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Melaye: No stormy session as senate resumes Tuesday

Dino Melaye, acting spokesman of the senate, says there will no “stormy session in the senate on resumption as being peddled by a section of the media since both the leadership of the upper chamber and all senators are at peace with each other, and focused on working for the betterment of the country at all times.” Melaye, who stated this [...]

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    Ex-minister asks Saraki to resign

Ex-minister asks Saraki to resign

Kenneth Gbagi, a former minister of state for education in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has called on Senate President Bukola Saraki to resign over his trial at the code of conduct tribunal. Addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, Gbagi said the senate under the leadership of Saraki, had lost credibility. “We have a problem in Nigeria where we don’t [...]

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    Pro-Saraki senators: We are solidly behind him

Pro-Saraki senators: We are solidly behind him

The Nigeria senate has expressed support for its president, Bukola Saraki, over his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Ibrahim Danbaba, representative of Sokoto south constituency at the upper chamber, said the senate was solidly behind Saraki on  his trial for alleged corruption and false declaration of assets. "After majority of us, senators of the federal republic of Nigeria, witnessed the [...]

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    ‘N2.74 trillion spent on power sector since 1999’

‘N2.74 trillion spent on power sector since 1999’

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    We can’t scrap fixed charges now, NERC tells senate

We can’t scrap fixed charges now, NERC tells senate

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says it is not yet time to abolish fixed charges on electricity metres. Last week, the senate directed the commission to abolish the monthly charges collected by distribution companies (DISCOs) from consumers. It also told NERC to ask the DISCOs to discontinue the practice of compulsory bulk metering of villages and rural communities. But speaking to NAN in Lagos [...]

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    The journey was difficult, says Saraki

The journey was difficult, says Saraki

Bukola Saraki, the newly-elected president of the senate, has extended appreciation to his colleagues for electing him as their leader, despite all the difficulties he encountered in his quest to attain the post. Saraki said his emergence was a victory for democracy and described the exercise at the national assembly as an uncommon democratic transition in the country. "I want to thank [...]

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    With voice vote, senate passes 46 bills in 10mins

With voice vote, senate passes 46 bills in 10mins

The outgoing seventh senate surprisingly passed 46 bills into law in approximately 10 minutes on Wednesday. Ita Enag, chairman, senate committee on rules and business, presented the bills, which created uproar among the lawmakers. David Mark, president of the senate, who called for a voice vote before passing the bills, told those who were not satisfied to raise their objections on the next [...]

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    Jonathan sends national conference report to senate

Jonathan sends national conference report to senate

President Goodluck Jonathan has transmitted the report of the national conference to the senate for legislative treatment. The report, which was tendered to the president in August 2014 after three months of “jaw-jawing” by a collection of Nigerians, is a melting pot of issues regarding the country. On Wednesday, David Mark, the senate president, read a letter from the president at the [...]

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Nigeria needs genuine reconciliation, Mark tells Buhari

Senate President David Mark believes that Nigeria needs genuine reconciliation of all sections of the country, and has therefore enjoined the incoming Buhari administration to make it a priority in bringing all Nigerians together. Mark said: “Despite different political affiliations on which public officers were elected, what must be paramount is the service, welfare and security of Nigerians irrespective of ethnic, [...]

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Senate passes law prohibiting victimisation of widows

The senate‎ on Tuesday passed into law the violence against persons (prohibition) bill 2015. The bill which was presented by Umaru Dahiru, chairman senate committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters, among other provisions outlawed the victimisation of widows. According to Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, who presided over the session, the bill prohibits all forms of violence against citizens irrespective [...]

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Senate confirms Sanusi as justice of the Supreme Court

The senate on Wednesday confirmed Amiru Sanusi as a justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. In a letter read by David Mark, senate president, on the floor of the senate on March 12, President Goodluck Jonathan had asked the upper chamber to approve the appointment of Sanusi. "In conformity with section 231 (2) of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic [...]

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Mark: Card reader technology should now be embraced

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Senators you won’t be seeing in the 8th senate

So much has been said about the March 28 presidential and national assembly elections for the novelties and surprises that were thrown up, which will no doubt remain in the national discourse for days or many years to come. The elections which have been described as largely free and fair by international election observers were perhaps noteworthy for the defeat of [...]

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APC calls for the barring of Obanikoro from public office

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for the barring of Musiliu Obanikoro, former minister of state for defence, from public office. The call of the APC is following the alleged involvement of Obanikoro in the rigging of the June 2014 gubernatorial election in Ekiti state. President Goodluck Jonathan had nominated Obanikoro and seven other Nigerians for confirmation by the senate as [...]

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2015 budget passes second reading

The 2015 appropriation bill has passed second reading at the senate. The bill on Wednesday was referred to the committee on finance and appropriation for further legislative scrutiny. In December, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the minister of finance and coordinating minister of the economy, presented a budget of N4.357 trillion for 2015 before both houses of the national assembly. According to the budget, 2.616 trillion [...]

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    PDP loses 9 senators to APC

PDP loses 9 senators to APC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) now has 64 senators in the national assembly compared with 41 belonging to the All Progressives Congress (APC), after Tuesday's defection of nine of its senators to the leading opposition party. The senators who defected are Ita Enang (Akwa Ibom north-east), Ahmed Zannah (Borno central), Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman (Kogi central), Atiku Bagudu, (Kebbi central), Barnabas Gemade (Benue north-east), Saidu [...]

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