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

UPDATED: Reps in rowdy session over June 12 Democracy Day declaration

The House of Representatives was on Thursday thrown into a rowdy session when some lawmakers kicked against the honour given former presidential candidate, Moshood Abiola, the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election, by President Muhammadu Buhari. On Wednesday, Mr Buhari announced the conferment of the highest honour of Grand…

Abdulmumin Jibrin

Again, Reps investigate Abdulmumin Jibrin

The House of Representatives has asked its committee on Ethics and Privileges to investigate statements by a member from Kano State, Abdulmumin Jibrin, on the joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday. This was sequel to a matter of breach of privilege moved by Sunday Karimi (Kogi, PDP) drawing…

INTERVIEW: #NotTooYoungToRun: How the journey began – Bill’s Sponsor

Tony Nwulu, a member of the 8th House of Representatives, who represents Oshodi/Isolo II federal constituency of Lagos State, is the sponsor of the #NotTooYoungToRun bill. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, he speaks about the bill, now enacted into law, the untapped youth potentials and challenges. He also speaks…

Speaker Yakubu Dogara in a group photograph with the #NotTooYoungToRun movement at his office on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Speaker's Office

#NotTooYoungToRun: Exclusion of youth from governance, crime against humanity – Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that the exclusion of young people from the decision making processes that affect them could be equated to crime against humanity. Speaking when he received the Movement For The #NotTooYoungToRun in his office, Mr Dogara stressed the importance of…

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APC Reps member formally defects to PDP

A member of the House of Representatives who represents Kachia/Kagarko federal constituency, Adams Jagaba, has formally defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP). The Kaduna lawmaker in a letter read on the floor of the House by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, cited…

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Alleged NEMA Fraud: Rice processors disown firm that got N2.4 billion contract

The Association of Rice Processors of Nigeria has disassociated itself from allegations of fraud levelled against OLAM Nigeria Limited, a Nigerian based rice processing company, by federal lawmakers. The House of Representatives Committee on Disaster and Emergency Preparedness is investigating an allegation of violation of public trust by the National…

Peace Corps National Commandant, Dickson Akoh addressing a press conference after the House of Representatives rejected the bill.

Peace Corps bill not dead, commandant Akoh insists

The National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dickson Akoh, has said he believes the bill to establish Nigerian Peace Corps is not dead. Mr Akoh stated this on Monday while reacting to the decision of the members of the House of Representatives to reject the second reading of the…

How Reps finally laid Peace Corps bill to rest

Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday rejected the attempt to override President Muhammad Buhari's veto of the Peace Corps bill. President Buhari on February 27 declined assent to a Bill for an Act to Establish Nigerian Peace Corps, citing paucity of funds and duplication of duties of existing…

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

Reps threaten to order arrest of NEMA DG

For failing to appear three times in a row at the ongoing investigation of allegations of violation of public trust by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness has threatened to issue an arrest warrant against the Director General of NEMA,…

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Reps want price of JAMB form reduced

Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Federal Ministry of Education to cut the cost of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) application forms. The House also proposed that the cost be reviewed downward to about 50 per cent from the current N7000. The House, while adopting…

National Commandant of the Nigerian Peace Corps, Dickson Akoh

Peace Corps bill dies as Reps refuse to veto Buhari

The House of Representatives has dashed any hope of reviving the Peace Corps bill. The bill seeks to turn the Peace Corps, currently a non-governmental organisation, into a government para-military agency. The bill, which had been passed by the National Assembly was rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari, who refused to…

Niger Bridge

Second Niger Bridge: BPP delaying contract award — Reps committee

The House of Representatives Committee on Works says contract for the construction of the second Niger bridge is yet to be awarded due to the delay by the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP). Speaking to journalist at the National Assembly on Wednesday, Chairman of the committee, Toby Okechukwu, said while…

