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Nasir Ayitogo is a National Assembly correspondent who covers the House of Representatives. He is a graduate of Theatre and Media Arts from Nasarawa State University, Keffi where he also obtained an M.sc Public Relations and Advertising from the Department of Mass Communications. He can be reached on Twitter @nastogo and Facebook: http://facebook.com/nastogo

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NEMA

Alleged NEMA Fraud: Lawmakers accuse DG Maihaja of plot to evacuate wasted rice

The embattled director general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja, has been accused of moves to evacuate and dispose about 6,779 metric tons of rice donated by the Chinese government for distribution to Internally Displaced Persons in the North-east. The accusation comes about a week after a…

Members of the House of Reps

Again, faulty microphone forces Reps to adjourn plenary

For the third time in two weeks, the House of Representatives adjourned its plenary over defective microphone system. This adjournment is coming twenty four hours after the House adjourned to Wednesday for the same reason. PREMIUM TIMES reported Tuesday's adjournment which prevented the lawmakers from discussion crucial national issues. The…

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…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo replies Reps, denies acting illegally on emergency funds

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reacted to a report by a House of Representatives committee indicting him for allegedly approving funds illegally. PREMIUM TIMES published the report which accused the vice president of acting illegally in approving N5.9 billion for emergency operations of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) whose…

House of Reps

FOR THE RECORD: House report indicting Osinbajo, NEMA boss

On Thursday, the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness indicted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in its report, accusing him of illegally approving N5.8 billion North East Intervention Fund which the lawmakers said was mismanaged by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The committee said the authorisation for…

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

UPDATED: Reps panel indicts Osinbajo, calls for sack of NEMA boss

The House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness has indicted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in its report, accusing him of illegally approving N5.8 billion North East Intervention Fund which the lawmakers said was mismanaged by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Presenting the committee's report for consideration during…

House of Reps

Bill seeking to remove age as employment condition gets Reps support

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed for second reading, a bill seeking to abolish age barrier in government employment. This indicates that job seekers are one step closer to gaining employment in Federal Government Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs) without discrimination of age. The bill, with the long title…

Members of the House of Reps

Reps adjourn plenary over bad sound system

The House of Representatives on Wednesday adjourned plenary to the next day over a defective microphone system. Calling for the adjournment, the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, explained that the system was malfunctioning as a result of power which had affected the panel of some of the microphones. He said that the…

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

Minimum Wage: Atiku urges Nigerian govt to implement N30,000

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has described the recent agreement of an increase in minimum wage to N30,000 as a welcome development. In a statement signed by his campaign organisation, Mr Abubakar uged the federal government to failthfully implement the new proposed minimum wage.…

Atiku Abubakar shaking hands with Bukola Saraki {Sahara Reporters]

2019: At PDP campaign hq, Saraki assures of Atiku victory

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, says he believes that the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, will win the February 2019 presidential election. Mr Saraki, who doubles as the director general of the party's presidential campaign council, said this while inspecting the Legacy House, headquarters of the PDP…

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BREAKING: Four APC Reps quit party

Nigeria's ruling party, All Progressives Congress, has lost another four of its members in the House of Representatives to other political parties. The lawmakers, Dada Awoleye (Oyo), Segun Williams (Ogun), Lawali Hassan and Adedapo Lam-Adesina (Oyo), announced their defections on Tuesday. While Mr Awoleye defected to the Accord party, Messrs…

2019 Presidential aspirant and former vice president, Abubakar Atiku.

Atiku to Buhari: Stop doing ‘Father Christmas’ with Nigeria’s money

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari to channel the $500,000 and other material donation it intends to make to Guinea Bissau, to the over one million internally displaced persons in Nigeria. In a statement by the former vice president's campaign…

Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf [Photo: Concise News]

NHIS Crisis: Why health minister, governing council, others are against me – Usman Yusuf

The suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf, on Friday alleged that members of the panel that recommended his suspension were paid N19 million after his suspension was effected last year. Mr Yusuf also alleged that the health ministry requested N975 million, ''which he turned…

Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. [Photo credit: Qed.ng]

2019: Buhari will not interfere in INEC’s work – Ameachi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has assured that President Muhammadu Buhari will not interfere in the work of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the 2019 general elections. Mr. Ameachi, the Director-General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, stated this when he received a delegation from the European Union…

FILE PHOTO: Former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) Atiku Abubakar and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

2019: PDP cautions Tinubu over Atiku comments

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, not to join the smear campaign against its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. PDP made this call in a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, Thursday evening. Mr Tinubu had on Wednesday…

Shitte

We’re not terrorists, Shiites tell Nigeria Police

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) have responded to statements credited to Nigerian police tagging them as terrorists. The Inspector-General of police had on Wednesday directed a total clamp-down on the IMN group over its clash with security operatives. About 400 members of the group were arrested by…

Kashamu Buruji

Ogun 2019: PDP moves to upturn court decision favouring Kashamu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has started the process to vacate the decision of the Federal High Court that prevented it from submitting the list of its candidates from Ogun State for the 2019 elections. The party stated this while reacting to the decision by the Independent National…

Members of the House of Reps

Reps adjourn plenary for two weeks

Members of the House of Representatives have adjourned their plenary till November 6. This, according to the lawmakers, is to enable them embark on oversight to various ministries, departments and agencies they supervise. The deputy speaker, Yusuf Lasun, made the announcement at the close of plenary on Wednesday. "The plenary…

House of Reps

Reps pass Electoral Act Amendment Bill, set campaign finance limits

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. The passage of the bill by the House comes a day after the Senate passed a similar bill. In passing the bill, the House adopted the report by a joint Senate and House of Representatives committee on the bill,…

Speaker Yakubu Dogara

UPDATED: Dogara reconstitutes leadership of House committees

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has reshuffled chairpersons of some of the House committees. In an announcement on Wednesday, he named Abdulmumin Jibrin, former appropriations committee chairman, to head the committee on Land Transport. Mr Jibrin, a former ally of the speaker later fell out with…

Members of the House of Reps

APC, PDP again lose Rep members

Less than a week after the two major political parties - the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) - lost a member each in the House of Representatives to other political parties, two other members have dumped the two parties. The two members are Hassan Omale representing…

House of Reps

Reps to launch investigation into NHIS crisis

The House of Representatives has resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the crises that has rocked the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The House took its decision on Tuesday when it adopted a motion brought under matters of urgent national importance by Diri Douye (PDP, Bayelsa). The…

Members of the House of Reps

Reps approve Buhari’s request for $82 million Eurobond, call for revenue diversification

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the request by President Muhammadu Buhari for $82.54 million to refinance the balance of $500 million matured Eurobond in the international capital market. The approval was made after the chairman of the Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management, Adeyinka Ajayi, presented the…

Senator Shehu Sani

After quitting APC, Shehu Sani speaks on fresh plans to contest 2019 election

Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, on Sunday said he would contest the forthcoming election despite resigning from the All Progressives Congress (APC). Mr. Sani had on Saturday announced his resignation from the APC after the party put forward Uba Sani, an ally of Governor…

Magnus Abe

Magnus Abe denies dumping APC

The senator representing Rivers East in the Senate, Magnus Abe has denied social media reports that he dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the opposition, People's Democratic Party (PDP). Mr Abe confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES in a text message on Saturday evening. "How can I leave my father’s…