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FG Mulls Bill To Ban Plastics Production
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FG Mulls Bill To Ban Plastics Production

The National Assembly and the Federal Ministry of Environment are said to be putting the finishing touches to a bill meant to outlaw the production of plastics in Nigeria. It was gathered that the bill is meant to protect aquatic life in the Gulf of Guinea, of which Nigeria’s territorial waters is directly linked to. A member of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Sen. Tolulope Odebiyi, disclosed this in Lagos at the launch of the Maritime Action Plan for Marine Litter and Plastics Management in Nigeria. Sen. Odebiyi, who drafted the proposed bill, represented the Chairman of the committee, Sen. Danjuma Goje, at the occasion. The lawmaker said the bill would be harmonised with input from the Federal Ministry of Environment to make a holistic law that would impose tough sanc...
Lagos Assembly Holds Public Hearing on Amotekun Tomorrow
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Lagos Assembly Holds Public Hearing on Amotekun Tomorrow

  The Lagos State House of Assembly at the weekend disclosed that it would hold public hearing on the South-West Security outfit, code-named Amotekun tomorrow. The assembly added that the public hearing would deliberate on the bill for a law to amend the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps Law 2019 to establish the Lagos Amotekun Corps. The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy, Hon. Tunde Braimoh disclosed the plan in a statement, noting that the Amotekun bill was important to the assembly. The statement said Lagos Assembly would hold a public hearing on the bill for a law to amend the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps Law 2019 to establish the Lagos Amotekun Corps on Monday. It added that the important legislative procedure “will ...
Profile Of Ibrahim Gaidam, Senator Who Introduced ‘Repentant Boko Haram Bill’
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Profile Of Ibrahim Gaidam, Senator Who Introduced ‘Repentant Boko Haram Bill’

The Senate on Thursday introduced a bill to establish an agency to de-radicalise repentant Boko Haram insurgents. The bill christened “National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalization and Integration of Repentant Insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020” was sponsored by former Yobe Governor, Senator Ibrahim Geidam, representing Yobe East Senatorial District. Profile of Senator That Introduced The Bill For Creation Of Boko Haram Agency in Nigeria Ibrahim Gaidam is a Nigerian politician and the incumbent Senator of Yobe State East District l, Nigeria since June 2019.[1] He was the immediate past governor of Yobe State, succeeded by the Former APC National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni on 29 May 2019. Ibrahim Gaidam was born on 15 September 1956 in Bukarti v...
PDP Rep, Eta Mbora Introduces Bill On Automatic Employment For Graduates After NYSC
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PDP Rep, Eta Mbora Introduces Bill On Automatic Employment For Graduates After NYSC

Eta Mbora, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member of the house of representatives, has introduced a bill seeking to provide automatic employment for graduates after their National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme. The legislation seeks to amend the NYSC act to enable the military, paramilitary agencies and other special services recruit willing graduates immediately after they have completed the one-year youth service. The amendment bill scaled first reading at the green chamber on Thursday. The NYSC act, as it currently is, does not provide any employment window for youth corps members after the programme. In an interview with TheCable on Friday, the lawmaker, who represents Calabar Munincipal/Odukpani federal constituency of Cross River state, said the bill will help...
Senate Introduces Bill To Create Agency For Repentant Boko Haram Members
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Senate Introduces Bill To Create Agency For Repentant Boko Haram Members

The Senate on Thursday began moves to establish an agency that would see to the rehabilitation, deradicalisation and integration of repentant insurgents in the country. A bill, sponsored by Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe East senatorial district, was read for the first time on the floor of the Senate Thursday. Already a subject of fierce push back, the bill offers further concession to Boko Haram militants who choose to cease fire. Last month, the Nigerian military said no fewer than 608 repentant Boko Haram insurgents were undergoing the De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) programme under its Operation Safe Corridor in Malam-Sidi, Gombe State. Clients, the military euphemism for the repentant insurgents, were said to have been exposed to formal literacy class...
Amotekun: South West Governors To Sign Bill For Legal Backing On February 14
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Amotekun: South West Governors To Sign Bill For Legal Backing On February 14

