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    Number of female senators rises to 8 as Lawan swears in Olujimi

Number of female senators rises to 8 as Lawan swears in Olujimi

Abiodun Olujimi, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been sworn in as the senator representing Ekiti south, by Senate President Ahmad Lawan.She replaces Dayo Adeyeye who was sacked as senator by the appeal court sitting in Kaduna on November 6.Olujimi, who trained as a journalist, contested and won the Ekiti south senatorial seat in 2015. She ran [...]

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    Amosun seeks law to set up south-west commission — after reintroduction of south-east bill

Amosun seeks law to set up south-west commission — after reintroduction of south-east bill

A bill seeking to establish an agency known as the South-West Development Commission has passed first reading at the senate.The bill was introduced after Nelson Ayewoh, clerk of the senate, read the short title of the bill on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Thursday.Ibikunle Amosun, senator representing Ogun central, is the sponsor of the bill. Details of [...]

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    Senate gives one condition to kill ‘hate speech’ bill

Senate gives one condition to kill ‘hate speech’ bill

The senate says it will quash the hate speech bill if it realises that the bill could bring about hardship for Nigerians.Godiya Akwashiki, vice-chairman of senate committee on media, said this while addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.The proposed legislation was reintroduced on Tuesday shortly after the upper legislative chamber introduced a bill to regulate social media.Many Nigerians including former Vice-President [...]

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    How your company can land you in trouble when hate speech bill becomes law

How your company can land you in trouble when hate speech bill becomes law

On Tuesday, the senate reintroduced the bill seeking to prohibit hate speech in the country. The bill entitled, "National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches Bill 2019" is being sponsored by Sabi Abdullahi, deputy majority whip of the senate.The proposed legislation has sparked outrage and condemnation over some of its provisions. In the previous assembly, Abdullahi sponsored the same bill, [...]

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    Hate-speech bill: How do we exorcise Ahmad Lawan’s senate? 

Hate-speech bill: How do we exorcise Ahmad Lawan’s senate? 

The senate marshalled by Ahmad Lawan has been convincing in confirming the stereotypes and assumptions about the institution. In July, I wrote about Lawan’s obsequiousness and desperation to please President Buhari whom he described as his ‘’close friend’’.I say again, Lawan has been dutiful in his obligation of inking ‘’rubber-stamp’’ on the senate. Soon after he became senate president, he [...]

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    Senate approves N10bn for Kogi — 3 days to gov election

Senate approves N10bn for Kogi — 3 days to gov election

The senate has approved the sum of N10 billion for Kogi state.The sum is a refund for projects executed on behalf of the federal government by the state government.The approval is coming two days to the governorship election in the state.On October 15, President Muhammadu Buhari's request for the funds was read on the floor of the upper legislative chamber [...]

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    Don’t shrink the democratic space, Atiku warns promoters of anti-hate speech bill

Don’t shrink the democratic space, Atiku warns promoters of anti-hate speech bill

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says the new bill to criminalise hate speech is backed by “those who do not like to hear the inconvenient truth.”In a statement on Tuesday, the former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the bill breaches Nigerians’ right to freedom of information.The senate had reintroduced the bill seeking to establish a commission for the [...]

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    ADP asks national assembly to throw out anti-social media bill

ADP asks national assembly to throw out anti-social media bill

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has asked the national assembly to throw out the anti-social media bill.On November 6, the senate passed a bill seeking to regulate social media in the country.The bill sponsored by Sabi Abdullahi, deputy majority whip of the senate, has a fine of N150,000 or three years imprisonment for any offender.In a statement in Abuja on [...]

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    Senate asks NNPC to return N382m ‘spent’ on firefighting

Senate asks NNPC to return N382m ‘spent’ on firefighting

The senate has asked the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to return "outrageous" N382 million the corporation said it spent on firefighting operations in Komkom, Rivers state.The request of the upper legislative chamber followed a report presented by Abdullahi Gobir, senator representing Sokoto east, on Tuesday.The senate had setup an ad hoc committee chaired by Gobir to probe pipeline explosions [...]

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    Lawan: N’assembly to pass 2020 budget on Nov 28

Lawan: N’assembly to pass 2020 budget on Nov 28

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the national assembly will pass the 2020 budget on November 28.Lawan said this on Tuesday shortly after the commencement of legislative business at the senate.The senate president said following the work done by the various committees, a report on the budget proposal is expected to be laid in the upper legislative chamber on November 26."All [...]

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    After anti-social media bill, senate seeks law against hate speech

After anti-social media bill, senate seeks law against hate speech

The senate has reintroduced a bill seeking to establish a commission for the prohibition hate speech in the country.The proposed legislation passed first reading in the upper legislative chamber after Nelson Ayewoh, clerk of the senate, read the short title of the bill on Tuesday.The bill entitled, 'National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches Bill 2019' is sponsored by [...]

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    Sexual harassment prohibition bill passes second reading at senate

Sexual harassment prohibition bill passes second reading at senate

The sexual harassment prohibition bill has passed second reading at the senate.The bill, sponsored by Ovie Omo-Agege, deputy president of the senate, was passed on Wednesday after he moved a motion for a debate on it.Omo-Agege said if the national assembly had acted earlier, some victims of sexual harassment would not have spent unnecessary years in higher institutions across the [...]

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    Senate reintroduces bill to regulate social media — with 3 years imprisonment for ‘offenders’

Senate reintroduces bill to regulate social media — with 3 years imprisonment for ‘offenders’

A bill seeking to regulate social media in the country has passed first reading at the senate.The bill entitled, 'protection from internet falsehood and manipulations bill, 2019' is sponsored by Mohammed Sani Musa, senator representing Niger east.The proposed legislation was one of the 11 bills read for the first time on Tuesday.Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the sponsor of the [...]

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    Interim committee now void with new NDDC board, says Lawan

Interim committee now void with new NDDC board, says Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the current management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is void with the confirmation of the appointment of members of the agency's board.An interim committee set up by Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta Affairs, currently manages the commission. The minister said the committee will run the NDDC for six months and oversee the [...]

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    Senate confirms Tsoho as federal high court chief judge

Senate confirms Tsoho as federal high court chief judge

The senate has confirmed the appointment of John Tsoho as the chief judge of the federal high court and that of Benedict Kanyip as the president of the National Industrial Court (NIC).Both judges were nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.The president asked the senate to confirm their appointment following the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).The judges were confirmed after [...]

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    ‘Students will join Boko Haram’ — Senate stops UNIMAID fees hike

‘Students will join Boko Haram’ — Senate stops UNIMAID fees hike

The senate has asked the management of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) to halt the implementation of the recent increase in school fees and charges.The senate gave the directive during Tuesday’s plenary session following a motion introduced by Abubakar Kyari, senator representing Borno north.The university governing council had at its recent meeting considered and approved an increase in charges and [...]

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