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Run for House of Reps in 2023- activist Deji Adeyanju tells Davido
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Run for House of Reps in 2023- activist Deji Adeyanju tells Davido

Following his donation of N250 million to orphanages across the country, activist Deji Adeyanju, has called on singer Davido, to run for House of Representatives come 2023. He said this in a post he shared on his IG page this afternoon. ''Happy birthday OBO Baddest @davido. I appeal to you to run for House of Reps in 2023 because you care about the people and know what the issues are. The N250m donation to the less privileged is a further justification of this assertion.'' he wrote
Reps pass bill to make free healthcare for children mandatory
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Reps pass bill to make free healthcare for children mandatory

A bill seeking mandatory and free healthcare service for all Nigerian children scaled through second reading on Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the House of Representatives. The bill titled "Bill for an Act to make Health Care Service Delivery Free for all Children in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 1504)" is sponsored by Hon. Bello Kaoje (APC, Kebbi). Kaoje who led the debate on the general principle of the bill at plenary said it was first introduced in July this year. The lawmaker said that with the Federal Government healthcare initiative, Save One Million Lives (SOML), it is therefore pertinent to make medical services free for children in Nigeria, essentially because of the risks they face. He said: "Children’s health needs are significantly different from those of adults....
Gbajabiamila declares seat of late House of Reps member vacant
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Gbajabiamila declares seat of late House of Reps member vacant

Seat of late lawmaker who represented Akure South/Akure North Federal Constituency of Ondo State, Hon. Adedayo Omolafe, has been declared vacant by speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. Gbajabiamila noted that the vacancy is as a result of the death of Omolafe on August 16, 2021, which was announced at the plenary on September 14, 2021. He said the notification is in fulfillment of section 68 (2) of the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and for the records. The House is now required to notify the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), after which the electoral body will schedule the conduct of a by-election to fill the vacant seat.
Empowerment is like pocket money, it can’t tackle unemployment – Youth Minister, Sunday Dare
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Empowerment is like pocket money, it can’t tackle unemployment – Youth Minister, Sunday Dare

Minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare,says empowerment can no longer solve the problem of unemployment in the country. Dare said this when he appeared before the House of Representatives committee on Youth Development on Monday, November 8. According to Dare, the ministry now invests in youths across the country rather than empowerment schemes. “We have a massive youths population, most of them waiting for opportunities for digital skills to upscale themselves, for opportunities to make themselves starters of entrepreneurs, for opportunities in the areas of education, technical and otherwise; and also looking for opportunities that will make them be included in government. These have been the focus of our budgets year in, year out and 2022 is no different,” he ...
“She’s asking why her father is not calling to talk to her” – Sister of missing Nigerian journalist Tordue Salem, writes about his daughter
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“She’s asking why her father is not calling to talk to her” – Sister of missing Nigerian journalist Tordue Salem, writes about his daughter

Elizabeth Jessica, the sister of missing Vanguard reporter, Tordue Henry Salem, has expressed sadness over the disappearance of her brother. MCI reported that Salem, a Vanguard Correspondent covering the House of Representatives, was last seen on October 19 leaving the premises of the National Assembly. Efforts to locate his whereabouts since then by his colleagues, relatives and security operatives have proved abortive.   On Monday, October 25, members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) stormed the Nigeria Police Force’s headquarters in Abuja to protest over the missing reporter.   Taking to Facebook today, Elizabeth said that Salem's daughter has been asking why her father is not calling to talk to her. "She's asking why her father Tordue Salem is n...
National Assembly frowns at allocation for lawmakers in the 2022 budget
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National Assembly frowns at allocation for lawmakers in the 2022 budget

The House of Representatives has faulted the N134billion allocated to the National Assembly in the 2022 Appropriation bill. Describing the budget as too small, the spokesman of the House, Benjamin Kalu, said the percentage of transfers to the National Assembly did not reflect the increase in the amount of statutory transfers in the 2022 budget. He noted that when the House had a budget with aggregate lower expenditure, it was from N150billion to N128billion. “This concerns the House. It concerns the House because, the statutory transfer as we have mentioned, there is an increase from N484.49 billion to N768.28 billion and that is a reflection of 58.7 percent increase; an increase of about N283.79 billion. Do you know that this increase does not reflect in the amount that comes to t...
House of Rep members pass 2022 budget for second reading
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House of Rep members pass 2022 budget for second reading