Ekiti Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi on Monday said the bill seeking legal backing for the Western Nigeria Security outfit code-named ‘Operation Amotekun’ initiated by the six Governors in the Southwest region would be simultaneously assented to on Friday, February 14. Fayemi, who disclosed this while receiving proposal bill on Amotekun from Ekiti Attorney-General, Olawale Fapohunda, said the bill when enacted will give the security outfits legal strengthen for sustainability. The governor said that the draft bill will be extensively discussed during the State’s Executive Council meeting on Wednesday for immediate transmission to the House of Assembly. He pointed out that Amotekun was conceived by the six governors as a regional response to curb the scourge of kidnapping, banditr...
39 Senators Fail To Sponsor Bill In Six Months (Names)
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39 Senators Fail To Sponsor Bill In Six Months (Names)

From Tuesday June 11, 2019, when the Ninth Senate was inaugurated, to December 20, 2019, when it embarked on Christmas and New Year recess, the apex legislative chamber was able to sponsor a total of 189 bills. Investigations carried out by New Telegraph revealed that 70 senators, out of the 109 senators, sponsored these bills while 39 of the lawmakers could better be described as bench warmers within the six months of legislative engagements in the Senate, as they did not sponsor any bill. Further statistical breakdown also shows that three out of the 189 legislative proposals were executive bills while 186 were private member bills. It is also pertinent to note that the three executive bills had been considered and passed for third reading in the Senate. They have been signed in...
We’ll Pull 100m Nigerians Out of Poverty in 2020 – Finance Minister. Zainab Ahmed
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We’ll Pull 100m Nigerians Out of Poverty in 2020 – Finance Minister. Zainab Ahmed

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed on Monday restated Federal Government’s plan to pull 100 million Nigerians out of poverty this year, in line with a pledge earlier made by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. Ahmed made this known when she appeared on a programme on NTA. Speaking during the interview, the  Minister said “President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that we must pull 100 million Nigerians out of poverty and that is our major focus. Based on the president’s directives, we want to move fast to make the kind of change the president wanted in the country. “In 2020, we want to move very fast because we realized that going at the steady rate we are doing is not going to make the kind of change that the ...
House Of Reps Rejects Bill Proposing 6 Years Per Term For President, Governors
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House Of Reps Rejects Bill Proposing 6 Years Per Term For President, Governors

The Nigerian green chamber has reject a bill sponsored by Rep. John Dyegh which seek the review of the constitution for the numbers of years per term for the President, Governor, Senators, Representative members and State Houses of Assemblies members to be adjusted from 4 years to 6 years per term. "Rep. John Dyegh moved a motion for the second reading of a Bill to alter the Constitution to provide for a single term of 6 years for President & Governors & a 6-year term for Members of the National Assembly & States Houses of Assembly & it was seconded by Rep. Adeniyi Olajide." "Rep. Dyegh in leading the debate said that the bill is aimed at ensuring the House retains experience and institutional knowledge from members. He argued that 6 years is enough time for new m...
A Bill To Separate Attorney General From Minister Of Justice Passes 2nd Reading
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A Bill To Separate Attorney General From Minister Of Justice Passes 2nd Reading

The House of Representatives is seeking to separate the office of the Attorney General of the Federation from that of the Minister of Justice, saying the separation will remove political interference in the operations of the Attorney General. A bill to alter the 1999 constitution to separate the two offices sponsored by the Chief Whip of the House, Mohammed Tahir Monguno scaled through second reading at Tuesday’s plenary of the house. Hon. Monguno said he was sponsoring the bill based on his experience as a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Borno state, adding that at the moment too much power was vested on the Minister or Commissioner for Justice in combining the two offices. He said the powers vested on the Attorney General by the constitution are judic...
Senator Omo-Agege Introduces Bill To Amend Electoral Act
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Senator Omo-Agege Introduces Bill To Amend Electoral Act

Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege says he has introduced a bill for comprehensive amendment of the Electoral Act No. 6 of 2010. Omo-Agege revealed this on Monday at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Stakeholders Forum on Elections organised by the coalition of more than 70 civil societies in Abuja. He said the bill, co-sponsored with Senator Abubakar Kyari of Borno North Senatorial District, was now making its way to public hearing, having scaled second reading with overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate. “It is a decisive response to a plethora of our Supreme Court’s decision inviting the National Assembly to make sensible amendments to the Electoral Act,” he said. “And I believe it is responsible for us to take the apex court’s constructive guidance on ...
Senate: Bill Recognising Males As Rape Victims Passes Second Reading
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Senate: Bill Recognising Males As Rape Victims Passes Second Reading

