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Nigeria Now Earns $2bn Annually From Deep Offshore Production Sharing Contracts
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Nigeria Now Earns $2bn Annually From Deep Offshore Production Sharing Contracts

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said that amendment to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act has increased remittances from the sharing contracts into the federation account from $260 million to $2billion annually. He also vowed that “demons” frustrating the passage of Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) within the last fourteen years will be defeated this year by the 9th National Assembly. Lawan stated this on Tuesday while speaking with journalists on his 62nd birthday celebration in Abuja. He said the patriotic zeal used by the National Assembly in October 2019 to pass an amendment to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act would be deployed for expeditious consideration and passage of the PIB already before it, latest by...
2021 Budget: PMB Sends Finance Bill 2020 To NASS
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2021 Budget: PMB Sends Finance Bill 2020 To NASS

President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the Finance Bill, 2020 to the National Assembly, seeking its expeditious passage into law to aid the implementation of the proposed 2021 budget. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, read the President’s letter at plenary on Tuesday morning. Buhari’s transmission of the Bill to the lawmakers was done pursuant to Sections 58 and 59 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). The Bill is proposing key reforms to taxation and Customs among other far-reaching decisions against the backdrop of the international oil price decline and effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
Senator Elisha Abbo Dumps PDP For APC
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Senator Elisha Abbo Dumps PDP For APC

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress. Senate President Ahmad Lawan read Abbo’s letter of defection during the plenary session on Wednesday. Abbo noted that alleged mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa State led to his defection to APC.
President Buhari meets with National Assembly leaders over lingering #EndSARS protests
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President Buhari meets with National Assembly leaders over lingering #EndSARS protests

President Buhari yesterday October 18, met with President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, over the ongoing #EndSARS protests in all parts of the country.   The meeting took place at the State House, Abuja.   Bashir Ahmad the President’s personal assistant on new media disclosed this via his official Twitter handle. ''President Buhari currently meeting with Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, on the ongoing #EndPoliceBrutality protests.''   Further details about the meeting weren't released.  
Senators Protest Fuel, Electricity Hikes
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Senators Protest Fuel, Electricity Hikes

There is tension in the camp of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, over increasing protests from lawmakers, following recent actions taken by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. The fear, Daily Sun gathered, is borne of claims that some of the lawmakers drawn from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were plotting to convene an emergency sitting next week. The emergency sitting, it was further gathered, is to provide an avenue for lawmakers to question the response of the leadership to recent hikes of electricity and petroleum products. The Petroleum Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations (NNPC), had on Wednesday announced a new ex-depot price of N151.56k fo...
Non-Performing Service Chiefs Can Go – Senate President
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Non-Performing Service Chiefs Can Go – Senate President

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Sunday said any officer found short of expectations should be shown the way out if he refuses to go. Lawan, who briefed State House reporters after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the National Assembly was ready to receive supplementary budget to tackle the security challenge, including the recruitment of more personnel in various security agencies in the country. He said the resources must be provided to empower the security agencies to fight the Boko Haram in the North East, banditry and other security challenges across the country. Lawan, who said the security situation in the country especially in the northern part of the country required that more resources be given to the security agencies, added that...
Buhari, Lawan Meet In Aso Rock
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Buhari, Lawan Meet In Aso Rock

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met behind closed doors with the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan at the State House, Abuja on Sunday. The meeting was centred on the security challenges in the country, performance of the Service Chiefs, and the crisis tearing the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, apart. Speaking to journalists after the meeting, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said that he briefed the President on what was discussed on the floor of the senate as it concerns the myriads of security challenges that have bedevilled the country. According to him, “You know that the country is facing many serious and deep security challenges and I have come to meet with Mr President to discuss with him what we have discussed in the senate previously that we shoul...
Details of Buhari’s Meeting with Lawan on Sunday Revealed
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Details of Buhari’s Meeting with Lawan on Sunday Revealed

