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Nasir Ayitogo is a National Assembly correspondent at PREMIUM TIMES. He is a graduate of Theatre and Media Arts from Nasarawa State University, Keffi, where he also obtained an Masters's degree in Public Relations and Advertising. Twitter: @nastogo

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Gombe discharges another batch of 153 almajiris after 2 weeks quarantine (Photo credit: Gombe State Government)

Gombe discharges another batch of 153 almajiris after two weeks quarantine

The Gombe State government has discharged another batch of 153 Almajirai children who tested negative to coronavirus after the two weeks mandatory quarantine period at its Amada facility in Akko Local Government Area of the state. The governor, Inuwa Yahaya, who was at the quarantine centre to mark the 2020…

President Muhammadu Buhari

UPDATED: Buhari writes National Assembly, seeks fresh $5.5 billion loan

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate and the House of Representatives, seeking approval for a fresh loan of $5.513 billion. In a letter read by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the plenary on Thursday, the president said the loan was to finance the 2020…

Eid-el-Fitr: Buhari, Gbajabiamila, Ugwuanyi, Inuwa, others felicitate with Muslims

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Muslims to keep their spirits up in spite of the coronavirus pandemic. The president made the call in his Sallah message to Muslims on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr. The Eid-el-Fitri is celebrated by Muslims globally to mark the end of the Ramadan…

Gombe flags-off distribution of palliatives, targets 400,000 individuals in 66,000 households

COVID-19: Gombe flags-off distribution of palliatives, targets 400,000 individuals in 66,000 households

The Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, has flagged-off the distribution of palliatives and relief materials to the less privileged members of the society across the state to cushion the effects of COVID-19. The flag-off ceremony took place in Boh, the headquarters of Shongom Local Government Area of the state. Governor…

Bill Gates

Infectious Disease Bill: Bill Gates denies offering bribe to Nigerian lawmakers

American billionaire philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has denied media reports that he offered a $10 million bribe to the Nigerian House of Representatives to pass the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill being considered by the House. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation registered the denial in a…

Babajimi Benson, Chaiman House of Representatives Committee on defense during an interview with PREMIUM TIMES.

INTERVIEW: Low budgetary releases limiting effectiveness of Nigeria’s military – Lawmaker

Babajimi Benson is the chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Defence. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Benson who represents Ikorodu Federal Constituency of Lagos State speaks on poor welfare of Nigerian soldiers in the war front, as well as other legislative and national issues. Excerpts: PT:…

Chinese doctors arrive in Nigeria

COVID-19: PDP urges Buhari to explain Chinese doctors’ whereabouts

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given the federal government a 48-hour ultimatum to declare the whereabouts of the Chinese medical team it brought in to assist in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in our country. The PDP's position is predicated on the declaration by the…

The ongoing house of reps voting to elect new speaker from APC

Infectious Disease Bill: House tackles Tambuwal, governors’ forum

The House of Representatives on Thursday chided the Nigerian Governors Forum over its stand on the controversial infectious disease bill. The NGF had on Thursday criticised the bill sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, stating that they were not consulted and asked that the bill…

Senate President Ahmed Lawan (Photo Credit: Punch Newspaper)

COVID-19: Lawan, Gbajabiamila meet Finance Minister over 2020 Budget amendment

The leadership of the National Assembly has met with the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, over the planned amendment of the 2020 appropriation act. The Federal Government had announced its decision to amend the N10.59 trillion 2020 budget passed by the National Assembly in December last…

Professor Ibrahim Gambari speaking with Journalist

Gambari: Tinubu, Inuwa, Gbajabiamila others congratulate Buhari’s new Chief of Staff

A leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has lauded the appointment of Ibrahim Gambari as the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Tinubu described him as a renowned diplomat, statesman and scholar who has served Nigeria in many important positions. PREMIUM TIMES reported how…

House of Representatives

Reps condemn repatriation of Almajiri from northern states

The House of Representatives has called on the federal government to halt the repatriation of the almajiri from northern states to their states of origin. The lawmakers took the decision on Tuesday during plenary while adopting a motion brought before it by Aishatu Dukku (Gombe, APC). According to the lawmaker,…

Femi Gbajabiamila

Reps investigate $10 million bribery allegation

The House of Representatives has set up an ad-hoc commitee to investigate bribery allegations levelled against it. The lawmakers took the decision on Tuesday while adopting a motion of 'personal explanation' by the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase (APC-Plateau) at plenary. The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on Monday, alleged…

