queenesther

QueenEsther Iroanusi covers the National Assembly for PREMIUM TIMES. She is a 2018 Female Reporters Leadership Programme fellow of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism. She has a degree in French. She can be reached on Twitter @QueenExtha

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INEC declares Kogi West senatorial election inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the senatorial election in Kogi West district inconclusive. The electoral umpire said the declaration is due to the fact that the margin between Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is lower…

Police Spokesperson, Frank Mba (Photo Credit: The Guardian Newspaper)

KogiDecides: Despite violence, Police say they’ve done well

Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, has said the Nigeria Police and other security agencies have done well in providing security for he Kogi and Bayelsa States governorship election. His statement comes on the hills of reported outbreak of violence in different local governments in both states. PREMIUM TIMES reported shooting and…

Why I want South West Development Commission established – Amosun

Nigerian senator, Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun Central), has explained why he is sponsoring a bill seeking the establishment of South West Development Commission. He said it is for the development of the people and the South West region. The bill "South West Development Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2019" was read for…

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Senators want mobilisation fees for contractors doubled

The Nigerian Senate is considering a bill to amend the Public Procurement Act 2007 to review contractors' mobilisation fees from 15 to 30 per cent. This bill passed second reading after a lengthy debate on Thursday. The Senate discussed two separate bills to amend different sections of the law, which…

Former Governor Amosun claims there are armouries in most Governor Lodges in Nigeria

Enmeshed in arms scandal, Amosun seeks establishment of South West Development Commission

Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun Central, APC) who is enmeshed in arms scandal, is seeking the establishment of the South West Development Commission. The bill "South West Development Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2019" was read for the first time during plenary on Thursday. The introduction of the bill comes a day after…

Senate’s Deputy Minority Whip, Biodun Olujimi. [Photo credit: TheCable]

Biodun Olujimi sworn in as senator

Biodun Olujimi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday, took her oath of office to represent Ekiti South in the Senate. The swearing in was done by the Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, at the start of plenary. Her swearing in comes about week after the Court of…

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Hate speech bill will not pass if it will bring ‘hardship’ — Nigerian Senate

The Nigerian Senate has said the controversial hate speech bill will not pass if it will bring "hardship" to Nigerians. A spokesperson for the upper legislative arm on Wednesday urged patience amid widespread uproar that has greeted the reintroduction of the bill this week. The vice chairman of the Senate…

Gbemisola Saraki. [Photo credit: Facebook page of Gbemisola Saraki]

Hate Speech bill ‘not necessary’ – Minister

The hate speech bill currently before the Senate is unnecessary, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, has said. Ms Saraki said the CyberCrime Act already has provisions and penalties for hate speech. She made this statement after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday while reacting to the…

Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs, Hameed Ali

Senate summons Customs boss over suspension of petroleum supply to border towns

The Senate has asked its committee on customs to summon the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali, over the recent suspension of fuel supply to border towns. Mr Ali is expected to appear with a view to working out a viable economic policy that could mitigate the…

Senate in Plenary

UPDATED: Senate approves N10 billion for Kogi three days to election

Three days to the governorship election in Kogi State, the Senate has approved promissory notes and bond issuance of N10.069 billion to the state as refund for projects executed on behalf of the federal government. The approval on Wednesday was criticised by opposition lawmakers who asked that the approval be…

Senate in Plenary

EXPLAINER: Important things to know about Nigeria’s ‘Hate Speech’ bill

The Senate on Tuesday reintroduced a bill that seeks to penalise persons found guilty of hate speech. The National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speech Bill was sponsored by the deputy chief whip, Aliyu Abdullahi. It prescribes death penalty for anyone found guilty of spreading a falsehood that leads…

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan

National Assembly to pass 2020 budget on November 28 – Lawan

The National Assembly will pass the 2020 budget on November 28, an official has said. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, made this known during plenary on Tuesday. Mr Lawan said the Senate committees have concluded their work on the budget defence with Ministries, Departments and Agencies. He therefore asked the…

