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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Armed bandits returns to Zamfara community maimed women, steal livestock and food stuffs

Senators lament worsening insecurity in Zamfara, allocate N10bn to IDPs

The Senate on Wednesday resolved to make N10 billion available in the 2019 budget to cater for the internally displaced and other persons affected by the activities of bandits in Zamfara State. This decision was taken after the Senate deliberated on a motion sponsored by Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara Central).…

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Saraki wants NASS budget details ready for passage

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has asked the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Mohammed Sani-Omolori, to make details of the National Assembly 2019 budget available for passage into law. The demand is contained in a letter addressed to the CNA dated March 26, 2019 and signed by the Chief…

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

Senate approves 2019 expenditure framework, fiscal strategy

The Senate on Tuesday, passed the 2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP). The MTEF and FSP are documents that provide the framework of designing a budget as enshrined in section 11 (3)of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007. President Muhammadu Buhari had on November 6, 2018,…

Nigerian Senate

Senate passes Police Trust Fund Bill, four others

The Senate on Tuesday read for the third time and passed the Police Trust Fund Bill. The bill, which was presented on the floor of the senate as a bill for concurrence from the House of Representatives, was passed after a clause-by-clause consideration. The Senate also passed four other bills…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Budget passage stalls as committee fails to present report

The failure of the senate committee on appropriations to present its report has stalled the consideration and possible passage of the 2019 budget. The vice chairman of the committee, Sunny Obuoji, on Tuesday told the senate that the report is not ready because more than half of the sub-committees are…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Senate confirms chairman, members of North-East Development Commission

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday confirmed a retired army major-general, Paul Tarfa, as chairman of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC). The Senate also confirmed Mohammed Alkali as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the commission and nine others as members of the board of the commission. The members…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Nigeria’s insecurity traceable to education sector challenges – Saraki

The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has said education is crucial to ensuring peace, security and rule of law in any society. He said the security challenges confronting the country today are traceable to challenges in the nation’s education sector. He made this statement while contributing to the General Debate on…

Speaker Yakubu Dogara

Forced National Assembly leadership will fail — Dogara

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said any leadership imposed on the ninth national assembly will fail. He said the leadership of the next assembly should be allowed to emerge from elected parliamentarians as forced leadership never endured in the National Assembly. He said this while…

osibanjo

Nigerian media needs self-regulation – Osinbajo

The senior special assistant to the vice president on media and publicity, Laolu Akande, has said self-regulation by the media in Nigeria will help eliminate government regulation. He said this while speaking at a workshop on "legal and ethical issues in investigative journalism" in Abuja on Monday. The workshop, scheduled…

Auditor-General of the Federation, Anthony Ayine [Photo Credit: Independent Newspapers Nigeria]

National Assembly yet to consider FG’s audited report since 1999 – AGF

The Auditor-General of the Federation (AGF), Anthony Ayine, has accused the National Assembly of failing to consider the audited reports of all the federal government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) submitted to it since 1999, ThisDay Newspaper reports. The AGF made the accusation at the weekend while presenting a paper…

KABIRU GAYA

Kano senator declares intention for deputy senate president

The senator representing Kano South Senatorial District, Kabiru Gaya, has formally declared his intention to contest the office of deputy president in the ninth Senate, which is scheduled for inauguration in June. Mr Gaya, a four-time senator and member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), made his declaration on Thursday.…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Saraki Replies Buhari: You’ve been misinformed on debts payable to states

Hours after President Muhammadu Buhari accused the National Assembly of inflating debts to be repaid by the federal government to deserving states, the legislative arm has denied any wrongdoing. Mr Buhari on Tuesday said the total amount approved by the National Assembly to Delta and Taraba States was higher than…

Ali Ndume

Senate Presidency: Ndume ignores APC leadership, lists nine-point agenda

Despite the resolution of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South), has unveiled his agenda as a candidate for the Senate presidency in the ninth National Assembly. Mr Ndume's recent act is against the resolution of the APC which endorsed Ahmed Lawan as the Senate president. However,…

