Saturday, February 17, 2018

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    ‘Buhari might be the target’ — nine senators reject amendment of election timetable

‘Buhari might be the target’ — nine senators reject amendment of election timetable

Nine senators have kicked against the amendment of the timetable for the  2019 elections.Among the senators are Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa west), Binta Garba (Adamawa north) and Omo Ovie-Agege (Delta central).The upper legislative chamber adopted the amended timetable after it considered a conference committee report on Wednesday.But the senators opposed to it said the report that was laid and considered in [...]

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    Senate confirms seven INEC RECs

Senate confirms seven INEC RECs

The senate has confirmed seven nominees for the position of resident electoral commissioners (RECs) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).They were confirmed on Wednesday after the senate considered a report of the committee on INEC.Presenting the report, Suleiman Nazif, chairman of the committee, said of the nine nominees referred to its committee for screening, only eight showed up.Nazif said [...]

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    Senate gives agencies one-week ultimatum to submit budgets

Senate gives agencies one-week ultimatum to submit budgets

The senate has given a one-week ultimatum to government agencies to submit their budgets or "face necessary actions".The resolution of the senate was sequel to a motion sponsored by Ahmed Lawan, senate leader, on Wednesday.Lawan said out of the over 60 agencies, only the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has submitted its budget.The senate leader said President Muhammadu Buhari has done [...]

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    Human rights group gives senate 7 days to begin screening Buhari’s nominees

Human rights group gives senate 7 days to begin screening Buhari’s nominees

The Human and Environmental Developmental Agenda (HEDA Resource Center) has given the national assembly a seven-day ultimatum to commence the confirmation process of nominees sent by the executive.In a petition sent to Senate President Bukola Saraki, and signed by Olanrewaju Suraj, chairman of the resource centre, HEDA said the failure of the senate to screen the nominees is undermining governance and [...]

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    ‘Our region will produce the president in 2019’ — northern elders begin consultation

‘Our region will produce the president in 2019’ — northern elders begin consultation

Some politicians and elders from the northern part of the country have started consultations with other geo-political zones ahead of the 2019 elections.The politicians and elders, who converged on Abuja on Saturday, under the aegis of Northern Elders and Stakeholders Conversation, said stakeholders have agreed that the north will produce the president in the 2019 election.The meeting was co-convened by Bello Mohammed, [...]

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    State police is the way to go, says Osinbajo

State police is the way to go, says Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has endorsed the creation of state police, saying it would help tighten security situation across the country.Osinbajo said this at a security summit organised by the senate.He said state policing system is the way to go because having a centralised system cannot effectively secure the nation."For a country our size, to meet the one policeman to 400 [...]

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    Senate summons defence minister over Cameroonian troops’ ‘incursion’ into Nigeria

Senate summons defence minister over Cameroonian troops’ ‘incursion’ into Nigeria

The senate has summoned Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, over the alleged incursion of the Cameroonian army into Nigeria.The resolution of the senate was sequel to a motion sponsored by John Enoh, senator representing Cross River central, and two other lawmakers.Enoh said on January 25, more than 80 Cameroonian soldiers allegedly crossed the border of the Danare-Daddi/Danare-Bodom axis and abducted [...]

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    Senate passes resolution seeking ban of tobacco products around schools

Senate passes resolution seeking ban of tobacco products around schools

The Nigerian senate has passed a resolution seeking the ban on the sale of tobacco products around schools.In a statement, The Nigeria Tobacco Control Research Group (NTCRG) and Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), commended the upper legislative chamber for passing the resolution.The resolution was adopted on the floor of the senate on Tuesday.The ministries of health, education [...]

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    Jonah Jang ‘under attack’ for saying senate is not for young people

Jonah Jang ‘under attack’ for saying senate is not for young people

Jonah Jang, senator representing Plateau north senatorial district, has come under attack for a controversial comment credited to him.While speaking on a radio programme on Jay 101.9FM on Jos, Friday, Jang was quoted to have said “the senate is not for young people.”According to him, “senate is the place for elders. The house of reps (representatives) is for young people. [...]

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    ‘Court didn’t order his removal’, ‘He should quit’ — Lawyers argue over ruling on Magu

‘Court didn’t order his removal’, ‘He should quit’ — Lawyers argue over ruling on Magu

The high court judgment regarding the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by the senate seems to have raised more questions than answers.What now becomes of Magu? Is it against the law for him to continue in that position? How long can he continue to function in acting capacity?John Tsoho, a judge [...]

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    ‘Public Senate’ to educate Nigerian youth on workings of legislature

‘Public Senate’ to educate Nigerian youth on workings of legislature

The Public Senate, an initiative which aims to educate youth on advocacy and parliament, says there is a need for young people to understand the true workings of the legislative arm of government.In a statement on Thursday, Sola James, a representative of Public Senate, said the perception of the youth on parliament needs to change.He said what young people learn [...]

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    ‘I like to count my money’, says Na’Allah as senators speak on ‘dangers’ of bitcoin

‘I like to count my money’, says Na’Allah as senators speak on ‘dangers’ of bitcoin

Bala Na'Allah, deputy senate leader, says he prefers to count his money himself than invest in bitcoin.Na'Allah said this on Tuesday while speaking on a motion entitled 'The need to investigate the proliferation of Bitcoin in Nigeria'.It was sponsored by Benjamin Uwajumogu, senator representing Imo north."I don't do internet banking. I like to count my money myself. I'm analogue, I [...]

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    Hameed Ali, senators clash over ‘breach of protocol’

Hameed Ali, senators clash over ‘breach of protocol’

The senate and Hameed Ali, the comptroller general of Nigeria customs service (NCS), on Monday disagreed over protocol-related matters.The disagreement was sequel to the visit of the senate ad hoc committee on waste in the NCS to the customs headquarters, Abuja.The lingering feud between the duo resurfaced Monday as senators and the CG engaged in an argument bordering on the [...]

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    Nobody can remove Saraki, says senate spokesman

Nobody can remove Saraki, says senate spokesman

Sabi Abdullahi, spokesman of the upper legislative chamber, says nobody can remove Senate President Bukola Saraki from office.Isah Misau, senator representing Bauchi central, had raised alarm over a plot to remove Saraki from office.He said the plan was spearheaded by an unnamed minister.But speaking with journalists at the weekend, Abdullahi said the senators had chosen their leader and they were [...]

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    Senate may resume screening of Buhari’s appointees — but only for NDDC board

Senate may resume screening of Buhari’s appointees — but only for NDDC board

The senate may resume the screening of persons appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, particularly the board members of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).In March 2017, Buhari sent the names of Lucky Orimiso (Ondo), Chukwa Anwawa (Imo) and Nwogu Nwogu (Abia) as replacement nominees after the senate had earlier refused to confirm three persons.The senators had said the nominations contravened the [...]

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    PIGB will check outright stealing in oil sector, says NEITI

PIGB will check outright stealing in oil sector, says NEITI

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) says the passage of the petroleum industry governance bill (PIGB) will bring about professionalism and accountability in the oil sector.In a statement on Sunday, Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, its director of communications and advocacy, the organisation commended the senate and the house of representatives for passing the bill into law.Prior to its passage, the [...]

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