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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...
Senators Jittery Over Fears Of Boko Haram Attack On Abuja
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Senators Jittery Over Fears Of Boko Haram Attack On Abuja

Senators on Tuesday expressed the fear that the Boko Haram insurgents may overrun the nation’s capital, Abuja, because of the attacks the deadly group had launched on neighboring states. On Monday, the Governor of Niger State, Sani Bello, revealed that Boko Haram terrorists had taken over about 50 communities in the state. Bello said the terrorist group is just some two hours away from Abuja. As a way of addressing the issue, Senate resolved to send its leadership to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari. But no date has been fixed for the meeting. The decision of the Senate followed a motion, moved through a point of order by Musa Sani from Niger State, tagged, “Activities of bandits and Boko Haram terrorists in Niger State”. After a long debate, the Senate resolved that t...
Ex-Governors, Senators, Ministers, Military Officers Own 130 Dubai Assets
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Ex-Governors, Senators, Ministers, Military Officers Own 130 Dubai Assets

More than 130 choice assets have been bought with looted funds in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), by some ex-governors, ministers and senators. These assets are among the over 800 traceable to Nigerians in the UAE, including top security and military officers. Four areas have been identified through which the nation’s resources are looted. These are Bribery and corruption, proceeds from commercial tax evasions, illicit activities engaged in by corporations and business ventures and proceeds derived from criminal activities. The Nigeria’s oil and gas sector is belived to have contributed 92.9 per cent of the total amount in Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) . But the chances of Nigeria recovering most of its looted cash are very low because of conditions attached to the r...
12th Colloquium: Bola Tinubu Welcomed To Kano In Grand Style By Ganduje
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12th Colloquium: Bola Tinubu Welcomed To Kano In Grand Style By Ganduje

The 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium, an annual high-powered policy roundtable, will be held in Kano on Monday. It will be the first time it will hold outside Lagos or Abuja. The colloquium will mark the 69th birthday of the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu. President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to chair the virtual event. Other eminent personalities including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, governors, senators, ministers, political leaders, and federal lawmakers, among others, will grace the virtual summit. The details of the event showed that the 12th colloquium will focus on the theme: “Our Common Bond, Our Common Wealth: The Imperative Of National Cohesion For Growth And Prosperity.” The event is expected to start by 12 noon. Ahead of t...
Buhari To Chair 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium
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Buhari To Chair 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday 29 March, chair the 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium, an annual high-powered policy roundtable. The roundtable will mark the 69th birthday of the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu. Other eminent personalities including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, governors, senators, ministers, political leaders, and federal lawmakers, among others, will grace the virtual summit. The details of the event showed that the 12th colloquium will focus on the theme: “Our Common Bond, Our Common Wealth: The Imperative Of National Cohesion For Growth And Prosperity.” The event is expected to kickstart by 12 noon. Bola Tinubu Colloquium The Tinubu Colloquium was conceived in 1999 by Tinubu’s close friends and associat...
Trump hires new defence team to fight impeachment
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Trump hires new defence team to fight impeachment

Former US President Donald Trump has hired two new attorneys to head up his impeachment defense team ahead of next week's trial in the Senate.   The Republican was in need of new attorneys following the departure of all five members of his defense team last week. p Lawyers David Schoen and Bruce Castor, both experienced in criminal defense, will now head the new defence team in the trial set to begin in the US Senate on February 9, Trump’s office said in a statement.   In a statement, Trump's office says: "Notably, Schoen has already been working with the 45th President and other advisors to prepare for the upcoming trial, and both Schoen and Castor agree that this impeachment is unconstitutional - a fact 45 Senators voted in agreement with last week."  ...
12 APC Governors, Senators, Reps Want New Generation Chairman
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12 APC Governors, Senators, Reps Want New Generation Chairman

A COALITION made up of 12 governors, influential leaders, Senators and House of Representatives members has emerged in the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the national convention of the party in June. The aim of the coalition, The Nation gathered, is to enthrone a new generation chairman for the party. The governors and other stakeholders involved are said to be opposed to anyone older than 65 years leading the party. The coalition is also seeking the understanding of APC leaders to concede the national chairman slot to the North-Central zone because both the North-East and the North-West have had their fair shares of political offices. Some of the aspirants who fall in this category include a former chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and former Zamfara...
PDP Senators To Oppose Yakubu’s Confirmation As INEC Chair
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PDP Senators To Oppose Yakubu’s Confirmation As INEC Chair

