Financial recklessness in NDDC unacceptable – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the allegations of financial recklessness and misappropriation of funds leveled against the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) were unacceptable hence the decision by the Senate to investigate the activities of the Commission. Lawan stated this in a speech delivered on Thursday to declare open an investigative public hearing by the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on the Investigation of the Alleged Financial Recklessness in the Niger Delta Development Commission. The Senate President who underscored the need for the…

Finance Minister meets NASS leadership on 2021-2023 MTEF/FSP • Says Buhari to sign revised 2020 budget Friday • President to present 2021 budget in September 

Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed on Thursday met with the leadership of the National Assembly on plans to submit the 2021-2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) later this month. The Minister while briefing principal officers of the Senate and House of Representatives led by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had given directives for the Ministry to expedite action on next year’s budget estimates to enable him present the 2021…

Senate holds valedictory session for Osinowo  ….Deceased lawmaker was an asset to Ninth Senate – Lawan 

The Senate on Wednesday held a valedictory session in honour of deceased lawmaker representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Adebayo Osinowo. The session which started at about 11:30am lasted almost three hours and had Senators paying glowing tributes to the life and times of Osinowo. The Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi (APC – Kebbi North) in his motion to kickstart the valedictory session, gave a profile into the life of the deceased. “Senator Adebayo Osinowo was born in mid 50’s into the family of Late Alhaji Rabiu…

774,000 jobs: Labour Minister, Ngige apologizes to N’Assembly 

The Minister of Labour, Productivity and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has apologized to the leadership of the National Assembly over last week’s face-off between the Minister of State For Labour, Festus Keyamo and the joint Senate and House Committees on Labour, Productivity and Employment. The Minister tendered an apology on Tuesday in an address delivered when he led a delegation from the Ministry on a visit to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at the National Assembly, Abuja. Ngige said: “Having visited your domain to the Joint Committee on Labour, Productivity…

Buhari replaces two non-career Ambassadors-designate  …As Senator protests exclusion of FCT indigene 

The Senate on Wednesday received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari for the replacement and confirmation of two non-career Ambassadors-designate. The request was contained in a letter read during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. The President sought to replace the earlier nomination of Mr. Oboro Effiong Akpabio and Brigadier General Bwala Yusuf Bukar from Akwa-Ibom and Borno State, respectively. The letter reads: “In accordance to Section 171(1)(2)(c) and subsection (4) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, I have the honour to forward for confirmation by the Senate, the…

COVID-19: House of Reps refutes reports of 50 lawmakers tested positive

The Federal House of Representatives has debunked an online reports claiming that over 50 Lawmakers has been tested positive to CoronaVirus The Green chamber described the publication as “fake news” and “gross misinformation”. The reports which has created panic in the Nigeria National Assembly was published by some online newspapers on Tuesday with the headline, ‘Panic at National Assembly As Over 50 lawmakers allegedly test positive for COVID-19’. A statement signed by the Spokesman for the House of Representatives, Rep. Benjamin Kalu, on Wednesday morning, said there was no time…

FG public works recruitment must benefit Nigerians -N’Assembly

Members of the 9th National Assembly has expressed their readiness towards ensuring proper and effective implementation of the recruitment of the 774000 public works workers proposed by the federal government. The both Chambers in a joint statement signed by Senate Spokesperson,Senator (Dr.) Ajibola Basiru and House Spokesperson,Rep. Benjamin O. Kalu ,restated commitment to the success of the recruitment exercise The lawmakers further reminded members of the public that the legislature was part of the conception of the programme, approved it and appropriated funds for its implementation as part of the…

Legislature most misunderstood arm of Government – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the legislature is the most misunderstood arm of Government. Lawan stated this in his remarks sequel to a motion considered on International Day of Parliamentarism, sponsored by Senator Ifeanyi Ubah (YPP – Anambra South). According to the Senate President, the development posed a challenge which required Parliamentarians to educate and enlighten citizens on the functions and roles of the parliament. He added that the National Assembly in its bid to ensure the prudent application of public funds, will continue to oversight…

Senate observes a minute silence to honour Ajimobi

The Senate on Wednesday observed a minute silence to honour the immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Isiaq Abiola Ajimobi who died on June 25, 2020 at the age of 70. The decision to do so was reached following a personal explanation by Senator Kola Balogun (PDP – Oyo South) on the floor during plenary. Coming under rule 43, the lawmaker stated that Ajimobi made great strides in the world of business for almost three decades before delving into politics in 2003. He noted that the deceased was an…

Polio: Senate urges relevant agencies to sustain immunization of children

The Senate has called on government at the federal and state levels, as well as relevant Ministries and Agencies to sustain the immunization of infants and children in the country. The call was made against the backdrop of a motion considered to commemorate the declaration of Nigeria as a polio virus free nation by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday, 11th June, 2020. The upper chamber while congratulating the Federal Government for the feat, urged the Federal Ministry of Health to adopt guidelines and other measures to prevent the…