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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President Muhammadu Buhari

Senators lament exclusion of FCT in ministerial list, commence screening

The Senate has commenced screening of the ministerial nominees. This was, however, after the senator representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Philip Aduda, kicked against the exclusion of FCT in the appointments. Mr Aduda raised a constitutional point of order at the start of plenary on Wednesday noting that a…

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of the Senate President]

Senate to invite petroleum ministers, GMD NNPC, others over state of existing refineries

The Senate on Tuesday resolved to invite the Minister (and Minister of State) for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kolo Kyari, over the status of refineries in the country. The Senate mandated its Petroleum Committee (Downstream and Upstream) when constituted, to…

Ahmed Lawan Senate President

Senate postpones recess, amends rules to screen Buhari’s ministerial nominees

The Senate has decided to postpone its annual recess in order to screen President Muhammadu Buhari's ministerial nominees. The lawmakers had planned to embark on the vacation on Thursday. The recess usually lasts for about seven weeks. The decision to postpone the recess was reached after the upper chamber received…

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of the Senate President]

Senate approves Buhari’s request for 15 Special Advisers

The Senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari's request to appoint 15 Special Advisers. The approval comes exactly five days after the House of Representatives approved the same request. The president, via a letter on July 11, informed the Upper Chamber of his intention to appoint 15 special advisers. Upon taking the executive communication at plenary…

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UPDATED: Buhari appoints Akpabio, Keyamo, Fashola, 40 other ministers (FULL LIST)

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally sent his list of ministerial nominees to the Senate. This was made known by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who read out the president's letter at plenary on Tuesday. The president appointed a total of 43 ministers from the 36 states and Abuja. Among the…

Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed, Chief Justice of Nigeria

CJN Tanko’s confirmation, security summit proposal, others top Senate discussion last week

The past week was a serious one at the upper legislative chamber. Although the much-anticipated ministerial list was not presented to the Senate last week, the lawmakers, however, tackled several national issues. These range from security to the confirmation of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.…

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

Senate committee to meet with Oshiomhole over Edo Assembly crisis

The Senate ad-hoc committee investigating the ongoing crisis at the Edo State House of Assembly has revealed it will meet with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole. The chairman of the committee and Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Aliyu Abdullahi, made this known to…

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Senate confirms nominee rejected in 2016, four others

The Senate has confirmed Aliyu Abubakar as a non-executive commissioner for the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC). Mr Abubakar was one of the five nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari as announced by Senate President Ahmad Lawan on the Senate’s floor penultimate Tuesday. He was first nominated for the same position…

Ahmed Lawan Senate President

Why Senate went into closed-door session before confirming CJN Tanko Muhammad – Official

The Acting Senate spokesperson, Adedayo Adeyeye, has said the executive session the Senate had before screening and confirming Justice Tanko Muhammad had nothing to do with the confirmation exercise. Mr Muhammad was earlier confirmed by the Senate as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday requested Mr Muhammad’s…

Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad

Senate confirms Muhammad as Chief Justice of Nigeria

The Senate has confirmed Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday requested Mr Muhammad's confirmation. His request was sequel to the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to make Justice Muhammad the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria. Mr Muhammad was…

Senator Elisha Abbo

Assault: Ad-Hoc committee demands extension of time to present Elisha Abbo report

The Senate ad-hoc committee investigating the assault incident by Elisha Abbo, a Peoples Democratic Party senator, has demanded for extension of time to submit its report. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had set up the committee on July 3 to investigate the incident. The committee was given two weeks to…

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UPDATED: Senate returns to plenary for confirmation of Justice Tanko as CJN

The Senate has reversed its decision to go into a closed-door session for the confirmation of Muhammad Tanko as substantive chief judge. The Senate had resolved to gone into an executive session (a clossed-door session) to confirm Mr Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria. The confirmation was included…

Senate President Ahmed Lawan

Lawan appoints spokesperson, other aides

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has appointed Ola Awoniyi to replace Festus Adedayo as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. The appointment comes weeks after he reversed his appointment of Mr Adedayo for the position. He had appointed Mr Adedayo as his media aide but the decision was opposed…

