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Declare state of emergency on deplorable roads in Nigeria – Senate tells Buhari
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Declare state of emergency on deplorable roads in Nigeria – Senate tells Buhari

Irked by the deplorable conditions of roads in many parts of the country, the Senate has called on the federal government to immediately declare a state of emergency on federal roads and improve its funding for their maintenance. Specifically, the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday urged the Federal Ministry of Finance to, as a matter of urgency, release adequate funds to the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA for the purpose of carrying out emergency repairs on all federal roads in the country. It also urged the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to immediately introduce weight bridges on relevant portions of all federal highways to check overloading of trucks and tankers beyond the engineers lead bearing capacity of such roads. These resolutions were sequel to a “Motion...
Why I became medical doctor – Saraki
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Why I became medical doctor – Saraki

Former President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has revealed why he became a medical doctor. Saraki said that he became a medical doctor to follow in the footsteps of his father, the late Second Republic Majority Leader of the Senate Senator Olusola Abubakar Saraki, who was fondly called ‘Oloye’ by his friends and supporters. Speaking at the 2021 International Health Summit, organized by the Nigerian Medical Students Association (NiMSA) the former Governor of Kwara State emphasized that being a medical doctor, was about serving the people in the community. He noted that he is inspired by the next generation of medical professionals, especially the doctors that he met and interacted with at the International Health Summit. “In my family, being a medical doctor has always...
APC can’t give Igbo’s presidency, not set to manage Nigeria properly – Abaribe
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APC can’t give Igbo’s presidency, not set to manage Nigeria properly – Abaribe

The Senate Minority Leader, Eyinnaya Abaribe, has insisted that the All Progressives Congress, APC, would not allow the Southeast to produce its 2023 presidential candidate. Abaribe said only his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, can produce an Igbo President in 2023. In an interview on Channels Television, the PDP chieftain said the APC was not set up to manage Nigeria properly. Commenting on the possibility of an Igbo President in 2023, Abaribe said, “The man who the shoe pinches know where it hurts. The Igbos are the people in Nigeria who make conscious efforts of setting anywhere else without hurting their host. “At any point, you have never heard that they kill and maim their host so they know how to aggregate everybody’s feelings, their customs, their laws, their ...
Rustification for one semester – Adekunle Ajasin University announce penalty for indecent dressing
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Rustification for one semester – Adekunle Ajasin University announce penalty for indecent dressing

The Senate of the Adekunle Ajasin University in Ondo state has announced a one-semester rustification as the penalty for any student caught dressing indecently. In a memo released earlier this month, the school authorities listed acts of indecent dressing to include wearing of skimpy skirts and blouses, leaving the cleavages open by female students, and wearing of braids or dreadlocks, earrings, nose rings, tattered jeans and sagging by some male students. According to the memo, the decision to penalize indecent dressing was taken during the school's senate meeting on August 25. See a copy of the memo below
Former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, Dies at 74
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Former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, Dies at 74

A former Plateau Central Senator and deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ibrahim Nasiru Mantu, is dead. He was 74 years old. Late Mantu died in the early hours of Tuesday, August 17 at a private hospital in Abuja after nine days of sickness and isolation. In 2001 he was elected Deputy Senate President under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a position he held till 2007. Mantu, who hails from Gindiri District in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, worked in various establishments before joining politics He will be buried by 2pm today. May his soul rest in peace, Amen.
Senate OKs Dems’ $3.5T budget in latest win for Biden
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Senate OKs Dems’ $3.5T budget in latest win for Biden

Democrats pushed a $3.5 trillion framework for bolstering family services, health, and environment programs through the Senate early Wednesday, advancing President Joe Biden’s expansive vision for reshaping federal priorities just hours after handing him a companion triumph on a hefty infrastructure package. Lawmakers approved Democrats’ budget resolution on a party-line 50-49 vote, a crucial step for a president and party set on training the government’s fiscal might on assisting families, creating jobs and fighting climate change. Higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations would pay for much of it. Passage came despite an avalanche of Republican amendments intended to make their rivals pay a price in next year’s elections for control of Congress. House leaders announced their...
EFCC Arrests Ex-Senate President, Saraki Over Renewed Allegations Of Corruption
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EFCC Arrests Ex-Senate President, Saraki Over Renewed Allegations Of Corruption

