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Three months after, Buhari yet to sign Electoral Offenses Commission Bill into law
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Three months after, Buhari yet to sign Electoral Offenses Commission Bill into law

The Electoral Offences Commission Bill, which was passed into law three months ago by the Nigeria Senate, is yet to be assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari. Checks by DAILY POST revealed that the bill, which its legislative debate started much earlier and which was meticulously handled by the Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), headed by Senator Kabir Gaya representing Kano South Senatorial district, was finally passed into law on 13th July, 2021. However, for undisclosed reasons, the bill has not been signed for it to become an act three months after it was passed into law. Much and strategic as the Electoral Offences Commission bill was, it was believed that it would sanitise political elections in Nigeria. Unfortu...
Sierra Leone formally abolishes ‘inhumane’ death penalty
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Sierra Leone formally abolishes ‘inhumane’ death penalty

Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio on Friday October 8, signed a bill abolishing the death penalty, becoming the latest African state to ban capital punishment. The move comes after lawmakers in the West African country voted to end capital punishment in July, replacing the punishment with life imprisonment or a minimum 30-year jail term. “As a nation, we have today exorcised horrors of a cruel past,” Bio said in a statement, adding that capital punishment is “inhumane”. “We today affirm our belief in the sanctity of life,” he added. Sierra Leone, which is still recovering after decades of civil war, had frequently come under fire from rights groups for keeping capital punishment on the books. Deputy Minister of Justice Umaru Napoleon Koroma told AFP that Sierra Leo...
Reps move to remove police from contributory pension, as retired officers storm NASS
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Reps move to remove police from contributory pension, as retired officers storm NASS

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed for a second reading, a bill to amend the pension reform act to exclude the police from the contributory pension. The bill seeks to remove the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force from the pension reforms Act. It would be recalled that police retirees stormed the National Assembly early Tuesday morning to raise issues affecting their pension. The bill, sponsored by Francis Waive from Delta State, was passed for a second reading by the House. Leading the debate on the bill, Waive argued that the military and intelligence agencies who are not in the pension reform act are enjoying more pensions than the police. “On account of the above amongst many others, the Nigeria Police ought and should be exempted from the current pension s...
Governor Sanwo-Olu Signs VAT bill into Law
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Governor Sanwo-Olu Signs VAT bill into Law

Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has signed the State Value Added Tax (VAT) bill into law. The state House of Assembly on Thursday, September 9, passed the bill and sent a copy to the state governor for assent. The Governor signed the bill at about 11.45 am today shortly after returning from his trip to Abuja. The law empowers the state government to impose and charge VAT on certain goods and services.
Enugu Assembly passes anti-open grazing bill
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Enugu Assembly passes anti-open grazing bill

The Enugu State House of Assembly, on Thursday, passed the open grazing prohibition bill into law. DAILY POST reports that the bill scaled through the third reading after a clause by clause consideration. The passage came in line with the September 1 deadline issued by the Southern Governors for an end to open rearing of cattle. The State Assembly earlier in the week held a public hearing on the bill, during which the umbrella body of Fulani herdsmen, the Miyetti Allah had asked for one month extension to enable them make input on the bill. However, at plenary on Thursday the bill was passed into law and would now be sent to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his assent. More to come…
Ogun Assembly mulls resident’s permit for corps members, students, others
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Ogun Assembly mulls resident’s permit for corps members, students, others

The Ogun State House of Assembly is legislating on a bill that would ensure that all residents of the state are registered by the government. The bill, when passed into law, would consider resident’s permit for short-term residents like National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members and students of higher learning institutions. The bill entitled “H.B. No. 062/OG/2021 – The Ogun State Residents Registration Agency and the Registration of Ogun State Residents Law 2021” was on Wednesday deliberated on by stakeholders, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. DAILY POST learnt that there would be an Ogun State Resident Registration Agency, which would be saddled with the responsibility of capturing the database of people living in Ogun. Speaking on the bill, the Speaker, Olak...
Fayemi Moves to Create 19 Additional LGAs in Ekiti State
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Fayemi Moves to Create 19 Additional LGAs in Ekiti State

The Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has forwarded a bill to the State’s House of Assembly for the creation of additional 19 Local Government Areas in the state. Fayemi on Tuesday, August 3, in a statement by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda, said the bill called, ‘Creation of Local Government Bill, 2021’ was forwarded to the legislature for consideration and possible passage towards adding to the existing 16 council areas in the state. Fayemi also forwarded a bill to the lawmakers that would ensure the financial autonomy and independence of the judiciary. He explained that the council areas would be called tentatively Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) "until such a time as the National Assembly shall pass an act recognising them...
Bill and Melinda Gates are now Officially Divorced
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Bill and Melinda Gates are now Officially Divorced

Bill and Melinda Gates are now officially divorced after a 27-year marriage. The divorce between the wealthy pair, who are the co-founders of one of the world’s largest private charitable foundations, was finalized on Monday August 2nd, a court document showed. Melinda French Gates’ petition for divorce, filed to the court on May 3, stated that the couple’s relationship was “irretrievably broken.” The divorce paperwork finalized on Monday said that she would not be changing her name and did not offer any spousal support, which French Gates said was not necessary in her original filing. The court did not issue money, property or spousal support judgments in the divorce. It said the couple must comply with the terms of the separation contract that was not filed in King county su...
“Ridiculous” – Dino Melaye Reacts to Senate Rejection of Electronic Vote Transmission
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“Ridiculous” – Dino Melaye Reacts to Senate Rejection of Electronic Vote Transmission

A former Nigerian senator has lambasted the senate for voting against the electronic transmission of votes in the the Electoral reform bill. Dino took to his social media page to call the decision by the senate 'ridiculous' Recall that APC senators yesterday voted against the electronic transmission of results which was adopted by the senate. Dino took to Twitter and wrote: “It is ridiculous and laughable that the same Senate that voted to reject transmission of our general elections electronically used electronic voting that was also transmitted electronically.” “They voted and result transmitted electronically to the score board immediately.Oma se oo”.
Ogun Assembly Passes bill Banning Open Grazing
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Ogun Assembly Passes bill Banning Open Grazing

The Ogun State House of Assembly on Thursday July 8, passed a bill banning open grazing. The lawmakers while passing the bill, said it would address incessant clashes between herders and famers. The bill titled “HB No. 045/OG/2021- A Law to Regulate Animal Grazing, Establishment of Cattles Ranches in Designated Grazing Areas of Ogun State and for other Matters incidental thereto and connected therewith", scaled the third reading and final passage following the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Agriculture by the Sponsor, Ganiyu Oyedeji, at a plenary presided over by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo. The bill prescribed a jail term of not less than three years without the option of fine for violators of the ban. It read; Including the forfeiture of the herds ...
New bill to jail protesters for 5-years passes first reading in house of reps
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New bill to jail protesters for 5-years passes first reading in house of reps

A  bill that was brought before the house of representatives on Thursday to jail protesters for five years has reportedly passed the first reading. The Bill entitled: ‘An Act To Amend The Criminal Code ACT, CAP 38, Laws Of The Federation Of Nigeria, 2004 To Further Preserve The Sanctity Of Human Life And Property, And To Provide Specifically For Mob Action, Prescribe Punishment And Other Matters’, is sponsored by Rep. Emeka Chinedu Martins (PDP-Imo). According to Sahara Reporter, the Bill has been approved by the House for a second reading. The provisions of the proposed Act, are as follows: (1) The provisions of the Criminal Code Act, (in this Bill referred to as the “Principal Act”) is amended as set out in this Bill (2) Substitute for section 69 of the Principal Act, a new...
Bill to create state police scales second reading
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Bill to create state police scales second reading

A bill seeking the creation of state police has scaled second reading at the house of representatives.   The bill which seeks to amend the 1999 constitution and make police a concurrent issue in the constitution, which will allow states to create and maintain police, is sponsored by Luke Onofiok (PDP, Akwa-Ibom).   Mr Onofiok who led the debate on the bill said;   "It seeks to move the item pertaining to police and government security services to the concurrent list so that both the federal and state government can both legislate on. I, therefore, solicit your kind co-operation in supporting the Bill for a second reading and subsequent passage into law. “This Bill seeks to excise Item 45 (Police and other government security services) from the Exclus...
PIB: NNPC boss, Kyari to brief Senate Thursday – Lawan
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PIB: NNPC boss, Kyari to brief Senate Thursday – Lawan

