kemibusari

Kemi Busari is a senior reporter covering the Nigerian Senate for PREMIUM TIMES. He has interest in human rights and has won awards for his works, including the Hans Verploeg Award and the PwC Business reporting award. Twitter: @kemi_busari

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Buhari presents 2019 budget to National Assembly (LIVE UPDATE)

All stage is set for President Muhammadu Buhari to present the 2019 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly. According to a letter addressed to the Senate and House of Representatives, Mr Buhari is expected to lay the budget, expected to be a little below the 2018 budget…

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Senate investigates Deji Adeyanju’s arrest by police

A week is what the Senate committees on judiciary and police affairs have to investigate circumstances surrounding the arrest of an activist, Deji Adeyanju. The resolution was the only request of Dino Melaye (Kogi-PDP) who raised the issue in a point of order on Tuesday. Mr Adeyanju was first arrested…

Some staff members of the National Assembly during a protest against alleged nonpayment of their allowances, poor remuneration and non-implementation of CONLESS, a new salary structure approved since 2010 for them, at the National Assembly in Abuja on Monday (4/12/18).

We won’t stop Buhari from presenting 2019 budget — National Assembly staff

Staff of the National Assembly will not stop the president, Muhammadu Buhari, from presenting the 2019 budget to federal lawmakers, the chairman of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), Bature Mohammed, has said. Speaking as the police barricaded the National Assembly Tuesday morning, Mr Mohammed said the president is…

Police barricade National Assembly, prevent staff, others from entering 

Police barricade National Assembly, prevent staff, others from entering 

Officers of the Nigerian police have blocked the entrance of the National Assembly, preventing staff, journalists and others from entering the complex. The police who took strategic positions from the State House entrance, turned back whoever dared to enter the gate of the legislative premises. The lock down follows a…

Staff members of the National Assembly during a protest against alleged nonpayment of their allowances, poor remuneration and non-implementation of CONLESS, a new salary structure approved since 2010 for them, at the National Assembly in Abuja on Monday (4/12/18). 06283/4/12/2018/Hogan Bassey/ICE/NAN

Workers Protest: Saraki, Dogara tell police, SSS to ensure smooth entrance into NASS

The leadership of the National Assembly has directed the police and the State Security Service (SSS) to ensure adequate security within the vicinity of the National Assembly from Tuesday morning to enable members and staff come in and perform their legitimate duties without any hindrance. According to a statement signed…

Boko Haram

Nigerian govt lying about Boko Haram ‘defeat’; terrorists controlling territories – APC Reps

The claim by the Buhari administration that normalcy has been restored to the north east of the country is a "lie", the chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Humanitarian Affairs, Sani Mohammed, has said. The lawmaker, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), said the region…

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UPDATED: 2019: It’s official, Buhari declines assent to Electoral Amendment Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has formally declined assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill. In a letter to both chambers of the National Assembly, Mr Buhari said passing a new bill with elections close by could ‘create some uncertainty about the legislation to govern the process.’ He also highlighted some parts of…

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Senate moves to avert fuel scarcity, urges payment of subsidy in two weeks

The Senate has urged the federal government to pay outstanding fuel subsidy arrears to oil marketers within the next two weeks. The resolution, one of four, is the latest move to avert a looming strike by the marketers who issued a seven-day ultimatum on Sunday, December 2. Under the umbrella…

IGP Idris Ibrahim

IGP Idris wants police inspector-generals appointed without Senate confirmation

Nigeria’s Inspector-general of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has advised that the Senate confirmation should be expunged from the process of appointing an Inspector-General of Police. Mr Idris, in his address at a public hearing on a bill for an act to repeal the Police Act, proposed the part of senate confirmation…

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Reduce your salaries, it’s too much, Oba Akiolu tells senators

The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has urged Nigerian senators to reduce their salaries and allowances as it is ‘too much.’ While speaking at a public hearing on a bill for an act to repeal the Police Act, Mr Akiolu also said the Nigerian Army has killed the efficiency of…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Saraki addresses protesting National Assembly workers, promises swift action

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has assured aggrieved National Assembly workers of a quick consideration of their request. Mr Saraki, while addressing the protesters Tuesday afternoon, promised to meet with the management of the National Assembly to find a lasting solution to the problem. “Let me make a commitment on…

Workers protesting at the National Assembly

National Assembly Clerk, Sani-Omolori reacts to workers’ protest

The Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, has faulted the decision of the workers to shut out lawmakers from the chambers. Mr Sani-Omolori said he had made several moves to forestall a face-off between the management of the legislature and the workers which manifested in a protest on Tuesday.…

