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Why Senate Confirmed Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors – Sen Bashiru
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Why Senate Confirmed Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors – Sen Bashiru

The Nigerian Senate has explained why the upper legislative chamber ignored petitions and complaints against former service chiefs and hurriedly confirmed their ambassadorial nominations. The former military commanders whose appointment were confirmed are: the former Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin; former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; former Chief of Air Staff, Ibok Ibas; and former Chief of Naval Staff, Abubakar Sadique. They resigned late January and were immediately replaced with Leo Irabor, new Chief of Defence Staff; I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; A.Z. Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and I.O. Amao, Chief of Air Force. Days after leaving office, the International Criminal Court (ICC) acknowledged petitions against them for their alleged sadistic conducts ...
APC Has No Ideology, Was Hurriedly Formed To Snatch Power From PDP – Okorocha
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APC Has No Ideology, Was Hurriedly Formed To Snatch Power From PDP – Okorocha

Rochas Okorocha, senator representing Imo West at the Nigerian Senate says his party the All Progressive Congress (APC) was hurriedly formed in 2013 to snatch power from the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Mr Okorocha, a former governor of Imo State, who stated this yesterday in Abuja while addressing news men described political parties in the country as having no ideology but a vehicle used by politicians to transport themselves to power. The APC founded on February 6th, 2013, is a conglomerate of four opposition political parties namely, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC); Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN); All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) and faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) led by Mr Okorocha. While in opposition, TODAY POLITICS reca...
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.  
Senate Uncovers NTA, StarTimes Fraud
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Senate Uncovers NTA, StarTimes Fraud

The Nigerian Senate has uncovered an alleged multi-billion Naira fraud in the joint venture operations between, the Nigerian Television Authority(NTA) and a Chinese Satellite Pay TV, StarTime.The allegation came up when the Senate Joint Committee on Finance and National Planning scrutinized the spending and expenditure of the Nigerian Television Authority for 2021 with the details of the 2021-2023 MTEF & FSP documents,The Senate panel said it was stunned to discover that the multi-billion naira deal with StarTimes was not captured anywhere in the documents submitted to it as presented by the Director-General, Mallam Mohammed Yakubu.Trouble started for NTA after the Chairman of the Senate Panel, Solomon Olamilekan, asked why NTA was blocking StarTime from being registered with the ...
Senate Threatens To Issue Arrest Warrant For Lai Mohammed, Others
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Senate Threatens To Issue Arrest Warrant For Lai Mohammed, Others

The Nigerian Senate has threatened to issue a warrant for the arrest some ministers who have failed to honour its invitation to answer audit queries against them. The Senate committee on public accounts on Thursday, June 11, said it would be compelled to issue arrest warrants on the minister information and culture, Lai Mohammed, the minister of state, Petroleum, Timipre Sylva and minister of power Saleh Mamman and other heads of agencies if they do not honor its invitation, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, the chairman of the committee stated that the others who have refused to hounour the invitation include the minister of women affairs and social development, Pauline Tallen, her counterpart in the ministry of solid minerals development, Olamilekan Adegbite and the chairman, National...
Senate Confirms Kingsley Obiora As CBN Deputy Governor
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Senate Confirms Kingsley Obiora As CBN Deputy Governor

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the nomination of Dr. Kingsley Obiora for appointment as the Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria. The confirmation followed the consideration of the report of Senator Uba Sani-led Senate Committee on Financial Institutions by the Senate. In a similar development, the Upper Chamber also confirmed the nomination of Zirullah Hassan for appointment as Chairman National Hajji Commission of Nigeria and Seventeen other as members. This was sequel to the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs Chaired by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha.
Nigerian Senate Invites Sowore’s Lawyer Over Invasion Of Court By DSS
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Nigerian Senate Invites Sowore’s Lawyer Over Invasion Of Court By DSS