The 2022 budget of N16.39 trillion was on Thursday October 14, passed for second reading in the House of Representatives. It was passed for second reading following the conclusion of debate on the general principles of the budget. This is coming barely 24 hours after the Senate also passed the 2022 Appropriation Bill for second reading after over one hour of debate on its general principles. President Muhammadu Buhari last week, presented an appropriation bill of N16.39 trillion for the total expenditure of the federal government in 2022 to the national assembly.
Ban of Okagbere, others at Olympics: Reps to probe sports ministry, summons Sunday Dare
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Ban of Okagbere, others at Olympics: Reps to probe sports ministry, summons Sunday Dare

The House of Representatives has resolved to probe the ban of Blessing Okagbere and nine other Nigerian Olympians for failed dope tests during the Tokyo Olympics. Following a motion by Lawrence Ayeni, the House resolved to summon the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare to appear before the Committee on Sports. In his motion, Ayeni said the government has failed to improve the status of Nigeria on the doping ranking. “Huge funds being made available yearly for the Regulatory Agencies in the Sports sector, adequate efforts have not been made to get Nigeria into the category where they would be deemed to have made significant improvements in anti-doping tests,” he said. The committee was mandated to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the failed doping test to fo...
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“It’s a kind of entitlement mentality” – Lawmaker Akin Alabi addresses political office holders

Member of the House of Representatives, Akin Alabi has addressed political office holders who expect same patronage they enjoyed while in power to continue after their tenure.   The lawmaker in a tweet he reposted on Instagram on Sunday, September 12, said the phone calls and friendly overtures people make to politicians are not personal but because of the power they hold.   "When you were in office, a lot of people were calling you and trying to be your friend. Now that you are out of office, you are disappointed those people no longer call you. Firstly, why would you want them to disturb you? Secondly, it's not personal. It was the office, not you," he wrote.   "I don’t understand how people still expect the patrona...
FIRS to introduce road tax
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FIRS to introduce road tax

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has said that it has sent a proposal to the federal government for a law on road tax. Executive Chairman of the agency, Mohammed Nami disclosed this during an interactive session organised by the house of representatives committee on finance on the 2022-2024 medium term expenditure framework/fiscal strategy paper (MTEF/FSP) for ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in Abuja on Wednesday August 18. When a member of the committee, Afolabi Olalekan asked Nami to explain what FIRS has put in place to tackle tax evasion by people in the informal sector, he responded by saying that one of the measures include the introduction of road tax. He said;   “What we have done on the informal sector at a time was try to propose what we...
People who Should be in Jail are on Campaign Posters, says Banky W
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People who Should be in Jail are on Campaign Posters, says Banky W

Singer Banky W has said the people who should be in jail or in exile are the ones seen on campaign posters during election season in Nigeria. The singer who ran for House of Representatives on the platform of the Modern Democratic Party in 2019 said this on Nigeria Info FM’s Daily Digest programme monitored by The PUNCH on Tuesday. He said his political ambition was driven by frustration with the political status quo and the plight of young Nigerians who don’t even know who their representatives in government are. On why he ran for office, he said, “The first person I spoke to was my wife. I said we can’t sit around during election season and people who should be in jail or on exile are the ones on the campaign posters around and also the ones who keep getting into these p...
Buhari visits Tinubu in London
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Buhari visits Tinubu in London

President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday evening, visited a former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu in London. The All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader is recuperating in the United Kingdom. Buhari’s show of moral support confirms he’s in good terms with his ally contrary to speculations. On Wednesday, James Faleke, a member of the House of Representatives, visited Tinubu. A known protégé, Faleke, representing Ikeja Federal Constituency, is the Chairman, House Committee on Finance. Earlier on August 3, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu visited his political godfather. Tinubu, a.k.a. Jagaban is expected to return to Nigeria this month.
Only Lazy People Think it is only Their Passion that will Bring in their Livelihood — Akin Alabi
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Only Lazy People Think it is only Their Passion that will Bring in their Livelihood — Akin Alabi

