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    Lawan: We won’t be silent if Buhari’s govt breaches the rules

Lawan: We won’t be silent if Buhari’s govt breaches the rules

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says it is mischievous to describe the national assembly as a rubber stamp legislature. Lawan said this when some of his supporters welcomed him at the Jigawa airport after a three-week "private visit" abroad. The senate president said the current assembly is determined to make a positive difference in the lives of Nigerians, adding that the lawmakers would insist [...]

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    Guide us where we are wrong, Lawan begs Nigerians

Guide us where we are wrong, Lawan begs Nigerians

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has pleaded with Nigerians to guide the national assembly whenever things are going wrong. Lawan made the plea at a reception where he was honoured alongside Abubakar Aliyu, minister of state for works and housing, in Damaturu, Yobe state capital, on Saturday. He asked Nigerians to continue to support the federal lawmakers and to not hesitate to call [...]

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    ‘Our lawmakers have no conscience’ — Banky W reacts to N37bn allocation for n’assembly

‘Our lawmakers have no conscience’ — Banky W reacts to N37bn allocation for n’assembly

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    PRP: N37bn to renovate n’assembly? APC doesn’t care about the hungry!

PRP: N37bn to renovate n’assembly? APC doesn’t care about the hungry!

The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) says the approval of N37 billion for the renovation of the the National Assembly Complex shows the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) does not care about the masses. There has been a nationwide outrage for the N37 billion allocated for renovation of the complex. The money is not part of the N128 billion budget of the federal [...]

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    ‘We’ve been shortchanged’ — legislative aides protest non-payment of salaries

‘We’ve been shortchanged’ — legislative aides protest non-payment of salaries

Some aides of lawmakers at the national assembly have protested the non-payment of their salaries and allowances by the institution's management. The protesters held up placards at the main lobby of the assembly which read: ''Omolori would you do this to your kids'' and ''It is a grievous sin to rob workers of wages. Pay us!'' Speaking with journalists on Thursday, [...]

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    Buhari, is N37bn largesse to n’assembly reward for being rubber stamp legislature?

Buhari, is N37bn largesse to n’assembly reward for being rubber stamp legislature?

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is one person who has felt the sting of the avarice of the national assembly. At different points, he described the institution in blackened terms. Though the former president may hold a provincial grudge against the legislature for ‘’obvious reasons’’ – the botched third-term agenda -- the institution is just as he has daubed it. On November [...]

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    CSOs ask senate to drop bills threatening citizens’ freedom

CSOs ask senate to drop bills threatening citizens’ freedom

A group of civil society organisations has asked the national assembly to protect the nation's democracy by halting the consideration of bills that threaten the freedom of Nigerians. Bills seeking to regulate social media and ''check'' hate speech were recently introduced at the senate. In a letter dated December 16 and addressed to Godiya Akwashiki, acting spokesman of the senate, the CSOs [...]

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    ‘Initially, it looked impossible’ — Lawan speaks on Jan-Dec budget cycle

‘Initially, it looked impossible’ — Lawan speaks on Jan-Dec budget cycle

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says initially, the January-December budget cycle looked impossible. He said this while speaking with reporters after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the 2020 appropriation bill into law. The senate president expressed optimism that the government would get the needed revenue to fund the budget. "I take this opportunity to thank distinguished members of the National Assembly who committed and engaged [...]

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    Gbaja asks: Are we truly rubber stamp legislators?

Gbaja asks: Are we truly rubber stamp legislators?

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, says the federal lawmakers will continue to do their work as required despite claims that they are not properly checking the executive. Addressing state house correspondents after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the 2020 budget into law on Tuesday, Gbajabiamila said Nigerians will be the ultimate beneficiaries of a harmonious relationship between the executive [...]

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    Senate passes N10.59trn 2020 budget

Senate passes N10.59trn 2020 budget

The senate has passed the 2020 appropriation bill. The bill was passed after Barau Jibrin, chairman of the appropriations committee, moved a motion for its passage. The figure passed as the total expenditure for 2020 by the upper legislative chamber is higher than what President Muhammadu Buhari proposed by N260 billion. The increase puts the total sum of the government's expenditure at N10.59 [...]

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    ‘Pay attention to issues on poverty not social media’ — CAN knocks n’assembly

‘Pay attention to issues on poverty not social media’ — CAN knocks n’assembly

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked the national assembly to discard the social media and hate speech bills. The association asked the legislature to devote its time to solving issues on poverty, insecurity, bad roads and poor education. Samson Ayokunle, CAN president, made the call in a statement by Samuel Kwamkur, the national director, legal and public affairs of the [...]

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    ‘Do not gag me’ — Protesters ask n’assembly to drop social media/hate speech bills

‘Do not gag me’ — Protesters ask n’assembly to drop social media/hate speech bills

Protesters have converged on the National Assembly Complex in Abuja to vent against the bills seeking to regulate social media and curb “hate speech” in the country. The protesters, comprising individuals and civil society organisations, displayed placards asking the legislature to discard the bills. The protection from internet falsehoods and manipulation bill and the national commission for the prohibition of hate speeches [...]

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    Hate speech bill ‘will lead to impunity’

Hate speech bill ‘will lead to impunity’

Stakeholders in the media, academia and civil society groups have described the proposed bill on the prohibition of hate speech as a step towards impunity. At a meeting in Lagos on Tuesday, different speakers said the motive behind the bill is to gag the media and repress the voices of the citizens. The event, which was organised by the Africa Foundation for [...]

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    APC member seeks constitution amendment to allow Buhari go for third term

APC member seeks constitution amendment to allow Buhari go for third term

Charles Enya, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi state, has filed a suit, seeking the amendment of the constitution to allow President Muhammadu Buhari get another term in office. According to Daily Trust, Enya, who served as organising secretary to Buhari during the 2019 general election, filed the suit (FHC/AI/CS/90/19) before a federal high court in Abakiliki, [...]

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    Buhari seeks speedy passage of bill on special court for corruption cases

Buhari seeks speedy passage of bill on special court for corruption cases

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the national assembly to fast-track the passage of the special crimes court bill. The executive bill was submitted to the legislature in 2016 as part of Buhari's anti-corruption policy. Also in 2017, Walter Onnoghen, former chief justice of Nigeria, issued a directive to all heads of courts to create special courts to handle corruption cases. Speaking on Tuesday in [...]

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    Group asks n’assembly to improve oversight on oil and gas sector

Group asks n’assembly to improve oversight on oil and gas sector

OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative (OAI), a legislative interface platform, has asked the national assembly to step up its oversight on the country's oil and gas sector. In a statement on Monday, Oke Epia, executive director of OAI, said the federal lawmakers could achieve this by engaging the audits carried out by the Nigeria Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). Epia lamented that previous NEITI [...]

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