The Senate has taken the second reading of a bill seeking to remove gender restrictions in the offence of rape and related matters. If passed, the bill will formally recognise men as victims of rape as applicable. The bill also seeks to remove the statute of limitation on defilement, while it also seeks increased punishment for kidnapping. Introduced by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC-‎Lagos Central) at the Senate plenary on Tuesday, the SB2 is “A Bill for an Act to amend the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 LFN 2004 to delete the Statute of Limitation on defilement, increase in punishment for the offences of kidnapping, remove gender restrictions in the offence of rape and for related matters, 2019 (SB. 2).” In response, Senator Bala Na’allah (APC-Kebbi South) expressed support for the b...
Senate To Establish Commission For Mental Health
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Senate To Establish Commission For Mental Health

A bill that seeks to establish a commission for mental health passed second reading at the Senate on Wednesday. The bill entitled “A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment and regulation of mental health and substance abuse services, protect persons with mental health needs and establishment of National Commission for Mental and Substance Abuse Services, for the effective management of mental health in Nigeria and for other related matters,2019” was sponsored by Ibrahim Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central). The bill was first introduced to the Senate on October 14 and was passed after the lawmakers debated the provisions of the bill. Leading the debate, Mr Oloriegbe said the bill is aimed at providing for the enhancement and regulation of mental health and substance abuse ...
“If the death by hanging hate speech law was in place during Jonathan’s administration, do you think Lai Mohammed would be alive today?”- Senator Abaribe asks
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“If the death by hanging hate speech law was in place during Jonathan’s administration, do you think Lai Mohammed would be alive today?”- Senator Abaribe asks

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has joined other Nigerians to reject the death by hanging Hate Speech bill that has passed first reading in the Senate. Speaking on Channels TV, Senator Abaribe wondered if the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, would be alive if the law was enacted during the Goodluck Jonathan administration. According to Abaribe, Lai Mohammed said so many unprintable things about Jonathan when he was still President and Lai Mohammed's right to express his opinion was not trampled upon. When asked to comment on the controversial bill, Senate Abaribe responded In forming my thoughts, I would want to read out some things for you just to put it in context. ''A government that is unwilling to take responsibility for anything should not be counted upon. A g...
Senate Proposes Bill To Establish Agency For Hate Speech
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Senate Proposes Bill To Establish Agency For Hate Speech

The Senate has introduced a bill which seeks to establish a federal government agency to check hate speech in the country. The bill, sponsored by a former Senate spokesperson, who is now the Deputy Senate Whip, Sabi Abdullahi, passed first reading on the floor of the red chamber on Tuesday. It is titled, “National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches (Earn, etc) Bill 2019. A similar bill sponsored by Abdullahi in the 8th Senate prescribed among others, death by hanging for anyone found guilty of the offence.
3 Months Imprisonment For Social Media Offenders – Bill Passes First Reading
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3 Months Imprisonment For Social Media Offenders – Bill Passes First Reading

A bill seeking to regulate social media in the country has passed first reading at the senate. The bill entitled, ‘protection from internet falsehood and manipulations bill, 2019’ is sponsored by Mohammed Sani Musa, senator representing Niger east. The proposed legislation was one of the 11 bills read for the first time on Tuesday. Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the sponsor of the bill said Nigeria needs the legislation because it would protect its “fragile unity”. “There has never been a time when Nigeria has been very fragile in terms of its unity than this period,” Musa said. “It is not to stop people from going into the internet to do whatever they feel legitimately is okay to do but what we felt is wrong is for you to use the medium to document information that...
Assent To Bill In London: “Buhari Can Preside From Anywhere” – Oshiomhole
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Assent To Bill In London: “Buhari Can Preside From Anywhere” – Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole on Tuesday said that President Muhammadu Buhari can work from anywhere in the world. Oshiomhole spoke when he led members of the National Working Committee of the APC on a courtesy call on the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and the principal officers of the Senate. The Chairman of the APC has commended the commitment of the Senate in passing the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act (amendment) Bill, which was recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari. He said that assenting to the Bill at the Nigerian House in London, shows that the President is on duty and can work from anywhere. Oshiomhole said: “I was also excited to see Mr. President sign into law that Ac...
Osinbajo Practically Out Of Buhari’s Government – Afenifere
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Osinbajo Practically Out Of Buhari’s Government – Afenifere

