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August 16, 2018

Why I Snubbed the Senate – Police IG

  Arresting the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for failing to appear before the Senate is not something the lawmakers may want to consider. But the IGP still has no plans to do as he was told by the National Assembly. He has snubbed the Senate three times and ignored their request to come before it to answer questions relating to the incessant killings across the country and the inhuman treatment meted to Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi west senatorial district The Senate has called the Idris an enemy of democracy and he has accused them of trying…

Senate gives IGP 14 days to arrest perpetrators of Benue killings

  The Senate Tuesday issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to apprehend the perpetrators of the recent killings in Logo and Guma Local Government Areas of Benue State and hand them over to the attorney general of the state for prosecution. The attacks led to the deaths of at least 73 persons. Resuming from its Yuletide recess Tuesday, the upper legislative chamber said the failure to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators, who it said include “well trained foreign mercenary elements”, will threaten Nigeria’s unity as the crisis was deepening the country’s ethno-religious…

Onnoghen confirmed CJN by Senate

Nigerians’ wait for a substantive head of the judiciary ended yesterday, with the Senate confirming Justice Samuel Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). When sworn-in, Onnoghen will be the 20th CJN, having succeeded Justice Mahmud Mohammed, who retired late last year. The confirmation of Onnoghen, who was in office in acting capacity for more than three months, came after senators questioned him, in a 1.15-minute screening. The confirmation hearing commenced at about 11.45am, when Onnoghen was ushered into the Senate by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang. He…

Rivers rerun elections: Senate threatens to go on strike

The Senate Wednesday Nov 2, 2016  issued the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) till December 10, 2016 to conduct the pending National Assembly rerun elections in Rivers State. Failure to adhere to the ultimatum, the Senate threatened to suspend plenary. It stressed that the non-representation of the state in the National Assembly was unconstitutional and condemnable. The Upper Chamber adopted the resolution following a motion sponsored by the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekwerenmadu and co-sponsored by the Leader of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume. Presenting his lead debate, Ekweremmadu bemoaned that despite the resolution of the Senate…

Senate rejects Buhari’s request to borrow $30 billion

The Senate has rejected President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for authorisation to borrow about $30 billion. The president, last Tuesday, forwarded a request to the National Assembly to approve external borrowing plan of $29.960 billion to execute key infrastructural projects across the country between 2016 and 2018. He made the requests in two separate letters to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara. Mr. Buhari said the external loan, the biggest in Nigeria’s history, will fund targeted projects cutting across all sectors with special emphasis on infrastructure, agriculture, health, education, water supply,…

CCT: Saraki may resign any moment as senators mount pressure

ABUJA – AHEAD of the expected judgment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, following yesterday’s commencement of his trial over false assets declaration when he held sway as governor of Kwara State, Senate President, Bukola Saraki may throw in the towel by resigning from his position any movement from now, Vanguard learnt. Senator Bokola Saraki Senator Bokola Saraki In other not to be humiliated while on the throne, some senators including those who had vowed to remain with him to the end of his trial at the anti-graft court, yesterday, asked the Senate President to consider the resignation option so…

Senate orders NERC to halt power tariff increase

Giving vent to the frustrations of electricity consumers in the country, the Senate yesterday ordered the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to halt the 45 per cent proposed increase in tariff. The upper legislative chamber gave the directive at its resumption of plenary after a two-week suspension to enable them to consider the 2016 budget proposals of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). Adopting a two-prayer motion moved by Suleiman Nazif (APC Bauchi North), the Senate directed its Committee on Labour to carefully review the law establishing NERC with the principal aim of establishing a strong regulatory body that would ensure…

Yuletide: Petrol scarcity to linger over forex shortage As Senate plans dialogue with CBN

The current fuel scarcity across the country may not abate anytime soon as marketers have expressed frustration in sourcing foreign exchange to import petrol. Managing Director NIPCO Plc, Mr. Venkataraman Venkatapathy, disclosed this to members of the Senate Committee on Downstream, led by its Chairman, Senator Uche Ewunife. He said for over three weeks, the company was unable to source forex for petrol imports. Venkatapathy lamented how the delay remained a stumbling block for the company because the inability to source forex has made it impossible for it to open Letters of Credit (LC), which is a prerequisite for imports….