A former president of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The ex lawmaker is in EFCC custody over allegations of theft and money laundering, according to PREMIUM TIMES. Mr Saraki, a former Kwara State governor, was detained on Saturday, sources familiar with the development said, a situation that may trigger another episode of troubles for the politician. As senate president between 2015 and 2019, Mr Saraki spent a considerable time facing allegations of corruption and false declaration of assets. He was acquitted by the Supreme Court in June 2018. However, in his new case with the EFCC, PREMIUM TIMES understands, Mr Saraki is to answer questions over alleged theft and laundering of public funds using a netw...
Subjecting INEC power to NCC is unconstitutional – Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal
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Subjecting INEC power to NCC is unconstitutional – Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal

Governor of Sokoto State, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, has said that the decision of the Senate to subject INECs constitutional power to conduct elections to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and National Assembly is patently unconstitutional. Tambuwal, who is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, said INEC's constitutional power to conduct and manage elections should not be shared with any institution. “For the avoidance of doubt, S.78 of the Constitution provides that The Registration of voters and the conduct of elections shall be subject to the direction and supervision of Independent National Electoral Commission’.” Tambuwal said in a statement released on Thursday, July 15. “In the Third Schedule, Part 1,F, S.15: INEC has the power to organize, undertake ...
“Ridiculous” – Dino Melaye Reacts to Senate Rejection of Electronic Vote Transmission
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“Ridiculous” – Dino Melaye Reacts to Senate Rejection of Electronic Vote Transmission

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

The senate has announced that the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has established a centre where artificial intelligence and robots would be deployed to fight crime and criminality in Nigeria. The disclosure was made during the consideration of a report titled: “The spate of growing insecurity in Nigeria,” presented by the Chairman of its Joint Committee on Legislative Compliance and Communications, Adelere Oriolowo at plenary on Wednesday July 14. Oriowo said the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) registration exercise initiated by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy which makes the provision of the National Identity Number (NIN) compulsory has reduced tremendously the use of phones by kidnappers for negotiations. He also claimed that the ear...
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.    
Senate approves President Buhari’s N2.3 trillion loan request
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Senate approves President Buhari’s N2.3 trillion loan request

President Muhammadu Buhari's request to borrow N2.3 trillion (about $6.183 billion) to fund the deficit in the 2021 Appropriation Act, has been approved by the senate. The approval came after a report by the Committee on Local and Foreign Debts chaired by Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP, Edo) was considered. Presenting the report, Ordia said the request is not new as it was approved in the borrowing plan when the national assembly passed the 2021 budget. He said;   “What we are about to pass is not a new borrowing, it has been approved in the 2021 budget." After the loan was approved, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the national assembly must make sure that there are no frivolous expenditures by the executive. Lawan said;   “Let me thank the committee, this is...
Senate confirms Yahaya as Chief of Army Staff
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Senate confirms Yahaya as Chief of Army Staff

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff. The confirmation came on Tuesday June 22, weeks after President Buhari announced the appointment of General Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff following the death of Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru in a plane crash near Kaduna International Airport. Yahaya was confirmed following the consideration of the report of its joint committee on Defence and Army led by senators Aliyu Wamakko and Ali Ndume.
Senate sets to clear Lauretta Onochie as INEC National Commissioner
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Senate sets to clear Lauretta Onochie as INEC National Commissioner

The Senate on Wednesday referred the name of the Special Assistant on Social Media to the President, Lauretta Onochie, to its Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for screening as a National Commissioner of INEC representing Delta State. This is coming about eight months after President Muhammdu Buhari forwarded Onochie’s name and five other nominees to the Senate for confirmation. Onochie’s nomination had generated controversy with critical stakeholders arguing her choice was not in order in view of her alleged ‘partisanship and identification’ with the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Awww! Senate observes one minute silence to honour TB Joshua
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Awww! Senate observes one minute silence to honour TB Joshua