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the Senate is set to block confirmation of the nomination of Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for fresh five-year tenure by President Muhammadu Buhari, THISDAY’s investigation has revealed. This is coming just as the National Assembly resumes plenary today after a five-week break during which Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) defended their 2021 budget estimates before the committees of the federal parliament. Sources told THISDAY yesterday that the PDP senators met at the weekend and took far-reaching decisions, including opposing Yakubu’s nomination. Buhari had earlier this month forwarded the name of Yakubu to the Senate for confirmation, and President ...
We’re Addressing ASUU Strike Holistically – Ngige To Senators
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We’re Addressing ASUU Strike Holistically – Ngige To Senators

MINISTER of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Wednesday said the Federal Government was addressing the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, holistically to ensure that all other unions in the university system were carried along. The Minister said this while defending the budget of his Ministry before the Senate Committee on Labour and Employment. Reacting to the concerns expressed by the senators on the prolonged ASUU strike, Senator Ngige told the committee that the Federal Government has met most of the demands of the union. According to him, “Out of the eight demands of ASUU, the government has solved five. We have made N50 billion available. A total sum of N20 billion for the revitalisation of the universities and N30 billion for Earned ...
INEC: APC, PDP Senators Move To Stop Lauretta Onochie’s Nomination
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INEC: APC, PDP Senators Move To Stop Lauretta Onochie’s Nomination

Senators are not about to back pedal in their opposition to the nomination of the President’s Special Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), The Nation gathered last night. Senators from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are understood to have joined forces to stop the nomination of Onochie. Some senators have also received video clips of interviews granted by Onochie from some interest groups to back up their opposition to her nomination. Lobbyists are having a tough time trying to convince the lawmakers to accept Onochie’s nomination for the South-South slot. In deference to the President, senators have made an informal representation to some ...
Senators Uncover ‘20 Proposed Electricity Projects’ In Mamman Saleh LGA
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Senators Uncover ‘20 Proposed Electricity Projects’ In Mamman Saleh LGA

Some senators say they have uncovered 20 proposed electricity projects in Lau local government area, the LGA of Mamman Saleh, minister of power. The senate committee on power condemned the proposed projects during the 2021 budget proposal of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA). The lawmakers also accused the minister of uneven distribution of projects under the ministry and asked Ahmad Salijo, REA managing director, to draw the his attention to the inadequacies. Yusuf Yusuf, a member of the committee from Taraba, first pointed out the “lopsided” distribution of electrification projects in the ministry’s proposed budget. He said most of the mini-grid power projects, ranging from N20 million to N52 million, are “all concentrated in one local government area”. “That is t...
#EndSARS: Massive Destruction Too Heavy For Lagos – South-West Senators
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#EndSARS: Massive Destruction Too Heavy For Lagos – South-West Senators

The South-West caucus of the Senate on Tuesday lamented the destruction of public and private properties in Lagos after the #EndSARS protest turned violent. The lawmakers described the attacks as ‘orchestrated tragedy’ and called for a thorough investigation. The senators, who noted that the burden of rebuilding would be too much for Lagos alone, promised to get the support of the National Assembly and the Federal Government to assist the state in recovering. They spoke during a visit to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to commiserate with him on the loss of lives and properties in the state. The delegation was led by Senator Ajayi Boroffice, who represents Ondo North senatorial district. Boroffice expressed worry that many youths working in the businesses that were destroyed...
Senators Protest Fuel, Electricity Hikes
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Senators Protest Fuel, Electricity Hikes

There is tension in the camp of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, over increasing protests from lawmakers, following recent actions taken by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. The fear, Daily Sun gathered, is borne of claims that some of the lawmakers drawn from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were plotting to convene an emergency sitting next week. The emergency sitting, it was further gathered, is to provide an avenue for lawmakers to question the response of the leadership to recent hikes of electricity and petroleum products. The Petroleum Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations (NNPC), had on Wednesday announced a new ex-depot price of N151.56k fo...
You Will Be Punished If You Insult President, Governors And Senators – NBC
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You Will Be Punished If You Insult President, Governors And Senators – NBC

