Senate: Lawmakers move to amend Police Act

CHUKWU DAVID reports that the Senate has embarked on a legislative process to free female police officers from 51 years of discriminatory practices, by proposing an amendment to the Police Act containing the offensive regulations     The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), prohibits discrimination of Nigerians on the basis of gender, ethnicity, religion and any other variables for social stratification of citizens. Section 42 of the Constitution, specifically provides for the right to freedom from discrimination.  The section provides that a citizen of Nigeria…

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Senate advocates living stipends for unemployed Nigerians

  …tells FG to declare emergency on unemployment   The Senate, yesterday, raised the alarm over the escalating unemployment in Nigeria and called on the Federal, State, and Local Governments to declare emergency on the state of joblessness. The Senate also urged the Federal Government to, through the Ministry of National Planning, put up mechanisms and programmes that would provide employment for the teeming unemployed graduates/youths at all tiers of government. It further called on the Federal Government to initiate a sustainable Unemployment Fund for the payment of living stipends…

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Lawan, Gbajabiamila fight for ex-legislative aides’ severance pay

The leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives on Monday waded into the non-payment of severance allowances for legislative aides who served in the 8th National Assembly between 2015 and 2019. President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, met the relevant agencies of government led by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed. Ezrel Tabiowo, Special Assistant on Press to Ahmad in a statement, said the meeting, which was held behind closed doors, was attended by principal officers of…

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Budget: Lawan’s threat spurs MDAs to action

CHUKWU DAVID reports that the threat by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, that the apex Assembly will give zero budgetary allocation to any Ministry, Department or Agency (MDA) of government that fails to honour Senate’s invitation for budget defence, is yielding positive result in the ongoing 2020 budget defence process     In previous assemblies, budget passage had always dragged for many months after being presented to the joint session of the National Assembly by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. However, delay in…

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Lawan: 9th Assembly to bring change to Nigeria

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the ninth National Assembly was working assiduously as a team to bring change to Nigeria. In a statement issued yesterday by Ola Awoniyi, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lawan said that the ninth National Assembly was determined to bring change to Nigeria. According to the statement, Lawan made the comment at the weekend while addressing his constituents in Yobe State. “We want to work as a team in the National Assembly without recourse to our different political platforms.…

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Lawan advocates citizen participation in governance

Senate President, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, yesterday called for the active involvement of citizens in the process of governance. This was as he described as share misrepresentation of facts to say that journalists were not allowed to cover the budget defence sessions going on at the National Assembly. Lawan said active involvement of citizens in governance would substantially deepen Nigeria’s democracy, as well as ensure transparency and accountability on the part of lawmakers elected to deliver on effective representation to the people. He made the call when a delegation from the…

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2020 Budget: Senate works towards early passage

CHUKWU DAVID reports how the 2020 Appropriation Bill, which was laid before the joint session of the National Assembly, last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, was dissected in the Senate, with commendations and criticisms characterizing the debate     The resolution of the current National Assembly to cooperate and collaborate with the executive arm of government with the ultimate goal of delivering good governance and dividends of democracy to the people has so far been demonstrated since the inauguration of the apex Assembly on June 11. For instance, executive communications…

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NASS will conclude work on Budget before end of October, Lawan assures Buhari

Senate President, Senator Ahmed has assured that committees of both chambers of the National Assembly will conclude work on the 2020 budget estimate before the end of October. Senator Lawan, therefore, directed all Ministers and Heads of MDAs to appear before National Assembly committees to defend their budget promptly before the end of the month. He said the lawmakers will bring to bear the same commitment with which it passed the Medium Term Expenditure Framework which is a prelude to the budget

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Lawan advocates local content in engineering projects

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has made a case for local content in all engineering projects undertaken in the country. Lawan spoke in Abuja at a book launch on “Engineering and Sustainable Rural Development In Nigeria” which was authored by Engineer Ahmed Amshi. He said: “I believe in the local content and I think it is time we insisted on the local contents when it affects our engineering projects in this country. “After all even if we don’t insist on the local contents, those big companies use Nigerian engineers.…

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Lawan, Omo-Agege salute Nigerians at 59

…as Ekweremadu harps on decentralised policing     The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, yesterday, felicitated with Nigerians in commemoration of the nation’s 59th Independence Anniversary. Lawan, in a statement he personally signed in Abuja, however, pointed out that there were still miles to cover in an effort to position the country towards actualising the dreams of the founding fathers. He said: “I felicitate with fellow Nigerians at home and abroad on the occasion of the 59th Independence Anniversary of our dear country, Nigeria. “As Nigeria comes of age,…

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