World Press Freedom Day: Senate President felicitates Nigerian Journalists

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, celebrated with Nigerian journalists on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day.   Lawan said journalists have made immense contributions to the socio-political and economic development of Nigeria.   “Nigerian journalists deserve our appreciation for their contributions to democracy and governance in general in Nigeria as the fourth estate of the realm.   “Promoting press freedom is not only upholding the rights of an important segment of the society, it is also promoting the human right to freedom of speech and opinion.…

Senate Presidency: Group Drums Support for Senate President, Ahmed Lawan’s Continuity

By ABUBAKAR YUSUF.     For competence, efficiency, achievements, capacity and stability in the National Assembly, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan should continue as the next Senate President in the 10th Senate. Aside reverting and sustaining budget circle from January to December, strict budget implementation, budget debate and passage in the last four years deserve his wealth of experience to continue in the next Senate. Assembly watch charged with monitoring the activities of federal lawmakers led by Abraham Owoicho lauded the cordial relationship between the executive and the legislature in the…

Why we delayed passage of 2023 Appropriation Bill – Senate President

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has explained why the Senate decided to shift the passage of the 2023 Appropriation Bill to next Wednesday. Lawan gave the explanation at the commencement of the plenary on Thursday against the backdrop of an earlier announcement that the Bill would be passed before the chamber adjourned for Christmas recess on Thursday. He told his colleagues during the session: “Today was scheduled for us to receive and consider the report of our committee on Appropriation for the 2023 Appropriation Bill. “However, due to…

Senate President laments neglect of livestock sector, calls for government support

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Thursday lamented that the livestock sub-sector has suffered neglect over the years and called on the authourities to accord the sector due recognition and support.   Lawan made the call while playing host to a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, led by the Minister, Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar and also representatives of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, led by its President, Dr. Mrs. Adetuberu Catherine Olutoyin.   In his remarks, the Senate President noted that the livestock sector did not get…

We Il address your concerns over 10 percent tax – Senate President tells soft drink manufacturers

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has assured the manufacturers of non-alcoholic beverages in Nigeria that the National Assembly will address their concerns with respect to the implementation of the Finance Act 2022.   The Finance Act 2022, among other things, imposes 10 percent tax on non-alcoholic beverages.   Top officials of major players in the industry, drawn from Seven-Up Bottling Company Limited, La Casera Company, Rite Foods Limited and Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, complained to the leadership of the Senate on Wednesday that the tax burden could lead…

Senate President seeks Federal govt support for livestock business

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has made a strong case for those engaged in livestock business to be assisted by the Federal government.   Lawan made the appeal at the weekend during the flag off of the Free Mass Animal Vaccination which he sponsors every year, since 2018, for his constituents in Yobe North Senatorial District, Yobe State.   This year flag off ceremony held on Saturday at Jajuwa in Jakusko Local Government Area.   In his remarks at the flag off ceremony, the Senate President said: “It…

Senate President loses media aide, Mohammed Isa

The office of the President of the Senate has announced with deep regret the death of the Special Assistant on Media to the Senate President, Mohammed Abdulkadir Isa. Mohammed Isa died on Friday evening while undergoing treatment for injuries he sustained in a motor accident on Sunday along the Minna-Suleja road, in Niger State. His remains will be buried this afternoon in Funtua, Katsina State in accordance with Islamic rites. The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, expressed sadness over the tragic death of Isa. Lawan described Isa’s death as…

84 bills signed into law justifies collaboration with Executive – Senate President

  The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has advanced copious reasons to justify the current dispensation of collaboration between the National Assembly and the Executive.   Lawan said the prevailing harmonious relationship between the arms of government made the ninth National Assembly the most productive since the inception of the Fourth Republic in 1999.   He disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had so far signed into law 84 bills passed by the ninth Assembly, the largest by any Nigerian President.   The Senate President made the disclosure in a…

Our national honours award, additional call to duty – Senate President

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said on Tuesday that the conferment of national honours on him and his fellow awardees was an additional call to service.   Lawan who was conferred with the national honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger(GCON) spoke on behalf of the other 446 awardees at the event.   President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the investiture ceremony which held at the International Conference Center, Abuja.   The Senate President said “this award is an additional call to service. It is…

Kuje terrorists attack symptomatic of security failure, insider conspiracy – Senate President

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that Tuesday’s attack on the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre by terrorists was sign of failure of the country’s security architecture.   Lawan stated this on Thursday when he led a delegation of the leadership of the Senate to assess the level of attack on the correctional facility by insurgents.   Lawmakers on the Senate delegation, which also had some members of the Committee on National Security and Intelligence, were conducted around the facility by the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service,…