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, will, on Thursday brief the Senate on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) 2021. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, made this known on Wednesday during plenary. Lawan explained that the briefing by Kyari would be closed-door and last for one hour. According to him, the briefing was to help senators be better informed on the technicalities and financial implications of certain provisions in the piece of legislation. Lawan said, “Before plenary tomorrow, the leadership of the Senate has decided to invite NNPC GMD to come and brief us in a closed session. “The opportunity is for those of us who are not members of the joint committees to hear some of the technical details, financial details a...
Warren Buffett resigns from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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Warren Buffett resigns from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The announcement comes weeks after Bill and Melinda Gates announced that they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage but would continue to jointly run the foundation. The foundation is one of the largest charitable foundations in the world. Gates was formerly the world’s richest person and his fortune is estimated at well over $100 billion. “For years I have been a trustee – an inactive trustee at that – of only one recipient of my funds, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMG). I am now resigning from that post, just as I have done at all corporate boards other than Berkshire’s,” Buffett said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “The CEO of BMG is Mark Suzman, an outstanding recent selection who has my full support. My goals are 100% in sync with those of the foundation,...
Canadian MPs pass bill banning LBGTQ ‘conversion therapy’
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Canadian MPs pass bill banning LBGTQ ‘conversion therapy’

A bill banning LGBTQ "conversion therapies" passed Canada's House of Commons Tuesday, a victory for Justin Trudeau's minority government which had pledged to end the practice, widely regarded as a human rights violation. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of the bill, although over half of the main opposition Conservative party voted against it despite support from its leadership. It will now proceed to Canada's Senate. Minister of Justice David Lametti tweeted that "if passed, #BillC6 will make Canada's criminal laws on conversion therapy the most progressive and comprehensive in the world." The text defines conversion therapy as "practices, treatment or services designed to change an individual's sexual orientation to heterosexual or gender identity to cisgender or ...
Bill and Melinda Gates Announce the End of their Marriage after 27 Years
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Bill and Melinda Gates Announce the End of their Marriage after 27 Years

Bill and Melinda Gates have announced that they are ending their marriage after 27 years. They made this announcement today, May 3, from their personal accounts. The couple said that the decision came after a "great deal of thought and work." They said they no longer believe they can grow together as a couple in this "next phase" of their lives. Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, met Melinda French after she started working at Microsoft in 1987. The two married on Jan. 1, 1994, and raised three children together.
Reps Propose Upward Review Of Derivation Fund From 13 To 20 Per Cent
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Reps Propose Upward Review Of Derivation Fund From 13 To 20 Per Cent

The House of Representatives will on resumption from the Easter recess, commence debate on the general principle of a bill which seeks to increase 13 per cent derivation fund to 20 per cent. The private member bill was sponsored by Hon Kingsley Chima. According to the ‘Explanatory Memorandum’, the proposed bill “seeks to alter Section 162(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended, in order to cure the inherent imbalance and insufficiency of fund and development-driven agitations based on the revenue from natural resources.” In line with the legislative principles, the bill is to be referred to the Special Ad-hoc Committee on Constitutional Amendment chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Hon Idris Wase, for further legislative action. Clause 2 of th...
Fathers in Utah, US, now legally required to pay half of pregnancy costs
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Fathers in Utah, US, now legally required to pay half of pregnancy costs

A new bill passed in Utah, U.S. will require biological fathers in the state to pay for half of the out-of-pocket costs of pregnancy. The bill, sponsored by Republican state Representative Brady Brammer was signed by Governor Spencer Cox after receiving widespread support from lawmakers in the state. The bill now requires fathers to pay 50% of a mother's insurance premiums while she is pregnant and pregnancy-related medical costs, including the hospital birth of the child. According to the legislation, if paternity is disputed, the father of the child owes no money until paternity is established. The bill also states that if a mother receives an abortion without the biological father's consent, the biological father owes no money, unless the abortion is necessary to avert t...
Nigerian Lady Reveals What her Husband did after She Gave him Almost all her Salary
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Nigerian Lady Reveals What her Husband did after She Gave him Almost all her Salary

