Electricity Tariff Hike: ‘H’Reps will intervene’ – Dep. Speaker

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Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Okezie Kalu, has stated that the House of Representatives will debate the propriety of the recent increase in electricity tariffs when plenary resumes later this month. Recall that the recent 300 percent increase in electricity tariffs for Band-A customers has raised concerns across the country. Speaking virtually on  a radio programme in Umuahia, Abia State, on Monday, Kalu said the 10th Assembly, in response to Nigerians’ calls for its intervention in the matter, would take a ‘win-win’ approach to resolving the issue.…

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60 Rep. members demand immediate resignation of PDP chair, Damagun

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…Accuse him of anti-party activities Sixty People Demicratic Party, (PDP) federal lawmakers, under the aegis of opposition lawmaker’s coalition, are demanding resignation of the Acting Chairman of Party, Umar Damagun, to pave way for North-Central person to emerge as acting chairman, pending the conduct of convention as required by the party’s Constitution. This is as the lawmakers accused the PDP chairman of anti-party activities, alleging that he has plans to hand over the party PDP to the APC. The lawmakers also threatened to quit the party if the alleged doctored…

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Criticism mounts over electricity hike, as NEF, CNG, Reps’ caucus urge FG to rescind decision

Criticism has heightened across the nation’s landscape, as various stakeholders have rejected the recent decision by the Federal Government to increase electricity tariffs by about 300% amidst the current challenging economic realities caused by fuel subsidy removal and floating of the naira. Expressing its concern and disappointment on the recent decision by President Bola Tinubu’s administration over the electricity tariff increase, the Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), described the hike as a “reckless move” and a complete disregard for the well-being and welfare of the Nigerian people. In an issued statement…

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Indirect primaries: Reps spokesman explains why they allow clause

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The Spokesman for the House of Representatives, Rep. Benjamin Kalu has said the house did not override President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill in the interest of nation building. Kalu made this known on Wednesday while briefing newsmen at the National Assembly Complex after the house amended the electoral act to allow for indirect primaries by political parties. The Electoral Act Amendment Bill passed by parliament in 2021 was declined assent by President Buhari. Buhari had cited the need to allow political parties conduct their…

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House of Reps says DSTV price increase unacceptable, insists on Pay-as-you-go

The House of Representatives says the increase in subscription by  Multichoice/DSTV, is unacceptable, insists on Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO). Rep. Unyime Idem, Chairman, House of Representatives Ad Hoc committee investigating the non implementation of PAYGO Tariff said this on Monday in Abuja. He said that given the current situation as occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic, Multichoice/DSTV should suspend the increase in the monthly subscription. Idem said that the house was of the opinion that MultiChoice, the owners of DSTV was not sensitive to the plight of Nigerians for increasing tariff of their various bouquets…

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House of Reps move against SARS

The House of Representatives on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 resolved to cut the excesses of the notorious Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS. The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, in his opening speech, had given a strong reprimand of the Police unit and also passed a Motion to investigate an alleged avalanche of their crimes against the citizenry. The lawmakers resolved to expunge section 215 (5) that indemnifies the police from individual responsibilities for their action. They also agreed to hold a public hearing for Nigerians to ventilate all the human rights travesties…

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Chinese Loans: Reps move to amend Treaties and agreement Act, decry draconian clauses

The House of Representatives has commenced moves to subject all agreements entered into by the Nigerian government with foreign countries or companies to proper legal scrutiny before they become effective in the country. The House is worried by the draconian clauses discovered in the Chinese loan agreements, especially those ceding sovereignty of the country. A bill to repeal the Treaties Act of 2004 and replace it with a Treaties Act 2020 which will make the Ministry of Justice a depository of all Treaties and agreement and subject them the approval…

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PDP lambaste House of Reps for shutdown of corruption probes

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday lambaste the House of Representatives for shutdown of all ongoing corruption allegation investigations in its chamber. The party described the decision to halt the sitting of various committees carrying out investigation on allegations of corruption against the executive arm of government as a deliberate design “to cover the stench of corruption oozing out of the APC administration.” In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party charged the Speaker of the House of Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila, to “stop circumventing the…

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House of Reps suspends committee hearings

The House of Representatives has suspended all activities by its committees including public hearings till September when the National Assembly resumes. The National Assembly has been on a two-month annual recess. Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, in a notice issued on Wednesday, asked the Clerk to the House, Patrick Giwa, to ensure that all clerks of the committees complied with the directive. The House, which is observing its annual vacation, is expected to resume plenary on September 15. Various Committees of the House with backlog of investigations and probes have been…

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Reps Summon Amaechi, Zainab Ahmed, Pantami over 500 million dollar Chinese loan

The House of Representatives has demanded appearances by the minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, those of Communication and Finance, Dr. Ali Isa Pantami and Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, to provide answers on the $500 million loan to be sourced from the Export-Import Bank of China for railway lines in the country. They are also to provide details on the agreement signed between the Federal Ministry of Transport and the CCECC in respect of some railway projects in the country. The projects involved are the Abuja-Kaduna, Lagos-Ibadan, Ibadan-Kaduna and Kaduna-Kano rail…

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