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Gbajabiamila denies comparing IPOB, Yoruba Nation agitators with Boko Haram, ISWAP
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Gbajabiamila denies comparing IPOB, Yoruba Nation agitators with Boko Haram, ISWAP

House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, has denied comparing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Yoruba Nation agitators to Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP). The representative of the Surulere area of Lagos is under fire for his comments at Wednesday’s plenary. A statement Wednesday night by his spokesman, Lanre Fasasi insisted there was no mention of any group during Gbaja’s address. He noted that the Speaker condemned miscreants and criminals for taking advantage of the separatist agitations to carry out unscrupulous acts. Fasasi said his principal expressed concern about emerging threats that present the clear and present danger. He quoted Gbajabiamila as saying: “In the South of Nigeria, East and West, miscreants and cri...
We Will Create A New Constitution For Nigeria – Speaker, Gbajabiamila
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We Will Create A New Constitution For Nigeria – Speaker, Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives has disclosed that the entire 1999 constitution will be reviewed by the 9th Assembly. This is with the aim of creating a new document that will reflect democratic ideals and resolve Nigeria’s foundational conflicts. Gbajabiamila revealed this during his speech to mark the end of the legislative year. “The Constitutional amendment process in the House of Representatives continues apace. “We have received submissions from across the country. We have conducted nationwide public hearings to seek the views of the Nigerian people so that the final product of the process reflects as much as possible, the best expectations of our fellow citizens,” he said. Gbajabiamila admitted that the constitution reflects Nigeria’s pa...
I Wonder why Nigerians accept me despite not being Rich – President Buhari
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I Wonder why Nigerians accept me despite not being Rich – President Buhari

The president stated this on Tuesday July 13, when he received the report of the National Security Summit held on May 26 by the house of representatives. The report was submitted by a team of lawmakers led by Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the lower chamber. “The number of people that turned out to see me, some waiting for 10 hours in the sun, was more than anyone could buy or force. They just wanted to see who this Buhari was. People wonder why Nigerians accept me, despite not being rich. I wonder, too. I felt I just have to serve Nigeria and Nigerians to the best of my ability'' he said The president further said that Nigerians are lucky and should congratulate themselves despite the prevailing challenges.
Buhari sends 2022-2024 MTEF and FSP to national assembly
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Buhari sends 2022-2024 MTEF and FSP to national assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari has transmitted the 2022-2024 medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) and fiscal strategy paper (FSP) to the national assembly.   The announcement was made on Thursday July 8 by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.   President Buhari in the letter accompanying the MTEF/FSP document, said the MTEF&FSP were transmitted early to allow the National Assembly sufficient time to perform its important statutory duty of reviewing the Framework and Strategy Paper.   It read;   .“It is with pleasure that I forward the 2022-2024 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF&FSP) for the kind consideration and approval of the House of Representatives. “Let me use this medium t...
We must strike a balance- House of Reps speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, canvasses support for social media regulation
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We must strike a balance- House of Reps speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, canvasses support for social media regulation

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that social media must be regulated to protect every citizen of the country against its negative sides. Gbajabiamila said this during an interview with Channels TV on Sunday, June 27. He noted that everything in life must have regulations and that social media is the “most potent instrument” that can be used for good and bad. “Like everything in life, there has to be regulation. We know that social media is perhaps the most potent instrument that can be used for good and can be used for the negative. We welcome the good. We must not paper over the bad or the evil. That is my position about social media regulation. We must strike a balance, where peoples’ rights to speech are not infringed upon but where you...
President Buhari Arrives Lagos for Commissioning of Projects (video)
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President Buhari Arrives Lagos for Commissioning of Projects (video)

