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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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National Assembly has powers to tamper with budget — Dogara

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday said the National Assembly has powers to introduce new projects to the federal budget, or remove proposed items. Mr. Dogara stated this while responding to a motion on matters of privilege moved by Lawal Abubakar (APC - Adamawa) at…

Jibrin denies being expelled from APC

The suspended former chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has denied reports of his expulsion from the All Progressives Congress, APC. He stated this in a press release on his Facebook and Twitter pages shortly after his expulsion was reported. Mr. Jibrin said the report came…

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PIB passes second reading at House of Reps

The House of Representatives have on Thursday set up an ad hoc committee to handle the much anticipated petroleum industry bill. In the same vein, the house also passed the PIB bill for a second Reading. The bill seeks to restructure and reform Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. It will…

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Unpaid salaries: Legislative aides protest colleague’s death

Federal legislative aides on Tuesday protested the death of their colleague at the National Assembly. PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the deceased, Hassan Abiodun, who was a legislative aide to the deputy speaker, Yusuf Lasun, could not pay his hospital bill, and his colleagues attributed his death to the non-payment of…

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Benue APC moves to reconcile members ‘planning to quit’

Less than two weeks after the All Progressives Congress, APC, won every seat in the council polls in Benue State, some members are threatening to quit the ruling party over alleged imposition of candidates. Members told PREMIUM TIMES there was discontent within the party, and accused former Governor George Akume…

Students disrupt House of Reps session

A drama erupted in the House of Representatives on Friday as members of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, protested the recognition of a factional president of the union by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara. The students, who are believed to be loyal to Chinonso Obasi, a factional NANS president,…

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Reps to hold special session on Friday to mark 2nd anniversary

The House of Representatives will on Friday hold a special session to commemorate its two years anniversary. This was revealed in a press conference by the chairman, organising committee, Parly Irase, who is also the Deputy Chief Whip of the House. He said the House will also use the occasion…

Kidnapped Nigerian lawmaker regains freedom

A House of Representatives member, Garba Durbunde, who was abducted early Tuesday has regained freedom. The spokesperson of the House, Abdulrazak Namdas, confirmed this development to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday evening. He said the lawmaker has been released and since reunited with his family. "He has been released unhurt and…

Nigerian lawmaker kidnapped

A member of the House of Representatives, Garba Durbunde, who represents Sumaila/Takai federal constituency has been kidnapped, according to unconfirmed sources. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that Mr. Durbunde was kidnapped along Kaduna- Jere road on Tuesday while on his way to Kano from Abuja . Abdulrazak Namdas, the spokesman of the…

The House of Representative in Chamber ... members are notorious for budget mutilation

Bill to review national minimum wage every five years passes second reading

A bill which seeks to review the National Minimum Wage every five years passed second reading in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The bill was sponsored by Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos) the House Leader. Leading the debate on the general principles, Mr. Gbajabiamila said the bill sought to provide…

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Biafra: Reps caution security agents against use of force 

The House of Representatives on Tuesday cautioned security agencies against the use of force in the handling of the sit-at-home directive to the people of South East by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).  The House adopted the position tabled in a motion by Obinna Chidoka (Anambra - PDP). The lawmakers…

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APC-led govt has recorded commendable achievements – Dogara

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has scored the All Progressives Congress, APC, administration of President Muhammadu Buhari high as it marks its second year in office, saying many commendable achievements have been recorded within these two years. This was contained in a statement by Mr. Dogara’s…

Sports Minister, Dalung, reacts to contract fraud allegation

Nigeria's Minister of Youth and Sports has said he knows nothing about a controversial N128 million contract awarded by his ministry on November 27, 2013. He stated this in reaction to threat by the House of Representatives to order his arrest for failing to appear before one of its committees.…

Reps want borehole drilling regulation enforced

The House of Representatives has resolved to regulate drilling of boreholes and to investigate the state of public water system in Nigeria. The resolution followed a motion moved by Rimamnde Kwewum (Taraba-PDP) at the plenary on Wednesday. Mr. Kwewum noted that public water system in almost all the states of…

Reps move to enforce the use of pedestrian bridges

The House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, to enforce the use of pedestrian bridges on Nigerian highways. Adopting a motion moved by Johnson Oghuma (Edo-APC), the House asked the Inspector-General of Police and the Commandant-General of the NSCDC…

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Reps probe Jon-Ode arms panel

The House of Representatives Committee investigating the Jon-Ode led Presidential Arms Probe Panel will commence its public hearing on Wednesday. The chairman of Public Safety, National Security and Intelligence Committee, Aminu Sani Jaji, revealed this to PRNigeria in Abuja. The house had mandated a joint committee constituted by the House…

Reps threaten Sports Minister, Dalung’s arrest over alleged contract fraud

The House of Representatives committee on public petitions on Monday threatened to order the arrest of the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, for failing to appear before the committee after he had been invited seven times. The invitation was in connection to a N30 billion bribery allegation leveled against Mr.…

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PDP loses another Rep to APC

A member of the House of Representatives from Adamawa State, Adamu Kamale, who represents Madagali/Michika federal constituency, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress. His defection was announced in a letter read by the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, on the floor of the house on Tuesday. Mr.…

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Combined wealth of Dangote, Adenuga, Otedola, Alakija, Danjuma can end extreme poverty in Nigeria

The combined wealth of Nigeria’s five richest persons, estimated to be about $29.9 billion, can end extreme poverty in the country, a report by Oxfam International has stated. The Oxfam report was titled ‘Inequality in Nigeria, Exploring the Drivers.’ Forbes magazine lists the five richest Nigerians as Aliko Dangote, Mike…

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Dogara pledges Reps commitment to lowering age requirement into elective offices

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said the House is committed to passing the #NotTooYoungToRun bill in order to lower the age requirements for elective offices to ensure youth inclusion in politics and leadership. He stated this on Wednesday at the National Assembly while addressing the…

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Another lawmaker dumps PDP, joins APC

A member of the House of Representatives from Plateau State, Edward Pwajok, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress. He is the member representing Jos South/East federal constituency. His defection followed a letter read by the Speaker on the floor of the House on Wednesday. ‎ Mr. Pwajok cited…

My colleague lied, most PDP Reps are with Makarfi – Minority Leader Ogor

The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Leo Ogor, has accused his colleague, Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, of lying when he said majority of the People Democratic Party lawmakers are loyal to Ali Sheriff as the party chairman. Mr. Ogor was responding to an interview granted PREMIUMTIMES by Mr. Agbonayinma where…

INTERVIEW: Why Anambra PDP is always in crisis, may lose coming governorship election – Rep

Following his victory at the Supreme Court, Ben Nwankwo, the member representing Orumba North/South Federal Constituency of Anambra State in the House of Representatives, was sworn in April, two years after the 2015 parliamentary elections. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Nasir Ayitogo, the lawmaker narrates his long walk to victory…

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House of Reps passes 2017 Budget

The House of Representatives has passed the 2017 budget after adopting its report from the appropriation committee. The House approved a total sum of ₦7. 44 trillion. The passage came six months after President Muhammadu Buhari presented the draft spending bill to the National Assembly. Details shortly....

INTERVIEW: Majority of PDP members in House of Reps are with Sheriff – Lawmaker

Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been enmeshed in a leadership crisis since May 21 last year when at a national convention in Port Harcourt, it sacked its acting National Chairman, Ali Sheriff, and announced a National Caretaker Committee led by Ahmed Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna…