Presidential peace accord on my birthday?

September 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

It is significant to me that Nigeria’s National Peace Committee (NPC) has invited presidential hopefuls to the proposed signing of peace accord ahead of the 2023 presidential and National Assembly elections. I am excited because the letter signed and issued on Thursday, September 15, by Chairman of NPC, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), invites the candidates and their spokespersons to append Read More

Again, Gbajabiamila wades into FG, ASUU rift

September 19, 2022 Joshua Egbodo 0

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has moved to once again, intervene and see to calling off of the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). To this end, the Speaker has invitedMinister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Finance, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, the leadership of ASUU and other key stakeholders for a meeting Read More

Lawyer petitions NJC over refusal to hear case

September 16, 2022 Editorial II 0

Some aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia state, have petitioned the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of National Judicial Council (NJC), Olukayode Ariwoola, over an alleged refusal by a Federal High Court Judge in Umuahia to hear a pre-election matter. Lawyer to the aggrieved members, Nnamdi U. Nwokocha Ahaaiwe, in the petition, said Justice Read More

Keren’s rape case: AI writes Gbajabiamila, demands probe of Premiere Academy

August 10, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

Two hundred and twenty-three (223) days after failing to commence investigative public hearing into the rape and death of 14 year old boarding student of Premiere Academy Lugbe, Abuja, Keren-Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher, Amnesty International has written to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamilla to comply with its resolution by commencing forthwith the public hearing.  Following a motion Read More

Assessing Shekarau at the senate

July 3, 2022 Sule Ya’u Sule 0

It is the campaign season again, and in the last few months, we have witnessed frenzied footwork of politicians jostling for party tickets. National Assembly legislators are not left out. While many have temporarily relocated to their home constituencies to secure or safe-keep their partisan interests, the red and green chambers have mainly been emptied, and legislative business has taken Read More

As 9th National Assembly climbs the cheer ladder…

June 29, 2022 Blueprint 0

Many Nigerians are very happy with the ninth National Assembly about the Electoral Act 2022 as amended. This is because this beautiful legislation will surely add a new leaf to the electoral system of Nigeria. I am delighted that the senate has again taken another giant step in the process of making another beautiful legislation that will see a change Read More

Party nomination fees and the shrinking political space

May 12, 2022 Samson Itodo 0

“The membership of the National Assembly is an investment because most of us sold our houses to get to the Senate… the maturity is there but it is the ability to recoup whatever you spent legitimately that is the problem” – Adolphus Wabara, Former Senate President. “For political parties, the sale of nomination forms is vital for operational revenue. Additionally, Read More

2023: Afenifere canvasses for government of national unity

April 28, 2022 Blueprint 0

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere on Wednesday called for a Government of National Unity in place of the 2023 general elections. Afenifere made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of its second general meeting held at the country home of the Acting Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Jared Ajayi. According to Read More

Education, health, others require purposeful legislation – Makinde

April 5, 2022 Lateef Ibrahim 0

A former member of the House of Representatives, Rotimi Makinde, has said that education, health and other important matters can be addressed through purposeful legislation. Makinde who represented Ife Federal Constituency between 2011-2015, declared his intention to return to the lower chamber come 2023. Speaking at a press conference held at his radio station, Oodua FM in Ile-Ife, Tuesday, Makinde Read More

Buhari transmits bills repositioning secondary education, establishing Otukpo health varsity

March 29, 2022 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate has received the National Senior Secondary School Education Commission Bill transmitted to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari. The bill was accompanied with a letter which was read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary, Tuesday. President Buhari, in the letter stated that the request for the passage of the bill was made pursuant to Section Read More

As women bare their fangs…

March 15, 2022 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Women in Nigeria generally are furious at this time. They are angry that Nigeria’s law making body, the National Assembly, turned down all women-related march, at a time when the world is celebrating women and their achievements via the International Women’s Day that is marked on March 8, every year. The International Women’s Day, celebrated last week, is aimed at Read More

Report on Constitution review ready month end – Omo-Agege

February 4, 2022 Taiye Odewale 0

The National Assembly has given the assurance that a report of its Joint Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution would be presented to both legislative chambers for consideration at the end of this month. The chairman, Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution and Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, disclosed this Friday in Abuja at Read More

