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Drama as PDP Reps stage walkout from plenary over Twitter ban
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Drama as PDP Reps stage walkout from plenary over Twitter ban

Some lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday staged a walkout during plenary at the House of Representatives. The lawmakers staged the walkout after its caucus leader Kingsley Chinda was ruled out of order by Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila. Mr Chinda had prayed the House to urge the Federal Government to suspend the ban while the house conducts its investigation into the legality of the ban. Chinda noted that the implication is that the ban would remain for 10 days and the rights of Nigerians would be kept in abeyance during the period of investigation. The Speaker, however, cited part of the Standing Orders of the House stating that a matter that had been concluded by the parliament cannot be revisited for a debate. The Speaker, therefore, ruled ...
Reps May Impeach Buhari If Nothing Changes After Security Summit – Dachung Bagos
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Reps May Impeach Buhari If Nothing Changes After Security Summit – Dachung Bagos

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

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin has given the reason service chiefs failed to honour the summon by the House of Representatives last Friday. According to Olonisakin, the service chiefs recognised the concern of the house but were unable to appear on that day “due to other national assignments”. The defence chief, who spoke on Monday at a meeting with the leadership of the green chambers, said their absence from the meeting was not a deliberate act to disrespect the lawmakers. “We are here to listen to the security concerns of the house and address them with the support of the legislature,” Olonisakin said. “Our various chiefs of operations were here to represent us, they are senior officers in charge of the various headquarters and are qualified to respond to...
Service Chiefs Succumb To Speaker’s Threat, Appear Before NASS
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Service Chiefs Succumb To Speaker’s Threat, Appear Before NASS

The Federal House of Representatives is finally meeting with heads of security agencies across the country. In a tweet by the lower legislative chamber, it said the meeting is aimed at discussing security situation of Nigeria. The service chiefs, who had on Friday last week failed to appear before the house are now at the meeting before as at 2 p.m. The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, who had expressed disappointment at the action of the service chiefs described it as an insult to the Parliament. He thereafter promised to report the matter to President Muhammadu Buhari. The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, was however absent, as well as the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu in the meeting which has now gone behind closed doors.
Reps To Investigate Rowdiness At Wednesday’s Plenary
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Reps To Investigate Rowdiness At Wednesday’s Plenary

The House of the Representative has resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the rowdy session and attempt by some members to grab the mace during plenary on Wednesday. This was sequel to a matter of privilege raised by Rep. Benjamin Kalu (APC-Abia) at the plenary on Thursday. Earlier, Kalu said that it was disappointing to see ranking members engage in a struggle to displace the mace during sitting. He alleged that Rep. Gogo Bright (PDP-Rivers) carried the mace from the upper bracket and put it on the lower bracket during plenary which was not supposed to be so. Kalu said that he was a new member, who joined the National Assembly with a patriotic zeal to contribute to nation building, saying that the event breached his privileges. He urged the House to set ...
Ambode Presents N1.046 Trillion Budget, Targets N60b Monthly IGR
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Ambode Presents N1.046 Trillion Budget, Targets N60b Monthly IGR

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday presented N1.046 trillion 2018 budget estimates to the House of Assembly, saying the state hopes to generate on the average N60 billion monthly to finance it. The proposed budget, the governor said, represents an increase of 28.67 per cent over 2017 budget with recurrent expenditure of N347.039 billion and capital expenditure of N699 billion. Ambode, who stated that the estimate of total revenue for year 2018 is N897.423 billion of which N720.123 billion will be generated internally, said the state intends to improve on its Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) in the face of the dwindling accruable revenue allocation from the Federal Government, as well as sustain its vision on wealth creation and poverty alleviation. He said: “A total of N1...
Reps Blasts Obasanjo Over Constituency Projects, Insist He’s Father Of Corruption
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Reps Blasts Obasanjo Over Constituency Projects, Insist He’s Father Of Corruption

The House of Representatives said on Tuesday that it would no longer respond to corruption allegations made against the National Assembly by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. It noted that its response had already been “fully captured” in a position the House took in 2016 that the former President remained the “grandfather of corruption in Nigeria.” The House spoke as Obasanjo again criticised the constituency projects of lawmakers, describing them as “corruption.” Obasanjo made his latest attacks in Minna, the Niger State capital, on Monday where he addressed the opening of a two-day investment forum organised by the Niger State Government. The forum with the theme, “Impact of Investing for Advancing Agricultural Economy and Innovation,” had several notable personalities in ...
Yoruba Language: Lagos Assembly Summons Ambode’s Adviser
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Yoruba Language: Lagos Assembly Summons Ambode’s Adviser