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has shared details of his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Both men met behind closed doors on Sunday at the State House in Abuja. Buhari and Lawan discussed the current state of security in the country, the crisis currently engulfing the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and other topics. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Lawan said “You know that the country is facing many serious and deep security challenges and I have come to meet with Mr President to discuss with him what we have discussed in the senate previously that we should do whatever it will take to improve the security situation in the country. The Senate President also called for more resources to be provided for the Army, Navy, Air F...
Non-performing Service Chief Should be Sacked — Senate President, Ahmad Lawan
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Non-performing Service Chief Should be Sacked — Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Thursday June 11, called for the sack of underperforming service chiefs. The senate president made the comment after Borno North senator, Abubakar Kyari raised a point of order over the massacre of over 81 people in Gubio village, part of the district he represents.   Ahmad said; “The Senate has passed several resolutions on the insecurity in the country with all stakeholders carried along, but the issue has persisted.” “The stand of the Senate should be that people who have performed in office should be allowed to stay in such office." The federal government was also urged to deploy the armed forces and other security agencies to beef up personnel around the Lake Chad shores. The is coming ahead of a meeting between the leaders...
Senate President Lawan Leads Senators, Ministers To Orji Kalu’s Residence After He Was Released From Prison (Photos)
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Senate President Lawan Leads Senators, Ministers To Orji Kalu’s Residence After He Was Released From Prison (Photos)

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Thursday night led a delegation of Senate leadership to visit the Senate Chief Whip , Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in his Aso Villa residence , Abuja. The visit took place one day after Kalu, a former governor of Abia, was released from prison following his conviction by a federal high court in Lagos. Kalu alongside Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account of Abia state were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 36 counts of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion and they were jailed in December. But they appealed the verdict of the court. The host and his visitors all wore face masks but did not observe social distancing when they posed for photographs.  
Speak For Yourself – Senate President Tells Enugu Senator Who Said “Africans Marry For Children Not Love”
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Speak For Yourself – Senate President Tells Enugu Senator Who Said “Africans Marry For Children Not Love”

Senator representing Enugu north, Chukwuka Utazi says that Africans do not marry for love, but simply to have children. Utazi said this while contributing to a debate on a bill seeking to prevent, control and manage sickle cell anaemia in the country, on Tuesday, May 12. Utazi, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator further stated that it is painful to realise that some people cannot marry their main choice because of blood group. “This bill is taking me down the memory lane because I’m an AS carrier and when I was about getting married, several years ago, I moved into this orbit and I know what I went through because I was in love. I knew the trauma. After that incident, for five years I didn’t come out of it,” he said. “So I am speaking from experience and I know how ...
Names Of The 42 Ambassadors Nominated By President Buhari (Full List)
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Names Of The 42 Ambassadors Nominated By President Buhari (Full List)

has obtained a list of the ambassadors sent to the Senate for confirmation by President Muhammadu Buhari. It will be recalled that on Tuesday, the senate received a formal request from President Muhammadu Buhari for the confirmation of 42 career Ambassadors-designate. The request which was contained in a letter dated May 6, 2020, was read on the floor during plenary by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan. The letter reads: “In accordance to section 171 (1),(2)(c) and subsection (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. I have the honour to forward for confirmation by the Senate, the under-listed forty-two (42) names of nominees as Career Ambassadors-Designate.” The Ambassadors-designate for confirmation are: C.O Nwachukwu, Abia; A. Ka...
President Buhari Nominates 42 Ambassadors
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President Buhari Nominates 42 Ambassadors

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated 42 people as ambassador designate, all of them career officers. The names were contained in a letter sent to the Senate and read on the floor of the upper legislative chamber by President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday. In the letter, the President sought the consent of the Senate‎ for the confirmation of the nominees. He also said the profiles of the nominees would be forwarded to the Senate. Some of the names are Nwachukwu C. A.; A. Kefas ; Y S. Suleiman; G.M. Okolo; G.E. Edopa, among others.
Lawan, Gbajabiamila Fault Social Investment Programme Implementation
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Lawan, Gbajabiamila Fault Social Investment Programme Implementation

The leadership of the National Assembly has faulted the way the Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government is being implemented and called for an enabling legislation in line with global best practices. Senate President Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila made their reservations about the scheme at a meeting held on Tuesday with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq and some top officials of the Ministry. The meeting was attended by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase and some other principal officers and members from both Chambers. The meeting convened by the leadership of the National Assembly against the back...
COVID-19: NASS Shuts Down, Says No Lawmaker Tested Positive
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COVID-19: NASS Shuts Down, Says No Lawmaker Tested Positive

