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NASS Set For Showdown With Buhari Over Service Chiefs
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NASS Set For Showdown With Buhari Over Service Chiefs

The refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to re­place the service chiefs de­spite repeated calls by the National Assembly and oth­er eminent Nigerians will be the major point of dis­cussion when the president meets with the House of Representatives on Thurs­day, Daily Independent has gathered. The lawmakers said they are ready to confront the president over the continued stay of the service chiefs, who they said lacked ideas on how to tackle the rising insecurity in the country. The lawmakers, who were disturbed by the worsening insecurity in the country, last week, summoned President Buhari over the murder of about 43 farmers by Boko Ha­ram terrorists in Zabarmari village, Jere Council of Borno State. The president later met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, F...
Buhari’s Acceptance To Address Reps Proof of Executive And NASS Synergy – Kalu
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Buhari’s Acceptance To Address Reps Proof of Executive And NASS Synergy – Kalu

Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, has described Buhari's acceptance to address the green chamber over insecurity summon, as a proof of great synergy between the executive and the 9th National Assembly. MCI had earlier reported how the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed to appear before the House as requested by the lawmakers. In a statement forwarded to us Wednesday night, while reacting to the development, the Reps Spokesman who represents Bende Federal Constituency, said the president's acceptance was quite commendable. Kalu, who had on Tuesday hinted that President Buhari would honour the Reps’ invite, said he had been proven right, following the president's acceptance. “I said ...
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.
Buhari, Ministers Should Cut Cost Of Governance Before NASS – Benjamin Kalu
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Buhari, Ministers Should Cut Cost Of Governance Before NASS – Benjamin Kalu

The spokesperson of the House of Representatives says it is deceitful that Nigerians are being made to focus only on the national assembly. The House of Representatives has called on the Executive arm of Government to lead by example by cutting its own salaries, allowances and other office running costs, before advising others to do so. The spokesperson of the house, Benjamin Kalu, stated this on Thursday while briefing journalists in the National Assembly. Mr Kalu’s call is coming on the heels of calls by Nigerians for the reduction of salaries and allowances of members of the National Assembly.A section of Nigerians also called for part time legislative work to save the country from the needless financial haemorrhage. In August 2015, President Muhammadu Buharihad issued a...
#EndSARS: “Impeach Buhari Now!” – Farooq Kperogi To NASS, Gives Reasons
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#EndSARS: “Impeach Buhari Now!” – Farooq Kperogi To NASS, Gives Reasons

An associate professor of Journalism and Critic, Farooq Kperogi has called on the National Assembly to launch impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari amidst the #EndSARS protests. Kperogi, in a tweet on Tuesday, disclosed that the impeachment was in order because the President allegedly has Dementia, a mental disease. "I'd called on the National Assembly to impeach and remove Buhari because his dementia has caused him to lose the mental presence to govern." "Amid the conflagration that has enveloped Nigeria, he's been absent. His minders won't allow him to talk unmediated because his sick and vacant mind would become apparent." President Buhari is yet to address Nigerians since the protests began. The #EndSARS protests against police brutality and bad gov...
Gani Adams Urges FG, NASS To Reverse Fuel Price, Electricity Tariff
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Gani Adams Urges FG, NASS To Reverse Fuel Price, Electricity Tariff

The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has urged the Federal Government to rescind its decisions on recent increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and electricity tariff. Adams, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, in Lagos on Thursday, said the hike in petrol price and electricity tariff would multiply hardship of the masses. According to him, many Nigerians are finding it difficult to survive economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The hardship that will result from the increase in pump price of petrol and electricity tariff will, for a long time, affect the people of this country. “With this sudden increase, the prices of every commodity will definitely reach the rooftops and this will be more felt particularly, ...
Ortom Urges NASS To Reject Water Resources Bill
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Ortom Urges NASS To Reject Water Resources Bill

