Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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    Reps pass PIGB —  after addressing Buhari’s concerns

Reps pass PIGB — after addressing Buhari’s concerns

The house of representatives has re-committed and passed the the petroleum industry governance bill (PIGB) after considering President Muhammadu Buhari's concerns. [...]

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    Dogara: Current house of reps best performing in Nigeria’s history

Dogara: Current house of reps best performing in Nigeria’s history

Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, says the lower legislative chamber under his leadership is the best performing in Nigeria's history.Dogara said this on Wednesday in Abuja, while receiving awards from the UK parliament and the Nigerian government in recognition of his "exemplary leadership" and contribution to passage of Ease Of Doing Business bills respectively.He also said the [...]

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    House of reps rejects police reform bill

House of reps rejects police reform bill

The house of representatives has rejected a bill seeking to reform the Nigeria police force.The bill was rejected during plenary on Wednesday, about a month after being passed by the senate.The bill, which seeks to repeal the Police Act of 2004, would "provide for the framework for the police service" as well as ensure partnership between the police and communities.Some [...]

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    A vote for plastic ban in Nigeria

A vote for plastic ban in Nigeria

On Tuesday, Nigeria’s house of representatives passed a bill banning the use and sale of plastic bags in the country. According to the legislation, anyone that fails to provide customers with paper bags in place of plastic ones risks three years in jail or a fine of N500,000 - or both at the worst case scenario. The bill would have [...]

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    Reps pass bill to ban plastic bags, prescribe 3-year jail term for sale

Reps pass bill to ban plastic bags, prescribe 3-year jail term for sale

The house of representatives on Tuesday passed a bill banning plastic bags in the country.The lawmakers said the bill is to among other things address waste management and protect the environment.The Plastic bag prohibition bill provides for: "An act to prohibit the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging in order to address [...]

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    Reps pass bill abolishing HND/BSc dichotomy

Reps pass bill abolishing HND/BSc dichotomy

The house of representatives has passed a bill abolishing the existing dichotomy between higher national diploma (HND) and bachelor's of science (BSc) degree holders in the country.The "bill for an act to abolish and prohibit dichotomy and discrimination between first degrees and HND in the same profession" was passed during Tuesday's plenary.The legislation, which was sponsored by Ali Isa and [...]

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    Inside the world of Almajiri children with big dreams but harsh reality

Inside the world of Almajiri children with big dreams but harsh reality

Along Sugune road in Kawo, Kano state, Walae Bashir (not real name) stood with some of his peers with bowls clutched under their arms. The time was past 11 am and, while their age mates were attending classes in schools across the metropolis, they have been out in the scorching sun, running after every moving thing/being in search for pennies. [...]

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    INEC recognises Sowore as AAC chairman, faults his suspension

INEC recognises Sowore as AAC chairman, faults his suspension

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says Omoyele Sowore remains the substantive national chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC).In a letter dated May 14, Rose Oriaran-Anthony, the commission's secretary, said Sowore's purported suspension by the party cannot hold.She said there is no evidence of the meeting in which Sowore was suspended, as some of the party leaders had claimed.Mazi Okwy, a [...]

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    Report: EFCC grills n’assembly clerk, seizes his passport

Report: EFCC grills n’assembly clerk, seizes his passport

The Economic and Crimes Commission (EFCC) has interrogated Mohammed Sani-Omolori, clerk of the national assembly, over various issues, including the legislative arm's finances, according to Sahara Reporters.The EFCC reportedly grilled Sani Omolori for about six hours on Thursday after which his international passport was seized.He was said to have been interrogated over how leaders of the 9th national assembly would emerge.The [...]

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    Audit: MDAs yet to submit 2017 annual report, says reps panel

Audit: MDAs yet to submit 2017 annual report, says reps panel

The house of representatives public accounts committee says government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) have failed to submit their annual financial reports for auditing.Kingsley Chinda, chairman of the committee, said the MDAs are yet to file their annual report for 2017 to the office of auditor-general of the federation.Chinda spoke on Thursday  when the committee unveiled its website "to enhance [...]

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    INEC shifts Kogi, Bayelsa guber polls to Nov 16

INEC shifts Kogi, Bayelsa guber polls to Nov 16

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rescheduled the Bayelsa and Kogi state governorship elections.The commission said the elections, initially scheduled to hold on November 2, will now hold on November 16.Festus Okoye, INEC director of voter education and publicity, said in a statement, on Thursday, that the change in date was as a result of various appeals for the [...]

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    Bill establishing South-East Commission passes second reading at house of reps

Bill establishing South-East Commission passes second reading at house of reps

The house of representatives has passed for second reading a bill seeking to establish the South-East Development Commission.The lower legislative chamber had rejected the bill in 2018 but it passed second reading during Thursday's plenary.The senate passed the bill last year.The lawmakers who supported it were across party lines and argued that the legislation would give the south-east a sense [...]

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    CBN, NIBSS, NIPOST account for N35.2bn stamp duty revenue, deny withholding N20trn

CBN, NIBSS, NIPOST account for N35.2bn stamp duty revenue, deny withholding N20trn

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    Senate panel endorses Emefiele for second term, dismisses ‘stolen’ N500bn allegation

Senate panel endorses Emefiele for second term, dismisses ‘stolen’ N500bn allegation

The senate committee on banking, insurance and other financial institutions has approved of a second term for Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).While screening Emefiele on Wednesday, members of the committee dismissed the allegations of stolen N500 billion at the apex bank.Rafiu Ibrahim, its chairman, said the allegations were targeted at "bringing you (Emefiele) down because  [...]

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    Jibrin: Gbaja has comfortable lead to become speaker

Jibrin: Gbaja has comfortable lead to become speaker

Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader of the house of representatives, has a "comfortable lead" to become speaker of the 9th assembly, according to Abdulmumin Jibrin, his campaign spokesman.Addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, Jibrin said the support Gbajabiamila currently enjoys cuts across party lines.The All Progressives Congress (APC) which is expected to produce the next speaker had endorsed Gbajabiamila as its choice [...]

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    Reps kick against bill restricting public officials from foreign medical trips

Reps kick against bill restricting public officials from foreign medical trips

The house of representatives has rejected a bill seeking to prevent public officials from seeking medical treatment abroad.The lower legislative chamber voted against the bill when it came up for debate during Tuesday's plenary.They had passed it for second reading last year.The bill seeks to "amend the provisions of the National Health Act, 2014 to regulate international trips for medical treatment [...]

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