According to SaharaReporters, the Nigerian Senate has invited lead counsel to Omoyele Sowore, Femi Falana (SAN), to appear before it over the invasion of the Federal High Court by operatives of the Department of State Services. Falana was asked to appear before the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal matters on Thursday by 10:00am. The Senate had mandated the committee to investigate the invasion of the court after some DSS officials stormed the place to effect the rearrest of Sowore, who is standing trial in  case brought against him by the Nigerian Government. The Senate, in the letter to Falana, noted that the court should not be disrespected, adding that lawmakers and Nigerians would like to know what actually transpired in the court. The letter reads, “Pursuan...
Nigerian Senate Approves Muhammad Nami As New FIRS Chairman
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Nigerian Senate Approves Muhammad Nami As New FIRS Chairman

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the appointment of Muhammad Mamman Nami as the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS. Senate President Dr. Ahmed Lawan hit his gavel at about 2:51 pm today, signalling the confirmation of Nami’s appointment by the Senate. President Mohammadu Buhari sent Nami’s name to the Senate as FIRS Executive Chairman last week. Senator Olamilekan Solomon Adeola (Lagos West), Chairman of the Finance Committee, laid the report of the Senate Finance committee before the Senate. The Senate President promised that the Senate will give FIRS all the support it needs to attain its mandate at this time when the nation needs more revenue. “We will keep the Service on its toes. The Chairman and members should note that a lot of work needs to be do...
Nigerian Senate Makes Case For Nuclear Energy
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Nigerian Senate Makes Case For Nuclear Energy

As the federal government of Nigeria presses on with its plan to diversify the nation's energy mix - with inclusion of nuclear energy technology from Russia, the Nigerian Senate has also called for the inclusion of nuclear power into the country’s energy mix. This was part of the resolution reached by the upper chamber recently following a motion by Senator Tanko Al-Makura representing Nassarawa South senatorial district. The Senate noted that the primary sources of energy for the production of electricity in Nigeria includes gas, hydro, oil and coal, with current power generation capacity of 7000 mega Watts. The lawmakers noted that experts using modern energy modeling tools had estimated that for the Nigerian economy to grow at the rate of 10 percent, the country’s electrici...
Senate passes 2020 budget of N10.594 trillion
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Senate passes 2020 budget of N10.594 trillion

Nigerian Senate on Thursday passed the 2020 budget of N10.594 trillion into law. This is against the proposed budget of N10.33 trillion presented to the joint National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari in October, 2019. The passage of the budget, however, represents record breaking and a deviation from what was obtained in the 8th National Assembly in which budget were passed almost eight months after it was presented. Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Barau Jibrin, said the increase of N264 billion into the budget allowed for interventions in critical areas such as national security, road infrastructure mines and steel development, health among others. According to him, statutory transfer stood at N560.5 billion, Recurrent Expenditure at N4.8 billion, Capita...
Hate Speech Bill: Wole Soyinka Writes Nigerian Senate
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Hate Speech Bill: Wole Soyinka Writes Nigerian Senate

Prof Wole Soyinka has written a letter addressed to the senate over the introduction of the bill on hate speech which recently scaled its first reading. The Nobel Laureate who wondered why killing should be used to curb hate speech, stated that the motives are spectacularly dubious and aimed at silencing the voices of criticism. Soyinka stated that with the proposed penalty for hate speech, the national assembly is psyching its ranks to pronounce themselves affiliates of inhuman aberrations. His letter read; I hope you will excuse me for distracting you from your onerous duties, but I am a current sufferer – and I am not alone – from a persistent nightmare. That affliction has been induced by your most recent approach to addressing an acknowledged problem that affects, not onl...
‘#AntiSocialMediaBill: ‘Buhari Wants Us To Be Cowards Like Osinbajo & Adesina’ – FFK
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‘#AntiSocialMediaBill: ‘Buhari Wants Us To Be Cowards Like Osinbajo & Adesina’ – FFK

former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani Kayode has condemned the anti social media bill proposed by the Nigerian senate. Femi Fani Kayode made this known on Twitter. He said: The #Antisocialmediabill is a perverse sham and aberration that seeks to stiffle opposing voices.@MBuhari wants everyone to be silent and to bow before him.He wants us all to be spineless cowards and quislings like his dogs @ProfOsinbajo and @FemAdesina. This will NEVER happen! Kayode also wrote: They want to hang people for so-called hate speech and they want to regulate social media. These people are worse than Hitler's Nazis and they seek to establish a totalitarian fascist state. After they silence everyone they will set up Nazi concentration camps for their enemies Recall that the Senate on Tuesday rec...
Senate Issues Two Weeks Deadline To MDAs To Defend Budget
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Senate Issues Two Weeks Deadline To MDAs To Defend Budget

