Thursday, July 18, 2019

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    Reps spokesman accuses Fashola of spreading half-truth

Reps spokesman accuses Fashola of spreading half-truth

Abulrazak Namdas, spokesperson of the house of representatives, says the national assembly intervened in the 2017 budget proposal sent by the executive to carry every region along.Babatunde Fashola, minister of works, power and housing, had in an interview with TheCable, said some provisions of the budget violated the constitution.Responding, the senate and house of representatives accused the minister of spreading [...]

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    Court never said you had power to increase budget, Falana tells lawmakers

Court never said you had power to increase budget, Falana tells lawmakers

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says a federal high court never ruled that the national assembly had power to increase estimates of the appropriation act.He was reacting to a claim by the house of representatives that “the federal high court has ruled that the national assembly has the power to increase or review upward the budget estimates laid before it [...]

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    Abuja youth threaten to give residents quit notice over neglect

Abuja youth threaten to give residents quit notice over neglect

Some persons under the aegis of ‘FCT Natives and Marginalised Youth’ on Tuesday besiege the national assembly in a protest against alleged neglect by the government.The youth, who claimed to be natives of the federal capital territory, Abuja, threatened to give all residents a quit notice if the government did not look into their demands.They lamented the non-inclusion of an [...]

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    Despite protests, national assembly to gulp N125bn

Despite protests, national assembly to gulp N125bn

Despite protests and calls for the reduction of the humongous national assembly budget, the legislature has had its way.On May 11, the national assembly passed the 2017 budget of N7.44trn, allocating N125bn to itself.The amount is larger than that of 2016 which was N115bn. Nigerians peeved by the action asked the legislature to thin its budget in view of the [...]

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    We will engage and not confront you, Osinbajo tells lawmakers

We will engage and not confront you, Osinbajo tells lawmakers

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo says the executive will continue to engage the legislature and not confront it on issues.Speaking at a special session to mark the second anniversary of the 8th house of representatives, Osinbajo said the executive appreciates the power of the legislature.“We appreciate the powers of the legislature; we will in our relationship with you, continually relate on [...]

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    Image perception of the legislature: causes and possible solutions

Image perception of the legislature: causes and possible solutions

Last week, a bill proposing a six-month imprisonment for persons who jump queues in public places scaled second reading in this august assembly. It was sponsored by my brother from Kwara State, Hon AbubakarAmuda-Kannike to whom I have a poser this morning: If someone who jumps queue needs to spend six months in jail, how many months should those who [...]

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    Saraki: 8th assembly is the most transparent in Nigeria’s history

Saraki: 8th assembly is the most transparent in Nigeria’s history

Senate President Bukola Saraki says the 8th national assembly is the most open and transparent arm of government in the history of Nigeria.Saraki said this on Friday at a special plenary session to mark the second anniversary of the 8th senate.He said the 8th senate has pushed the boundaries of conventional law making.The senate president said the present crop of [...]

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    Osinbajo seeks n’assmebly approval for $1.5bn loan

Osinbajo seeks n’assmebly approval for $1.5bn loan

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has asked the national assembly to approve $1.5 billion loan for 12 states.The states are Kaduna, Ogun, Ebonyi, Abia, Katsina, Jigawa, Kano, Enugu, Plateau and Ondo.The loan is part of the 2016-2018 external borrowing plan.In letters read in both chambers of the national assembly, Osinbajo said the approval of the loan would help the states meet [...]

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    BudgIT, EiE: National assembly budget should be cut by N73bn

BudgIT, EiE: National assembly budget should be cut by N73bn

BudgIT and EiENigeria, civic organisations, say Nigerians want the budget of the national assembly reduced by N73 billion from N125bn to N52bn per annum.In the 2017 national budget passed a few weeks ago, the legislature earmarked N125bn for itself.Nigerians have criticised the action of the national assembly, particularly regarding monetary allocation to some items of little importance.On May 20, the [...]

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    Saraki: N125bn too much? It’s totally insignificant in 2017 budget

Saraki: N125bn too much? It’s totally insignificant in 2017 budget

Senate President Bukola Saraki says the N125 billion set aside for the national assembly is totally insignificant, when compared to the entire budget for the year.Saraki said the lawmakers have taken the most difficult decision by opening the budget of the national assembly, which he said was only three percent of the country's  total spending for 2017.Calculations by non-governmental organisations [...]

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    Don’t sign illegal 2017 budget, Falana tells Osinbajo

Don’t sign illegal 2017 budget, Falana tells Osinbajo

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria, says it was illegal for the national assembly to increase the 2017 budget, and as such, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo should not sign the document.Falana said the national assembly lacked the constitutional powers to increase the budget presented by the president.Speaking in Ilorin, Kwara state, during a colloquium organised by the Movement [...]

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    Dogara: Many Nigerians ignorant of legislature’s role in government

Dogara: Many Nigerians ignorant of legislature’s role in government

Yakubu Dogara, speaker, house of representatives, on Saturday said that many Nigerians were still ignorant of the role of the legislature as an arm of government.Dogara said the glaring ignorance on the part of many Nigerians had continued to put the legislature under "tremendous pressure and challenge"."Constituents inundate legislators with requests and demands that are clearly outside the functions of [...]

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    ‘Some Africans use Nigerian passport to commit crime’

‘Some Africans use Nigerian passport to commit crime’

Citizens of some African countries, including Ghana, obtain Nigerian passport to perpetrate crime in various countries, Yusuf Hinna, a non-career ambassadorial nominee, has alleged.According to NAN, he said this while responding to questions at his screening by the senate committee on foreign affairs in Abuja on Tuesday.He told the lawmakers that some of the criminal activities carried out in several [...]

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    SERAP asks Osinbajo to slash ‘wasteful’ budget of national assembly

SERAP asks Osinbajo to slash ‘wasteful’ budget of national assembly

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged acting president Yemi Osinbajo to reject the "wasteful and unnecessary" expenses incurred by the national assembly.In a letter to Osinbajo on Monday which was signed by Adetokunbo Mumuni, SERAP executive director, the group asked the acting president "to put pressure on the leadership of the national assembly to cut the proposed [...]

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    Sagay: Enemies of anti-corruption war are in the national assembly

Sagay: Enemies of anti-corruption war are in the national assembly

Itse Sagay, presidential advisory committee against corruption (PACAC) chairman, says the national assembly is the enemy of the anti-corruption efforts of the federal government.He said the federal lawmakers have constituted an opposition to the anti-corruption efforts of the government and anti-graft agencies.Sagay said this in reaction to senate president Bukola Saraki's criticism of the anti-corruption war on Monday during the [...]

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    Our next focus is to ensure legislators reduce allowances, say BudgIT, EiE

Our next focus is to ensure legislators reduce allowances, say BudgIT, EiE

BudgIT and Enough is Enough – two organisations that mounted pressure on the national assembly to release its budget details – say they will now work to ensure that lawmakers reduce their allowances and salaries.The national assembly released a breakdown of its budget last Thursday, ending the eight-year non-disclosure of the legislature budget.In a statement issued on Sunday, the civic [...]

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