President Buhari has arrived Lagos for the commissioning of some Projects. He arrived Lagos in the company of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. He was received by the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and many other government functionaries. The President is expected to commission the 156km Lagos—Ibadan standard gauge railway line in Lagos, the first double-track standard gauge rail in West Africa, and the first Nigerian railway line to be started and completed by the same administration, since 1960. The Construction started in March 2017, and test-running commenced in December 2020. The Ebute Metta Station, known as the Mobolaji Johnson Station, is the largest railway station in West Africa with a holding capacity of 6000 passengers...
Drama as PDP Reps stage walkout from plenary over Twitter ban
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Drama as PDP Reps stage walkout from plenary over Twitter ban

Some lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday staged a walkout during plenary at the House of Representatives. The lawmakers staged the walkout after its caucus leader Kingsley Chinda was ruled out of order by Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila. Mr Chinda had prayed the House to urge the Federal Government to suspend the ban while the house conducts its investigation into the legality of the ban. Chinda noted that the implication is that the ban would remain for 10 days and the rights of Nigerians would be kept in abeyance during the period of investigation. The Speaker, however, cited part of the Standing Orders of the House stating that a matter that had been concluded by the parliament cannot be revisited for a debate. The Speaker, therefore, ruled ...
House of Reps probe legality of FG’s Twitter ban, summon Lai Mohammed
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House of Reps probe legality of FG’s Twitter ban, summon Lai Mohammed

The House of Representatives has said it will, within 10 days, investigate the factors responsible for the Federal Government’s decision to ban Twitter in Nigeria and the laws upon which the action was based. The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, in his opening address at the plenary on Tuesday, noted that the micro-blogging platform had become a huge communication tool and platform for enterprise especially for the teeming youth in the country.Gbajabiamila also noted that the lawmakers had been inundated with protests and demands for intervention by the parliament. The Speaker, however, noted that the House also needs to hear from the government, especially the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who issued the directive suspending the social media app in the country. Gb...
Reps May Impeach Buhari If Nothing Changes After Security Summit – Dachung Bagos
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Reps May Impeach Buhari If Nothing Changes After Security Summit – Dachung Bagos

President Muhammadu Buhari could face impeachment proceedings if the security summit to be held by the House of Representatives fails to improve the security situation in the country, an opposition lawmaker has said. Dachung Bagos (PDP, Plateau), who represents Jos South/Jos East federal constituency of Plateau State, said the security summit to be organised by the House is the last opportunity for the President. He said this while appearing on a Channels TV Sunrise Daily programme on Thursday. On Wednesday, the House inaugurated a special ad-hoc committee, chaired by the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila. The committee will organise a security summit between May 24 and 28. Mr Bagos said if the summit fails to yield the needed changes, the lawmakers will call for the ...
Gbajabiamila Tells Banks To Stop Hidden Charges, Exploitative Marketing
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Gbajabiamila Tells Banks To Stop Hidden Charges, Exploitative Marketing

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed concern over the way Deposit Money Banks charge account holders indiscriminately, decrying that apart from known charges, there appeared to be other ‘hidden’ charges that banks imposed on their customers. Gbajabiamila, who noted that the House was concerned that such a practice was making customers helpless, called on Nigerian banks to come up with ways to address high charges on loans and other facilities they offered. The Speaker said this when the board and management of Standard Chartered Bank, led by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lamin Manjang, visited him, according to a statement issued on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi. The statement was titled ‘Gbajabiam...
No Cash For Police, IGP Baba Laments
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No Cash For Police, IGP Baba Laments

The police have no money for its operations despite the serious security situation in the country, Acting Inspector-General of Police Alkali Usman Baba said on Wednesday. Without funding, yet faced with attacks on its assets and killing of its officers and men in parts of the country, the police have become “Miracle Player” to be able to achieve whatever results they have recorded, Baba said. He spoke on the poor funding situation of the police at a meeting with House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila. He told the Speaker: “We have not account” to go and dip our hands and do quick deployment in terms of mitigation or even proactively stopping what is to come. Sincerely speaking, year-in, year-out, besides what we have as allocations, we have problems meeting emergen...
Reps To Probe Payment Of ‘High Acceptance Fees’ In Public Varsities
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Reps To Probe Payment Of ‘High Acceptance Fees’ In Public Varsities