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday issued two weeks deadline to Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to defend their budget before its Standing Committees. President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said any agency that refused to appear before the relevant committee to defend its budget during the period would not have revenue allocation for next year. However, the Senate debated expensively on President Muhammadu Buhari’s proposed budget of N10.33 trillion on Tuesday. According to Senator Ajayi Boroffice, the Federal Government should bring back the nation’s cocoa and groundnut pyramids in the north and that more attention should be paid to technology. Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege said “For this budget to succeed, certain things must be put i...
Senate Must Work To Reduce Out-of-school Children – Lawan
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Senate Must Work To Reduce Out-of-school Children – Lawan

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday, September 26, 2019, considered the report of the ad-hoc Committee on the 9th Senate Legislative Agenda. The report, which was exhaustively debated by Senators during plenary, was presented by the committee’s Chairman, Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi Central) on Wednesday. The President of Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, in his remarks after consideration of the ad-hoc committee’s report, commended the Senators for doing a thorough work. According to him, the interventions contained in the report will be subject to constant reviews to meet with new challenges posed by the dynamic nature of society. Lawan who spoke passionately on the plight of out-of-school children, said the Senate will do all in its powers to reverse the trend through the introductio...
Senate Commends Buhari For Shutting Down Nigerian Borders
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Senate Commends Buhari For Shutting Down Nigerian Borders

The Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday, resolved to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for shutting down all the Nigerian land borders. This followed a motion raised by Senator Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi Central) at today's plenary, which got the support of over 2/3 majority. According to the upper legislative chambers, the President's decision was to “rectify the deteriorating effect on our country of persistent smuggling of products that negatively affect the Nigerian economy’s decline the well-being of our nation”. The Senate equally resolved to commend the Nigerian Customs Service “for their role in intensifying the curbing of smuggling across the borders, and ridding Nigeria of smuggled goods and services.” This is even as the red chambers vowed to task the Ministries of Fore...
Expand Your Scope Of Influence, Omo-agege Tells Delta APC Members
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Expand Your Scope Of Influence, Omo-agege Tells Delta APC Members

DEPUTY President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has told members of the All Progress Congress, APC, in Delta State to expand their scope of influence beyond the state. Omo-Agege gave the charge when the Ughelli North Local Government Area chapter of the APC in the state paid him a congratulatory visit at his Orhomurhun-Orogun country home. He urged the party executive not to relent in building and expanding the party in the area. Omo-Agege thanked the party executives for their show of love and doggedness in working to deliver APC at all levels in the 2019 general election. He assured that all their concerns were well placed and would be taken care of at the appropriate time, saying he was not relenting in putting the party in its place of pride in the stat...
Frank Donga Mocks The Nigerian Senate Over Screening Of Ministerial Nominees
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Frank Donga Mocks The Nigerian Senate Over Screening Of Ministerial Nominees

Frank Donga served a sarcastic tweet over the Nigerian senate's popular line of 'take a bow' during the recently concluded Ministerial screening. Recall that the Senate President suffered a backlash over the 'take a bow' culture they adopted during the screening. The arrangement began in 2003 and it was introduced as a courtesy and privilege for nominees who had been elected to the Senate or House of Representatives in the past. However, in recent times it has been extended to nominees it was not initially meant for. Recent beneficiaries include Godswill Akpabio ( Akwa Ibom), George Akume ( Benue), Emeka Nwajuaba ( Imo), Adeleke Mamora ( Lagos), Rotimi Amaechi ( Rivers), Tayo Alasoadura ( Ondo). Others are Mustapha Shehuri ( Borno), Timipre Sylva ( Bayelsa), Abubakar Aliyu ( Yobe)...
Ministerial Screening: Nigerian Senate Had The Longest Session In 20 Years
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Ministerial Screening: Nigerian Senate Had The Longest Session In 20 Years

