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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Senate questions Military Board over N44 billion pension funds

The Senate Thursday questioned the Military Pensions Board over N44 billion it allegedly expended without budgetary provisions between 2015 and 2017. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Matthew Urhoghide (PDP, Edo South), described the Service Wide Vote (SWV) under which the Military Pensions Board gets its allocation…

Codeine is one of the drus being abused by young people

Codeine Ban: Lawmakers, other Nigerians react

The ban on codeine by the federal government has sparked mixed reactions across the country. The federal government on May 1 ordered an immediate ban on the issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as an active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparation. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who…

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National Assembly to allocate 1% CRF to Primary Healthcare

The National Assembly will ensure that one per cent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) is set aside in the 2018 budget to boost the provision of basic primary healthcare services across the country, Senate President Bukola Saraki has said. He said this at the 58th Annual General & Scientific…

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Senate moves to establish National Assembly museum, archives

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, inaugurated an adhoc committee for the establishment and development of the National Assembly museum and archives on Wednesday. According to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, the inauguration took place in Abuja where he said the committee is to help in…

Senator Ben Murray Bruce

Senator confirms Dino Melaye escaped from police vehicle

A senator, Ben Murray-Bruce confirmed that the embattled senator, Dino Melaye, who represents Kogi West, actually escaped police custody last week. Mr Melaye, reportedly jumped from a police vehicle because he was "repeatedly tear-gassed by police officers", Mr Bruce said. PREMIUM TIMES could not immediately get the police reaction to…

Nigerian Senate

Senate claims Melaye not major reason for Police IG summons

The Senate via its spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, has said the summoning of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, by it is not because of the travails of one of its senators, Dino Melaye. He said this while briefing journalists at the National Assembly on Wednesday. Mr Idris failed…

Mao-Ohuabunwa

Senator raises alarm over cross-boundary clashes in Abia, Cross River

A senator, Mao Ohabunwa (PDP, Abia North), has raised alarm over recent cross-boundary invasion of Isu community of Arochukwu Local Government Area in Abia State allegedly by Utuma community of Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State. In a motion he sponsored, Mr Ohabunwa called for the intervention of…

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Masked, heavily armed security officials flood National Assembly

The Nigerian National Assembly complex is flooded with fully masked and heavily armed security officers as the Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, appears before the Senate on Wednesday. The security officers are of different agencies ranging from the Departmental State Service (DSS), Civil Defence, to Nigerian Police, among others. The…

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the 2018 Workers Day celebration at the Eagles Square

May Day: Nigerian govt not ignoring workers’ demands – VP Osinbajo

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has assured Nigerian workers that the Buhari-led administration is not ignoring their demands of better working conditions. He gave the assurance while speaking at the 2018 Workers’ Day celebration at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Tuesday as he explained the implementation of the new…

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May Day: APC, PDP, others felicitate with Nigerian workers

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has extended its good wishes and greetings to all Nigerian workers on this year's May Day celebration. The APC, in a statement by its spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, described Nigerian workers as key drivers of development despite the challenges they face. "Unarguably, the Nigerian workers…

President says INEC reserves right to order elections

Buhari has powers to spend $496 million from ECA without National Assembly approval – Aide

A presidential aide, Ita Enang, said on Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari has the power to spend $496 million for the purchase of aircraft without the approval of the National Assembly. Mr Enang made this statement on Monday while discussing ‘the implications of bypassing the National Assembly’ in an interview…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Obasanjo’s movement criticises Buhari for ‘campaigning’ despite killings

The Coalition for Nigeria Movement, led by a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for 'campaigning' in different parts of the country despite the ongoing killings ravaging some states, particularly Benue. Mr Buhari has indicated his intention to seek reelection in 2019 after months of suspense. Many…

John Nwodo

PDP, Ekweremadu, IPOB react to explosion at Nwodo’s residence

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the Sunday attack on the country home of the Ohaneze Ndigbo National President, John Nwodo, in Ukehe, Enugu State. The police spokesperson in Enugu State, Ebere Amaraizu, on Sunday confirmed the attack to PREMIUM TIMES. He said there were no lives lost to…

