Ex-lawmaker to EFCC: Probe NASS over severance allowances, constituency projects

A Second Republic politician and former House of Representatives member, Chief Olumuyiwa Akinboro, on Wednesday, decried the huge sums accruing to National Assembly members from severance allowances and constituency projects. Akinboro, a legal practitioner, who was called to Bar in 1968, asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to commence immediate probe of the money received by federal lawmakers. The octogenarian, who is also the Convener, Advocate for Peace and Better Nigeria, spoke at a press conference held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. He bemoaned the level of…

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South-West PDP asks NASS to revisit electoral bill

The South West zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, asked the National Assembly to urgently revisit the electoral bill which was “curiously” vetoed by President Muhammadu Buhari. The party said the bill represented an immediate panacea for the growing malpractices and irregularities rocking the nation’s electoral process. Rising from a stakeholders’ meeting held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the PDP leaders bemoaned an alleged surreptitious plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to subvert the mandate of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State. The party leaders…

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NASS wants FERMA to audit all federal roads

The National Assembly yesterday directed the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to undertake a holistic assessment of all the roads in the country. FERMA is expected to furnish both the Senate and House Committees on FERMA with the outcome of the assessment,  to enable the National Assembly take appropriate actions. Chairman of the House Committee on FERMA, Hon. Olufemi Bamisele, who gave the directive at a joint budget defence session of the Senate and House committee on FERMA, said this has become necessary owing to the deplorable state of roads…

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2020 Budget: I have cold, lost my voice because of hard work – Buhari tells NASS

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday disclosed that he had not only lost his voice, but also had a cold òn account of his working hard. The President said this during the presentation of the 2020 budget to the joint session of the National Assembly. Buhari, who was about to commence the reading of his speech, apologised to lawmakers for losing his voice and his inability to speak audibly. According to Buhari: “Before I proceed to read the details of the budget, let me apologise for my voice. “As you can…

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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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Buhari presents N10.729trn to NASS today

National Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari will, today, present an appropriation bill of N10.729 trillion for the 2020 fiscal year to a joint session of the National Assembly. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday agreed to an increment made by the National Assembly in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF-FSP), which pegs the 2020 appropriation bill at N10.729 trillion. New Telegraph reliably gathered that FEC, at its extraordinary meeting presided over by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, aligned with the adjustments made by the Senate in…

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MTEF: NASS recommends N10.7trn budget

National Assembly

…adopts 2.18mbpd oil production $57pb as oil benchmark N305/$ exchange rate The Senate and the House of Representatives, yesterday, recommended a total expenditure figure of N10.7 trillion for the 2020 fiscal year. The legislative chambers also recommended 2.18 million barrel per day oil production for the same budget year. It further recommended $57 per barrel as the oil benchmark just as the nation’s highest lawmaking body approved N305 per dollar exchange rate. The Senate however, confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari would present the 2020 Appropriation Bill to the joint session…

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Why we petitioned NASS over Hijra holiday, by MURIC

National Assembly

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has declared that it petitioned the National Assembly on clamour for Hijrah holiday based on its belief in no-violence approach to advocacy. Muslims all over the world celebrated Hijrah Day as the new Islamic Year kicked off on Monday 2nd September, 2019 corresponding to 1st Muharram, 1441. However, MURIC, said in a statement that it had a grouse with the Federal Government of Nigeria (FG) over the nondeclaration of the day as a public holiday. MURIC, an Islamic human rights organization, therefore decided to take…

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Anti-corruption: Stakeholders set agenda for NASS

National Assembly

Stakeholders yesterday tasked the 9th National Assembly to put in place feasible anti-corruption mechanism and laws that would be seen and understood by Nigerians. This is just as they demanded for improved surveillance on governance activities in states and local governments. Speaking yesterday in Abuja at the 13th Anti-Corruption Situation Room with the theme: “Setting Anti-Corruption Agenda for the 9th National Assembly”,  the Anti-graft stakeholders said the lawmakers should inject a fresh breath in the fight against corruption. The one-day programme, which was organised by the Human Environmental Development Agenda…

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