Unutilised constituency projects littering the Okeho landscape

June 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

The constitutional responsibility and duty of a lawmaker is to make laws and sponsor bills that would have meaningful impact on their constituents. They are also saddled with the responsibility of contributing meaningfully well to the growth and development of their various constituencies and this is the main reason why each lawmaker is entitled to constituency allowances, either at the Read More

Buni: Yobe lawmakers declare impeachment rumour as ‘false, malicious’

The Yobe state House of Assembly members have collectively condemned in totality of the story published in an online news platform titled, “Impeachment: Governor Mai Mala seals threat with automatic ticket to 24 assembly members in Yobe”. The lawmakers also described a video clip being circulated by one Mohammed Yakubu Lai- Lai on the same subject as false. The members Read More

Lawmakers, journalists face discomfort as renovation begins in NASS

April 15, 2022 Taiye Odewale 0

Members of the National Assembly at both Chambers and journalists covering their activities are in for hard times as renovation works on Hallowed Chambers begin. The Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Architect Amos Ojo Olatunde, in a press statement the renovation would cover the entire White House, which is the first component of the NASS complex built in 1996 Read More

Lawmakers knock NIMASA DG over controversial $195m deep blue project

March 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

The House of Representatives Committee on Navy investigating the controversial $195 million deep blue project has queried the Nigerian Maritime Administration Agency (NIMASA) over the purchase of arms. The deep blue project is a three-year maritime security contract awarded by the federal government to a foreign private company named HLS International Limited. The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Navy, Read More

Bello to state lawmakers: I won’t disappoint you if elected president

January 20, 2022 Mohammed Lawal 0

Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello on Thursday assured members of the conference of Nigeria State Legislatures that he will never disappoint them if elected as president in 2023 presidential election. The governor gave the assurance at the extra-ordinary meeting of the conference of Nigeria State Legislatures, North-east zone held at Hazibal Hotel, Bauchi. Governor Yahaya Bello, who appreciated the North-east Read More

Sani Zorro, Mike Umeh: Where are they now?

January 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

In this edition, a former lawmaker/practising journalist and two former football administrators who had served Nigeria meritoriously come under focus; ELEOJO IDACHABA writes. Sani Zorro Sani Zorro once represented Gumel, Gagarawa, Maigatari and Sule Tankarkar constituency of Jigawa state in the House of Representatives between 2015 and 2019, in addition to being a national president of the Nigerian Union of Read More

Banditry: Lawmakers seek more security presence in Katsina

December 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Katsina State House of Assembly has called on security agencies to beef up efforts at safeguarding lives and property in areas that are troubled by armed bandits particularly in Faskari local government area, which has been witnessing series of attacks in the last two weeks. The call followed a Matter of Urgent Public Importance moved by the member representing Read More

VIDEO: Drama as Lawmakers exchange blows over controversial Bill

December 22, 2021 Solomon Arowolo 0

Members of the Ghana parliament are seen in a viral video exchanging blow during voting on the controversial E-levy bill. The lawmakers were taking votes on whether or not the E-levy should be adopted under a certificate of urgency. According to local media, Joseph Osei-Owusu, who was presiding stated that he was stepping down to vote and asked the Second Read More

Nigerian lawmakers earns $224,000 more than US counterpart – Afenifere

November 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere in Europe and the United Kingdom (UK) has lamented the rising costs of governance in the country, noting that an average House of Representative member in Nigeria earns $224,000 more than their counterpart in the United States. Afenifere also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to shelve its planned N5,000 monthly transport grant to the poorest Nigerians, Read More

Imo new speaker suspends 3 lawmakers

November 9, 2021 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

The newly elected speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Kennedy Ibeh, Monday, achieved his ambition of becoming number three citizen of the state. The Obowo state constituency lawmaker who has never hidden his love to occupy the hottest seat in the hallowed chambers right from his first tenure during the administration of former governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, grasped Read More

Listen to Nigerians, declare for presidency now, pressure mounts on Tinubu

October 23, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Former Lagos state governor and a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been pressurised again to make public his intention to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari. Thousands of his supporters gathered Saturday in Abuja at the unveiling Asiwaju’s legacies and inauguration of states’ steering committee to reinstate their claims. Although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has Read More

