NILDS raises legislative drafters for NASS, state assemblies

April 29, 2022 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), has commenced process of raising thoroughly trained legislative Drafters for National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly. Forty of such set of legislative drafters were certificated Friday in Abuja by NILDS after three months intensive training. In his speech at the ceremony, the Director General of NILDS, Professor Abubakar Sulaiman, said Read More

Govs, NASS members ‘ve failed South-East – Activist

April 5, 2022 Emeka Nze 0

A legal activist and solicitor of the Supreme Court, Barrister Chukwudi Ezeobika Esq, has stated thatgovernors and members of the National Assembly (NASS) from the South-East are docile, out of touch and completely unconscious of their roles and duties to the region. Ezeobika in a statement on Monday noted that “it is indeed worrisome that elected state governors and members Read More

We’re shortchanged, South East NASS caucus laments

April 3, 2022 Chuks Nweze 0

The South East caucus of the National Assembly has raised the alarm that the region is being shortchanged in the number of senators and House of Representatives members from the zone compared to other zones. The NASS members made this outcry during South East Open Square programme organised by Daria Media in collaboration with Channels TV, and sponsored by MacArthur Read More

2023: I’ll win NASS election for PDP – Iornem

March 28, 2022 John Shiaondo 0

A PDP House of Representatives contender for the Kwande /Ushongo Constituency, Dr Kohol Iornem, has purchased his expression of interest and nomination forms to contest for the party’s ticket in the upcoming primaries. Dr. Iornem is president of Udzough u Tiv in the United Kingdom.Presenting the nomination and express of interest form before his supporters Sunday, Dr Iornem, said he Read More

ActionAid wants NASS commitment to passage of Gender Bills

March 24, 2022 Adeola Tukuru 0

ActionAid Nigeria ( AAN) has called on the Nigerian National Assembly to substantiate it’s commitment to gender equality by representing and reconsidering all five proposed Gender Bills in the 5th Constitution Amendment Bills. AAN Country Director, Ene Obi in a press statement issued in Abuja said the Nigerian women deserve a constitution that guarantees: an irreducible minimum of 111 seats Read More

Constitution review: Anxiety over outcome from state parliaments

March 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

With voting concluded by both houses of the National Assembly, on the 68 constitution alteration Bills, anxiety has been in air over possible outcomes from the State Houses of Assembly. JOSHUA EGBODO reviews past attempts, and the hurdles before the ongoing process. Tightening lose ends With voting concluded on the promised alterations, all eyes were on the National Assembly, which Read More

Gombe: KFP slams NASS, advocates women participation in politics

March 9, 2022 Auwal Ahmad 0

Chairperson of Kalthum Foundation for Peace, Ummul Khalthum Muhammad, has called on women to actively participate in the political process ahead of the 2023 general elections. Ummul Khathum made the call in a press statement signed and made available to newsmen in Gombe on Wednesday, in commemoration of the International Women’s Day (IWD) celebration. The woman activist urged the federal Read More

IWD: NAWOJ asks NASS to reconsider gender bills

March 9, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Nigeria Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ) Tuesday said until the gender bills are reconsidered and passed into law by the 9th National Assembly, Nigeria cannot be considered a fully democratic nation. NAWOJ made her position known in a statement signed by the president, Comrade Ladi Bala to congratulate Nigerian women on the occasion of the International Women’s Day celebrated Read More

IWD: Re-consider rejected Gender Bills, Anyim tells NASS

March 8, 2022 Chizoba Ogbeche Abuja 0

Former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, has called on the National Assembly to re-visit the rejected Bills on women/gender related issues with a view to passing them into law. The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in a message of solidarity and support to Nigerian women on the occasion of the 2022 International Women’s Day (IWD) Read More

Constitution review: Women group decries NASS’ rejection of gender bill

March 3, 2022 Joy Emmanuel Yenagoa 0

The Standup for Women Society (SWS) Bayelsa state chapter, Wednesday, expressed disappointment and grieved at the actions of the 9th National Assembly (NASS), when they rejected a bill seeking to reserve special seats for women at both national and state assembly. A statement by the state chairperson, Liberator Eunice Nnachi, in Yenagoa, frowns at how they denied women the opportunity Read More

Issues as NASS vote on Constitution Review

February 28, 2022 Blueprint 0

As separately announced last week, lawmakers at both the Senate and the House of Representatives will today (Tuesday) vote on amendments proposals by their Ad – Hoc Committees on Constitution Review. TAIYE ODEWALE reports. History of Constitution Reviews While amendments were not carried out on the nation’s Constitutions during the first, second and aborted 3rd republics, it has become a Read More