Member of the House of Representatives, Akin Alabi has shared a tweet centered on business and passion. The lawmaker in his tweet stated that he can do a business he is not passionate about and then use the use the money to feed himself, his family and also fuel his passion. Maintaining that only lazy people think it is only their passion that will bring in their livelihood, Akin Alabi added that he "can bet that Dangote is not passionate about cement". Read his tweet below...........
Horror! Boko Haram Fighters Ambush Nigerian Soldiers Escorting Borno APC Party Chieftains
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Horror! Boko Haram Fighters Ambush Nigerian Soldiers Escorting Borno APC Party Chieftains

According to a report by SaharaReporters, dozens of Boko Haram and their Islamic State West African Province fighters ambushed a military convoy along Gubio/Damasak highway in the northern part of Borno State on Saturday. An unspecified number of soldiers reportedly sustained injuries in the attack and utility vehicles belonging to the troops taken away after a gun battle. The soldiers reportedly ran into the ambush at Kareto while travelling to Gubio in Borno State to pick up members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for their ward congress scheduled to hold in Damasak. The soldiers were supposed to accompany the politicians from Abadam to Damasak, venue of their ward congress. Kareto is the hometown of Bukar Gana Kareto, representative of Kukawa/ Guzamala/Abadam/ Mobbar ...
Akin Alabi Reveals Why He Didn’t Spray Money At Obi Cubana’s Event
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Akin Alabi Reveals Why He Didn’t Spray Money At Obi Cubana’s Event

Member of the House of Representatives, entrepreneur, author and philanthropist, Akin Alabi has opened up on why he did not spray enough cash at the burial of the mother of Igbo businessman, Obi Cubana. Alabi was mocked over the weekend by Nigerians on social media after a viral video showed him dancing to the tune of Ogene singers praising him without spraying money like others. According to the lawmaker, he did not spray money like the others because he is a government worker and could not have done more than he did. Akin Alabi also clarified he sprayed N9,000 and not N2,000 as insinuated by Nigerians mocking him. On his Instagram page, he wrote “As a government worker, I could not afford to spray (or was it sprinkle) more than this video and it was not 2k as bad-mouthed peop...
PDP Members Stage Walkout as House of Reps Members Pass Electoral Act bill
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PDP Members Stage Walkout as House of Reps Members Pass Electoral Act bill

The controversial Electoral Act(Amendment) Bill has been passed today July 16 by the House of Representatives just as members of the PDP caucus in the House staged a walkout from the chamber during the debate. The House had suspended plenary and consideration of the bill following disagreement among members on the mode of transmitting election results on Thursday, July 15. It invited the Nigeria Communication Commission(NCC) to educate members on the implications and possibility of electronic transmission of results. Shortly after officials of the NCC left the chamber, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila announced the resumption of consideration of the report after digesting the comments of the NCC officials beginning from Clause 52. Clause 52 allows the Independent National Electoral Com...
House of Reps members pass PIB bill, adopt 3% for host communities
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House of Reps members pass PIB bill, adopt 3% for host communities

The House of Representatives today July 16, passed the Conference Committee report on the Petroleum Industry(PIB) Bill, voting 3 percent for host communities in the oil-producing areas. The House stepped down consideration of the bill on Thursday, July 15, after a heated debate on the percent to be awarded to host communities ensued. While the South-South lawmakers demand a 5% PIB allocation to host communities, the conference report approved 3% allocation for host communities. The number in dispute is the percentage of the total operating expenses (OPEX) oil companies are expected to contribute to a trust fund created for host communities. This morning, the lawmakers who were of the ruling APC, voted in favor of the PIB bill. The voting for the passage of the bill took place ...
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.
National assembly flooded again after heavy downpour
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National assembly flooded again after heavy downpour

  The national assembly was flooded again following a heavy downpour today, July 12. The leak came from the dome at the complex, which houses a main lobby that leads to the chambers of the senate and the house of representatives.     While lawmakers were not present as there is no plenary today, it is however the second time the assembly will be getting flooded in three weeks.    
Singer, Tekno says he has relocated to the U.S; States Why
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Singer, Tekno says he has relocated to the U.S; States Why