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Nigerian Senate reintroduces ‘hate speech’ bill

The Senate has reintroduced a bill that seeks to penalise persons found guilty of hate speech. The National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speech Bill, sponsored by the deputy chief whip, Aliyu Abdullahi, was one of the 12 bills introduced on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday. The…

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REC nominee insists he’s no longer member of a political party

Olalekan Raheem, one of the nominees for the position of Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has insisted that he is no longer affiliated to any political party. This comes barely a day after he told the Senate Committee on INEC that he was a member…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Anti-sexual harassment bill scales second reading at Senate

The bill on sexual harassment in tertiary institutions was read for the second time at the Senate on Wednesday. The bill titled: 'A Bill for an Act to prevent, prohibit and redress Sexual Harassment of students in tertiary educational institutions and for matters concerned therewith, 2019', is sponsored by the…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Nigerian senators pass tax bill that they’ve not seen, read

Nigerian senators on Wednesday passed a tax bill that they have not seen and are not fully aware of its content. The approval given on Wednesday by the Senate is the second in a series of legislative and executive steps to make the bill become law. The bill was read…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Buhari has not relegated Osinbajo – Presidential aide

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Babajide Omoworare, has said President Muhammadu Buhari did not relegate Vice President Yemi Osinbajo by travelling without handing over to him. He said this during a press briefing with journalists on Wednesday. His comments come barely 24 hours…

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan

Nigerian Senate reintroduces bill to regulate social media use

The Senate on Tuesday introduced a bill that will regulate the use of social media in Nigeria. The sponsor of the legislation said it will curb fake news on the internet. The bill, 'Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, 2019' sponsored by Mohammed Sani Musa, was one of the…

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I was APC member, campaigned in 2017 – INEC REC Nominee

A man nominated as a Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed that he was a member of the All Progressives Congress. Olalekan Raheem (Osun) is one of the three nominees appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari into the electoral umpire. The president wrote to the Senate…

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole. [PHOTO CREDIT: ThisdayLIVE]

Oshiomhole defends Buhari signing Nigerian law in London, says president can rule from anywhere

President Muhammadu Buhari can preside over Nigeria from wherever he is anywhere in the world, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has said He made this statement during a courtesy visit to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday. [gallery type="rectangular" size="full" ids="345323"] His…

Godwin Emefiele, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

CBN governor appears before Senate committee, asks to speak off-camera

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, appeared before the Senate Committee on Finance on Tuesday in response to an invitation by the panel made on Sunday. Mr Emefiele was summoned by the panel to give detailed explanations on the rationale behind the exchange rates the CBN…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate confirms 15 NDDC nominees, rejects one

The Senate has confirmed 15 nominees for the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) but withheld the confirmation of one. The confirmed nominees include the Chairman, Pius Odubu (Edo); Managing Director, Bernard O. Okumagba (Delta); Executive Director Projects, Otobong Ndem (Akwa Ibom); Executive Director of Finance and Admin,…

Justice John Tsoho

Senate confirms John Tsoho as Chief Judge of Federal High Court

The Senate has confirmed the nomination of John Tsoho as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. The lawmakers also confirmed the nomination of Benedict Kanyip as the President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari wrote to the Senate last week seeking confirmation of their…

NDDC

Senate confirms 15 NDDC nominees, rejects one

The Senate has confirmed 15 nominees for the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and withheld confirmation of one. The confirmed nominees include the Chairman, Pius Odubu (Edo); Managing Director, Bernard Okumagba (Delta); Executive Director Projects, Otobong Ndem (Akwa Ibom); Executive Director Finance and Admin, Maxwell Okoh (Bayelsa);…

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NDDC Crisis: Serving senator managing 300 projects – Official

A serving senator is single-handedly handling about 300 contracts for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the Nation Newspaper quotes an official as saying. This was reportedly made known by the commission's interim management committee on Sunday. The Acting Executive Director of Projects, Cairo Ojougboh, said 120 of the contracts…