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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Only state Police can stop banditry – Senate

• Resolves to override Buhari’s veto on two bills Worried over the increasing level of insecurity in Zamfara State and other parts of the Country, the Senate has reiterated its call for the establishment of ‘State Police’ if the problem must be nipped in the bud. The Senate yesterday urged the Federal government to make provision of N10 billion in the 2019 appropriation as intervention fund to cater for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other person’s affected by the activities of armed bandits in Zamfara state. The Upper legislative…

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Senate passes Police Trust Fund bill

The Nigerian Senate has passed the Nigerian Police Trust Fund Bill (HB 1583). The bill was passed at the Senate’s plenary on Tuesday. This comes days after Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, was given the assurance that the Senate would fast-track work on both the Police Trust Fund Bill and the Police Reform Bill. The House of Representatives has also given assent to the bill. Speaking on the passage of the bill on Tuesday, Senate President Bukola Saraki said: “By passing this bill, we will be creating…

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Saraki explains why Magu was never confirmed as EFCC chairman

Senate President Bukola Saraki has explained why the Senate did not confirm Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economicand Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC0. Saraki gave the explanation on Monday at the orientation programme organised for senators-elect and House of Representatives members-elect ahead of the inauguration of ninth national assembly in Abuja. The country’s number three citizen said having rejected Magu’s nomination on more than one occasion, President Muhammadu Buhari should have nominated another person for the position. The Senate had repeatedly rejected Magu’s nomination after he was said to have…

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Omo-Agege loses election case at Appeal Court

The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin, the Edo State capital has reaffirmed the nullification of the reelection of Ovie Omo-Agege, the senator representing Delta Central district on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and that of Francis Waive, who was declared winner of the Ughelli North, South and Udu House of Representatives seat on the APC platform. In a judgement delivered by Justice Tosin Adegoke, on March 18, the Federal High Court 1 sitting in Asaba, the Delta State capital, had sacked the Great Ogboru/Ovie Omo-Agege factional…

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Senate Approves N30, 000 as National Minimum Wage

… Passes budget 2019 for second reading The Senate has passed the bill raising the national minimum wage to N30, 000. The upper legislative chamber passed the bill after adopting the report of its ad hoc committee on the national minimum wage at plenary on Tuesday. The House of Representatives had last year passed the bill which also pegged the minimum wage for both federal and state workers at N30, 000. President Muhammadu Buhari sent the wage bill for consideration after the national council of state approved it. The council had approved…

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My Certificate of Return Cannot Be Touched or Seized, Okorocha Dares INEC

Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, says the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has no right to withhold his certificate of return. Speaking on Wednesday when some of his supporters marched to the government house to protest the conduct of the just-concluded elections, Okorocha said anyone who decides to go against him would lose. INEC had removed Okorocha’s name from the list of senators-elect who will be presented with certificates on Thursday, saying the governor was declared winner “under duress”. “I wonder why INEC will withhold my certificate for a frivolous…

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Outcry in Senate over Nigeria’s Rising Debts

Nigeria’s rising debt profile became a source of worry for Senators on Wednesday as the lawmakers started the debate on general principles of the N8. 83 trillion 2019 budget. The lawmakers had to caution the executive so as not to return the country back to debtor status. The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu ( PDP Enugu West) who was the first to raise the alarm during his contributions, said  that  though the budget proposals have to be given expeditious consideration and passage in view of enormous time already lost on…

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