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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As senators, we deserve new SUVs, lawmaker tells Nigerians

The Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, has condemned the controversy surrounding the Senate's budget of N5,550 billion for the purchase of Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs). He said Nigerian senators deserve SUVs and it is an insult to say otherwise, Punch Newspaper reports. The status of a senator of the Federal Republic…

Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU

NFIU denies requesting bank details of NASS, Judiciary

The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) said it did not write to banks demanding the bank accounts of leaders of the National Assembly and the Judiciary A document, said to be from the NFIU, was circulated on Friday showing a request to banks for the information on the accounts of…

Dino Melaye (PDP, Kogi West)

Kogi Governorship: PDP crisis deepens as Dino Melaye rejects Campaign DG position

A Kogi State senator, Dino Melaye, has rejected his appointment by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the Director-General of the Kogi State Governorship Campaign Council. Mr Melaye made the announcement in a tweet on Friday. "Let me state categorically that I have turned down the position of Director-General of…

Orji Uzor Kalu

Orji Kalu: I’ll win any supplementary election

The Senate's Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, says he will win the supplementary election in his senatorial district "even if it is conducted 20 times". He said this on Thursday in Abuja when he received the Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who paid him a courtesy visit.…

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640 Nigerians set to return from South Africa – Official

About 640 Nigerians in South Africa have been registered to return home. The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this to journalists on Monday after a closed-door meeting with the Senate Committee on Diaspora in Abuja. The announcement came days after the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey…

Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign minister says South Africa must act decisively.

Xenophobia: Nigeria insists on compensation for victims

The Nigerian government has said it will insist on ensuring the South African government pays compensation to Nigerians affected by renewed xenophobic violence there. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, told journalists on Friday after a closed-door meeting with the Senate Committee on Diaspora in Abuja. "This is a…

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing journalists on Sunday

No mosque was demolished in Rivers State – Gov. Wike

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has denied reports that a mosque was demolished in the state capital, Port Harcourt. He made this known in a statement on Monday following reports that the state government spearheaded the demolition of the religious building. The report, in the last 24 hours, triggered…

Babajide Omoworare (Photo Credit: Channels TV)

IT’S OFFICIAL: Babajide Omoworare replaces Ita Enang as Buhari’s legislative aide

Former Osun senator, Babajide Omoworare, has revealed his appointment as President Muhammadu Buhari’s legislative aide. Mr Omoworare replaces Ita Enang as aide to the president on National Assembly Matters (Senate). The announcement comes days after PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported that the president dropped Mr Enang because of the perception within…

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Eleven years after presentation, Buhari signs bill to reform Nigeria’s prisons

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the Nigerian Correctional Service Bill. The bill was signed on Wednesday, 11 years after it was first presented on the floor of the Senate. The bill changes the name of the Nigerian Prisons Service to Nigerian Correctional Service. The bill was first presented…

Kirikiri Medium Security Prison

Buhari approves bills that change names of two major Nigerian institutions

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a change of name for the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi in Benue State. The new name for the institution is Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi. The approval follow's the president's decision to sign a bill amending the law that set up the university. Mr…

PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE: Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan Ph.D, CON

Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Bello preach sacrifice at Eid-el-Kabir

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has urged Nigerians, particularly the Muslim faithful, to remember the purpose of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, which he said, is to commemorate the trials and triumph of Prophet Ibrahim. He made the call in a Sallah message through his Media Adviser, Ola Awoniyi, as he admonished…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari signs three bills into law (Details)

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed three bills passed by the last National Assembly into law. The bills are the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (Amendment) Act, 2019; Defence Intelligence Agency Civilian Pensions Board (Establishment) Act, 2019; and National Biosafety Management Agency (Amendment) Act, 2019. An announcement of the president's assent…

PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE: Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan Ph.D, CON

Senate Committees: Reward for loyalty, surprises and round pegs

Weeks after its inauguration, the ninth Senate finally reconstituted its standing and special committees last week. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, made the announcement at the close of plenary on Thursday, after which the lawmakers embarked on their annual recess. Prior to the constitution of the standing committees, the lawmakers…

