Fake news can set Nigeria ablaze – Kaduna Speaker

April 10, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna 0

Speaker, Kaduna state House of Assembly, Hon. Yusuf Zailani, has warned that fake news is capable of setting Nigeria ablaze, noting that it has contributed to the spate of insecurity affecting the country.  Addressing a one-day roundtable organised by NUJ Northwest Zone in collaboration with NUJ Kaduna State Council on ‘Fake News, Governance and Society’ in Kaduna on Saturday, Zailani said Read More

COVID – 19: Senate faults FG’s conversion of PTF to Steering Committee

April 9, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate through its Committee on Health has faulted the federal government for converting the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID – 19 to Steering Committee on the pandemic without required collaboration with the National Assembly. The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe made these declarations Thursday during a public hearing on a bill titled: “Federal Medical Centre, Read More

Our leaders should travel by road

April 6, 2021 Blueprint 0

The bad condition of our road, especially Maiduguri – Damaturu highway, which has become a safe haven for Boko Haram, kidnappers, among others, reminds one on our leaders’ failed promises and their constitutional responsibilities which they swore to uphold. The Maiduguri – Damaturu highway has consumed many innocent lives. My course mate Zarah, whose ambition was to become a journalist, Read More

Seed industry: NASC builds stakeholders’ capacity

April 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

The importance of seed to farming cannot be over-emphasised, hence, the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) recent capacity building training for all stakeholders in the seed industry, JOHN OBA, reports. The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), and stakeholders in the Seed industry met in Abuja to discuss the seeds industry as it affects seeds importation, production, sales, and exports. The Read More

Governance roles for monarchs as panacea for insecurity

March 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent call by the Northern governors for formal governance roles for traditional rulers, while urging for government’s control and censorship of social media to address insecurity and forestall recurrence of recent breakdown of law and order is quite germane. This is more so considering the fact that traditional rulers are the custodians of cultural heritage which is critical to Read More

Jailed Professor didn’t work for me or APC, Akpabio blasts PDP

March 27, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has said that the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party that the jailed Electoral Officer Prof Peter Ogban was convicted for allegedly rigging an election in favour of the All Progressives Congress and Senator Akpabio is spurious, unfounded and malicious. Akpabio was reacting to the news making the rounds about a Read More

When indiscriminate siren abuse has come to stay

March 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

Indiscriminate use of sirens has continued to defy ban despite repeated attempts. ELEOJO IDACHABA in this piece writes on how the abuse causes chaos in the country’s major cities. Indiscriminate use and abuse of sirens in Nigeria has for long been a concern to the citizens, particularly those living in the cities. Back in 2009, then Inspector General of Police, Read More

National Assembly to pass PIB April – Sylva

March 26, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, said Thursday that the leadership of National Assembly has assured him that the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) would be passed in April this year. The minister at a Special Ministerial Briefings coordinated by the Presidential Communication Team at the State House in Abuja. He said the Petroleum Industry Bill would Read More

Revealed! How Armed Forces Commission caused commotion in Senate 

March 22, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Amid commotion over a bill seeking for the establishment of Armed Forces Service Commission (AFSC), the Senate in avoiding division, hurriedly went into closed door session last week Wednesday. TAIYE  ODEWALE reports . The hope of the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe ( PDP Abia South ), to get his bill seeking for establishment of Armed Forces Service Commission (AFSC) pass for Read More

SERAP sues NASS over ‘missing N4.4bn funds’, Senate probes N2.8bn unaccounted service wide vote

  The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit seeking to compel Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker  House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila to urgently probe and recover a purported missing N4.4billion public fund appropriated to the National Assembly. The organisation, in the mandamus application lodged at the registry of the Federal High Court Abuja, said it Read More

Ayade, Jarigbe disagree over PDP’s fate in Cross River

March 21, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

Governor Ben Ayade and Rt Hon Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, a House of Representatives member, have traded words over the fate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River state. While the governor threatened to abandon the PDP over injustices against his interest, Jarigbe said the governor had handed over the PDP to his younger brother to run. Speaking, weekend, Read More

Now that our leaders are being guinea-pigged

March 19, 2021 Clem Oluwole 0

At long, long last, the Covid-19 vaccine has finally arrived in Nigeria. But the Presidential Task Force set up by the federal government has warned that despite the arrival of the defence laager, it is too early to start dancing on the grave of the pandemic that has claimed more than two million lives and sickened several other millions worldwide Read More

