Need to expedite action on Food Hygiene Bill

August 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

About two or so years ago, two eminent Nigerians expressed serious concerns over the delay in passing the Bill for an Act for the establishment of Nigerian Food Hygiene Inspection Council (NFHIC) now before the National Assembly. The former Provost of the Nigeria Civil Defence Academy (NCDA), Sauka, Abuja, Prof. Ilyas Sarkin Duns, and the Director-General of Food Hygiene Initiative of Read More

Lawmaker moves to increase FCT council chairmen’s tenure to 4 years

July 29, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

A bill seeking to increase the tenure of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) area council chairmen from three to four years may be passed into law before the February 2022 council elections. House of Representatives member representing Abaji/Kwali/Gwagwalada/Kuje Federal Constituency of the FCT, Alhaji AlHassan Sokodabo, explained that the initiative was conceived to provide functionaries at the third tier of government Read More

Labour , CSOs engage stakeholders on transformative governance

July 27, 2021 Moses John 0

Labour and its Civil Society allies have announced plans to engage government and other stakeholders on transformative governance. This was made known during the launch of a campaign for transformative governance in Abuja Tuesday. Speaking in an interview with journalists, a Co-convener of the campaign, Comrade Jaye Gaskiya said the move became imperative in view of the fact that Nigerian Read More

CAC’s reform initiatives on ease of business registration excites NASS

July 27, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The National Assembly have commended the reform initiatives of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) geared towards improving the ease of doing business initiatives of the Federal Government. The commendation came shortly after the Chairman Senate Committee on Trade and Investment Senator Francis Fadaunsi OFR, alongside other Senators visited the Commission’s Portharcourt Office as part of their oversight function. Senator Fadahunsi Read More

PIB: Hold Dickson responsible if violence breaks in N/Delta – South-south forum

July 24, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The South-south Emerging Leaders’ Forum (SELF) has told President Muhammadu Buhari and all the Niger Delta leaders to hold former governor Seriaki Dickson responsible in case of any outbreak of violence in the Niger Delta. The forum also described as irresponsible and disgraceful the accusation made against the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva by the former governor Read More

Credible polls: Unease over Electoral Act amendment

July 23, 2021 ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU 0

… We’ve achieved what we set for ourselves – Lawan ‘…You lack powers to legislate on e-transmission of results’ …Approval for election rigging – PDP …It’s coup against the people – IPAC …For political elite’s interest – Ojo Electoral laws remain extremely important in a democracy; it is the compass that guides the electioneering process. As the National Assembly makes Read More

E-transmission of votes: PDP to sue NASS

July 16, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it will drag the National Assembly to Court over the approval of electronic transmission of election results with conditionality. PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus who stated this while addressing a press conference, Friday said “we have called you this afternoon to join our voices and anger with that of Nigerians and all lovers Read More

Alleged forgery: Rights group demands FCC chair’s resignation

July 16, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

A human rights group, Youths and Leadership Initiative (LYGEL), has demanded the immediate resignation of the chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr. Muheeba Farida Dankanka, over alleged forgery of her academic certificates. The group alleged that she forged some of the academic certificates she presented to the Senate during her screening and, therefore, called on the National Assembly to re-scrutinise Read More

Concerns as Nigeria swims deeper in debt waters

July 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

In the past couple of years, Nigerians from all walks of life have been shouting at the top of their voices over the country’s increasing debt profile. But with the recent approvals given to the Executive to borrow $1.5 billion and €995 million, once more, experts are beginning to wonder whether or not it is not one loan too many; Read More

Pass GEO, electoral bills into law- Women group tasks NASS

July 15, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

Women under the auspices of the 100 Women Lobby Group has called on the National Assembly (NASS) to pass the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEO bill) the Electoral Bill and other bills that will increase women’s participation in politics into law. Its president Felicia Onibon, made the call in Abuja while briefing journalists during a national strategic advocacy on Read More

How Buhari’s govt fighting corruption through policies – APC group

July 14, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A think-tank group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aiges of APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC) said that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has deployed several policies in waging war against corruption in the country. The group said contrary to the assumptions that the administration’s anti-corruption strategy is limited to arrests and prosecutions of offenders, it has Read More

