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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Nigerian Senate

Senate moves to increase tax on plastic bags, bottles

The Nigerian Senate has called for an increase in tax payable on plastic bags and bottles to discourage their use. It also called for the introduction of eco-friendly reusable bags. The call came after the lawmakers deliberated a motion on the 2018 World Environmental Day sponsored by Rose Oko (PDP,…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Drama as Senate confirms four INEC commissioners

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed four Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commissioner nominees. They are Monday Udo Tom (Akwa-Ibom), Attahiru Madami (Niger), Ahmed Mahmud (Zamfara) as Resident Electoral Commissioners and Festus Okoye (South-east Geo Political Zone) as National Electoral Commissioner. The confirmation process, however, went rowdy when some lawmakers challenged…

Herdsmen

Senate asks Defence Minister to withdraw statement on anti-grazing law

The Senate on Wednesday called on the Minister of Defence, Masur Ali, to withdraw his statement calling for the suspension of the anti-grazing law in some states. The lawmakers said the enactment of the law is not the reason for the killings going on in several parts of Nigeria. On…

A Federal High Court Jos

Buhari appoints Chief Judge of Federal High Court

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Adamu Abdu-Kafarati as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. He wrote a letter to the Senate requesting the confirmation of Mr Abdu-Kafarati’s appointment. Mr Abdu-Kafarati was sworn-in as the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in September 2017. His swearing-in was…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Major events at the senate last week

The Senate resumed legislative activities on Wednesday following the Democracy Day celebration on Tuesday, May 29. Below are some major events at the Senate last week Wednesday: - Embattled Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye, attended the Senate plenary on Wednesday after some weeks of absence. Mr Melaye has been bedridden…

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

Why we retained age requirements for Senate, Governorship — Ekweremadu

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has explained that the 35 years age qualification for the Senate and governorship was retained to correct the initial disparity in the 1999 Constitution between the age requirement for the Senate and the Presidency. Qualifying age for the Presidency, which used to be 40…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Not Too Young To Run Movement seeks reduction of age for Senate, Governorship

The Not Too Young To Run Movement has called on members of the National Assembly to review its vote on the age qualification for the senate and governors. This was top of the demands made by the movement on Friday at a press conference in Abuja. The convener of the…

Nigerian Senate

Killings: Senate asks NSA to submit request for funding

The Senate on Thursday asked the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, to submit a request for funding. The special funding will enable the security agencies tackle the spate of killings, kidnapping as well as terrorism across the country. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, disclosed this after the Senate resumed…

Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

Senate rejects Buharis’s CBN nominee, confirms four others

The Senate has confirmed four of five nominees named as non-executive directors of the board of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The confirmed nominees are Ummu Jalingo, Justitia Odinakachukwu, Mike Obadan and Adeola Adetunji. It however, rejected Abdu Abubakar, as senators who screened him said they were dissatisfied with his…

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Senate in closed door session with NSA Monguno

The Senate is currently holding an executive session with the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno. Mr Monguno appeared in the upper chamber at about 12:40 p.m. in company of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang, following the Senate's summon three weeks ago.…

Foster Ogola, Senator involved in certificate scandal

Senator involved in certificate scandal backs establishment of education college

A bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of a Federal College of Education (Technical) in Aghoro, Bayelsa State, has passed second reading. The bill was sponsored by Foster Ogola (PDP, Bayelsa West), a federal lawmaker caught in a certificate scandal. PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported how Mr Ogola claimed…

Nigerian Senate

Senate summons CG Prisons over confinement of underage offenders in adult prisons

The Senate has summoned the Comptroller-General of Nigerian Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, over alleged confinement of underage offenders and infants in the same prisons with adult prisoners. The summon was sequel to deliberation on a motion moved by Victor Umeh (APGA, Anambra Central). Mr Umeh had expressed worry that juvenile offenders…

Former INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega announcing results in the 2015 election.