Nigerian singer, Tekno has announced that he has moved out of the country and is now based in the United States. According to the 'Enjoy' crooner, he left Nigeria because the country's name was "changed" to UAR. He said he would only return when the name 'goes back' to Nigeria. The tag UAR is a joke that started after the House of Representatives received a proposal from a tax consultant to change Nigeria's name to UAR which suggests United African Republic or United Alkebulan Republic, on June 2. Watch the video below...
National assembly passes Petroleum Industry Bill
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National assembly passes Petroleum Industry Bill

The Petroleum Industry Bill has been passed by the Senate and House of Representatives. At the House of Representatives, the bill was passed after clauses of the bill were considered based on the recommendation of the Committee on PIB. Chairman of the House Adhoc Committee on the PIB, Rep. Mohammed Tahir Mongunu moved for the consideration of the motion at about 1.00pm on Thursday July 1. He presented a report, saying the bill would make the oil and gas industry more transparent and competitive. Mongunu said; “That the House do consider the Report of the Ahoc Committee on Petroleum Industry Bill on an Act to Provide Legal, Governance, Regulatory and Fiscal Framework for the Nigerlan Petroleum Industry, the Development of Host Communities; and for Related Matters, 2021 (HB. ...
“For God sake, what is social media? Are we eating social media?- House of Reps member vents as he applauds suspension of Twitter
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“For God sake, what is social media? Are we eating social media?- House of Reps member vents as he applauds suspension of Twitter

A member of the House of Representatives representing Daura Federal Constituency of Katsina State, Fatahu Muhammad, has defended the suspension of Twitter from operating in Nigeria. Speaking during the investigative hearing organized by the House joint committees on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values alongside the National Security, Justice and Commerce, on the controversial Twitter ban, Fatahu, who is said to be a cousin of President Buhari, wondered why Nigerians are attacking the government over the suspension of the microblogging site. “For God sake, what is social media? Are we eating social media? Let us go back to the resources, and harvest them, and let keep this thing aside, and face the real problem in Nigeria. My colleagues have spoken the mind of ...
Repw Drop Plan to Scrap NYSC
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Repw Drop Plan to Scrap NYSC

Plans to scrap the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) have been dropped by the House of Representatives. Recall that a bill sponsored by lawmaker, Awaji-Inombek Abiante which proposed scrapping of the NYSC had drawn mixed reaction after it scaled a second reading. Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Youth, Yemi Adaramodu  who spoke at the official unveiling of nine books on NYSC and maiden NYSC film in commemoration of the 48th anniversary of the scheme on Thursday June 10, said there is no plan to scrap the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC). Adaramodu described the NYSC as the most successful national programme for fostering Nigeria’s unity. He said; "Anybody is free to sponsor a bill, but the speaker and the rest of the house believe that the schem...
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...
Defy FG’s order and continue to use Twitter, National Assembly Minority Caucus tells Nigerians
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Defy FG’s order and continue to use Twitter, National Assembly Minority Caucus tells Nigerians

The joint National Assembly Minority Caucus has called on Nigerians to ignore the ban on Twitter operations in the country by the federal government and continue using the microblogging platform. This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the Minority Leader House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu and the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe on Wednesday. The Joint Minority Caucus also dismissed threats by the APC-led government to arrest and prosecute Nigerians using Twitter. It tells Nigerians to go ahead and use their Twitter as they would not be contravening any law in Nigeria or any international statute. “The Joint Minority Caucus recognizes the provisions of Articles 19 and 20 of the United Nations Charter on Fundamental Human Rights, which Nigeria i...
Nigerians React to Proposed Change of Nigeria’s Name to UAR
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Nigerians React to Proposed Change of Nigeria’s Name to UAR

Hours after it was reported that the House of Representatives have received a proposal which suggested United African Republic or United Alkebulan Republic as Nigeria's new name, it has become one of the trending topics on social media. Adeleye Jokotoye, a tax consultant submitted the proposal to the committee at the South West Zonal Public Hearing in Lagos on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. He said Nigeria's current name was an imposition of its past colonial masters and should be changed to reflect a new beginning physically and psychologically. His proposal read; First and foremost, I want to recommend a name change from Nigeria to the United Africans Republic (UAR). The significance of name change cannot be overemphasised. Even God our father, in the Holy books, changed names...
”It’ll turn Nigeria to a nation of junkies”- NDLEA boss Buba Marwa warns against legalizing Cannabis
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”It’ll turn Nigeria to a nation of junkies”- NDLEA boss Buba Marwa warns against legalizing Cannabis