The two chambers of the National Assembly yesterday suspended legislative activities for two weeks following the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease. Senate President Ahmad Lawan announced the suspension after the Red Chamber emerged from an about one-hour executive session. He, however, said the Red Chamber would be on hand to attend to emergency issues. He said, “The Senate further resolves to adjourn sitting for two weeks from today due to the pandemic of coronavirus ravaging the entire world. The Senate resumes on the 7th of April.” He urged the federal government to devote special fund to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has asked its members to remain in Abuja throughout the two weeks period. The Green Chamber’s resolution to suspend s...
Senators Worried Over COVID-19 Status Of 35 Colleagues
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Senators Worried Over COVID-19 Status Of 35 Colleagues

FEAR heightened on Monday over the fate of about 35 senators who have not complied with the measures to determine their Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) status. The senators last week returned from a trip to the United Kingdom (UK), where they attended a Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) seminar in London. It was learnt that they were caught in the web of coronavirus outbreak in the UK at a time the Federal Government directed that those returning from any of the COVID-19 high-risk countries should self-isolate for 14 days. It was gathered that other senators are pressuring Senate President Ahmad Lawan to prevail on their colleagues to excuse themselves from the chamber’s business. Some of them (senators) were also said to be pushing for COVID-19 test for their collea...
Abuja is Not Ready for Coronavirus – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan Decries FG’s Failure to Release N620m for Abuja Isolation Centre
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Abuja is Not Ready for Coronavirus – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan Decries FG’s Failure to Release N620m for Abuja Isolation Centre

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has raised an alarm of Abuja not being ready for coronavirus at the moment as the isolation center in the capital city is still in a bad state. The Senate President who alongside his colleagues toured the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada on Wednesday March 4, stated that the N620 million meant for the completion of the isolation center has not been released. Lawan called on the Minister of Finance,  Zainab Ahmed to immediately release N620 million which is the budgeted amount for emergency response to the coronavirus (COVID – 19) outbreak, to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure the isolation center is completed. He said;   “First of all, let me say that the representatives of the federal minis...
Bukola Saraki And Ahmad Lawan Smile As They Meet At Udom’s Father’s Burial –
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Bukola Saraki And Ahmad Lawan Smile As They Meet At Udom’s Father’s Burial –

President of the Senate, His Excellency, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan arrives Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state for the burial of Late Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang, father of the governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Emmanuel Udom. Upon arriving the Victor Atta International Airport in Uyo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan met his predecessor in office, Senator Bukola Saraki and other personalities who had also come for the burial ceremony.
Obaseki Wins As APC Replaces Ahmad Lawan As Reconciliatory Team Head
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Obaseki Wins As APC Replaces Ahmad Lawan As Reconciliatory Team Head

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has reconstituted a 12-person committee following the rejection of the Senate President Ahmad Lawan-led National Reconciliation Committee by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki. The party had earlier set up a 10-person reconciliatory committee in December, 2019, to appease the aggrieved members of the party nationwide and resolve the crises in the party. However, Mr Obaseki, in his reaction faulted the development. He accused the Senate president and the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, of playing a prominent role in the crisis rocking the party in the state. Mr Obaseki rejected the former arrangement and vowed not to heed to it until the party substituted those he complained about. “We believe the com...
Senate Inaugurates Constitution Review Committee
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Senate Inaugurates Constitution Review Committee

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has inaugurated a 56-member Constitution Review Committee to be chaired by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege. The committee, inaugurated during Thursday’s plenary consists of all the eight principal officers, one Senator each from the 36 States and two members from each of the six geo-political zones. Members of the committee are: Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi; Deputy Senate Leader, Ajayi Borrofice; Deputy Chief Whip, Sabi Abdullahi; Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Bwacha; Minority Whip, Philip Aduda; Deputy Minority Whip, Sahabi Ya’u. Ike Ekweremadu; Opeyemi Bamidele, Smart Adeyemi, Danjuma Goje, James Manager, Stella Oduah, Oluremi Tinubu, Biodun Olujimi, Uche Ekwuen...
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Ahmad Lawan’s Cousin, Ahmed Kadi Amshi Confirmed NASC Chairman Amid Outrage