After the swearing in – what next? (1)

  May 29th 1999 kick-started the true democratic governance in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and it has become a National Day to be celebrated till date.  This year’s Democracy Day, May 29, 2015 marked 16 years of democratic governance in the country.  On that day, President Muhammadu Buhari providentially nicknamed Okechukwu was sworn-in as the 7th President of Nigeria in Abuja.  Here in Owerri, the Imo State Capital, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha of APC was sworn-in as the Executive Governor for the 2nd tenure. At the national level the Federal Government was said to have spent more than 2…

National Outrage on the Pro Child Senate

“Nigeria is what it is because its leaders are not what they should be.” Chinua Achebe Nigeria was recently ranked as one of the foremost countries were children are killed for going to school following the Yobe message of 29 school children. More recently, the senate has made a downward review of the age of consent for girls from 18 years to advance religious sentiments. It is clear that under Islamic practices amongst fundamentalist Muslim countries, it is a stricture of law to validate the marriage of children often, between the ages of 8 to 13 years. A child is…

Senate okays 3,000 workers sack

A total of 3000 workers of the National identity Management Commission (NIMC) are to lose their jobs courtesy of the Senate. The upper legislative chamber also ordered the re-instatement of 96 disengaged officials of the Commission. Senate’s directive followed the adoption and consideration of the report of the Joint Committee that considered the petitions of 4,029 disengaged members of staff. The law makers agreed that each disengaged person be paid one year salary as take home severance   allowance, using the same formula that produced the earlier approved package. The package will stand at N621,593 as the lowest and N1,441,735.60 as…

JDPC condemns Senate rejection of autonomy for LGs

The Catholic Church has condemned in strong terms the Senate’s rejection of autonomy for local Governments in the country, saying such move has dashed the dream of many Nigerians. Speaking through the Justice Development and Peace Committee (JDPC) and Caritas Nigeria, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, the Executive Secretary/National Coordinator Fr. Evaristus Bassey said, “I express regret over the outcome of the vote by the Senate on Local Government autonomy. “Against the wishes of majority of Nigerians, the Senate did not have the required number to support amendment towards autonomy of local governments unlike the House.” The group further said that,…

National Assembly may take over Rivers State Assembly …As police seal off chamber

The political crisis rocking the Rivers State House of Assembly persists, House of Representatives, Wednesday, passed a resolution urging the National Assembly to take over the legislative functions of that House of Assembly immediately. The Lower Chamber also asked the Inspector General of Police to re-deploy the State Police Commissioner, Joseph Mbu, accusing him of compromise.  Both the House and the Senate must concur before the House can take over any State Assembly. However, two lawmakers from the embattled state, Hons. Ken Chikere and Kingsley Chinda opposed the decision saying the resolution was hasty and unpopular. RiversState has been engulfed…

New Yorkers Welcome Defeat of Abortion Bill

“A Remarkable Victory for Unborn Children” Here is a statement from the New York State Catholic Conference, which represents the Bishops of New York State in public policy matters: The failure of a last-ditch hostile amendment to try to effect passage of the Abortion Expansion Act is a remarkable victory for unborn children, as well as vulnerable women and girls who so often face unrelenting societal and family pressure to abort. The result is, quite literally, the answer to prayer. More accurately, it is the answer to millions of prayers by men, women and children of every faith from every…

Illinois Bishops Welcome Delay in Marriage Legislation – Call Catholics to Advocate for What Is Right

The Catholic Conference of Illinois issued a statement this week after the Illinois House adjourned its spring session without considering redefinition of marriage legislation. Senate Bill 10 calls for the state to change its legal definition of marriage from “between a man and a woman” to “between two persons.” The legislation passed the Illinois Senate on Feb. 14, 2013, and was the subject of a contentious battle in the House. State Representative Greg Harris, sponsor of SB 10, announced that he would not call the measure for a vote, and asked his fellow lawmakers to return to their districts, talk…

Senate rejects N4b First Ladies Mission House fund

The Senate Wednesday rejected the appropriation of N4bilion for the building of the First Ladies Mission House in Africa. This is contained in the summary report of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) 2013 budget, which was approved by the Upper Chamber. The controversial figure was part of the proposed budgetary estimates submitted to the National Assembly for consideration and approval. There were bitter criticisms of the money, which was seen as a waste of scarce resources. Chairman of the Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Smart Adeyemi noted in the report of his committee, that “ it is worthy of note…

Lawmakers Pass Anti-Gay Marriage Bill

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to ban gay marriage and outlaw any groups actively supporting gay rights, endorsing a measure that also calls for 10-year prison sentences for any “public show” of affection by a same-sex couple. Representatives appeared to unanimously approve the proposal in a voice vote, sending it immediately to President Goodluck Jonathan for him to potentially sign into law in Africa’s most populous nation. It wasn’t immediately clear if Jonathan would sign the measure, though gays and lesbians already face public ridicule and possible prison sentences in the Country. While Western diplomats declined to immediately comment,…