National Convention: Moniedafe joins race for APC national chairmanship seat

March 19, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Adamawa state, Sunny Sylvester Moniedafe, has declared officially to contest the position of the national chairman in the forthcoming national convention of the ruling party. Moniedafe said if given opportunity he will end the era of ‘Monkey dey work, Bamboo dey chop’ in APC.” Addressing a press conference Friday in Abuja, the Read More

Senate summons Auditor General over unaudited Immigration account

March 18, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Committee on Finance has invited the Auditor General of the Federation, Mr. Aghughu Arhotomhenia, to appear before on Tuesday March 24, 2021, for explanations on reasons why his office had not given guidelines for the auditing of the accounts of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS). Chairman of the Committee, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola ( APC Lagos West ), Read More

Medical tourism to end soon – House Committee Chair

March 18, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

The Chairman House Committee on Health Institutions at the 9th National Assembly and Member Representing Ideato North and Ideato South federal constituency, Hon. Dr. Paschal Chigozie Obi, has assured that medical tourism will soon be a thing of the past  in the country.  Hon. Obi gave the assurance in Abuja when he led the committee members on an oversight visit Read More

Reps task NASC on legislative aides’ outstanding benefits

March 17, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives has urged the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) to cause the management of the National Assembly to immediately pay legislative aides’ 28 days allowances, and other pending benefits. The call was contained in the report of the Hon. Olawale Tasir Raji-led House Services Committee, which investigated the nonpayment of salaries and allowances of legislative aides, including Read More

Minimum wage bill: We’re ready for nationwide protests, Labour tells Reps

Nigeria’s organised labour has insisted that the House of Representatives should forget about the bill seeking to remove the National Minimum Wage from the exclusive legislative list, to the concurrent list of the 1999 Constitution.  The bill, initiated in the House, had already passed second reading, even as the organised labour insisted it won’t fly. “Our prayer goes to the Read More

Reps’ intervention on arms procurement funds

March 16, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Late last week, there were widespread media reports, citing the National Security Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, Babagana Monguno, alleging that no records of arms procurement under the immediate past service chiefs were available, suggesting that the funds may have been misappropriated. JOSHUA EGBODO writes on implications of the immediate intervention of the House of Representatives  The reportThe National Security Read More

Reps want NASS mgt. to pay aides outstanding benefits

March 16, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives has urged the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), to immediately pay members’ legislative aides the 28 days allowances, and other pending benefits. The call was contained in the report of the Hon. Olawale Tasir Raji-led House Services Committee, which had investigated the non-payment of salaries and allowances of Legislative Aides, including their statutory 28 days entitlement. Read More

Monarchs’ Constitutional role, to be or not to be?

March 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

Last week Thursday, the National Council of Traditional Rulers, stormed the National Assembly for submission of memorandum on the need for them to be given specific constitutional roles in governance as was the practice in the past. Will they be given or not? TAIYE ODEWALE examines . In line with the process of constitution review or amendments, traditional rulers across Read More

Nigeria lagging behind in $11trn digital economy – NITDA

March 13, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

As far as digital economy in the world is concerned, which is valued at $11trillion, Nigeria despite its huge population and potentials, is lagging behind, according to the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency ( NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Inuwa. This is as the Senate has urged the agency to fast track the process of making the country an Read More

Hollow protests

March 11, 2021 Dan Agbese 0

Organised labour has a duty to protect the interests of workers, be they members of the various labour and trade unions or not. We are all bound together in a capitalist economy in which employers would rather pay slave wages than living wages. Successive labour leaders, from our acknowledged labour leader number one, the late Chief Michael Imoudu, to the Read More

9th National Assembly: When collaboration means compromise

March 11, 2021 Mon-Charles Egbo 0

The three core roles and responsibilities of the legislature are defined. Representation is about individual legislators speaking and working in favour of their constituencies for government interventions through infrastructural development and other life-enhancing deliverables. Legislation involves making laws for peace, order and good governance. And then over-sight functions, technically called checks and balances, entail exercising control, monitoring and supervisory roles Read More

NLC: Benue Assembly vows to work against anti-people policies

March 11, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

The Benue State House of Assembly Wednesday promised to work with the organised labour in the state to fight against government policies that are anti people. Speaker of the Benue state House of Assembly Titus Uba made this known when the organised labour was at the assembly during a peaceful protest against the move by the National Assembly to transfer Read More

Constitution review: APC women demand 50-50 representatives in govt

March 10, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen Wednesday led a high-level women delegation to submit a memoranda listing demands for affirmative action to the All Progressives Congress (APC) Constitution Review Committee. The memoranda was received by the Chairman of the APC Constitution Review Committee, Prof. Tahir Mamman, SAN at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja. The minister was accompanied Read More