Name ‘notorious bribe seekers’, Senate dares Jega

The Nigerian Senate has dared a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, to mention the names of committee chairmen who seek bribe at the National Assembly. The call followed a point of order raised by Isa Misau (APC, Bauchi Central). He had stood up to…

Atiku Abubakar

Democracy Day: APC, SDP, NLC, Atiku congratulate Nigerians

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated Nigerians on the 2018 Democracy Day celebration. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, the APC boasted of a stronger democracy and polity 19 years after returning to democratic rule. It said Nigeria has conducted successive elections and has continually…

Oby Ezekwesili

Buhari ‘murdered’ the Naira – Ezekwesili

Former Minister of Education, and now leader of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group, Oby Ezekwesili, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of “murdering” the naira. She also accused the president of delayed decision making particulary in matters regarding the nation’s economy. She made this statement while speaking on a…

President Buhari, and his deputy, VP, Yemi Osinbajo in audience with APC Governor's Forum led by Rochas Okorocha, Chairman APC Governors Forum at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. 3rd April 2018. Photos: NOVO ISIORO

Buharimeter: Nigerians insist Buhari yet to publicly declare assets

Majority of Nigerians who took part in an opinion poll have dismissed the authenticity of the asset declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Buhari, via a statement by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, provided information on his assets three years ago, bowing to growing public pressure for the then new government to do…

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Children’s Day: Safety of Nigerian child non-negotiable – Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has advocated for the safety of Nigerian children as he felicitated with children across the country. In a goodwill message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, to commemorate the 2018 Children's Day, Mr Saraki noted that the Children's…

Bukola Saraki

Health Workers’ Strike: Saraki meets ministers, JOHESU leaders

Senate President, Bukola Saraki Friday met with the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige; and leaders of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), in a bid to end the ongoing strike by health workers. The strike called by JOHESU is over a month old and has…

Nigerian peacekeepers

UN to honour three fallen Nigerian peacekeepers

Three fallen Nigerian peacekeepers will be honoured, among others, in commemoration of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, the United Nations (UN) has said. The three Nigerians are: Ali Suleiman, a Lt. Col. who served with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO);…

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Nigerian Senator defends colleague’s ‘underage girl’ marriage in tirade against female lawmakers

A senator, Kabir Marafa (APC, Zamfara Central) tackled his female colleagues on Thursday asking them to take the issue of insurgency more seriously. Mr Marafa said this while contributing to a motion to celebrate the 2018 Children's Day by Binta Garba (APC, Adamawa) and eight other senators. He argued that…

Oluremi Tinubu

Tinubu blames colonialists for hatred among Nigerians

A senator, Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central), has blamed colonialists for hatred among Nigerians as well as insurgency in the country. Mrs Tinubu said this on Thursday while contributing to a motion to celebrate the 2018 Children's Day by Binta Garba (APC, Adamawa) and eight other senators. Mrs Garba had…

Musliu Smith

Buhari nominates former IGP Musliu Smith as chairman PSC

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate to confirm former Inspector-General of Police, Musliu Smith, as the chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC). He also sought the confirmation of Clara Ogunbiyi and former Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Lawal Bawa, as full-time commissioners of the PSC. Four other members of…

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Insecurity: Senate considers special funding for security agencies

The Senate on Wednesday, resolved to consider setting up a special funding for security agencies in the country. The special funding will enable the agencies tackle the spate of killings, kidnapping as well as terrorism across the country. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki disclosed this after the Senate resumed from…

Military Chiefs

Insecurity: Senate in closed-door session with Nigeria military chiefs, SSS DG

The Senate is currently holding an executive session with the Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin; the Director-General of State Security Service, Lawan Daura; and other service chiefs. The service chiefs are the heads of the Nigerian Army, Air Force and Navy. Mr Olonisakin led the delegation into the upper…

Members of the National Intervention Group of Nigeria speaking at the event

Killings: Group demands resignation of Police IG

A human rights group, National Intervention Group of Nigeria, has called for the resignation of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for alleged loss of morality to continue in office given his inability to tackle killings across the country. The convener of the group, Segun Akinloye, made this call…