Nigerian Senate

Major activities of the Senate last week

Following the mace theft saga, the Senate was more about less talk and more action last week. The lawmaker, obviously angered by the recent happenings in the country, tackled issues ranging from the killings in Benue State to the arrest as well as hospitalisation of one of their own, Dino…

Foster Ogola

NASS website retains senator’s profile despite report of certificate scandal

The profile of Nigerian senator, Foster Ogola (PDP, Bayelsa West) on the National Assembly’s official website has remained unchanged despite revelations of his fake certificate. PREMIUM TIMES had reported how Mr Ogola claims to have obtained a Ph.D in Christian Leadership from GMF Christian University, Lagos in 2012, a university…

Nigerian Senate

In summoning Buhari, Senators tackle executive, military over Benue killings

The Senate on Thursday resolved to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to a joint session with the House of Representatives over killings in Benue State. Mr Buhari is to brief the lawmakers on the recent upsurge of violence in the north-central state and others across the country. The summon followed deliberation…

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UPDATED: Benue Killings: Senate backs Reps, summons Buhari  

The Senate on Tuesday resolved to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to a joint session with the House of Representatives, for questioning over killings in Benue state. Mr Buhari is to brief the lawmakers on the recent upsurge of violence in Benue and other states across the country. The summon followed…

Senator Dino Melaye arrived at Zankli Hospital Abuja in a stretcher

‘I may be killed’, says APC senator blaming Buhari govt for Melaye’s ordeal

Some senators of the ruling All Progressives Party (APC), have blamed the present administration as well as President Muhammadu Buhari for the recent incidents involving a fellow lawmaker, Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West). The senators are Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) and Muhammed Shittu (APC, Jigawa North East). The lawmakers…

Adichie speaking at the forum

Hilary Clinton’s bio controversy: Chimamanda Adichie replies critics

Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie, has replied those criticising her for her recent comment about Hilary Clinton's twitter bio. She stirred controversy when she said she was upset by Mrs Clinton’s usage of `wife’ on her twitter bio at a PEN World Voices Festival lecture. Some Nigerians who reacted to the…

National Assembly

Mace Theft: National Assembly tightens security

The Nigerian National Assembly has tightened security in its premises following last Wednesday's invasion of the Senate by unknown persons who took away its mace. This was evident from the numerous security checks and questioning from different security officers from the main entrance of the National Assembly to the main…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu visited Sergeant-At-Arms, Sarah Davou

Saraki visits female Sergeant-At-Arms injured during Senate invasion

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Sunday visited a female Sergeant-At-Arms, Sandra Davou, who was wounded on Wednesday when thugs invaded the Senate and stole its mace. According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, Mrs Davou who lives in Bwari Area Council in the…

Nigerian Senate

Senate working to grow digital financial technology in Nigeria – Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has assured that the Senate is working to ensure the growth of digital Financial Technology (FinTech) popularly known as digital financing in Nigeria. According to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, he gave the assurance while speaking before the…

Stella Oduah

Senator wants Federal University of Aquatic Studies in Anambra

A senator, Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North) on Thursday, made a move to secure a new federal university of aquatic studies in Ogbaru, Anambra State. This is the second bill presented by the lawmaker, seeking the establishment of a federal university in the state. The bill, if passed, is expected…

Atiku Abubakar

Buhari’s Statement On Nigerian Youth: Atiku, Murray-Bruce, other Nigerians react

A former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar; a federal lawmaker, Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP, Bayelsa East); and former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, have reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari's recent statement on Nigerian youth. The politicians took to their official twitter pages to condemn Mr Buhari's statement, describing it as a…

IDPs

Zamfara Killings: Senate calls for distribution of grains to IDPs

The Senate on Wednesday urged the federal government to approve the distribution of grains to internally displaced persons in Zamfara State. The Senate lamented the high level of hunger in IDP camps particularly in the North-eastern and North-central parts of the country. It also directed the National Emergency Management Agency…