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Thursday said it would commence punishment for any broadcast station that violates any of its code. It warned that all broadcast stations should be guided by the ethics and code of the profession. Citing the provisions of the Broadcasting Code: Section 3.1.: Professional Rules: 3.1.1: which states that “No broadcast shall encourage or incite to crime, lead to public disorder or hate, be repugnant to public feelings or contain an offensive reference to any person or organization, alive or dead or generally be disrespectful to human dignity. And code: 3.1.19: The broadcast shall not transmit content that denigrates the social norms, values and culture of the society”, Chibuike Ogwumike, zonal director of the NBC Lagos office, in his letter t...
Workers Are Paid Peanuts, Senators Earn Luxury Wages – Ali Ndume
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Workers Are Paid Peanuts, Senators Earn Luxury Wages – Ali Ndume

A former Senate Leader, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army in the 9th National Assembly, Senator Ali Ndume, declared on Sunday that federal lawmakers and other highly placed public officers were earning luxury wages to the detriment of Nigerian masses. He said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Muhammadu Sanusi, had vindicated his position on the high cost of running a presidential democracy, which he insisted was no longer realistic. Ndume stated this while reacting to the views expressed by Osinbajo and Sanusi during a webinar organised by the Emmanuel Chapel, themed, ‘Economic stability beyond COVID-19’, on Friday. Sanusi had on the occasion, pointed out that the governance structure in the country had set it up for...
Senate President Lawan Leads Senators, Ministers To Orji Kalu’s Residence After He Was Released From Prison (Photos)
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Senate President Lawan Leads Senators, Ministers To Orji Kalu’s Residence After He Was Released From Prison (Photos)

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Thursday night led a delegation of Senate leadership to visit the Senate Chief Whip , Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in his Aso Villa residence , Abuja. The visit took place one day after Kalu, a former governor of Abia, was released from prison following his conviction by a federal high court in Lagos. Kalu alongside Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account of Abia state were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 36 counts of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion and they were jailed in December. But they appealed the verdict of the court. The host and his visitors all wore face masks but did not observe social distancing when they posed for photographs.  
Senators Worried Over COVID-19 Status Of 35 Colleagues
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Senators Worried Over COVID-19 Status Of 35 Colleagues

FEAR heightened on Monday over the fate of about 35 senators who have not complied with the measures to determine their Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) status. The senators last week returned from a trip to the United Kingdom (UK), where they attended a Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) seminar in London. It was learnt that they were caught in the web of coronavirus outbreak in the UK at a time the Federal Government directed that those returning from any of the COVID-19 high-risk countries should self-isolate for 14 days. It was gathered that other senators are pressuring Senate President Ahmad Lawan to prevail on their colleagues to excuse themselves from the chamber’s business. Some of them (senators) were also said to be pushing for COVID-19 test for their collea...
Why Buhari Made A U-turn On Legislators’ Jumbo Pay – Presidency
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Why Buhari Made A U-turn On Legislators’ Jumbo Pay – Presidency

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), now understands why national legislators get jumbo pay, compared to when he came into office in 2015, according to the Presidency. According to Saturday PUNCH’s investigations, each of the 109 senators in the National Assembly takes home about N182m yearly, translating to N15.1m monthly or N45.3m per quarter. In the House of Representatives, each of the 360 lawmakers gets a total annual package of N136.6m or N11.3m monthly (or N33.9m quarterly). The pay package is worked out in keeping with the ‘collapse’ system introduced since the 6th Assembly, where the total allowances/running cost due to a lawmaker as bulk payment per quarter, was broken down and paid monthly instead. The National Assembly and its organs, prior to ...
Senators do not Collect Jumbo pay, they earn a Monthly Salary of N700k Only – Senator Ajibola Bashiru
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Senators do not Collect Jumbo pay, they earn a Monthly Salary of N700k Only – Senator Ajibola Bashiru

The Senator representing Osun Central Senatorial District at the national assembly, Ajibola Bashiru has debunked claims of senators collecting a jumbo pay. Speaking on the sideline of a programme organised by the Correspondents Chapel of the Kwara Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Thursday February 27, Senator Bashiru revealed that Senators only earn N700,000 monthly. The Osun-born lawmaker further disclosed that a car loan of over N8 million is also being deducted from their salary on a monthly basis. Bashiru said; “What I tell whoever that stands up to say senator collects jumbo pay is that they can also contest so that you can also collect jumbo pay. “The truth of it is that the take-home pay of a senator is about N700,000 per month. Aside from it is th...
Remi Tinubu, Adeola And Osinowo Are Failed Senators – Lagos PDP
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Remi Tinubu, Adeola And Osinowo Are Failed Senators – Lagos PDP

The performance of the three All Progressives Congress (APC) senators representing Lagos State in the 9th National Assembly is nothing to write home about, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos state chapter has said. Speaking in a chat with DAILY INDEPENDENT on Saturday, Taofik Gani, the party’s Publicity Secretary said Oluremi Tinubu ( Lagos Central), Bayo Oshinowo (Lagos East), Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (Lagos West) have failed to meet the expectations of Lagosians as their representatives in the upper chamber of the National Assembly. It said the three senators have failed to move the motion for the National Assembly to urgently accord the 37 local council development areas in the state full status of local governments. It also said they have failed to convince the fed...
39 Senators Fail To Sponsor Bill In Six Months (Names)
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39 Senators Fail To Sponsor Bill In Six Months (Names)

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

Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in Thursday to preside over President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, then immediately administered the oath to the full Senate to ensure “impartial justice” as jurors for only the third such proceeding in American. history. Roberts made the short trip across the street from the Supreme Court before being ushered to the Senate chamber. “Will all senators now stand, and remain standing, and raise their right hand,” Roberts said. “Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, president of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help you God?” The senators, at their desks, responded and then were called up to sign...
Reduce Lawmakers By Two-Thirds; We’re Too Many, Unsustainable – Rep Member, Bamidele Salam
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Reduce Lawmakers By Two-Thirds; We’re Too Many, Unsustainable – Rep Member, Bamidele Salam

A Nigerian lawmaker, Bamidele Salam, has called for a massive cut in the cost of running the Nigerian government. Part of his recommendation is that federal lawmakers, who are currently about 469, be reduced by about two-thirds. Mr Salam, who represents Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency, said this can be achieved by reducing the number of senators per state to one from three, while the House of Representatives should be reduced to one-third of its current 360 members. He said the senators should also work on part-time basis. “In practical terms, the Senate should be made up of one senator per state, meeting on part-time basis (to confirm appointments, approve loans, emergency powers etc.) while the House of representatives should have only one-third of i...
2023 Igbo Presidency: We Need 2 South-East Governors, Senators To Defect To APC
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2023 Igbo Presidency: We Need 2 South-East Governors, Senators To Defect To APC

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, has on Saturday said that Igbo need two of their Governors and Senators that would voluntarily dump their respective parties and defect to the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, for the actualization of 2023 Igbo Presidency goal. The group revealed that one of the reasons Igbo have not become President for over twenty years in Nigeria, was because of the Political parties most of their politicians were into. They said in other to have an edge over other Southern Zones in the 2023 Presidency, Igbo need at least two South East Governors and some senators to decamp to APC. Disclosing this in a statement jointly signed by the President General, Mazi okechukwu Isiguzoro, and Secretary General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, respectively, th...
Amosun, Suswan, Abaribe, Yayi and Other Oppose Border Closure
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Amosun, Suswan, Abaribe, Yayi and Other Oppose Border Closure

Senators, yesterday, opposed the closure of land borders by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government. They said the closure was a temporary solution to a permanent problem. Contributing to a motion sponsored by Adamu Aliero, tagged “The Impact of Border Closure on the Nigerian Economy,” Senators Enyinnaya Abaribe, Abba Moro, Gabriel Suswam, Ibikunle Amosun, Solomon Adeola and others who opposed the total closure, urged the President to reconsider his stance. Abaribe. in his contribution to the debate, said the closure of the borders had affected the prices of food and other services in the market, which were predominantly imported through land borders. He added that farmers and other small business owners were also struggling to ply their legitimate trade across t...
Patronise Made-in-Nigeria Cars – MAN To Senators
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Patronise Made-in-Nigeria Cars – MAN To Senators