Amid outrage caused by the nomination of Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi who is a cousin of the President of the Nigeria Senate as Chairman of National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), he was on Wednesday confirmed as the Chairman of National Assembly Service Commission (NASC). Engr. Amshi was also a Legislative Aide to the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan before his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari. The confirmation of Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi alongside eleven others followed a committee report which was submitted by the Chairman of Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau. Shekarau in the report submitted that the nominees made themselves available for screening and were found satisfactory to serve as members of the National Assembly Servic...
Insecurity: Lawan & Gbajabiamila Open Up After Meeting President Buhari, Says The President Is Concerned
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Insecurity: Lawan & Gbajabiamila Open Up After Meeting President Buhari, Says The President Is Concerned

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Monday said President Muhammadu Buhari is concerned about the security situation in the country. The two presiding officers of the National Assembly disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists at the State House, Abuja, on the outcome of the meeting with President Buhari. Gbajabiamila said the leadership of National Assembly told Mr President of the need to increase funding of the Nigeria Police Force and recruit more personnel to tackle the current challenges. He said the lower chamber had constituted a committee involving the two arms of government and the party to periodically review the issue of security across the country. He downplayed the resolution of th...
Senate Probes NNPC Over $396 Million Refineries’ Maintenance
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Senate Probes NNPC Over $396 Million Refineries’ Maintenance

The Senate resolved to investigate the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation over the $396m spent on Turn-Around Maintenance of refineries between 2013 and 2015. This followed the adoption of a motion titled “The Moribund Refineries in the Country” by Senator Yusuf A. Yusuf (APC, Taraba Central). The Senate mandated its Committees on Petroleum Downstream, Upstream and Gas to investigate the expenditures. It also asked the committees to probe the current state of the refineries as well as convoke a stakeholders’ conference with the aim of finding ways to revamp them. Senator Yusuf recalled that Nigeria, through NNPC, had in the past 25 years spent billions of dollars in Turn-Around Maintenance of the refineries, the latest being over $396m spent between 2013 and 2015 without meanin...
Nigeria’s Security Architecture Has Failed, Needs Restructuring – Ahmad Lawan
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Nigeria’s Security Architecture Has Failed, Needs Restructuring – Ahmad Lawan

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday reviewed the current security architecture of the country and demanded an urgent restructuring to make a way for intervention from other tiers of government . Lawan, in an interview with journalists in Abuja , also welcomed the recent regional and states initiatives to tackle the unfortunate security challenges in the country . He said the Senate would summon the heads of the various security agencies in the country as soon as plenary resumes this week to work out a realistic arrangement that could adequately tackle the menace. Asked to state his position on the regional intervention by governors to tackle insecurity , Lawan said it was a good idea. He said , “All hands must be on deck . The Federal, states and local governm...
Senate President Condemns Attack On Emir Of Potiskum
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Senate President Condemns Attack On Emir Of Potiskum

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has condemned the gun attack in Kaduna on the convoy of the Emir of Potiskum, Yobe State, Alhaji Umaru Bubaram. Gunmen on Tuesday night attacked the convoy of the Emir around Maraban Jos on Kaduna-Zaria road, killing some of the Emir’s aides and leaving others injured. Lawan expressed his condolence with the revered Emir and the families of those killed in the sad incident. The Senate President also prayed for speedy recovery of the Emir and others who were injured. Lawan called on the security agencies to ensure that everyone with a hand in the heinous crime is brought to justice. He also called on the security agencies to ensure quick rescue of those who were abducted in the incident
Photos From Senate President, Lawan’s Son’s Wedding In Kano
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Photos From Senate President, Lawan’s Son’s Wedding In Kano

