Saturday, February 16, 2019

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    N’assembly workers declare strike ahead budget presentation

N’assembly workers declare strike ahead budget presentation

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) says it will embark on a four-day warning strike beginning from Monday.Bature Mohammed, chairman of the association, said the decision to embark on the strike was taken at an emergency congress held on Friday.The strike would commence two days to the presentation of the 2019 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari.In a letter to [...]

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    Electoral bill: Buhari’s betrayal

Electoral bill: Buhari’s betrayal

BY TONY ELUMUNORA noisy but silly debate is on; whether the National Assembly could muster two-thirds majority vote to override President Mohammadu Buhari’s veto of the latest Electoral Bill which he declined to sign into law.Question: Why did Buhari refuse to sign the bill? He explained: “I am concerned that passing a new electoral bill this far into the electoral [...]

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    N’assembly ‘would be drawing battle line’ by overriding Buhari on electoral bill

N’assembly ‘would be drawing battle line’ by overriding Buhari on electoral bill

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says President Muhammadu Buhari saved the country from a chaotic poll by withholding his assent to the electoral act amendment bill.The group said this in a statement jointly signed by Niyi Akinsiju and Cassidy Madueke, its chairman and secretary."It is trite that the deployment of a new electoral law only two months to an election [...]

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    EXTRA: Senate paying Dariye’s salary, allowances — despite imprisonment

EXTRA: Senate paying Dariye’s salary, allowances — despite imprisonment

Joshua Dariye, former governor of Plateau state, is reportedly still being paid his allowances.In June, an FCT high court convicted Dariye for laundering public funds to the tune of N1.162bn.He was subsequently imprisoned for 14 years, although his prison term was later reduced to 10 years by a court of appeal in Abuja.The senator representing Plateau central district is said to [...]

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    ‘Override Buhari on electoral reform bill’ — Agbakoba writes national assembly

‘Override Buhari on electoral reform bill’ — Agbakoba writes national assembly

Olisa Agbakoba, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has asked the national assembly to override President Muhammadu Buhari and pass the electoral act amendment bill, 2018.He said the bill would improve the credibility of elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and also give legal backing to the use of card readers in the polls.Buhari had rejected the [...]

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    National assembly workers threaten to embark on indefinite strike

National assembly workers threaten to embark on indefinite strike

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) has threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if the national assembly management does not meet its demands.The workers picketed the premises of the national assembly on Tuesday, denying lawmakers access to both chambers of the parliament.They are aggrieved over the non-payment of outstanding salaries and allowances.In response to Tuesday's demonstration, Senate President [...]

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    Saraki, Dogara direct n’assembly management to address grievances of workers

Saraki, Dogara direct n’assembly management to address grievances of workers

Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, have directed Mohammed Sani-Omolori, clerk of the national assembly, to resolve issues that led to workers strike on Tuesday.The workers, protesting the non-payment of outstanding salaries and allowances, prevented the lawmakers from sitting on Tuesday.In a statement, Yusuph Olaniyonu, special adviser to the senate president on media, said Saraki [...]

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    VIDEO: Aggrieved national assembly workers boo Saraki

VIDEO: Aggrieved national assembly workers boo Saraki

Members of staff of the national assembly booed Senate President Bukola Saraki as he appealed for calm over protest rocking the legislative chamber.While addressing the workers, the senate president appealed for calm but was repeatedly booed with chants of "no (credit) alert, no sitting."The workers had stormed the complex on Tuesday morning to protest their witheld entitlement including consolidated salary [...]

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    Legislative aides take over n’assembly, turn back lawmakers over unpaid allowances

Legislative aides take over n’assembly, turn back lawmakers over unpaid allowances

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) on Tuesday protested the non-payment of their outstanding salaries and allowances.The protesters are insisting that the lawmakers will not hold their usual sittings until they are paid their entitlements.The members of the national assembly that had arrived for sitting before the protest began were forced to either retire to their offices or leave [...]

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    Atiku’s misadventure and Buhari’s ride to success

Atiku’s misadventure and Buhari’s ride to success

BY OKANGA AGILAThe struggle of Nigeria’s former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to mount the horse as the country’s President has been legendary and sustained. Since 2003, when he deputized former President Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ), the ambition to lead Nigeria has refused to quench like a candle in the wind.When the main opposition PDP conceded its 2019 presidential ticket to [...]

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    ‘You often send window dressing documents’ — senator blames executive for budget delay

‘You often send window dressing documents’ — senator blames executive for budget delay

Biodun Olujimi, senate minority leader, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of unjustly blaming the national assembly over the delay in the passage of the 2018 budget.The senator said contrary to Buhari’s claim that the lawmakers delayed the passage, what the executive usually sends to the legislative chamber is "window dressing documents".Buhari presented the budget to the national assembly in November 2017 [...]

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    Fashola: Those criticising us for borrowing should tell us where to find funds

Fashola: Those criticising us for borrowing should tell us where to find funds

Babatunde Fashola, minister for power, works and housing, has asked those critical of the borrowings of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to tell the current administration how to raise funds.Speaking with reporters during a two-day retreat in Sokoto, Fashola said the delay of the 2018 budget by the national assembly made the ministry resort to borrowing to complete abandoned projects.He said [...]

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    Army: Why we deployed troops around national assembly

Army: Why we deployed troops around national assembly

The Nigerian army says it deployed troops to the three arms zone area of the federal capital territory, where the National Assembly Complex, presidential villa as well as law courts, are located, to prevent an invasion by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).On Thursday, there was an unusual number of soldiers in the zone.In a statement, HT Tagwai, assistant [...]

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    AFRICMIL sues Buhari over withdrawal of $496m for purchase of Tucano aircraft

AFRICMIL sues Buhari over withdrawal of $496m for purchase of Tucano aircraft

The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), a civil society organisation, has filed a suit against President Muhammadu Buhari over the purchase of 12 Tucano aircraft worth $496 million without the approval of the national assembly.The funds were withdrawn from the excess crude account (ECA)The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1179/2018 has the senate president, the senate, speaker of the house [...]

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    National assembly needs more funds, says Tambuwal

National assembly needs more funds, says Tambuwal

Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto state, says the national assembly needs more funds to be able to discharge its responsibilities effectively.The governor said this while delivering a lecture at the second convocation and awards ceremony of the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Abuja.The former speaker of the house of representatives said his argument might be unpopular, but [...]

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    N’assembly approves N242bn for 2019 polls

N’assembly approves N242bn for 2019 polls

The national assembly has approved N242 billion for the conduct of the 2019 elections.The two chambers of the national assembly passed the budget — as sent by President Muhammadu Buhari — during plenary on Tuesday.A total of N189 billion was allocated to the Independent and National Electoral Commission (INEC) while N53 billion was for the security agencies.Buhari had sent the [...]

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