Yoruba socio-cultural group , Afenifere , says the fact that the President ’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari , now travels to faraway London to present memos and bills to President Muhammadu Buhari shows that Vice -President Yemi Osinbajo is practically out of Buhari’s government . The Spokesman for Afenifere , Yinka Odumakin , told The PUNCH on Tuesday that the seeming demotion of Osinbajo was part of the next level strategy of Buhari. The Afenifere spokesman was responded to questions on why the President , who is on a “ private visit” to London for 15 days refused to transfer power to his deputy as he had done in 2016 , 2017 and 2018 . Odumakin said, “ This is evidence that Nigeria is now under one man’ s rule . You can see that the National Assembly is a rubber stamp while the...
Abba Kyari Takes Bill To Buhari In London For Signing, Nigerians React
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Abba Kyari Takes Bill To Buhari In London For Signing, Nigerians React

The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, on Monday took a bill to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is in London on a private visit, for signing. The bill amended the Deep Offshore (and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract) Act. The President on Twitter described the signing as a landmark moment for Nigeria. In a photo which was posted on social media, Kyari, who was wearing a suit, was seen presenting the bill to the President who was sitting down. Deep Offshore (and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract) Act was recently passed into law by the National Assembly. President Buhari in his tweet appreciated the lawmakers for their cooperation in making the ‘long overdue’ amendment possible. He added that during his 2020 Budget Presentation Speech before the Nati...
Hong Kong Government Withdraws Bill That Sparked Protests
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Hong Kong Government Withdraws Bill That Sparked Protests

Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday withdrew an unpopular extradition bill that sparked months of chaotic protests that have since morphed into a campaign for greater democratic change. Secretary for Security John Lee told the semi-autonomous Chinese city’s legislature that the government had suspended the bill because it had resulted in “conflicts in society.” In order to clearly spell out the government’s position, “I formally announce the withdrawal of the bill,” Lee told lawmakers. Pro-democracy lawmakers immediately tried to question him but he refused to respond. There are no signs that the withdrawal of the bill would dampen the protests, now in their fifth month. The rallies have snowballed into the city’s biggest political crisis in decades, expanding to demands for universal...
Reps Pass Bill To Criminalise Estimated Billing
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Reps Pass Bill To Criminalise Estimated Billing

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed three bills sponsored by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, one of which seeks to criminalise estimated billing of electricity consumers by distribution companies. When the proposed law is concurred with by the Senate and assented to by the President, it will become criminal for service providers to issue estimated bills, also known as ‘crazy bills’, issuance of which would attract either a one-year jail term or a fine of N1m or both. The proposed law would also compel a distribution company to provide prepaid meter to an applicant within 30 days, while barring the DISCOs from disconnecting the consumer after the 30-day period within which meter should be installed. The Electric Power Sector Reform Act (Amendment) Bill 2018, which G...
Senate To Pass Bill Rejected By Buhari In 2018 – Lawan
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Senate To Pass Bill Rejected By Buhari In 2018 – Lawan

The Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday, vowed to pass the controversial Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) earlier rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari. We recalls that President Buhari had rejected the PIGB passed by the 8th Senate. The PIGB is a fraction of four parts of the proposed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). The Bukola Saraki-led 8th Senate had on May 25, 2017 passed the PIGB which was first proposed in 2002. The bill subsequently went through harmonization and was jointly passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on March 28, 2018, and sent to Buhari on July 3, 2018 for presidential ascent. But Buhari in the same July rejected the PIGB on the grounds that its provision which permitted the Petroleum Regulatory Commission (PRC) to retain as much as 10 pe...
Buhari Signs June 12 Bill Into Law
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Buhari Signs June 12 Bill Into Law

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday assented to the Public Holiday Amendment bill into law. President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law, the bill to make June 12 Democracy Day. Last year, the president had declared June 12 as Democracy Day in honour of MKO Abiola, presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election. The Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, briefed State House correspondents after signing ceremony. The new law, according to him, allows public holiday to be declared on June 12 every year while May 29th will no longer be public holiday. May 29th will only be handing over date and working day.
Sanwo-Olu Signs 2019 Budget, 3 Other Bills Into Law
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Sanwo-Olu Signs 2019 Budget, 3 Other Bills Into Law

