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Nigerian oil company, Oando. [Photo credit: Guardian Newspaper]

Senate approves N348b subsidy payment to 74 oil marketers

The Senate has approved the payment of N348 billion as outstanding subsidy claims to 74 petroleum marketers. Some of the Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) are, Oando, Total, Honey Well, Capital Oil, Conoil, A.A. Rano, Folawiyo and Eternal oil. Others are, Aiteo, Forte Oil, Bovas, Mobil, MRS Oil and Gas among…

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Senate to probe $10 billion ‘fraud’ in Nigeria’s oil and gas lease renewal

The Senate has resolved to investigate the ongoing oil and gas lease renewal after a committee of the upper chamber reported alleged illegal rebates and discounts were denying government revenue in excess of N10 billion. It mandated its Committee on Petroleum Resources Upstream to investigate all issues relating to the…

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Buhari seeks Senate confirmation of AMCON, FCSC chairpersons, members

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Muiz Banire as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and Bello Tukur as Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC). He also nominated 12 other commissioners into the FCSC. The commissioners are Moses Musa, Waziri Umaru, Ahmed Bello Mahmud, Ahmed Sama,…

President Muhammadu Buhari (M) receives President of the Senate, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki and The Speaker of the Federal House Representatives Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara at the State house in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 7 2018.

Buhari rejects four bills passed by National Assembly; gives reasons

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected four bills recently passed by the National Assembly. The bills are the Corporate Manslaughter Bill, 2018; National Child Protection and Enforcement Agency (NCPEA) Bill, 2018; Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund Amendment Bill, 2018; and the Courts and Tribunal Standard Scale of Fines Bill, 2018. Mr…

Abuja metro train

How Abuja rail line launched by President Buhari works

President Muhammadu Buhari on July 12 commissioned a new light rail for Abuja. The inaugurated project, he said, is the first phase of the rail line which will cover 12 other stations within the federal capital territory. Mr Buhari said the project was in line with the Change Agenda of…

Shehu Sani [Source: Deltabreed]

I’m yet to dump APC – Shehu Sani

A senator, Shehu Sani, has said he is yet to decamp from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to any other party. He made this known on Friday in a press statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES as well his Facebook and Twitter pages. "I’m yet to defect or decamp or…

A photograph showing Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose on the ground after he was attacked with tear gas and beaten by security operatives

Ekiti Poll: PDP senators want alleged police attack on Fayose probed

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus of the Senate has called for a thorough investigation into the alleged brutality of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, by police. The PDP senators made the decision after a brief meeting, immediately after plenary on Thursday. Armed police officers numbering over 50 cordoned off…

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Senator raises alarm over Sokoto killings

A senator, Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi Central), has raised alarm over recent killings in Sokoto State. He had presented a motion on the “gruesome killing of 40 people in the state by armed bandits” which was co-sponsored by Aliyu Wamakko (APC, Sokoto North). Mr Aliero expressed sadness over the “gruesome…

Nigerian Senate

Senate introduces state police bill

A bill seeking an amendment to the Nigerian Constitution to accommodate state and community policing was on Thursday introduced at the Senate. The bill, titled, "Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2018", was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and 75 other senators. It was…

Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu (Photo Credit: Logistics News, MOOV)

Senate to investigate Enugu airport runway contracts

The Nigerian Senate has directed its committee on Aviation to carry out a holistic investigation into the contracts awarded for the design and reconstruction of the runway of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. The resolution was reached after deliberation on a motion sponsored by Chukwuka Utazi (PDP, Enugu North),…

Secondus leads PDP protest to National Assembly over alleged brutality

Ekiti Election: Secondus leads PDP protest to National Assembly over alleged brutality

Members of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday stormed the main entrance of the National Assembly to protest the alleged brutality of the police on the party's supporters in Ekiti State. The group, led by the party's National Chairman, Uche Secondus, said they were there to submit a petition…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate accuses Buhari’s govt of human rights violations, wants judicial inquiry

The Senate has summoned the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, over alleged violations of human rights and consistent assault on the provisions of the 1999 Constitution by the Executive. The Senate asked Mr Malami to appear before it in plenary and explain the constitutional basis…