The Nigerian Senate had the longest session in the last 20 years of its existence on Friday, the made the sacrifice in order to ensure smooth screening of Ministerial Nominees of the president Buhari. The Senate was supposed to go on official leave by Thursday because they traditionally hold session from Tueday to Thursday but because of the list of ministerial nominees they received from the president they stayed in order to screen them and extended their working days to Friday and will continue with the Screening by Monday. The Senate agreed to give former legislative on the ministerial Nominees list special treatment by not asking them question and allow them to take a bow and go, the special treatment was also extended to female Nominees. After Friday Session, President of...
Senate Postpones Annual Recess To Screen Ministerial Nominees
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Senate Postpones Annual Recess To Screen Ministerial Nominees

The Nigerian Senate has postponed its annual recess billed to start on Thursday. This was made known on Tuesday by the Chairman, Senate ad hoc committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye while addressing journalist after plenary. The two-month holiday was halted to enable lawmakers screen and confirm ministerial nominees sent to the upper legislative chamber by President Muhammadu Buhari. Meanwhile, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said the screening and confirmation of the nominees will start tomorrow.
Give Me More Time To Name My Ministers, Buhari Begs Senate
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Give Me More Time To Name My Ministers, Buhari Begs Senate

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari Thursday night pleaded with the leadership of the National Assembly to give him more time for him to compile list of ministerial nominees. President Buhari also told the presiding and principal officers of the nation’s federal legislative arm of government that he was under pressure to nominate members of his cabinet. This is as the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has denied that he said that the presidency promised to send the ministerial list to the Red Chamber this week. A source at the dinner hosted by the President for the leadership of the National Assembly mid-wife by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang at the Presidential Villa hinted that the President at the dinner requested that he sh...
Don’t Expect Anything From APC-Led Federal Government – Senator Kalu To Igbos
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Don’t Expect Anything From APC-Led Federal Government – Senator Kalu To Igbos

The Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu has advised Ndigbo not to be too expectant in the APC led federal government, saying the South East region refused to vote massively for the party in the last election. The former governor dropped the hint at an event in his Camp Neya home in Igbere to thank his constituents for voting him into the Nigerian Senate. He said: “Our people did not support APC. We did not vote for the president and that is what we are paying for. “We are not entitled to anything when we did not vote for APC so we cannot ask for the Senate President or Deputy President. “I am not only a senator for Abia north, I am a senator for Abia and Federal Republic of Nigeria because I was elected to make good laws for the whole Ni...
Senate Adjourns Plenary For Two Weeks
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Senate Adjourns Plenary For Two Weeks

The Senate on Thursday adjourned its plenary session for two weeks to allow the National Assembly management work with an adhoc committee on welfare of the Senate to allocate offices and seats to the senators. The break will last up to July 2 when both the management and the adhoc committee, headed by Sen Abubakar Kyari (APC, Borno), would have completed their assignments. The decision to embark on the 2-week break was taken at a closed session of the Senate, which lasted for almost an hour. Members of the 9th Senate had their first sitting on Thursday, after their inauguration on Tuesday. The Senate adhoc committee on welfare has 10 other members including Senators Jibrin Barau (APC, Kano), Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger), Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra), Betty Apiafi (PDP, Rivers), Chukw...
Senator Obinna Ogba Says Abacha Was ‘A Good Man’
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Senator Obinna Ogba Says Abacha Was ‘A Good Man’

A Nigerian senator Thursday said the country’s late despot Sani Abacha was a good man. Abacha ruled Nigeria with an iron fist from 1993 until his death in 1998. Apart from stifling dissenting voices, the late maximum ruler is suspected to have embezzled $2.2 billion from Nigeria’s central bank in what the United States has called “brazen acts of kleptocracy”. About N82 billion traced to him was only recently recovered from a bank account in Jersey. But Obinna Ogba, representing Ebonyi Central district insisted that the Abacha was better than some present Nigerian leaders. “Abacha is a very good man, no matter what they are saying about him,” Ogba said during the valedictory of the Nigerian Senate. “People are condemning him today are worse. Things that he did not do b...
Nigerian Senate Passes Bill Recognizing June 12 As ‘Democracy Day’
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Nigerian Senate Passes Bill Recognizing June 12 As ‘Democracy Day’