The house of representatives has asked its committee on tertiary institution and services to investigate “high acceptance fees” charged by some government-owned tertiary institutions in the country. Acceptance fees are usually paid by students offered admission in universities. The resolution of the house to order an investigation into the payment of “high acceptance fees”, followed a motion moved by Julius Ihonvbere, lawmaker from Edo, during plenary session on Wednesday. Leading the debate, Ihonvbere said arbitrary high acceptance fees charged by some public universities for new students across the country has become a matter of great concern to many families. The lawmaker noted that acceptance fees in some institutions of learning have become “mere internal revenue-gener...
Elumelu Demands Pantami’s Resignation, Gbajabiamila Blocks Motion
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Elumelu Demands Pantami’s Resignation, Gbajabiamila Blocks Motion

The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, on Wednesday, urged the House to demand resignation or sack of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, for once backing activities of Jihadist leaders and deadly Islamic sects. Pantami has been under fire for once preaching the violent cause of extremist Islamist sects and Jihadist narratives of al-Qaeda and the Taliban before he became a minister in the cabinet of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). At the plenary on Wednesday, Elumelu raised a point of order to demand that the House acts on the issue. He particularly demanded the minister’s resignation or sack. The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, however, overruled the Minority Leader, noting that Elumelu came under th...
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.  
“Try Out Tinubu’s Suggestions On National Issues” – Gbajabiamila Tells FG
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“Try Out Tinubu’s Suggestions On National Issues” – Gbajabiamila Tells FG

The Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has called on the federal government to look into and implement some of the suggestions made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on important national issues. He made the call in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, on Monday. Gbajabiamila, who was quoted while speaking on the 12th Bola Tinubu’s Colloquium, which he participated via Zoom, said Tinubu’s suggestions on how to tackle some national issues be “practicalized.” “Today, we have listened to him and picked from what we have learned and what we have heard. “I want to say let’s practicalize those things and get to our Eldorado in Nigeria,” he said. It could be recalled that Tin...
Nigeria Can’t Be Left Behind In Protecting Women – Femi Gbajabiamila
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Nigeria Can’t Be Left Behind In Protecting Women – Femi Gbajabiamila

Nigeria could not afford to be left behind in the global trend to protect and defend the rights of women, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has said. The Speaker stated that on the part of the 9th House, it had already made the protection of women and promoting gender-based issues, an important item on its Legislative Agenda. He spoke at the National Assembly when he received a delegation from a development partner, OXFAM International, on a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja on Thursday. Gbajabiamila assured the team that the House would do everything within its limits to protect and defend the rights of women, though he clarified that the ultimate goal would be to achieve gender equality by addressing the interests of both women and men. ...
Gas Holds Key Potential For Nigeria’s Economy – Femi Gbajabiamila
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Gas Holds Key Potential For Nigeria’s Economy – Femi Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the gas sector holds key potential for the Nigerian economy as the world looks outside the box from dependence on crude oil. Gbajabiamila said, for this reason, experts in the gas sector should partner with those in government for the development of the sector to achieve optimum results, noting Nigeria needs to maximize its natural gas resource. Speaking while receiving a delegation of the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) in his office on Wednesday, Gbajabiamila said the on-going process of passing the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) had provided an opportunity for the experts to collaborate with the House to incorporate futuristic gas legislation that would be beneficial to Nigeria and Nigerian...
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...
Reps Working On Six Bills To Improve Food And Health Sectors – Gbajabiamila
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Reps Working On Six Bills To Improve Food And Health Sectors – Gbajabiamila

