Senate moves to delist failed political parties

The Senate Committee with oversight functions on the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has expressed disaffection over the number of political parties fielding candidates in the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States. Chairman, Senate Committee on INEC, Kabiru Gaya and former deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu said the number of political parties that would be contesting elections was unwieldy and a contravention of the amended Electoral Act. Findings revealed that in Kogi, 23 political parties will be fielding candidates, out of the 49 that initially filed nominations, while…

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Budget 2020: Senate begins debate on Appropriation Bill

Senate has begun debate on the general principles of the 2020 Appropriation Bill of N10.33 trillion. The lawmakers took turns debating the Bill at plenary on Wednesday. Out of the N10.33 trillion in the 2020 Budget, N556.7 billion is for Statutory Transfer, while N2. 7 trillion is for Debt Service. In his remarks, former Deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, said that to ensure full implementation of the budget, revenue generation must be emphasised and certainly not at the expense of ordinary Nigerians. He said that there was a need to…

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Senate to probe seven oil firms over $21bn unremitted funds

The Senate yesterday lamented that the Federal Government lost about US$21 billion (about N7 trillion) over a period of 20 years as a result of the non-review and amendment of the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) Act. The Senate’s decision was sequel to a Motion by the Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources, Ifeanyi Ubah, who had drawn the attention of his colleagues to the IOCs alleged refusal to honour the provisions of the Production Sharing Contracts Act. Senator Ubah disclosed that “as a result of the non-review and amendment of…

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2020 Budget: Buhari submits Medium Term Expenditure Framework to Senate

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday submitted the 2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) to the Senate. The President forwarded the MTEF and FSP in a letter addressed to the Senate President. President Buhari, in the letter, which was read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan on the floor of the Upper Chamber during plenary, commended the effort of the lawmakers towards ensuring a cordial working relationship between the Legislature and Executive arms of government. The Senate President earlier last week had indicated the Upper Chamber’s…

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Senate to inaugurate committees today – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said on Tuesday that all standing committees of the upper chamber will be inaugurated today, Wednesday. Lawan, who made this known at the resumption of the plenary session of the Senate, explained that the decision to inaugurate the committees was taken by the senators during a closed-door session, which lasted for an hour. He said: “The Senate, in a closed session, deliberated on issues bordering on the Senate and National Assembly in general. The Senate also resolved to inaugurate its committees on Wednesday in…

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Civic groups, 6,721 concerned Nigerians sue Senate over plan to spend N5.5bn on cars

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), BudgIT, Enough is Enough (EiE) and 6,721 concerned Nigerians have filed a lawsuit against the release of N5.550 billion for purchase of luxury cars for principal members of the ninth Senate. SERAP and others, in the suit, are asking the Federal High Court to restrain and stop the National Assembly Service Commission from releasing the money until the downward review of the amount proposed by the Senate. In the suit number FHC/L/CS/1511/2019 filed last Friday at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos, the…

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Ministerial Screening: Why Senate must send list of nominees to EFCC for investigation – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Senate to further give credibility to its ministerial screening by sending the names of the nominees to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). PDP said the screening exercise must have enabled the Senate to further confirm that many of the nominees presented to it by President Muhammadu Buhari include individuals, who as former governors and ministers, wrecked their states and ministries and have serious allegations of corruption, abuse of office and stealing of public funds hanging on their necks. In a…

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Finally, Senate swears in last Senator to complete 109 slots

Ahmad Lawan, the Nigerian Senate President, has administered the oath of office on Senator Benjamin Nwajumogu representing Imo West senatorial district. Nwajumogu, a returning All Progressives Congress (APC) member, was recently issued a certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following an order by the Imo High Court legitimizing his reelection. After the swearing-in of the APC senator to complete the 109-man senate, screening of the remaining 19 ministerial nominees resumed with the former Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

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Senate to FG: Issue travel alert against travelling to South Africa

The Nigerian Senate has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to issue travel alerts to Nigerians travelling to South Africa in the light of several questionable killings of Nigerians living in the country. The Senate made the call on Wednesday, while asking the South African government to investigate the death of Nigerians who have been killed in questionable situation in the country, according to a Premium Times report. Elizabeth Ndibuisi-Chukwu, the Deputy Director-General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), was allegedly murdered at Emperor’s Palace Hotel and…

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I’m quitting Senate by 2023 – Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, declared that he will retire from the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly in 2023 after serving for 20 years. He said he won’t seek re-election into the Senate in 2023, noting that God has been kind to him, raising him to address enormous challenges faced by his people. Ekweremadu who spoke in Enugu yesterday at an event to mark his 57th birthday said “as I prepare to further represent you by your mandate for the next four years, let me seek your…

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Accept responsibility for worsening state of insecurity, Atiku tells Buhari

• I know the weight of responsibility I carry – Buhari • IGP appears before Senate over insecurity • Says FG didn’t offer Miyetti Allah N100 bn • As Presidential election tribunal begins sitting Former Vice President and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 Presidential election, Atiku Abubakar has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to accept responsibility for the spate of banditry, kidnappings, and killings going on in some parts of the country. In a statement signed by Paul Ibe, Atiku’s…

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Senate: Joshua Dariye co-sponsors motion from prison

Joshua Dariye, former Governor of Plateau State and the All Progressives Congress (APC) senator representing Plateau Central Senatorial District, is co-sponsoring a motion in the Senate. Dariye, who is currently serving a 10-year in the prison, is co-sponsoring the motion with Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central, and other 106 senators. During the presentation of a motion titled ‘Senseless Killing of a Briton and the abduction of three others in a Holiday Resort in Kaduna State by Armed Bandits’ by Senator Shehu Sani on Thursday, Dariye’s name was listed…

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Why Senate postponed 2019 budget passage till Tuesday – Saraki

The Senate has postponed the passage of the 2019 budget till Tuesday, April 30, 2019. This was disclosed during plenary on Wednesday. Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the postponement is because of the absence of the Chairman of the committee at plenary and to also enable committee members to study the budget details before passage. He asked the National Assembly secretariat to ensure that senators get copies of the bill ahead of passage. “Some members have not got printed copies of the details and I have directed the Clerk to…

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Senate passes seven bills rejected by Buhari

• Inches one step closer to passing bill overriding presidential veto on budget • Rejects Ben Bruce’s bill seeking to introduce electric cars by 2035 • As oil producers, we cannot encourage the sale of electric cars in Nigeria – Ekweremadu The Senate has passed seven of the at least 16 bills rejected so far this year by President Muhammadu Buhari. The bills are the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Bill, National Research and Innovation Council Bill, Stamp Duties Act (Amendment) Bill. Others are…

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Senate urges FG to expedite action on Leah Sharibu’s release

Senate on Thursday called on the Federal Government to expedite action for the release of Leah Sharibu, the only remaining student of Government Science Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State, who has remained in captivity of insurgents. The Senate made the call following the adoption of a point of order on Thursday. Senator Sani had taken the floor through a point of order, citing Order 43 of the Senate Standing Orders 2015, as amended to draw the attention of the Senate to the plight of the abducted girl. He told the…

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