The Nigerian Senate has passed the Public Holiday Act Amendment Bill to recognise June 12 as the new Democracy Day. The bill was passed almost one year after President Buhari announced that the date would replace May 29 for Nigerians to commemorate the return to the civilian government. While some members of the National Assembly had criticised the President that Democracy Day cannot be changed by just a declaration, others commended his decision. President Buhari’s declaration was later approved in the Senate by an act of parliament after the lawmakers considered the bill seeking to amend the Public Holiday Act on Thursday. The bill, which is in concurrence with that of the House of Representatives, will now be forwarded to the President for assent. President Buhari had on June...
Ignore Senate, Abuja-kaduna Highway Now Safe For Travellers – El-rufai Tells Nigerians
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Ignore Senate, Abuja-kaduna Highway Now Safe For Travellers – El-rufai Tells Nigerians

Representative Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has expelled the affirmation by the Nigerian Senate that the Abuja-Kaduna thruway is the most dangerous streets in the nation, saying that the road is presently alright for voyagers. El-Rufai expressed this when he tended to State House reporters after a shut entryway meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Estate, Abuja on Monday. The Senate had on May 8 portrayed the Abuja-Kaduna parkway as the most hazardous street in Africa because of the exercises of hijackers and outfitted marauders working on the turnpike. Sen. Shehu Sani, speaking to Kaduna Focal Senatorial Locale, had, while adding to a movement on "Earnest need to build the number of mentors on the Abuja-Kaduna railroad line" named the previously menti...
Ben Bruce Laments About The Rejection Of His Bill For Electric Cars In Nigeria
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Ben Bruce Laments About The Rejection Of His Bill For Electric Cars In Nigeria

Recently, the Nigerian Senate rejected the Electric Car Bill proposed by Senator Ben-Murray Bruce. The bill with the objective of phasing out the use of petroleum/diesel vehicles by 2035 and have them replaced by electric cars. The bill was first read on April 10th. However, it was never approved for a second reading because the Senate considered it irrelevant. According to Senator Ben-Murray, the introduction of electric cars in the country will help Nigeria actualize a clean energy policy, encourage the use of modern technology, de-emphasize on oil consumption, and also reduce air pollution. Earlier today, Senator Ben Bruce took to Twitter to lament the rejection of the bill in a tweet he captioned: “This is the reality in the world today. Electric cars are outselling ...
Senate Pass 2019 Budget, Adds Extra Figures
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Senate Pass 2019 Budget, Adds Extra Figures

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed the 2019 budget presented to it by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2018. Correspondent at the Assembly Complex reports that the sum of N86 billion was added to the N8.83 trillion proposed by Buhari. This brings the budget to a total sum of N8.916 trillion. The budget was passed after Senator Danjuma Goje, Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriations, presented a report on the floor of the House Tuesday afternoon.
Senate Passes Power Sector Reform Act Amendment Bill
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Senate Passes Power Sector Reform Act Amendment Bill

The Nigerian Senate has passed the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019. This followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development, and Metallurgy, during plenary on Tuesday. The report was presented by the committee chairman and lawmaker representing Abia-South senatorial district, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.
Senator Ben Bruce Presented Two Important Bills To Nigerian Senate Today
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Senator Ben Bruce Presented Two Important Bills To Nigerian Senate Today

The Nigerian Senator and CEO of Siverbird TV has presented the Nigerian Senate with two important bills to look into. He went further to state the objectives of the act. See what he wrote... The Objectives of this Act are to; (a) Comply with the clean energy policy. (b) Encourage the use of modern technology, (c) De-emphasise on oil consumption, (d) Reduce air pollution.
Nigerian Senate To Reconvene Next Week – INEC Chairman
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Nigerian Senate To Reconvene Next Week – INEC Chairman

The National Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has disclosed that the commission was assured that the Senate could reconvene next week to consider its budget for the 2019 elections. Yakubu said this while responding to questions from journalists after a meeting with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in the Senate building in Abuja, on Wednesday. He said “The most important thing to say is INEC was invited to meet with the National Assembly leadership on how the proposed budget for the 2019 elections can be speedily considered and appropriated by the National Assembly. “We have been assured of speedy passage of the budget perhaps as early as next week, N242bn is the total ...
Senate To Amend Constitution To Allow State Police
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Senate To Amend Constitution To Allow State Police