The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has warned that current moves by some stakeholders to push for the legalisation of cannabis in Nigeria will rob the country of the gains so far made in the renewed war against drug abuse and trafficking in the country. Recall that the spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Okezie Kalu, earlier this month announced the lower chamber of the National Assembly is set to legalize the use of Indian Hemp in Nigeria for economic benefit. Marwa objected to this when he spoke in Abuja today Wednesday, May 26, at a national security summit organized by the House of Representatives. He said the present figure of 10.6million Nigerians abusing cannabis is fri...
House of Reps set to Legalize the Use of Indian Hemp for Economic Benefits – Spokesperson Benjamin Okezie Kalu
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House of Reps set to Legalize the Use of Indian Hemp for Economic Benefits – Spokesperson Benjamin Okezie Kalu

The spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Okezie Kalu, says the lower chamber of the National Assembly is set to legalize the use of Indian Hemp in Nigeria for economic benefit. Kalu announced this at a press conference on the benefits and opportunities of Cannabis in Akure, Ondo state. According to Kalu, the House of Representatives has concluded an arrangement to organize a two-day stakeholders roundtable on the benefits of the weed that will be attended by scientists, medical and pharmaceutical professionals, farmers, insurance companies, executives, and private sector investors, He said the roundtable is scheduled to hold between June 7 and 8. He explained that countries such as South Africa and others are currently reaping high revenue from cannabis which th...
Former Ebonyi Lawmaker Denies Involvement in Abduction and Torture of Community Leader
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Former Ebonyi Lawmaker Denies Involvement in Abduction and Torture of Community Leader

Linus Abba Okorie, a former member of the House of Representatives, who represented Ohaozara, Onicha and Ivo Federal Constituency, has denied involvement in the abduction and torture of Barr. Amos Ogbonnaya. It was gathered that Ogbonna, a former Coordinator of Anuagata Development Centre in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, was abducted by unknown hoodlums on Thursday evening, May 13, on his way back from a Parents Teachers Association meeting. The victim, a key leader of G13 group, had appeared on a television programme last week and kicked against the policies of Governor Umahi. He was released on Friday morning with severe injuries all over his body and is currently lying critically ill in a hospital. The G13 group alleged that due to the media appear...
Impeachment: Senators, Reps Divided As Afenifere Backs Mbaka’s Verdict On Buhari
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Impeachment: Senators, Reps Divided As Afenifere Backs Mbaka’s Verdict On Buhari

Some senators and members of the House of Representatives as well as sociocultural organisations on Thursday expressed divergent views on the call by the spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Father Ejike Mbaka, on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign or be impeached. The cleric, who publicly supported the candidature of President Buhari in the build-up to the 2015 elections, said “God is angry with the president.” His call for Buhari’s resignation or impeachment came 24 hours after a renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi raised the alarm that nobody is safe anymore in the country, and challenged the president to act. While some members of the National Assembly said Father Mbaka was right, others said the suggestion was overkill. The Yoruba sociocu...
Nigeria’s Debt Stock To Hit ₦34 Trillion With New Loans
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Nigeria’s Debt Stock To Hit ₦34 Trillion With New Loans

The total debt stock for Nigeria could rise from N33 trillion to N34tr soon as the National Assembly approves another N1.1tr external loan request for the federal government. The House of Representatives yesterday approved the external loan of $1.5 billion (about N571.5bn) and €995 million (about N528.4bn) for the federal government while the Senate had approved the request last week. The Debt Management Office (DMO) had in March 2021 placed Nigeria’s Public debt at N32.915tr as of December 31, 2020. This included the debt stock of the federal and state governments as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). “Total Public Debt to Gross Domestic Product as at December 31, 2020 was 21.61 percent, which is within Nigeria’s new limit of 40 percent.” According to the recomme...
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 ...
The House of Representatives Should Impeach the President if he Doesn’t Want to Resign”- Fr Mbaka says
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The House of Representatives Should Impeach the President if he Doesn’t Want to Resign”- Fr Mbaka says