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Senate to hold another security summit

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said the upper chamber would hold an "all-inclusive" national summit on security. This will come 14 months after it held a summit to review the security situation in the country. The summit was drafted to provide an all-inclusive platform for Nigerian leaders with a view…

Senator Elisha Abbo

Shiites protest, Elisha Abbo’s investigation, others top Senate’s activities last week

The Senate was, as usual, abuzz with many legislative activities last week. However, events like the appearance of a senator before a committee investigating the assault on a woman and the invasion of the National Assembly by Shiite protesters topped major activities of the Senate last week. Below are some…

Nigerian Senate

Senate wants Nigeria’s business community to explore benefits of AfCTA

The Senate on Thursday asked the federal government to enlighten the Nigerian business community on how to leverage on the immense benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) agreement. The AfCTA was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday. The agreement was signed several months after Mr Buhari…

Nigerian Senate

Senate summons NCC leadership over high rate of dropped calls

The Senate on Thursday summoned the management of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) over the high rate of dropped calls and improper regulation of sim cards. It also urged the commission to direct network providers to expand network infrastructures and monitor compliance to reduce the rate of dropped calls experienced…

Shiites Protesters

Our stance on El-Zakzaki, Shiites – Senate

A member of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Betty Apiafi, said the demands of a Shiite group is beyond the National Assembly. She made this statement when some members of the committee briefed journalists at the National Assembly on Wednesday. The delegation led by its chairman,…

Ahmed Lawan Senate President

Senate demands investigation into death of CIIN boss, other Nigerians killed in South Africa

The Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday, called on the South African government to investigate the death of Elizabeth Ndibuisi-Chukwu and other Nigerian citizens who have died in suspicious circumstances in South Africa. The Senate also urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue travel alerts to Nigerians travelling to South Africa.…

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who succeeded Adams Oshiomhole.[Photo credit: YouTube]

Senate to liaise with Reps over Edo Assembly Crisis

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan has said the upper chamber would set up an ad-hoc committee to work with their House of Representatives counterparts set up to investigate the crisis in Edo State House of Assembly. He said this on Wednesday while responding to a point of order raised by Micheal…

Senator Elisha Abbo

VIDEO: Senator Abbo in shouting match with colleagues

A senator, Elisha Abbo, caught on camera assaulting a woman, has appeared before a Senate committee set up to investigate the incident. Mr Abbo appeared before the Senate ad-hoc committee on Tuesday afternoon. The Adamawa senator, however, refused to take an oath before the panel. He also refused to speak…

Senator Elisha Abbo

UPDATED: Elisha Abbo appears before Senate committee for assaulting woman

A senator, Elisha Abbo, caught on camera assaulting a woman, has appeared before a Senate committee set up to investigate the incident. Mr Abbo appeared before the Senate ad-hoc committee on Tuesday afternoon. The Adamawa senator, however, refused to take an oath before the panel. He also refused to speak…

Senator Elisha Abbo

Assault: Elisha Abbo appears before Senate committee

A senator, Elisha Abbo, caught on camera assaulting a woman, has appeared before a Senate committee set up to investigate the incident. Mr Abbo appeared before the Senate ad-hoc committee on Tuesday afternoon. The Adamawa senator, however, refused to take an oath before the panel. He also refused to speak…

Nigerian Senate

Nigerian lawmakers want death sentence for rape

Nigerian lawmakers are pushing for the death penalty for rape, weeks after allegations of sexual assault against senior religious clerics sparked nationwide uproar, amidst concerns over rising cases of sexual abuse. “We should review our laws and make it a death penalty and by the time we kill one or…

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Appointment of principal officers, Elisha Abbo’s investigation, others top Senate’s activities last week

The lawmakers of the upper chamber kicked off legislative activities on Tuesday, after a two-week break. The Senate, in the past week, was characterised by high attendance, early start of plenary and maximum participation by lawmakers present. Top of the legislative activities was the announcement of principal officers, the constitution…