AFTER SELLING 26MIL JEEPS AT 1MIL EACH TO FORMER LAWMAKERS, NASS SET TO BUY 5.5BIL NEW ONES FOR ITS MEMBERS

Lawan. Photo: TWITTER/SPNigeria The leadership of the National Assembly has begun moves to procure operational vehicles for the lawmakers that make up its dual legislative chambers.It was learned yesterday that meetings in that regard started among presiding officers in the Senate even before the apex legislative body embarked on its eight-week recess, which ends on September 24, 2019. A National Assembly official confirmed the meetings on condition of anonymity, saying the cost of the cars would be deducted from lawmakers’ allowances. He hinted that the preferred brand being considered for…

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PARTING GIFTS; HOW NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS BOUGHT 26MIL JEEPS FOR 1MIL, 10MIL OFFICE EQUIPMENT FOR 360K

Toyota Land Cruiser purchased at N26m sold for N1m ….Office equipment worth over N10m sold for N360,000 By Chukwu David Stunning revelations have been made on how sharp practices allegedly characterised sales of National Assembly property during the transition from the Eighth Assembly to the recently inaugurated Ninth Assembly. It was also alleged that scandals greeted the handling of the contract for the repainting of offices of members of the Ninth National Assembly, as the process reportedly lacked transparency and accountability. New Telegraph ’s investigations on sales of most of…

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AGAIN BUHARI EXCLUDES FCT FROM MINISTERIAL APPOINTMENTS

President Muhammadu Buhari It is his privilege to nominate anyone he likes. It is our right to examine the nominees and has our say. But as chief executive of the federation, he will have his way. In the same vein, it is still our responsibility as citizens to return our verdict on the quality of the cabinet this brand new senate will certainly clear tomorrow. The President of the Senate as a candidate pledged that the senate he would preside over, would not be a ‘rubber-stamp’. Indeed, he has set…

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NASS MEMBERS RECEIVE 12.3BIL NAIRA WELCOME PACKAGE, DISAPPOINTED IT’S NOT ENOUGH

Sunday Aborisade and Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Members of the National Assembly have been paid their welcome package, including accommodation and furniture allowances, The PUNCH has learnt. It was also gathered that some of the lawmakers were not happy because the allowances fell below their expectations. A credible source in the National Assembly management told our correspondent on Sunday that lawmakers started receiving their allowances and running costs in batches from July 5. The official disclosed that senators were paid over N30m each while Reps received over N25m each. “The lawmakers have…

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A PARLIAMENT OF OWLS BY TUNDE ADESOLA

Tunde Odesola With feathers adapted for silent flight, eyes imbued with binocular vision, ears made for binaural hearing and talons designed to kill, the owl is the silent killer machine in the sky. The owl holds different meanings to different cultures of the world. In Africa, the owl is generally seen as an evil bird. Among the Kikuyu of Kenya, the owl is a messenger of death; the hoot of an owl is believed to bring bad luck, ill health, or death. Among the Yoruba, ‘eye aje’ (bird of the…

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9TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY RESUMES AMIDST UNCERTAINTIES

Senate President Ahmed Lawan (C) (Photo by Kola SULAIMON / AFP) • Oshiomhole, Reps rebuff cash squeeze, reconvene After its proclamation on June 11, 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari, the 9th Nigeria’s National Assembly begins its plenary journey to the first legislative year today. Although the major business the bi-cameral federal legislature carried out two weeks ago was to elect the principal officers, namely, speaker and deputy and president and deputy of the House of Representatives and Senate respectively, it is today that the two chambers are expected to consummate…

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SEE THE INTRIGUES BEHIND OMO-AGEGE EMERGENCE AS DEPUTY SENATE PRESIDENT

By Inneh Barth The victory of Senator Ovie Augustine Omo-Agege as the Deputy Senate President against Senator Ike Ekweremadu did not come as a surprise to many especially, those who have followed his political struggle since he returned from the United States of America to join politics. In 2002 when he returned home and made frantic efforts to represent his constituency at the national assembly under the platform of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ), though he did not succeed, he gave what made described as fierce…

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JOSTLING BEGINS FOR NASS’ 10BILLION NAIRA SUPPLY CONTRACT

The management of the National Assembly is in the process of awarding contracts worth at least N10billion as part of the efforts to ease the work of the newly inaugurated  109 Senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives. The contracts, The Nation gathered authoritatively, are in respect of supply of cars, television sets, refrigerators, water dispensers and office equipment such as desk top computers, laptops, printers, scanners, and photo copying machines. The items to be bought will replace the old ones used and purchased by members of the…

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SENATE PRESIDENT DECREES: HENCEFORTH, WE SHALL PASS BUDGET WITHIN 3 MONTHS

Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja    Henceforth, the National Assembly will pass the annual Appropriation Bill within three months, Senate President Ahmad Lawan pledged yesterday in Abuja. Lawan who gave the assurance while answering questions from journalists in the State House, said that the unanimous decision was a joint agreement between the Senate and the House of Representatives. However, he was swift to add that fulfilling this promise would be premised on the preparedness of the executive to live up to its responsibility by presenting the budget early enough. According to Lawan, if…

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APC TO PROBE NDUME, BAGO OVER NASS LEADERSHIP POLLS

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it is considering different options in handling issues relating to its lawmakers who went against the party’s position on the leadership of the National Assembly. National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, made this known on Friday. He recalled that the party had adopted Senators Ahmad Lawan and Ovie Omo-Agege as Senate President and Deputy Senate President as well as Hon Femi Gbajabiamila and Idris Wase as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively, asking party members not to work against them. However, Senator…

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