Worried by the alarming spate of insecurity in the country, the Catholic Priest and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Fr Ejike Mbaka, has called for the impeachment of President Buhari. Speaking at the Adoration Ministry in Enugu recently, the clergyman wondered how the President will maintain grave silence despite the wanton killings across the country. “Let me tell you; if it is in a civilized country, by now, President Buhari would have resigned with what is happening. Nigerians are crying because there’s no security in the country, the House of Representatives should impeach the president if he doesn’t want to resign. A good coach cannot watch his players be defeated when he has players sitting down on the bench. It is either Buhari resigns by himself or he wi...
Reps Ask Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency Over Insecurity
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Reps Ask Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency Over Insecurity

The house of representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency over Nigeria’s growing security challenges. The green chamber also resolved to invite Mohammed Monguno, national security adviser (NSA), service chiefs and paramilitary chiefs to appear before them to speak on the country’s security situation. The lawmakers passed the resolutions on Tuesday after an executive session that lasted for about four hours.
‘Inability to put youths on career paths has turned them into rebels – Dogara
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‘Inability to put youths on career paths has turned them into rebels – Dogara

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has decried the inequality and unfairness in appointment and distribution of public utilities which he claimed creates perception of marginalization, especially among youths. Speaking at the 10th convocation of Achievers University, Owo, Ondo state on Saturday April 24,  Dogara added that the inability of those in public service to put youths on career paths has turned them from dutiful labourers to disaffected rebels. He also disclosed that the immediate challenge now is to bring disparate peoples together and pull down barriers. Dogara said; “Inequality and unfairness in appointment and distribution of public utilities create a perception of marginalisation by a section of the people, especially the youths, who h...
Reps To Investigate Alleged Illicit Trade In Human Organs Between Nigeria, China
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Reps To Investigate Alleged Illicit Trade In Human Organs Between Nigeria, China

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate alleged illicit trade on human organs between Nigeria and China. Reps to investigate alleged illicit trade in human organs between Nigeria and China. Moving the motion earlier, Kwewum said that about two weeks ago, Chinese authorities seized a cargo ship that sailed from Nigeria with 7,200 refrigerated penis’. According to him, they were found in 36 boxes labelled as plantain on the ship that harboured at the Shanghai port called Red Market. He said the Chinese General Administration of Customs had alerted that an increasingly large number of armed groups in Africa used organs which were harvested in unsanitary conditions to finance their nefarious activities. “The media was awash a few years ago with horrifying st...
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...
General Attahiru Tells Reps To Invite Ex-Service Chiefs Over Arms Procurement
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General Attahiru Tells Reps To Invite Ex-Service Chiefs Over Arms Procurement

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has told the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee investigating the Purchase, Use and Control of Arms, Ammunition and Related Hardware by Military, Paramilitary and Other Law Enforcement Agencies in Nigeria to invite his predecessors to shed more light on the arms procurement. Attahiru stated this on Monday, in Abuja when he appeared before the Ad hoc committee investigating arms purchase in the last ten years. Though he did not mention any name, his predecessors during the year under review included, Lt-Gen Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd) who was the COAS between September 2010 – January 2014, Lt-Gen Kenneth Minimah (rtd) who was the COAS between January 2014 – July 2015 and Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai (rtd). Attahiru said he was ea...
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...
Lawmakers consider bill to permit Muslim female military officers to wear Hijab
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Lawmakers consider bill to permit Muslim female military officers to wear Hijab

The House of Representatives is currently deliberating on a bill seeking to compel the Armed Forces and paramilitary organizations to permit Muslim female officers to wear the Islamic veil, commonly known as hijab. The bill, known as the Religious Discrimination (Prohibition, Prevention) Bill, 2020, which has passed second reading at the House, is being sponsored by the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Saidu Abdullahi. Hijab is a veil worn by Muslim women and has been a controversial issue in Nigeria. Recently in Kwara state, a crisis erupted in the education section when authorities of missionary schools in the state opposed a court injunction permitting Muslim students to wear hijab to school. A...
Chinese Loan: Selfish Lawmakers Have Put Nigeria In Jeopardy – Amaechi
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Chinese Loan: Selfish Lawmakers Have Put Nigeria In Jeopardy – Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, says the decision by the House of Representatives to go public on the Sovereignty Immunity Clause in the Chinese loan has delayed the approval for the $5.3bn Ibadan-Kano standard gauge project. Daily Trust reports that the House of Representatives and Amaechi were at daggers drawn last year over the sovereignty clause in the loan agreement with the China Exim Bank which funded the Abuja-Kaduna and Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge trains. The lawmakers had queried the inclusion of the clause which gives China access to some national assets in case the Federal Government is unable to fulfill its repayment obligations but the Minister had warned that such discussion could make China have a rethink on the loan. Speaking in an interview on...
President Buhari’s nephew shows off his newly completed Abuja mansion
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President Buhari’s nephew shows off his newly completed Abuja mansion