The son of Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Ibrahim Lawan, has got married to his heartthrob, Amani Umar. The wedding ceremony, according to report gathered was held at Al Furqan Mosque with a dinner party being held at Meenah Event in Kano. Mr. Lawan in a post on his social media account on Christmas Eve announced with a photo of an invitation card the wedding. It was further gathered that the glamorous wedding has in attendance top government officials and politicians.
You Will Decide Fate Of ‘Hate Speech Bill’ – Lawan Tells Nigerians
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You Will Decide Fate Of ‘Hate Speech Bill’ – Lawan Tells Nigerians

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has asked Nigerians to mobilise against the proposed hate speech bill if they do not want it. Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja on Monday, the senate president said it is up to Nigerians to decide, at the public hearing, if the bill should be passed or not. In November, Sabi Abdullahi senator representing Niger north, sponsored the bill, which has sparked widespread criticism across the country. It proposed death by hanging for any person found guilty of any form of hate speech that results in the death of another person, the lawmaker later promised that the death sentence would be reviewed. The bill also proposed that in the case of an offence committed by a body of persons where the body of persons is a corporate body, every director, trus...
Why The Senate Will Pass Buhari’s $29.9 Billion Loan Request – Ahmad Lawan
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Why The Senate Will Pass Buhari’s $29.9 Billion Loan Request – Ahmad Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has revealed that the 9th Senate will approve President Muhammadu Buhari’s $29.9 billion loan request. This is despite Lawan’s earlier caution to the Executive to minimise its planned borrowing. The Senate President stated this in Abuja during a media parley. He, however, pointed out that the various standing committees will carry out serious oversight functions and ensure that the money is not misappropriated by the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). Recall that in November 2016, then Senate President, Bukola Saraki turned down the same loan request from President Buhari. According to Lawan, “The question of whether we will pass the loan request of the Executive arm of Government, yes, we will pass it. “If we do...
We Have To Respect The Rule Of Law – Ahmad Lawan
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We Have To Respect The Rule Of Law – Ahmad Lawan

Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government to obey the rule of law to the fullest. Lawan made the call while fielding questions from newsmen on Monday in Abuja, an event that was covered by Igbere TV correspondent. Speaking on the repeated violations of the rule of law by President Buhari, the Senate President said Nigerians should not suffer unduly for a crime they are not guilty of. This is coming at a time the Buhari administration has been accused of disrespecting the rule of law in the trial of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement. Sowore, SaharaReporters publisher has been in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), despite been granted bail by courts. On December 9, 2019, DSS operativ...
Senate Probes DSS Court Invasion
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Senate Probes DSS Court Invasion

The Senate has mandated its committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to investigate Friday’s invasion of a federal high court and rearrest of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS). This comes almost a week after the incident. Nigerians have criticised the lawmakers for failing to react and address the issue. The chairman of the Senate committee on Judiciary and Human Rights and Legal Matters, Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central), raised the matter during plenary on Thursday. He came under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rule. Order 43 allows for a lawmaker to raise and issue but prohibits other lawmakers from making contributions or debating the said issue. He said the “alleged” invasion of the court...
Lawan Wants State Of Emergency Declared In Power Sector
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Lawan Wants State Of Emergency Declared In Power Sector

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Monday called on the Executive to, as a matter of urgency, declare a state of emergency in the power sector to overcome the legion of problems stalling steady power supply in Nigeria. Lawan stated this while declaring open a one-day round-table discussion with the theme: “Addressing Nigeria’s Power Problems” organized by the Senate Committee on Power. The Senate President said the privatization of the power sector in 2005 and 2013 was a grand scheme conceived with the intention to defraud Nigeria. He said, “For me, if there’s any sector of our economy that is so important and yet so challenged, it is the power sector. I believe that this is a sector that needs a declaration of emergency. “This is an opportunity for us in this round-ta...
Only Confirmed NDDC Board Members Will Defend Their Budget – Ahmad Lawan
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Only Confirmed NDDC Board Members Will Defend Their Budget – Ahmad Lawan

