35 Colleagues

FEAR heightened on Monday over the fate of about 35 senators who have not complied with the measures to determine their Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) status. The senators last week returned from a trip to the United Kingdom (UK), where they attended a Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) seminar in London. It was learnt that they were caught in the web of coronavirus outbreak in the UK at a time the Federal Government directed that those returning from any of the COVID-19 high-risk countries should self-isolate for 14 days. It was gathered that other senators are pressuring Senate President Ahmad Lawan to prevail on their colleagues to excuse themselves from the chamber’s business. Some of them (senators) were also said to be pushing for COVID-19 test for their collea...
Abuja is Not Ready for Coronavirus – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan Decries FG’s Failure to Release N620m for Abuja Isolation Centre
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Abuja is Not Ready for Coronavirus – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan Decries FG’s Failure to Release N620m for Abuja Isolation Centre

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has raised an alarm of Abuja not being ready for coronavirus at the moment as the isolation center in the capital city is still in a bad state. The Senate President who alongside his colleagues toured the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada on Wednesday March 4, stated that the N620 million meant for the completion of the isolation center has not been released. Lawan called on the Minister of Finance,  Zainab Ahmed to immediately release N620 million which is the budgeted amount for emergency response to the coronavirus (COVID – 19) outbreak, to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure the isolation center is completed. He said;   “First of all, let me say that the representatives of the federal minis...
Bukola Saraki And Ahmad Lawan Smile As They Meet At Udom’s Father’s Burial –
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Bukola Saraki And Ahmad Lawan Smile As They Meet At Udom’s Father’s Burial –

President of the Senate, His Excellency, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan arrives Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state for the burial of Late Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang, father of the governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Emmanuel Udom. Upon arriving the Victor Atta International Airport in Uyo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan met his predecessor in office, Senator Bukola Saraki and other personalities who had also come for the burial ceremony.
Obaseki Wins As APC Replaces Ahmad Lawan As Reconciliatory Team Head
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Obaseki Wins As APC Replaces Ahmad Lawan As Reconciliatory Team Head

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has reconstituted a 12-person committee following the rejection of the Senate President Ahmad Lawan-led National Reconciliation Committee by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki. The party had earlier set up a 10-person reconciliatory committee in December, 2019, to appease the aggrieved members of the party nationwide and resolve the crises in the party. However, Mr Obaseki, in his reaction faulted the development. He accused the Senate president and the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, of playing a prominent role in the crisis rocking the party in the state. Mr Obaseki rejected the former arrangement and vowed not to heed to it until the party substituted those he complained about. “We believe the com...
Senate Inaugurates Constitution Review Committee
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Senate Inaugurates Constitution Review Committee

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has inaugurated a 56-member Constitution Review Committee to be chaired by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege. The committee, inaugurated during Thursday’s plenary consists of all the eight principal officers, one Senator each from the 36 States and two members from each of the six geo-political zones. Members of the committee are: Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi; Deputy Senate Leader, Ajayi Borrofice; Deputy Chief Whip, Sabi Abdullahi; Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Bwacha; Minority Whip, Philip Aduda; Deputy Minority Whip, Sahabi Ya’u. Ike Ekweremadu; Opeyemi Bamidele, Smart Adeyemi, Danjuma Goje, James Manager, Stella Oduah, Oluremi Tinubu, Biodun Olujimi, Uche Ekwuen...
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Ahmad Lawan’s Cousin, Ahmed Kadi Amshi Confirmed NASC Chairman Amid Outrage

Amid outrage caused by the nomination of Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi who is a cousin of the President of the Nigeria Senate as Chairman of National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), he was on Wednesday confirmed as the Chairman of National Assembly Service Commission (NASC). Engr. Amshi was also a Legislative Aide to the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan before his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari. The confirmation of Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi alongside eleven others followed a committee report which was submitted by the Chairman of Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau. Shekarau in the report submitted that the nominees made themselves available for screening and were found satisfactory to serve as members of the National Assembly Servic...
Insecurity: Lawan & Gbajabiamila Open Up After Meeting President Buhari, Says The President Is Concerned
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Insecurity: Lawan & Gbajabiamila Open Up After Meeting President Buhari, Says The President Is Concerned

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Monday said President Muhammadu Buhari is concerned about the security situation in the country. The two presiding officers of the National Assembly disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists at the State House, Abuja, on the outcome of the meeting with President Buhari. Gbajabiamila said the leadership of National Assembly told Mr President of the need to increase funding of the Nigeria Police Force and recruit more personnel to tackle the current challenges. He said the lower chamber had constituted a committee involving the two arms of government and the party to periodically review the issue of security across the country. He downplayed the resolution of th...
Senate Probes NNPC Over $396 Million Refineries’ Maintenance
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Senate Probes NNPC Over $396 Million Refineries’ Maintenance