Protesting workers shut National Assembly, demand salaries

UPDATED: Protesting workers shut National Assembly, demand salaries

Hundreds of staff of the National Assembly on Tuesday shut lawmakers out of the complex to demand payment of their entitlements. The workers held placards bearing inscriptions such as ‘Omolori is a contractor’ ‘Killing staff with poor condition of service’ and ‘Constitute the National Assembly Commission Now.’ Mohammed Sani-Omolori is…

State of Agbari Gidoma Road four months after construction

SPECIAL REPORT: Kwara residents groan as projects nominated by Saraki abandoned, poorly implemented

Many accidents have occurred on the Ero Omo Kilanko community road but that of July 15 is still fresh on the minds of residents of the area. It was night, and rains had flooded the newly constructed road. Before the Toyota mini bus could manoeuvre to avoid the ravaging water…

Some Kano APC federal lawmakers addressing press on Thursday November 29 2018

Despite bribery allegation, APC Senators, Reps pass vote of confidence on Ganduje

National Assembly members from Kano state elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have declares their support for their embattled governor, Umar Ganduje, who is accused of receiving bribes. The lawmakers at a press briefing at the National Assembly on Thursday said the governor has performed well…

Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority

Senate probes Nigeria Ports Authority over N177billion unremitted fund

The Nigerian Senate has given its committee on Marine Transport three days to determine if a N177 billion unremitted fund is still in the custody of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA). A member of the committee, Mohammed Hassan, called the attention of his colleagues to the issue while raising a…

Dino Melaye

Kogi Govt. planning to borrow $500 million without National Assembly approval – Dino Melaye

A senator, Dino Melaye (Kogi-PDP), has accused the Kogi State Government of attempting to bypass the National Assembly in accessing a $500 million loan. Mr Melaye said the loan request was tagged ‘Loan refinancing of the Kogi state local debt’ in order to edge out National Assembly approval as required…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

SPECIAL REPORT: How National Assembly forced Buhari to divert N121 billion meant for poor Nigerians

At least N121 billion of the N242 billion federal lawmakers approved for the 2019 general elections will be drawn from funds meant to cater for poor Nigerians. The money is to be drawn from the N500 billion allocated to the Special Intervention Programme (SIP), a fund set aside for the…

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

Rejected Bills: Senate questions CJN Onnoghen over advice to Buhari

The Nigerian Senate on Friday asked the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, to explain why he advised President Muhammadu Buhari to withhold assent to some of 17 bills. Mr Onnoghen appeared before a technical committee mandated by the Senate to 'revive' the 17 Bills on Thursday, a report by…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole Photo: DailyPost

I’m ready to meet you in court, Saraki replies Oshiomhole

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has stated that Nigerians are eagerly awaiting how President Muhammadu Buhari will handle the allegations of bribery levelled against APC chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. Mr Oshiomhole is accused to have taken kickbacks during the just concluded primary elections in the party. Mr Saraki in a statement by…

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Senate uncovers another $1.15bn withdrawal from NLNG accounts by NNPC

The Senate Committee on Gas on Wednesday said it has uncovered a fresh illegal withdrawal of $1.15 billion from the dividends accounts of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation. The new revelation is different from the $1.05 billion which the Group Managing Director of the…

Bukola Saraki, Senate President

Saraki attacks Oshiomhole as protesters demand APC chairman’s resignation

The National chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole, has no moral right to remain in politics following allegations of kickbacks levelled against him, Senate President Bukola Saraki has said. Since his defection to the opposition PDP, Mr Saraki has been in a battle with Mr Oshiomhole…

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

Senate seeks explanation on govt’s planned reduction of $8.1bn MTN fine

The Senate says it would demand explanation on why the federal government wants to reduce the $8.1 billion fine imposed on the communication giant, MTN, to $800 million. The Senate said that though it was not particularly against whatever the government would want to do with the MTN fine, it…

National Assembly Complex

Nigerian Senate, House adjourn plenary for controversial reasons

On Tuesday, the two chambers of Nigeria's parliament adjourned sittings for different but controversial reasons. The upper legislative chamber, Senate, was first to adjourn. Few hours later, the House of Representatives followed suit. While it is not abnormal for legislative chambers to stand down their business of the day and…

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Senate adjourns over inability to form quorum

The Nigerian Senate could not garner the required number of senators to hold a plenary on Tuesday. Consequent upon the inability to form a quorum, the lawmakers adjourned the plenary for a week. The lawmakers had converged to start the business of the day when Philip Aduda (FCT-PDP) called the…