We over funded operation Lafiya Dole – FG

May 5, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The federal government declared Tuesday that it has over funded Operation Lafiya Dole fighting insurgency in the North-east. Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, who stated this while appearing before the Senate Committee on Army, said apart from the usual budgetary provisions for the operation, additional requests were made by the military through the president which were approved and cash-backed. There Read More

Deficits: NAFDAC, NERC, NIGCOMSAT exit federal budget

April 29, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Following the ongoing investigation by the Senate Committee on Finance on Remittances of Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and payment of 1% Stamp Duties on all federal contracts. some government agencies have started opting out of funding from the federal budget and refunding millions of due revenues to Consolidated Revenue of the Federation (CRF). The action Read More

Senate approves N216.646bn for FIRS in 2021

April 29, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate has approved the sum of N216, 646,579,231 billion as expenditure for the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for the 2021 fiscal year. This was just as the upper chamber gave its approval for the service to review upward, its revenue target from N5.076 trillion proposed for the year 2020 to N7.61 trillion in 2021. The approval came, Wednesday, Read More

Senate empowers AMCON to sell debtors’ properties

April 29, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

Nigerian senate passed a bill that strengthened the power of state-owned Asset Management Corp. of Nigeria to recover bad loans it acquired from commercial lenders during a banking crises more than a decade ago. The lawmakers approved the so-called Amcon Amendment Bill, which empowers the company to take possession, manage or sell all properties traced to debtors, whether or not Read More

Senate confirms Justice Garba Abdullahi as Chief Judge, FCT High Court

April 29, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Hon. Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi as Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The confirmation of Abdullahi’s nomination followed the consideration of a report by the committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti Central), in his presentation, said Read More

Imo: Ibezim receives Certificate of Return, assures Okigwe of impactful representation

April 25, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

After a long legal tussle, the Senator-elect representing Imo North senatorial, Chukwuma Frank Ibezim has received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), assuring the people of Okigwe of impactful representation that will bridge the void in development of the area. Speaking to journalists at a pre-inauguration dinner held in his honour weekend in Abuja, Ibezim Read More

COSEYL salutes Orji at 61

April 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), the umbrella body of all the youth organisations in the South East geopolitical zone has congratulated the Chief Whip of the 9th Assembly, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, on his 61st birthday. A statement jointly signed Friday by COSEYL President Goodluck Ibem and the Secretary General, Kanice Igwe, read partly, “Dr. Orji Kalu Read More

Senate probes alleged killing of Nigerians in Togo

April 21, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Nigerian Senate has directed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges, and Public Petitions, to probe the alleged killing of some Nigerian nationals of Enugu State origin resident in the Republic of Togo. This followed a petition to the upper legislative Chamber by Concerned Igbo-Eze North Youths, presented by former Deputy President of the Senate and former Speaker of the Parliament Read More

Buhari requests Senate to confirm Abdullahi as FCT High Court CJ

April 21, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Tuesday received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm the appointment of the Acting Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Hon Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi, as substantive Chief Judge. The request was contained in a letter read on the floor during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. President Buhari said the request was made pursuant Read More

Senate probes CCT chairman over assault on security man

April 21, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate has put machinery in motion for full investigation into allegation of assault by the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CTT), Mr Danladi Umar. Umar, as shown in a viral video recently, was alleged to have physically assaulted one Clement Sagwak at the popular Banex Shopping Plaza, Abuja. Drawing the attention of the Senate to the incident Read More

Pantami: No terrorist in Buhari’s govt, BMO blasts PDP

April 20, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has dismissed claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that President Muhammadu Buhari harbours a terrorist sympathiser in his administration. In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group said that the opposition party is lashing on fake news to further its disinformation agenda. “We are actually not surprised Read More

2023: Drop your presidential ambition, APC group tells Yahaya Bello

April 8, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A group of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aegis of North-central Council of APC, has asked the Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello, to drop his presidential ambition for the zone to produce the next national chairman of the ruling party. The group led by its leader, Dr. Kassim Muhammad, told newsmen at the APC national secretariat, Thursday in Read More

