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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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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SERAP wants bill to grant treasury looters amnesty withdrawn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…

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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…

INTERVIEW: Why PDP is not confrontational in the House – Minority Leader

The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Leo Ogor, speaks with PREMIUM TIMES’ Nasir Ayitogo on the second anniversary of the Eighth Session of the House and the role of the opposition in the legislature. Excerpts: PT: As the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, would you say…

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…

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

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…

National Assembly

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,…

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

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…