In a bid to stimulate the growth of the economy, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has urged Nigerians to drop their taste for foreign goods in favour of made in Nigeria ones, saying that patronising made-in-Nigeria products. Briefing newsmen in Lagos, ahead of its 47th Annual General Meeting (AGM), MAN President Ahmed Mansur said there was the need to develop the national economy through consumption of local goods, especially Nigerian assembled cars. Mansur frowned on the alleged planned purchase of foreign cars worth over N5 billion by the Senate, arguing that if such huge amount was spent for the purchase of locally made brands, it would tremendously impact on the country’s automobile sector. “The planned purchase of vehicles worth over N5 billion by the Senate for...
Senators, Reps Fight Over N100bn Constituency Projects
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Senators, Reps Fight Over N100bn Constituency Projects

Former Senators and members of the House of Representatives are at loggerheads with their successors over constituency projects and contract awards by the National Assembly, estimated at about N100 billion. Daily Sun gathered that the former lawmakers in the eight Assembly whose tenure expired in June, are insisting that the ongoing contract awards for constituency projects must be handled by them since they were captured in the 2019 budget while they were still in the National Assembly. The 2019 budget was passed on April 30, few weeks after the general elections that saw the defeat of some of the legislators, including erstwhile Senate President, Bukola Saraki. In the current 2019 budget, about N100 billion was earmarked for constituency projects. The fund is shared evenly a...
Senate Adjourns To September 24
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Senate Adjourns To September 24

After a five-day intensive screening of ministerial nominees, Senators on Tuesday finally got their well-deserved rest. The Upper Chamber is to proceed on leave until September 24. This was announced by Senate President Ahmed Lawan.
The TV In Buhari’s Daura Home Must Have Been Bought In 1973 – Uzor Kalu
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The TV In Buhari’s Daura Home Must Have Been Bought In 1973 – Uzor Kalu

Orji Uzor Kalu, senate chief whip, says the television he saw when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari residence in Daura, Katsina state, must have been bought in 1973. Speaking with journalists at the weekend in Abuja, Kalu said the president appreciates people who have the poor at heart and not those who amass wealth. The senator described Buhari as a leader people have “greatly understood”. “I have known him now for 32 years. He and former military President Babangida. He has not changed. Think of it, a man that ruled Nigeria as military head of state and has no house in Abuja or Lagos. He does not have a house in Port Harcourt or Ibadan,” he said. “If you go to his house in Daura, it is the same house, the same small house he built long ago. The television I saw there whe...
Many Senators Are Disappointed With Their Salaries – Uzor Kalu
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Many Senators Are Disappointed With Their Salaries – Uzor Kalu

A former Abia State Governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has revealed that many senators are disappointed with their salaries after they got far below what they expected before getting into the Senate. Kalu, who is the Chief Whip of the Senate, stated this on Saturday in Abuja when he addressed journalists, promising to give details of what senators earn soon. He said: “Let me address the issue of jumbo pay. I have received my salary for June and it is far below what you people are writing. “If a minister is travelling to Lagos, would he use his legs? What you call fat salary are monies used to run the constituency because they don’t give us additional funds. “It is the money we use when we travel to Abia, Lagos, Badagry or Kaduna. Next meeting, I will unveil to you. “You wi...
Ministerial List: Buhari In Closed-Door Meeting With NASS Leadership And Oshiomhole
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Ministerial List: Buhari In Closed-Door Meeting With NASS Leadership And Oshiomhole

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday night met behind closed-doors with the leadership of the National Assembly (NASS) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the maiden meeting between the President and the NASS leadership was being held at the new Banquet Hall of the villa. NAN reliably learnt that the meeting, which was still ongoing as of the time of filing this report, may discuss national issues including the reported submission of ministerial list by the president to the red chamber of the Assembly this week. The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, had on Wednesday at plenary, revealed that President Buhari would submit the list of ministerial nominees for the consideration and approval of the senate before they proceed on recess...
Rape: Nigeria Senate Seeks Death Penalty For Rapists
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Rape: Nigeria Senate Seeks Death Penalty For Rapists

The Senate on Wednesday expressed worry over the increasing incidences of rape of women and defilement of minors in parts of the country. Senators resolved that application of death penalty to offenders would go a long way to serve as a deterrent to the menace. Apart from death penalty for rape offenders, the lawmakers also underscored the necessity to review relevant laws as well as open registers for rape offenders in parts of the country. The resolution followed the adoption of a motion on increasing cases of rape, sponsored by Senator Rose Oko. The Cross River North Senator, asked the Senate to take the lead by reviewing existing laws to discourage the trend. Oko called attention to several alleged rape cases, including the one allegedly by the Pastor of Commonwealth...
We Don’t Know Why Buhari Is Delaying Ministerial List – Senators
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We Don’t Know Why Buhari Is Delaying Ministerial List – Senators