The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, began a two-day public hearing on six bills, which the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, said will improve Nigeria’s food and health sector. Gbajabiamila noted that the Legislative Agenda of the 9th House outlined the ambitions the lawmakers hold regarding reform and overhaul of the country’s health care infrastructure. He said, “We expect that when these six bills become law, they will each serve to improve our national health system in specific, and significant ways that will impact the lives of our nation’s people for a long time.” The hearing was on the ‘Bill for an Act to establish a National Electronic Health Record System for the storage and access of electronic health records in Nigeria’ and the ‘Bill for an Act to amend the Compulso...
Daughter of Former Senate President David Mark Joins APC
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Daughter of Former Senate President David Mark Joins APC

Hon. Blessing Onuh, daughter of former Senate President David Mark and lawmaker representing Otukpo/Ohimini Federal Constituency of Benue, has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA). Onuh in her defection letter which was read by Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, said she was leaving APGA due to leadership crisis at all levels of the party. She further disclosed that she decided to leave after serious consultation with her people.
Nigerian On Exile, David Hundeyin Wins The People Journalism Prize For Africa Award
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Nigerian On Exile, David Hundeyin Wins The People Journalism Prize For Africa Award

NewsWireNGR freelance Journalist, Mr. David Hundeyin was Thursday announced winner of the People Journalism Prize for Africa along with his Zimbabwean counterpart. David Hundeyin was selected for his Investigative Piece that exposed the draconian regulations and pointed out potential human rights violations in the proposed Infectious Diseases Bill that was in consideration by Nigeria’s house of representatives during the COVID-19 lock down. The bill seeking to replace the Quarantine Act with a Control of Infectious Disease Act that quickly passed first and second readings at the House of Representatives in April, is causing outrage in Nigeria was immediately put on hold after NewsWireNGR Investigations. The bill, ‘Control of Infectious Disease, 2020’, sponsored by the Speaker ...
Insecurity: Buhari Agrees To Honour Reps Summon
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Insecurity: Buhari Agrees To Honour Reps Summon

  President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed to face the House of Representatives to address the country on recent security crisis bugging the nation. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari in his office at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, Wednesday evening. It would be recalled that the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, passed a resolution, inviting the President to the chambers of the House to answer questions over the security situation in the country. The summon on the President was a reaction to the unabated activities of terrorists and bandits in different parts of the country, especially in the north, and the killing of tens of rice farmers in Z...
Reps Summon Buhari Over Slain Borno Farmers
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Reps Summon Buhari Over Slain Borno Farmers

Members of the House of Representatives were divided at Tuesday plenary on whether or not to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before them and offer explanation on the true security situation of the country. An earlier circulated motion had prayed for the invitation of the president. But the motion eventually moved by Hon. Satomi Ahmed on behalf other 10 Borno State lawmakers on the floor prayed the president to amongst other things, declare a State of emergency on security matters. But the motion as presented didn’t sit down well with another Borno lawmaker, Hon. Ahamdu Jaha who relied on Order 6, Rule 1 of the House to say that the original motion to which all the lawmakers agreed on was to call on the President to address them on the security situation especially ...
N500m: Widow Of Vendor Killed By Gbajabiamila’s Aide Disowns Family
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N500m: Widow Of Vendor Killed By Gbajabiamila’s Aide Disowns Family

Josephine Okereke, the wife of the newspaper vendor shot and killed by a Department of State Services operatives attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has disowned her husband’s family over their demand for N500m compensation. Josephine spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday. The family of Ifeanyichukwu Okereke had written to Gbajabiamila, demanding N500m. Lawyer to the family, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), in a letter dated November 23, 2020, said he was given the mandate to write the letter by the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke; and the younger brother to the deceased, Destiny Okereke. The DSS had last week arrested the operative, Abdullahi Hassan, who shot Okereke while Gbajabiamila had also visited the family of the d...
Family Demands ₦500 Million From Gbajabiamila Over Vendor’s Death
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Family Demands ₦500 Million From Gbajabiamila Over Vendor’s Death