The Senate today observed a minute silence in honour of the late Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Joshua, who died on Saturday at the age of 57. The Deputy Leader of the Senate, Professor Ajayi Boroffice, who is also the Senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District, drew the attention of his colleagues to the death of the late prophet. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, prayed for the repose of the soul of the late prophet and for God to grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Insecurity: Smart Adeyemi Weeps On Senate Floor
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Insecurity: Smart Adeyemi Weeps On Senate Floor

The lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district, Senator Smart Adeyemi, has decried the rate of insecurity in the land. In the video above, the lawmaker is seen contributing to a motion on insecurity on Tuesday in the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital. “This is the worst instability we are facing; in fact, this is worse than the civil war. We cannot pretend that we are capable of confronting the situation in our hand,” an emotional Adeyemi lamented as he addressed his colleagues present at the plenary. He added, “The nation is on fire, the President must rise to the occasion. We cannot keep quiet any longer. “It has gotten to a point that we cannot sleep with our two eyes closed. Our children are not free.” He acknowledged that...
Pantami’s Case Portrays Screenings By SSS, Senate As Charade – Premium Times
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Pantami’s Case Portrays Screenings By SSS, Senate As Charade – Premium Times

The Senate/SSS screenings are compulsory checks before a nominated public officer assumes office, but Nigerians have argued that they are a waste of taxpayers’ funds. How did a man who was vociferous in his support for terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Taliban and who considered Osama bin Laden “a better Muslim than myself” scale the screenings of Nigerian lawmakers and the country’s State Security Service (SSS) to become a public officer? First as the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency and later the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy? Ali Isa Pantami, 48, has been in the eye of the storm since last week after videos of his preaching about 20 years ago surfaced online. The trigger was a publication by a local newspaper t...
Senate Mulls Converting Yabatech, Ilaro Poly To Universities
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Senate Mulls Converting Yabatech, Ilaro Poly To Universities

In its commitment to opening access to higher education in the country, the Senate is poised to upgrade the Federal Polytechnics, Ilaro and Yaba College of Technology, Yaba to universities of technology as well as grant legal status to the Nigeria French Village, Badagry. To this end, a public hearing for three bills sponsored by Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) was held at the National Assembly on Thursday. Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita, the Chairman Senate Committee of Tertiary Institution and TETFUND at the hearing said upgrading the two institutions would go a long way in calibrating the spread of educational infrastructure and balance access to education among the diverse of Nigeria. He added that the passage of the inter-university centre for the French language in B...
Senate Moves To Cut Cement Prices
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Senate Moves To Cut Cement Prices

A move to cut the skyrocketing costs of cement began yesterday at the National Assembly. The Senate urged the Federal Government to introduce liberal policies to stimulate more investment in the manufacturing of the product. The upper chamber said such policies should include provision of industrial and larger tax incentives to encourage local investments in cement production in Nigeria. The resolution was sequel to the consideration of a motion titled: “Need for liberalisation of cement policy in Nigeria”, sponsored by Senator Ashiru Oyelola Yisa and five others. The co-sponsors of the motion are: Senators Muhammad Enagi Bima (Niger South); Adelere Adeyemi Oriolowo (Osun West); Samuel Egwu (Ebonyi North); Kabiru Gaya (Kano South) and Michael Nnachi (Ebonyi South). In his l...
Senate Probes CCT Chairman, Umar Over Alleged Assault
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Senate Probes CCT Chairman, Umar Over Alleged Assault

The Senate on Tuesday referred a petition against chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Danladi Umar over alleged assault on a guard, Clement Sagwak, at Banex Plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja. The incident occurred on March 29, 2021. Sagwak had also petitioned the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to probe the incident. Senator Istifanus Gyang (Plateau North) submitted a petition on the incident to the Senate on behalf of his constituent, Sagwak. Sagwak, had in his petition dated April 9 2021 and signed by his lawyer, Samuel Ihensekhien, accused the CCT chairman of abuse of power, assault, torture, and ‘xenophobia’. A viral five- minute video captured Umar and the guard having an altercation at the plaza. Sagwak, 22, and an employee of Jul Reliable Guards Services ...
Autonomy For Judiciary Non-Negotiable – Senate Tells Governors
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Autonomy For Judiciary Non-Negotiable – Senate Tells Governors

Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, made the call while answering questions from reporters in Abuja. Bamidele said it is laughable to be grappling with judicial autonomy at this stage of the nation’s development. The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) had declared an industrial action and nationwide protests to compel governors to obey the 1999 constitution (as amended) and Executive Order 10 which granted autonomy to judiciary in the country. While responding to a question, Opeyemi said: “It is laughable that at this point, we are still grappling with the need to grant independence to the judiciary arm of government at the state and local government levels. “The National Assembly has been making laws that...
Senate Confirms Halilu Shaba As NASRDA DG
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Senate Confirms Halilu Shaba As NASRDA DG

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Dr. Halilu Shaba as the Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency. The red chamber gave the approval following the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology at plenary in Abuja, chaired by Senator Uche Ekwunife. The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, asked the Senate to confirm Shaba as DG NASRDA. In the letter, Buhari urged the lawmakers to give his request an accelerated consideration. Shaba had been in acting capacity as DG of the agency following the expiration of the two-term tenure of Professor Seidu Mohammed in June 2020. The Agency had earlier, on July 2, 2019, announced the appointment of Mr Jonathan...
Youths Who Engage In Thuggery Shouldn’t Ask For Democratic Dividends – Orji Kalu
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Youths Who Engage In Thuggery Shouldn’t Ask For Democratic Dividends – Orji Kalu

Chief Whip of the Senate and Senator representing Abia North, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has asked youths who make themselves available for thuggery and election manipulation to stop asking for democratic dividends, saying they lack the moral justification to demand such. While accusing some youths of constituting a challenge to democracy, the former Abia governor while addressing constituents in Arochukwu recently urged them to make themselves instruments of democratic consolidation and growth. He expressed sadness that some youths mortgage their future and that of others when they receive stipends for the purpose of disrupting electoral process. "People should be ashamed that they are still doing thuggery. Then why are you crying for democratic dividends? "You should not ask for ...
Senate Wants Doctors Held Responsible For Any Dead Patient
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Senate Wants Doctors Held Responsible For Any Dead Patient

The Senate Committee on Health has faulted the strike embarked upon by resident doctors, asking Nigerians to hold the doctors responsible if any patient dies on account of the strike. Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Oloriegbe, said this during a public hearing on the ‘Federal Medical Centre, Mubi, Adamawa State (Establishment) Bill, 2021’ sponsored by Senator Aishatu Ahmed (Binani).According to him, the National Assembly made every effort to avert the strike, to no avail. “We had a marathon meeting on March 21 and agreed on all the issues that were raised by the resident doctors,” he said, adding that three germane issues, including the payment of salary to house officers, were the major reasons they wanted to go on strike. “The second one was what they claimed to be paymen...
Missing $9.5m: Senate Gives Emefiele 72 Hours To Honour Invitation
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Missing $9.5m: Senate Gives Emefiele 72 Hours To Honour Invitation

Senate Committee on Public Accounts on Monday gave Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Godwin Emefiele, 72 hours to appear it over the alleged disappearance of $9.5million interest that accrued from Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) investment Chairman of the Committee, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, had complained that the principal sum deposited, tenor, and rate of interest on the transaction were shrouded in secrecy. Petroleum Profit tax (PPT) is a tax applicable to upstream operations in the oil industry. It is particularly related to rents, royalties, margins, and profit-sharing elements associated with oil mining, prospecting, and exploration leases. Urhoghide said there were many issues Emefiele needed to respond to corroborate some statements of account. He added that the apex ba...
Senate Moves To Whittle Down IGP’s Powers, Decentralises Police Structure
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Senate Moves To Whittle Down IGP’s Powers, Decentralises Police Structure