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has called on the National Assembly to reject the National Water Resources Bill in the interest of the country. Ortom said the bill which seeks to bring all water sources (surface and underground) as well as river banks under the control of the Federal Government through its agencies is anti-federalism and negates the right of Nigerians to their God-given resources. The Governor quoted Section 13 of the Bill, which states: “In implementing the principles under subsection (2) of this section, the institutions established under this Act shall promote integrated water resources management and the coordinated management of land and water resources, surface water and ground water resources, river basins and adjacent marine and coastal environment an...
NASS’s Many Probe Reports Gathering Dust In Presidency
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NASS’s Many Probe Reports Gathering Dust In Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari’s insistence on retaining the nation’s service chiefs despite opposition to it is just one out of the many instances the executive arm of government undermine efforts by the National Assembly to contribute to the security and wellbeing of Nigerians. The House of Representatives had, in February, asked the president to declare a state of emergency on insecurity and sack all the service chiefs for not living up to expectation. The Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Ahmed Wase, who spoke on the vexed issue of insecurity, expressed regrets that in spite of the vote-of-no-confidence passed on the service chiefs, they were yet to be sacked, just as the security situation keeps getting worse in communities and states across the country. “How do we survive as a ...
I Received Order For $4.7m Cars From Sierra Leone As NASS Rejects My Cars – Innoson CEO
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I Received Order For $4.7m Cars From Sierra Leone As NASS Rejects My Cars – Innoson CEO

Chief Innocent Chukwuma is the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Innoson Vehicles Manufacturing, IVM, a foremost automobile maker in Nigeria. In this exclusive interview after a facility tour of his Nnewi automobile factory, Chukwuma reveals the secrets behind his success in the automobile industry, why he has never failed in any business ventures, his major challenges, his new factory in Imo State and planned partnership with a foreign company. Excerpts: Some Nigerians still think that Innoson is just an assembling plant and not a car production company. What is your status? You are here now and you have seen things yourself. Let me use this opportunity to say this once again; Innoson does not assemble vehicles, we manufacture. We build 100 percent vehicle body here and ov...
» Allow Buhari, Governors For Third Term – APC Member Tells Tells NASS, Attorney-General
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» Allow Buhari, Governors For Third Term – APC Member Tells Tells NASS, Attorney-General

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi state, Hon. Charles Oko Enya, has beseeched a Federal High Court in Abakiliki, Ebonyi state, to direct the National Assembly and the Attorney-General of the Federation and minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to remove constitutional clauses hindering elected President and state governors from seeking a third term in office. In his suit with No: FHC/AI/CS/90/19, which was filed at the court last Wednesday and made available to Daily Trust by his counsel, Barr. Iheanacho Agboti, the APC member is seeking for possible expungement of section 137(1) (b) and 182 (1) (b) in the 1999 constitution (as amended). He insisted that the sections were infringement on the fundamental human rights of the likes of President Muhammadu Buhari ...
NASS Celebrates Police Officer, Abba Kyari With ‘Outstanding Service Award’
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NASS Celebrates Police Officer, Abba Kyari With ‘Outstanding Service Award’

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari, on Thursday was hosted by the House of Representative. Mr. Kyari was at the green chamber to receive an “Award for Outstanding Service” for his exceptional work in the fight against criminality across the country. Igbere TV reports that the DCP received the Award following a motion of urgent public importance brought by Rep. Ahmad Usman Jaha, from Borno, prompting the House to resolve to recognising the young police officer was based on his extraordinary courage and patriotism in tackling high profile crimes. See photos below;
SERAP Drags Buhari, NASS To UN Over Cuts In Health, UBE Budgets
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SERAP Drags Buhari, NASS To UN Over Cuts In Health, UBE Budgets

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an urgent appeal to three UN special rapporteurs urging them to use their “mandates to urgently request the Nigerian government and the leadership of the National Assembly to immediately reverse the unlawful, disproportionate and discriminatory budget cuts to education and healthcare, and to stop the authorities from spending N27bn to renovate the National Assembly complex.” The special rapporteurs are: Ms. Koumbou Boly Barry, Special Rapporteur on the right to education; Mr. Dainius Puras, Special Rapporteur on the right to health; and Mr. Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. In the revised 2020 budget approved yesterday, the Federal Government reportedly gave the National A...
Alleged N40B NDDC fraud: We’ll sue NASS over failure to probe IMC — Group
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Alleged N40B NDDC fraud: We’ll sue NASS over failure to probe IMC — Group