President Muhammadu Buhari’s delay in announcing the names of his would-be ministers is already causing disquiet in the Senate, Daily Independent has gathered. More than four months after winning the presidential election, the president is yet to constitute his cabinet. Many who thought the list would be released on May 29 when he was inaugurated were disappointed and the case was the same on June 12 when he addressed the nation on his second term agenda. He only made few appointments last week when he reappointed Abba Kyari as his Chief of Staff and Boss Mustapha as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). Some senators, who spoke with our correspondent at the weekend, said they were still in the dark as to why the president had not forwarded the names to A...
Ahmad Lawan Reveals His Salary, Says No “Jumbo Pay” For Senators
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Ahmad Lawan Reveals His Salary, Says No “Jumbo Pay” For Senators

Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan says there is nothing like jumbo pay for lawmakers in the National Assembly, adding that no such payment would be allowed under his watch. Igbere TV reports that Lawan made the disclosure when he received a delegation of the Senators’ Forum on Tuesday at the National Assembly complex. Our National Assembly correspondent reports that members of the forum were on a courtesy visit to the Senate President’s office, in Abuja. Speaking on salary structure for senators, Ahmad Lawan revealed that his monthly salary as a lawmaker and that of his colleagues was N750,000. He said, “What I want to emphasize here is that I never believed that that there is anything called jombo pay to the National Assembly. “The National Assembly members both the Sen...
We Are Ready To Screen Ministerial Nominees After Our Recess, Senators Say
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We Are Ready To Screen Ministerial Nominees After Our Recess, Senators Say

As President Muhammadu Buhari prepares to name his cabinet ministers in his second term in office, the newly inaugurated National Assembly says it is ready to begin screening of the said persons within the next two weeks, reports say. The Ahmad Lawan-led 9th Senate would upon resumption from its two weeks recess in July begin a speedy screening and confirmation of persons whose names are expected to have been submitted by the Presidency before the July 2 resumption of the upper legislative chamber. A ranking Senator who volunteered off-the-record information, however, stated that at the moment, nothing is on grounds regarding the list of persons to be confirmed as ministers. He was, however, optimistic that within the two weeks of the Senate recess, the President would have su...
‘Step Down For Omo-Agege To Emerge Deputy Senate President’ – Urhobo Beg Kalu
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‘Step Down For Omo-Agege To Emerge Deputy Senate President’ – Urhobo Beg Kalu

The leadership of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, yesterday, has taken a position by appealing to the senators, President Muhammadu Buhari and the party leaders to endorse Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as soul candidate for the Deputy Senate President position. The UPU President General, Chief Joe Omene who spoke to newsmen at Mosogar, Ethiope West local government area of Delta state, said Southeast has had its fair share in the leadership of the senate since inception of democracy, so should support Omo-Agege from Southsouth for the Deputy Senate President. Omene said the likes of Senators Adolphus Wabara, Ken Nnamani, Evan Enwerem, Chuba Okadigbo, Anyim Pius Anyim and others have at one time held the position of the Senate President, before Ekweremadu and the Southsouth has been supp...
Some Of You Don’t Read, Ben Bruce Hits Colleagues At Valedictory Session
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Some Of You Don’t Read, Ben Bruce Hits Colleagues At Valedictory Session

Ben Murray-Bruce, senator representing Bayelsa east, says some of his colleagues at the upper legislative chamber do not read. Speaking on Thursday at the valedictory session of the eight senate, Murray-Bruce said it is important for his colleagues to read and understand events around the world. He said their duty as lawmakers is to make laws for the future and not the past. “Lawmakers make laws about the future and not the past. This important for the ninth senate. When you are a senator, you have to read and understand what happens in the world,” the lawmaker said. “Knowledge changes every six months. Whatever knowledge you have today in six months, it becomes irrelevant. Some of the bills I presented were rejected, and that made me think that some of us do not read. “...
60 Senators, 249 Reps Bid National Assembly Farewell
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60 Senators, 249 Reps Bid National Assembly Farewell

