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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Senate to compel AMCON to pay Arik’s N13 billion debt

The committee posited that AMCON, which has taken over Arik and Aero contractors, should be held responsible for the outstanding debt. The committee made its position known when authorities the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, appeared before it to defend the 2018 budget appropriation. AMCON took over Arik on…

Appeal Court refuses to stop Anambra Central senatorial election

The Court of Appeal on Thursday refused to stop Saturday’s scheduled election for Anambra Central senatorial district from taking place. The electoral commission, INEC, had fixed January 13 for the election to fill the seat that has been vacant since 2015 due to various court cases. INEC’s decision followed a…

Teachers’ sack: Buhari’s support for El-Rufai ‘misinformed’ – Shehu Sani

The senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has described as ‘misinformed’ President Muhammadu Buhari’s support for the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-rufai, over the latter’s plan to sack about 21,780 teachers in the state. President Buhari in November 2017 publicly backed the governor’s educational reforms including the decision to sack…

Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja

Why we paid a former president N40 million — SGF Mustapha

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has explained why the government paid N40 million to a former president, instead of buying vehicles as prescribed by law. Mr. Mustapha said the decision was adopted so the former leaders could purchase vehicles they prefer. He said this on…

Bukola Saraki

Saraki orders Senate committee to suspend recess, probe Benue killings

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has ordered members of the Senate ad-hoc committee on security to immediately resume sitting to review the killings in Benue State. Mr. Saraki ordered the committee to work through the weekend to ensure they have an interim report ready for the consideration of…

INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

Anambra Central: APC, APGA, PDP express diverse views on scheduled election

The major political parties contesting for the Anambra Central Senatorial seat have expressed mixed feelings towards the announcement of a date for the re-run election amidst controversial court judgements. The election has been delayed by legal battles since the Court of Appeal sacked Uche Ekwunife of the Peoples’ Democratic Party,…

Abdulrasheed Maina

Maina: Senate mocks Attorney General Malami’s bid to stop probe

The Senate has challenged the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, AGF Abubakar Malami, to explain why he approached the court to stop its ongoing probe into the reinstatement of fugitive ex-pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina. The Senate wants Mr. Malami to explain why ‘he has been running…

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

Anambra Election: Going ahead with poll will be ‘disastrous’, Candidate warns INEC

A candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Obiora Okonkwo, has written the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, asking the commission to halt the planned re-run elections slated to hold on Saturday. Mr. Okonkwo urged the commission to obey a High Court judgement directing he be issued a Certificate of…

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Police attack, tear-gas Shiites in Abuja

Police have clashed with hundreds of Shiites in the central area of Abuja, teargassing the demonstrators as they made attempt to enter the National Assembly. Members of the Shia group, Islamic Movement in Nigeria, have been campaigning the release of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, detained since 2015. The group's members…

The real reasons for fuel scarcity in Nigeria – Kachikwu

Lack of sufficient reserve, low clearance speed of petrol at the ports, diversion of products are some of the reasons for the ongoing fuel crisis being experienced in the country, says Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu. Mr. Kachikwu said this while speaking before a meeting of the…

APC Senator, Kabiru Marafa (Photo Credit: Daily Trust)

Senator protects Buhari, blocks Minister from revealing relationship with president

The chairman of the Senate committee on petroleum (Downstream), Kabir Marafa, on Thursday protected the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, from answering a question on his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari as Petroleum Minister. Isa Misau (APC-Bauchi) had asked Mr. Kachikwu if he had unfettered access to…

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Drama as three officials claim to be IPMAN president at Senate hearing

The Senate committee probing the ongoing fuel crisis was thrown into confusion Thursday as three persons introduced themselves as president of the Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria, IPMAN. The first person to introduce himself as IPMAN president was Obasi Lawson,before two others, Sanusi Fari, Okoronko Chinedu, also introduced themselves as…

LIVE UPDATES: Senate probes fuel scarcity; Kachikwu, Baru to be questioned

All stage is set for the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, to explain to the Nigerian Senate the reasons for the lingering fuel crisis. The two top officials of the petroleum sector were on December…

