SENATE ADJOURNS FOR 8 WEEKS

The Senate has suspended plenary for eight weeks to enable lawmakers embark on annual recess. The Senate had postponed the recess by a week to screen and confirm the ministerial nominees sent in by President Muhammadu Buhari. The lawmakers confirmed all the 43 appointees on Tuesday after they spent five days screening the nominees. The prayer to adjourn plenary till September 24 was made by the Senate Leader, Mohammed Yayaha, after the screening and confirmation process. Addressing the lawmakers, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, commended them for their sacrifice and “immediate response to…

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SENATE NAMES, 69 COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN, SEE THEM

Sunday Aborisade, Abuja The Senate on Tuesday announced the composition of its standing committees as it adjourned plenary to Sept 24 th. Some of the Committee chairmen are, Senators Barau Jibrin ( Appropriations ) , Ali Ndume ( Army ) , Dino Melaye ( Aviation) , Ibikunle Amosun ( Capital Market ) , Ike Ekweremadu ( Environment) , Abubakar Kyari ( FCT ) , Adeola Olamilekan ( Finance ) , Ibrahim Oloriegbe ( Health) , Sikiru Oshinowo ( Industry ) , Kashim Shettima ( Interior ) ,Teslim Folarin ( Local…

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SENATE PRESIDENT PRAISES SENATE FOR HOLDING ITS LONGEST SESSION IN 20 YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE, SCREENING MINISTERIAL NOMINEES, SEE REACTIONS

The Nigerian Senate had the longest session in the last 20 years of its existance on Friday, the made the sacrifice in order to ensure smooth screening of Ministerial Nominees of the president Buhari. The Senate was supposed to go on official leave by Thursday because they traditionally hold session from Tueday to Thursday but because of the list of ministerial nominees they received from the president they stayed in order to screen them and extended their working days to Friday and will continue with the Screeening by Monday. The…

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LAWAN MAY CONSTITUTE SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES THIS WEEK

Sunday Aborisade The President of the Senate,  Ahmed Lawan, may announce the standing committees of the upper chamber this week following pressure from his colleagues. Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH revealed that the leaders of the Senate decided to make the announcement before members would proceed on their two-month annual recess to enable them to resolve any issues that might arise from the list during the break. It was also learnt that the leaders of the House of Representatives decided to rescind their decision to postpone the constitution of the lower chamber’s committees…

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SHARING OF COMMITTEES UNSETTLE APC SENATORS

By Dapo Akinrefon LAGOS—STRONG indications emerged, yesterday, that some Senators elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, are not happy over the sharing of juicy committees by the Senate leadership. Nigerian Senate It was gathered that most of the APC senators expressed worry that the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, may have succumbed to pressure from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senators to concede some juicy committees to them. The possible committees include that of Finance, Works, Customs and Niger Delta. It was further gathered that…

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MINISTERIAL LIST, BUDGET WOULD BE ATTENDED TO SPEEDILY- LAWAN

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. Photo: [email protected] The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, is confident that subsequent budget will not suffer delay as a result of the delay in the submission of the ministerial list. He stated this on Wednesday shortly after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Senator Lawan believes the budget cycle of January to December is possible should the Executive forward the proposal to the National…

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IT’S OUR RUNNING COSTS PEOPLE CALL JUMBO PAY SAYS SENATE SPOKESMAN, ADEYEYE

Spokesperson of the Senate, Dayo Adeyeye, has defended the pay packages of members of the Senate, saying that they deserve running costs apart from regular salaries. According to Adeyeye, members do not enjoy any “Jumbo pay” contrary to popular belief and Nigerians need more enlightenment about the controversial matter. Speaking to journalists in Ado, the Ekiti State capital he noted that public officers of lower status get adequate running costs for their duties hence, Senators deserve more for the responsibilities on their shoulders. “Ordinary clerks have running cost in any…

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LAWAN NAMES PRINCIPAL OFFICERS FOR THE SENATE

Sunday Aborisade,  Abuja The President of the Senate,  Ahmad Lawan,  on Tuesday, announced the list of principal officers sent to him by the leaderships of the All Progressives Party and the Peoples Democratic Party. Lawan, at the resumption of plenary, named Senator Abdullahi Yahaya as Senate Leader and  Ajayi Boroffice as his deputy. Similarly, the Senate President announced Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe as the Minority Leader and Phillip Aduda as Minority Whip. He listed Senator Emmanuel Bwacha as the Deputy Leader and Senator Shabi Yau as the Deputy Whip. The lawmakers…

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PDP SENATORS IN DISCORD OVER PLANS TO ALTER MINORITY LEADERSHIP POSTS

There is serious division among senators of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over plans by the party’s national leadership to alter the already agreed names of minority leaders in the 9th Senate, Daily Trust has learnt. The party’s national leadership had a fortnight ago picked Eyinnaya Abaribe (Abia) as Minority Leader; Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba) as Deputy Minority Leader; Philip Aduda (FCT) as Minority Whip, and Clifford Ordia (Edo) as Deputy Minority Whip. However, the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) on Tuesday was said to have perfected plans to replace…

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LAWAN SWEARS IN OKOROCHA AS SENATOR

Sunday Aborisade,  Abuja President of the Senate,  Ahmad Lawan on Thursday swore-in a  former governor of Imo State,  Rochas Okorocha, as a senator. Okorocha was not inaugurated on Tuesday because he had yet to collect his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission. The former governor will represent the Imo West Senatorial District at the red chamber.

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