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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IGP Mohammed Adamu at the Senate plenary today

Population control, ‘looming revolution’, others top Nigerian Senate discussion last week

Nigerian senators last week discussed a variety of issues including motions and bills, some initially passed but rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari. During the debates, a senator called for population control while some lawmakers expressed concern about a 'looming revolution' in Nigeria. Below are some of the major events from…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Federal Projects: Senate approves N14.6 billion as refunds to Bauchi

The Senate has approved promissory notes and bond issuances worth N14.6 billion to the Bauchi State government as refunds for projects it executed on behalf of the federal government. The approval was a sequel to the adoption of the report of the ad-hoc committee which was set up to consider…

The Joint closed-door plenary of the House of Representatives and Senate

Senate passes bill to make June 12 Democracy Day

The Senate has passed the Public Holiday (Amendment) Act 2019. The bill seeks to declare June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria. It also seeks to bring the Act in tandem with the current realities and exigencies of modern times. The House of Representatives had in December 2018 passed and…

President-Muhammadu-Buhari Smiling

Buhari’s award ‘shameful endorsement of failure’ — PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the presentation of award by the All Progressives Congress’ governors to President Muhammadu Buhari is a "shameful endorsement of failure". The party said the award was the height of deception and a spat on the graves of victims of unrestrained killings and bloodletting…

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

Major events at Senate last week

As the eighth Senate comes to a close, lawmakers in the chamber are making attempts to cover as much work as possible. In the past week, the senators engaged in many legislative activities ranging from passage of bills to adoption of resolutions from motions and reports of committees. Below are…

Over $900 million found in secret non-TSA accounts — Rep panel

The House of Representatives said it discovered that over $900m was still “being held” by Federal Government’s ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) outside Treasury Single Account (TSA). It accused the MDAs of failing to follow the TSA policy, leading to revenue leakages. The House made the revelation while adopting the…

Contaminated Farmland at K-Dere, Ogoni land

Reps want Ogoni cleanup bank account frozen

The House of Representatives has passed a resolution calling for the freezing of the account of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP). The account is domiciled with Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc. The lawmakers said the account should be frozen and full investigation into its status conducted. They also resolved that…

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

UPDATED: Buhari reappoints CBN governor for another five-year term

President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emiefele, for a second and final term of five years. Mr Buhari's letter seeking the Senate's approval for his reappointment of Mr Emefiele was read out by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the close of plenary…

Senate confirms Abike Dabiri-Erewa as head of Nigerian Diaspora Commission

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Abike Dabiri-Erewa as the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian citizens in Diaspora Commission. The letter seeking confirmation of her appointment was sent to the Senate in November 2018. Ms Dabiri-Erewa is currently the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Affairs and…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Senate summons minister over state of facilities in Nigerian teaching hospitals

The Senate has summoned the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, for briefing on the current state of healthcare facilities and services in Nigerian teaching hospitals. The minister's summon was one of the resolutions made after a deliberation on a motion titled 'Alarming report on poor quality of services in Nigerian…

IGP Mohammed Adamu at the Senate plenary today

Senate confirms ex-CBN deputy gov. as FERMA chairman

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of a former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Tunde Lemo, as the chairman of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA). It also confirmed Nurudeen Abdurahaman, as the Managing Director and six members of the board of the agency. The members are…

After standing in train for two hours, Senator wants more coaches for Abuja-Kaduna rail line

A Borno State lawmaker, Ali Ndume, wants the federal government to deploy more coaches to the Abuja-Kaduna rail line. He said the deployment of more coaches will ameliorate the plight of passengers. He made the demand on Wednesday as he recalled his last experience on the train. Mr Ndume said…

Members of the House of Reps

House reviews Electoral Amendment Bill rejected by Buhari

The House of Representatives on Tuesday reworked the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018 rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari. The president had in December 2018 declined assent to the bill for the third time. In his last letter to both chambers of the National Assembly, Mr Buhari said passing a new…

