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    Reps want state of emergency declared on federal roads

Reps want state of emergency declared on federal roads

The house of representatives has asked the federal government to declare a state of emergency on federal roads. The call comes days after TheCable reported that four FCT roads are yet to be completed years after construction commenced. The lower legislative chamber on Thursday mandated its works committee to ascertain the status of federal roads, contracts awarded for rehabilitation and report back [...]

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    None of you has invested in public trust – Ezekwesili tackles Saraki, Dogara

None of you has invested in public trust – Ezekwesili tackles Saraki, Dogara

Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education, has berated lawmakers for their "inability" to hold the executive accountable. Describing them as “lemons”, she said neither Senate President Bukola Saraki nor Yakubu Dogara has invested in public trust. In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the former minister attributed the low public trust experienced in the country to the quality of the lawmakers at the [...]

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    Reps committee issues warrant of arrest against Magu over Patience Jonathan’s account

Reps committee issues warrant of arrest against Magu over Patience Jonathan’s account

The house of representatives committee on public petitions has issued an arrest warrant on Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The lawmakers took this action after Magu failed to appear before them on different occasions. The committee is hearing a petition filed by Patience Jonathan, former first lady. In the petition, she accused the EFCC, the National [...]

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    Reps to create agency for management of forfeited assets

Reps to create agency for management of forfeited assets

The bill seeking to establish the Nigerian Assets Management Agency passed second reading at the house of representatives on Wednesday. The bill, which is sponsored by Jones Onyereri, a lawmaker from Imo state, seeks to manage to all government assets, including those seized by agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria Customs Services, among others. Leading the debate on [...]

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    Finally, Dogara swears in Mato, Hembe’s replacement

Finally, Dogara swears in Mato, Hembe’s replacement

Dorathy Mato has been sworn in as the lawmaker representing Vandikwa/ Konshisha federal constituency of Benue in the house of representatives. Mato is replacing Herman Hembe who was sacked by the supreme court on June 23. The court held that Mato won the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue to her a certificate [...]

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    Reps summon customs CG, DSS DG over importation of illegal arms

Reps summon customs CG, DSS DG over importation of illegal arms

The house of representatives has summoned Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), and Lawal Daura, director-general of the Department of States Services (DSS) over the illegal importation of firearms. The lower legislative chamber also called on the NCS and other regulatory agencies to intensify checks to control the influx of small arms and light weapons into the country. The [...]

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    Disclosure of funding, 18-month jail for violation — highlights of the ‘toxic’ NGO bill

Disclosure of funding, 18-month jail for violation — highlights of the ‘toxic’ NGO bill

On July 14, 2016, the house of representatives passed for second reading a bill seeking to establish a commission that would regulate non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Umar Buba Jibril, deputy majority leader and sponsor of the bill, said the bill sought to supervise, monitor and coordinate the activities of civil society organisations (CSOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs). But recently, those who saw the [...]

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    Gbajabiamila: Reps will debate report on Patience Jonathan’s accounts

Gbajabiamila: Reps will debate report on Patience Jonathan’s accounts

Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader of the house of representatives, says the lower legislative chamber has not directed banks to lift the restriction imposed on the accounts of  Patience Jonathan, former first lady. On Tuesday, Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, chairman of the house committee on public petition, directed six banks to unblock Jonathan's accounts. “Until EFCC proves otherwise, I’ll ask you to remove the precautionary restriction [...]

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    Lawmakers can’t oversight on foot… we need vehicles, says reps spokesman

Lawmakers can’t oversight on foot… we need vehicles, says reps spokesman

Abdulrazak Namdas, spokesman of the house of representatives, says the Peugeot 508 vehicles which some lawmakers in the lower legislative chamber took delivery of will be used for over sight purposes. On Monday, Namdas confirmed the delivery of 200 out 360 vehicles which is said to be ordered from Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited (PAN) – worth N3.4 billion. Nine months ago, the [...]

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    In recession, reps take delivery of N3.4bn cars

In recession, reps take delivery of N3.4bn cars

The house of representatives says it has taken delivery of 200 of the 360 Peugeot 508 cars it ordered from Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited (PAN) - worth N3.4 billion. This is coming at a time when the country is struggling to get out of economic recession. DailyTrust quoted Abdulrazak Namdas, spokesman of the house, as confirming the delivery of the car. According to the [...]

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    THE DETAIL: All the areas reps, senators disagreed on constitution amendment

THE DETAIL: All the areas reps, senators disagreed on constitution amendment

The national assembly has concluded voting on amendments to the 1999 constitution. While members of the house of representatives voted on Thursday, their colleagues in the senate had their own session on Wednesday. S/N Bills Passed By Rejected By 1. 35 percent affirmative action for women House of Reps  Senate 2. Deletion of state INEC from constitution Senate House of Reps 3. Deletion of national security agencies from constitution Senate House of Reps 4. Deletion of Public Complain Act [...]

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    Female lawmakers disrupt proceedings at house of reps

Female lawmakers disrupt proceedings at house of reps

Female lawmakers in the house of representatives have disrupted voting on amendments to the 1999 constitution. The lawmakers protested against the outcome of voting on "citizenship and indigeneship" for women. The provision seeks to alter section 25 of the constitution to give married women right to choose indigeneship either by birth or by marriage for the purpose of appointment or election. When the question [...]

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    A disease is plaguing the n’assembly, says Sagay on reps opposition to NHIS ES suspension

A disease is plaguing the n’assembly, says Sagay on reps opposition to NHIS ES suspension

Itse Sagay, chairman, presidential advisory committee against corruption, says a disease is plaguing the national assembly. He said this in an interview with PUNCH, while reacting to  the house of representatives call for the reinstatement of Usman Yusuf, suspended executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). Isaac Adewole, minister of health, suspended Yusuf following allegations of corruption levelled against him. But the representatives [...]

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    Osinbajo asks n’assembly to re-allocate N135bn in 2017 budget

Osinbajo asks n’assembly to re-allocate N135bn in 2017 budget

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has sought the approval of the house of representatives for the virement (re-allocation) of N135 billion in the 2017 budget to some exigent projects. The request of the acting president was contained in a letter to the lower chamber. The letter was also sent to the senate, but it was not read by Senate President Bukola Saraki [...]

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    Tinubu to federal lawmakers: Don’t allow excuses turn you to the house-of-do-nothing

Tinubu to federal lawmakers: Don’t allow excuses turn you to the house-of-do-nothing

Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has urged federal lawmakers not to allow excuses hinder their performance. He urged them to come up with legislation that would help in promoting the country’s diversity for prosperity. Tinubu made the call when Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, led senate and house of representatives committees on the review of 1999 constitution [...]

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    Wammako, Sokoto rep, is dead

Wammako, Sokoto rep, is dead

Abdullahi Wammako, a member of the house of representatives from Sokoto state, is dead. Wammako died at an Abuja hospital after a brief illness. A first term lawmaker, he represented Kware/Wammako federal constituency. He contested and won the 2015 parliamentary election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Reacting to the sad news, Yakubu Dogara, the speaker, expressed "heartfelt condolences" to the government [...]

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