PRESIDENT of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan on Thursday reiterated that the Senate will only deal with the board members of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC it screened and confirmed this month. Speaking shortly after the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, All Progressives Congress, APC, Kebbi North read the Executive Communication on the 2019 and 2020 Budget Estimates of the NDDC that the Senate do consider of President Muhammadu Buhari. President of the Senate who refereed the request to the Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Delta North led Committee on Niger Delta Affairs to return back at Plenary in two weeks. Lawan said, ” I want to reiterate for emphasis that you deal with the Governing Board that this Senate approved.” Recall ...
Senate Will Act Expeditiously On Presidential Requests – Lawan
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Senate Will Act Expeditiously On Presidential Requests – Lawan

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday said any request from President Muhammadu Buhari would make Nigeria a better place, and such would be acted on “expeditiously.” Lawan spoke when the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Itse Sagay visited him in his office on Thursday. Sagay had called for the timely passage of the Special Criminal Court and other similar bills, saying such would help the anti-corruption war and ensure that the fight was successfully won with speed and energy. He also appealed to the Senate to consider the confirmation of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu. Responding, Lawan said, “This is a new Senate. Going by our rules and I believe that goes for the House of Reps...
Social Media Bill Scales Second Reading In Senate
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Social Media Bill Scales Second Reading In Senate

The Senate on Tuesday passed the bill for an Act to make provisions for the protection from internet falsehood and manipulations and related matters, for a second reading. It is opularly known as anti-Social media bill, sponsored by the Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Sani Musa. Only Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, a former governor of Enugu State, spoke against the bill while Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah raised a constitutional point of order to caution the red chamber against its passage. However, Senators Ibrahim Gobir, Elisha Abbo, and Abba Moro supported the bill in their various contributions during the debate that lasted about 10 minutes. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, put the passage of the bill for a second reading to a voice vote after confirming ...
Governor Akeredolu Receives Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Others In Ondo
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Governor Akeredolu Receives Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Others In Ondo

Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Friday, November 15, 2019 received the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and other principal officers of the Senate at the Government House, Alagbaka, Akure. The Senate President, alongside Senator Ajayi Borrofice, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele and other senators are in the state to visit one of their own, Senator Nicholas Tofowomo, who was involved in a road accident recently. Receiving the lawmakers at the Government House, Arakunrin Akeredolu thanked the Senate President for deeming it fit to come by himself and visit Senator Tofowomo. According to the Governor, the decision of the Senate President to leave the seat of power in Abuja to visit Tofowomo has demonstrated his good leadership quality. He...
Lawan Swears In Senator Olujimi As Adeyeye’s Replacement
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Lawan Swears In Senator Olujimi As Adeyeye’s Replacement

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has administered the oath of office on Senator Biodun Olujimi as Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District. Olujimi replaces former Senate spokesperson, Adedayo Adeyeye, whose election was nullified by both the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Ado Ekiti and the Court of Appeal in Kaduna. The Appeal Court judgment, which was initially scheduled to be delivered in Ado Ekiti, was moved to Kaduna for security reasons. The tribunal in Ado Ekiti on September 9 nullified declaration of Adeyeye as winner of the February 23 senatorial election. In the judgment, the tribunal nullified elections in some polling units which left Olujimi polling 54,894 votes to defeat Adeyeye, who scored 52,243 votes.
National Assembly To Pass 2020 Budget On Nov. 28
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National Assembly To Pass 2020 Budget On Nov. 28

The National Assembly will pass the 2020 budget on November 28, an official has said. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, made this known during plenary on Tuesday. Mr Lawan said the Senate committees have concluded their work on the budget defence with Ministries, Departments and Agencies. He therefore asked the Senate Committee on Appropriations to speed up action and produce its report so the bill can be passed by the end of the month. “All the committees have done their work so well within the defined parameters and therefore we expect the appropriations committee to galvanise into action and produce the report to be laid here on the 26th November – next two weeks, before the Senate. And I believe this will be the same thing in our sister chamber, the House of Representativ...
Assent To Bill In London: “Buhari Can Preside From Anywhere” – Oshiomhole
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Assent To Bill In London: “Buhari Can Preside From Anywhere” – Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole on Tuesday said that President Muhammadu Buhari can work from anywhere in the world. Oshiomhole spoke when he led members of the National Working Committee of the APC on a courtesy call on the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and the principal officers of the Senate. The Chairman of the APC has commended the commitment of the Senate in passing the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act (amendment) Bill, which was recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari. He said that assenting to the Bill at the Nigerian House in London, shows that the President is on duty and can work from anywhere. Oshiomhole said: “I was also excited to see Mr. President sign into law that Ac...
Job Scandal: Senate President Lawan ‘Gets’ 26 FIRS Slots
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Job Scandal: Senate President Lawan ‘Gets’ 26 FIRS Slots

