“Lawmakers monthly earnings can’t last more than 3 days” – Ex-Reps. Speaker, Dogara

Ex Reps Speaker, Dogara

…Says his monthly allowance as Speaker was N25m Former House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara has revealed that lawmakers’ monthly earnings last only three days. Speaking at the first-ever legislative open week in Abuja yesteeday, Dogara, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, disclosed his monthly salary was under N400,000 during his tenure, with a monthly allowance of N25 million as a presiding officer. He urged legislators to disclose their finances to counter claims of receiving exorbitant salaries. He emphasised that despite the scrutiny of lawmakers’ earnings, their allowances are insufficient…

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H/Reps indict NPA, NNPC, NBET, others over N14tr contingent liabilities

Nigeria is currently exposed to N13.9 trillion contingent liabilities, a report by the House of Representatives’ joint committees on Finance, National Planning and Economic Development and Aid, Loans and Debt Management yesterday, has revealed. The report was on the 2024-2026 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP). The clerk of the House Committee on Finance, Barrister Oscar Okoro, said the report would be laid at plenary yesterday. A contingent liability is described as a potential loss which may occur in the future, depending on the outcome of a specific…

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H/Reps frown at NEMA’s claim of reaching out to 1.4m flood victims

…As agency claims spending N112.13bn on disaster management The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it has spent N112.13 billion from consolidated accruals and ecological fund utilisation on disaster management in the country from 2011 to 2022. This is just as members of the House of Representatives Committee on Ecology expressed displeasure with the disclosure by the Director-General of NEMA, Ahmed Mustapha, that the agency reached out to over 1,427,370 persons displaced by the flood disaster across the nation. Mustapha, who appeared before the committee that is investigating the total…

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House of Reps investigates structure, accountability of NNPC joint venture business

The House of Representatives says it is investigating the structure and accountability of the Joint Venture (JV) business and production sharing contracts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd. Represntative Hassan Fulata, the Chairman of the ad hoc committee, on Wednesday said his committee was investigating the Joint Venture Business and Production Contract of the NNPC from 1990 till date. Fulata said the probe became imperative as some NNPC accounts did not follow due process. He said his committee had discovered a secret account owned by the NNPC Ltd., alleging that…

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Conspiracy of Silence: Reps. summon NPA Boss, terminal operators over $753m, N1.61bn debts

The House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee (PAC), has summoned the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), and 18 terminal operators to appear before it and explain why the sum of $753million and 1.61 billion was not paid to the coffers of the Federal Government. The summon followed the Committee’s deliberation on audit queries raised against the parties by the office of the Auditor-General to the Federation (AuGF) over the indebtedness of about 18 terminal operators doing business in the nation’s ports to the FG. According to the…

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House of Reps adopts e-voting, drops ‘ayes’ or ‘nays’ system

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has confirmed that an electronic voting (e-voting) system will be used during the upcoming voting on legislative Bills to further amend the 1999 Constitution. This is against the usual ‘ayes’ or ‘nays’ voice voting during regular House sittings. However, Gbajabiamila explained that the voting pattern was changed due to the serious nature of the Constitution amendment. Gbajabiamila spoke at the plenary of the House on Wednesday in Abuja, as he asked members to test-run the electronic voting device in the chamber.…

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2021 budget scales 2nd reading in House of Reps

The 2021 appropriations bill has been read for the second time in the House of Representatives, following two days of debate on the general principle of the bill. The N13.08 trillion budget scaled the first hurdle as members used two days to discuss some of the merits and demerits of the bill. At the resumption of the debate on the bill today, parameters such as the deficit, allocations to health and education, employment creation were some of the talking points. Nicholas Ossai from Delta State described the appropriation bill as…

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