Plot to hijack AA won’t succeed – National chair

January 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

The National Chairman of the Action Alliance (AA) Hon Adekunle Rufai Omoaje has raised the alarm of an alleged plot by some politicians to hijack the party. Hon Rufai Omoaje raised the alarm while addressing the party delegates at the party’s national convention held at the Lekan Salami stadium complex side in Ibadan The AA national chairman stated that those 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

‘Govs approaching land issues like owners’

December 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

A Benin based lawyer and human rights activist, Dele Igbinedion, Tuesday faulted the Land Use Act which domiciled all lands on states governors. He said though the law specified that the lands would be held in trust for the benefits of residents, “yet governors are approaching land issues like real owners.” He stated that many individual lands have been revoked Read More

Don’t impose direct primary on parties, expert warns NASS

November 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

A Political Scientist, Dr Gbade Ojo, has warned the National Assembly against imposing direct mode of primary on political parties in nominating their candidates. Ojo, also a Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Ilorin, spoke with newsmen on Thursday in Ibadan. According to him, it is undemocratic for the National Assembly (NASS) to impose direct mode of primary Read More

NANS urges students to take COVID-19 vaccine

November 25, 2021 Duro Joseph 0

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Wednesday urged all Nigerian students to take the COVID -19 vaccine jab saying it is not harmful. President of the association, Mr. Sunday Dayo, and the national executive members were at the headquarters of the National Primary Health Development Agency (NPHCDA) for a press briefing to dispel the rumour that the vaccine is Read More

NEPZA seeks more funding for SEZs devt

November 12, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The managing director, Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, has solicited the intervention of the National Assembly for a sustained appropriation for the development of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) across the country. According to a statement by NEPZA’s head of corporate communications, Martins Odeh, Thursday, Adesugba made the call during the defence of 2021 and the presentation Read More

Breaking: Oyo rep defects to APC

November 9, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress caucus of the House of Representatives has gained another member. He is Rep. Jacob Ajao Adejumo from Oyo State. Until his defection to the majority party, he was a member of the Action Democratic Party (ADP. The Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has, however read his defection letter to members on the floor in Abuja on Tuesday Read More

BASNEC forms village savings and loans associations for women in Bauchi

November 7, 2021 Najib Sani 0

As part of efforts to mitigate poverty especially among rural women, the Bauchi State Network of Civil Society Organizations (BASNEC) has stated that it formed ‘Village Savings and Loans Associations in some villages in five local governments of the state namely; Bauchi, Misau, Dambam, Itas Gadau and Zaki. Administration officer of BASNEC who is the manager of the project Zainab Read More

Anambra: NYCN commends Corp members, security agencies for peaceful election

November 7, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has commended the National Youth Service Corp members that served as adhoc electoral officials and security agencies in the Anambra governorship election held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 for the role they have played in strengthening democracy in Nigeria.  Vice President of the organisation, Amb. Comrade Akoshile Mukhtar, who gave this commendation Sunday Read More

Insecurity: Indigenous CSOs to stage mass protest against FCT Minister

November 6, 2021 Editorial II 0

Indigenous Civil Society Organisation under the auspices of Abuja Grassroots Advocacy Projects (AGAP) has concluded plans to stage a mass protest in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday over what they described as gross failure of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello. Comrade Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf, Coordinator of the group, who made this known Saturday said that they Read More

2023: Prevail on Tinubu to back Osinbajo, group lobbies govs, Obas, others

November 6, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Governors, traditional rulers, business and political elites in the Yorubaland must carefully weigh various options and seriously consider backing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in 2023, an All Progressives Congress youth group has advocated. According to members of the South West Movement for Osinbajo (SOWEMOVE) who presented a report and copies of correspondence with several Obas and other eminent personalities in Read More

UNIOSUN staff mock exit of VC, Popoola

November 5, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Univeristies (SSANU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Friday swept the campus of Osun state Univeristy, Osogbo, in celebration of the exit of the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof. Labo Popoola. The JAC and the former VC had always been at loggerheads till Read More