The new bill titled ‘The Nigeria Police Act 2020 (Amendment) Bill, 2021’, was sponsored by Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru (APC, Osun). According to the sponsor, the bill seeks to enhance the operational capacity of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) through the removal of constraints of funds and whittling down the over-centralisation of the command structure of the police force. This is coming six months after President Muhammadu Buhari assented to the Nigeria Police Bill 2020, on September 16, which repealed the Police Act Cap. P19 Laws of the Federation, 2004. The amendment seeks to decentralize the police command structure with operational and budgetary powers vested in the zonal offices. The bill also seeks to establish a zonal security advisory council and state securi...
Easter Celebration: Senate Adjourns Plenary By Three Weeks
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Easter Celebration: Senate Adjourns Plenary By Three Weeks

The Senate on Wednesday said it will proceed on a three-week Easter break from Thursday. The lawmakers would however be holding committee meetings within the 19 days Easter break. Senate President Ahmad Lawan stated this at the end of plenary on Wednesday. Lawan said that the break would commence Thursday and last till Tuesday, April 13, 2021.   Senate adjourns Plenary to Tuesday, 13th April, 2021. #GavelBangs #TodayInSenatePlenary
APC Senators Block Bill To Make Appointment Of Service Chiefs Independent
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APC Senators Block Bill To Make Appointment Of Service Chiefs Independent

The Senate saw some controversy at its session on Wednesday as lawmakers disagreed over the constitutionality of the proposed Armed Forces Service Commission Bill. The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe, proposes that the appointment of the service chiefs will be subject to the recommendations of the proposed commission. The bill seeks to establish the Armed Forces Services Commission to ensure that the composition/appointment of service chiefs of the armed forces of the federation reflects the federal character of Nigeria in the manner prescribed in section 217 (3) of the 1999 Constitution. The debate on the bill split the house as senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress opposed the bill. During a voice vote, the bill was rejected. Senat...
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 ...
Senate To Probe Governor’s Role In ₦6.25 Billion NDDC Palliative Scam
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Senate To Probe Governor’s Role In ₦6.25 Billion NDDC Palliative Scam

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, on Tuesday, said it would extend its N6.2bn Covid-19 palliative fund probe to the nine governors of the Niger Delta region, who were said to have collected N100m each from the Niger Delta Development Commission. The committee has also given the Sole Administrator of the NDDC, Effiong Akwa, 48-hour grace to produce members of the Prof. Daniel Pondei-led interim committee of the agency or risk arrest. The panel had on February 22 resolved that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, be contacted by the executive arm of government through the Senate leadership to produce Pondei and his team before the Ethics Committee on March 9. Briefing journalists on the issue on Tuesday, the Chairman of the panel, Senat...
Senate Mandates FERMA To Fix Lagos-Ota Expressway
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Senate Mandates FERMA To Fix Lagos-Ota Expressway

The red chamber also asked the Ministry to include further funding for the reconstruction of the Express road in the next Appropriation Bill. The resolution was a sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Solomon Adeola and seven others during plenary. The motion is titled, “Urgent need for palliative repairs and total reconstruction of Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Express Road”. Moving the motion, Adeola said that over the years, the state of disrepair of major roads in the country had been a cause for concern for all patriotic Nigerians. He said that the vast stretches of the once motorable and ultra-busy Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Express Road had totally collapsed without any sign or signal for palliative repairs, rehabilitation or reconstruction from agencies charged with road maintenance...
Senate Moves To Create University Of Health And Medical Sciences In Suleja
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Senate Moves To Create University Of Health And Medical Sciences In Suleja

The Senate, on Wednesday, passed for second reading, a bill seeking to establish the National University of Health and Medical Sciences in Suleja, Niger State. In his lead debate, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa (APC, Niger East), who sponsored the bill, said the establishment of the institution had become imperative to create more access to higher health and medical studies in view of the large number of qualified candidates, who are annually stranded in their failed attempt in gaining admission into higher institutions in the state. He said the establishment of the National University of Health and Medical Sciences would encourage the advancement of learning, as well as develop and offer academic and professional programmes leading to the award of diplomas, first degrees, postgradua...
Kinsmen Move To Recall Okorocha From Senate
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Kinsmen Move To Recall Okorocha From Senate

