Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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    Senate suspends confirmation of EFCC secretary

Senate suspends confirmation of EFCC secretary

The senate has suspended the confirmation of Olanipkekun Olukoyede as the secretary of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).President Muhammadu Buhari sent his name to the upper legislative chamber in October.But the confirmation of the nominee was suspended on Tuesday after Isah Misau, senator representing Bauchi central, alleged that some members of the anti-corruption committee are sidelining others.Misau said [...]

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    Buhari seeks confirmation of three career ambassadors

Buhari seeks confirmation of three career ambassadors

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the senate to confirm three nominees as career ambassadors-designate.The nominees are Christopher Chejina (Delta), Bukar Kolo (Yobe) and M.A Mabdul (Benue).The president's request was read by Senate President Bukola Saraki on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday.Buhari based his request on section 171 (1)(c) sub-section (4) of the constitution ."In accordance [...]

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    After killing of ’44’ soldiers, senate sends delegation to north-east

After killing of ’44’ soldiers, senate sends delegation to north-east

The senate on Thursday resolved to send a delegation to visit the troops combating Boko Haram in the north-east.The resolution of the senate followed a motion sponsored by Bala Na'Allah, deputy senate leader.Senate President Bukola Saraki had drawn the attention of his colleagues which prompted Na'Allah to move the motion.“We are all aware that a few days ago we lost [...]

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    Buhari appoints new s’court justice, seeks senate confirmation

Buhari appoints new s’court justice, seeks senate confirmation

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the senate to confirm Musa Abaji as a justice of the supreme court.Buhari's request was read on the floor of the upper legislative chamber by Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday."In line with 1999 constitution upon the advice of the national judicial council, I hereby refer for confirmation the appointment of Justice Musa Abaji as [...]

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    Our senators are ‘tired’

Our senators are ‘tired’

It appears that we have two types of tired senators. We have those who are tired because of the turn out of political events and others who believed that the country would be better with the coming of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government but ended up being "sorely" disappointed.Some of the senators who belong to the latter category [...]

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    Senate adjourns over lack of quorum

Senate adjourns over lack of quorum

The senate on Tuesday adjourned over a low turnout of lawmakers.Philip Aduda, senator representing the federal capital territory (FCT), moved a motion for adjournment citing order 10 (3) which states that the lawmakers could not sit if they do not form a quorum.Thirty-eight senators are required to form quorum in the upper legislative chamber.Aduda explained that the chamber was "empty" [...]

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    What are our senators doing?

What are our senators doing?

Countless times, the senate, particularly the current one led by Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has been accused of being a clog in the wheel of the country's progress. Such accusations often arise when the senators differ with the executive on issues.The current senate has disagreed with the executive on issues ranging from the approval of loans, summoning of appointees and confirmation [...]

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    Senator: Executive asked us to slash MDAs’ budgets to fund 2019 polls

Senator: Executive asked us to slash MDAs’ budgets to fund 2019 polls

Rafiu Ibrahim, chairman of the senate committee on banking, says the executive proposed the cuts made in the budgets of ministries, department and agencies (MDAs).The upper legislative chamber had earlier approved that the funds for 2019 elections should be raised from recurrent, capital and service wide votes of the 2018 budget.But on Tuesday, the senate revised its position.It said the N242 billion President [...]

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    Senate adjourns plenary over African parliamentary conference

Senate adjourns plenary over African parliamentary conference

The senate has adjourned plenary to participate in the 73rd African Parliamentary Union (APU) conference.The adjournment of plenary is to enable senators attend the conference which is being held at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) secretariat in Abuja.Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, made the announcement on Thursday after he took the prayers.The deputy senate president said President Muhammadu [...]

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    Senate cuts N35bn from education, power ministries’ budgets to fund 2019 polls

Senate cuts N35bn from education, power ministries’ budgets to fund 2019 polls

The senate on Wednesday reconsidered its approval of virement and supplementary budget for the conduct of 2019 elections budget solely from the service wide votes.The upper legislative chamber resolved that contrary to the earlier resolution, the budget of N242.2billion would be funded from service wide votes and 30 ministries, agencies and departments(MDAs)The resolution followed a motion by Danjuma Goje, chairman [...]

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    Senate investigates ‘corruption’ in NHIS, NPHCDA

Senate investigates ‘corruption’ in NHIS, NPHCDA

The senate has mandated its relevant committees to wade into the alleged cases of corruption in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).The resolution of the senate was sequel to a motion sponsored by Mao Ohuabunwa, senator representing Abia north.On October 18, the NHIS governing council suspended Usman Yusuf indefinitely on [...]

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    Buhari replaces nominee for chairman of NDIC board

Buhari replaces nominee for chairman of NDIC board

President Muhammadu Buhari has withdrawn the nomination of Olabode Akin Mustapha as chairman of governing board of Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and replaced it with Ronke Shokefun.Buhari's request was contained in a letter read by Senate President Bukola Saraki on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday."The distinguished senate is kindly invited to recall my earlier request for [...]

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    Senate will probe diversion of NLNG dividend, says Saraki

Senate will probe diversion of NLNG dividend, says Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki says the upper legislative chamber will probe the alleged diversion of the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) dividend.Last week, Maikanti Baru, group managing director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), told an ad hoc committee of the senate that in response to a call by the national assembly to put a stop to the [...]

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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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    Reps pass electoral amendment bill but differ with senate on campaign finance limit

Reps pass electoral amendment bill but differ with senate on campaign finance limit

The house of representatives has passed a bill amending the electoral act, a day after the senate passed a similar bill.The lower legislative chamber passed the amendment on Wednesday after Aishatu Dukku, chairman of committee on INEC, presented a report of the joint committee on INEC.In August, President Muhammadu Buhari rejected the bill for a second time -- it had [...]

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    Senate confirms Buhari’s nominee after 18 months, adjourns sitting till Nov 6

Senate confirms Buhari’s nominee after 18 months, adjourns sitting till Nov 6

The senate has confirmed Lanre Gbajabiamila as director-general of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC).Gbajabiamila was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari 18 months ago.The upper legislative chamber also confirmed some other nominees of Buhari. They were confirmed after the lawmakers considered reports of the committee on youth and sports and establishment on Wednesday.The appointment of Bello Tukur as chairman of the [...]

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