COVID-19: Security agencies must enforce ban on interstate travels – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has emphasized the need for security agencies to ensure a total enforcement of the Federal Government’s ban on interstate travels to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus disease. Lawan made the call in his remarks sequel to the consideration of a motion on the “Need to enforce Presidential Order banning Interstate Movement”, sponsored by Senator Ike Ekweremadu (PDP- Enugu West). “There is need for total enforcement on the ban on interstate travels. Apparently, there is so much breach, and it appears like our security…

Lawan lauds Yobe govt over probe of ‘mystery deaths

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has commended the Yobe State government for ordering an investigation into the mystery deaths recently reported in some parts of the state. Lawan had expressed concern at the reports that many people have died of yet unknown cause(s), particularly in Gashua, Nguru and Portiskum communities. Lawan welcomed the announcement by the State government that it would launch an investigation into the cause of the deaths. Lawan urged the affected communities to cooperate with the authorities in their efforts to unravel the mystery behind the…

COVID-19: Nigeria will overcome difficulties caused by dwindling revenue – Lawan

President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday assured Nigerians that the country will overcome economic challenges facing the nation as a result of dwindling revenue from crude oil sale. Lawan stated this in a speech delivered to welcome lawmakers back from a five-week recess embarked on by the National Assembly to contain the spread of the novel COVID-19 disease. According to him, the decision of the upper chamber to reconvene from recess was “to enable us (Senate) to sustain work on solutions and to ensure that the health…

COVID-19: Ensure fairness, equity in stimulus package for Nigerians – Lawan urges Executive

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday urged the Executive arm of government to ensure equity and fairness in the distribution of the stimulus package across the country. Lawan made the appeal during a meeting of the National Assembly leadership with some members of the Presidental Committee on COVID-19. In attendance were the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of state for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele. The meeting was also attended by the Speaker of…

Lawan pays tribute to Sen Longjang ,describes him a peaceful man, committed to Nigerian project

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has said that Senator Ignatius Longjang, until his death on Sunday, was a peaceful man and a bridge builder committed to the Nigerian project. Lawan paid glowing tribute to Longjang when he led a high power delegation of the Senate on condolence visit to the family of the late Senator in Abuja. The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Sabi Abdullahi and Senate Deputy minority Leader, Philip Aduda were principal officers also on the delegation. The Senate…

We are open to suggestions on ways to deal with Hate Speech, fake news – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, has said that the National Assembly is opened to suggestions from Nigerians on the best ways to tackle the menace of hate speech and fake news. Lawan stated this on Monday in an address delivered to declare open a Town-hall meeting on the Hate Speech and Social Media bills organized by the Daar Communications in Abuja.   The Senate President said there was need to address the challenge of hate speech and fake news in the Nigerian society. “We are here today because…

Security, PIB, Electoral Reforms topmost agenda in Senate – Lawan …says Constitution Review Committee to be set up soon

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said on Monday that issues of security in the country, Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and electoral reforms are topmost on the agenda of the Senate as the upper chamber reconvenes on Tuesday. Lawan said the heightening spate of insecurity was of growing concern that required the collective effort of the Executive and Legislature, alongside all tiers of government at the State and Local levels. The Senate President stated this while fielding questions from members of the Senate Press Corps who paid him a visit…

Lawan condemns attack on Emir of Potiskum

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has condemned the gun attack in Kaduna on the convoy of the Emir of Potiskum, Yobe State, Alhaji Umaru Bubaram. Gunmen on Tuesday night attacked the convoy of the Emir around Maraban Jos on Kaduna-Zaria road, killing some of the Emir’s aides and leaving others injured. Lawan expressed his condolence with the revered Emir and the families of those killed in the sad incident. The Senate President also prayed for speedy recovery of the Emir and others who were injured. Lawan called on the…

PIB: How 9th National Assembly will break the jinx – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said the Ninth National Assembly will do things differently to break the jinx with the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) next year. The upper chamber, according to Lawan, will as a matter of urgency prioritize the consideration of the Petroleum Industry Bill alongside reforms of the Electoral Act when it returns from the Christmas break in January. The Senate President made this disclosure at a media briefing of Editors, Bureau Chiefs and members of the Senate Press Corps on Monday in…