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 Buhari

Senator asks Buhari to quit as petroleum minister

A Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to step down from the position of a petroleum minister. Mr. Sani urged the president to appoint someone who is accountable to the position. The Senator made the call in a statement on Thursday. He said because of the demands…

Nigerian Senate challenges Boundary Commission to resolve land disputes

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday directed the National Boundary Commission to investigate boundary conflicts around the country and clearly delineate the boundaries to curb widespread disputes. The directive followed a motion on crises arising from non-delimitation of Nigerian internal boundaries. In the motion, Gershom Bassey (PDP-Cross River South) noted that…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate asks for captive dams across Nigeria to check borehole drilling

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday called for construction of captive dams in communities across Nigeria towards putting a check to the drilling of boreholes in the country. This followed a motion sponsored by Barnabas Gemade (APC-Benue North East) and Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North), which warned that indiscriminate drilling of…

Patience Jonathan

I’m being probed for supporting my husband – Patience Jonathan

A former First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan, has claimed that she is being probed because of the role she played in the build-up to the 2015 elections. Mrs. Jonathan, who is claiming ownership of $15.5 million frozen by a court at the request of the Economic and Financial Crimes…

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

TSTV: Tax incentive to creative sector yielding results – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the recent tax incentive granted the creative sector is already yielding the expected results especially in the breaking of the monopoly in the Pay TV business terrain. He said this at the unveiling of a new digital satellite pay…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Obasanjo mocks Buhari, says president too slow in fulfilling electoral promises

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has criticised the slow pace at which the present administration of Muhammadu Buhari is taking to fulfill its promises to Nigerians. The former president said this in an interview with African Arguments magazine, and stressed that President Buhari had not done enough for Nigerians especially in…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Senate summons ministers over budget funding

The Nigerian Senate has ordered the Ministers of Finance and the Ministers of Budget and Planning to appear before its Joint Committee of Finance and Appropriation next Tuesday.  The directive followed the resolution on Wednesday by the Senate to summon the two ministers to brief it on the release of fund for the…

Nigerian Police [Photo credit: Today.ng]

Bill seeking N540 billion annual funding for Nigeria Police passes second Senate reading

A bill seeking the establishment of the Nigeria Police Development Fund, NPDF, after deliberations passed the second reading in the Senate on Wednesday. The bill also proposes N540 billion annually to fund the Nigeria Police Force for enhanced provision of security. The bill which was sponsored by Abu Ibrahim, senator…

Saudi Arabia's King Salman

Saudi Arabia to allow women drive

Saudi King Salman on Tuesday decreed that women be allowed to drive cars, ending the conservative Islamic kingdom's status as the only country where that is forbidden, CNBC reports. The royal decree ordered the formation of a ministerial body to give advice within 30 days and then implement the order…

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

Nigerian Senate resumes, calls for action against flooding

The Senate resumed from its two-month annual recess on Tuesday and deliberated on flood disasters in parts of Nigeria. In a motion, Yahaya Abdullahi, APC-Kebbi, noted that overflow of waterways and blockage of drainage systems had led to loss of lives and properties in states including Kebbi, Niger, Kogi, Kwara,…

Abuja Airport

Controversy trails Uber drivers’ operations at Abuja airport

The operations of Uber drivers have come under attack at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, following resistance from the resident car hire service providers. Uber drivers have been harassed continuously by the task force of resident car hire services at the NAIA for operating “illegally”. Uber, the U.S.…

Air Peace

Air Peace clinches global recognition

One of Nigeria's prominent operating airlines, Air Peace, has been added as a member International Air Transport Association, IATA. This was revealed in a press statement signed by the airline's communication manager, Chris Iwarah, on Sunday where he said that the airline achieved the feat only in a few months…

Oluremi Tinubu

Tinubu calls for restraint over regional agitations

Oluremi Tinubu, the senator representing the Lagos Central Senatorial District on Friday frowned at the spate of hate speeches and quit notices being bandied around by individuals and groups in the nation and asked for restraint. She said this during the 23rd town hall meeting with her constituents which was…