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Southern, Middle Belt leaders meet T.Y Danjuma over state of the nation

Some Southern and Middle Belt leaders on Monday, met with a former Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma, over the state of the nation. They said Nigeria is in a state of despondency and and therefore urged Mr Danjuma to help prevent the country from going into a state of anarchy.…

Real estate expert and coordinator of the Abuja Housing Show, Festus Adebayo

Expert urges Nigerian govt to invest pension funds in housing sector

A real estate expert and coordinator of the Abuja Housing Show, Festus Adebayo, has called on the federal government to invest unclaimed dividends in the Pension Fund into the housing sector. He made this call while speaking to reporters in Abuja on Monday, where he explained that investing in the…

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Insecurity: Nigerian senator wants citizens to carry guns

“My point is, people cannot be slaughtered in their houses helplessly. Maybe what we need to do is to liberalise gun control. Let everybody own a gun so that when you are coming to my house, you will know that I have my own gun while you are coming with…

Kemi Adeosun, Minister for Finance

Top stories from Senate last week

The Senate resumed plenary on Tuesday following a four-week Eid-el-Fitr holiday. The lawmakers did not resume without their usual drama. Prior to its resumption, some senators including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had promised to discuss ways to tackle issues of national interests, especially insecurity. Below are some major events…

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Nigerian Senate adopts 20 recommendations to improve security (FULL LIST)

The Senate has received and adopted the report from its Security Summit. The summit which held from February 8 to 12 in Abuja was organised by the National Assembly with the aim to proffer solutions to the growing rate of insecurity in the country. The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan (APC,…

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Senate committee summons IGP Idris over killing of seven police officers

The Senate Committee on Police Affairs has summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the killing of seven police officers in Abuja on Monday. The Chairman of the Committee, Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina South), disclosed this at the upper chamber on Thursday after the Senate President, Bukola Saraki,…

Senator complains about armed police, army road blocks on South-east roads

A senator, Mao Ohabunwa (PDP, Abia North) has complained about the proliferation of armed police and army road blocks along the Enugu-Port-Hacourt expressway, Owerri-Onitsha expressway and Aba-Onitsha- Enugu expressway. Mr Ohabunwa raised a point of order on the matter at the Senate plenary on Thursday. He explained that the road…

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Recruitment: Reps move to review age barrier for applicants into NPF, NYSC, FRSC, others

The House of Representatives has moved to review the age barrier in vacancies announced by the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigerian Prison Service, Fire Service, Standard Organisation of Nigeria and other federal government agencies. This came after a deliberation on…

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Abacha loot: Reps to probe recovery from 1998 to date

The House of Representatives has resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the total amount recovered from the Abacha loot from 1998 to date. This is one of the four resolutions made by members of the lower chamber after a long deliberation. The resolutions were sequel to a…

Nigerian Senate

Amidst arguments, Senate moves to create state police

The Senate on Tuesday resolved to direct its constitutional review committee to put in place a machinery to amend the constitution to allow for the creation of state police. It also resolved to call on security agencies to stop involving themselves in the politics of the nation. These resolutions, were,…

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Nigerian senator sacked by court attends plenary

Despite an order of a Federal High Court (FHC) in Abuja declaring his seat vacant, Atai Aidoko (PDP, Kogi East), appeared at the Senate plenary on Tuesday. The FHC had on June 13 ordered his immediate sack and declared his seat vacant. The court presided by Justice Gabriel Kolawole ruled…

Protesters at the National Assembly gate

Protesters at National Assembly are enemies of democracy – Senators

Lawmakers at the upper chamber of the National Assembly have reacted to the protest staged at the assembly by members of the Citizens’ Action to Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN) on Tuesday. The senators described the protesters as not just enemies of progress but also enemies of democracy. Members of CATBAN…

Protesters at the National Assembly gate

Chaos as protesters storm National Assembly, demand resignation of Saraki, Dogara

Members of the Citizens’ Action to Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN), on Tuesday, stormed the main entrance of the National Assembly to demand the immediate resignation of Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara. The group accused members of the National Assembly of siphoning…