2023: Senate seeks active participation in electoral process as Southern lawmakers rejoice with Nigerians on New Year

December 31, 2022 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

Few hours to 2023 and about 46 days to general elections, the Senate has urged Nigerians to take active part in the coming elections. This is as Southern Senators tasks them on Unity and Patriotism in the New year for Nationhood journey of the country. In separate statements issued in Abuja Saturday, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, caucus of Read More

Breaking: NASS extends implementation period for 2022 budget

December 28, 2022 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

As requested for, by President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly Wednesday extended implementation period for the N18.12trillion 2022 budget to March 31, 2023. The budget in line with provisions of clause 12 of the Appropriation Act and section 318 of the 1999 constitution which stipulate 12 calendar months for implementation of budget in any fiscal year , supposed to have Read More

2022 Finance Bill: Senate begins consideration as FG seeks amendments

December 23, 2022 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The Senate through its committee on Finance, has commenced consideration of the 2022 Finance Bill forwarded to both Chambers of the National Assembly on Tuesday December 20 by President Muhammadu Buhari for expeditious legislative attention. This is as the federal government through her representatives at the sitting of the committee Thursday, sought for amendments to 34 sections of existing Act. Read More

Breaking: Senate confirms Buhari’ s aide as NDDC chairman, 12 others

December 20, 2022 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The Senate Tuesday confirmed appointments of Special Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Lauretta Onochie as Chairman of the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC ) along with those of Managing Director, Executive Directors and members of the Commission. Confirmation of appointments of 13 out of the 15 Presidential nominees for the Board by the Senate, Read More

Orlu zone senate: Ranking, equity favour Onyereri

December 13, 2022 Blueprint 0

Ordinarily, the senatorial contest for the 2023 general elections for the people of Imo West Senatorial District (Orlu zone) should be between the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rt. Hon (Sir) Jones Chukwudi Onyereri Ph.D. (Mmiri na anwu), and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Seni Osita Bonaventure Izunaso. The candidates of the other smaller political Read More

NDDC: Pressure mounts on Senate to confirm Buhari’s nominees

December 12, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

The South-south Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF), has alleged that some Senators in collaboration with a certain serving Minister were allegedly working to frustrate the confirmation of the board member nominees for the Niger Delta Development Commission  (NDDC) forwarded to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari so as to raise fund to prosecute elections in River and Delta states. The forum, Read More

Cashless policy: CBN sways Senate panel on N100, 000 cash withdrawal…Says policy introduced since 2012 

December 9, 2022 Taiye Odewale Abuja 0

As controversies continue to trail the planned policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to limit cash withdrawal for individuals at N100, 000 and corporate bodies N500, 000 per week, the bank has succeeded in convincing the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions of the need for it. The policy as disclosed by the Deputy Governor Read More

2023: Al-Makura assures more quality leadership if…

November 26, 2022 Mohammed Yangida, Lafia 0

Senator representing Nasarawa south Umaru Al-Makura has assured the people of his congruency of continuous quality and purposeful leadership at the national Assembly, if re-elected 2023. He stated this on Saturday while inaugurating his campaign/advisory council in Lafia. Al-Makura said he has done well as the representative of the people of the zone and solicited for their support and votes Read More

NNPC Board: Disambiguating Araraume’s “fight” with Buhari

November 16, 2022 Blueprint 0

On November 9, 2022, a former member of the Senate from 1999 to 2007, Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume, approached a federal high court in Abuja, with a suit challenging his removal as non-executive chairman, Board of the newly-incorporated Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited. Araraume joined in the suit, the President Muhammadu Buhari and the NNPC Limited as first and second Read More

2023: South-east ‘ll benefit from Tinubu’s victory – Lawmaker

A member of the National Assembly representing Ikwo/Ezza South federal constituency, Ebonyi state, in the House of Representatives, Chinedu Ogah, weekend stated that South- east will benefit if Bola Ahmed Tinubu becomes the president of the country in 2023. Ogah is advocating for Tinubu/Shettima ticket (Muslim-Muslim ticket) saying it is the right choice for the zone and that it is Read More