Army reacts to video depicting harassment of civilians by soldiers

The Nigerian Army has reacted to an online video showing armed military officers humiliating civilians believed to be supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu at a check point in Abia State. In a press release issued on Thursday, signed by the Deputy Director Army Public…

Oby Ezekwesili

Ezekwesili accuses President Buhari of alienating South-east

A former minister of education and leader of the BringBackOurGirls Campaign Group, BBOG, Oby Ezekwesili, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of alienating a section of Nigerians by his actions. In a series of tweets apparently directed at Mr. Buhari, the BBOG leader said all Nigerians must be carried along by…

Charly Boy

Nnamdi Kanu: Charly Boy criticises Nigerian govt.

The Nigerian musician, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has condemned the deployment of soldiers to the hometown of controversial separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Charly Boy, leader of the ‘OurMumuDonDo’ movement said the federal government should be more worried about safeguarding lives and properties than destroying it. He said…

16 Years After, Americans Commemorate 9/11 At White House

The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump alongside, the first lady, Melania Trump, presided over his first 9/11 tragedy commemoration in office, which was is usually a yearly sober occasion. The morning's remembrance which was scheduled for about the same time the first plane commandeered by terrorists…

Microsoft (Photo Credit: v3.co.uk)

Microsoft partners Future Project to support Nigerian startups

A non-governmental organisation, the Future Project, in partnership with Microsoft on Tuesday announced the launch of Accelerate LABS, aimed at bolstering the country’s economic development through enterprise development and technology incubation. This announcement was made during its launch in Lagos which was tagged, 'Activating the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.'…

Bleaching cream

Nigerians express diverse views on call for ban of skin ‘bleaching’ creams

Over the years, bleaching creams also known as skin lighteners, whiteners, brighteners or fading creams were used for the purpose of treating skin problems such as freckles, age spots, acne scars or discolouration related to hormones. However, in recent times, many people now use such creams to lighten a naturally…

President Mohd Buhari

Buhari, Saraki, Dogara mourn Kanti-Bello

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of a former senator, Mahmud Kanti-Bello, who died on Tuesday in Abuja at the age of 72. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Femi Adesina, Mr Buhari sympathised with the Senate of the Federal…

New heads of ICPC, CCB, PenCom heed Senate’s warning, ignore Presidency’s directive

Amidst conflicting directives by the Executive and the Senate to the newly appointed heads of three key public institutions, the appointed officials are yet to assume office. New heads were appointed by the presidency for the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB; the anti-graft agency, ICPC; and the National Pension Commission, PenCom. Ali Usman was named the…

Osinbajo assigns portfolios to 15 new Perm. Secs. (FULL DETAILS)

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday swore-in 15 new federal permanent secretaries at the State House Council Chambers in Abuja. They were appointed to fill vacancies in various government agencies. Two new ministers, Steven Ocheni and Suleiman Hassan, who were sworn-in some weeks ago, were also assigned the portfolios…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Loss of N30 trillion: We’re ready to execute Senate’s arrest order on 30 CEOs — Police

The police have said they would carry out the order by the Nigerian Senate to arrest the chief executive officer of 30 companies alleged to have been involved in the loss of revenue believed to be N30 trillion in the maritime sector. The senate gave the arrest order on Wednesday…

Justice ministry, NAPTIP discuss ways of tackling human trafficking

The Federal Ministry of Justice and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, on Friday organised a seminar to mark the 2017 International Day Against Trafficking in Persons in Abuja. The seminar, which had in attendance many dignitaries was aimed at sensitising stakeholders and the public…

File photo of the #NotTooYoungToRun protesters shutting down the National Assembly gate

After youth protest, Nigerian lawmakers pledge to lower age requirement for elective offices

After a siege on the National Assembly on Tuesday, a group of Nigerian youth was given audience by the National Assembly, and assured that the required ages for elective offices in the country would be slashed. The youth had held a rally before proceeding to lay siege at the entrance…