Lawan announces Abba Moro as Chairman, Federal Character C’ttee

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has appointed Senator Abba Moro as Chairman of the Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs. Lawan made the announcement moments before the Senate adjourned plenary on Wednesday. Abba Moro replaced the former Chairman, Senator Danjuma La’ah (Kaduna South), who on Wednesday was nominated by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the new Deputy Minority Whip of the Senate. La’ah’s nomination came on the heels of Senator Ibrahim Danbaba’s defection from the PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). La’ah’s nomination was contained…

Senate moves to establish National Centre for Cancer Treatment 

The Senate on Wednesday considered a bill to establish the National Centre for Cancer Treatment.   The bill tilled, “National Centre For Cancer Treatment Bill, 2022”, scaled second reading on the floor and was sponsored by Senator Oseni Yakubu (Kogi Central).   Senator Yakubu, in his lead debate on the principles of the bill, noted that cancer has become a global disease that accounts for one out of eight women expecting to be either diagnosed for breast and cervical cancer in their lifetime; and two out of ten men expecting…

PARTY PRIMARIES : Senate adjourns plenary till June 7 

The Senate has adjourned sitting till June 7, 2022, to enable lawmakers participate fully in the Presidential, National Assembly, Governorship, and State Houses of Assembly primaries.   The motion for adjournment was moved by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North) and seconded by the Deputy Minority Leader, Shuaibu Lau (Taraba North).   The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in a Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Elections released on 26th February, 2022, directed political parties to conduct their primaries for the nomination of candidates from the…

Senate passes bill to re-enact Customs Act, establish NCS Board

The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to repeal and re-enact the Customs and Excise Management Act 2004.   The passage of the bill followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariffs.   Chairman of the Committee, Senator Francis Alimikhena (Edo North), in his presentation, said the bill amongst others, seek to assist the Nigeria Customs Service administration in driving economic growth and trade facilitation.   He added that bill when signed into law would make the NCS a legal entity under the supervision…

PDP nominates Danjuma La’ah as new Deputy Minority Whip

The Senate, Wednesday, received the nomination of Senator Danjuma La’ah (Kaduna South) as the new Deputy Minority Whip of the Senate from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). La’ah’s nomination was contained in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and read at the start of plenary. The letter was signed by the National Secretary of the PDP, Senator Samuel Anyawu. Anyawu explained in the letter that the nomination of Senator La’ah was against the backdrop of the recent defection of the former Minority Whip, Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Danbaba…

Senate amends Electoral Act to allow President, NASS Members, Govs, others vote at party congresses, primaries    

The Senate, on Tuesday, amended the Electoral Act, 2022, to allow ‘statutory delegates’ all those elected to participate and vote in the conventions, congresses or meetings of political parties.   This followed the expeditious consideration of a bill during plenary which scaled first, second and third readings, respectively, and was passed during plenary by the chamber after consideration by the Committee of the Whole.   Those identified as ‘statutory delegates’ include the President, Vice President, Members of the National Assembly, Governors and their deputies, Members of the State Houses of…

Senate passes bill to enact Arbitration and Mediation Act, three others for concurrence 

The Senate, on Tuesday, passed a bill to enact the Arbitration and Mediation Act to provide for a unified legal framework for the settlement of commercial disputes.   Also passed were there other bills for concurrence from the House of Representatives by the chamber after a clause-by-clause consideration by the Committee of the Whole.   The bills include: Federal Medical Centre Ogoja, Cross-River State (Establishment) Bill, 2022; Federal Medical Centre Igboora, Oyo State (Establishment) Bill, 2021; and Advertising Regulatory Council Bill, 2022.   The four bills for concurrence were sponsored…

ASUU strike: Senate ‘ll bring back FG/ASUU to negotiation table – Senate President …. Urges students to avoid confrontation

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said on Tuesday that the Senate will intervene in the lingering dispute between the Federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) by bringing back the two parties to the negotiation table.   Lawan made the promise to the officials of the National Association of Nigerian Students(NANS) who were led to his office by a concerned Methodist Bishop, Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha.   The NANS President, Sunday Asefon who spoke for his other colleagues lamented their continued stay at home and disruption…

Senate mourns Arthur Nzeribe’s demise, observes a minute silence 

The Senate, on Tuesday, observed a minute silence to mourn the demise of Senator Arthur Nzeribe.   The first republic politician and former lawmaker who represented Imo West Senatorial District, died on Sunday at the age of 83.   The news of his death was brought to the floor by Senator Rochas Okorocha (APC, Imo West), following a point of order raised at plenary.   Rising on order 42, Okorocha informed his colleagues of the death of the former lawmaker after a protracted illness.   He noted that the late…

What makes Ninth N’Assembly stands out from previous Assemblies – Lawan …bags Sun Political Icon of the Year 2021 Award

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has advanced reason to justify why the current National Assembly stand out from the previous Assemblies.   Lawan said the uniqueness of the Ninth Assembly was its ability to conquer most complex and critical legislations that had either defied passage or assent.   The Senate President spoke on Saturday night in Lagos in response to the honour bestowed on him as The Sun Political Icon of the Year 2021.   The award was formally presented to him at The Sun Newspapers’ 19th Annual…