The family of Ifeanyichukwu Okereke, a vendor who died after being shot by a security aide to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has written a letter to the Speaker, demanding N500m. This is according to a letter dated November 23, 2020, signed by the lawyer of the family, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN). Ozekhome was given the mandate to write the letter by the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke; and the younger brother to the deceased, Destiny Okereke. The Department of State Services had last week arrested the operative, Abdullahi Hassan, who shot Okereke while Gbajabiamila had also visited the family of the deceased and promised to ensure that they do not suffer. However, the family demanded more, adding that nothing could bring back the dea...
Federal character should also include age, gender and religion – Gbajabiamila
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Federal character should also include age, gender and religion – Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has stated that federal character should also include age, religion, gender and not just ethnicity.   The Speaker who said this while speaking at the Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) strategy meeting in Abuja on Saturday October 31, also called for a legal framework that will change the federal character principle for appointments in the country’s constitution as the idea of making such appointments based on states of origin or religion has not helped the development of the country.   Gbajabiamila said;   “I think we should consider an amendment in the constitution to the definition of federal character, because when we talk about federal character within the context of appointments, infrastructure ...
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#EndSARS Protests: Lagos Will Need N1trn For Reconstruction — Gbajabiamila

Aftermath of wanton destruction of lives and properties during #EndSARS protests, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that Lagos State required a minimum of N1 Trillion to reconstruct the wilful extensive damage of properties across the metropolis. This happened as South West Governors have alleged that there were some elements keenly anxious to annihilate the South West and destroy it common heritage. Also, the Ministers from South West condemned the violence, saying proper investigation would be conducted to determine the cause of the violence and prevent future occurrence. They spoke during a commiseration and solidarity visit to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at Lagos House, Marina, after an the spot assessment of some structures burnt by...
#ENDSARS: Remarks By Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila (full Text)
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#ENDSARS: Remarks By Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila (full Text)

REMARKS BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, REP. FEMI GBAJABIAMILA ON THE NATIONWIDE #ENDSARS PROTESTS AND THE RESPONSE OF THE HOUSE TO THE CALLS FOR WHOLESALE REFORMS OF THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE (NPF). TUESDAY, 20TH OCTOBER 2020. Protocols: 1. Good morning Honourable colleagues, thank you for being here this morning. 2.​ About two weeks ago, I spoke to this honourable House about the need for urgent, substantive, and wholesale reforms of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and an overhaul of our nation’s internal security and policing framework. 3.​This honourable House debated the failures of policing that have caused our nation’s youth to take to the streets in their numbers, demanding that Government live up to our primary obligation to ensure the security and welf...
50 Illegal Aides Planted In Gbajabiamila’s Office
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50 Illegal Aides Planted In Gbajabiamila’s Office

As many as 50 political appointees are believed to have been secretly includ­ed on the National Assembly’s payroll as aides working in the Office of the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila. The illegal appointees were said to have been allegedly add­ed to the speaker’s list of ap­pointees by the immediate past Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Moham­med Sani Omolori, without the knowledge of the pre­siding officer. Sources within the Nation­al Assembly bureaucracy told Daily Independent that the said illegal aides were staff and non-staff of the National Assembly close to the former CNA, who were possibly ap­pointed and placed under the speaker’s office. This was as the former CNA also allegedly denied the speaker and his deputy, Ahmed Idris Wase, the oppor­tunity of appointing dep...
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.  
Gbajabiamila Urges Ghana To Revisit Law On $1 Million Business Capital
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Gbajabiamila Urges Ghana To Revisit Law On $1 Million Business Capital

The Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has made some far-reaching proposals that would bring an end to the attacks on Nigerian traders doing business in Ghana. During a 'Legislative Diplomacy' bilateral meeting with Ghanaian lawmakers and some top government officials as part of his ongoing visit to Ghana to resolve the crisis, Gbajabiamila advocated for an amicable settlement of trade disputes through arbitration and fair judicial processes. The Speaker also said he would be glad to champion a law to improve the bilateral trade relations between Nigeria and Ghana, noting that citizens of the two countries remain brothers and sisters. He called on Ghanaian authorities to revisit the component of the law that requires a capital base of $1 millio...
“Ghana Persecuting Us Since 2007” – Nigerians Tell Gbajabiamila
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“Ghana Persecuting Us Since 2007” – Nigerians Tell Gbajabiamila

