Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tag "senate"

    Amosun, Dankwambo, Okorocha — all the governors eyeing seats in 9th senate

Amosun, Dankwambo, Okorocha — all the governors eyeing seats in 9th senate

For Nigerian governors who have spent two terms in office, it's becoming fashionable to find a soothing nest in the senate. Since the constitution doesn't allow third term, the red chamber is for them the right place to wield influence and maintain political relevance. The senate is already seen as a retirement home for a litany of former governors, their ranks [...]

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    Alfa asks Saraki to obey court and swear him in as Kogi east senator

Alfa asks Saraki to obey court and swear him in as Kogi east senator

Isaac Alfa, retired air marshal, has asked Senate President Bukola Saraki to obey the court order which affirmed him as the senator representing Kogi east.In January, the apex court struck out the appeal of Atai Aidoko, incumbent Kogi east senator, who had appealed the decision of the appeal court.The appeal court had upheld the decision of the trial court [...]

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    Onnoghen: Senate defers to NJC, discontinues case at supreme court

Onnoghen: Senate defers to NJC, discontinues case at supreme court

The senate has discontinued its case at the supreme court over Walter Onnoghen, suspended chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).Onnoghen was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari after the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) ordered that he step aside pending the determination of the case against him.The suspended CJN is accused of false assets declaration.The senate had approached the apex court [...]

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    Group accuses Danjuma of being biased in Onnoghen’s trial

Group accuses Danjuma of being biased in Onnoghen’s trial

Danjuma, Christian elders’ comment on Onnoghen betrayed Jesus Christ’s virtue of honesty- MBCG*The Middle Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG) has accused Theophilus Danjuma, former chief of army staff, of being biased in the ongoing trial of Walter Onnoghen, ex-chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).According to the group, these supposed Christian elders are not different from the biblical account of Peter, who betrayed [...]

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    Senate adjourns plenary till after presidential poll, fails to consider Budget 2019

Senate adjourns plenary till after presidential poll, fails to consider Budget 2019

The senate adjourned plenary on Thursday  without considering the 2019 budget.Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, who presided over the legislative chamber, adjourned plenary till February 19, three days after the presidential and national assembly elections.He told his colleagues that they had exceeded the time of sitting going by their rules."Dear distinguished colleagues, in view of the fact that it is after [...]

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    Minimum wage bill passes second reading at senate

Minimum wage bill passes second reading at senate

A bill seeking to increase the country's minimum wage from N18,000 to N27,000 passed first and second reading at the senate on Thursday.This was sequel to a letter which President Muhammadu Buhari sent to the lawmakers for their consideration.The letter was read by Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, on the floor of the upper legislative chamber."The purpose of the letter [...]

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    Senate confirms Modibbo Tukur as pioneer NFIU director

Senate confirms Modibbo Tukur as pioneer NFIU director

The senate has confirmed Modibbo Hamman Tukur as the pioneer director of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).The upper legislative chamber confirmed the nominee after Chukwuka Utazi, chairman of the senate committee on anti-corruption, presented a report to the effect.Utazi said Tukur satisfied all the requirements expected of him when he appeared before the committee for screening.Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate [...]

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    Senate confirms Buhari’s INEC nominee

Senate confirms Buhari’s INEC nominee

The senate has confirmed Monday Tom as a resident electoral commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).The upper legislative chamber also confirmed Chidi Izuwah as the director-general of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).The nominees were confirmed after Suleiman Nazif, chairman of INEC committee, and Kabiru Gaya, chairman of works committee, presented separate reports on the floor of [...]

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    ‘When will he end this drama?’ — and other reactions  to ‘collapse’ of Melaye

‘When will he end this drama?’ — and other reactions to ‘collapse’ of Melaye

After days of laying siege to the residence of Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, the police finally have him in their custody.The police had stormed the Abuja residence of the lawmaker on December 28, with the intention of arresting him over alleged culpable homicide.When he surrendered on Friday, the lawmaker "fainted at his residence and at headquarters of the [...]

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    I’ll make myself available to police next week, says Melaye

I’ll make myself available to police next week, says Melaye

Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, says he will make himself available to the police next week.In an interview with Channels Television on Friday, the lawmaker said he is not a criminal and has no reason to run from the police.He said the invasion of his residence was unnecessary.“I was informed that my house has been invaded. Over 40 policemen [...]

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    Senate approves N22bn as FG’s refund to Taraba

Senate approves N22bn as FG’s refund to Taraba

The senate has approved N22 billion as the debt payable to Taraba for projects executed on behalf of the federal government in the state.The senate's decision was sequel to a motion sponsored by Francis Alimekhena, senator representing Edo north.Buhari had accused the national assembly of inflating federal government's debts to states.The president had said the senate did not approve any [...]

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    Senate confirms Owasanoye as ICPC chairman

Senate confirms Owasanoye as ICPC chairman

The senate has confirmed Bolaji Owasanoye as chairman of the Independent Corrupt Pratices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).Owasanoye and eight other nominees were confirmed on Thursday after Chukwuka Utazi, chairman senate committee on anti-corruption and financial crimes, presented a report.Utazi said the nominees met the requirements expected of them.But Akpan Bassey, senator representing Akwa Ibom north-east, protested.The senator faulted [...]

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    Buhari declines assent to transport commission, roads authority bills

Buhari declines assent to transport commission, roads authority bills

President Muhammadu Buhari has declined to sign two bills into law.They are the National Transport Commission Bill 2018 and Federal Roads Authority Bill 2018.The president's decision to refuse assent to the bills were contained in a letter read by Senate President Bukola Saraki on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Wednesday.On the transport commission bill, Buhari explained that [...]

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    How lawmakers prevented Saraki, Dogara from giving speeches during budget presentation

How lawmakers prevented Saraki, Dogara from giving speeches during budget presentation

The 2019 budget presentation of President Muhammadu Buhari ended abruptly after Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, failed to give his remarks.Dogara failed to give his speech because the lower legislative chamber was rowdy.Before it got the speaker's turn to speak, some lawmakers had already booed and cheered the president while he gave his speech. Some of them [...]

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    Sources: Dogara pleaded with reps not to embarrass Buhari

Sources: Dogara pleaded with reps not to embarrass Buhari

Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, has pleaded with lawmakers in the lower legislative chamber not to embarrass President Muhammadu Buhari by staging a protest during thebudget presentation.TheCable learnt that aggrieved lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who did not get tickets to contest the 2019 polls were planning to protest against the president.Some Peoples Democratic Party [...]

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    Senate begins probe of Deji Adeyanju’s arrest

Senate begins probe of Deji Adeyanju’s arrest

The senate has mandated its committees on police and judiciary to probe the arrest of Deji Adeyanju, convener of Concerned Nigerians.The decision to investigate Adeyanju's arrest was sequel to a motion sponsored by Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west.On Thursday, Adeyanju was arrested by the police for a murder case that he and some of his associates were discharged and [...]

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