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, signing the Y2019 Appropriation Bill into law at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja on Monday, June 3, 2019. With him: Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (2nd left); Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola (left) and Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (right). During the signing of the Y2019 Appropriation bill and three others into law at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja on Monday, June 3, 2019. Behind them are Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo and Chairman, House Committee on Establishment, Training and Pensions, Hon. Moji Meranda. See photos below:-  
Reps reject bill restricting public officials from foreign medical trips
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Reps reject bill restricting public officials from foreign medical trips

A bill seeking to prevent public officials from seeking medical treatment abroad, has been thrown out by the house of representatives The bill seeks to regulate international trips for medical treatment by public officers, but the lawmakers argued that it violates the right of the public officials. While speaking against it, Mohammed Wase from Plateau state, said: “I was in hospital in Nigeria for check-up, and they said I was fine, friends encouraged me to travel for checkup, I did only to discover that I was not okay. I spent three months there, now you are telling me to get approval… please this bill should be thrown out. Instead of banning people from travelling, we should create enabling environment for people to invest in the healthcare sector.”
Married Women Can Now Choose Their Origin From Father Or Husband – House Of Rep
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Married Women Can Now Choose Their Origin From Father Or Husband – House Of Rep

The House of Representatives has passed the bill to give married women the option of choosing their own indigeneship. This new law grants women the ability to choose the indigeneship of either their father or their husband. It was gathered that the house amended the Federal Character Commission (Establishment Act) 2004, to pass the bill. House lawmakers amended clauses 1, 2, 3, and the explanatory memorandum of the principal of the Federal Character Commission. On Tuesday, May 7, the bill was amended. “A bill for an act to amend the Federal Character Commission (Establishment, etc) Act, 2010, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, Cap F7 to give married women the option of indigeneship and for related matters.” Section 2 of Part II of the principal Act was substituted with a ne...
Senate Rejects Bill To Establish Maritime University In Kogi
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Senate Rejects Bill To Establish Maritime University In Kogi

The Senate, on Thursday, dismissed a bill proposing the foundation of the Maritime University of Nigeria, Lokoja in Kogi. The dismissal pursued the introduction of the bill by the support, Sen. Isaac Alfa (PDP-Kogi). The bill, which was recorded for second perusing, was dismissed by the administrators through voice vote. While making their commitments, the officials had instructed the support concerning the bill to pull back it following a few reasons including the requirement for more work to be finished. Alfa, be that as it may, would not pull back the bill, saying he had completed a ton of work on it. He encouraged the officials not to join geological area and different notions to the bill. Sen Barau Jibrin (Kano North) noticed that there was another government col...
Anambra State house of assembly makes genotype test compulsory before marriage to reduce the number of sickle cell patients
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Anambra State house of assembly makes genotype test compulsory before marriage to reduce the number of sickle cell patients

In a bid to reduce the number of sickle cell patients in the state, the Anambra State House of Assembly has passed a bill that makes genotype test compulsory before marriage.   The bill, which was sponsored by Charles Ezeani, member representing Anaocha II constituency and 15 others, was passed on Tuesday. The new law also seeks to reduce abuse, stigmatisation and exploitation victims of sickle cell anaemia go through in the state.   The new law states that parents and guardians should not give out their children in marriage until a genotype test is carried out. According to the law, no religious body or marriage registry “shall perform solemnisation of Holy Matrimony”, without presentation of a sickle cell disease prevention certificate from the intending couple. ...
Bill To Establish Federal Polytechnic, Aba Passes Through Second Reading
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Bill To Establish Federal Polytechnic, Aba Passes Through Second Reading

A bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of a Federal Polytechnic, Aba, Abia State, on Tuesday passed second reading at the House of Representatives. The bill titled: “A bill for an Act to Provide for Establishment of the Federal Polytechnic, Aba, Abia State; and for Related Matters (HB.1613)” emanated from the Senate. The bill was seeking concurrence in the House for a second reading. Moving the motion on the bill, Rep. Idris Wase (APC-Plateau), said it was important to pass the bill for such an institution in Aba. Also, the Deputy Chief Whip, Rep. Pally Iriase, said that Aba deserved a Federal Polytechnic given the industrial ingenuity of the people of the area. “It is good to lend our support and see reasons cogent enough to establish a federal polytechnic in Ab...
Buhari Signs Bill Stopping NYSC From Posting Engineering Graduates To Schools
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Buhari Signs Bill Stopping NYSC From Posting Engineering Graduates To Schools

