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    Four Point by Sheraton Hotels to reopen soon, says A’Ibom govt

Four Point by Sheraton Hotels to reopen soon, says A’Ibom govt

The Akwa Ibom state government has pledged to unbolt the gates of the Four Point by Sheraton Hotel for 24-hour operations to hospitality industry users in the state. Udom Emmanuel, the governor, made the pledge during the state constituency campaigns towards the coming general elections at the Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium, recently. The governor, accompanied by his deputy, Moses Ekpo, said his [...]

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    Dogara asks: Are Nigerians still having hangover of military rule?

Dogara asks: Are Nigerians still having hangover of military rule?

Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, says it looks as if Nigerians are still having a hangover of military rule. Speaking on Saturday at a retreat organised for reporters covering the lower legislative chamber, the speaker said some Nigerians have not come to the reality of the legislature's role in a democracy. "Almost two decades after Nigeria returned to civil rule, it [...]

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    Reps reject ‘inadequate’ police budget

Reps reject ‘inadequate’ police budget

The house of representatives has rejected the 2018 budget estimate of the Nigerian police force on the grounds that it is “inadequate.” Appearing before the house committee on police affairs, on Wednesday, Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, was asked to mop up the budget estimate to meet the required standards. The N332 billion estimated budget comprises 10 percent for overhead and capital [...]

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ICYMI: PIGB passes third reading at house of reps

The Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), has passed its third reading at the house of representatives, more than seven months after it was passed by the senate. The PIGB, which constitutes one fourth of the split Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), will ensure a smooth governance and institutional framework for the petroleum industry and other related matters. The PIGB was passed following adoption [...]

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    PIGB: Dogara asks Buhari to ‘act fast’ as Saraki sees end to fuel scarcity

PIGB: Dogara asks Buhari to ‘act fast’ as Saraki sees end to fuel scarcity

Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, sign into law the petroleum industry governance bills (PIGB) passed by the lower legislative chamber when it is harmonised with the senate and transmitted to him. The green chamber passed the legislation on Wednesday. Dogara said the new legislation will be transmitted to the president [...]

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    Reps summon Kachikwu, Baru to shed light on fuel subsidy payment 

Reps summon Kachikwu, Baru to shed light on fuel subsidy payment 

The house of representatives has summoned Ibe Kachikwu, minister of state for petroleum resources, over the reported payment of fuel subsidy by the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC). The lawmakers also summoned Maikanti Baru, NNPC group managing director, over the issue. The summon followed a motion on 'Urgent need to investigate the fuel subsidy payment by the NNPC’ introduced by Karimi Sunday, [...]

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    Dogara laments: All is not well… Nigeria is now being painted red with blood

Dogara laments: All is not well… Nigeria is now being painted red with blood

Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, has lamented the killings in various parts of the country. In his address to lawmakers when they resumed from recess on Tuesday, Dogara frowned at the violence in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Rivers, Zamfara, and Adamawa states. "Indeed at no time in the recent past has the nation’s peace and unity been so vigorously [...]

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    Reps probe ‘disappearance’ of $44m from NIA vault

Reps probe ‘disappearance’ of $44m from NIA vault

The house of representatives on Tuesday resolved to probe the reported disappearance of $44 million from the coffers of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). The money was said to have been moved from the coffers of the agency to an unknown destination shortly after Ahmed Abubakar was appointed its new director-general. A similar incident had led to the dismissal of Ayo Oke, [...]

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    PDP reps stage walkout over defection of member

PDP reps stage walkout over defection of member

Members of the house of representatives elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) staged a walkout on Tuesday over the defection of  Nnanna Igbokwe, a lawmaker from Imo state. Igbokwe’s defection letter to the All Progressives Congress (APC) was read by Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house, after which he granted effect to it. The lawmakers subsequently started protesting [...]

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    Reps give Intels 24 hours to pay dues owed FG

Reps give Intels 24 hours to pay dues owed FG

The house of representatives ad hoc committee on the treasury single account (TSA) has ordered the management of Intels to remit the funds accrued from its pilotage service contract with the federal government within 24 hours. The lawmakers gave the directive at a public hearing which held on Wednesday. The committee also asked the company to provide full details of the amount [...]

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    Reps query timing of Gwarzo’s suspension, resolve to probe saga

Reps query timing of Gwarzo’s suspension, resolve to probe saga

The house of representatives has resolved to probe the suspension of Mounir Gwarzo, director-general of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, suspended Gwarzo over allegations of financial impropriety levelled against him. At its sitting on Tuesday, the house resolved to probe the ongoing conflict between the duo. The resolution followed a motion by Diri Douye, member representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma [...]

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    Immigration: Maina is a US citizen, has three passports

Immigration: Maina is a US citizen, has three passports

Abdurasheed Maina has a "valid US passport" among his three travel documents, the Nigerian immigration service has said. Mohammed Babandede, comptroller-general of immigration, told a house of representatives panel on Thursday that the former chairman of the presidential task force on pension reforms has not entered the country since 2013. He said the service started keeping tabs on Maina on September 27, [...]

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    FG moves to repatriate $321m from Switzerland

FG moves to repatriate $321m from Switzerland

Juliet Ibekaku, senior special assistant to the president on justice reform, says in December, the federal government would sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that would lead to the recovery of $321 million from Switzerland. Ibekaku said this while speaking at an anti-corruption programme organised by the Centre for Democracy Development (CDD), Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and Department for [...]

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    Reps probe ‘plan’ to halt admission of female cadets into NDA

Reps probe ‘plan’ to halt admission of female cadets into NDA

The house of representatives has started a probe on the alleged move to halt admission of female cadets into the combatant course of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA). The lower legislative chamber also asked the armed forces council to increase the number of female cadets admitted into NDA. A PUNCH report quoted by TheCable had said northern Muslim leaders were lobbying the council to [...]

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    Tribunal sacks APC rep

Tribunal sacks APC rep

The election petition tribunal in Katsina has nullified the election of Mansur Ali Mashi, member representing Mashi/Dutsi federal constituency at the national assembly. The tribunal has also ordered for the conduct of fresh bye-election in 15 polling units in the constituency. Mashi is of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Delivering the judgment on Wednesday, L.M. Boufini said the tribunal was convinced that there [...]

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    Reps probe $1.4m ‘shady contract’ at defence ministry

Reps probe $1.4m ‘shady contract’ at defence ministry

The house of representatives has mandated its committees on defence, army and public procurement to investigate the $1.4 million contract scandal in the ministry of defence. TheCable had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari approved a $1.4 million contract in September 2016 for the relocation and refurbishment of a Level 2 Ministry Hospital under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in [...]

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