LGBTQ: H/Reps ask FG to halt Samoa Agreement implementation

H'Reps in session

The House of Representatives has asked the Federal Government  to suspend implementation of the contentious Samoa agreement until all controversial clauses are spelt out. This followed the adoption of a ‘Motion of Urgent Public Importance’ by Rep. Aliyu Sani Madaki (NNPP, Kano) and 80 others at the plenary, yesterday. Madaki drew attention of the House members to the clause highlighting gender equality, saying it is “a Trojan horse”, which could violate the morals of the country. In his contribution, the House Minority Leader, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers), said the…

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Food scarcity: “Nigerians losing their patience” –  Senate warns Tinubu

Senate warns

The 10th Senate yesterday, urged the Federal Government to address the impending food crisis in the country and promptly inform Nigerians about the measures taken. The resolution of the Red Chamber followed a Motion, titled: “Urgent Need to Address Food Insecurity and Market Exploitation of Consumables in Nigeria”, sponsored by Senator Sunday Karimi (representing Kogi-West) and co-sponsored by Senator Ali Ndume, (representing Borno-South) and Chief Whip of the Senate. The Senate noted that over the past few months, prices of goods and household consumables have seen a significant rise in…

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NASS: Reps. pass Bill to reserve 74 seats for women

Reps pass Bill on women

A Bill seeking to create 74 seats for women in the National Assembly has passed second reading in the House of Representatives, yesterday. The move was aimed at encouraging more female participation in politics. Sponsored by the Deputy Speaker, Benjamin Kalu and 12 other lawmakers, the proposed legislation seeks to alter Sections 48, 49, 71, and 117 of the Constitution to create one “special seat reserved exclusively for women in the Senate and House of Representatives for each State of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT)”. Leading the…

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“Tinubu creates Livestock Development Ministry to halt farmers/herders clash”- Ganduje

Ganduje on livestock ministry

…Inaugurates Renewed Hope implementation c’ttee President Bola Tinubu has approved the creation of a new Ministry of Livestock Development. This came as he yesterday inaugurated the Renewed Hope livestock reform implementation committee at the State House, Abuja. The committee is mandated to provide sector-focused solutions to address the age-long farmers-herders crisis. Recall that on September 14, 2023, the National Livestock Reforms Committee recommended that Tinubu create a “Ministry of Livestock Resources” to, among other deliverables, reduce the decades-long gory conflict between farmers and nomadic cattle herders nationwide. Chairman of the…

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Liberian President, Boakai, slashes own salary by 40 percent

Liberian President, Boakai

President of the Republic of Liberia, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, has voluntarily slashed his salary by 40 percent. Boakai, who was quoted in a statement published on Liberia’s government website on Saturday, said this move was “aimed at setting a precedent for responsible governance and nation-building”. “In fulfilment of his commitment to fiscal integrity and national financial security, President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Sr. has announced a voluntary 40 per cent reduction in his salary”, the statement added. According to Boakai, the announcement reflects his determination to lead by example in strengthening government…

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FCT: H/Reps. want Wike, 6 Council chairmen sanctioned for insubordination

FCT on Wike

The House of Representatives has called for sanction against the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Nyesom Wike and six Area Council Chairmen over insubordination and disregard for the House. A member of the House Committee on FCT Area Council and Ancillary, Rep. Ikonne Ifeanyi, made the demand during the committee’s meeting in Abuja, yesterday. According to him, it was a show of disrespect and lack of regard for the House that the Minister and his council chairmen refused to appear before the House after they were needed on invitation.…

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‘Presidency concerned over NNPC’s non-completion of P/H refinery, OB-3 gas pipeline project’ – Source

P'H refinery, gas pipeline project

The Presidency is concerned over the failure of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited to fulfill milestones critical to the goals of President Bola Tinubu’s administration. According to insiders, Special Adviser to Tinubu on policy and coordination and Head of the Central Results Delivery Coordination Unit (CRDCU), Hadiza Bala Usman, expressed these concerns during a review of the quarterly performance assessment of the ministry of petroleum resources (Oil). A source revealed that Usman said the Government is worried about key uncompleted projects by NNPCL. Specifically, the Government official said…

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Maritime: NIMASA appoints Bwala Auta William as Nigeria’s Alternate Permanent Representative to IMO, London

NIMASA appoints

The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA),  Dr. Dayo Mobereola, has confirmed the appointment of Mr. Bwala Auta William as  Nigeria’s Alternate Permanent Representative to International Maritime Organization (APR-IMO), London. Mr. Bwala William brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having held several significant positions within the IMO on behalf of Nigeria:These positions incude: Nigeria’s Maritime Policy Expert to IMO; Deputy Alternate Permanent Representative of Nigeria to IMO; Former Secretary of the Africa Maritime Advisory Group, (AMAG); where he coordinated and aligned the interests of 41…

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Lagos court orders final forfeiture of $16.5m, N127m diverted from NIMASA

Lagos court orders

Justice Kehinde Ogundare, of the Lagos Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, has ordered the final forfeiture of $16.5 million and N127 million which were fraudulently diverted from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA), to the Federal Government. Justice Ogundare finally forfeited the monies, while granting an application for such orders, which was filed and moved by an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) lawyer, Sulaiman I. Sulaiman, yesterday. The monies, according to the EFCC, were said to be proceeds of unlawful activities. The judge had on May 23,…

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