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ANALYSIS: Senate’s ministerial screening, an opportunity lost

Congratulations Nigerians! We now have 43 new ministers-designate (pending when they are inaugurated). The Senate this week concluded a five-day screening process of the 43 ministers appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari. It is, however, not surprising that there were condemnations from groups and individuals before the appointment, during the screening…

Senator Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani launches non-profit centre

Former Kaduna senator, Shehu Sani, has announced the opening of a non-profit centre. It is called the Africa Centre for Freedom, Peace and Development. Mr Sani who will head the centre as the executive director made the announcement at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday. He said the centre…

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Senate suspends plenary for eight weeks

The Senate has suspended plenary for eight weeks to enable lawmakers embark on annual recess. The Senate had postponed the recess by a week to screen and confirm the ministerial nominees sent in by President Muhammadu Buhari. The lawmakers confirmed all the 43 appointees on Tuesday after they spent five…

Sentor President, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan

UPDATED: Lawan names Senate committee chairpersons (FULL LIST)

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has named the chairpersons for the Senate's 69 standing committees. The announcement was made shortly after the lawmakers unanimously voted to embark on the Senate's annual recess. As expected, some senators loyal to the Senate president were given committees that are considered to be key.…

Senate President Ahmed Lawan

Lawan names chairpersons for 69 Senate committees

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has named chairpersons for the Senate Standing Committees. Mr Lawan also announced 69 committees for the Senate. The announcement was made shortly after the lawmakers unanimously voted to embark on an annual recess. Some senators loyal to the Senate President were, as expected, given key…

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FOR THE RECORDS: Full list of 43 ministers cleared by Senate

The Senate on Wednesday completed the screening process and confirmed all the 43 ministerial nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari. The president had on Monday, last week, sent the list to the Senate for screening and confirmation. The upper chamber duly suspended its recess for the exercise. The lawmakers spent five…

President Buhari presiding over a FEC meeting by Novo Isioro

Senate confirms all Buhari’s 43 ministerial nominees

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed all 43 ministerial nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari. The screening of the ministers began last Wednesday and ended today. One of the last three ministers to be screened on Tuesday was former information minister, Lai Mohammed. Mr Mohammed was on Tuesday given the traditional…

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Edo Assembly Crisis: Senate gives Gov. Obaseki one week to issue fresh proclamation

The Senate has asked the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, to issue a fresh proclamation letter for the Edo State House of Assembly within one week. It asked the governor to formally inform all the 24 members-elect of the new proclamation via print and electronic media platforms. Failure to do…

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Senate screens nine ministerial nominees Monday, three to go

The Senate on Monday screened nine more ministerial nominees appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari. Those screened on Monday are a former minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Muhammad Mahmoud, Gbemisola Saraki, ex-Osun governor Rauf Aregbesola and Goddy Jedi-Agba. Others are former Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu; Maryam…

Ministerial nominee calls for ‘just taxation’ on wealthy Nigerians

A former governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has promised to push for 'just taxation' on wealthy Nigerians if confirmed a minister of the federal republic. He made the statement during his ministerial screening on Monday. Mr Aregbesola is one of the 43 ministers recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.…

Former Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola

Nigeria needs N10 trillion infrastructure bond – Fashola

The immediate past Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has called for the introduction of a N10 trillion infrastructure bond. He made the call on Monday when he was being screened by the Senate. Mr Fashola was the first ministerial nominee to be screened on Monday. Over two…

Abuja City Gate

13 tasks next Abuja minister must undertake to make life better for residents

Life in Abuja is getting worse for many residents amidst poorly maintained infrastructure and worsening security. The situation is same for both rural and urban dwellers of the Nigerian capital. Nnimmo Bassey, an environmental activist and poet, said he becomes sad whenever he returns from a trip outside the country…