NIGER Delta Rights Advocates, NDRA, has warned the National Assembly to “totally reject” the virement request by the Interim Management Committee, IMC of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to justify bloated expenditure of  the last three months. NDRA in a statement, yesterday,  in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by its Spokesman, Darlington Nwauju, said the region’s right group would sue the NASS if it fails to comprehensively probe the allegations of financial recklessness hovering over the current IMC. He said, “We are alarmed at attempt by the Prof Keme Pondei led IMC to compromise the inquisitions by both chambers of the NASS into liquidation of over N40billion in record three months. Assuming without conceding that such a request is considered important, why now? “The cu...
SERAP Asks Lawan, Gbaja To Give ₦37 Billion NASS Renovation Fund To States
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SERAP Asks Lawan, Gbaja To Give ₦37 Billion NASS Renovation Fund To States

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an urgent appeal to the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila urging them to “immediately make a public commitment to redirect the N37 billion for the renovation of the National Assembly complex to give N1 billion to each of the 36 states, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, as COVID-19 direct reliefs and benefits to the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people.” SERAP said: “We applaud the patriotic steps and voluntary contributions already made by the National Assembly towards fighting COVID-19 in the country. We now urge you to make major strides to national efforts to deal with one of the greatest threats facing the country by immediately redir...
Lawan, Gbajabiamila Got Criticism Of SIP Wrong – Maryam Uwais
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Lawan, Gbajabiamila Got Criticism Of SIP Wrong – Maryam Uwais

My attention has been drawn to the online report of the Nation newspaper of 7th April 2020, with the above caption. Indeed, several other online publications carried similar stories, alleging that the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIPs), as supervised under the Office of the Vice President, were a ‘scam’. Given the gravity and implications of the narrative conveyed, as well as the caliber of persons involved, it has become necessary to clarify the issues in the public domain. That the National Social Investment Programme has gulped over N2 trillion since 2016, when the fund was created. UNTRUE Although the total appropriation by the National Assembly (NASS) from inception, for the 4 NSIPs, is N1.7 trillion, the actual funds released for the NSIPs between January 2016 and Oc...
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...
I’m Not Against Diaspora Voting If NASS Supports It – Buhari
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I’m Not Against Diaspora Voting If NASS Supports It – Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd.) , said on Tuesday that he was not against Nigerians in diaspora voting during elections . However , he noted that the National Assembly was required to pass relevant laws to give legal backing to Diaspora voting. The President spoke in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during a meeting with the Executive Committee members of the Nigerian Community in Ethiopia. The NICE members were led by David Omozuafoh to the meeting , which was organised by the Chairman /Chief Executive Officer, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission , Abike Dabiri- Erewa. Buhari said , ” I have said it severally that I am not against it ( Diaspora voting) . However , you will need to convince the National Assembly to amend the relevant laws to make Diaspora voting a reali...
Photos Of National Assembly Reveal Complex Not In Need Of N37bn Renovation
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Photos Of National Assembly Reveal Complex Not In Need Of N37bn Renovation

Not only do pictures of the complex show that the facility is in good shape, it also showed that there was no reason for such huge sum for its renovation. Exclusive images of the National Assembly complex has shown that the facility is still in good shape and not in need of a renovation as portrayed by Nigerian federal lawmakers. Source: Saharareporters
Bamidele Salam Kicks Against N37 Billion Budget For NASS Renovation
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Bamidele Salam Kicks Against N37 Billion Budget For NASS Renovation

A member of the House of Representatives has kicked against the plan to spend N37 billion for the renovation of the National Assembly complex. Bamidele Salam, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party representing Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency, said the National Assembly does “not need a 37 billion Naira renovation of that edifice.” “Apart from the Chambers of the NASS which need some upgrade in the audio and recording system, the entire structure needs no renovation more than our classrooms, hospitals and roads which are mostly in a decrepit condition,” Salam said in a Facebook post on Sunday. “As an advocate of an aggressive microcredit strategy for job creation, I would rather want to see 370,000 small businesses get 100k interest free loan within ...
SERAP, Others Ask Court To Stop Spending Of ‘N37bn On NASS Renovation’
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SERAP, Others Ask Court To Stop Spending Of ‘N37bn On NASS Renovation’