President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja assented to Engineers (Registration etc) Amendment Bill, 2019, which among others, bars the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) from henceforth, posting graduates of engineering to secondary schools to teach. The bill which has now become the Act of the National Assembly seeks to promote technological development in Nigeria by ensuring that trained engineers are well positioned to deploy the knowledge acquired in their various fields to the development of technology in the country. Briefing journalists in the State House, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, said as against the tradition of posting a large number of engineering graduates to schools by NYSC, youth corps members who are...
Wife Beaters In Edo To Be Jailed For 2 Years As Governor Signs Bill Into Law
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Wife Beaters In Edo To Be Jailed For 2 Years As Governor Signs Bill Into Law

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has signed the Violence Against Persons (VAP) Bill into law, to address all forms of violence and protect vulnerable members of the society. Obaseki, who signed the bill in Government House, Benin City, on Tuesday, said he was aware that the bill touches on fundamental practices among the people, assuring that he was not only signing the bill as a formality, but will ensure it is implemented to the letter. “We will not stop here by just signing the bill into law, but will commence the much difficult work of implementing it to the letter. It must be noted that this bill has been in consideration for over six to eight years but the time has come for us to have a law like this VAP Law, to protect the most vulnerable and weak in our society...
Bill To Criminalize Estimated Billing Passes 3rd Reading
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Bill To Criminalize Estimated Billing Passes 3rd Reading

A bill for an Act to amend the Electric Power Reform Act to prohibit and criminalise estimated billing by the Electricity Distribution Companies has passed third reading in the House of Representatives. The House unanimously voted in favour of the bill when it was put to voice vote by the Deputy Speaker, Yussuf Lasun (APC-Osun), at the plenary on Tuesday. The bill, which was sponsored by the Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), had scaled public hearing on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. NAN recalls that at the public hearing, Gbajabiamila said there was nowhere in the world where electricity customers are billed arbitrarily as obtains in Nigeria. Gbajabiamila said the estimated billing could only be used in situations where the meter of the consumers could not be acc...
Reps Present Bill Aimed At Parliamentary System Of Government
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Reps Present Bill Aimed At Parliamentary System Of Government

Seventy-one members of the House of Representatives have begun moves to return Nigeria to a parliamentary system of government, Punch is reporting. The bill aimed at amending the 1999 Constitution was presented on Thursday to the House. Leading the address, Nicholas Ossai (Chairman, House Committee on Public Petition), who introduced himself as the secretary of the group leading the movement, with Kingsley Chinda as chairman, said: “The economies of nations are known to thrive on the confidence of investors in the system and character of government. The level of instability and volatility of the presidential system makes it difficult to achieve economic objectives.” Ossai told reporters after the plenary that: The overcentralisation of government decisions that are prevalent...
Senate Passes South-East Development Commission Bill
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Senate Passes South-East Development Commission Bill

The Senate at plenary on Wednesday, passed the South East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill 2018. PoliticsNGR learned that the proposed commission aims at enhancing the infrastructural development of the South East zone, which is grappling with huge ecological challenges. The bill also seeks to act as a catalyst for the development of the commercial potentials of the zone. The proposed legislation requires the concurrence of the House of Representatives to become a bill of the National Assembly, and the president’s assent to become a Law. Sponsored by two southeast senators, Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra) and Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo), the bill was first read in the Senate on June 22, 2016. Its passage in the Red Chamber followed the presentation of the report of th...
Electoral Act Amendment Bill: PDP Urges National Assembly to Override Buhari’s Veto
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Electoral Act Amendment Bill: PDP Urges National Assembly to Override Buhari’s Veto