President Buhari's nephew and member of the House of Representatives, Fatuhu Muhammed, has showed off his newly completed mansion located in Gwarimpa area of Abuja. The lawmaker, who represents Daura/Maiadua/Sandamu Federal Constituency on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, said it took him four years to build the house. Sharing a photo of the beautiful mansion in a Facebook post, Muhammed said he will announce when he will be moving into the house. "Alhamdulillah I’ve completed building my house in Gwarinpa (Abuja) which took me about four years but once again Alhamdulillah and I need your prayers. The date for moving in will be notified soon InshaAllah,” he wrote. However, the lawmaker has taken down the post for reasons best known to him.
Deputy speaker, Idris Wase explains why he rejected petition on insecurity from Nigerians living abroad
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Deputy speaker, Idris Wase explains why he rejected petition on insecurity from Nigerians living abroad

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase has explained why he rejected a petition on insecurity from Nigerians living abroad which was presented on the floor of the lower chamber of the national assembly by Mr Mark Gbillah who represents Gwer East-Gwer West constituency of Benue State. Wase in a statement released by his media aide Umar Puma, stated that the petition from a socio-cultural association based in the United States which alleged that indigenes of their community have not been resettled in their ancestral land after being sacked by gunmen, was rejected "based on rules of parliamentary procedures”. The Deputy Speaker who alleged that the reports in circulation had been “doctored, slanted and bent to give political and ethnic coloration to an event that...
National Assembly Is Broke, Needs Bigger Budget To Be Efficient – Benjamin Kalu
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National Assembly Is Broke, Needs Bigger Budget To Be Efficient – Benjamin Kalu

The House of Representatives has said the National Assembly is underfunded to function efficiently and effectively as a national parliament. The House decried that the paucity of funds has made the working environment not conducive for lawmakers while they have not been able to carry out their legislative activities to the best of their ability. The lamentation came from Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, at his weekly media conference on Thursday. The National Assembly had a budget of N139.5bn in 2018, N125bn in 2019 and N128bn (N125bn proposed, N3bn added) in 2020. While the sum of N125bn was proposed for the National Assembly in 2021, it along with its affiliates got about N134bn. Kalu was asked if it was true that the House reduc...
Take The Fight To Boko Haram Enclaves, Reps Tell Military
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Take The Fight To Boko Haram Enclaves, Reps Tell Military

The House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the military to re-strategize and take the fight to the Boko Haram enclaves. It specifically urged the Federal Government to tackle constant Boko Haram attacks on Maiduguri. This was a sequel to a motion by Rep. Abdulkadir Rahis, who decried recurring attacks on Maiduguri by the Boko Haram terrorists. The House urged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the National Emergency Management Agency to provide relief materials to the victims of attacks.
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...
Reps To Investigate Abandoned Projects In Nigeria
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Reps To Investigate Abandoned Projects In Nigeria

The House of Representatives has vowed to track all abandoned projects in the country to ensure their completion. Rep. Makki Abubakar, Chairman of the house ad hoc committee on abandoned projects said this in Abuja on Thursday. ‘The committee was set-up to investigate executed, funded and repeated capital projects in the Appropriation Act,” he said. He said that there were many abandoned projects in the annual budgets scattered across the country. Abubakar said that the committee would engage the services of consultants to help in tracking and aggregating all abandoned projects in the country. Rep. Francis Ottah Agbo (PDP-Benue) a member of the committee observed that there were many duplicated projects in the country. According to him, the sad aspect of the whole iss...
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...

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