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), BudgIT, Enough is Enough (EiE) and 583 concerned Nigerians have filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court, Abuja to “restrain and stop President Muhammadu Buhari and Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning from releasing N37 billion allocated for the renovation of the National Assembly complex to the Federal Capital Development Agency and the National Assembly until an impact assessment of the spending is carried out.” The groups are also seeking a court order to “restrain, prevent and stop the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila and the Federal Capital Development Agency from demanding or collecting the N37 billion earmarked for the r...
Outrage Against N37 Billion NASS Renovation Budget Misplaced – Sen Godiya Akwashiki
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Outrage Against N37 Billion NASS Renovation Budget Misplaced – Sen Godiya Akwashiki

The Senate has described as misplaced and unwarranted , the public outcry against the leadership of the National Assembly over the proposed renovation of the nation ’ s parliament complex by the Federal Government at a cost of N 37bn . The acting Chairman , Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs , Senator Godiya Akwashiki, who stated this in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja, said National Assembly leadership played no role either in the approval , the execution or the cost of the project . Akwashiki explained to our correspondent on Tuesday that the President of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan , and the Speaker of the House of Representatives , Femi Gbajabiamila , did the right thing by informing the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ) , when the building ...
Buhari Didn’t Undermine Osinbajo By Travelling Without NASS Notice – Omoworare
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Buhari Didn’t Undermine Osinbajo By Travelling Without NASS Notice – Omoworare

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare, on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari did not undermine the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, by travelling without transmitting a letter that would allow him to act, to the National Assembly. Omoworare who addressed journalists in Abuja alongside his colleague in the House of Representatives, Mr. Umar El-Yakub, insisted that the President was free to perform his functions from anywhere in the world. He said, “Contrary to the claims by some individuals and groups, The President has not in any way undermined or relegated the office of the Vice President. He has no reason to do so. “I don’t think there is any way or manner that the office of the Vice Pres...
N1bn Not Enough To Conduct Elections In 2020 ― INEC Chairman Tells NASS
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N1bn Not Enough To Conduct Elections In 2020 ― INEC Chairman Tells NASS

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Professor Mahmoud Yakubu has said the sum of N1bn would not be enough for it to conduct outstanding elections next year. He expressed his reservations on Thursday while speaking at budget defence before the Joint Committee of Senate and House of Representatives on INEC. In the 2020 Budget estimate presented by President Muhammadu Buhari, the sum of N40bn was announced as statutory allocations for the Commission for recurrent and capital expenditures. The INEC chairman told the Committee that the Edo and Ondo states governorship elections were scheduled to be conducted next year. He also insisted that other supplementary elections might arise. Professor Yakubu said apart from increasing the allowance of his wo...
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 ...
PDP Tasks NASS To Redirect 2020 Budget
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PDP Tasks NASS To Redirect 2020 Budget

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) laments that the N10.7 trillion 2020 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly will further impoverish Nigerians and mortgage the future of the nation. The party urges the legislature to redirect the fiscal proposal to serve the interest of majority of Nigerians. The party notes that the core of the budget remains hazy, showing streaks of padding, fraudulent duplications, replete with false performance indices, deceptive projections and inexplicable expenditure assertions which create openings for continued looting of our national patrimony by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and persons close to the Presidency. The PDP insists that it is inexcusable that despite the huge natural resources at Presid...
2020 Budget: Buhari Presents Appropriation Bill To NASS
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2020 Budget: Buhari Presents Appropriation Bill To NASS

President Muhammadu Buhari presents the 2020 Appropriation budget to the joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday. The annual budget presentation which is always performed by the President makes the Parliament appropriate and approve allocations to the sectors of the economy as envisaged by the executive. The Nigeria Senate on Thursday last week passed into law the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) for 2020 – 2023 to the tune of N10.727 trillion passed into law. However, Constitutionally, the MTEF is the basis with which annual budget is prepared by the Executive. It, therefore, means that today’s presentation of 2020 budget is in consonance with the laid down procedures of how the nation’s financial structure is laid. Meanwhile, Today’s presentation of the ...
Omo-Agege Says NASS Will Amend Electoral Law To Make Card Readers Legal
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Omo-Agege Says NASS Will Amend Electoral Law To Make Card Readers Legal

Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege says the National Assembly will give legal backing to card reader in the new Electoral Act, to further enhance the integrity of the electoral process in Nigeria. He gave the assurance when he received the Nigerian Representatives of the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council, (AU- ECOSOCC), led by Dr. Tunji Ashaolu in Abuja on Thursday. A statement by his spokesperson, Yomi Odunga in Abuja, quoted Omo-Agege as saying that it was important the card reader be made part of the legal regime for elections. He said the senate maintained that card reader would ensure credible polls. According to him, the mistake of the Eighth National Assembly is that the amendment of the Electoral Act breached ECOWAS Protocol, which will no...
Service Chiefs Succumb To Speaker’s Threat, Appear Before NASS
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Service Chiefs Succumb To Speaker’s Threat, Appear Before NASS

The Federal House of Representatives is finally meeting with heads of security agencies across the country. In a tweet by the lower legislative chamber, it said the meeting is aimed at discussing security situation of Nigeria. The service chiefs, who had on Friday last week failed to appear before the house are now at the meeting before as at 2 p.m. The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, who had expressed disappointment at the action of the service chiefs described it as an insult to the Parliament. He thereafter promised to report the matter to President Muhammadu Buhari. The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, was however absent, as well as the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu in the meeting which has now gone behind closed doors.
Propose Money Bill Before Implementing Increase In VAT – Falana To FG
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Propose Money Bill Before Implementing Increase In VAT – Falana To FG

Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, has called on the Federal Government to propose a Money Bill to the National Assembly before the implementation of the increase in Value Added Tax (VAT). Falana told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Abuja, said that the National Assembly (NASS) erred by inviting the Minister of Finance and the Executive Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to clarify issues of VAT increment. According to him, provisions of the constitution states that the President ought to have presented a money bill to be passed by the NASS before the increment. “It’s illegal, under a democratic dispensation you cannot impose tax or increase tax without a law made by the National Assembly or the State Assembly as the case may be. “In this case, it has to be...
See The Amount Nigerian Senators Will Spend On Cars
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See The Amount Nigerian Senators Will Spend On Cars

According to reports, the current Nigerian senators are going to spend N5.5billion to acquire cars for themselves. By estimation, each senator will get N50 million for their cars. Traditionally, Toyota Land Cruiser Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), is the brand preferred by the lawmakers. The cars will be presented to all chairmen and vice-chairmen of Senate committees specifically. What this means is that every member of the Senate may get a vehicle as there are 69 committees in the red chamber. Note, the eighth Senate, led by Senator Bukola Saraki, spent about N4 billion as they purchased a brand worth N36 million each. Two extra cars were bought as well. In 2012, there was severe public criticism as about N1.3 billion was spent to procure vehicles for Senators. 109 vehicles ...
Court Stops NASS, Police, DSS From Taking Over Edo Assembly
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Court Stops NASS, Police, DSS From Taking Over Edo Assembly

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Friday ordered the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services and the National Assembly to stay away from the Edo State House of Assembly. The court ordered that the aforementioned institutions should steer clear of the state Assembly pending the determination of the motion on notice instituted by the Deputy Speaker of the state Assembly, Yekini Idiaye, and the member representing Ikpoba-Okha constituency. Defendants in the suit marked FHC/PH/CS/159/2019 were the Clerk of the National Assembly, Senate President, Speaker of House of Representatives, Inspector-General of Police, DSS and the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki. Justice Adamu Mohammed restrained the defendants from interfering or taking over the legislative functio...
Enact Law For President To Attach Portfolios To Ministerial Nominees – PDP To NASS
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Enact Law For President To Attach Portfolios To Ministerial Nominees – PDP To NASS