A Nigerian lady has shared her husband's reaction after she gave him almost all her salary. In a Twitter thread, the lady with the handle, @jagzangel, said she offered to reduce the financial burden on her husband after she received her salary and she could see how relieved he was when she took up some of the bills. According to her, she is a helper to her hubby and not a responsibility. She said in appreciation, her husband went to the market without telling her, stocked up their home, and thereafter, cooked and served her . Read her tweets below ''My salary came yesterday and immediately I received alert, I rushed to my husband and asked him how much he needs me to contribute after informing him that my salary has been paid. Oga thought I was joking and mentioned a figure t...
26-year-old Man Electrocuted While Reconnecting Electricity Cable in Benue
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26-year-old Man Electrocuted While Reconnecting Electricity Cable in Benue

A 26-year-old electrician identified as Humble Paul, was electrocuted to death in Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State while reconnecting electric cables disconnected by power officials over non payment of bill. The incident occurred Sunday evening, March 28, at Ede Ai-agbenu community in Okpoga when some persons contacted the deceased to reconnect their wires for a pastry sum of N400. According to a resident of Ai-agbenu village, power was restored while Paul was carrying out his duty on the top of the electric pole with his body resting on the wires. He was electrocuted and died instantly. It was gathered that the electrician had climbed the electric pole without hand gloves or any protective jackets.
APC Senators Block Bill To Make Appointment Of Service Chiefs Independent
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APC Senators Block Bill To Make Appointment Of Service Chiefs Independent

The Senate saw some controversy at its session on Wednesday as lawmakers disagreed over the constitutionality of the proposed Armed Forces Service Commission Bill. The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe, proposes that the appointment of the service chiefs will be subject to the recommendations of the proposed commission. The bill seeks to establish the Armed Forces Services Commission to ensure that the composition/appointment of service chiefs of the armed forces of the federation reflects the federal character of Nigeria in the manner prescribed in section 217 (3) of the 1999 Constitution. The debate on the bill split the house as senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress opposed the bill. During a voice vote, the bill was rejected. Senat...
Enugu assembly to drop life pension bill for ex-governors after it triggered an outcry
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Enugu assembly to drop life pension bill for ex-governors after it triggered an outcry

The bill seeking life pension for former governors of Enugu state is undergoing a major reconsideration by the state house of assembly. This is coming after protesters stormed the assembly complex at about 11 am on Tuesday March 16, demanding that the bill should be withdrawn. The executive bill titled ‘Enugu State Gubernatorial Pensions Bill 2021’, grants at least 900 percent of a governor’s annual salary as monetary entitlements for the former occupants of the office every year after leaving office. It also has provisions for major expenses an ex-governor can incur in his/her life, including financial responsibility for burial. Former Governor's wife are also entitled to N12 million as annual medical allowance. Speaking at the plenary today March 16, speaker of the hou...
“Imo Women are not Getting Married Due to high cost of Marriage and bride price,” Hon. Kennedy Ibeh says as he sponsors bill to Regulate Cost of Marriage
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“Imo Women are not Getting Married Due to high cost of Marriage and bride price,” Hon. Kennedy Ibeh says as he sponsors bill to Regulate Cost of Marriage

Hon. Kennedy Ibeh, representing Obowo State constituency in Imo State House of Assembly, has sponsored a bill to regulate the cost of customary marriages in Imo State. Presenting the bill for the second reading on Wednesday, March 10, during plenary, Ibeh said that outrageous marriage bills had caused many ladies to remain single as suitors can't afford to pay. He said: "A suitor coming to pay for a lady’s dowry may find it tasking to settle for the English wedding which again demands for more expenses." He added: "It is quite unfortunate that this practice has caused so many of our marriageable ladies to remain single and men apprehensive of taking the bold step. This is wrong and we must discourage it at all costs." The bill asks that once a suitor pays and completes the ...
Bayelsa Government Bans Open Grazing, to Arrest and Prosecute Armed Herders
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Bayelsa Government Bans Open Grazing, to Arrest and Prosecute Armed Herders

Governor Duoye Diri has assented a bill prohibiting open grazing of livestock in Bayelsa state. The Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulation Law 2021 was signed into law on Wednesday March 10, at the Executive Chamber of Government House, Yenagoa. Diri stated that the essence of the law is to avert and forestall any clash between herdsmen, farmers, natives and non-natives as experienced in some states. The new law which established a livestock management committee to regulate livestock activities in the state, also stipulates that any herdsman found with arms, whether licensed or not, should be arrested. Diri said; “Bayelsa welcomes all and sundry to eke out a living legitimately. The people of Bayelsa want to have a mutual and harmonious relationship with non-...
OAP Nedu Cries Out After Being Served a N1.4m Electricity Bill
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OAP Nedu Cries Out After Being Served a N1.4m Electricity Bill

