“We did not call for suspension of Samoa Agreement implementation” – H’ Reps clarifies

H'Reps denies

The House of Representatives has refuted reports that it passed a resolution urging the Federal Government to suspend the implementation of the Samoa Partnership Agreement. The clarification was made by the House spokesman, Hon. Akintunde Rotimi, yesterday. According to Rotimi, lawmakers instead resolved to investigate controversial clauses in the agreement to ensure alignment with Constitutional provisions, extant laws, and national interests. Rotimi clarified that the House urged the Government to engage in thorough consultations and stakeholder-engagement regarding the agreement. He explained that the decision followed a motion sponsored by Rep.…

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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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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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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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H/Reps. summon Minister over alleged diversion of N1.5bn

H'Reps chamber

The House of Representatives has launched a probe into the N1.5 billion meant for the payment of contractors, but allegedly diverted by principal officers of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs. The House Committee on Women Affairs commenced the probe in Abuja against the backdrop of petitions by contractors over non-payment of contracts executed. Chairman of the committee, Rep. Kafilat Ogbara, said that the ministry initiated new contracts not captured in the 2023 Budget and diverted N1.5 billion being funds for old contractors. She added that the ministry, while owing…

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Buhari Years: Top Nigerian Aviation Ministry officials face probe over ‘fishy’ $12m helicopters sale

Helicopters sale

Some officials of the Ministry of Aviation are facing intense scrutiny after allegedly selling two helicopters, originally purchased for $4.8million, at a significantly reduced price of $1.2million to private individuals. The controversial transaction has sparked outrage, particularly as several government agencies, including the Nigerian Air Force, Navy, and the Police, had expressed interest in acquiring the aircraft. The Chairman of the House Committee on Public Assets, Ademorin Kuye, took the decisive action by ordering the arrest of the involved ministry officials. Hon. Kuye expressed deep concern over the repercussions of…

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H/Reps Minority Leader calls for ‘state of National emergency’ on cholera

H'Reps on cholera

The Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers), has urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency over the cholera outbreak in the country. He made the call in an issued  statement yesterday, stressing the need for coordinated joint stakeholder action against the outbreak to nip it in the bud. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), had earlier announced the outbreak of the water-borne disease in 30 States of the federation. Chinda, therefore, stated that “the outbreak highlights critical deficiencies in public health safety…

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Constitutional Amendment: ​​House of Reps. seeks 6-year tenure for president, others

House of Reps

A group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives are seeking alterations to the 1999 Constitution to pave the way for the rotation of the Presidency among the six geo-political zones of the country. They also want an amendment to the Constitution to provide for “A single tenure of six years for the President and Governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Speaking on behalf of the group yesterday in Abuja, the member representing Ideato-South/Ideato-North federal constituency, Imo State, Ikenga Ugochinyere, said, “The reduction in government spending and wastage, efficiency…

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H’Reps pass Bill to return Nigeria to old National Anthem

H'Reps on National Anthem

The House of Representatives yesterday passed a Bill proposing that the country return back to reciting the old National Anthem. The Bill, which was sponsored by the Leader of the House, Julius Ihonvbere, was passed for second and third reading on the floor of the House during plenary, in Abuja. Leading the debate on the Bill, Ihonvbere said the content of the old anthem is far better than the current one. Speaking against the Bill, the Minority Leader, Kingsley Chinda said the anthem should not be a thing of priority…

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​Escalating Insecurity: H/Reps raise concern over FG’s ‘failure’ to implement resolutions

H'Reps on insecurity

The House of Representatives has raised concerns over the “failure of the executive to implement its security resolutions”. During plenary day, parliament mandated Yahaya Ɗan-Zaria, clerk of the House, to compile all security resolutions passed in the 10th assembly and forward same to the office of the national security adviser. The Green Chamber passed the resolution following the adoption of a Motion sponsored by Kingsley Chinda and 28 other lawmakers. It was gathered that there is hardly a session of the lower legislative chamber where members do not raise security…

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