The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) has called on the National Assembly to save the nation’s democracy by immediately overriding President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. It said Buhari’s repeated refusal to sign amendments passed to check rigging in the election, raises issues of his sincerity of purpose and has the capacity to trigger political unrest and violence, which could in turn truncate the country’s democracy. The Director of Media and Publicity of the campaign council, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was unfortunate that the President, in his desperation to hold on to power, has resorted to taking steps that are capable of destabilising the nation, just because the people are resolute in voting him out of...
Buhari Can’t Be Stampeded Into Signing Electoral Act Amendment Bill – Ahmed Lawan
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Buhari Can’t Be Stampeded Into Signing Electoral Act Amendment Bill – Ahmed Lawan

The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan on Friday said that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot be stampeded into signing the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment bill into law. Before the latest version was submitted to the Presidency, the President had withheld his assent to the document about three times due to ‘errors’ in the amended bill. With the 2019 general elections fast approaching, it is feared that the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment bill may not meet the stipulated time if not urgently signed into law by the President. But speaking with State House correspondents after jumaat prayer at the Presidential Villa on Friday, Lawan advised that the President should take his time to study the document to avoid errors. According to him, the amended 2006 Electoral Act can still be used for th...
Reps Pass Bill To Make June 12 A National Holiday
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Reps Pass Bill To Make June 12 A National Holiday

The House of Representatives Thursday passed through Second reading a bill to make June 12 a national holiday in the country. The proposed legislation titled: “A bill for an act to amend the Public Holidays Act, Cap. P40 Laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 to bring the Act in tandem with the current realities and exigencies of the modern times and to declare June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria and for related matter,” was sponsored by Hons. Edward Pwajok (APC Plateau) and Kayode Oladele (APC Ogun). Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari declared June 12 a national holiday on June 6 this year. Pwajok while presenting the bill said Countries set aside some days to commemorate special events such as celebrating their independence, Religious festivals, some heroes etc. “For...
President Buhari Appoints New Supreme Court Justice, Rejects One Bill
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President Buhari Appoints New Supreme Court Justice, Rejects One Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Musa Abaji as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He made this announcement via a letter he sent to the Senate on Tuesday. In the letter which was read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, he said the appointment was according to the advice of the National Judicial Council. “In line with 1999 constitution upon the advice of the National Judicial Council, I hereby refer for confirmation the appointment of Justice Musa Abaji as the Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. “While hoping that this is expeditiously considered by the Senate, accept the assurances of my highest regard,” the letter read. In another letter, the president declined assent to the Institute of Chartered Biochemist and Molecular Biology of Nigeria Bill ...
Bill To Eradicate Age-induced Discrimination In Employment Passes Second Reading
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Bill To Eradicate Age-induced Discrimination In Employment Passes Second Reading

A bill for an Act to eradicate age discrimination against job seekers in Federal Government agencies and other related matters passed its second reading in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Sergius Ogun (PDP-Edo), seeks to stop the disqualification of qualified job seekers in Federal Government agencies on the account of age. Leading the debate, Ogun said that the consideration of the bill would ensure that no Nigerian job seeker was denied employment on the account of age. He said that the bill would also demonstrate the commitment of the House of Representatives to making laws for the good of the citizens. Ogun said that over the years, the lack of legislation had led to the restrictions placed on employment age by multinatio...
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2019: Ex NYCN President Garba Joins House Of Reps Race

Comrade Murtala Garba, the immediate past President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN,) has joined the race for the House of Representatives seat for Tatun Donga, Ussa and Yangtu Federal Constituency in Taraba State. Garba spoke with newsmen shortly after purchasing the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms at the All Progressives Congress(APC)’s Secretariat in Abuja. He said that, as a matter of priority, he would sensitise youths in his constituency on the importance of self-reliance, peace and unity. “`We have lost some youths and brothers to crisis and it cannot be allowed to continue; peace is paramount. “We will industrialise the constituency and encourage our youths to go into agriculture, farming; fishing, education, entrepreneurship –that is our first line...
Electoral Act Amendment Bill : Buhari’s Position In Order – Analyst
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Electoral Act Amendment Bill : Buhari’s Position In Order – Analyst