Senate President Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North) was said to have secured 26 job slots for his constituents, from the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Daily Trust exclusively gathered. This is just as the job scandal rocking the upper chamber gets messier with senators threatening showdown over the sharing formula of the employment slots given to them by the federal agency. Employment letters were said to have since been distributed to the beneficiaries by the Senate president. A senator, who spoke to Daily Trust yesterday, accused Lawan of “hijacking the 26 slots without considering other senators, not even from his state.” A youth association from Lawan’s constituency, Unity for Collective Progress Forum, yesterday said all the beneficiaries had received employment letters and we...
Nigeria Needs To Pray More To Overcome Challenges – Lawan
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Nigeria Needs To Pray More To Overcome Challenges – Lawan

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said on Wednesday that Nigeria needs prayers to overcome its challenges. Given the situation, we are in today, the various challenges that Nigeria and its people face, we even need to pray more,” Lawan said while receiving in audience a delegation of the Christian Legislators’ Fellowship of the National Assembly. The delegation was led by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. The Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu was also in attendance at the meeting. The mission was to invite the Senate President to the 10th National Prayer Breakfast scheduled to hold on 31st October, 2019 at the International Conference Center, Abuja. The Senate President said the Prayer Breakfast was timely and urged all to first seek the f...
Senate Issues Two Weeks Deadline To MDAs To Defend Budget
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Senate Issues Two Weeks Deadline To MDAs To Defend Budget

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday issued two weeks deadline to Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to defend their budget before its Standing Committees. President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said any agency that refused to appear before the relevant committee to defend its budget during the period would not have revenue allocation for next year. However, the Senate debated expensively on President Muhammadu Buhari’s proposed budget of N10.33 trillion on Tuesday. According to Senator Ajayi Boroffice, the Federal Government should bring back the nation’s cocoa and groundnut pyramids in the north and that more attention should be paid to technology. Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege said “For this budget to succeed, certain things must be put i...
Abaribe Says NASS Might Have To Takeover Government Economic Policy Direction
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Abaribe Says NASS Might Have To Takeover Government Economic Policy Direction

A Senator belonging to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari might soon be toppled. Mr Buhari had on Tuesday presented the appropriation bill for next year to the joint session of the National Assembly. Mr Buhari who proposed a N10.33 trillion budget tagged the financial document that of “fiscal consolidation to strengthen our macroeconomic environment; investing in critical infrastructure, human capital development and enabling institutions, especially in key job creating sectors.” One assumption of the budget is that Nigeria will use nearly a quarter of the budget (N2.5 trillion) to repay debts the government owes locally and internationally. The budget was also prepared on the assumption of $57 per ...
Senate To Pass 2020 Budget Before Christmas
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Senate To Pass 2020 Budget Before Christmas

The Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Friday in Katsina assured Nigerians that the 2020 national budget will be passed before this year’s Christmas Lawan who made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen shortly after visiting Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, at Government House, said the National Assembly is expecting the budget from the executive by September and hoped to deliberate and pass it within two months. He said: “The process would return Nigeria to the annual budget of between January and December and guarantee fiscal discipline.” He assured that the Ninth Assembly would also pass the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, to ensure the oil and Gas sector are given the desired reform. Alhaji Lawan further expressed the resolve of the two wings of the National...
Senate President, Lawan Returns To Nigeria From Saudi Arabia
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Senate President, Lawan Returns To Nigeria From Saudi Arabia

