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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Senate Investigates Mambilla Hydro-electric Power Project

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…Passes North-Central Development Commission bill Mambilla hydro power projectThe Senate has launched an investigation into transactions in the Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project from 1999 till date. The resolution was adopted yesterday, after a Motion moved Senator Manu Haruna, representing Taraba-Central in the Senate, on the urgent need to address the challenges of commencing the project. Lawmakers highlighted the failure of previous governments to prioritise the national project with its capacity to generate 3050 megawatts, and reposition the Ajaokuta Steel Complex with $1.7bn. The upper chamber also resolved that in reviving…

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Escalating Insecurity: Senators lampoon security agencies

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…Amid allegations of diversion of funds by Service Chiefs The escalating security situation across Nigeria topped agenda at the National Assembly yesterday, as the lawmakers expressed shock over the heinous suicide bombing attacks that took place in Gwoza town, Borno State on Saturday. At the red chamber, debates at the plenary were on for several hours, with the lawmakers declaring that the country was on fire because its security system had collapsed. The lawmakers blamed the recent suicide bombings in Gwoza town in Borno State on failure of intelligence on…

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“Senate to receive N6.6tr Supplementary Budget from Tinubu” – Spokesman

Senate on Supplementary Budget

The 10th Senate spokesperson, Yemi Adaramodu, has revealed that the Bola Tinubu-led government is finalising a N6.6 trillion supplementary Budget, which will be submitted to the National Assembly following its resumption on July 2. According to him, the proposed Supplementary Budget aims to fund several key transformational projects across the country. Among the highlighted projects are the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road and the proposed Sokoto-Badagry Road. He further stated that the Budget will allocate funds for the completion of all ongoing railway projects that currently lack counterpart funding. ”Furthermore, the supplementary…

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​​”Declare state-of-emergency in troubled States”  – Senate urges FG

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​The 10th Senate has issued a compelling plea to President Bola Tinubu, urging a comprehensive review of the operations of the country’s security agencies in response to the escalating cases of banditry, terrorism, and insecurity plaguing the North-West and North-Central regions. This urgent call to action, stemming from a motion spearheaded by Senator Sani Zangon-Daura and thirteen other legislators, underscores the critical necessity for heightened security measures to safeguard lives and property within the affected regions. Senator Daura shed light on the alarming surge of banditry attacks in States like…

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Senate passes Bill against open-grazing

Senate on open grazing

The 10tg Senate has passed a Bill to establish the National Animal Husbandry and Ranches Commission, after a heated debate yesterday. The legislation, titled: “A Bill for an act to Establish National Animal Husbandary and Ranches Commission for the Regulation, Management, Preservation and Control of Ranches throughout Nigeria; and for connected purpose, 2024”, was sponsored by Titus Zam, the Senator representing Benue North-west. Explaining the general principles of the bill, Zam canvassed the need for the proposed Commission to manage, regulate, and preserve ranches across the country. He said: “The…

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Senate suspends move to stop electricity tariff hike

Senate approves

The Senate has suspended the consideration of a report recommending the suspension of the increase in electricity tariff by the National Electricity Regulatory Commission, (NERC), pending legal advice. The resolution was a sequel to a point of Order raised by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Titus Zam, during the plenary. The Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, announced the resolution after a majority of the senators supported it through voice votes. Recall that in February, the Senate rejected the increase in the electricity tariff and directed…

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Senate approves establishment of North-West Development Commission

Senate approves

The 10th Senate yesterday passed the North-West Development Commission Bill to address the challenges facing the seven States in the geo-political zone. This followed the consideration and adoption of the report of the Committee on Special Duties on the NWDC (Establishment). The Bill, which scaled the third reading, was sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate Barau Jibrin, and 20 other lawmakers from the seven States in the North-West geo-political zone. Chairman of the committee, Sen. Shehu Kaka (representing Borno-Central), who moved the motion for the presentation and consideration…

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Senate approves $500m loan for metering Nigerians

Senate approves

…Says over 92m Nigerians yet to be metered The Senate has approved a $500 million loan request by the Federal Government to be used by the Bureau of Public Enterprises, (BPE), for “metering Nigerians” for the supply of electricity to their homes. According to the Ministry of Power, over 92 million Nigerians have yet to be metered. In another development, a Bill to establish the Federal Polytechnic Onueke, Ebonyi State in the South Eastern Nigeria, which was sponsored by Senator Kenneth Emeka Eze, has passed a second reading in the…

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Senate approves death penalty for drug traffickers

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Senate yesterday, approved the death penalty for those convicted on the charge of drug trafficking in the country. The punishment prescribed in the extant NDLEA Act is a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The resolution of the Senate followed its consideration of a report of the Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters and Drugs and Narcotics, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2024. The Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters presented the report during plenary, Senator Mohammed Monguno. The Bill,…

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