Lagos – A Constitutional lawyer and political analyst, Mr Wale Ogunade, on Thursday said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018 in the state it was presented to him was in order. President Buhari Ogunade said in Lagos that the president would have caused more harm to the nation’s polity if he had assented to the bill the way it was. President Muhammadu Buhari, for the third time, had withheld assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018, which was passed by the National Assembly on July 24, and transmitted to the president on August 3. The president’s decision to withhold assent for the third time was made public on Monday, Sept. 3. Ogunade said: ”According to the presidency, the President’s refusal to assent to th...
Barcelona Star Munir El Haddadi Involved In Nightclub Row Over €16k Birthday Bash Bill
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Barcelona Star Munir El Haddadi Involved In Nightclub Row Over €16k Birthday Bash Bill

Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi reportedly had the police called on him after arguing over a €16,000 bill at the end of his birthday party in Madrid at the weekend. According to El Mundo (h/t Sport Witness) on Tuesday, the 23-year-old had anticipated a bill of less than half that for himself and his roughly 30 guests, and a "verbal fight" erupted. Staff at the club then called the police, and the argument was resolved after the bill was reduced by €1,000. Per Mundo (h/t Sport Witness): "Police sources, however, said that he paid the amount reluctantly and under the threat that if he did not he could be denounced for fraud and even arrested, with the problems that this would entail for a soccer player." The party took place at Tiffany’s nightclub on Avenida Doctor Arce and repor...
Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Sparks Anger As It Will Be Even Bigger Than Prince Harry’s
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Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Sparks Anger As It Will Be Even Bigger Than Prince Harry’s

Princess Eugenie’s wedding has sparked anger after it was revealed it will be even bigger than Prince Harry’s. She and fiancee Jack Brooksbank have invited more guests to St George’s Chapel in Windsor than the church will actually hold. And it was also revealed that she has even brought in the expensive party planner David Beckham uses to help organise their wedding events which will span the whole weekend. They have asked 850 guests to their wedding - meaning staff will need to bring in extra chairs into the chapel, which seats just 800. By comparison Harry and Meghan invited just 600 guests to their ceremony at the same venue in May. Their wedding has been widely criticised for its size and cost to the taxpayer through additional security measures in Windsor. Chris ...
Argentina Senators Vote Against Abortion Bill
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Argentina Senators Vote Against Abortion Bill

An abortion bill proposed by women’s rights group and approved by the legislature’s lower house in June, has been voted against by Argentine senators today. The vote, with 38 against, 31 in favor and two abstentions, capped a marathon session that began the day before and stretched into the early hours of Thursday before its final conclusion Shouts of joy was heard among the anti-abortion activists who were outside the congress, while the pro-choice campaigners, who wore green scarves to symbolize their movement were sad. Some burnt garbage and wooden pallets and threw stones at riot police, who attempted to disperse them with tear gas and water cannon.
“Rap Never Paid My Bills” – Skales Replies A Concerned Fan
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“Rap Never Paid My Bills” – Skales Replies A Concerned Fan

Nigerian rapper, Raoul John Njeng-Njeng, popularly known as Skales has revealed rap never paid his bills and that he has found his sound. A fan tweeted: “Who else wanna hear @youngskales rap again?? ? #MR_LOVER” He replied: “I love rap but it never paid my bills…I’ve found my sound bro and it’s been amazing through the years …allow me do me”.
President Buhari Signs #NotTooYoungToRun Bill
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President Buhari Signs #NotTooYoungToRun Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Not Too Young to Run bill today. Buhari had, during his Democracy Day speech on Tuesday, revealed that he’ll be signing the bill into law “in few days”. The Reduction of Age for Election Bill popularly known on social media as #NotTooYoungToRun, will see the reduction of the minimum age to run for President from 40 to 35 years, State and Federal representatives from 30 to 25 years and 30 years for Governors and Senators. Speaking at the signing ceremony, President Buhari said: “If you really want to change something in Nigeria, and if you can organise yourselves and work hard towards it – you can achieve it. The outcome of such efforts is this remarkable feat.”
Senate Joins Rep To Pass NFIU Bill
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Senate Joins Rep To Pass NFIU Bill

The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to make Nigeria’s Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), currently under the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), totally independent. The bill was passed after a conference committee of both houses of the National Assembly sat to harmonise differences in their reports. The report was laid and considered at the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The bill if assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari will make the NFIU independent of EFCC within which it is currently domiciled. The NFIU was in July 2017 suspended by the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units for allegedly not being independent. The group reportedly demanded autonomy for the NFIU as a condition for the suspension to be lifted. Senate President, Bukola Sa...

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