Senate seeks legalisation of 30 years old Institute

November 11, 2022 Taiye Odewale , Abuja 0

The Senate, Thursday, set machinery in motion for legalising National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration with public hearing on a bill sponsored to that effect by Senator Ayo Akinyelure (PDP Ondo Central). This is as the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, declared that putting the Institute in proper shape was long overdue for required solutions to myriad of Read More

Ajaka’s pro-people political philosophy

October 27, 2022 Musa Wada 0

Politics if really it is defined as the struggles for the acquisition, control and utilisation of power then Kogi East Senatorial zone of Kogi state should roll out their drums in celebration as God in His infinite mercy has provided a new political kid on the block. He is introducing a new type of political dispensation that recognises the people Read More

CBN and the Senate’s macabre dance

October 20, 2022 Nasir Dambatta 0

For the Nigerian Senate, it is just a legislation; for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), it is a defilement of its sanctity and independence; for Nigeria, it is a grave threat to its economy, and a portent of its economic quandary. The Nigerian Senate, on 27th September, 2022, deliberated on a Bill seeking to amend the Central Bank of Read More

Court verdict: End of the road for Senate President, Lawan?

October 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

Chances of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, returning to the red chamber may have been closed by the court verdict upholding Bashir Sheriff Machina as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District. Is this the end to the road for the lawmaker’s political journey? KEHINDE OSASONA asks. The legislature is one of the tripods on which Read More

FG plans 15% increase in borrowing to fund record deficit

October 6, 2022 Blessing Anaro, :Lagos 0

The Federal Government (FG) raised its domestic and foreign borrowing requirement by 15 per cent to fund a record budget deficit, piling pressure on the debt-servicing burden in Africa’s biggest economy. The Senate on Wednesday agreed to N8.4 trillion ($19 billion) of new loans for 2023 to help fund an estimated budget shortfall of N10.5 trillion. Projected borrowing this year Read More

2023 Senate: The unease in Ebonyi over Umahi’s replacement

September 30, 2022 Blueprint 0

There are a lot of intrigues in Ebonyi state over who replaces the governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, in 2023 as prepares to run for Ebonyi South Senate seat. For Ebonyi state residents, stakeholders and politicians, the stakes have never been higher as the battle for who succeeds the state governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, gathers momentum ahead of 2023. Read More

Kebbi: Court sacks Aliero as PDP senatorial candidate

September 28, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Federal High Court in Birnin Kebbi, Tuesday, voided the election of a former governor of Kebbi state, Adamu Aleiro, as the senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Kebbi Central district. The trial judge, Babagana Ashigar, ruled in favour of Haruna Sa’idu who argued that he is the bona fide senatorial candidate of the PDP for the Read More

Breaking: Court affirms Machina as APC’s Yobe North senatorial candidate

September 28, 2022 Yusuf A Yusuf, Damaturu 0

The Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe state capital on Wednesday declared Bashir Sheriff Machina as the All Progressives Congress (APC) authentic senatorial candidate for Yobe North in the coming 2023 National Assembly elections. Following the judgement, the court directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept and publish his name accordingly. The declaration was made by presiding Read More

Make efforts to ensure Ajaokuta Steel becomes operational, Reps tell FG

August 5, 2022 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives Committee on Steel has called for concerted efforts by relevant authorities towards ensuring that the Ajaokuta Steel Mill in Kogi state becomes fully operational. The chairman of the Committee, Abdullahi Halims, made the call during an oversight visit with other members of the committee to the Ministry of Mines and Steel development in Abuja. Halims said Read More

Naira’s precipitous depreciation: Emefiele Vs Senate

August 1, 2022 Jerry Uwah 0

The naira is sinking and no one knows precisely how to save the currency of Africa’s largest economy. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has deployed all the weapons in its arsenal in defence of the naira. Ironically, none is working. Even lending rate hikes have become counter-productive. On July 27, 2021, the apex bank fingered Nigeria’s treacherous bureau de Read More