10th Senate Presidency: Who Succeeds Ahmed Lawan? By Idris Umar Feta,

With elections of the 109 Senators of the 10th Senate almost concluded, public attention, in the polity, has gradually shifted towards the battle for the Senate Presidency and other principal offices, in the Red Chamber.   As lawmakers begin to jostle for these key positions, the race is expected to be highly competitive and closely watched by political analysts and the general public.   The outcome of this contest will likely have significant implications for the political and legislative agenda of the Senate in the coming years, some experts have,…

Igbos, Ahmed Lawan and exclusion politics, by Zainab Suleiman Okino

In the aftermath of the near hitch-free conduct of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) delegate election, and the euphoria of a so-called victory for rotational presidency, we seem to be forgetting something fundamental to the peace and stability of the country. We also need to interrogate the circumstances that led to the withdrawal of a relatively young and vibrant former minister for state for education, Chukwuemaka Nwajiuba, apart from his claim of monetisation of the primary election process, and equally the withdrawal of former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.   Before the…

COVID-19: Lawan urges FG to provide relief for poor Nigerians …says relevant committees will ensure strict application of N6.5 billion by NCDC

President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, has called on the Federal Government to immediately devise ways of providing relief for poor Nigerians whose daily livelihood will be affected as a result of the restriction on movement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawan made the appeal against the backdrop of a meeting between the leadership of the National Assembly and some Ministers and Heads of Government Agencies on Wednesday in Abuja. According to the Senate President, besides mulling a total lockdown of business activities in the country, a plan…

Nigeria doing poorly in Agric research, says Lawan

President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, has decried Nigeria’s poor performance in the area of Agricultural Research and Development. Lawan made this known in his concluding remarks after the Senate considered a bill that seeks to amend the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria Act. According to the Senate President, given the number of specialized agricultural institutes in the country, Nigerian farmers should have access to technology needed to make farming easy. “I want to say that we are doing very poorly in the area of agricultural research and…

Lawan charges N’Assembly Commission on aides’ welfare

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has assured members of the board of the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) of the support of the National Assembly in the discharge of their responsibilities. Lawan gave the assurance when members of the newly inaugurated board paid a courtesy visit to his office at the Senate on Tuesday. The Senate President, who doubled as the Chairman of the National Assembly, charged the commission to create an environment that would ensure efficiency on the part of lawmakers in the discharge of their mandates and…

DEMOCRACY: Nigeria has made substantial progress in twenty years – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said on Thursday that Nigeria has made significant progress over the last twenty years since the country’s return to democracy in 1999. Lawan stated this in a speech delivered at the 17th Edition of the Daily Trust Dialogue with the theme “Twenty Years of Democracy in Nigeria: Strengths, Weaknesses and Opportunities”, which held in Abuja. The Senate President, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, was represented by the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger…

We’ll ensure improvement in Primary Health Care Budget implementation – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday said the Senate has mandated its relevant Committee to ensure an improvement in the implementation of the budgetary allocation to the nation’s primary healthcare system. Lawan made the promise while receiving in audience the Global Alliance for Vaccination Initiative (GAVI) high level mission to Nigeria. Lawan said, “Let me start by appreciating you, GAVI, for so much care and concerns for Nigerians having spent about a billion dollars helping us in the areas of vaccination and immunisation. “You deserve serious commendation by…

Senate will investigate PPPRA over Non-Remittance of N800bn – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said the Senate will investigate the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency over alleged non-remittance of N800 billion to the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) for the maintenance of roads across the country. Lawan stated this in his concluding remarks on a bill for an Act to Repeal the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency Act, 2002 and to Establish the Federal Roads Authority Bill, 2019. According to the Senate President, previous efforts by Nigeria to concession government enterprise failed as a result of systemic corruption.…

Lawan Eulogises Tribune @70,Greets Awolowo’s Family

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has felicitated with the African Newspapers of Nigeria(ANN) Plc, Publishers of the Tribune titles, on the 70th anniversary of the newspapers. Lawan lauded the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, for his foresight in floating what is today Nigeria’s oldest private media outfit with the initial primary objective to project nationalist ideals at a time Nigerians battled to break the yoke of colonialism. The Senate President also congratulated the Awolowo family, board and management of the company for sustaining the legacy of the late sage…