THE leader of Nigerian traders in Ghana, Chief Chukwuemeka Nnaji, on Wednesday told the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, how Nigerian traders had been subjected to hardship by the Ghanaian authorities since 2007. He added that Nigerian traders had their businesses registered with appropriate agencies while they pay their taxes as and when due, yet they were still subjected to harsh treatment by the Ghanaian authorities. Nnaji said many Nigerian traders could not afford the latest $1m trade registration fee, adding that those who could not pay the sum still had their shops under lock and key. Nnaji was quoted to have said this in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, titled, ‘Gbajabiami...
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Gbajabiamila, Other African Speakers Push for Debt Cancellation

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on Monday convened a meeting of some African Speakers of Parliaments where it was agreed that there is an urgent need to push for debt cancellation for the continent from their multilateral and bilateral partners. This is as Gbajabiamila’s initiative to establish the Conference of African Speakers and Heads of Parliament (CoSAP), a body that will facilitate increased collaboration between Speakers, Heads of Parliament and National Assemblies across Africa got a boost. The African Speakers will also seek to advance the African development agenda within and outside the continent in conjunction with both the executive arms of government as well as African regional institutions. These emerged following a virtual ...
NDDC Probe: PDP Reps Split Over Alleged Cover-up By Gbajabiamila
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NDDC Probe: PDP Reps Split Over Alleged Cover-up By Gbajabiamila

A member of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP Caucus of the House of Representatives, Rep. Nnolim Nnaji, has distanced himself from allegations by some members of the opposition in the House that Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila is shielding some of his colleagues from allegations of contracts Sleaze at the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. Nnolim who is the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, “faulted the media report accusing the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Right Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila of shielding some members of the House listed by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio as beneficiaries of the Niger Delta Developments Commission (NDDC) contracts”. He described the news report “as untrue and didn’t repres...
Resident Doctors Suspend Nationwide Strike
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Resident Doctors Suspend Nationwide Strike

The National Association of Resident Doctors has announced the suspension of its strike with effect from Monday, June 22, 2020. The organisation said it took the decision in order to enable the government time to fulfill outstanding demands following an appeal by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and other stakeholders. NARD made the announcement in a communique read to journalists by its President, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, on Sunday in Abuja after its National Executive Council meeting attended by over 300 members.
Reps Meet Security Chiefs Behind Closed Doors, Embark on Two Weeks Holiday
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Reps Meet Security Chiefs Behind Closed Doors, Embark on Two Weeks Holiday

The House of Representatives on Thursday, shortly before embarking on a two weeks holiday, met with Security Chiefs behind closed doors to discuss the security situation in the country. At the executive session were the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, Chief of Defense Staff, Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Director of State Security Service, Yusuf Magaji Bichi and National Security Adviser, Mohammed Monguno. It would be recalled that the green chamber last week, following the adoption of a motion moved by the Chief Whip, Muhammed Monguno resolved to invite the aforementioned heads of security outfits to brief the House on efforts being made to improve the security situation in the country and bring an end to incessant killings, kidnappings and armed banditry. ...
Reps Reject Castration as Punishment for Rapists
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Reps Reject Castration as Punishment for Rapists