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

Reps to investigate Abuja land allocations between 2007 and 2015

The House of Representatives has ordered a review of all land allocations in the Federal Capital Territory from 2007 to 2015 to ascertain whether or not due process was followed in the allocations. The resolution was taken after the House adopted a motion by Bashir Baballe (APC, Kano). The House…

Abdulmumin Jibrin confronting speaker Yakubu Dogara on 2018 budget. [Photo credit: Reps official Facebook account]

Abdulmumin Jibrin hints at ‘fresh budget padding’

A former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has hinted at the possibility of a fresh budget fraud in the 2018 Appropriation Bill recently passed by the National Assembly. Mr. Jibrin, representing Kiru/Bebeji, who barely three months ago resumed from a suspension that lasted over…

Bukola Saraki

Saraki vs IGP Idris: Kwara Reps accuse police of misleading Nigerians

The Kwara State caucus of the House of Representatives has accused the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, of misleading Nigerians and playing politics with the recent controversy surrounding arrested crime suspects in Kwara. In a statement signed on behalf of the members by Razak Atunwa, the lawmakers said they…

Nigerian Senate

Senate passes bill to ease business registration

The Senate on Tuesday passed a Bill to repeal and re-enact Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) to make it possible for individuals to register their companies from any part of the world. The bill comes 28 years after the passage of the original Companies and Allied Matters Act and…

Adams Oshiomhole

APC Chairmanship: Reps caucus endorse Oshiomole

Members of the ruling All Progressives Congress caucus of the House of Representatives have endorsed former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomole, for the position of national chairman of the party. This was made known by the House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, after the aspirant and his campaign team met the…

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SPECIAL REPORT: How visa processing firm, VFS Global, ‘extorts’, ‘mistreats’ Nigerians

Theophilus Abbah, managing editor of Daily Trust newspaper, is one of Nigeria's most regarded investigative journalists renowned for giving voices to the voiceless and helping the oppressed, the cheated, and the abused get justice. But in mid October 2017, Mr Abbah himself felt extorted and could do nothing about his…

NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru in a brief interview with State House Correspondents today (Photo taken by Sani Tukur, 29/12/2017)

Reps question NNPC GMD on expenditure, projects, others

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts on Wednesday grilled the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, for two hours, in connection to queries raised about the corporation by the office of the Auditor General of the Federation (AuGF). Deliberating on the queries…

Reps ask police to unseal Peace Corps headquarters

The House of Representatives has adopted a report by its Committee on Public Petition recommending the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Idris Ibrahim, be asked to unseal the national headquarters of Peace Corps of Nigeria in Abuja. The House wants the office to be reopened within 21 days. The house committee…

Reps urges Nigerian govt to halt sale of NLNG shares

The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to suspend the planned sale of its 49 per cent share capital at the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG). The resolution was taken after the House adopted a motion moved by Randolph Brown (PDP, Rivers). The House said halting the…

Nigeria Police

Gun suppliers to armed killers in Benue, Taraba arrested – Police

The police on Tuesday paraded persons accused of supplying arms to armed persons who have been attacking communities in Benue and Taraba states. Scores of people have been killed in both states since the start of the year. In a statement on Tuesday evening, police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, listed the…

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

Reps commence probe of capital market operations

The House of Representatives sub-committee on Capital Market, Regulation and Compliance has started a probe in the capital market operations. Over 100 public liability companies have been invited by the committee to defend their operations on several petitions submitted to the committee from all nooks and crannies of the country.…

Abiola Ajimobi

APC Congress: Hold my governor responsible if I’m killed – Rep

A member of the House of Representatives has accused his state governor of plotting to kill him. Abiodun Olasupo, a member of the House of Representatives representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa constituency, alleged that Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State is after his life and that of some of his colleagues in the…

Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kogi West. [Photo Credit: Punch Newspapers]

Melaye: Health first before trial, Dogara cautions police

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has urged the police to prioritise the health and safety of a senator, Dino Melaye, who is in their custody. Mr Dogara stated this on Thursday during plenary while responding to a point of order raised by Sunday Karimi (PDP, Kogi)…