Opposition parties and some concerned groups have called on the National Assembly to enact a law that will compel the President to attach portfolios to ministerial nominees’ list sent to the Senate for confirmation. ' They stated that it was proper and ideal for the President to attach portfolios to ministerial nominees to enable the Senate to properly screen the nominees and ascertain their competence and appropriateness. Members of the opposition who spoke separately to our correspondent on Friday were the Peoples Democratic Party through its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan; spokesperson for the African Democratic Congress, Mrs Yemi Kolapo; her counterpart in the Social Democratic Party, Alfa Mohammed; and the Coalition for United Political Parties’ spokesman...
NASS, DSS, Police Set To Take Over Edo Assembly, Issue Directive To Obaseki
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NASS, DSS, Police Set To Take Over Edo Assembly, Issue Directive To Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has been issued a 5-day ultimatum to issue a fresh proclamation letter for the “proper” inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly and election of a new Speaker Igbere TV reports that the order came at a meeting of the leadership of the National Assembly, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Director-General (DG) of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday, in Abuja. Igbere TV gathered that the meeting was held at the instance of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, over the petition received from 15 members-elect of the Edo Assembly who were not inaugurated in June this year. Igbere TV recalls that 15 aggrieved members of the State Assembly had petitioned the National Assembly, IGP and DSS DG over what they described ...
NASS: APC Under Pressure To Zone Deputy Senate President To Southeast
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NASS: APC Under Pressure To Zone Deputy Senate President To Southeast

Ahead of the June 11 inauguration of the 9th session of the National Assembly, former Ministers of Labour and Productivity, Science and Technology, Foreign Affairs and Education (State) as well as Trade, Investment and Industry, Dr Chris Ngige, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, Mr. Geoffrey Onyema, Prof. Anthony Anwuka and Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah respectively met on Friday, behind closed doors with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in a bid to cede the position of Deputy Senate President to the South East. According to a reliable source at the APC national secretariat, the former Ministers, who arrived at 2.05pm on Friday, were immediately ushered into the office of the National Chairman. Confirming the development, the source stated that the So...
Lawan Reveals Those Who Nurtured His Senate Presidency Ambition
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Lawan Reveals Those Who Nurtured His Senate Presidency Ambition

The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, says his ambition to become President of the Senate in the 9th Assembly is a product of deep thinking by his fellow senators-elect. Lawan made the disclosure, on Thursday, when he appeared on News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja. “This project is a product of deep thinking by my colleagues, senators-elect. “Some of our colleagues decided right after the Presidential and National Assembly elections to consider the possibility for us to run for the office of the senate president given our history and experience. “So this is a project that originated from senators-elect themselves,’’ He said. The lawmaker, who represents Yobe North Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said he had the requisite experien...
Why NASS Should Approve Diaspora Voting – Presidency
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Why NASS Should Approve Diaspora Voting – Presidency

Presidential aide, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Sunday told Nigerians in the Diaspora to prevail on the National Assembly to approve voting for Nigerians in the Diaspora. Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, made the call at a Diaspora Leadership Conference, organised by the Nigerian Consulate in New York, U.S. The SSA, whose confirmation as chair of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission is pending in the senate, said that Diaspora voting was one of the things the commission would pursue relentlessly when operational. She said that while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had indicated its readiness for Diaspora voting, the lawmakers were uncomfortable with th...
Saraki Releases Details Of National Assembly 2018 Budget To The Public
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Saraki Releases Details Of National Assembly 2018 Budget To The Public

In line with its open NASS policy, the Chairman of the National Assembly and Senate President, Dr.Bukola Saraki has ensured the release of the national assembly 2018 budget. The details of the budget was released on Friday by the office of the senate president through a tweet. The budget has a total sum of N139 billion, of which N35 billion was the total for the senate, while the house of representatives had N57 billion. While legislative aides got N10 billion, the national assembly office and commission got N15 billion and N2 billion respectively. The national assembly legislative institute got N4 billion while N1.1 billion was appropriated for service wide vote of the legislature. The public accounts committee (PAC) of the senate and the house got N118 million and N142...
Senate Presidency: How Oshiomhole Triggered Crisis In NASS
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Senate Presidency: How Oshiomhole Triggered Crisis In NASS

The statement made by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) declaring Senator Ahmad Lawan as the next President of the Senate is the major cause of crisis in the race for the leadership of the National Assembly, Daily Independent has gathered. Sources in the National Assembly told our correspondent that before Oshiomhole’s declaration, Lawan was already running almost unopposed, though some ranking senators in the APC were interested in the position. Speaking further, our source said while the APC lawmakers had an axe to grind with Oshiomhole for attempting to impose his will on them without consultation, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators are determined to prove to him that “they can still upturn the plans of the APC d...
Nigeria Muslim Supreme Councils React To CAN Letter To NASS
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Nigeria Muslim Supreme Councils React To CAN Letter To NASS

