Uproar in NASS over N52bn 774,000 Jobs: Keyamo blows hot, resists project takeover by lawmaker

A verbal war Tuesday erupted between the National Assembly and the Executive over the 774,000 jobs planned to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerians, particularly the vulnerable. At a public hearing in Abuja, the two arms of government threw tantrums at each other with accusation and counter accusation by the concerned parties. While the Minister of State Read More

NASS wades in, halts planned hike in electricity tariffs

June 30, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

The leadership of the National Assembly on Monday waded into the controversy on the planned hike in electricity tariffs from July 1, 2020 and succeeded in convincing the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to defer the plan till the first quarter of 2021. The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, and Read More

Happening Now: APC NEC meeting kicks off…Buhari, Osinbajo, govs, NASS leaders, NWC in attendance (VIDEO)

June 25, 2020 Editor 0

The National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has just commenced. According to a presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad, President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governors, National Assembly leaders and members of National Working Committee (NWC) of the party are attending. Victor Giadom is leading the NWC as the acting chairman of the party. Details Read More

NASS eases N320bn revenue for executive – Senate chair

June 12, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

The 9th National Assembly in its first year of legislative session, made required interventions on the nation’s economy resulting into new windows of revenues estimated by experts to be about N320 billion per year. The federal lawmakers are also ready to give the much expected Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) expeditious consideration anytime forwarded to them by the executive arm of Read More

After acting for barely 2 years, NASC confirms Giwa Reps’ substantive clerk

June 12, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has disclosed that the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), has confirmed the appointment of Mr. Patrick Ahonkhai Giwa, as the substantive Clerk of the House Giwa was appointed acting clerk on November 26, 2018, soon after the expiration of the tenure of the former Commission.  The confirmation of Mr. Giwa’s appointment along with Read More

Breaking: Revised 2020 budget suffers setback in Senate

June 9, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Tuesday stepped down consideration of the N10.509 trillion revised 2020 budget forwarded to it for consideration by President Muhamnadu Buhari penultimate week. The upper legislative chamber had in giving the request expeditious consideration , carried out debate on general principles of the fresh proposal along with those of the also revised 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Read More

Breaking: RMAFC declares request for 0.5% police fund deduction from FAAC unconstitutional

June 4, 2020 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has described as constitutional breach the request by the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammed Maigari Dingyadi, for 0.5 per cent from the federation account for the Police Trust Fund.  The minister of police affairs had in a letter to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, and copied Read More

Breaking: NDDC operation shuts down hours after top official’s death

May 28, 2020 Editor 0

There are reports that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has closed down operations hours the death of its acting Director of Finance and Administration, Ibanga Bassey Etang. Etang died Thursday morning at a private hospital in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital. The cause of his death was yet to be ascertained as at the time of filling this report. Read More

Video: I’m still alive – Ghali Na’abba

May 2, 2020 Bashir Mohammed 0

Former Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’abba, has personally confirmed that he was alive, hale and hearty, and willing to return home from a London trip once restriction on movement is lifted. Speaking through a video clip that has gone viral Friday, the former Speaker said his inability to return home after taking a trip to Read More

COVID-19: NASS bars 70% of staff from work

May 1, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

Ahead of Monday slated for resumption of work by staff of the National Assembly in Abuja, after stay at home policy against the rampaging coronavirus, 70% of the workforce, will not resume for now. Information to this effect, is contained in a personally signed memo by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Mohammed Sani – Omolori, Friday in Abuja Read More

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CBN retains lending rate at 13.5%, warns NASS on revised oil benchmark

March 25, 2020 Editor 0

With the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the entire world and causing economic shutdowns, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has warned the National Assembly (NASS) not to tamper with revised oil benchmark of $30 per barrel. CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele gave the warning in Abuja Tuesday while briefing the media after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting. Emefiele commended the fiscal Read More

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Coronavirus: Reps take critical decision

March 18, 2020 Editor 0

The House of Representatives has asked management of the the National Assembly to immediately make arrangements for the testing of entrants to the National Assembly,  as well as ban visitors to the complex, as a move against spread of the dreaded Coronavirus.  The House in a resolution on Wednesday, also urged the federal government to ban public gatherings, including open religious Read More

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No! Lawmakers don’t need any immunity

March 6, 2020 Editorial III 0

Please accept my warmest greetings and prayers for more sound health and peaceful stewardship as the speaker of the federal Republic of Nigeria. I have had the unique privilege of watching speaker Femi Gbajabiamila activities as a floor member since 2009.  Currently, there is a Bill for an Act to Alter Section 308 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic Read More