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila at the Special plenary of the House of Representatives on Tuesday 28/4/2020 (Photo: Speaker’s Office)

Gbajabiamila defends infectious disease bill, promises public hearing

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has defended his promotion of the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, arguing that its content and timing was appropriate. He also pledged that there would be a public hearing where Nigerians would be given the opportunity to contribute to the draft…

Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya

Coronavirus: Gombe governor inaugurates committee on palliatives

The Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, has inaugurated a 38-member special committee on relief and palliatives to cushion the effect of the partial lockdown in the state occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. Inaugurating the committee at the new banquet hall of the Government House on Saturday, Mr Yahaya said the…

SENATE: National Assembly {NASS}

Coronavirus: Kaduna lawmaker writes National Assembly, wants commodity price increase checked

A member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Suleiman Dabo, has written to the leadership of the two chambers of the National Assembly over the hike in prices of basic commodities due to the coronavirus pandemic. The lawmaker who represents Zaria City constituency wants the National Assembly to intervene…

Members of the House of Representatives at a Special plenary on Tuesday 28/4/2020 (Photo: Speaker’s Office)

PHOTO STORY: Lawmakers Resume Plenary Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Members of the Senate and House of Representatives resumed plenary on Tuesday about 24 hours after the Clerks of both chambers announced their resumption in separate letters. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="390369,390370,390367"]   [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="390367,390365,390364"]   [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="390360,390370"]   [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="390363,390362,390361"]

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of Femi]

Reps summon Health Minister, NCDC DG, others over Kano deaths

Members of the House of Representatives have summoned the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, to appear and brief it on the government's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and its template for the intervention in all the states of the federation. The lawmakers took this decision…

PDP Reps express displeasure over handling of Kano deaths

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)caucus in the House of Representatives have expressed displeasure over the health crisis and mysterious deaths in Kano State. In a statement signed by its leader, Kingsley Chinda, on Monday, the caucus said the development is more worrisome coming in the midst of the…

WADATA PLAZA, Abuja, National secretariat for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

PDP criticises Buhari’s broadcast on COVID-19

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over his Monday COVID-19 address. In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party said Mr Buhari has failed to offer decisive solutions to protect Nigerians from the deadly pandemic. President Muhammadu Buhari had in his broadcast extended…

House of Representatives plenary on Tuesday, 17th September, 2019. Photo credit: Speaker’s Media Office

Coronavirus: Reps to resume plenary

The House of Representatives has announced its decision to reconvene and resume plenary on Tuesday. This was contained in a statement by the clerk, Patrick Giwa, to all members. The House had in March suspended its plenary for two weeks in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease.…

Borno state deputy governor, Umar Kadafur. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter account of Umar Kadafur]

Gombe’s 5th coronavirus patient dies in Borno – Official

One the five persons who were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 in Gombe State died on Tuesday night at an isolation center in Maiduguri, Borno State, officials said. Gombe State had on Tuesday 'rejected' one of patients who were found to have tested positive to the disease while…

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

SGF Mustapha speaks on Abba Kyari’s death as more Nigerians mourn

The Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has said Abba Kyari's death is a proof to Nigerians that "COVID-19 is real and it is a matter of life and death." Mr Mustapha, who doubles as the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, said this while briefing…

Femi Gbajabiamila

Coronavirus: Reps, minister, NNPC boss, others raise committee for free electricity

The House of Representatives and stakeholders in the power sector have agreed to set up a joint implementation committee on the proposed two-month free power supply to Nigerians. The free electricity is part of the stimulus package aimed at alleviating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerians. The House…

Governor of Gombe State, Inuwa Yahaya

Coronavirus: Gombe to establish testing laboratory – Governor

The Governor of Gombe State, Inuwa Yahaya, has stated that arrangements have been made with the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to establish a COVID-19 testing laboratory in the state. The governor stated this on Tuesday in a state broadcast on the state's efforts to tackle the COVID-19. Gombe…

Hon. Abubakar Lado Suleja

Coronavirus: We donated two months salary against our wish — Rep member

A member of the House of Representatives from Niger State has stated that he and many other colleagues were coerced into donating two months salaries to the fight against COVID-19. Lado Suleja, an All Progressives Congress member representing Guevara/Suleja/Tafa Federal Constituency of Niger State, stated this in a radio interview…