OAP Nedu has cried out after being served an estimated electricity bill of N1.4m. The media personality who called out Eko Electricity Distribution Company over the bill, stated that he doesn't have a factory in his house that will make him get such bill. Nedu wrote; @ekedc you people should kuku come and kill me Abeg na factory I get for my house? Like WTH Na house rent be this abi na light bill?
I Sponsored The Bill To Reduce Minimum Wage Because Govt Is Broke – Reps Member, Datti-Babawo
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I Sponsored The Bill To Reduce Minimum Wage Because Govt Is Broke – Reps Member, Datti-Babawo

FOLLOWING the protest by the National Labour Congress (NLC), Garba Datti-Babawo, a member of the House of Representatives representing Sabon Gari federal constituency, who sponsored a bill to move the national minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list to concurrent list, has given reasons for presenting the bill before the National Assembly. According to Datti-Babawo, many state governments could not afford to pay the new 30,000 naira minimum wage to their workers which may lead to of retrenching workers if they were to pay. “Since it has been changed to 30,000 naira, you will find out that most of the states could not pay until the federal government intervened by giving them bailouts to pay. Now that there is no bailout, they cannot pay and most of the states are threate...
Governor Lalong Sends Bill Which Will Encourage Ranching To Plateau Assembly
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Governor Lalong Sends Bill Which Will Encourage Ranching To Plateau Assembly

PLATEAU State is set to domesticate the National Livestock Transformation Programme of the Federal Government following a bill in that regard being sent to the state House of Assembly by Governor Simon Lalong. According to a statement on Wednesday by the governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Macham Makut, the bill when passed into law, will promote ranching business in the state. The statement said, “Plateau State Government is set to domesticate the National Livestock Transformation Programme by approving a bill for the establishment of the Plateau State Livestock Transformation which when passed into law, will promote livestock business anchored on ranching. “The State Executive Council at its weekly meeting approved the transmission of the bill to the Plateau Sta...
Reps’ Bill Empowers NBC To Decide Tariffs For DSTV, Others
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Reps’ Bill Empowers NBC To Decide Tariffs For DSTV, Others

A proposed law to give the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission the sole power to decide the per-view cost for Digital Satellite Television Services, DSTV and other Broadcasting outfits in the country, is before the House of Representatives. The bill exclusively obtained by VANGUARD on Monday, is sponsored by Rep. Unyime Idem (PDP-Akwa Ibom). The Bill amends Section 2(1) of the Principal Legislation to read that the NBC, will “regulate and review through its broadcasting codes, the tariff being charged by the Digital Satellite Television Services and other broadcasting outfits in Nigeria and subscription policy for subscribers”. Section 2(2), states that: “The Commission, shall further oversee the operations of the operators in the industries in the following manners: guarantee op...
Two Self-made South Korean Billionaires Pledge to Give Half Their Wealth Away
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Two Self-made South Korean Billionaires Pledge to Give Half Their Wealth Away

Two self-made South Korean billionaires have pledged to give away half their fortunes. Kim Beom-su, the founder of South Korea's biggest messaging app KakaoTalk, announced this month he will donate more than half his estimated $9.6 billion assets to try to "solve social issues". Kim Bong-jin of food-delivery app Woowa Brothers and his wife, Bomi Sul, have also signed the Giving Pledge. They are the first South Koreans to join the philanthropic campaign which was set up by Bill and Melinda Gates, alongside Warren Buffett, for billionaires to give away at least half their wealth. In his Giving Pledge statement, Kim of Woowa Brothers described his "humble beginning" on a small island. His parents ran a small restaurant, where he slept at night, and as a teenager he gave up...
US House of Representatives Passes Equality Act,Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
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US House of Representatives Passes Equality Act,Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The US House of Representatives on Thursday, February 25, passed the Equality Act, a landmark LGBTQ rights bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Lawmakers passed the legislation on a 224-206 vote. It was largely along party-line with three Republicans throwing their support behind the bill with all Democrats. The bill is one of President Joe Biden's top legislative priorities, one he wants to pass in his first 100 days in office. During his campaign, he said passage of the Equality Act would be a priority in his first 100 days in office. “Today’s vote is a major milestone for equality bringing us closer to ensuring that every person is treated equally under the law,” Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said ...
Jigawa: Gov Badaru assents law prescribing death sentence for rapists, kidnappers
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Jigawa: Gov Badaru assents law prescribing death sentence for rapists, kidnappers

Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar has signed into law Violence Against Person Prohibition bill. DAILY POST had reported that the Jigawa State House of Assembly has passed into law a bill for the prohibition of violence against persons. The Governor said the law will help in reducing the rate of crime in the state. Badaru said the bill was assented after consulting with the council of Ulamas that the new laws are not in conflict with Islamic laws and culture of Jigawa people. “The new laws stipulated in the bill include; Death sentence for male or female rapist or life sentence without the option of fine. Anyone who aides or gives order to rape another person shall receive a death or life sentence.” “The use of political thugs attracts four years impr...
Uber Drivers are Workers not Self-employed’ – UK Supreme Court
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Uber Drivers are Workers not Self-employed’ – UK Supreme Court

The UK's Supreme Court on Friday February 19, ruled that cab hailing app, Uber drivers are workers and not self-employed and must be treated as such. The landmark ruling means thousands of Uber drivers are set to be entitled to minimum wage and holiday pay forcing the company to pay a hefty compensation bill. Former Uber drivers, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, took the company to the supreme court over whether they should be classed as workers or self-employed. The drivers originally won an employment tribunal against the ride hailing app giant in October 2016, and on Friday told the BBC they were "thrilled and relieved" by the ruling. Uber had appealed to the Supreme Court after losing three earlier rounds and the company's share price fell 1% on Wall Street's after the ru...
FEC Approves Bill To Increase Retirement Age And Years Of Service For Teachers
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FEC Approves Bill To Increase Retirement Age And Years Of Service For Teachers

A new bill to increase the retirement age of teachers across the country was on Wednesday approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC). The bill seeks to increase the retirement age of teachers from 60 to 65 years and also increase the possible years of service from 35 to 40 years. The bill will now be sent to the parliament for the proper legislative process before it can become law, the education minister, Adamu Adamu, told journalists in Abuja after the FEC meeting. The ‘Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill 2020’ , seeks to give legal backing to new measures by the Muhammadu Buhari administration to enhance teaching in the country. “This memo that was approved for the Ministry of Education is a giant step towards what we set out to do last year, with...
Lawmakers Consider Bill to legalize Cultivation of Marijuana and Registration for its Traders
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Lawmakers Consider Bill to legalize Cultivation of Marijuana and Registration for its Traders

A bill to legalize the cultivation and trading of cannabis for medical and cosmetic use, research purposes as well as revenue generation for Nigeria has been proposed by a House of Representatives member. The bill titled ‘A Bill for an Act to Regulate the Cultivation, Possession, Availability and Trade of Cannabis for Medical and Research Use, and Related Purposes' and proposed in the Cannabis Control Bill 2020, is sponsored by Miriam Onuoha and awaiting second reading. The bill which sets conditions for the cultivation, buying, selling and consumption of the drug, allows hospitals and doctors to prescribe doses of cannabis for treatment of patients, while pharmacies and stores will be allowed to sell the drug. The bill states that a licensed seller who sells more than the pre...
Kaduna state House of Assembly approves castration as punishment for rapists
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Kaduna state House of Assembly approves castration as punishment for rapists

The Kaduna state House of Assembly has approved castration as punishment for anyone convicted of rape in the state.   The Assembly gave the approval following the passage of a bill to amend the Kaduna state penal court law, 2017, by the lawmakers on Thursday, September 10. The assembly announced the approval on its Twitter handle but deleted the tweet afterward.   “The Bill Recommend total Castration for Rapist in the State,” the assembly's deleted tweet read   However, the majority leader of the assembly also tweeted about the development. “A bill to amend the Kaduna State Penal Court Law No.5 of 2017 has yesterday 09/09/2020 been pass into Law by @Kadlegislature. The Bill Recommend total Castration for Rapist in the State,” the tweet read In July this y...
183 Lawmakers Yet To Sponsor Any Bill As 28 Members Propose 564 Bills
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183 Lawmakers Yet To Sponsor Any Bill As 28 Members Propose 564 Bills