These are obviously not the best of times for the former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, who is presently fighting the political battle of his life in his home state. Okorocha’s kinsmen, under the platform of Orlu Political Consultative Assembly (OPOCA), have commenced massive mobilizing across the 12 council areas of Imo West, which Okorocha represents at the Senate, with a view to recalling the embattled former governor from the National Assembly. Last Monday, major stakeholders in the zone comprising the traditional rulers, Elders’ Council and the 12 Interim Management Committee (IMC) Chairmen presiding over the 12 LGAs in the Orlu Senatorial District (Imo West), gave teeth to the recall process when they openly endorsed the action. Rising from a consultativ...
Senate Confirms The Appointment Of New Service Chiefs
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Senate Confirms The Appointment Of New Service Chiefs

1. Report of the Committee on Defence Confirmation of the Nomination for Appointment as Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs for the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by Senator Aliyu Wamakko The nomination of Maj. General Lucky Eluonye Onyenucheya Irabor is CONFIRMED as Chief of Defence Staff The nomination of Maj. General Ibrahim Attahiru is CONFIRMED as Chief of Army Staff The nomination of Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo is CONFIRMED as Chief of Naval Staff The nomination of Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao is CONFIRMED as Chief of Air Staff. “Congratulations to them. There was so much calls for the replacement of the former service chiefs and the President did that." - @DrAhmadLawan "Let me take this opportunity to thank the former Service Chief...
Police Funding: Senate Approves ₦1.3 Billion For Teargas, ₦10 Billion For Others
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Police Funding: Senate Approves ₦1.3 Billion For Teargas, ₦10 Billion For Others

The Senate on Wednesday approved N11.3 billion (11,352,457,101.70) as the budget of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) for the 2020 fiscal year. About N1.3 billion (1,362,814,243) of the amount was allocated for the procurement of teargas. About N1 billion was allocated for the procurement of arms and ammunition. The approval was a sequel to the consideration and adoption of the harmonised report of the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Jika, presented the report. Breakdown Of The Budget * Provision of specialised/operational vehicle double cabinet-pick-up van for patrol – N7,600,000,000 * Procurement of arms and ammunitions – N1,000,000,000 * Procurement of personnel protect...
Abductions: Senate Probes FG’s $20m Safe School Initiative Fund
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Abductions: Senate Probes FG’s $20m Safe School Initiative Fund

The Senate urged the Federal Government to collaborate with states and local governments to urgently design and implement a workable arrangement to deploy well-armed security teams around all schools in Nigeria. It also mandated its Committees on Basic and Tertiary Education to investigate the use of the $20m Safe School Initiative Fund launched in 2014 during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. This was sequel to a motion on “Urgent need for the Restoration and Revalidation of the Safe School Initiative in Nigeria”, sponsored by Senator Adi Odey Stephen (Cross River North). The Safe School Initiative was launched with support from the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown to ensure schools are protected and spaces safe for childr...
Senate Confirms Buratai, Olonisakin, Others As Non-Career Ambassadors
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Senate Confirms Buratai, Olonisakin, Others As Non-Career Ambassadors

Senate, Tuesday confirmed former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; former Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin; former Chief of Air Staff, Ibok Ibas; and former Chief of Naval Staff, Abubakar Sadique as non-career President Buhari had on the 5 of February, sent their names to the senate to be confirmed as non-career ambassadors. Nigerians had condemned their nomination, noting that it was a plan to shield them from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged abuses committed by the Nigerian military under their watch.
Senate To Screen Service Chiefs Behind Closed Doors Today
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Senate To Screen Service Chiefs Behind Closed Doors Today

The Senate committees responsible for the oversight of the Nigerian military forces will start the screening of the newly appointed service chiefs on Tuesday ( today) . The Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy , Senator Thompson Sekibo, who confirmed the development in a chat with our correspondent on Monday evening, however, said the service chiefs would be screened behind closed doors . The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had on Wednesday , referred the request of the President, Major General , Muhammadu Buhari , ( retd.) , for the confirmation of the new service chiefs, to the joint committees on Army , Navy and Air force for necessary screening . Lawan , gave the committees, two weeks to carry out their assignments and report to the Senate in plenary. The appointees for confir...
Senate Yet To Screen Lauretta Onochie As INEC Commissioner After 4 Months
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Senate Yet To Screen Lauretta Onochie As INEC Commissioner After 4 Months