The debate on whether a state government-controlled police force, popularly referred to as the state police, would be beneficial to the country has been going on for years. The Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday, began making moves to see to the creation of the state police. According to The Cable, the Senate directed its constitution review committee to begin the process of amending the constitution to allow for the creation of the state police. The Senate President Bukola Saraki had lamented the killings in Plateau State that left over 100 dead. Jonah Jang, a Plateau State senator, had raised a motion, calling the attention of the senators to the killings. Saraki, speaking on the killings, said they had advised the executive arm of government on how to fight the insecurity. He sa...
Dear Nigerian Senate, Its Time To Stop Barking And Bite – K-Solo
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Dear Nigerian Senate, Its Time To Stop Barking And Bite – K-Solo

Music producer, K-Solo just shared his thoughts on the on-going battle between the Nigerian Senate and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris who refused to honour the senate's invitation for the third time yesterday. According to K-solo, 'Dear @NGRSenate, I'm sorry its Time to STOP Barking & Bite. Your office has bein viewed irrelevant. If you had commenced the impeachment of President @MBuhari for violating the constitution, IGP Idris would have come to wait for you before you resume work. Enough of English'.
The IG’s Failure To Appear Before Senate Is A Threat To Democracy – Bukola Saraki
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The IG’s Failure To Appear Before Senate Is A Threat To Democracy – Bukola Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has condemned the failure of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to appear before the Senate, describing it as a threat to the nation’s democracy. Saraki said since Nigeria returned to democracy, no IGP has failed to show up before the Senate after being summoned. He likened failure of the IGP to appear before Senate to his alleged refusal to follow President Buhari’s order to relocate to Benue State saying “I don’t want us to labour too much on this issue. Being the Upper Chamber, at times, we must show maturity and statesmanship. Anybody who knows that this action cannot be right. We are not a Senate in Committee. We are a Senate in plenary. The IG has said that he cannot come. He wants to delegate it to a junior to come. Since we returned...
Thugs Who Invade National Assembly, Stole Senate’s Mace Finally Arrested & Placed In Handcuffs
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Thugs Who Invade National Assembly, Stole Senate’s Mace Finally Arrested & Placed In Handcuffs

According to confirmed reports, the thugs who invaded the Nigerian Senate earlier yesterday and stole its mace have been identified. The five suspects have been arrested by the FCT police command after they brazenly broke into the chambers of the National assembly and forcefully escaped with the Mace, the symbol of authority of the nation’s legislature. The criminals were reportedly led into the Red Chambers by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, are all from Delta State. The names are: Peter Orede from Warri South LGA Blessing Edjeke from Abraka In Ethiope East LGA Tuoyo Mabiaku from Warri North Local Government Area Lucky Okomu from Oghara in Ethiope West LGA Prince Enayemo from Ughelli South LGA
BREAKING! Court Approves Kogi State Senator, Dino Melaye’s Recall To Continue
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BREAKING! Court Approves Kogi State Senator, Dino Melaye’s Recall To Continue

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has ruled that the recall process initiated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recall Senator Dino Melaye from the Nigerian Senate has to be restarted after it was initially paused when the Senator filed an appeal against a Federal High Court ordering the recall to go on. In a  unanimous decision this earlier today, the court dismissed the appeal filed by Melaye against the judgment of the Federal High Court delivered last year. The appellate struck out the suit filed at the court on the ground that there was no cause of action and the federal high that initially adjudicated the case lacked jurisdiction and ought not to have entertained the case in the first place. INEC is yet to issue a statement relating to the date ...
Bukola Saraki Invites Emmanuella To The Nigerian Senate
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Bukola Saraki Invites Emmanuella To The Nigerian Senate