Constitution review: Reinstate “Right to Food”, HOMEF tells NASS

February 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) has called on the NationalAssembly’s Committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution to reinstatethe clause on the ‘right to food’ which was reportedly deleted in theConstitution’s amendment Bill. The Foundation in a recent statement by its Director, Dr. Nnimmo Bassey, expressed disappointment at this move to remove the clause, noting that the right Read More

Stop NASS from raising minimum qualifications for President, others, Aspirant tells court

February 25, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

A presidential aspirant, Julius Musa Lagware, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to stop the National Assembly (NASS) from proceeding with the proposed bill seeking to increase the minimum qualification for those aspiring to contest the presidential election and other offices. In a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/ 222/2022, the Plaintiff listed as respondents in the fundamental rights enforcement suit Read More

2023: Widows want former beauty queen to represent them at NASS

February 9, 2022 Moses John 0

A cross section of women and widows from Nasarawa Eggon, Wamba and Akwanga local governments of Nasarawa state have called on a former beauty queen, Ambassador Beauty Sudar Aliyu, to contest for the position of House of Representatives in 2023 general elections. The women who spoke on the sideline during the widows, youth and the less privileged outreach organised by Read More

NASS reveals when report on Constitution Review will be ready

February 5, 2022 Taiye Odewale 0

The National Assembly has assured that report of its Joint Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution would be presented to both legislative chambers for consideration at the end of February 2022. Chairman, Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution and Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, stated this Friday in Abuja at a joint retreat Read More

NYSC Trust Fund Bill: NGO hails Buhari, NASS synergy on youth devt

January 28, 2022 Samson Benjamin 0

A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Empowerment for Unemployed Youths Initiative, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts at ensuring youth development in the country. The NGO’s executive director, Mr. Richard Audu, who gave the commendation Friday at a news conference in Abuja, also thumbed up the National Assembly for considering the NYSC Trust Fund Bill for second reading. He said Read More

NASS set to pass Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill

January 19, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said Tuesday that the two chambers of the National Assembly would pass the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday day. Lawan said this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office in Abuja. “By the grace of God, tomorrow (January 19, 2022) both chambers, Read More

About one year to 2023 polls: INEC waits, tension mounts over unsigned Electoral Bill

With barely one year to the 2023 general elections, Nigerians have continued to express worry over the continued delay in the signing of the Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill 2021. More than any other thing, the delay has kept the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) waiting and guessing on how best to plan ahead of the 2023 general elections. President Read More

Uba Sani a worthy ambassador of Kaduna in 9th Assembly – Zailani

January 1, 2022 Chamba Simeh 0

The Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani, has described Senator Uba Sani, representing Kaduna Central in the 9th National Assembly (NASS) as a shinning light and a worthy ambassador of the state. In a statement signed by his Sspecial Assistant Media and Publicity, Hon. Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, dated Friday December 31st, 2021, the Read More

NASS budget office must be strengthened for efficiency – Lawan

December 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said efforts must be made to strengthen the National Assembly Budget and Research Office (NABRO) to ensure efficiency in the discharge of its functions. Lawan stated this Wednesday after a bill seeking to provide for the establishment of the National Assembly Budget and Research Office scaled second reading during plenary. He said such Read More

N621bn projects: Niger delta youths vow to occupy NNPC, NASS if…

November 22, 2021 Editor 0

Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC) has said it is mobilising its members to occupy the National Assembly complex and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) headquarters in Abuja withing the next 48 hours until the decision of the federal government to exclude the region in the federal government’s plan to reconstruct more roads in the region is rescinded. The NNPC Read More

Direct primaries: Politicians just eat that frog

November 16, 2021 Abdulghani Arobo 0

First, let us burn all the bridges. That must have been the mentality of the National Assembly when it passed the recent amendment to the Electoral Act which mandates the use of “Direct Primaries” by all political parties as the procedure for selecting its candidates for general elections. For any keen observer of our politics, they will agree that after Read More

Direct/indirect primaries: NASS leaders, members guilty as govs – PGF boss

November 12, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the director-general, Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh Lukman, has said the National Assembly leaders and its members were as guilty as governors in the on-going debate to either adopt direct or indirect primaries for the selection of candidates by political parties. Lukman also revealed that the insertion of the provisions Read More

E-parliament: Africa should learn from NASS – Kandetu

November 11, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Parliamentarians in Africa have been enjoined to learn the system and act of parliament currently in practice in the National Assembly of Nigeria, for e-parliament, modern technology, transparency and accuracy. Speaker of Namibia House of Parliament, Ms. Lydia Kandetu, stated this Wednesday, when she led a session of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, African region, to the National Assembly. Kandetu, after been Read More