IGP Mohammed Adamu at the Senate plenary today

Insecurity: What IGP Adamu told the Senate – Saraki

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday told federal lawmakers that the police are making efforts to tackle the insecurity across the country as well as sanction erring officers within their fold, Senate President Bukola Saraki said. Mr Adamu appeared before the Senate in plenary and briefed the lawmakers…

The IGP of Police, Mohammed Adamu. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of the Nigerian Police]

Police IG attends Senate plenary, briefs lawmakers over insecurity

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has appeared before the Senate in plenary to brief the lawmakers over the spate of kidnappings across Nigeria. He appeared alongside the special adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang, and other police officers. Mr Adamu was invited by the…

APC Senator, Kabiru Marafa (Photo Credit: Daily Trust)

Zamfara: Why I proposed N10bn intervention fund – Senator

The senator representing Zamfara Central district, Kabir Marafa, has explained why he called for a N10 billion intervention fund to cater for the internally displaced and other persons affected by banditry in Zamfara State. According to Mr Marafa, the fund will also cater to the general wellbeing of victims of…

Speaker, House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara.

Dogara challenges judiciary to help promote press freedom

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Saturday in Abuja, made a robust case for freedom of the press and asked the judiciary to step up the plate and give consequence to citizens liberty through courageous and independent pronouncements and decisions. Mr Dogara was speaking as a special…

#WorldPressFreedom19: organised by Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) in partnership with the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption (RoLAC) Programme of the British Council.

#WorldPressFreedom19: Politicians, journalists, others discuss press freedom in Nigeria (LIVE UPDATES)

Journalists, politicians, and other key stakeholders will discuss press freedom in Nigeria at a two-day event that starts today. The event is organised by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ). It is in commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day held annually on May 3 worldwide. The event…

Katsina State on map

Katsina lawmaker laments ‘alarming’ rate of killings, kidnappings in Buhari’s state

The rate of killings and kidnappings in Katsina State has become so 'alarming' that a lawmaker wants a state of emergency declared in parts of the state. The lawmaker representing Baure/Zango Federal Constituency, Ahmed Dayyabu-Safana, on Thursday decried the increasing rate of killings in Katsina State, the home state of…

Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. [Photo credit: Concise News]

House Speaker: South-west governors, members-elect endorse Gbajabiamila

Serving governors, newly-elected governors, and members of the House of Representative of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have endorsed the Majority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, as the next speaker of the ninth assembly. The endorsement was done on Tuesday night, ThisDay newspaper has reported. The Ogun State governor-elect,…

The hoodlums made their way out with the mace

Mace Theft: Nigerian senators disagree over court ruling

Two Nigerian senators on Wednesday engaged in a war of words over a court order. Isah Misau (PDP, Bauchi Central) and Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) disagreed on the order barring the Senate from considering a report. Mr Misau accused Mr Omo-Agege of abusing the judicial process and the generosity…

Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah

Senate committee directs minister, NEPZA boss to return N14.3 billion

The Senate has directed the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelemah, and the acting Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Terhemba Nongo, to return N14.3 billion to the federal government, the Punch newspaper has reported. The demand was contained in a letter written by the…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

UPDATED: Saraki appointed IHRC ambassador

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has been nominated as an Ambassador-at-Large of a private organisation, the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC). This was made known via a press release by his Media Office. In a letter dated March 16, Friday Sani, an official of IHRC, said as a sequel to…

The IGP of Police, Mohammed Adamu. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of the Nigerian Police]

Senate invites IGP over kidnappings across Nigeria

The Senate has invited the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, for a briefing over the spate of kidnappings across Nigeria. The lawmakers said the invitation is to help profer lasting solution to the menace. The IGP's invitation is one of the many resolutions made after a deliberation on a…

Nigerian Senate

Senate re-examines, passes three bills rejected by Buhari

The Senate has re-examined and passed three bills that were initially rejected by the president, Muhammadu Buhari. The bills are the Federal University of Wukari (Establishment, etc) Bill, Nigerian Film Commission Bill and Nigerian Aeronautical Search and Rescue Bill, The Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan, highlighted the president's rationale for withholding…