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    Nigeria’s national assembly of job scandals 

Nigeria’s national assembly of job scandals 

I came in full cognisance with the normality of influence peddling for jobs when I was covering the national assembly. It is a run-off-the-mill practice, which has become permissive, for lawmakers to scribble a long list of names of cronies and hangers-on and send it to any government agency soliciting jobs. I have seen lots of these lists myself. It is [...]

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    Borno rep apologises over comment on rape

Borno rep apologises over comment on rape

Ahmed Jaha, a member of the house of representatives from Borno state, has apologised to Nigerians over comments he made on the floor of the lower legislative chamber on Thursday. While contributing to a debate on rape, Jaha had said women should dress properly to avoid harassment and abuse by men. "Women should cultivate the habit of dressing properly and decently to [...]

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    Court bars police, DSS from arresting CUPP spokesman

Court bars police, DSS from arresting CUPP spokesman

A federal high court in Abuja has barred the police and the Department of State Services (DSS) from arresting Ikenga Ugochinyere, spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).  Ugochinyere had accused the house of representatives of bribery over the infectious disease bill, and in a resolution, the lawmakers directed that he be arrested.  In a suit with number FHC/ABJ/CS/475/2020, the [...]

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    CSOs ask reps to hold virtual public hearing on infectious diseases bill

CSOs ask reps to hold virtual public hearing on infectious diseases bill

A coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) has asked the house of representatives to hold an "electronic public hearing" on the infectious diseases bill. The coalition made up of 65 CSOs says the proposed method would ensure massive participation and would be a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. The bill prescribes, among other provisions, compulsory vaccination of citizens against infectious diseases. But [...]

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    Like house of reps, senate to resume plenary Tuesday

Like house of reps, senate to resume plenary Tuesday

The senate will resume sitting on Tuesday. In a notice to the senators on Sunday, Nelson Ayewoh, clerk of the senate, said the session will hold at 10am. The development is coming after Patrick Giwa, clerk of the house of representatives, notified lawmakers in the lower chamber that legislative business would resume on Tuesday. Both chambers of the national assembly had suspended [...]

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    COVID-19: We were forced to donate our salaries, says Niger rep

COVID-19: We were forced to donate our salaries, says Niger rep

Lado Suleja, a member of the house of representatives from Niger state, says lawmakers were "forced" to donate their salaries of two months to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Suleja, while speaking to journalists in Niger recently, said most of his colleagues were not happy about the donation. Benjamin Kalu, spokesman of the house, did not immediately respond to TheCable's [...]

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    Coronavirus: N’assembly members ‘refuse to be screened at airports’

Coronavirus: N’assembly members ‘refuse to be screened at airports’

Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has written to the national assembly leadership over the refusal of some of its members to subject themselves to the mandatory screening for COVID-19 at the airports.  Since the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, measures have been put in place at airports to screen people coming into the country.  In a letter [...]

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    We’ll encourage lawmakers to implement constituency projects, says reps committee

We’ll encourage lawmakers to implement constituency projects, says reps committee

The house of representatives committee on constituency project outreach says it will now encourage lawmakers to monitor and ensure the successful implementation of their constituency projects. The committee reached the decision at the end of a two-day agenda setting retreat held in Owerri, Imo state capital. The committee in a communique signed by its members said discussions at the retreat were on [...]

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    Letter to the speaker

Letter to the speaker

BY OSSAI OSSAI His Excellency, Mr. Speaker, may recall that the House of Representatives recorded the first reading of the bill for "An Act to Establish Federal Polytechnic Kwale, Delta state, 2019 (HB. 296) on the 25th Day of July 2019; and unanimously passed it into law on the 14th day of November 2019 after due legislative considerations. And accordingly transmitted [...]

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CAN has become a tool in the hands of politicians, says cleric

Isaac Itodo, general overseer of the Ark of Covenant Total Life Ministries, says the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has been fraternising with political opponents of the present administration in heating the polity in Nigeria at the detriment of uniting the body of Christ in Nigeria. The cleric stated this in a chat with journalists in the wake [...]

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    Reps reject bill seeking six-year single term for president, governors

Reps reject bill seeking six-year single term for president, governors

The house of representatives has rejected a bill seeking to provide for a single term of six years for the president and governors. The constitutional amendment bill seeks to also provide for an unlimited tenure of six years for members of the national assembly and state houses of assembly. The bill, sponsored by John Dyegh from Benue state, was rejected after it [...]

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    ICPC declares house of reps member wanted

ICPC declares house of reps member wanted

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has declared Shehu Mohammed, a member of the house of representatives, wanted. Mohammed represents Maiyama/Koko/Besse federal constituency in Kebbi state. Rasheedat Okoduwa, ICPC director of public enlightenment, made the announcement in a statement on Thursday. She said the declaration was made as a result of Mohammed's failure to appear before the commission in [...]

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    Zainab Ahmed: Nigeria’s debt service to revenue ratio is higher than desirable

Zainab Ahmed: Nigeria’s debt service to revenue ratio is higher than desirable

Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, says the country's debt service to revenue ratio is higher than desirable. Ahmed was speaking on Tuesday during a presentation before the house of representatives committee on aids, loans and debt management in Abuja. In her presentation, the minister said the federal government's intended $22.71 billion loan will be gotten from multilateral [...]

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    PDP senators to Buhari: If you’ve not seen benefits of constituency projects, ask your ministers

PDP senators to Buhari: If you’ve not seen benefits of constituency projects, ask your ministers

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the senate has tackled President Muhammadu Buhari over his recent comment on constituency projects. On Tuesday, the president said N1 trillion had been spent on constituency projects in the last 10 years without anything to show for it. Buhari spoke at a summit organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) [...]

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    Reps summon Akpabio over N10bn NDDC contract

Reps summon Akpabio over N10bn NDDC contract

The house of representatives has summoned Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) management over a N10 billion contract. The lawmakers alleged that the contract was not approved by the national assembly. They also accused the NDDC management of operating its 2018 account - which they described as an unconstitutional action/ The 2018 budget NDDC was passed [...]

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    US reps okay Trump’s impeachment inquiry

US reps okay Trump’s impeachment inquiry

The United States house of representatives has approved the rules governing the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The resolution, which was reached during a plenary session on Thursday, passed by a vote of 232 to 196. All but two democrats and the chamber's sole independent voted for the measure, while all republican members voted against it. Three republicans and one democrat [...]

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