No fewer than 309 out of the 469 members of the 8th National Assembly, which winds up today will not return to the 9th National Assembly billed for inauguration next week Tuesday. This means that of the 469 member-National Assembly, only 160, who served in the 8th National Assembly, will make the 9th Assembly. This comprised 49 senators and 108 members of the House of Representatives. The Senate has 109 members, while the House of Representatives has 360. The affected lawmakers either failed to get return tickets at the primaries of their respective political parties that preceded the 2019 general election or lost at the main elections, which held between February and March this year. However, eight out of 60 senators, who won’t participate in the 9th Assembly, went for gover...
Dino Melaye Slams Efcc Over Investigation Of Wealth
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Dino Melaye Slams Efcc Over Investigation Of Wealth

Being over concerned with the way things are going in our country Nigeria, the senator directs a question to the EFCC over the investigation of people's wealth, while the masses were poor looking for money no one investigated the source of their poverty so why investigate the source of his wealth, because if that becomes a factor then it simply means the government that it's not even ready to help the rate of unemployment in Nigeria is now against people becoming wealthy. He said, “what is wrong with people, you make money they'll want to investigate the source of your wealth, when they were poor, did they investigate the source of their poverty ”.   View this post on Instagram   ?????? A post shared by Tunde ...
Niger senators back Lawan’s race for Senate President seat
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Niger senators back Lawan’s race for Senate President seat

Serving and elected Senetors in Niger under the platform of the All Progressives  Congress ( APC), on Saturday endorsed Sen. Ahmed Lawan for the ninth senate president seat. The endorsement was contained in a statement issued in Minna and signed by three senators,  Mohammed Sani Musa – Niger East, Sabi Abdullahi – Niger North and  Senator-elect, Muhammad Bima-Enagi – Niger-south in Minna. According to them, Lawan has an impeccable character and undeniable wealth of experience as a lawmaker to drive the aspirations and vision of the 9th Senate towards achieving its mandate. “There is no doubt that  Lawan has also demonstrated stability, reliability and fidelity towards ensuring sound and people-oriented legislation at the Senate as he demonstrated in the build-up to the 2019 genera...
Senators Query High Budgetary Releases To Finance Ministry
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Senators Query High Budgetary Releases To Finance Ministry

The Senate Committee on Finance on Monday queried the Federal Ministry of Finance for high budgetary releases to itself and some of its parastatal agencies. Members of the committee raised the question when officials of the ministry appeared before them to defend their 2019 budget proposals. The committee noted that amid complaints of paucity of funds by other government institutions, the ministry of Finance was making high budget for itself. According to its budget performance report for 2018, the ministry has so far recorded 76 per cent overall performance in terms of fund released in the outgoing fiscal year. A breakdown of the figures, presented by the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, indicates that personnel cost has got cash backing of 89 per cent. She said t...
Desperation Will Make Senators, Reps Repeat Saraki’s Stunt — Abdulmumin Jibrin
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Desperation Will Make Senators, Reps Repeat Saraki’s Stunt — Abdulmumin Jibrin

Jubrin Abdulmumin, a member of the House of Representatives from Kano State, has expressed fears that high level lobbying already going on among elected senators and House of Representatives members over leadership positions in the 9th legislature may result in similar circumstances that saw Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara clinching the positions in the 8th NASS. According to the former chairman of Appropriations Committee, who was once suspended by the House, what lawmakers should be looking out for ahead of the inauguration of the ninth Assembly should be leaders who are ready to commit to electronic system or reforms in the National Assembly, such that when lawmakers are voting on any bill, the constituencies where they come from will be visible. The member who was at the Pres...
64 Senators, 151 Reps Fail To Return To National Assembly
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64 Senators, 151 Reps Fail To Return To National Assembly

No fewer than 64 serving senators and 151 members of the House of Representatives will not be in the 9th National Assembly in June when it will be inaugurated, according to Daily Trust findings. Only 45 senators and about 209 members are returning to the federal legislature, according to the results of the elections released so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Fifteen of the newly elected senators are former state governors. Forty-two of the 64 non-returning senators lost out in October last year at their parties’ primaries. The remaining 22 were defeated at the Saturday’s National Assembly elections. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has 64 senators-elect so far, while the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has only 41. Anot...
Ninth National Assembly To Get 15 Ex-governors As Senators
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Ninth National Assembly To Get 15 Ex-governors As Senators

