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    Bill seeking to prohibit gas flaring passes second reading at senate

Bill seeking to prohibit gas flaring passes second reading at senate

A bill seeking to prohibit gas flaring in the country has passed second reading at the senate. Leading a debate on the bill on Thursday, Albert Akpan, senator representing Akwa Ibom north-east and its sponsor, said gas flaring affects human life and the environment. Citing data from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the senator said in 2018, Nigeria lost over N217 [...]

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    Senator: No screening for coronavirus at our airports — it’s frightening

Senator: No screening for coronavirus at our airports — it’s frightening

Ajayi Boroffice, deputy senate leader, says there are no measures to check the spread of coronavirus into the country. Speaking on the floor of the senate on Thursday, Boroffice said upon his arrival at Nnamdi Azikiwe airport in Abuja from South Africa on Wednesday, passengers were only given a sheet of paper to indicate whether they were sick. The deputy leader said [...]

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    Abaribe: The wicked people in Nigeria don’t want to die but we are losing the good ones

Abaribe: The wicked people in Nigeria don’t want to die but we are losing the good ones

Enyinnaya Abaribe, senate minority leader, says the wicked people in the country do not want to die but Nigeria keeps losing the good ones. Abaribe said this on Wednesday at a valedictory session held in honour of the late Ignatius Longjan, senator who represented Plateau south. Longjan died on February 10 in Abuja. He was 75. The minority leader described Longjan as a [...]

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    National assembly and the farce of representation

National assembly and the farce of representation

The events of the past few days have called for reflection and an assessment of the patriotic credentials of the members of the National Assembly. And this is particularly so when we consider their stance on the need to consume what we produce, and their decision when it was time to put words to work. Their actions have unfortunately capped [...]

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    Senate asks Buhari to constitute board of Federal Character Commission

Senate asks Buhari to constitute board of Federal Character Commission

The senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute the board of the Federal Character Commission (FCC). The resolution of the upper legislative chamber was sequel to a motion sponsored by Enyinnaya Abaribe, senate minority leader, on Tuesday. There have been reports that the agency has only one commissioner out of the 37 as required by law. Abdullahi Halidu Shinkafi, the lone [...]

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    Nigerian govt directionless, says PDP senator

Nigerian govt directionless, says PDP senator

Matthew Urhoghide, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator from Edo state, says the Nigerian government is directionless when it comes to planning. Urhoghide said this on Thursday while contributing to a debate on a motion sponsored by Stellah Oduah, senator representing Anambra north. Oduah's motion was on the need to "establish a visionary budget-driven national planning framework for Nigeria." While speaking, the Edo [...]

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    Yobe senator seeks law to set up agency for rehabilitation of Boko Haram suspects

Yobe senator seeks law to set up agency for rehabilitation of Boko Haram suspects

A bill seeking to establish an agency for rehabilitation of repentant insurgents has passed first reading at the senate. The short title of the bill reads: "National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and Integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria". The bill is sponsored by Ibrahim Gaidam, senator representing Yobe east. The proposed law was introduced after Nelson Ayewoh, clerk of the senate, [...]

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    Bill seeking to establish agency to check arms smuggling scales second reading at senate

Bill seeking to establish agency to check arms smuggling scales second reading at senate

A bill seeking to establish a national to check the proliferation of small arms and ammunition has passed second reading at the senate. Leading a debate on the floor of the senate on Wednesday, Smart Adeyemi, senator representing Kogi west and sponsor of the bill, said the proposed commission would seek the sources of these arms coming into the country. Adeyemi said [...]

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    Bill seeking to establish community police passes second reading at senate

Bill seeking to establish community police passes second reading at senate

A bill seeking to establish community police forums across the country has passed second reading at the senate. Speaking on Thursday, Haliru Jika, chairman, senate committee on police, said the bill also seeks to address deficiencies in pension, living conditions and weaponry among other issues. Jika explained that some of the challenges confronting the police have persisted because of the "draconian and [...]

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    Lawan: Govt should be run like business — and non-performers sacked

Lawan: Govt should be run like business — and non-performers sacked

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says government should be run like a business such that anyone who fails to perform well is sacked. Lawan said this on Thursday while speaking on a motion sponsored by Kashim Shettima, senator representing Borno central, on the recent attack by Boko Haram in Auno. The senate president did not direct his comment at anyone. But some senators [...]

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    Omo-Agege: Constitution review panel will consider confab report

Omo-Agege: Constitution review panel will consider confab report

Ovie Omo-Agege, deputy senate president, says the constitution review committee, which he chairs, will consider the recommendations of the 2014 national conference report. The conference was convened under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and chaired by late Idris Kutigi, former chief justice of Nigeria (CJN). The conference proposed solutions to a number of the country's challenges. President Muhammadu Buhari has not shown interest in the [...]

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    Lai: NTA will compete with CNN — if we get $500m loan

Lai: NTA will compete with CNN — if we get $500m loan

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says if the $500 million loan his ministry is seeking is approved, the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) will compete with the likes of Cable News Network (CNN). The Guardian quoted the minister as saying this when he appeared before the senate committee on local and foreign loans. The $500 million is part of the $30 billion loan [...]

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    Coronavirus: Nigeria has exported over 100m face masks illegally, says senator

Coronavirus: Nigeria has exported over 100m face masks illegally, says senator

Ifeanyi Ubah, senator representing Anambra south, says Nigeria has exported over 100 million face masks to Asia illegally owing to coronavirus virus outbreak. Ubah said this on Thursday while moving a motion entitled "Urgent need to checkmate unpatriotic profiteering and illegal exportation of face masks to Asia". TheCable can not independently verify the claim. The senator said illegal exportation of these face masks [...]

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    Omo-Agege presides over senate plenary — for the first time

Omo-Agege presides over senate plenary — for the first time

Ovie Omo-Agege, deputy president of the senate, on Thursday, presided over the affairs of the upper legislative chamber -- for the first time. Omo-Agege took over the dais from Senate President Ahmad Lawan who had begun presiding over the day's business. The moment the deputy senate president took charge of legislative business, James Manager, senator representing Delta south, moved a point of [...]

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    ‘N128m for TVs’, ‘N74m for photocopiers’ — inside customs’ 2020 budget

‘N128m for TVs’, ‘N74m for photocopiers’ — inside customs’ 2020 budget

The senate has passed the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) budget of N238 billion for 2020. The budget was passed after Francis Alimikhena, chairman of the senate on customs, presented a report for consideration. Alimikhena said N98 billion out of the N238 billion would be spent on personnel cost while N15 billion and N123 billion would be spent on overhead and capital costs respectively. Details [...]

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    Ekpenyong sworn in as senator representing Akpabio’s district

Ekpenyong sworn in as senator representing Akpabio’s district

Christopher Ekpenyong, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, has been sworn in as the senator representing Akwa Ibom north-west. The oath of office was administered on Ekpenyong by Musa Abdullahi, deputy clerk of the senate, after Senate President Ahmad Lawan called for it. The PDP candidate was first sworn in June after he defeated Godswill Akpabio, former senate minority leader, in the general [...]

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