SENATE PRESIDENCY: VOTING SYSTEM DIVIDES INCOMING SENATORS

PHOTO: Twitter/NGRSenate Barely three weeks to the election of the presiding officers of the ninth National Assembly, signs of discord that could mar the entire exercise at the Senate as well as the inauguration of the lawmakers have emerged. Senators from the camps of the two most prominent candidates for the position of Senate president are now locked in exchange of threats and counter-threats of violence. The source of contention is the method of voting to be adopted for the election. The current Senate standing rule, copies of which have…

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BETNAIJA IN TROUBLE AS SENATE THREATENS TO SHUT COMPANY DOWN

The Senate has threatened to shutdown Bet9ja offices across the country if the company fails to honour its invitation for a second time. The Chairman, Senate committee on youth and sport, Senator Obinna Ogba, PDP, Ebonyi, while speaking in Abuja during the verification of Loto companies with license to operate in Nigeria, noted that it was unfortunate that Bet9a refused to honour their invitation, Vanguard reports. He instructed the clerk of the house to write to the betting company once agian “Clerk, write to Bet9ja again. If they did not…

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DPR DISAGREES WITH SENATE OVER OIL PRODUCING STATUS FOR ENUGU, ANAMBRA, KOGI STATES

gas flaring Members of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream) yesterday disagreed with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) over the exclusion of Anambra, Enugu and Kogi states from the category of oil-producing states. DPR, in a letter to the Senate, stated that the three states could only be declared oil-bearing states, if the oil firm in the area, Orient Oil, scales up its operations from oil prospecting to oil mining lease (OML). It insisted that Anambra, Kogi and Enugu could not be categorised as oil-producing states because they had…

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ILLEGAL APPOINTMENT OF NYSC DG, SENATE INVESTIGATES BURATAI

  The Senate, Wednesday directed its committee on Youth and sports to investigate the alleged illegal appointment of a new Director-General for the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC. It was also said that the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai unilaterally made the alleged unconstitutional but controversial appointment. This development was sequel to an adopted order 42 and 52 Senate rule moved by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West. Melaye in presenting his motion said it was unconstitutional for Buratai to have made the said appointment as it…

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SENATE TELLS MINISTER: RETURN 14.3BILLION UNAPPROPRIATED MONEY YOU SPENT

 by Onyedi Ojiabor Industry, Trade & Investment Minister Dr Okechukwu Enelemah and the Acting Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority ( NEPZA), Terhemba Nongo, were yesterday told to return N14.3 billion allegedly diverted from 2017 NEPZA vote. The Senate asked the duo to return the funds into the treasury without further delay. In a letter written by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade and Investment, Senator Mohammed Nakudu Sabo (Jigawa Southwest),obtained by our reporter, the Red Chamber warned the minister and NEPZA boss to either comply with…

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MACE SNATCHING: OMO-AGEGE SET TO BE PROSECUTED, RISKS 6-MONTH JAIL TERM

By Onwuka Nzeshi The senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, is currently at risk of prosecution and six months imprisonment. That is as the two chambers of the National Assembly move to take final steps on the infamous invasion of the Senate chambers and the snatching of the mace about a year ago. The invasion of the chambers of the Senate, which occurred on Wednesday April 18,2018, threw the legislature into a momentary panic as some hoodlums suspected to…

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DARIYE SPONSORS MOTION IN THE SENATE FROM PRISON

Joshua Dariye Fred Itua, Abuja Imprisoned senator Joshua Dariye on Thursday joined 108 senators to sponsor a motion put forward on the floor of the National  Assembly’s Red Chamber. Dariye is currently serving a jail term, following his conviction by a Federal High Court in Abuja. In a motion sponsored on Thursday by Shehu Sani condemning killings and kidnappings in many northern states, Dariye was listed as one of the sponsors.

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BUHARI SET TO MEET GOJE AND NDUME OVER SENATE PRESIDENCY

Senate leader meets PDP senators Mode of voting in June not sure President Muhammadu Buhari  may hold a “frank” meeting with two of the three aspirants for Senate President  – Sen. Danjuma Goje and Sen. Ali Ndume — on the adoption of Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan for the office. The All Progressives Congress(APC) is working towards a lone candidate for the job. Lawan yesterday intensified lobbying of senators-elect from the opposition, especially those from the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). The main issue between the APC team and the PDP  senators-elect has…

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SENATE REWORKS, PASSES PIGB BILL AND OTHERS BUHARI REJECTED

A file photo of the Senate during plenary. Photo: [email protected] The Senate during plenary on Wednesday reworked and passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), Electoral Act amendment Bill 2019, and five other bills rejected by President Buhari. The Senate passed these bills after its technical committee worked on President Buhari’s observations and re-drafted the affected clauses. The PIGB seeks to make the Nigerian Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NPRC) the sole regulator overseeing the licensing, monitoring and supervising of petroleum operations. It also gives the NPRC the powers to enforce industry laws, regulations, and standards.…

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SENATE ADJOURNS TILL APRIL 24 AFTER RECEIVING BUDGET FROM COMMITTEE

Bukola Saraki By Deji Elumoye in Abuja The Senate on Wednesday received the 2019 budget report from its Committee on Appropriation. The committee had last week been given up till this week to lay the budget before the upper legislative body. In line with the directive, the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Senator Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central), laid the budget report before the Senate at about 3.35pm. Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, thereafter adjourned plenary to Wednesday, April 24 to consider the report. Visit website

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