While there has been been argument that Nigerian governors see the Senate as a retirement package, it has been revealed that the Ninth National Assembly will be getting 15 ex-governors as senators. From the 109 senators, the Ninth National Assembly will be getting 15 ex-governors as senators and they include Orji Kalu, Theodore Orji, Kashim Shettima, Sam Egwu, Senator Danjuma Goje, Rochas Okorocha, Ibikunle Amosu, Chimaroke Nnamani, Ibrahim Shekarau, Tanko Makura, Adamu Abdullahi, Aliyu Wamakko, Ibrahim Geidam, Abdul’Aziz Yari, Adamu Aliero. Two current governors, Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Ibrahim Dankawmbo (Gombe) lost last Saturday’s senatorial election as they were defeated by the PDP candidates. It should also be noted that APC won 62 senatorial seats, while the PDP got 35....
15 Ex-Governors Will Be At The Ninth National Assembly As Senators
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15 Ex-Governors Will Be At The Ninth National Assembly As Senators

No fewer than 15 ex-governors will be in the ninth Senate, which will commence in June. Some of the senators-elect are incumbent governors, while others are former governors. Based on the results of Saturday’s senatorial election released across the country, they include two ex-governors of Abia State, Orji Kalu (Abia North) and his successor, Theodore Orji (Abia Central). In Borno State, the incumbent Governor, Kashim Shettima, won the senatorial poll for the state’s central district. In the Ebonyi North, a former governor, Sam Egwu was re-elected to represent the area. Also re-elected was the ex-Governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central). The incumbent Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, also emerged as the senator-elect for the Imo West amidst controversi...
Top Five Senators Who Are Not Returning To The Red Chamber
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Top Five Senators Who Are Not Returning To The Red Chamber

The results of the 2019  Senatorial election is gradually coming to an end, with a lot of surprising result. While some are winning getting ready to join the red chamber, some other senators will be busy preparing to leave the red chamber come may 29th,2019. Below are top five senators who are getting ready to leave the upper chamber. 1. Bukola Saraki Senate president Bukola Saraki is the senator representing Kwara Central Constituency.Senator Saraki became one of the major casualties of the 2019 General election after loosing to APC candidate Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe.Senator Saraki defected from the All Progressive Congress(APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP)to run for president but picked up a senatorial ticket after loosing to Atiku Abubakar in the primary election. 2...
Lack Of Quorum Forces Senate To Adjourn Plenary, Only 10 Senators Present
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Lack Of Quorum Forces Senate To Adjourn Plenary, Only 10 Senators Present

The Senate on Tuesday was forced to adjourn plenary due to lack of quorum. This is the second time since June 9, 2015, when the National Assembly was inaugurated that the upper chamber failed to sit due to lack of quorum. On November 13, 2018, the Senate was also forced to adjourn sitting following poor attendance. Only 10 out of 109 senators attended Tuesday’s aborted sitting. The standing rule of the Senate states that not less than 37 senators, (1/3 of the Senate), must be in the chamber to form quorum before the legislative business of the day can commence. This provision has however been observed in the breach more often than not since the inauguration of the National Assembly as the issue of quorum is seldom raised. After prayer on Tuesday, the Votes and Proceedings...
‘One Governor, Four Senators Will Die In 2019’ – Apostle S.S. Aderibigbe 2019 Prophecies
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‘One Governor, Four Senators Will Die In 2019’ – Apostle S.S. Aderibigbe 2019 Prophecies

The General Overseer of the Christ Apostolic Deliverance Evangelic Ministry, CADEM, Mowe, Ogun State, Apostle S. S. Aderibigbe, has released some prophecies in which he claimed God told him concerning 2019. Below are the prophecies. God said we should proclaim a 3- day fasting and prayer before 21st of January 2019 to avert massive bloodshed in our land in the year 2019. God said 2019 general elections will not be peaceful, as it will not favour the ruling party. God said one mighty figure in Lagos will pass away in 2019 and this will shake the entire state. God said there will be serious fire outbreak in Lagos in 2019 that will be worse than 2018 occurrence. God said one mighty king in Yoruba land will pass away in year 2019. God said there will be serious strike acti...

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