Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Tag "Ahmad Lawan"

    Lawan: Why Kalu’s seat wasn’t declared vacant when he was in prison

Lawan: Why Kalu’s seat wasn’t declared vacant when he was in prison

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the upper legislative chamber did not declare the seat of Uzor Orji Kalu, chief whip, vacant because he was "on several appeals." In December, a federal high court in Lagos convicted the chief whip of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion. He stood trial alongside Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account [...]

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    Ngige apologises to Lawan over Keyamo’s outburst on 774,000 jobs

Ngige apologises to Lawan over Keyamo’s outburst on 774,000 jobs

Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, has apologised to Senate President Ahmad Lawan over the outburst of Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, regarding the recruitment of 774,000 persons. Last week, Keyamo engaged in a shouting match with some senators and house of representatives members while responding to questions about the recruitment. The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) [...]

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    Lawan: We’re right to demand explanation on 774,000 jobs — recruitment is on hold

Lawan: We’re right to demand explanation on 774,000 jobs — recruitment is on hold

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says a joint committee of the national assembly was right to demand explanation on the recruitment of 774,000 citizens. Last week, Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, engaged in a shouting match with some senators and house of representatives members while responding to questions about the recruitment. The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) is meant [...]

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    Lawan: Consumers should be properly metered before electricity tariff increase

Lawan: Consumers should be properly metered before electricity tariff increase

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says consumers should be properly metered before the increase in electricity tariff. On Monday, the national assembly convinced the electricity distribution companies (DisCos) to halt the proposed increase in tariff for power consumers. In January, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had announced that there would be an upward review of electricity tariff across the country from April 1. However, [...]

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    Lawan: Nigeria losing $29bn annually over lack of power

Lawan: Nigeria losing $29bn annually over lack of power

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the country is losing $29 billion annually because of a lack of stable power supply. The claim, which Lawan ascribed to unknown "authorities", has not been confirmed by TheCable. Speaking at a public hearing, 'Power Sector Recovery Plan and the impact of COVID-19 Pandemic', on Monday, the senate president asked the senate's power committee to investigate how [...]

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    ‘We’ll miss him’ — Lawan mourns Osinowo

‘We’ll miss him’ — Lawan mourns Osinowo

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    Lawan: Senate has disagreed with Buhari many times — we’re not rubber stamp

Lawan: Senate has disagreed with Buhari many times — we’re not rubber stamp

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the upper legislative chamber has disagreed with President Muhammadu Buhari on many occasions but they have adopted a method of going "behind the scenes" to settle their differences. The senate under Bukola Saraki, his predecessor, had a frosty relationship with Buhari. They clashed on a number of issues such as on the confirmation of nominees and the [...]

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    PHOTOS: Lawan leads senators to Orji Kalu’s residence

PHOTOS: Lawan leads senators to Orji Kalu’s residence

Senate President Ahmad Lawan led his colleagues to the residence of Orji Uzor Kalu, chief whip of the red chamber, on Thursday. The visit took place one day after Kalu, a former governor of Abia, was released from prison following his conviction by a federal high court in Lagos. Kalu alongside Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account of [...]

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    Lawan: It’s time to review privatisation of power sector

Lawan: It’s time to review privatisation of power sector

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the time has come to review or "probably reverse" the privatisation of the power sector. Speaking before Gabriel Suswam, senator representing Benue north east, moved a motion entitled "Power sector recovery plan and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic" on Tuesday, Lawan said if the distribution and generating companies are left the way they are, the country [...]

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    ‘Your reaction to our comment is baseless’ — Lawan tackles Maryam Uwais

‘Your reaction to our comment is baseless’ — Lawan tackles Maryam Uwais

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has described as ''unfair and baseless'' a statement made by Maryam Uwais, special adviser to the president on social investments. Uwais had reacted to comments credited to Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, on the national social investment programme (NSIP). Uwais said the comments of the national assembly leaders were "regrettable and unfortunate". At a meeting [...]

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    ‘You got it wrong’ — Uwais tackles Lawan, Gbaja over SIP

‘You got it wrong’ — Uwais tackles Lawan, Gbaja over SIP

Maryam Uwais, special adviser to the president on social investment programme (SIP), says the claims made by Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, on conditional cash transfer are "regrettable and dangerous." Lawan and Gbajabiamila had faulted the manner in which SIP was being implemented during the 14-day lockdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari. At a [...]

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    We are not satisfied with how SIP is being implemented during lockdown, say Lawan, Gbaja

We are not satisfied with how SIP is being implemented during lockdown, say Lawan, Gbaja

Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, have faulted the manner in which the Social Investment Programme (SIP) of the federal government is being implemented during the lockdown. President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the lockdown of the federal capital territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19. Speaking at [...]

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    Senate shuts down for two weeks over coronavirus

Senate shuts down for two weeks over coronavirus

The senate has adjourned plenary for two weeks over the coronavirus pandemic. The country has so far recorded 40 cases and one death. Speaking after a one-hour closed-door session on Tuesday, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the senate would be on hand to attend to any urgent matter. Lawan said citizens should adhere to the guidelines put in place by the Nigeria Centre [...]

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    Lawan: Nigerian leaders need prayers to perform well

Lawan: Nigerian leaders need prayers to perform well

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says Nigerian leaders need prayers to discharge their duties. Lawan said this on Monday while speaking at a mass held for the late Ignatius Longjan, senator representing Plateau south. Longjan died in Abuja in February. He was 75. Speaking during the mass, Lawan said the country needs prayer because "we need to have a very peaceful, secured and safe [...]

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    Lawan: We’ll work with Buhari to find solution to insecurity

Lawan: We’ll work with Buhari to find solution to insecurity

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the national assembly will continue to work with President Muhammadu Buhari to find a solution to the country's security challenges. Lawan said this in Katsina state while speaking at an empowerment programme by Bello Mandiya, senator representing Katsina south, for his constituents on Sunday. The senate president said the legislature would also ensure that the federal government [...]

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    Lawan: Govt should be run like business — and non-performers sacked

Lawan: Govt should be run like business — and non-performers sacked

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says government should be run like a business such that anyone who fails to perform well is sacked. Lawan said this on Thursday while speaking on a motion sponsored by Kashim Shettima, senator representing Borno central, on the recent attack by Boko Haram in Auno. The senate president did not direct his comment at anyone. But some senators [...]

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