Lagos-Badagry Expressway: We’ll resolve fuel supply issue –Senate

The Senate will resolve issues of lack of diesel supply affecting construction works on a section of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway rehabilitation/reconstruction. Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Sen. Adamu Aliero, made this known when he led a delegation of members of the committee for an oversight inspection of roads in Lagos yesterday. Aliero said the directive given by the Comptroller- General of Customs that petrol tankers were not allowed 20 kilometres away from the border should not affect construction companies. “These are people who are engaged in very important service to…

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Constitution Review: Senate mulls restructuring, power devolution, fiscal autonomy

…plans to utilise 2014 Confab, El-Rufai reports on reforms     The Senate has expressed the desire to embark on comprehensive constitutional reforms to make provisions for restructuring of the federation, devolution of powers, full fiscal autonomy for local governments as well as full autonomy for the judiciary in the area of administration of justice. It is also interested in altering the constitution to enhance youth inclusiveness in governance and gender parity, among other issues. The upper chamber of the National Assembly said it will also consider incorporating into the…

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Senate, Reps adjourn plenary over Longjan

The Senate and the House of Representatives yesterday, suspended legislative activities to mourn the death of Senator Ignatius Longjan, who represented Plateau South Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Late Longjan reportedly died at Turkish hospital in the nation’s political capital in Abuja after a protracted illness. This was as the apex legislative Chamber announced that it would devote today for a valedictory session for another former member, late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu, who died on December 17, 2019. The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie…

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Senate sets up 56-member Constitution Review Committee

The Senate, yesterday, announced a 56-member constitution review committee, to work on all bills seeking to carry out alterations in different sections and provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). This was as the only Senator on the platform of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Ifeanyi Ubah (YPP, Anambra South), kicked against his exclusion from the committee, accusing the leadership of the Senate of selecting only members of the ruling party and the major opposition. A statistical breakdown of the committee, which was announced by the President of the Senate,…

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Senate raises the alarm over strange disease outbreak in Benue

The Senate yesterday raised the alarm over the outbreak of a strange epidemic in Oye-Obi Local Government Area of Benue State on January 29, 2020. Consequently, the Senate urged the Federal Ministry of Health to immediately mobilise focal persons to the area to investigate and ascertain the nature of the disease, which had so far claimed fifteen lives. It further urged the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to promptly put up surveillance to contain the disease, ensure the treatment of victims and protect others from contacting it. These were…

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Coronavirus: Senate to invite Health Minister

…wants Customs to stop illegal exportation of surgical face-masks   The Senate, yesterday, resolved to invite the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, to brief it on the preparedness of Ministry to prevent or manage a possible outbreak of the Coronavirus in Nigeria. The Senate also tasked the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), to as a matter of urgency, introduce measures to stop the exportation of surgical face-masks from Nigeria to Asia and other countries affected by the dreaded Coronavirus. The Chamber further urged the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Civil Aviation…

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Kogi killings: Senate wants rehabilitation of devastated communities

The Senate, yesterday, called on relevant agencies of government to immediately intervene and rehabilitate communities devastated during the 2016 and 2019 communal clashes in Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi. The Senate passed the resolution following the consideration of a motion sponsored by Senator Isah Jibrin (APC, Kogi East). He said: “Communities’ hostilities ravaged most parts of the local government area in 2016 and 2019, rendering over 100,000 inhabitants of some of the communities homeless, leading to exodus of these inhabitants to other parts of Kogi State”. According to him,…

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Senate to Buhari: Obey court judgement on FCT

The Senate, yesterday, told President Muhammadu, to obey the judgement of the Court of Appeal to appoint an indigene of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT, Abuja) a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria like indigenes of the 36 States of the Federation. The Court of Appeal in Abuja had on the strength of litigation brought before it by concerned indigenes of FCT on the need for an indigene from the territory to be among the ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, gave judgement to that effect in September…

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…Senate backs community policing

Worried by the deteriorating state of insecurity in Nigeria, the Senate, yesterday, expressed its firm support for the country to set up community policing to help curb the menace. Also, the Senate resolved to comprehensively discuss the aggravating state of insecurity in the country, after which it would invite the security chiefs to update the chamber on efforts being made to tackle the situation. The President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, in his resumption address, expressed the position of the Senate, saying that the police authorities would be invited…

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Senate probes DSS’ invasion of Abuja court

  The Senate, yesterday, directed its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, to thoroughly investigate the widely reported invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja, last week Friday, by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS). The court invasion occurred during the trial of the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu. The resolution to carry out the probe was sequel to a motion of urgent public importance raised by the Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi…

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