House of Representatives members on Thursday June 4, rejected castration as punishment for people convicted of rape. Hon James Faleke made the suggestion during a debate on the motion of increased sexual violence against women particularly the rape and murder of two girls in Oyo and Edo states recently. The lawmakers who identified “weak institutions, poor enforcement, poverty and unacceptable social practices” as part of the reasons for sexual violence against women, rejected Faleke's suggestion when Speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila subjected it to a voice vote.= Gbajabiamila also asked what would happen to an older female who rapes a younger male. This generated noise in the chamber. Debating the motion brought forward, the lawmakers condemned the increasing cases ...
Reps Approve Buhari’s $22.7 Billion Loan Request, South East Reps Kick
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Reps Approve Buhari’s $22.7 Billion Loan Request, South East Reps Kick

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to take $22.7 billion in foreign loans. The House approved the request after it considered the report of its committee on aids, loans and debt management. President Buhari had said in 2019 that the loan was intended to fund key infrastructure in the country. The Senate had earlier given its nod to the request in March. Lawmakers at the House of Representatives had earlier kicked against the bill, forcing debates to be suspended. The lawmakers, especially those of the south-east caucus, complained about the government’s failure to include projects in the region amongst those to be financed from the loan. However, following debates that were accompanied by pleas from House Speaker Femi Gbajab...
Reps To Give Legal Backing To Social Investment Programme – Femi Gbajabiamila
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Reps To Give Legal Backing To Social Investment Programme – Femi Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says the House will provide strong legislation and codify the Social Investment Programmes (SIPs). He said the programmes are now subjected to whims and caprices of some few people in charge. Gbajabiamila was quoted in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi while speaking at a web interactive session (webinar) organized by the Emmanuel Chapel on Friday. He said the House would soon introduce a bill that would codify government’s Social Investment Programme (SIP) to give it legal backing. “As leaders, we must respond like we are at war. Lives have been disrupted. Talking about social security, we have before now and even till now that is akin to that in Nigeria today is Social Invest...
House Of Reps Speaker Greets Nigerian Muslims On The Eid Celebration, Urges Coronavirus Prayer
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House Of Reps Speaker Greets Nigerian Muslims On The Eid Celebration, Urges Coronavirus Prayer

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has congratulated Nigerian Muslims for concluding this year’s Ramadan fast and marking Eid-el-Fitr peacefully. The Speaker urged Nigerian Muslims to imbibe virtues such as feeding the needy, being their brother’s keepers and prayers for peaceful coexistence that usually come with the month of Ramadan. In a congratulatory message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker further urged the Muslim faithful to pray fervently for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic that has been ravaging countries all over the world, including Nigeria. He said Muslims should also adhere strictly to the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), whom he described as the best for all Muslims to emulate. ...
Bill Gates Foundation Denies Offering Lawmakers $10m Bribe to pass Controversial Infectious Disease Bill
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Bill Gates Foundation Denies Offering Lawmakers $10m Bribe to pass Controversial Infectious Disease Bill

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has denied allegations of offering $10 million bribe to members of the House of Representatives for the passage of the controversial ‘Infectious Diseases Control Bill 2020″. The spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties, (CUPP), Ikenga Ugochinyere, had on May 4, 2020, issued a press statement in which he alleged that the House and its leadership had received a financial inducement to the tune of $10 million to rush the passage of the controversial bill. Some Nigerians went ahead to ahead that second richest man in the world, Bill Gates, was behind the financial inducement. The House of Representatives last week set up an investigative panel headed by Henry Nwawuba to investigate the allegation and expose the people behind the ...
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...
NJC Recommends “Unqualified” Relatives of Supreme Court Judges, Others to Buhari for Appointments
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NJC Recommends “Unqualified” Relatives of Supreme Court Judges, Others to Buhari for Appointments

A group of Nigerian lawyers have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to reject 33 candidates recommended to him by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for appointment as High Court judges of the Federal Capital Territory, based on nepotism. The lawyers, under the aegis of Open Bar Initiative, in a petition to Buhari said 17 of the NJC’s nominees were not just “unqualified”, but that they made the NJC’s list because of their “connection” or “family affiliation” with top officials of the nation’s judiciary, Premium Times reports. The petition dated May 6, 2020, is signed by Silas Onu and Chidi Odinkalu, the conveners of the Open Bar Initiative and five other members of the group. The Open Bar Initiative, a group of Nigerian lawyers, says it is dedicated to defending the integrity o...
Femi Gbajabiamila Inspects Isolation Centre Donated By Sahara, Thisday And CCECC
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Femi Gbajabiamila Inspects Isolation Centre Donated By Sahara, Thisday And CCECC