ON CAN’S LETTER TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Given the trajectory of the recent activities of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), like other informed groups and people in Nigeria, cannot but wonder whether CAN still remains a religious body or a political party in a religious garb. The Council is persuaded to believe the latter because of the Association’s posture as the counterfoil for and opposition to everything Islam and Muslims in this country. We cannot also but wonder whether Islamophobia has indeed not replaced the more important responsibility of giving direction to millions of our compatriots who are law-abiding citizens of the Christian faith. It is really benumbing that CAN appears to be giving credence and...
Man Proposes to Girlfriend at National Assembly Complex
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Man Proposes to Girlfriend at National Assembly Complex

A Nigerian man Mr Daniel Abobana has taken his proposal to the National Assembly Complex where he asked for the hand of his fiancee in marriage. The man who has been dating the lady for 9 years was so full of excitement and it was obvious the lady had also been waiting for that moment. She reportedly works at the National Assembly He wrote: Even with all the wahala at NASS I still took my proposal to the Senate in a bid to get it approved and passed into law, lol. (She works here at NASS). She said YES!!!Yaaay!! 9 stones for the 9 years I’ve known this pulchritudinous and amazing woman because…DIAMONDS last forever Even with all the wahala at NASS I still took my proposal to the Senate in a bid to get it approved and passed into law, lol.(She works here at NASS).She said...
CJN: Ozekhome Calls For Mass Protest, Shut Down Of Courts, NASS
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CJN: Ozekhome Calls For Mass Protest, Shut Down Of Courts, NASS

A constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) has described the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as illegal and unconstitutional. Ozekhome in a statement on Friday he said the provisions of the constitution on appointment and removal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) was clear and was not followed by President Muhammadu Buhari. “The provisions of section 292(2) of the 1999 Constitution are quite clear on how the CJN can be removed from office. Aside sections 153,158 and parts 1 and 2 of the 3rd schedule to the Constitution, which provide that a judicial officer can not be removed from office until he has first been tried and dealt with by the National Judicial Council (NJC), Section 292(2) makes it clear that the president can only remove the CJN from office before the age of h...
Buhari Rejects NASS’ Approval For Refund Of N488.7bn To States
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Buhari Rejects NASS’ Approval For Refund Of N488.7bn To States

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the National Assembly’s approval for refund of N488.7 billion to State Governments for projects they executed on behalf of the Federal Government. Buhari communicated the decision through a letter read by the President of the Senate, Sen. Bukola Saraki, at plenary on Tuesday. The president said he rejected the National Assembly’s approval because it violated the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007. He noted that whereas the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved a total of N487.8 billion for the purpose, the National Assembly jerked up the figure to N488.7 billion. He said the amount approved by the lawmakers was N890 million higher than that approved by FEC. Buhari said a review of the NASS’ approval, communicated thr...
NASS Workers Strike Threatens 2019 Budget Presentation
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NASS Workers Strike Threatens 2019 Budget Presentation

The presentation of the 2019 Appropriation Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari is under threat as National Assembly (NASS) workers are to commence a four-day warning industrial action from tomorrow, it emerged on Saturday. President Buhari had written to the leadership of National Assembly that he would be presenting the 2019 budget proposal to the joint session of the National Assembly at 11am on Wednesday, 19th December, 2018. The workers had to be placated last Tuesday by the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives to shelve their initial strike action after denying lawmakers access to the chambers while paralyzing all official duties that day. On the same day, the Clerk to the National Assembly, Muhammed Sani-Omolori in response to the workers demand, in a...
PDP Urge NASS To Override Buhari’s Veto
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PDP Urge NASS To Override Buhari’s Veto

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the National Assembly to save the country’s democracy by immediately overriding President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the amendment of the Electoral Act. The PDP said “this legislative action has become imperative, as the President’s decision is a calculated attempt to hold the nation to ransom, inject crisis into the electoral process and ultimately scuttle the conduct of next year’s general elections, seeing that there is no way he can win in a free and fair contest.” In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party noted that Buhari’s repeated refusal to sign amendments passed to check rigging in the election raises issues of his sincerity of purpose and has the capacity to trigger political unrest a...
PMB To Presents 2019 Budget To NASS Next Week
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PMB To Presents 2019 Budget To NASS Next Week

