Senators, Reps review, repackage Electoral Bill

National Assembly

The National Assembly, yesterday, slammed the Presidency, saying that it lied on the allegation that the nation’s highest lawmaking body removed the card reader from the Electoral Act (Amendment Bill) 2018. This was as the apex parliament, for the fourth time within the year, reviewed and repackaged the 2010 Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018, with a view to strengthening the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), for effective and efficient operations. The parliament repackaged the controversial INEC bill two weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari, for the third time on September 3, 2018,…

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2019: Reps bicker as INEC budgets N6 billion for feeding of policemen

The last has not been heard about the controversy trailing the supplementary budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly as the House of Representatives yesterday queried the provision of N6 billion for the feeding of police during the 2019 general elections. INEC has proposed to spend a total of N189.2billion to conduct the polls, covering presidential, National Assembly, governorship and state assemblies’ elections. Chairman of the House committee on electoral matters, Hon. Aisha Dukku (APC-Gombe), who led her colleagues at…

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PHOTOS: Oshiomhole, APC leaders meet Reps after mass defection

Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday led the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to meet with the party’s House of Representatives caucus, led by the Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila. The meeting, which held at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja, comes two days after 37 lawmakers dumped the ruling party, many of them for the Peoples Democratic PDP. APC is making a last-ditch effort to halt the defections, as more of its members in the two chambers of the National Assembly are weighing…

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Black day for APC: APC loses 37 Reps to PDP, ADC

…ruling party loses 60 Senators, Reps to PDP, ADC Buhari: I wish them well   Oshiomhole: Defectors lack electoral value PDP takes over Benue Assembly, impeaches APC leadership APC: We’ll consolidate on majority status   PDP loses Rep to UPP We’re still in majority –APC   Senate adjourns to Sept 25   The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has lost 37 members to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in a gale of mass defection that swept across the National Assembly yesterday. In the…

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Killings: Reps Condemns Sokoto Attack, Mourns Victims

Members of the House of Representatives has condemned the continued killing of Nigerians in the country. The lawmakers during plenary on Thursday expressed concern over the loss of life in the state. Gunmen had reportedly stormed Rabah Local Government area of the state on Monday killing about 32 people. Two days later, the state government conducted a mass burial for the victims as the governor, Aminu Tambuwal who attended the burial described the attack as unfortunate. He said the government would continue to support security agencies to check the menace.…

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Reps direct FRSC, immigration, prisons to recruit 40-year-old applicants

The House of Representatives yesterday urged all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to re-open their online portal for unemployed Nigerians aged 40 years and below to apply for employment. Some of the agencies include the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigerian Prison Service (NPS), Federal Fire Service (FFS), Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) . The House consequently called for an increase in the age requirements for employment into the MDAs and all federal establishments from 30 to 40 years saying that the current age results in…

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Abacha loot: Reps stop Buhari from sharing $323m, to probe recovered funds

The House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to halt the proposed sharing of the $323 million recovered from the family of late head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha. The House, which took the decision after adopting a motion sponsored by Hon. Sunday Karimi (PDP, Kogi) at yesterday’s plenary instead, advised the executive to pay the repatriated monies into the Consolidated Revenue Account and be distributed to the Federating Units in line with the current revenue sharing formula. Also, in adopting the motion, the House resolved to constitute an ad hoc…

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Issues as Reps begin final session of 8th Assembly

8th Assembly,Dogara, Gbajabiamila, reps

PHILIP NYAM reports on issues expected to top deliberations as the House of Representatives commence last session of the 8th Assembly   After a three-week break, marking the end of the third session of the 8th National Assembly, the House of Representatives reconvened in plenary on Tuesday amidst daunting challenges in the polity. Prior before the break, the House of Representatives and Senate had passed the 2018 appropriation bill, which has since been signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari. In spite of the passage of the bill, there are…

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52 villages under herdsmen’s control – Reps

Following the invasion of four local government areas of Plateau State by killer herdsmen, who left over 215 persons dead, 52 of the villages and communities attacked are still under occupation by the armed herdsmen. The House of Representatives made the disclosure yesterday during plenary session. The House has, therefore, called on the Federal Government to immediately recover all the 52 villages currently under “illegal and forceful occupation” by the herders; and return and resettle the displaced owners on their ancestral lands.   The affected villages are located in Barkin…

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Reps: Some of your projects don’t meet common man’s needs

…blame MDAs’ chiefs for budget delay   Following complaints by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 2018 budget, the House of Representatives has justified the inclusion of new projects, which it said will impact directly on the lives of the people.   The House also stated that some of the projects designed by the executive do not meet the needs of the common man.   In a statement by the chairman of its committee on media and public affairs, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas, explaining that the additions to the budget were done…

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