Reps to investigate NAF chopper crash

Philip Nyam, Abuja The House of Representatives Committee on Air Force has described as unfortunate the incident involving an Air Force training helicopter which crashed in Enugu on Thursday. The Chairman, Hon. Shehu Koko in a statement on Saturday thanked God that no life was lost and assured of the House of Representatives’ determination to investigate the remote cause of the incident to avoid future reoccurrence. “The House Committee on Airforce upon hearing the sad incident that occurred on the 14th of November involving a training Nigeria Airforce helicopter crash…

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60 Senators, 249 Reps bid National Assembly farewell

No fewer than 309 out of the 469 members of the 8th National Assembly, which winds up today will not return to the 9th National Assembly billed for inauguration next week Tuesday. This means that of the 469 member-National Assembly, only 160, who served in the 8th National Assembly, will make the 9th Assembly. This comprised 49 senators and 108 members of the House of Representatives. The Senate has 109 members, while the House of Representatives has 360. The affected lawmakers either failed to get return tickets at the primaries…

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The battle for the House of Reps

In Edo Central, Hon. Sergius Ogun of the PDP defeated his APC rival, Chief Ikpea Joe to represent the people of Esan South and North East. The election of these two big weights was a big one. But because of the track records of Sergius, in giving free education to young men and women of his constituencies, the people decided to queue behind him to ensure his success. He has since been given certificate of return. And he has also vowed to continue from where he stopped in the provision…

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BREAKING: Reps approve N30,000 minimum wage for state, federal, private sector

The House of Representatives has passed the national minimum wage bill pegging the minimum wage at N30,000 for workers in both the public service and the organised private sector. This is different from what was approved by the National Council of States, which fixed dual wages of N30,000 for public service and N27,000 for states and private sector workers. The approval was taken following the endorsement of the report of the ad hoc committee headed by Deputy Speaker Lasun Yussuff, which held a public hearing on the bill on Monday…

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Reps to pass N27,000 minimum wage bill Tuesday

Buhari hails senators, Reps for accelerated hearing The House of Representatives, yesterday, considered and passed for second reading the National Minimum Wage Bill, which was transmitted by President Muhammadu Buhari same day. Speaker Yakubu Dogara had, before the commencement of debate, read the correspondence from President Buhari conveying the bill. Titled a ‘Bill for an Act to Repeal the National Minimum Wage Act No 6, 1981, as amended, Cap. 61 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and enact the National Minimum Wage Act, 2019, to prescribe a National Minimum…

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Reps open debate on 2019 budget Tuesday

The House of Representatives will tomorrow, commence consideration of the N8.83 trillion 2019 appropriation bill. The budget debate, which was earlier scheduled for last Thursday could not hold due to non availability of the document to lawmakers. Speaker Yakubu Dogara had at the resumption of plenary last Wednesday announced that copies of the budget estimates have been sent to lawmakers. He advised all members to study the document and endeavour to be present at Thursday’s during the consideration of the money Bill. However, the consideration was postponed as most of…

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Reps ask Buhari to sack Obono-Obla, dissolve SPIP

The House of Representatives has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to relieve his Special Adviser and chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla and dissolve the panel for for alleged abuse of office. The lower chamber also asked the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister for Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami and the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, to prosecute Obono-Obla for alleged certificate forgery. The House also wants the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos to cause the management of the institution to…

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Reps push for return of parliamentary system

Some members of the House of Representatives yesterday initiated a bill seeking for a change in Nigeria’s system of government from Presidential to Parliamentary system. The bill, which was sponsored by Hon. Kingsley Chinda and 70 others, was read for the first time at the plenary. The proposed amendment clearly points to compelling advantages of the parliamentary system of government to economic growth and development as well as its inherent efficiency in the conduct of government businesses. While addressing a press conference after the plenary, one of the sponsors, Hon.…

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Reps threaten boycott as Buhari presents 2019 budget Dec 19

At last, President Muhammadu Buhari is due to present to a joint session of the National Assembly the proposal for the 2019 budget on December 19, 2018. This is just as members of the House of Representatives have threatened to boycott the presentation of the budget estimates by the President unless the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma withdraws his alleged scathing comments about the parliament. The president had, yesterday, written to the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, intimating him of his readiness to…

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Reps endorse June 12 amidst protest

The House of Representatives was yesterday split along party lines as members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the bill seeking an amendment to the public holidays act to recognise June 12 as democracy day in Nigeria scaled through second reading . The Bill was entitled: ‘A Bill for an Act to Amend the Public Holidays Act, Cap 40 LFN 2004 to bring the Act in tandem with the current realities and exigencies of modern times and to declare June…

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