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to present the 2019 budget to the National Assembly next week. LEADERSHIP gathered that the president will tomorrow chair a special session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to deliberate and approve the 2019 budget. Special adviser on media to the president, Femi Adesina, who disclosed this after the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa, Abuja, yesterday, said the FEC meeting is expected to put finishing touches to the budget after which the president will then forward it as Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly. Adesina said, “On Friday, by 10:30am there is going to be a special section of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). The intention is to look at the budget, get the propos...
Festus Keyamo Explains The Powers Of The NASS To Expose Corrupt Practices (Video)
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Festus Keyamo Explains The Powers Of The NASS To Expose Corrupt Practices (Video)

Here is a video of Keyamo analysing the constitutional power of National Assembly to expose corrupt practices and declare one corrupt based non their findings. In view of this, can we then say; Osinbajo is a thief and corrupt, based on NEMAgate scandals as exposed by REPs? Can we also say Buhari is a thief and corrupt due to series of fraudulent withdrawals from NLNG by NNPC as approved by Buhari, which was the exposure made by the senates recently, bearing in mind Buhari is the minister of petroleum? Nigerians, have your say. Your say? Agree or agree not? Watch Video
FFK Calls For The Impeachment And Arrest Of Osinbajo
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FFK Calls For The Impeachment And Arrest Of Osinbajo

Nigerian minister Femi Fani Kayode has called on NASS to impeach the vice president Yemi Osinbajo and on DSS to arrest and prosecute him for misappropiation of public funds, diversion, money laundering, concealment and stealing. He tweeted; “I call on NASS to impeach VP Yemi Osinbajo and on the DSS to arrest and prosecute him for misappropiation of public funds, diversion, money laundering, concealment and stealing. Given his illegal approval of 5.8 billion naira to NEMA I have no doubt that he is a cheap crook.” He also tackled Osibanjo for saying former president Goodluck Jonathan’s administration plunged Nigeria into debt "Jonathan’s administration plunged Nigeria into debt" – Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. And you and Buhari plunged Nigeria into mass murder, ethnic cleansing, g...
There’s Need To Adequately Fund NASS — Saraki, Dogara, Tambuwal
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There’s Need To Adequately Fund NASS — Saraki, Dogara, Tambuwal

President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and former Speaker and Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, have called for adequate funding of the National Assembly. The three Nigerian leaders, who spoke at the convocation ceremony of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS/University of Benin Post Graduate Programmes for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic sessions held at the National Assembly, yesterday, said lawmakers in the eight assembly had committed themselves to improving the lives of Nigerians. They also harped on adequate funding of both arms of legislature because of the important role they play in nation building. The Senate President, who is the chairman of NILD Governing Council, sa...
NASS To Resume On Tuesday Amidst Tension
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NASS To Resume On Tuesday Amidst Tension

The National Assembly would Tuesday resume plenary amidst tension, as the All Progressives Congress (APC) plots to take over leadership. Recall that before the National Assembly went on break about eleven weeks ago, there were attempts by the APC to impeach the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki after he defected to the PDP. The subsequent defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to the PDP just like Saraki, would this week add tension to the already charged atmosphere as the APC lawmakers were already threatening brimstone and fire on the excuse that the opposition party cannot control the National Assembly. While the two presiding officers in the Senate, Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu belong to the PDP with just 48 senators out of 10...
Ward Executives Disown Purported Expulsion Of Pally Iriase
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Ward Executives Disown Purported Expulsion Of Pally Iriase

Ward nine (9) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo has disowned the letter expelling the Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Pally Iriase. Iriase.. Messrs Kehinde Ehimiaghe and Chief Ahonsi Ohiokede, Chairman and Secretary of the ward, respectively ,denied knowledge of the letter in a statement issued in Benin on Thursday. The ward executives described the purported letter of expulsion as “embarrassing​ and misleading, and a calculated attempt” to tarnish the image of the lawmaker. “It is a brazing subterfuge and deliberate falsehood to desperately attempt to tarnish the image of the respected leader with unsubstantiated and never sustainable allegations of anti-party activities. “Ward 9 executive committee of APC i...