Senate receives Buhari’s request to confirm NCC, FJSC nominees

January 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Senate Tuesday received a request to confirm the nomination of Professor Mansur Auwalu Bindawa as Non-Executive Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The request was contained in a letter dated January 10, 2022 and read on the floor by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary. President Buhari in the letter explained that the request was Read More

PHCN privatisation: Senate names 4 banks in N15bn scandal

January 11, 2022 Tope Sunday with agencies 0

The Senate has named four banks where N14.7 billion proceeds from privatisation of defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria was stacked by the Bureau of Public Enterprise. The Senate Public Accounts Committee, chaired by Senator Matthew Urhoghide, relied on the 2017 Auditor General’s report to unravel the hidden fund in commercial banks on December 31, 2016, whereas the privatisation of Read More

Victor Oyofo, Ebele Okeke: Where are they now?

January 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

 Once upon a time, they were very powerful in the various positions they occupied in the government, but many years after, there is no more news about them. ELEOJO IDACHABA in this piece asks where they are now. Victor Oyofo A former lawmaker, Senator Victor Oyofo once represented the people of Edo North Senatorial District in the Senate between 1999 Read More

New Year: Sen. Nnamani urges equity, justice, fairness

December 31, 2021 Blueprint 0

The senator representing Enugu East, Chimaroke Nnamani, has in his New Year message to Nigerians called for equity, justice and fairness. Nnamani in a personally signed statement in Abuja on Friday said “equity, justice and fairness in the allocation and management of national resources will guarantee peace and unity among the diverse segments of the federation.” According to him, perceived Read More

Ex-Senate President’s wife is dead

December 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

Mrs Mary Abiola Wayas, wife of former Senate President, Late Joseph Wayas, has passed on barely 12 days after her husband died in a London hospital. Late Mrs Wayas’s husband died in the United Kingdom on November 30th, 2021. She died in a London Hospital on 12th December 2021 after a brief illness, Joseph Wayas Jnr has revealed. She is survived Read More

Christmas: Kaduna senator urges caution, reconciliation

December 25, 2021 Blueprint 0

The senator representing Kaduna Central, Uba Sani, in a Christmas message, has felicitated with Christian brothers and sisters urging caution at festivities and calling for reconciliation. “Happy Christmas to our dear Christian brothers and sisters. We thank the Almighty God for granting us the grace of witnessing this joyous occasion”, the lawmaker stated. He prayed that the occasion will bring Read More

Senate passes N17.12trn budget for 2022, adjourns plenary till January 18, 2022

December 22, 2021 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The Senate, Wednesday, passed an aggregate expenditure of N17,126,873,917,692 trillion as budget for the 2022 fiscal year. The passage followed the consideration of a report by the Appropriations Committee on the 2022 Appropriations Bill. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Barau Jibrin, said the revenue projection for the 2022 budget was predicated on the Medium Term Expenditure Framework/Fiscal Strategy Paper approved Read More

Electoral Bill: Senate quench planned override of Presidential Veto

December 22, 2021 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

Contrary to threats made by some Senators on Tuesday to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto on the 2010 Electoral Act (Amendment Bill) Bill 2021, the Senate chickened out on the alleged plot at Wednesday plenary. Senators George Sekibo, Mathew Urhoghide and some others who pleaded anonymity, had after Tuesday plenary at separate interviews granted journalists, threatened to see to override Read More

Senate rejects bill seeking women empowerment, gender equality

December 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

For the third time from the 7th Senate , a bill seeking to promote women empowerment and gender equality, suffered setback from being passed for second reading Wednesday. The bill, which was first brought during the 7th assembly, was killed both in the 7th and 8th Senate and it is likely to suffer the same fate again in the present Read More

Senate okays N633.39bn for NCC in 2022, approves N8.8bn USPF budget

December 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Senate has approved the sum of N633,393,283,000.00 billion naira as budget for the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the 2022 fiscal year. The approval followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Communications. Chairperson of the Committee, Senator Olufemi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central), in her presentation, said out of the approved sum, N86,242,952 was for Recurrent Expenditure; Read More

Exposed! Salaries, emoluments of Senators, House of Representative members

December 13, 2021 Blueprint 0

After many years of confusion and figure fixings, salaries and emoluments of federal lawmakers were revealed to the public Monday in Abuja by no less a person than the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan. This is as he said President Muhammadu Buhari has surpassed his predecessors on bill’s assent. Making submissions to these effect in a paper presented Read More

Senate passes bills to establish University of Education, Forestry College

December 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Senate Wednesday passed a bill to establish the Federal College of Forestry, Wawa Zange, Duku, Gombe state. Also passed during plenary was a bill to establish the University of Education Numan, Adamawa state. The passage of both bills followed the consideration of two reports by Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND. Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC Kogi West), who presented Read More

COVID-19: Senate condemns travel ban slammed on Nigerians by UK

December 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Senate Tuesday condemned in strong terms, the travel ban slammed on Nigerians by the United Kingdom ( UK) on alleged COVID-19 threat . The ban, according to the upper legislative chamber, is discriminatory and an assault on diplomatic relations between Nigeria and UK. It consequently called on the British authorities to consider removing Nigeria from the red list and Read More

2022 budget: Senate receives Finance Bill 2021 from Buhari

December 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Senate Tuesday received the Finance Bill 2021, transmitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly for consideration and passage. The request by the president seeking the passage of the bill into law was contained in a letter dated December 7, 2021, which accompanied the bill. Buhari in the letter stated that the request for the passage of the Read More

Senate should not be retirement home for govs

December 6, 2021 Blueprint 0

There is a growing trend in the Nigerian politics that needs urgent rescue and the trend, if left unchecked, will have dire consequences on Nigeria’s nascent democracy. It was John Francis Welch Jr, an American writer and former CEO of General Electric, popularly known as Jack Welch, who had the famous quote, “Before you are a leader, success is all Read More

Joseph Wayas: Sad end of an era – Mark

December 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has described the demise of one of his predecessors, Dr. Joseph Wayas, as sad end of an era. Dr. Wayas was the Second Republic President of the Senate during the administration of Alhaji Shehu Shagari between October 1, 1979 and December 31, 1983. Dr. Alex Ekwueme was the vice president while Chief Read More

Joseph Wayas was a veteran – Ekweremadu

December 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed sadness over the passing on of Nigeria’s former President of the Senate, Senator Joseph Wayas, describing him as a veteran of the Nigerian legislature and key player in Nigeria’s constitutional development. Ekweremadu said the elder statesman would be sorely missed. Reacting to the announcement of the demise of the Read More

Senate faults Aviation Ministry over NG Eagle Air, directs AMCON to republish list of debtors

December 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, Senator Uba Sani, has declared that the 9th Senate is not happy that certain agencies of government are working at cross-purposes. This, he said, is not in the overall interest of the Nigerian economy.Speaking on Wednesday at the Zuma Rock Resort in Niger state, Sani said the upper chamber Read More

Senate passes Nursing, Midwifery Act amendment bill

November 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Senate Tuesday passed a bill seeking to amend the Nursing and Midwifery Act. Tagged: “The Nursing and Midwifery (Registration etc) Act, CAP N143 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, (Amendment) Bill”, it was sponsored by Senator Hassan Mohammed Gusau. Also passed was the National Maternal and Paternal Death Surveillance and Response Bill, sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe. Read More

Invest in agriculture, infrastructural devt, Sen. Balogun urges leaders

November 29, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

The Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Senator Kola Balogun, Monday advised Nigeria leaders to start investing in agriculture, infrastructural development, education and health. Senator Balogun gave the advice while speaking at a 3-day training for youth in Ibadan which was held at Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan. He said Nigeria would have being among the economic Read More

Senate ‘exposes’ secret employment in civil service

November 25, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Wednesday alleged that high scale secret employment is ongoing in the civil service despite claims that the federal government placed embargo on job placements. Irked by the development , the chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs , Senator Danjuma La’ah, challenged heads of the various agencies to produce the circular embargoing employments in the country. Read More

Corruption: Senate upgrades PCC staffers’ salary scale, seeks review of CCB, CCT workers too

November 25, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

In giving bite to the war against corruption within the entire system, the Senate has upgraded the salary scale of staffers of Public Complaints Commission (PCC) from Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPASS) to Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS). The upper legislative chamber is also seeking for special salary scale for staffers of Code of Conduct Bureau (CBB) and Code Read More

Senate bemoans NCWD overlook

November 19, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Friday frowned upon the dilapidated status of the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Abuja. This is even as the chairman, Senate Committee on Women Affairs, Betty Apiafi (PDP, Rivers West), accused men of lording it on women “even in areas of gender responsibilities like the Ministry of Women Affairs, Centre for Women Development, etc with numerical advantage.” Read More

Senate passes law to administer Nigeria’s territorial sea

November 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Senate has passed a bill seeking to provide legal framework for the administration of Nigeria’s territorial sea and offshore activities. The bill which scaled third reading is tagged: “A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Exclusive Economic Zone Act 2004; and the Territorial Waters Act 2004 and Enact the Nigerian Maritime Zone Act to Provide for Maritime Zones Read More

Foreign loans: Senate colluding with executive to siphon Nigeria’s c’wealth – CNPP

November 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has said it reasonably suspects that some cabals in the federation government were colluding with some Senators in the National Assembly to siphon the country’s commonwealth through unbridled external borrowings under the guise of financing infrastructural projects in the country. The CNPP raised the alarm in its reaction to the Senate’s approval of fresh Read More