No fewer than 183 of 360 House of Representatives members do not have a single bill listed against their names since their inauguration in June last year, The Nation has found. The 1,039 bills that have passed first reading were sponsored by only 177 members. The Executive and the Senate also have bills either pending or being passed by the House. Ten executive and 10 Senate bills are at various stages of consideration. Our correspondent found that 93 All Progressives Congress (APC) members have sponsored bills in the House. They lead members of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) 73, All Progressives Grand Alliance’s (APGA’s) six, African Democratic Congress’s (ADC’s) two and one each from members of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) a...
Rape Bill is Targeted at Lecturers – ASUU
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Rape Bill is Targeted at Lecturers – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has condemned the recently passed bill on sexual harassment and rape, alleging that it is targeted at lecturers. Speaking at a Town Hall meeting with critical stakeholders in Jos on Monday, July 13, the National President of ASUU  Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said the bill which is yet to be signed into law is discriminatory and also targeted at the male lecturers. Ogunyemi stated that the bill is capable of making male lecturers reject female students. He said;   ”Our reaction to that Bill is that, it is discriminatory and is targeted at male lecturers. “We don’t want a situation, where male lecturers will begin to say they don’t want to teach female students, because they say we should not smile to female students. “So a t...
Rapists to get Life Imprisonment in Akwa Ibom
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Rapists to get Life Imprisonment in Akwa Ibom

Governor Emmaneul Udom has signed the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law , VAPPL, 2020, which empowers judges to hand down life imprisonment to anyone convicted of rape in Akwa Ibom state. The state's commissioner for agriculture and women affairs, Glory Edet who spoke after the Governor assented the bill, said it is aimed at discouraging the spate of violence in the society. Edet said;   “I think this is one of the best things that has happened to protect the female gender and as the commissioner overseeing women matters , I believe the women of Akwa Ibom, the children and even our men are happy because this law will really teach defaulters a lesson. “This law allows for the implementation of a lot of things we were praying for and prescribes stiffer punishment...
NCP Approves Draft Health Sector Reform Bill
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NCP Approves Draft Health Sector Reform Bill

The National Council on Privatization (NCP) Tuesday approved a draft legislative instrument to enact the Health Sector Reform Bill and associated legislation. The council approved the instrument at its meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr Alex Oko, said the document would be presented to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Executive Council (FEC). He said the proposed legislation makes it imperative for millions of Nigerians, who can’t afford to pay for it, to receive efficient healthcare services. The BPE boss, who is also the secretary of the NCP, said the council “took a major decision to adop...
Hong Kong Lawmakers Fight Over Bill To Criminalise Abuse Of China’s Anthem
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Hong Kong Lawmakers Fight Over Bill To Criminalise Abuse Of China’s Anthem

Hong Kong has its own national football team, but not its own anthem - so the Chinese one is played before games. In recent years, the anthem has been booed more frequently before matches. In 2017, China's parliament, the National People's Congress, extended a law on disrespecting the anthem to Hong Kong - but it has not yet been adopted there. China’s Hong Kong affairs office warned this month that the city would never be calm unless “black-clad violent protesters” were all removed, describing them as a “political virus” that seeks independence from Beijing. Beijing blames foreign forces for fomenting unrest and says protesters are undermining the rule of law in Hong Kong. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday he believed China had threatened to interfere wit...
Governors ask National Assembly to Halt Infectious Diseases Bill
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Governors ask National Assembly to Halt Infectious Diseases Bill

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has asked the national assembly to suspend the infectious disease bill which has triggered mixed reactions in the last few days. The Bill which is sponsored by the speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, seeks to repeal the  Quarantine Act, ensure compulsory vaccination of citizens against infectious diseases and also make possession of health card mandatory for international travellers leaving or arriving in Nigeria  just like yellow fever card. In a statement issued by Chairman of the forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi after a virtual meeting with other Governors, the national assembly was asked to step down on the bill pending an appropriate public hearing to gather public opinion and concerns. A three-member committee was al...
Infectious Disease Bill: House Of Representatives Under Pressure To Suspend Bill
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Infectious Disease Bill: House Of Representatives Under Pressure To Suspend Bill

