Author: Sunday Aborisade

SENATORS Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti) and Yusuf Yusuf (APC, Taraba), on Wednesday, disagreed over calls for the impeachment of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over his inability to deal with Nigeria’s worsening insecurity. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party senators had last week asked Buhari to rise up to the occasion or risk legislative action. READ ALSO: Abuja Bolt driver shot by passenger battles for life in hospital However, their counterparts in the ruling All Progressives Congress dismissed such calls, insisting that the president was doing his best to tackle the situation. Olujimi, (PDP, Ekiti South) urged her colleagues…

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Sunday Aborisade, Abuja Published 12 May 2021 Senators from southern Nigeria have expressed their support for governors from their various geopolitical zones who were demanding the restructuring of the country and the immediate ban on open grazing in their respective states. The Forum of Southern Governors had on Tuesday announced a ban on open grazing in all the 17 Southern states. They also recommended that the Federal Government should support willing states to develop alternative and modern livestock management systems. They called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to as a matter of urgency and importance, address Nigerians…

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THE Senate has said its planned zonal public hearing on the review of the 1999 Constitution, would hold from May 26 to 27. Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, is the Chairman of the committee which has 59 other Senators drawn from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory as members. All female Senators and principal officers except the Senate President, are equally members of the panel. A statement by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Deputy President of the Senate, Yomi Odunuga, on Tuesday, said Omo-Agege, disclosed the details in Abuja. The statement explained that…

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THE Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, has said injustice and pervasive poverty were responsible for the anger and frustration with the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). READ ALSO: Drama unfolds as Mbaka shuts Adoration Ministry ground till June Okorocha, who is also a member of the governing All Progressives Congress, stated this while hosting less privileged Nigerian Muslims at his private office in Abuja, on Tuesday. The former Imo State governor, said the APC-led Federal Government, must begin to take steps to address injustice and tackle poverty in order to restore calm. Okorocha said, “I…

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The Senate Committee on Finance has raised the alarm that some government-owned agencies has failed to remit over N2tn to the federation account from 2014 till date. The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Solomon Adeola, stated this during his panel’s interaction with the Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed; the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, and the Director-General of the Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, on Friday. READ ALSO: 2,000 killed in three months, say CSOs A video clip of the meeting released by the panel on Sunday and transcribed by our correspondent indicated that the interaction session was in furtherance…

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The Senate has asked the Federal Government to withdraw its membership of the Economic Community of West African States if the ECOWAS Commission fails to reinstate a sacked Nigerian director within the next 60 days. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, stated this while reacting to feedback from the panel’s Secretariat that the ECOWAS Commission leadership had ignored the resolution of the red chamber, demanding the reinstatement of Mrs Tokunbo Lijadu-Oyemade, its former director of administration who was sacked by the commission, 17 years ago. The Senate had last month, directed the ECOWAS Commission to ensure…

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said his relationship with the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, remained cordial. Lawan gave the clarification on Friday through a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Ola Awoniyi. He was reacting to a newspaper’s report, not The PUNCH, which claimed that he was at loggerheads with Buni, who is also the caretaker chairman of the All Progressives Congress over the 2023 general elections. The statement partly read, “We are disappointed because it is the second time in less than 10 months that we are compelled to issue a rebuttal of…

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The Senate is currently holding a closed door session with the Chief of Defence Staff, the service chiefs, the inspector General of Police and heads of intelligence agencies in the country Those in attendance are General Lucky Eluoye Onyenucheya Irabor (Chief of Defence Staff), Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru ( Chief of Army Staff); Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo (Chief of Naval Staff); and Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao (Chief of Air Staff). Also in the meeting are the Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, the National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno, Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd),…

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Sunday Aborisade, Abuja Published 5 May 2021 The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, has warned the management of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria to stop building estates for the super rich with funds deducted from poor workers’ salaries. Wabba stated this on Wednesday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of an estate on an expanse of land acquired in Karshi, Nasarawa State, by the Public Complaints Commission branch of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria. Wabba warned the FMBN to avoid a situation whereby poor homeless workers would be forced to park in to expensive…

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THE Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, on Tuesday raised the alarm that Boko Haram insurgents had started regrouping again in the northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. He stated this while briefing journalists after plenary on his bill seeking to establish a Federal College of Education in Gwoza, Borno State. The proposed legislation passed second reading on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday. He, however, said the resurgence of Boko Haram activities should not stop the establishment of more education institutions in Borno South. According to Ndume, the area he represents at the National Assembly…

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The Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges on Tuesday directed the Nigeria Customs Service to return the bags of rice and money which its officials allegedly seized recently from some shops in the Oja Oba market in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. Officials of the NCS had last week invaded the market and carted away eight truckloads of rice and money found in the shops of the affected traders. The NCS carried out the operation, barely a month after they raided the Bodija International Market, where they also carted away numerous bags of rice. The development forced the Senator representing…

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Sunday Aborisade, Abuja Published 4 May 2021 The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, on Tuesday, raised the alarm that Boko Haram insurgents has started regrouping again in the northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. He stated this while briefing journalists after plenary on his bill seeking to establish Federal College of Education Gwoza, Borno State. The proposed legislation passed second reading on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday. He, however, said the resurgence of Boko Haram activities should not stop the establishment of more education institutions in Borno South. He said the area, which he…

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Sunday Aborisade, Abuja Published 4 May 2021 The Senate has said that it would meet with the service chiefs, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency and the Inspector General of Police on Thursday. Senate President Ahmad Lawan stated this at plenary on Tuesday. Lawan said the security chiefs who are supposed to brief the Senate are still engaged at the National Security Council meeting which may extend till tomorrow (Wednesday). He said the “briefing will be very crucial for us to be properly informed and properly guided. “The only item on the Order Paper on Thursday will be the…

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The Senate has declared that nobody, group or organisation has approached the upper chamber of the National Assembly with any concrete evidence that could warrant the sacking of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami. The Minister has been in the news since the audio clips of his alleged support for terrorism in the past surfaced on social media recently. Many concerned Nigerians and religious organisations have demanded his immediate resignation from the cabinet of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd). Some Nigerians have also blamed the Senate for not doing a thorough screening on Pantami before…

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Some government agencies on Wednesday opted out of funding from the federal budget and refunded millions of revenues due to the Consolidated Revenue of the Federation. They took the decision at the ongoing investigation by the Senate Committee Finance on remittances of internally generated revenues by ministries, departments and agencies of government. The panel is probing the MDAs compliance to the payment of one per cent Stamp Duties on all federal contracts. The affected agencies told the Senator Solomon Adeola-led finance committee that they had agreed to willingly opt out of federal budget. Specifically, the heads of National Agency for…

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