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has returned to Nigeria from his pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia for Hajj. Lawan said in a tweet that he returned to the country early Thursday. He added that he offered prayers for the peace, progress and unity of Nigeria. “At about 1am this morning, I arrived Nigeria from Saudi Arabia where I joined other Muslim faithful across the world to perform this year’s Hajj. While in the Holy Land, I offered prayers for the peace, progress and unity of Nigeria,” Lawan said. While in Saudi Arabia, the Senate President shared pictures taken at Al-Masjid An-Nabawi, the Holy Mosque of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) in Madina. Among those who appeared in pictures with Lawan were Senator Teslim Folarin, Senator Ajibola Basiru, Senator Sani Musa and Senator Bello Mandi...
Lawan’s Office Releases Official Portrait, States How To Address Him
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Lawan’s Office Releases Official Portrait, States How To Address Him

The Office of the Senate President has stated how Ahmad Lawan should be addressed officially . It also released his official portrait . An email from the Senate President ’s Media Office on Tuesday states,” The attached photograph is the official portrait of the president of the Senate .” Continuing , the email states, “ The President of the Senate is to be addressed as: Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan , Ph .D , CON, as indicated on the portrait . ”
Senate President Lawan Felicitates With Omo-Agege As He Celebrates 56th Birthday
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Senate President Lawan Felicitates With Omo-Agege As He Celebrates 56th Birthday

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has felicitated with the family, friends and political associates of the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, as he celebrates his 56th birthday today, Saturday, August 3. In a statement by Lawan’s Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, the Senate President wished his deputy more years of meritorious service to Nigerians at the Senate and in other capacities in the future. Lawan said Omo-Agege had consistently demonstrated his family heritage of trustworthiness in service and leadership in his professional and public service career as a legal practitioner, commissioner, Secretary to the Government of Delta State and Senator. He praised the zeal and uncompromising commitment of the Deputy Senate President to the principles of participatory democ...
Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen Of 69 Senate Committees (Full List)
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Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen Of 69 Senate Committees (Full List)

Chairmen and Vice chairmen of the 69 Senate committees as announced by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan 1. Agriculture – Abdullahi Adamu, Bima Enagi. 2. Airforce – Bala Ibn Na’Allah, Michael Nnachi. 3. Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes – Suleiman Kwari, Aliyu Wamakko. 4. Appropriation – Barau Jibrin, Stella Oduah. 5. Army – Ali Ndume, Abba Moro. 6. Aviation – Dino Melaye, Bala Na’Allah. 7. Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions – Uba Sani, Orji Uzor Kalu. 8. Capital Market – Ibikunle Amosun, Binos Yero 9. Communications – Oluremi Tinubu, Ibrahim Bomai. 10. Corporation and Integration in Africa and NEPAD – Chimaroke Nnamani, Yusuf Yusuf. 11. Culture and Tourism – Rochas Okorocha, Ignatius Longjohn. 12. Customs, Excise and Tarrifs – Francis Alimekhena, ...
Senate To Confirm Ministerial Nominees Today
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Senate To Confirm Ministerial Nominees Today

The Senate will confirm ministerial nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari today, Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said. Lawan, who spoke at the end of plenary around 7:20pm yesterday, also said three nominees – Sabo Nanono (Kano), Lai Mohammed (Kwara) and Saleh Mamman (Taraba) – would be screened today. “Tomorrow (today) by the grace of God, we will be taking three nominees. We will do the approval and confirmation of all the screened nominees tomorrow (today),” he said. Nine nominees including Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara), Goddy Jedy-Agba (Cross River), Sulaiman Adamu (Jigawa), Maryam Katagun (Bauchi), Clement Agba (Edo), Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu), Muhammad Mahmoud (Kaduna) Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) were screened yesterday. Three of the nominees – Dr. Mu...
Ministerial Screening: Nigerian Senate Had The Longest Session In 20 Years
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Ministerial Screening: Nigerian Senate Had The Longest Session In 20 Years

The Nigerian Senate had the longest session in the last 20 years of its existence on Friday, the made the sacrifice in order to ensure smooth screening of Ministerial Nominees of the president Buhari. The Senate was supposed to go on official leave by Thursday because they traditionally hold session from Tueday to Thursday but because of the list of ministerial nominees they received from the president they stayed in order to screen them and extended their working days to Friday and will continue with the Screening by Monday. The Senate agreed to give former legislative on the ministerial Nominees list special treatment by not asking them question and allow them to take a bow and go, the special treatment was also extended to female Nominees. After Friday Session, President of...