The Lagos State House of Assembly has summoned Obafela Bank-Olemoh, Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Education and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Fola Adeyemi, over a press statement perceived to be against a proposed law on Yoruba language. The House directed the duo to appear before its Committee on Education to explain the statement credited to the Ministry of Education, seen to be against a bill on compulsory teaching of the language in schools. The development followed a motion moved on the floor of the House on Monday by the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Olanrewaju Ogunyemi, condemning the statement issued by the ministry. Ogunyemi said that the House had done so much to protect the native language from going into extinction and th...
Reps To Test Run E-voting During Wednesday Proceedings
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Reps To Test Run E-voting During Wednesday Proceedings

The House of Representatives may, on Wednesday, commence a test run of e-voting method during the legislative procedures. Deputy Majority Whip of the House, Mr. Pally Iriase (Edo-APC) gave the hint while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja after the chamber’s plenary. The resolution to adopt e-voting ostensibly stemmed from the controversy that trailed the rejection of the South-East Development Commission Bill by the House last Thursday. It would be recalled that it was difficult for the Speaker of the House, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, to ascertain whether the “nays’’ or the “ayes’’ had the majority when he put the motion on the bill to voice vote. It was at the second voting that the rejection of the bill was clear, as the majority of the members voted against it. Iriase sai...
Bill On Lagos Cooperative College Passes Second Reading
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Bill On Lagos Cooperative College Passes Second Reading

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday read for the second time a Bill for a Law to establish Lagos State Cooperative College. The House, after extensive deliberation on the merits of the bill, committed it to its Committee on Commerce and Industry, headed by Mr Oladele Adekanye (APC-Lagos Mainland I). Adekanye said the bill is progressive and designed to enhance economic activities in the state. “This bill is a thing of joy; it is a progressive one and it should be considered by all and sundry. I am going to solicit quick consideration after the usual deliberation. “It seeks to support the establishment of cooperative college in Lagos for cooperative operators. We really need to hasten passage of this bill. “There is a need to have a standard cooperative college so th...
Monday Igbuya And His Thugs Chase Okowa From Project Site
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Monday Igbuya And His Thugs Chase Okowa From Project Site

Sacked Delta Speaker, Igbuya, Leads Thugs To Chase Gov. Okowa From Project Site In Sapele. Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was, on Tuesday, prevented from commissioning a road project in Sapele by thugs led by Mr. Monday Igbuya, the recently impeached Speaker of the state legislature. Mr. Okowa, his deputy, Mr. Kingsley Otuaro, and other top government functionaries were in the area to commission the road and inspect other projects as part of activities marking the second anniversary of his administration. But Mr. Igbuya, leading a band of thugs, invaded the venue and chased away the governor and his entourage. The governor, his deputy, the newly elected Speaker of the House, Mr. Sheriff Oborevwori; his deputy, Mr. Friday Osanibi, and other dignitaries had taken their seat...
El-Rufai Published State Security Budget, Not His Security Vote”– Reps Spokesman
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El-Rufai Published State Security Budget, Not His Security Vote”– Reps Spokesman

THE House of Representatives on Tuesday said Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State published the security budget of the state, not his own security vote. The Chairman of the Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas, stated this at a news briefing in Abuja. Namdas said el-Rufai was undermining and distracting the National Assembly by his claims that the N115 billion in the legislature’s 2016 budget was for the 469 members. According to him, the budget covers among others salaries, allowances, expenditure and running cost of 469 members. He said this will also cover salaries and allowances of about 3,000 legislative aides and salaries, allowances, equipment and maintenance of about 5,000 staff in the bureaucracy of the National Assembly. He urged the gov...
Reps Summon Magu, Emefiele, Peterside, Over Alleged Stolen $17bn Oil Proceeds
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Reps Summon Magu, Emefiele, Peterside, Over Alleged Stolen $17bn Oil Proceeds

The House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee investigating alleged 17 billion dollars undeclared oil proceed has summoned Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to appear before it on Tuesday. Chairman of the committee, Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas, summoned Magu on Monday in Abuja at the opening of the investigation where all the invited stakeholders sent their subordinates to represent the committee. Also summoned by the ad hoc committee to appear before it were the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru; and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele. Others were Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside; and...

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