Months after President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded the nomination of his Special Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie to the Senate for confirmation as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Red Chamber is yet to commence legislative work on the request. Onochie’s fate is delaying the confirmation of three other INEC nominees submitted to the Senate. President Buhari had, on October 12, nominated Onochie (Delta), Professor Muhammad Sani Kallah (Katsina) and Professor Kunle Cornelius Ajayi (Ekiti) as national commissioners of the INEC. He also nominated Saidu Babura Ahmad as a resident electoral commissioner (Jigawa). Buhari, in an executive communication to Senate President Ahmad Lawan, stated that his request was pursuant to...
EFCC: Abdulrasheed Bawa Promoted To Level 14 Ahead Of Senate Screening
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EFCC: Abdulrasheed Bawa Promoted To Level 14 Ahead Of Senate Screening

The new acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has been promoted to the rank of Chief Detective Superintendent ahead of his Senate screening. The move comes amid a lawsuit challenging Bawa’s qualification for the job. Section 2 of the EFCC Act states that a person who will be appointed as chairman of the commission must have at least 15 years experience and must be the rank of an Assistant Commissioner of Police or its equivalent. Bawa, who was appointed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on February 16, 2021, was on Grade Level 13 and a Deputy Chief Detective Superintendent. A lawyer, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, subsequently filed a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to stop the Senate confirmation o...
Medical Tourism: Senate Moves To Block Revenue Leakages, Exodus Of Doctors, Nurses
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Medical Tourism: Senate Moves To Block Revenue Leakages, Exodus Of Doctors, Nurses

The Senate has moved to block revenue leakages from medical tourism following the consideration of a bill seeking the reduction in the number of Nigerians travelling to other countries for medical care. The bill titled: “Federal Medical Centres (Establishment) Bill, 2021” was sponsored by Aishatu Ahmed (APC, Adamawa Central). Leading debate on the bill, Ahmed said the absence of a legal framework for the regulation, development and management of Federal Medical Centers to set standards for rendering health services was responsible for hindering the provision of intensive, effective and efficient healthcare services to the people of Nigeria. The lawmaker argued underfunding, weak facilities and infrastructure, the poor motivation of health workers, low budget, weak accountabili...
Buratai, Other Ex-Service Chiefs In Senate For Ambassadorial Screening
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Buratai, Other Ex-Service Chiefs In Senate For Ambassadorial Screening

The immediate past service chiefs have arrived at the Senate for their screening as ambassadorial nominees. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had on February 10, directed the Committee on Foreign Affairs to confirm General Abayomi Olonisakin (retd); Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd); Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas (retd); Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar(retd); and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman (Rtd) as non-career ambassadors-designate to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. The service chiefs arrived at the Senate around 11am for the screening. Members of the panel, led by Senator Mohammed Bulkachuwa, held a 15-minute closed-session before commencing the screening.
Senate To Regulate Bleaching Cream And Cosmetics
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Senate To Regulate Bleaching Cream And Cosmetics

The Senate on Tuesday mandated it Committee on Health to investigate the procedures for certification on quality and safety of Cosmetics and propose a way forward for accountability. The upper chamber also directed the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to rise up to its duty of regulating importation, formulation and sale of cosmetics within Nigeria. It further directed NAFDAC to maintain a products database, showing name and address of manufacturers and ingredients list. The upper chamber mandated NAFDAC to embark on sensitization and awareness campaign on the ills of harmful substances in the country. It also directed NAFDAC and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council (FCCPC) to collaborate towards ensuring the tracking ...
Senate Summons CBN Governor, DG SEC Over Cryptocurrency Ban
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Senate Summons CBN Governor, DG SEC Over Cryptocurrency Ban