The Senate resolved to investigate the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation over the $396m spent on Turn-Around Maintenance of refineries between 2013 and 2015. This followed the adoption of a motion titled “The Moribund Refineries in the Country” by Senator Yusuf A. Yusuf (APC, Taraba Central). The Senate mandated its Committees on Petroleum Downstream, Upstream and Gas to investigate the expenditures. It also asked the committees to probe the current state of the refineries as well as convoke a stakeholders’ conference with the aim of finding ways to revamp them. Senator Yusuf recalled that Nigeria, through NNPC, had in the past 25 years spent billions of dollars in Turn-Around Maintenance of the refineries, the latest being over $396m spent between 2013 and 2015 without meanin...
Nigeria’s Security Architecture Has Failed, Needs Restructuring – Ahmad Lawan
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Nigeria’s Security Architecture Has Failed, Needs Restructuring – Ahmad Lawan

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday reviewed the current security architecture of the country and demanded an urgent restructuring to make a way for intervention from other tiers of government . Lawan, in an interview with journalists in Abuja , also welcomed the recent regional and states initiatives to tackle the unfortunate security challenges in the country . He said the Senate would summon the heads of the various security agencies in the country as soon as plenary resumes this week to work out a realistic arrangement that could adequately tackle the menace. Asked to state his position on the regional intervention by governors to tackle insecurity , Lawan said it was a good idea. He said , “All hands must be on deck . The Federal, states and local governm...
Senate President Condemns Attack On Emir Of Potiskum
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Senate President Condemns Attack On Emir Of Potiskum

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has condemned the gun attack in Kaduna on the convoy of the Emir of Potiskum, Yobe State, Alhaji Umaru Bubaram. Gunmen on Tuesday night attacked the convoy of the Emir around Maraban Jos on Kaduna-Zaria road, killing some of the Emir’s aides and leaving others injured. Lawan expressed his condolence with the revered Emir and the families of those killed in the sad incident. The Senate President also prayed for speedy recovery of the Emir and others who were injured. Lawan called on the security agencies to ensure that everyone with a hand in the heinous crime is brought to justice. He also called on the security agencies to ensure quick rescue of those who were abducted in the incident
Photos From Senate President, Lawan’s Son’s Wedding In Kano
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Photos From Senate President, Lawan’s Son’s Wedding In Kano

The son of Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Ibrahim Lawan, has got married to his heartthrob, Amani Umar. The wedding ceremony, according to report gathered was held at Al Furqan Mosque with a dinner party being held at Meenah Event in Kano. Mr. Lawan in a post on his social media account on Christmas Eve announced with a photo of an invitation card the wedding. It was further gathered that the glamorous wedding has in attendance top government officials and politicians.
You Will Decide Fate Of ‘Hate Speech Bill’ – Lawan Tells Nigerians
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You Will Decide Fate Of ‘Hate Speech Bill’ – Lawan Tells Nigerians

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has asked Nigerians to mobilise against the proposed hate speech bill if they do not want it. Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja on Monday, the senate president said it is up to Nigerians to decide, at the public hearing, if the bill should be passed or not. In November, Sabi Abdullahi senator representing Niger north, sponsored the bill, which has sparked widespread criticism across the country. It proposed death by hanging for any person found guilty of any form of hate speech that results in the death of another person, the lawmaker later promised that the death sentence would be reviewed. The bill also proposed that in the case of an offence committed by a body of persons where the body of persons is a corporate body, every director, trus...
Why The Senate Will Pass Buhari’s $29.9 Billion Loan Request – Ahmad Lawan
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Why The Senate Will Pass Buhari’s $29.9 Billion Loan Request – Ahmad Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has revealed that the 9th Senate will approve President Muhammadu Buhari’s $29.9 billion loan request. This is despite Lawan’s earlier caution to the Executive to minimise its planned borrowing. The Senate President stated this in Abuja during a media parley. He, however, pointed out that the various standing committees will carry out serious oversight functions and ensure that the money is not misappropriated by the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). Recall that in November 2016, then Senate President, Bukola Saraki turned down the same loan request from President Buhari. According to Lawan, “The question of whether we will pass the loan request of the Executive arm of Government, yes, we will pass it. “If we do...
We Have To Respect The Rule Of Law – Ahmad Lawan
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We Have To Respect The Rule Of Law – Ahmad Lawan

Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government to obey the rule of law to the fullest. Lawan made the call while fielding questions from newsmen on Monday in Abuja, an event that was covered by Igbere TV correspondent. Speaking on the repeated violations of the rule of law by President Buhari, the Senate President said Nigerians should not suffer unduly for a crime they are not guilty of. This is coming at a time the Buhari administration has been accused of disrespecting the rule of law in the trial of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement. Sowore, SaharaReporters publisher has been in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), despite been granted bail by courts. On December 9, 2019, DSS operativ...
Senate Probes DSS Court Invasion
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Senate Probes DSS Court Invasion

The Senate has mandated its committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to investigate Friday’s invasion of a federal high court and rearrest of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS). This comes almost a week after the incident. Nigerians have criticised the lawmakers for failing to react and address the issue. The chairman of the Senate committee on Judiciary and Human Rights and Legal Matters, Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central), raised the matter during plenary on Thursday. He came under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rule. Order 43 allows for a lawmaker to raise and issue but prohibits other lawmakers from making contributions or debating the said issue. He said the “alleged” invasion of the court...

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