NASS Caucus kicks against parallel task force in Rivers

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he Rivers State Caucus in the National Assembly has kicked against the directive of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, establishing a parallel Task Force under the State Police Command to regulate movement of people and goods in Rivers State. Governor Nyesom Wike had, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, established a Task Force to man the state borders to enforce the restriction of human and vehicular movements to guard against further spread of COVID-19 in the state. The Task Force, which came into force following the signing…

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Free electricity supply: Reps, executive, stakeholders raise joint committee

The House of Representatives and stakeholders in the power sector on Thursday agreed to set up a joint implementation committee on the proposed two-month free power supply to the poor and vulnerable Nigerians as part of the stimulus package aimed at alleviating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Speaker of the House, Rep Femi Gbajabiamila said the joint panel’s mandate is to work out modalities for the proposed two-month bill waiver for the most vulnerable people in the country. According to him, the panel is also expected to identify…

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2019: NASS moves to review new electoral bill

The National Assembly, yesterday, set machinery in motion for a review of the Electoral Bill, after failing in three different attempts within the year, to get the document signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari. The indication to the move was announced at a joint sitting of the National Assembly Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by Senator Suleiman Nazif (PDP Bauchi North), who said that the fresh move was necessitated by the failure of the three earlier ones to get presidential assent. Addressing the committee before going into…

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NEC budget: NASS Com’ttee overrules Buhari

National Assembly

The National Assembly joint committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, overruled President Muhammadu Buhari’s earlier request that the sum of N143, 512,529,455.00 be vired from capital projects in the 2018 budget to fund the 2019 general elections. Instead, the committee recommended that the election fund be vired from the service-wide votes under the Special Intervention Programme (recurrent) to facilitate easy consideration and approval by the National Assembly as well as avoid increase in the size of the 2018 budget expenditure framework. In the 2018 Appropria-tion Act, the sum…

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2019: Anxiety as NASS meets over N189bn election budget

There is palpable anxiety in the polity as the National Assembly joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) meets today, to continue deliberation on the contentious budget of the electoral umpire for the conduct of the 2019 general elections. The committee had earlier met for three consecutive days penultimate week, announcing to Nigerians through a statement issued by its Chairman, Senator Suleiman Nazif (PDP, Bauchi North), that it would meet today to decide on which of the two separate budget proposals to be approved. President Muhammadu Buhari had,…

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NASS plans to return NSC, wants Sports Ministry scrapped

National Assembly House Committee on Sports has promised to hasten the bill that will return the National Sports Commission as a parastatal. A member of the House Committee on Sports, Honourable Nuhu Sheriff, from Borno State Federal Constituency, disclosed this during a National Sports Summit organised in Abuja during the week. Hon. Nuhu while making contribution at a well-attended Summit pointed out that sports in the country does not need a Ministry to function effectively. “We do not need a ministry for sports to thrive. What we need is a…

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NASS’ invasion: Senators to seek judicial probe

Senators, who are still disgruntled over the recent invasion of the National Assembly Complex by masked operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), yesterday, hinted that they would sponsor a motion urging the Federal Government to immediately set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to probe the matter. Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Isa Hamma Misau and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, stated this in a joint statement they issued in Abuja. Misau and Ibrahim stated that an open…

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Buhari group warns NASS against truncating democracy

National Assembly

A political group under the aegis of Buhari- Osinbajo Strategic Solidarity Movement (BOSSM), yesterday warned the National Assembly to desist from acts capable of truncating the country’s fledgling democracy. Senator Aloysius Etok, National Leader of the group, gave the warning in Abuja, at the conference of delegates drawn from the 36 states of the federation. Etok admonished the National Assembly members to trade their grievances with caution as political stalemate may truncate Nigeria’s democracy. He noted that the public was getting impatient with the gale of defections at the National…

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NASS siege: Afenifere, Ohanaeze, NEF, others seek judicial probe

   …reject IGP’s investigation …condemn EFCC’s freezing of Benue, Akwa Ibom govts accounts   The Nigerian Leaders and Elders Forum comprising Afenifere, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Pan- Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has rejected the probe being carried out by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Tuesday’s siege laid to the National Assembly by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS). In a statement issued yesterday and signed on behalf of the forum by Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere, Dr Junaid Mohammed, NEF,…

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Presidency appeals to NASS to reconvene

The Presidency yesterday appealed to the National Assembly (NASS) to reconvene as urgent matters pending before it may affect the running of Nigeria and matters affecting Nigerians. The appeal was made by the Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang at a news conference in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Nigerian Senate, on July 24 adjourned sittings for the next two months. President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki announced the adjournment at plenary following a motion on…

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