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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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Nigerian Senate

How House of Reps voted on 33 major bills to amend Nigerian constitution (FULL DETAILS)

The House of Representatives has concluded voting on 33 major bills to amend several parts of the Nigerian constitution. The House decision on the bills follows the vote by the Senate on them on Wednesday. During their vote on Thursday, the House of Reps members joined their Senate colleagues to…

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

Reps pass #NotTooYoungToRun bill

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ bill. The bill which was also passed by the Senate on Wednesday seeks to reduce the age for elective offices in the country. A total of 261 members voted in support of the bill, while 23 members…

House of Representatives

LIVE UPDATES: House of Reps votes on key Constitutional amendments

The House of Representatives will today (Thursday) vote on some major amendment proposals to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Senate on Wednesday voted on 33 amendments of the constitution, approving 29 and rejecting four. Amendments approved by the two houses will be sent to the state…

The Ministry of Justice official has been named in a fraud case involving Zinox

Senate approves separation of Attorney-General from Minister, Commissioner of Justice

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday voted in support of altering sections 150, 174, 195, 211, 318 and the third schedule of the Constitution to separate the office of the Minister or Commissioner for Justice from that of the Attorney-General of the Federation or that of a state. This amendment is to…

Dogara ignores Supreme Court ruling, fails to swear in elected lawmaker

More than three weeks after a Supreme Court ruling ordering the inauguration of a federal lawmaker, Dorathy Mato, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has refused to obey the order. The Supreme Court in June sacked Herman Hembe as the lawmaker representing Konshisha/Vandekiya federal constituency of the…

House of Reps

Another National Assembly member dies

A member of the House of Representatives, Abdullahi Wammako Mohammed, is dead. The National Assembly website gave his age as 50, although it is unclear if the platform has been updated since 2015 when the present set of federal lawmakers were inaugurated and listed. The News Agency of Nigeria also…

PDP lawmakers declare Aso Rock vacant

The Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives has declared a vacancy at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa due to what it described as the failure of the All Progressives Congress-led federal government to deliver on its promises to Nigerians. In a statement on Thursday, the lawmakers also…

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

Controversy: Nigerian lawmakers ask Health Minister to recall suspended NHIS boss

The House of Representatives on Wednesday asked the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, to within a week reinstate the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf. It also asked the minister to halt the re-accreditation of Health Maintenance Organisations, HMOs, pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation of…

Supreme Court sacks Sheriff, declares Makarfi authentic PDP leader

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sacked Ali Sheriff as the National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party. The court also declared Ahmed Makarfi, the caretaker committee chairman, as the authentic leader of the PDP, Nigeria's largest opposition party. Read our live updates of the ruling here.

LIVE UPDATE: Supreme Court rules on PDP leadership tussle

The Supreme Court will today (Wednesday) decide on the authentic leadership of the People's Democratic Party, PDP. The contest is between the Ali Sheriff, who was purportedly removed at the party’s May 21 2016 convention, and the national caretaker committee chaired by Ahmed Makarfi.‎ While the Makarfi faction enjoys the…

Swear-in new ministers, Reps urge Osinbajo

The House of Representatives on Tuesday called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to swear in the two ministerial nominees recently approved by the Senate. The ministers-designate, from Kogi and Gombe states, were confirmed by the Senate on May 3. Stephen Ocheni from Kogi was to replace the late labour minister,…

Adeleke’s victory ‘beginning of end of APC’ – PDP lawmakers

The People's Democratic Party caucus of the House of Representatives has described the victory of its candidate in the just concluded Osun West senatorial election as a sure sign of the beginning of an end to the All Progressives Congress. In a statement issued by the House Minority Leader, Leo…

Former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

Ex-Minister launches Anambra governorship campaign offices

A former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, who is contesting the upcoming Anambra governorship election, has said his government would give traders financial support and international business connections as part of his economic agenda for the south east state. He said this on Monday while commissioning his campaign offices in…

Babatunde Raji Fashola

Reps summon Fashola over comments on National Assembly

The House of Representatives on Tuesday directed the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, to appear before it over his comments on the National Assembly. Mr. Fashola had slammed the National Assembly for inserting projects outside the purview of his ministry in its budget in the 2017…

Dogara questions deployment of military in ‘over 28 states’

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has described as "worrisome", the deployment of Nigerian soldiers to more than 28 states of the federation in peace time, saying Nigeria is effectively in a permanent state of emergency. He made this known at a capacity/ Interactive Needs Assessment Workshop…

House of Reps

SERAP wants bill to grant treasury looters amnesty withdrawn

A nongovernmental group, SERAP, has criticised the move by the House of Representatives to pass a bill granting amnesty to treasury looters. The bill was introduced by Linus Okorie, Ohaukwu/Ebonyi federal constituency of Ebonyi State, and read for the first time on June 14, and now awaits second reading. The…

Benue on map

Controversy trails cancellation of arrest warrant on local government chairman

A magistrate court in Benue State has vacated an arrest warrant issued on the Chairman of Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State, Francis Ayagah. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the arrest warrant was issued on Wednesday after which the magistrate fixed the next hearing date for July 12 ordering…

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

‎Why we amended 2017 budget – House of Reps

The House of Representatives has said it amended the 2017 budget of the power, works and housing ministries because it was skewed in favour of a section of the country. The House said it will not allow the nation’s resources to be unfairly distributed to the detriment of any section…

Benue on map

Court orders arrest of local govt chairman

A magistrate court sitting in Makurdi has issued a bench warrant on the Executive Chairman, Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State, Francis Ayagah, due to his failure to appear before the court on Tuesday. Mr. Ayagah was dragged before the magistrate by Wasega John, who also contested against…

UPDATED: Former Taraba Governor Danbaba Suntai is dead

A former Governor of Taraba, Danbaba Suntai, who was involved in a plane crash in October 2012, on Wednesday died in Houston, Florida, in the United States. Emmanuel Bello, Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the state governor, Darius Ishaku, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria…

Babatunde Raji Fashola

Fashola’s claims on 2017 budget ‘mischievous, misleading’ – Reps

The House of Representatives has described the statement of the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, as regards the 2017 budget as “misleading and mischievous”. In a statement Saturday, the House described the minister's statement as an attempt to blackmail the National Assembly and set it on a…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Supreme Court sacks another Nigerian lawmaker

The Supreme Court has sacked Herman Hembe from the House of Representatives. Mr. Hembe, who represents Vandikwa/ Konshisha constituency of Benue State was not the valid candidate of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, the court ruled. The court also ordered that Mr. Hembe be replaced with Dorathy Mato, who was…

Nigerian Senate

National Assembly ‘blocks’ statutory health funds over fraud scare

The National Assembly has said it would not set aside one percent of consolidated revenue for the health sector as statutorily required, until it is sure of judicious and transparent disbursement of the fund. The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this…

Senator stoned by constituents sues ex-lawmaker for alleged defamation

The senator who was stoned by his constituents in Katsina State, Abu Ibrahim, has accused a former lawmaker of portraying him a liar and attempting to incite people against him. PREMIUM TIMES reported the stoning with the lawmaker blaming his opponents for the action. On Wednesday, a Katsina State High…

House of Representatives Chief Whip, Ado Doguwa

INTERVIEW: Current House of Reps Nigeria’s best in 25 years – Chief Whip, Doguwa

In this revealing interview, the Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Ado Doguwa, tells PREMIUM TIMES’ Nasir Ayitogo of the successes and achievements of the current House. He also speaks on what the lawmakers learnt from the budget padding scandal, and blames the media for the unfavourable perception Nigerians…