BCO commends Malami over IPMAN impasse, lauds NASS on PIB passage

July 11, 2021 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

The Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO), has commended the recent intervention in the leadership impasse of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) by the Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami. This was contained in a statement Saturday, issued by BCO`s national coordinator, Alhaji Danladi Pasali. The BCO said the minister’s intervention which led to the adherence to the Supreme Court Read More

Implications of Electoral Act on women’s 2023 ambition

July 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

As the 2023 general elections inches closer Nigerian women are bracing up for better performance at the polls. In this report ENE OSHABA examines the impact of the amended Electoral Act on the ambition of women in the upcoming elections. Every election season Nigerian women, like their male counterparts, seek to occupy political positions and also work towards active political Read More

Much Ado about Nigerian Press Council Bill

July 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

The proposed Amendment of the Nigerian Press Council (NPC) by the National Assembly is facing stiff opposition from media stakeholders. BENJAMIN SAMSON in this report examines the controversy trailing the bill. The Nigerian Press Council (NPC) Amendment Bill is sponsored by the member representing Ogo Oluwa/Surulere constituency in Oyo state, Olusegun Odebunmi. Odebunmi is also the chairman of the House Read More

Breaking: Senate screens Buhari’s aide, others as INEC Commissioners

July 8, 2021 Editor 0

The Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has begun the screening of the nominees of the President Muhammadu Buhari including his Special Assistant on Social Media, Ms Lauretta Onochie as national commissioners of the electoral umpire. They are already waiting around the Senate for screening. Onochie arrived at the Senate wing of the National Assembly about 11 am; Read More

Senate approves Buhari’s N2.343trn external borrowing request

July 7, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the authourisation of N2.343 trillions! ($6.183 billion USD) as External Borrowing in the 2021 Appropriation Act.  This was just as it directed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, the Director General of the Debt Management Office, Patience Oniha, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Read More

Of politicians without political clout

July 6, 2021 Usman Usman 0

Politics is a game of numbers. The number of people or followers clinging to a personality determines his influence and popularity in the society he lives in. In a political game, like all games world over, no one likes to play and lose; for it is said, a winner has many fathers, but a loser is an orphan. The lesson Read More

Breaking: Senate constitutes Conference Committee on PIB

July 6, 2021 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has announced the composition of the conference committee on the Petroleum Industry Bill. The announcement was made on Tuesday at the start of plenary. The members of the conference committee include: Senate Leader Yahaya Abdullahi (APC Kebbi North) as Chairman, Senators Mohammed Sabo Nakudu (APC Jigawa South West) to represent  North West; Albert Bassey Read More

NCC surpasses revenue projection, posts N150bn in 5 months

July 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has exceeded its N36 billion projected revenue from spectrum license fees for 2021. The Commission said it had recorded over N150 billion from this revenue source within the five months of the year. Director, Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Adinde said that the figure represents Read More

Help democracy to prosper, Senate President tells Nigerians

July 3, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has urged members of the public who have access to the media to help democracy to prosper in Nigeria by saying the truth. Lawan made the appeal in his keynote address at the Conference of Presiding Officers of the Nigerian Legislature which began in Abuja late Friday. The theme of the conference which Read More

Insecurity: Forum of ex-federal lawmakers calls for timeline to end Boko Haram, banditry, others

July 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Forum of Former Federal Lawmakers (FFFL) has called on the federal government to set a timeline with a view to contain and wipe out the menace of Boko Haram insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, secession agitators and other criminals holding the country to ransom. In an 18-point recommendations signed by its leader, Hon. Usman Mohammed Balkore, the forum called for an Read More

Breaking: At last, Reps pass PIB

July 1, 2021 Joshua Egbodo, Abuja 0

The Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) has been passed by Nigeria’s House of Representatives, after about two decades of its sojourn in the National Assembly. The 318-clause piece of legislation took members just barely 16 minutes to adopt without any objection. Details loading…