Budget: Early passage raises hope of speedy execution

President Muhammadu Buhari presenting the 2018 budget to the National Assembly

Early passage of the 2020 budget has raised hopes among industry stakeholders that the nation is about to witness an improved level of implementation this year compared with previous years. Tony Chukwunyem writes       Clearly, the low level of implementation of federal budgets in recent years has been attributed by industry watchers to the fact that it often took the National Assembly several months to pass the appropriation bill.  Indeed, presenting the 2020 Budget proposals at the joint session of the National Assembly on October 8 last year,…

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Tight security at National Assembly as Buhari presents 2020 budget proposal

Security has been beefed up in and around the National Assembly complex ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to present the 2020 budget proposal. Buhari is to present the proposal before a joint session of the Assembly on Tuesday at 2 p.m. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that combined teams of security agencies have been deployed at the three entrances into the complex. Away from the normal routine checks at the gate, heavy security officials, comprising men of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps…

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Tight security at National Assembly as Buhari presents 2020 budget proposal

Security has been beefed up in and around the National Assembly complex ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to present the 2020 budget proposal. Buhari is to present the proposal before a joint session of the Assembly on Tuesday at 2 p.m. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that combined teams of security agencies have been deployed at the three entrances into the complex. Away from the normal routine checks at the gate, heavy security officials, comprising men of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps…

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Tight security at National Assembly as Buhari presents 2020 budget proposal

Security has been beefed up in and around the National Assembly complex ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to present the 2020 budget proposal. Buhari is to present the proposal before a joint session of the Assembly on Tuesday at 2 p.m. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that combined teams of security agencies have been deployed at the three entrances into the complex. Away from the normal routine checks at the gate, heavy security officials, comprising men of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps…

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National Assembly moves against Obaseki

Gbajabiamila: We’ll appeal judgement on Edo Assembly Internal wrangling may destroy APC, Masari warns     The battle of supremacy between the National Assembly and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State over the leadership of the Edo State House of Assembly may not be over as indications emerged yesterday that the parliament has chosen to appeal the judgement which barred it from taking over the state legislature. A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt had, last month, restrained the National Assembly (NASS) from interfering in the affairs of Edo State…

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Agency seeks National Assembly’s ratification

An organization known as “National Task Force on Security Matters” established by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to mop up illegal small arms and light ammunitions from the region at the weekend called on the National Assembly to speedily ratify it as one of the agencies of government to combat insecurity in the country. The Director of the Task Force in Osun State, Evangelist Maltida Farinde made the call in Osogbo during an interview with journalists after a meeting with men and officers of the group. Evangelist…

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Nigeria’s seed bill passage to rouse quality seed uptake

National Assembly

Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the seed bill policy into law in Abuja; a development the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) affirmed would attract investments into the seed sub-sector. Taiwo Hassan reports   Indeed, the non-passage of the seed bill policy by the 8th National Assembly lawmakers was a tropical issue in Nigeria’s agric sector space, as stakeholders insisted that this could affect food productivity and security in the country. Nigeria’s seed sector had been infested by fake or adulterated seeds, which affects farmers’ crops harvests and investments in farming.…

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Revenue formula: Burden of objectivity on RMAFC

National Assembly

Hopefully this week, the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) will be inaugurating a standing committee to kick off the process leading to the production of a new revenue formula. Having obtained key parameters prior to now, the Commission is expected to produce fair, equitable and a just revenue formula carried out in transparent atmosphere, Abdulwahab Isa reports     Agitation for the review of revenue formula is back in the front burner. The tempo had gone down with the lull in activities at the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and…

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LIVE VIDEO: National assembly members elect their leaders

Welcome to our coverage of the inauguration of the 9th assembly. The race for the Senate President is a two-horse race between Senator Ahmad Lawan who is the APC preferred candidate and Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume also of the APC but heavily backed by the opposition party, PDP. For Deputy Senate President, only one candidate, Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta Central seems to be in the race. Mr Omo-Agege was on Sunday endorsed by the APC for the position forcing other contestants to shelve their ambitions. Video credit: Channels TV BREAKING:…

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9th NASS: Showdown over leadership positions

After months of political intrigues, it promises to be a hot contest for the leadership of both houses of the 9th National Assembly, which would be inaugurated today, FELIX NWANERI reports     The build-up to today’s inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, which will herald the election of the leadership of its both houses – Senate and House of Representatives – has not been a tea party. From subtle moves to alignment and re-alignment of the 469 federal lawmakers-elect – 109 members of the Senator and 360 members of…

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