NDIC building

Buhari writes Senate, re-appoints MKO Abiola’s daughter as director, NDIC

President Buhari has written to the Senate seeking confirmation and renewal of the appointment of Omolola Abiola Edewo as Executive Director Corporate Services, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC). Ms Abiola Edewo is the first daughter of the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election, MKO Abiola. She is also a…

President Muhammadu Buhari may sign the 2020 budget today or later this week

Buhari rejects Ajaokuta Steel bill, seven other legislations

President Muhammadu Buhari had declined assent to eight bills recently passed by the National Assembly. The bills are Ajaokuta Steel Company Completion Fund Bill, 2018; Chartered Institute of Training and Development Establishment bill, 2018; Nigerian Aeronautic Research bill, 2018 and National Institute of Credit Administration bill 2018. Others are Small…

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 National Assembly’s debt figures for states

President Muhammadu Buhari for the second time has said the National Assembly inflated the debt figures to be repaid by the federal government to some states. He asked the lawmakers to send details of the amounts they approved for Delta and Taraba States. He said he would go ahead to…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Saraki wants 2019 budget passed by April 16

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has urged the Senate Committee on Appropriations to submit its report by Friday. He said the Senate will suspend plenary for the week to enable the committee present and lay the report. This, he hoped will help the lawmakers pass the budget by April 16.…

Bola Tinubu

Support Lawan, Gbajabiamila or leave APC, Tinubu tells Ndume, other aggrieved lawmakers

Newly elected APC lawmakers must tow the party line or be whipped out of the party, Bola Tinubu has said Mr Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, said that party discipline would be upheld in addressing the leadership tussle of the 9th National Assembly. Mr Tinubu said this…

Ali Ndume

Group urges Ndume to vie for Senate president

A northern group of elders has urged Borno South senator, Ali Ndume, to contest for the office of the Senate President. The Concerned Citizens of Borno, which comprises 'elders' from the state, in a statement on Friday said Mr Ndume possesses all the qualities and requirements to hold the office.…

Buhari declines assent to NOSDRA Amendment Bill, gives reasons

President Muhammadu Buhari has declined assent to the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency Amendment Bill 2018 recently passed by the national assembly. His decision to reject the bill was conveyed in a letter dated January 17 and addressed to Senate President Bukola Saraki, who read it at the…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Lawmakers disagree over motion on militarisation of general elections

The Senate was thrown into rowdy session on Wednesday following the request of Dino Melaye (PDP, Kogi West) to present a motion at the next plenary session. Mr Melaye, who raised a point of order, asked his colleagues to let him bring a motion to debate the militarisation of the…

Temitope Olatoye

Senate resumes, adjourns plenary over Rep’s death

The Senate resumed on Tuesday, and held its plenary for a brief period. Few minutes into the session, the lawmakers adjourned their sitting to Wednesday. The adjournment followed a motion by the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, who prayed his colleagues postpone plenary in honour of a House of Reps member,…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

INEC releases list of elected senators, APC-62, PDP-37

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released a list of senators elected for the ninth assembly so far. These lawmakers were voted in by millions of Nigerians who came out on February 23 to also vote in a president and a vice for another term of four years. Also…

Borno governor, Babagana Zulum

APC’s Zulum wins Borno governorship election

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Babagana Zulum, has been declared the winner of the gubernatorial election in Borno State. Mr Zulum, who is believed to be the anointed candidate of the outgoing governor, Kashim Shettima, was declared the winner of the election by the Independent National…

European Union Election Observation Mission

EU notes ‘systemic problems’ in Nigeria’s elections

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Nigeria has concluded that the governorship and State House of Assembly elections on March 9 were marred by overall low turnout and violence including against election officials and voters. The mission said while there were operational improvements in the elections, these…