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    Senators donate 50 percent of salaries to support fight against COVID-19

Senators donate 50 percent of salaries to support fight against COVID-19

The lawmakers in the upper legislative chamber say they will be donating 50 percent of their salaries from March to support the fight against coronavirus. The country has so far recorded 111 coronavirus cases and one death. President Muhammadu Buhari has since ordered the complete lockdown of the federal capital territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states as measures to check the [...]

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    VIDEO: Laughter as senator removes face mask to sneeze

VIDEO: Laughter as senator removes face mask to sneeze

There was uncontrollable laughter at the senate after Abdullahi Adamu, senator representing Nasarawa west, removed his face mask to sneeze on Tuesday. An infected person can transmit coronavirus through sneezing. Since the outbreak of the pandemic and its spread to Nigeria, citizens have taken measures to protect and prevent themselves against it by wearing hand gloves and face masks. The mask is meant [...]

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    Rose Oko, Cross River north senator, is dead

Rose Oko, Cross River north senator, is dead

Rose Oko, senator representing Cross River north, is dead. Oko is said to have died on Monday night at a hospital in the UK after a protracted illness. She was 63. Oko's death is the third since the inauguration of the ninth senate. An associate of hers told TheCable on Tuesday that for the past four weeks, the senator had been in the [...]

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    Senate endorses bill to make election debate mandatory for president, governors

Senate endorses bill to make election debate mandatory for president, governors

A bill seeking to make election debates compulsory for presidential and governorship candidates has scaled second reading at the senate. The senate voted in favour of the electoral act amendment bill at Thursday’s plenary session. Sponsored by Abdulfatai Buhari who represents Oyo north, the bill also seeks to mandate vice-presidential and deputy governorship candidates to participate in such debates. Candidates in elections in [...]

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    Senate suspends public hearings indefinitely over coronavirus

Senate suspends public hearings indefinitely over coronavirus

The senate says it is suspending all public hearings until further notice. The upper legislative chamber said this is to curb the spread of the coronavirus. It also said it will suspend entry into its gallery for whatever purpose, including for excursions and visits from schools and organisations, starting from Tuesday. Senate President Ahmad Lawan made the announcement after an executive session before [...]

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    Senate asks Buhari to address Nigerians on coronavirus

Senate asks Buhari to address Nigerians on coronavirus

The senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians on the coronavirus pandemic. The senate made the request after debating a matter of urgent public importance at Wednesday’s plenary session. Nigeria currently has eight confirmed cases of the virus. The president is yet to address citizens since the outbreak, even though the country recorded its first case of the infection three weeks [...]

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    Senate asks FG to ban travel from countries with high risk of coronavirus

Senate asks FG to ban travel from countries with high risk of coronavirus

The senate has asked the federal government to consider banning non-Nigerian travellers from countries with high risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). The upper legislative chamber made the request after adopting a point of order raised at Tuesday’s plenary session by Ibrahim Oloriegbe, its health committee chairman. Nigeria recorded its third case of the coronavirus infection on Tuesday — all linked to Italy and [...]

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    Senators endorse bill to remove immunity for vice-president, governors 

Senators endorse bill to remove immunity for vice-president, governors 

A bill seeking to remove ''immunity from prosecution'' for vice-president and governors have scaled second reading at the senate. Senators voted in favour of the 'bill for an act to alter the provisions of the constitution to qualify criminal liability for certain public officers" at Thursday's plenary session. The 1999 constitution currently exempts the president, vice-president, governors and deputy governors from prosecution for [...]

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    Senate votes in favour of bill raising academic qualification for president

Senate votes in favour of bill raising academic qualification for president

The senate has voted in favour of a bill seeking to raise the academic qualification for election into the office of president or governor. The constitution amendment bill sponsored by Gyang Istifanus, senator representing Plateau north, scaled second reading at Thursday’s plenary session. The bill is seeking to amend the constitution to make the minimum academic qualification for president a higher national [...]

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    EXTRA: Senator introduces bill to ban generators, jail sellers for 10 years

EXTRA: Senator introduces bill to ban generators, jail sellers for 10 years

Bima Enagi, senator representing Niger south, has introduced a bill seeking to outlaw power generating sets, better known as ''generators'', in the country. The bill, which passed first reading at a plenary session on Wednesday, proposes to ban the importation and use of all kinds of generators. A lot of Nigerians depend on generators for electricity generation in their homes and businesses [...]

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    ‘We paid $4m to a lawyer’ —  accountant-general speaks on ECA depletion

‘We paid $4m to a lawyer’ — accountant-general speaks on ECA depletion

Ahmed Idris, accountant-general of the federation, has explained how the excess crude account (ECA) balance decreased from $2.2 billion which the Buhari administration inherited to $71.8 million. Idris told members of the senate committee on finance on Tuesday that $4million was paid as professional fee to a lawyer, but failed to provide further details on this. This angered the committee which asked [...]

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    Senate passes revised CAMA bill enabling AGF to approve NGOs

Senate passes revised CAMA bill enabling AGF to approve NGOs

The senate has passed a revised version of the bill seeking to repeal and re-enact the companies and allied matters act (CAMA). The upper legislative chamber passed the bill after considering the report of its committee on trade and investment on Tuesday. The revised bill enables the attorney-general of the federation to approve registration of companies limited by guarantee, that is incorporated [...]

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    Bill seeking to establish electoral offences commission passes second reading at senate

Bill seeking to establish electoral offences commission passes second reading at senate

A bill seeking to establish a commission for electoral offences has passed second reading at the senate. The bill entitled: "National Electoral Offences Commission and for other related matters, 2019", is being sponsored by Abubakar Kyari, senator representing Borno north. Leading a debate on it, he said the bill would serve as a deterrence to offenders. "Electoral crimes help electoral riggers and offenders take control of [...]

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    ICYMI: Abaribe seeks federal character in appointment of service chiefs

ICYMI: Abaribe seeks federal character in appointment of service chiefs

A bill seeking to compel the president to appoint service chiefs based on the federal character principle has passed first reading at the senate. The bill entitled, "Armed Forces Service Commission bill", is sponsored by Enyinnaya Abaribe, senate minority leader. The proposed legislation was read for the first time after Nelson Ayewoh, clerk of the senate, read the short title of the [...]

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    Taraba senator: Communities in Nigeria should have replica of Amotekun

Taraba senator: Communities in Nigeria should have replica of Amotekun

Emmanuel Bwacha, senator representing Taraba south, says communities in the country should have a replica of Amotekun to tackle insecurity. Amotekun was launched by governors of the south-west in January as a regional security initiative. Speaking on the floor of the senate on Wednesday, Bwacha, deputy minority leader of the senate, said there should be a new strategy in tackling insecurity. The senator [...]

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    CAMA passes second reading at senate

CAMA passes second reading at senate

A bill seeking to repeal and re-enact the companies and allied matters act (CAMA) has passed second reading at the senate. The bill, which was passed by the senate under the leadership of Bukola Saraki, was not assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari. In November, the president asked the national assembly to effect some corrections to the bill. The president wanted section 26(5) [...]

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