INTERVIEW: Why it’s difficult for Nigeria to generate electricity using nuclear energy – Expert

After a career that spanned over 35 years, Charles Adesanmi retired as the director of the Nuclear Technology Centre, NTC in 2013. In this interview with Kemi Busari, the nuclear and radiation physics expert, who was also a research fellow at the Centre for Research and Development, CERD, Obafemi Awolowo University,…

Abba Kyari

Senate berates Buhari’s Chief of Staff

The Senate has berated the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, over his alleged comment on the ongoing fuel crisis. In a statement by the Senate spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, the upper chamber said a comment credited to Mr. Kyari that oil marketers are being owed due to the…

ECOWAS-Court

38 ‘unjustly’ dismissed Army officers drag Nigerian govt to ECOWAS court

One and half years after they were dismissed under controversial circumstances, 38 top officers of the Nigerian Army have headed to the community court of justice of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS. The officers accused the federal government of violating their fundamental rights to fair hearing. The…

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ANALYSIS: Buhari’s ministers’ scorecard after two years (1)

November 2017 marked two years that most of the ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari's cabinet assumed office. PREMIUM TIMES reviewed the performances of the ministers after their first year in office with many of them getting average scores. Mr. Buhari inaugurated 36 ministers on November 11, 2015 to man 24 federal ministries. However,…

Nigerian Senate’s seven most controversial members in 2017

Like in most legislative chambers world over, the Nigerian Senate was not free from controversies in the outgoing year. The red chamber in 2017 was politically charged as fiery comments, personality clashes, superiority battle arose at the least provocation. In all, some of the lawmakers made more headlines than others.…

Cars queuing to buy petrol

Fuel Crisis: Senate Summons Kachikwu, Baru

The Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) has summoned the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, over the ongoing fuel crisis. The Chairman of the Committee, Kabiru Marafa, on Thursday announced that the two and other…

Bukola Saraki

Fuel Scarcity: Saraki orders committee members to forfeit holiday

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has directed members of the Senate committee on petroleum downstream to cut short their holiday in order to contribute to addressing the lingering fuel crisis. This was announced on the Twitter handle of the Red Chamber on Wednesday. The development was confirmed by the Special…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

SPECIAL REPORT: Senate of Lateness, Disorderliness: Saraki, Ekweremadu, all others culpable

“Distinguished Senators, please take your seat…Honourable Philips Aduda, the only senator without a state (laughter), the stateless senator, please take your seat…Senator Marafa, stop disturbing the Chief Whip, you are not sitting properly…Senator Wakili, please stop disturbing Senator Uzodinma.” For members of the gallery of the Nigerian Senate, these whimsical…

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Major Events As Nigerian Senate Closes For The Year

The Senate ended its legislative activities for 2017 on Thursday, but the week did not end without the usual drama that characterises its plenary. In the outgoing week, the Senate dug out the issue of Ibrahim Magu’s rejection as Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Chairman, threw shades at Ministers…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

$1 billion Boko Haram fund won’t be spent without Senate consideration – Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday gave the assurance that the $1billion withdrawal from the Excess Crude Account, ECA, will not be spent until the Senate considers the processes involved. The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki had on December 14, announced the decision of the National Economic Council…

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Senate to investigate Nigeria Customs’ non-auction of seized goods

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate allegations of economic waste against the Nigeria Customs. In a motion sponsored by Mohammed Hassan, Yobe-PDP, the Senate criticised the Nigerian Customs Service’ habit of hoarding seized perishable goods of, ''high economic value.'' Mr. Hassan said…

National Arts Theatre, Lagos

Senate moves to halt proposed sale of TBS, National Theatre

The Senate on Wednesday called on the federal government to stop the planned sale of the National Theatre and Tafawa Balewa Square, both in Lagos state. The lawmakers while adopting a motion by Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, Ekiti-PDP, described the move as a threat to national identity. News of the planned sale…