Nigerian Senate President, in person of Dr. Bukola Saraki has invited popular comedienne, Emmanuella Samuel, to the chambers of the senate, to discuss with her team on how the senate can develop the many potentials of the country’s young talents in the creative industry. This was made known after the comedienne made headlines for her role in a Disney Hollywood movie. Recall Emmanuella, via her official Instagram handle, officialemanuella wrote; “Thanks @disneystudios God bless everyone whose support has added to bringing us here. I never dreamed of being here so soon. I miss Success. I love you all”, while sharing a photo of herself on set with Disney production crew. In view of Emmanuella’s write-up, Saraki wrote, “Congratulations Emmanuella, Make sure you make them laugh over th...
Egotistical Senate Versus Hameed Ali And The Rest Of Us, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo
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Egotistical Senate Versus Hameed Ali And The Rest Of Us, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Big egos are a big part of the human nature. As man is naturally a political animal, egos are a big part of politics. Outside politics, egos are in high supply. In board rooms and the rest of the corporate world, for example, ego clashes are fueled by intellection and the contestation of ideas — by the unwillingness of a first-grade intellectual to think anybody else can possess a superior idea to his or her’s. The basis for this ego, though no less destructive, is understandable. But there’s a very caustic, fetid kind of ego — the one motivated by money and power. In the Nigerian Senate, there is an abundance of it. Twice last week, a couple of senators supplied the evidence.   Let’s start with the latter. On Tuesday, a security aide of Abiodun Olujimi, a PDP senator represe...
Don’t Use Me To Fight My Father, Iyabo Blasts Buhari’s Apologists
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Don’t Use Me To Fight My Father, Iyabo Blasts Buhari’s Apologists

Senator Iyabo Obasanjo, first child of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has blasted apologists of the Muhammadu Buhari administration for recycling an old and settled issue with her father in defence of the former president’s stinging rebuke of the incumbent administration. Iyabo Obasanjo In a strongly worded statement issued from her Virginia, United States base, Senator Obasanjo flayed the Buhari administration for dodging the fundamental issues of bad governance raised in the statement issued by her father, Dr. Obasanjo last Tuesday. Instead of drawing wisdom from the letter issued by her father, she expressed dismay at what she described as the cheap tactic of the Buhari apologists in drawing unconnected issues to run away from the “advice and admonishment of one of the most brilli...
Senate Responds To Tunde Bakare’s Attack On Buhari, Insists President Has Not Failed
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Senate Responds To Tunde Bakare’s Attack On Buhari, Insists President Has Not Failed

The Nigerian Senate has reacted to a statement credited to Senior Pastor of Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, where he claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has failed.   DAILY POST recalls that Pastor Bakare, on Monday attacked Buhari over corruption and unemployment rate in the country. Reacting, Spokesman to the senate, Senator Sabi Abdullahi told Channels Tv that Buhari has performed very well and has not failed Nigerians compared to the problems his government inherited from PDP administration. “Pastor Tunde Bakare is totally entitled to his opinion and he has voiced his opinion but as far as I am concerned, APC has not failed. “The number of years we have spent, looking at the problems we met on the ground, I think we are doing very well in...
2017: Sad Year In Nigeria’s Health Sector; Over 1,000 Die From Preventable Diseases
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2017: Sad Year In Nigeria’s Health Sector; Over 1,000 Die From Preventable Diseases

Nigeria started 2017 with the news of outbreak of Meningitis which lasted for months and was followed by other rare and uncommon diseases. There were also new policies and the launch of primary health care centres to improve the health sector. During the year, doctors and health workers also embarked on strikes, while many global health reports were released. PREMIUM TIMES compiles some of the major health events that headlined 2017. 1,166 people died of meningitis in six months Between December 2016 and June 23, 2017, a total of 1,166 people died as a result of meningitis outbreak in the country. Children between five to 14 years were most affected accounting for 6,791 cases out of a total 14,513 cases reported in 24 states. Zamfara was the most affected state in terms o...
Nigeria President Buhari Appoints New Grand Kadi Of Sharia Court Of Appeal
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Nigeria President Buhari Appoints New Grand Kadi Of Sharia Court Of Appeal

Current update as the confirmation of Ibrahim Rufai Imam as the new Grand Kadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Federal Capital Territory, has been requested by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Nigerian Senate. Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso moves for the approval of votes and proceedings of Tuesday 5th December, 2017. Senator Duro Faseyi seconds. The president made this request through a letter to the Senate on Tuesday. The letter reads, “In accordance with the provision of section 261 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, I have the pleasure of forwarding the appointment of Ibrahim Rufai Imam as Grand Khadi of Sharia Court of Appeal, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja for confirmation. “Please accept Mr. President the assurances of my h...
All Nigerian Leaders Should Be Tested For Drug Abuse – Emir Sanusi
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All Nigerian Leaders Should Be Tested For Drug Abuse – Emir Sanusi