Concerned Nigerians yesterday intensified pressure on the House of Representatives even as it appeared poised to pass the controversial Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020 today. They raised posers as to why the proposed legislation is coming as Nigeria battles the coronavirus pandemic. They wondered why the country is exploring the prospect of forcing parents to vaccinate their children at birth when western nations and China where the disease originated from have not done so. There were also insinuations that the sponsors of the bill might be aiming to satisfy foreign interests to the detriment of Nigerians. Sponsored by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, Chair of the House Committee on Health Institutions Pascal Obi and Chair of the House Committee on Health services Tanko Sanunu...
COVID-19: Gbajabiamila’s Bill Satanic, Will Enforce Vaccination – Pastor Giwa Advise Nigerians
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COVID-19: Gbajabiamila’s Bill Satanic, Will Enforce Vaccination – Pastor Giwa Advise Nigerians

A Nigerian pastor, Adewale Giwa has called on Nigerians to reject the Infectious disease bill introduced by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila. Giwa, who is the senior pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ Ministry, said the bill, if passed, would mandate Nigerians to be vaccinated. The cleric had last week raised the alarm that some selfish politicians had concluded to mandate Nigerians to be vaccinated. Giwa, in a statement on Thursday, alleged that the Nigerian government had collected a huge amount of money from foreign agents to ensure the quick passage of the bill. He said, “Don’t forget I raised this issue last week, and now it’s beginning to happen through the National Assembly.” “How come the bill was initiated by ...
Coronavirus: House Of Representatives Propose Bill That Will Allow Nigerians Enjoy Free Electricity Supply For Two Months
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Coronavirus: House Of Representatives Propose Bill That Will Allow Nigerians Enjoy Free Electricity Supply For Two Months

The House of Representatives has announced plans to consider a fresh Stimulus Bill that will ensure that Nigerians get free electricity supply for two months during this Coronavirus pandemic. In a statement released this evening, the Speaker said the proposed Bill is to help in boosting the economy through the informal sector as the country prepares for the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak. The proposed Bill, which will be the second Stimulus Bill by the Green Chamber, is to be considered immediately the House reconvenes from its ongoing break, declared due to the pandemic. Gbajabiamila announced this at the National Assembly today during a meeting between the National Assembly leadership and the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmad, the Director-General of the Budget Office...
Nigerian Lady Recounts How She Became Sad and Depressed after She Moved from Nigeria to the US
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Nigerian Lady Recounts How She Became Sad and Depressed after She Moved from Nigeria to the US

A Nigerian lady who relocated to the U.S. in 2019, has recounted her battle with loneliness, depression, rascism after she moved to Los Angeles. The lady who goes by the name Uju, said indeed the standard of living abroad is great but it is not the best of life for anyone. According to her, unlike Nigeria, everyone is just about how they would pay their bills in the U.S. Read her post and also comments from some Nigerians with similar experiences below.
Lady Recounts how a Man Ditched her After she Refused to Pay the Bill on their Date
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Lady Recounts how a Man Ditched her After she Refused to Pay the Bill on their Date

A Nigerian pastry chef took to Twitter to narrate the disastrous date she had with a man. She said she met the guy through her cousin and he asked her out on a date. On the day they agreed to meet, he picked her up and took her to a restaurant he's been going on about. However, when after they had ordered, he casually informed her that she was going to pay for their meal. This was after the man had ordered a drink worth 18, 500 and a fancy meal that cost almost as much. The lady said she thought he was joking so she continued eating her meal while they had a conversation. The conversation was mostly him telling her that he's tired of his current girlfriend and he wants to leave her and get married within 5 months to the pastry chef he was on a date with. He also told her th...
Bill Introducing Federal Character in Service Chiefs’ Appointments Passes First Reading in Senate
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Bill Introducing Federal Character in Service Chiefs’ Appointments Passes First Reading in Senate

A bill titled “Armed Forces Service Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2020” sponsored by the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe was read for the first time on the floor of the senate on Tuesday March 3. The bill which seeks to compel the president to appoint service chiefs based on the federal character principle, passed its first reading yesterday. The bill which came amid ciriticism of President Muhammadu Buhari's alleged lopsided appointments including that of the service chiefs inclusive, proposes that the appointment of Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Director of Military Intelligence and the heads of other arm-bearing security agencies shall be appointed subject to recommendations by the Senate. An Armed Forces Serv...

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