Don condemns call for return to regional government

October 15, 2021 Emmanuel Ologun 0

Participants at a roundtable discussion on Nigeria’s democracy and governance issues have suggested that citizens should play more participatory role in politics and hold their lawmakers accountable by compelling them to amend the constitution so that the nation’s democracy can work, or revert to regionalism. A leading discussant at the one day workshop organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences, Read More

2023 presidency: APC national secretariat approves Osinbajo mobilisation group

October 9, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ongoing mobilization towards ensuring that Vice President Yemi succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari has received further boost with the APC National Headquarters formal recognition of the Progressive Consolidation Group (PCG). An October 4, 2021 letter issued by the APC and titled ‘Letter of Recognition as Support Group’ formally makes the pro-Osinbajo PCG the first 2023 presidential mobilization group to be granted Read More

Kebbi lawmakers pass law on child rights

The Kebbi state House of Assembly Tuesday passed a bill to domesticate the Child Rights Act in the state. The Child Rights Act is an international law domesticated by Nigeria in 2003. It protects children against abuse. The passage of the bill in Kebbi state followed that of Katsina in December last year. Both North-west states are affected by child Read More

2022: Budget of high sounding figures, CUPP reacts

October 7, 2021 Lekan Shehinde 0

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has taken a swipe at the 2022 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari at the National Assembly on Thursday. The President had on Thursday presented a budget of N16.39 trillion to the National Assembly. The CUPP, in a statement by its spokesman, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, said that the budget only highlighted by more Read More

Increasing borrowings worrisome – Ndume

September 17, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Senator Ali Ndume (APC Borno South), Thursday, said the increasing requests for loans by the executive arm of government and expeditious approval by the National Assembly, are worrisome. Ndume who stated this while fielding questions from journalists covering the Senate , said though borrowing is not a crime but the thoroughness required for its approval, is often not followed by Read More

It’s wrong to assess lawmakers on basis of bills – Gbajabiamila

September 16, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has argued that decision of some media organisations to rate members of the parliament on the basis of number of bills sponsored is wrong. Gbajabiamila, who made the statement while welcoming his colleagues back in session on Wednesday, said outside bills sponsorship, lawmakers make great impacts during committee works, as well as Read More

Breaking: Like Ondo, Lagos assembly passes anti-open grazing bill

September 9, 2021 Editor 0

From Lagos comes a report that the Lagos state House of Assembly on Thursday passed passed the bill that prohibits open cattle grazing in the state. Also, the state assembly passed Value Added Tax (VAT) on the same day. The two bills were passed after unanimous votes by the lawmakers at the sitting where they were read the third time. Read More

2023: Atiku most prepared, experienced to rescue Nigeria from APC – Group

September 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A group under the aegis of Amalgamated Atiku Support Group (AASG) has said that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is the most adequately prepared and experienced politician in Nigeria to confront and rescue power from  the ruling All Progressives Congress  (APC) in 2023. The National Coordinator of the group, Mr. Oladimeji Fabiyi in a statement issued Friday, however condemned a Read More

Rising insecurity, beyond Reps’ opposition politics

August 31, 2021 Blueprint 0

Rising insecurity in the last few days has left scores of lives consumed, many abducted and property worth millions of naira destroyed across the country, that lawmakers in the House of Representatives across political party lines appeared united in expressing serious concerns over the latest developments. JOSHUA EGBODO writes. The recap The lingering insecurity across the country came to crescendo Read More

PIB: Buhari has shown courage to do the right thing – APC

August 17, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) 2021 into law as passed by the National Assembly, saying such has ended the long jinx of the PIB delayed since early 2000s.  The governing party, however said Nigeria’s oil and gas industry which used to loose as much as $15 billion in investments Read More

Breaking: Lagos lawmakers cut down Tinubu, other ex-governors’ pension benefits

August 5, 2021 Temitope Musowo 0

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday approved the report of its committee on establishment which recommended the reduction of pensions to former governors and other affected officials by 50 percent. The committee also expunged the provision of houses in Abuja and Lagos for former governors as stipulated in an earlier law operated by the state.  The report further Read More

Onochie’s rejection: CNPP hails Senate

July 14, 2021 Blueprint 0

Following the rejection of the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a commissioner at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has commended the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria “for listening to the voice of reason. The group said by rejecting Onochie, Senate was flowing with public opinion rather than maintaining its traditional Read More