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on Wednesday expressed satisfaction over efforts put together by some stakeholders to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Gbajabiamila spoke when he paid an inspection visit to one of the isolation centres in FCT located at the Thisday Dome, where he noted that the action by the Sahara Group, Thisday Media Group and CCECC who put resources together for the conversion of the event centre to an over 300-bed isolation centre was commendable and worthy of emulation. The Speaker, who was accompanied by Chairmen of the House Committees on Health Service, Health Institutions and the Ad hoc Committee on Covid-19, Rep. Tanko Sununu, Rep. Pascal Obi and Rep. Haruna Mshelia respectivel...
Infectious Disease Bill Is Superfluous, Unconstitutional – Falana
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Infectious Disease Bill Is Superfluous, Unconstitutional – Falana

The proposed Infectious Diseases Bill co-sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and two of his colleagues has been described as superfluous, illegal and unconstitutional. Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, told Channels Television on Wednesday that the efforts to replace the Quarantine Act was a waste of time as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Act of 2018 has taken care of what the lawmakers are trying to achieve. Mr Falana, who spoke about the controversial bill during an appearance, via Skype, on Politics Today, said, “It is pertinent to inform Nigerians that in November 2018, a law was enacted in this country – the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Act, NCDC Act, which has taken care of i...
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...
Bill Gates Offered Reps $10 Million Bribe For Passage Of Vaccination Bill – CUPP
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Bill Gates Offered Reps $10 Million Bribe For Passage Of Vaccination Bill – CUPP

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), on Monday, alleged that it has intercepted a human intelligence report that the Nigeria House of Representatives leadership was poised to forcefully pass the compulsory vaccine bill without subjecting it to the traditions of legislative proceedings. In a statement issued and signed by the spokesperson of the opposition political parties, Barrister Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere and sent to DAILY POST in Abuja on Monday, the body urged lawmakers in the lower chamber to rise against impunity. The body in the statement alleged that a sum of $10 million was offered by the American Computer Czar, Bill Gates for influence the speedy passage of the bill without recourse to legislative public hearing, a the development they averted as anachronist...
Compulsory Vaccination, Others Inside House Of Reps Diseases Control Bill
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Compulsory Vaccination, Others Inside House Of Reps Diseases Control Bill

When the house of representatives resumed plenary sessions on Tuesday, the lawmakers debated on a number of issues including the infectious diseases control bill which seeks to repeal the quarantine act of 1926 and provide for new regulations that would enable Nigeria adequately manage situations like the coronavirus pandemic. The bill, which passed for second reading on that day, has been a subject of controversy owing to some provisions which some Nigerians have argued infringe on the fundamental rights of citizens. Sponsored by Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker, alongside two other lawmakers including Pascal Obi and Tanko Sununu, the piece of legislation seeks to “make provisions relating to quarantine and make regulations for preventing the introduction into and spread in Nigeri...
Lockdown: Free Electricity Is Not For All Nigerians – FG
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Lockdown: Free Electricity Is Not For All Nigerians – FG

The two-month free power supply promised by the Nigerian government, as part of measures to reduce the effects of COVID-19 lockdown, is not for all, according to authorities. On Thursday, the House of Representatives and stakeholders in the power sector agreed to set up a joint implementation committee to arrive at those poor and vulnerable Nigerians who will enjoy the package. The proposed free electricity was part of the stimulus packages to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who was quoted in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said the joint panel’s mandate is to work out modalities for the proposed two-month bill waiver for the most vulnerable people in the country. He added that the committ...

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