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Party congress: BOT Chair hails Tambuwal as Sokoto gov places crucial charge before PDP

February 27, 2020 Editor 0

The Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party Governors Forum (PDP-GF), Governor Aminu Waziri of Sokoto state has reiterated the need for the party to adhere to the principle of fair play in its forthcoming primaries and all future political competitions. Governor Tambuwal was speaking at 89th session of the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Abuja Thursday. The Read More

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Lawan declares Bayelsa Gov, deputy’s seats vacant

February 21, 2020 Editorial III 0

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has declared the seats of Bayelsa Central and Bayelsa West Senatorial Districts vacant, following the election of their occupants as governor and deputy governor of Bayelsa state respectively. The Governor, Senator Diri Douye, represented Bayelsa Central while the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, represented Bayelsa West. Speaking at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners RECs on Read More

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Revealed! What Buhari won’t do over insecurity, others

February 21, 2020 Editor 0

“Leaders should be part of solutions to problems, rather than aggravating situations. To those asking Mr. President to resign, I wish to say this: Mr President will not resign. He has the overwhelming mandate of Nigerians to preside over the affairs of the country till the expiration of his tenure in May 2023,” the federal government has said. Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed Read More

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Insecurity: We won’t tolerate killing of Nigerians – Senate

February 14, 2020 Editor 0

President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan has said that the leadership of the National Assembly will no longer tolerate the unnecessary killing of Nigerians by criminals threatening the nation’s security.  He also demanded for a complete restructuring of the security architecture of the Nigeria Police Force, equipping of police training institutions and training of men and officers of the force. Read More

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2023: NASS reacts as INEC plots more polling units, sacks 74 political parties

February 7, 2020 Editor 0

The debate around the delisting of non-performance of some political parties sailed through as the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  Thursday announced  deregistration of 74 political parties for their inability to fulfil the law establishing them.  INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu announced this at a press briefing in Abuja, saying, with the de-registration; only 18 parties are now in existence.  INEC Read More

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As IGP, Senate broker truce on Amotekun, others… SCIA tells FG to declare emergency on security

February 6, 2020 Editor 0

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari should declare a state of emergency on the nation’s security challenges. The position came three days after the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) carried out protest on the state of the nation’s security. Specifically, CAN said the sanctity of human lives was no more a rule in Nigeria Read More

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One week after FG, S/West truce on Amotekun: Senate backs community policing, summons IGP, others

January 29, 2020 Editor 0

The Senate Tuesday threw its weight behind community policing in addressing the worsening security situation in the country. The body also said it would soon summon the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu and other security chiefs for thorough dissection of the problem with a view to finding lasting solution to the seemingly endless security challenges. The lawmakers’ position came Read More

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Celebrating Tambuwal at 54

January 10, 2020 Editor 0

Today, Rt.Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State, clocks 54.  Like previous years the day will be marked low-key.  Not that there are no reasons to roll out the drums and call a feast to celebrate his birthday but he would rather quietly give thanks to his creator for His mercies over the years and the privilege to serve Read More

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Ahead Supreme Court ruling: Okorocha joins forces with Araraume, plots against Ihedioha

January 6, 2020 Editor 0

As Imolites wait patiently for the Supreme Court ruling on the recently concluded governorship election in Imo state, the erstwhile governor, Rochas Okorocha, has perfected plans with Senator Godwin Ifeanyi Araraume who contested the election on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) ahead of expected Supreme Court ruling. Both Okorocha and Ararume met during the weekend at Ogboko, Read More

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NASS Renovation: Ebonyi lawmaker speaks on N37bn

December 23, 2019 Editorial III 0

The member representing Ezza south/ Ikwo federal constituency, Hon. Chinedu Ogah, weekend threw little light on the N37 billion estimated for renovation of the National Assembly. Ogah who spoke to some Journalists in his Abakaliki residence said a lot of renovation needs to be done at the legislative complex Abuja. He said, “Where you have 109 senators with their aides, Read More

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Don’t surrender your independence, PDP urges NASS

November 25, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the leadership of the Senate to resist any form of intimidation to surrender its independence and pass bills and requests without statutory legislative scrutiny and oversights. The party’s position was predicated on the comment credited to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, that any request from President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Read More

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NASS frowns at foreign ministry’s under-funding

November 2, 2019 Editorial III 0

The National Assembly through its joint Committees on Foreign Affairs has kicked against the continued underfunding of the Foreign Affairs Ministry by the federal government of Nigeria. The committee in particular decried the yearly underfunding of foreign missions stating, “The sad story must stop.” Lamenting the situation during this year’s budget defence session of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Read More