N’Assembly will ensure justice for victims of alleged SARS abuses – Lawan assures youths

The President of the Senate, Lawam Ahmad Ibrahim has re-assured Nigerian youths that the National Assembly will collaborate with the Executive to ensure justice for victims of misconduct and rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police. This was contained in a statement personally signed by the Senate President. Read the statement in full : “In the same vein, to discourage impunity, we will insist that the perpetrators of the alleged abuses be prosecuted and sanctioned as appropriate. ‘We will also work with the Executive…

Rep Richard Gbande condemns extra- judicial killing of Terwase Agwaza 

The Honourable Member for Katsina-Ala/Ukum/Logo Federal Constituency ,Hon.Richard Gbande has condemned in strong term the extra judicial killing of Mr Terwase Agwaza A.K.A Gana, who on the 8th day of September 2020, among other Militia groups renounced militancy and embraced the Benue State Government Amnesty Programme at Akume Atongu Stadium, Katsina-Ala. Terwase Agwaza was allegedly ambushed and killed by men of Nigerian Army while travelling alongside his men, Traditional Rulers, Political Leaders and Clergymen on their way to Benue state capital,Makurdi . Hon.Richard Gbande said even though he has been…

HOW HON. KOLAWOLE LAWAL STANDS IN THE 9TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY By Obute James

Hon Kolawole Lawal, Chairman, House Committee on Ethics and Privileges and representative of Egbado South/ Ipokia Federal Constituency of Ogun State is one of the few federal lawmakers who did not hesitate to point to direction they are going in terms of the legislative duties.   This is evident in his contributions to debate on motions and bills in the chamber, response to his constituency’s challenges and constituents’ complaints, bills sponsoring and presentation of motions among other legislative activities. Within the last few months of the 9th National Assembly Hon.…

NASS will be meticulous on PIB, says Lawan  …as Senate adjourns till Nov 24

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the National Assembly will carry out meticulous work on the Petroleum Industry Bill presently before both chambers. Lawan stated this in his remarks after a bill for an Act to Provide Legal, Governance, Regulatory And Fiscal Framework for the Petroleum Industry, the Development of Host Communities passed second reading on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday. The Senate President while describing the PIB as one of the legacies to be left behind by the Ninth National Assembly, assured that the…

Buhari sends NERC Nominees,others to Senate for confirmation …seeks passage of revised 2020 budget for FCT

The Senate on Tuesday received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari for the confirmation of Engr. Sanusi Garba as Executive Chairman of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). Also to be confirmed are: Dr. Musiliu Olalekan Oseni as Vice Chairman; and Aisha Mahmud as Commissioner. The request was contained in a letter dated 15th October, 2020, and read on the floor during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. According to the President, the request was made pursuant to Sections 34 and 40(1) of the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act.…

#EndSARS: Senate tells President Buhari to address Nigerians

The Senate has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to as a matter of urgency, address Nigerians on the #EndSARS protest which has spread across parts of the country. While calling on all tiers of government to put in place and sustain policies and programmes of socio-economic reforms that raise the standard and quality of life of Nigerians, the upper chamber urged the Federal Government to faithfully implement all the five demands of the #EndSARS movement and protesters with necessary timelines to rekindle confidence in government. Accordingly, it also appealed to…

Senate Press Corps elects new Exco

The Senate Press Corps on Friday elected James Itodo of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN as Chairman after defeating Sanni Onogu of The Nation Newspapers with 64 votes to 20. Others elected are: Chinedu Echianu as (Vice Chairman), Folashade Abdulsalam, (Secretary), Godfrey Eshiemoghie (Assistant Secretary) and Salami Gbenga, (Treasurer). Nneka Amaechi-Nnadi, (Financial Secretary), Taiye Odewale, (Auditor),  Mustapha Eniseyin Welfare and Ayo Oguntade, (Chief Whip). The election which was keenly contested witnessed “manifesto night” Thursday where the contestants told their colleagues their various ‘programmes’. The new executive members who were…

Timely budget passage has improved implementation of 2020 budget,says Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the early consideration and passage of the 2020 budget which returned the country’s budget cycle to January – December, has significantly boosted the implementation of this year’s budget. The Senate President made this known on Thursday during plenary on the third day of debate on the 2021 Appropriations bill presently before the National Assembly. Lawan in his remarks on the country’s return to the January to December budget cycle, described same as a major achievement under the Buhari administration and the…

Senate to suspend plenary next Tuesday to begin budget defence – Lawan …urges MDAs to adhere strictly to deadline

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the upper chamber will next Tuesday suspend plenary after consideration of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to enable Committees commence defence of the 2021 budget estimates by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government. Lawan made this known after the Senate passed for second reading the 2021 Appropriations Bill presently before the National Assembly. The Senate President, however, informed MDAs that the upper chamber’s deadline for budget Defence would not exceed the first week of November. He therefore urged all Ministers and…

Oyo Assembly condemns killing of protesters, describes setting up of SWAT as hasty

The Oyo State House of Assembly has condemned the killing of ENDSARS protesters and the hasty setup of Special Weapons and Tactics Team, SWAT as a replacement for the scrapped Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS by the Inspector General of Police, noted that the entire police force needed complete overhaul to redeem its image. The State lawmakers during its Wednesday plenary in Ibadan commended the federal government through the Inspector-General of Police for listening to the voices of Nigerian youths by scrapping SARS. The condemnation came up in a matter of…