The Senate has mandated its Committees on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, ICT and Cybercrimes and Capital Market to invite the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele to brief it on the recent ban on cryptocurrency in the country. The Senate also invited the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda, to meet with its joint committee on the issue. It explained that the information that would emanate from the briefings from the two regulatory bodies would assist the Senate to “determine the opportunities and threats of the cryptocurrency on the nation’s economy and security.” This resolution of the upper chamber was sequel to its consideration of a motion titled: “CBN’s decision to stop Financial Institu...
Ambassadorial Nomination: SFD Writes Senate, Calls For Buratai’s Confirmation
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Ambassadorial Nomination: SFD Writes Senate, Calls For Buratai’s Confirmation

A group, Society For Development (SFD), has charged the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, to confirm the names of the ex-service chiefs as non-career ambassadors following their nomination by President Buhari. The SFD gave the charge in via letter to the National Assembly on Tuesday. The letter was titled, “PETITION AGAINST THE NON CAREER AMBASSADORIAL NOMINATION OF LT. GENERAL TUKUR BURATAI RTD, AND OTHER IMMEDIATE PAST SERVICE CHIEFS”. In the letter signed by Mr Akintunde Bello Sheriff, Coordinator, Society For Development (SFD), the group called on the Senate President to confirm Lt. General Buratai Rtd and other former service chiefs who have been nominated as non-career ambassadors without hesitation, saying the nominees performed well in securing the country during their se...
Senate Moves To Push Retirement Age Of Supreme Court Justices To 75 Years
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Senate Moves To Push Retirement Age Of Supreme Court Justices To 75 Years

THE Senate is putting in place measures to push for the retirement age of Supreme Court Justices in the nation’s apex court from the age of 70 to 75 years. According to the Senate, it is considering the proposal made to it by the Supreme Court March this year, 2021. Speaking today in Abuja during the Senate Constitution Review Committee Retreat to Review and Analyse Submitted Memoranda, Deputy President of the Senate Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, All Progressives Congress, APC, Delta Central said that the upper Chamber will in March consider the proposal of shifting the retirement age of Supreme Court Justices from 70 to 75 years and the retirement age for judges of the states, including that of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT and the Federal High Courts to bring in about parity wit...
Senate Kicks As Petroleum Ministry Spends ₦98.4 Million On Flyers
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Senate Kicks As Petroleum Ministry Spends ₦98.4 Million On Flyers

The Senate Public Account Committee has described as unacceptable the payment of N98.4m by the Petroleum Resources Ministry for the printing of leaflets. The flyers, according to the 2015 Auditor-General for the Federation’s report, was meant to create awareness campaign for the Petroleum Industrial Bill. The report, currently being scrutinised by the National Assembly, also stated that the fund was released without due process. The Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, also faulted the payment of N39m was into the accounts of two persons for the purpose of monitoring the ministry’s project within the Federal Capital Territory. The AuGF query on the matter read in part, “Contrary to the procurement process, an entry in the cash book for the sum of N98.4m ...
National Assembly Proposes ₦10Bn As Presidential Candidate’s Election Spending
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National Assembly Proposes ₦10Bn As Presidential Candidate’s Election Spending

The Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the Independent National Electoral Commission and Electoral Matters, has proposed an extension to the tenure of Local Government Chairmen, in the Federal Capital Territory, from three to four years. The committees equally proposed an upward review of the amount to be spent by candidates seeking elective public office to N10bn. Our correspondent also learnt in Abuja, on Wednesday, that the panel also recommended that other elected officials of the six area councils which make up the FCT should equally benefit from the proposed amendment. These proposals are contained in recommended amendments to the Electoral Act, which the committee is prepared to submit before Senators and House of Reps members for consideration and ...
83 New Ambassadors Stranded Five Months After Senate Confirmation
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83 New Ambassadors Stranded Five Months After Senate Confirmation

Eighty-three newly appointed Nigerian ambassadors are stranded in the country more than five months after their appointments were confirmed by the Senate. There are no indications yet as to when they will be posted out, according to investigation conducted by The Nation. The ambassadors-designate include career and non-career officers. They have not even been inducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an action that normally precedes their posting by the Presidency. Officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry said only President Muhammadu Buhari can determine the fate of the ambassadors-designate. The President had on May 12 and July 1, 2020 written to the Senate to seek the confirmation of 42 career ambassadors and 41 non-career ambassadors-designate respectively. Wh...

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