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, has called for a law to compel Nigerian political and religious leaders, including lawmakers, governors and traditional rulers, to undertake drug test. The emir made the call as he accused the leaders of condoning the use of illegal substances by their body guards and thugs. “Anybody who elements of drugs abuse is found in him should quickly resign his position because he is not fit to hold (public) position,” Mr. Sanusi said on Monday in Kano. He was speaking at the Senate Roundtable on Drugs Abuse Epidemic in Nigeria, organised by the Nigerian Senate. He said it was hypocritical and amounts to mere talk for “a governor or senator or any big political office holder” to speak against drug abuse in society while having “highly drugged thugs as...
Senate Passes NFIA Bill Which Limits EFCC’s Powers
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Senate Passes NFIA Bill Which Limits EFCC’s Powers

The Senate has passed the bill to establish to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency thus implementing the first step in pulling the country’s financial intelligence unit out of the control of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.The bill was passed after it was read for the third time today, just the fourth legislative day since it was first initiated last Thursday.The bill was earlier referred to the committee on anti-corruption on Tuesday. However, without the usual public hearing, organised to consider opinions of concerned parties on any public related subject, the report of the committee was presented on Wednesday and the bill passed on Thursday, Premium Times reports.
The New Age Qualification To Run For A Political Office In Nigeria By Senate
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The New Age Qualification To Run For A Political Office In Nigeria By Senate

This is new age qualification to run for a political office as approved by the Nigerian Senate during the constitution review exercise yesterday. Before now, a person must be at least 40 years of age to be elected President or Vice President, 35 to Be a Senator or State Governor, and 30 to be a Representative in parliament.
Senate Passes Whistleblower Protection Bill
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Senate Passes Whistleblower Protection Bill

The Senate on today passed the Whistleblower Protection Bill. The Bill, which seeks to encourage and facilitate the disclosures of improper conduct by public officers and public bodies was presented by the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, chaired by Senator David Umaru, the member representing Niger East in the 8th National Assembly. The Bill also seeks to ensure that persons who make disclosures and persons who may suffer reprisals in relation to such disclosures are protected under the law. It specifies who is qualified to make disclosure of improper conduct; the procedure for making disclosures; and the protection due to the ‘whistleblowers.’ According to the newly passed Bill, a person who makes a disclosure shall not be subject to victimization by his or her ...
EFCC To Ekweremadu: We’ll Arrest You If You’ve Gone On Looting Spree
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EFCC To Ekweremadu: We’ll Arrest You If You’ve Gone On Looting Spree

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has denied the allegation by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Wednesday that there were plots by the Commission to set him up by planting monies and guns in his Enugu residence. Ekweremadu said that he was tipped off about the purported plot by an “EFCC covert investigative journalist” privy to the design. He said the agency had secured a warrant and plans to storm his home on May 6, 2017 under the guise that it was working on information provided by a whistle blower regarding huge amount of money in the apartment. He said going by the script of the plot, he is to be arrested, detained for three weeks and charged to court, while his constituents would be mobilized to protest and seek his recall from the National Assembly. But ...
Suspended SGF Lawal Absent As Senate Committee Vows To Submit Their Report
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Suspended SGF Lawal Absent As Senate Committee Vows To Submit Their Report

The suspended Secretary to the Federal Government SGF Babachir Lawal was on Thursday absent at the Nigerian Senate ad-hoc committee on Northeast as members commenced an investigative hearing into circumstances surrounding his suspension The Committee had on Wednesday sent a letter to Lawal inviting him to appear before it today for questioning over allegations of fraud levelled against him. The lawmakers gave Lawal up till 12noon and went into a closed session but he failed to appear. He was said to have chased officials who went to deliver an invitation to him even as he absented himself from the investigative hearing. Due to his conspicuous absence, the Senate Ad-hoc Committee vowed to submit its final report at the plenary next week.

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