Lake Chad institute sells 2 Jeeps worth N31m for N1.5m

April 8, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Members of the Senate Committee on Public Account were shocked Wednesday when informed that two Prado Jeeps worth N31million were sold for N1.5 million by officials of Lake Chad Research Institute, Maiduguri. Reports to that effect were contained in the 2017 Audit report from the office of the Auditor General of the Federation. According to the report, the Prado Jeeps Read More

Abaribe mourns Odumakin

April 6, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, Monday expressed shock and sadness over the death of Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin. The senator in a statement by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom, said the shocking death of the foremost rights activist and advocate of a restructured Nigeria has depleted the colony of courageous Nigerians who speak truth to power not minding dangers Read More

Easter: Nnamani, Ekweremadu harp on unity, sacrifice, justice

April 3, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Senator Chimaroke Nnamani (PDP Enugu East), has urged the political class to reflect on the sacrifices and lessons of Easter celebration and use the opportunity to redress the inherent injustice in order to bring peace and unity in the country. Nnamani in an Easter message in Abuja, Saturday, said the challenges of disunity, insecurity and growing dissent among the various Read More

FG’s $1.5bn, 995m Euros foreign loans suffers setback at Senate

March 31, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Tuesday through two of its standing committees, hit hard on relevant agencies of the executive arm of government expecting foreign loans and seeking approval for 2021 budget proposals. While the upper legislative chamber committee on local and foreign debts at an interface with the ministries of Agriculture, Finance and Debt Management Office over 995million Euros and $1.5billion foreign Read More

Senate summons health, trade ministers over guidelines on syringes

March 30, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Committee on Health has summoned the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire , his Trade and Investment counterpart, Niyi Adebayo and the Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC), Professor Mojisola Adeyeye , over the manufacturing, importation, and policy guidelines for syringes in Nigeria. The summon was issued Monday by the chairman of the committee, Read More

Allow your children engage in sports at young age, Omo-Agege tells parents

March 26, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has congratulated Nigeria’s 13-year-old promising champion, Ugo Ugochukwu, on winning the FIA European Carting Championship. In congratulating the young champion, Senator Omo-Agege urged parents to allow their children engage in sporting activities at young age, noting that it paid off for Ugochukwu being the first Nigerian to get such honour in Read More

ATBU to unbundles computer science programme

March 18, 2021 Najib Sani 0

The Vice Chancellor of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi Professor Muhammadu Ahmad Abdulazeez, has disclosed plan to unbundle Computer Science programme into different degree courses. He made the plan known Wednesday while presenting computer laptops to staff of the department of mathematical sciences in their Yelwa campus’ e-library. The computers were donated to the department by the National Read More

Senate seeks Federal University of Medical and Health Sciences in Ekiti

March 17, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

A bill seeking to establish the Federal University of Medical and Health Sciences in Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State scaled second reading in the Senate on Tuesday. Sponsor of the bill, Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti Central), while leading debate on the piece of legislation, said the establishment of the university would provide basic scientific training as a foundation for Read More

Senate to facilitate upgrade of NCAT to aviation varsity

March 17, 2021 Moh Bello Habib 0

The Senate Committee on Aviation has expressed readiness interest to convert the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria into the African International University of Aviation. Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Smart Adeyemi disclosed this in an interview with newsmen shortly after leading the committee on a facility tour of the college in Zaria. He said sophisticated equipment and Read More

FIFA council position: NNL congratulates Pinnick

March 13, 2021 Editor 0

The Nigeria National League (NNL) has congratulated Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation on his achievement, after being elected into the prestigious arm of World Football ruling body, the FIFA Executive Committee. Amaju floored his closest contestant Walter Nyamilandu of Malawi 43-8 to emerge as FIFA Council member. Chairman of the League, who is also the chairman Senate 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

Senate wants substantive chairman for NDE board

March 11, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Wednesday, considered a bill seeking to provide for the position of a substantive chairman on the board of the Nigerian Directorate of Employment (NDE). The bill which scaled second reading, according to its sponsor, Senator Kabir Abdullahi Barkiyya (APC, Katsina Central), intends to provide for the appointment of the substantive chairman by the president of the Federal Republic Read More