Senate passes N10.8trn revised 2020 budget

The Senate on Thursday passed the revised 2020 budget of N10.8 trillion, the exact amount approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.The budget was passed at both the Senate plenary and at the Committee of Supplies following the consideration of the report of the Senator Barau Jibri-led Committee on Appropriation, The PUNCH reports.The Senate[...]

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Senate considers N10.51trn revised budget for 2020

The Senate on Thursday reconvened to consider President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for approval of the revised 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework/Fiscal Strategy Paper, and revised Appropriation Bill 2020.The bill to amend the 2020 Appropriation Act which scaled second reading on the floor was considered immediately after a letter to that effect from President Buhari was[...]

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COVID19: Senate Closes for 2 Weeks

The Senate on Tuesday closed down all its activities for two weeks following the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus( COVID- 19) that is at the moment, ravaging the world. President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan announced the closure after a closed-door session that lasted from 10.50 am to 12 pm.The Senate according to Lawan[...]

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Senate bill wants President, Govs to submit budget in September

The Senate is currently considering a bill which seeks to amend the 1999 constitution with a view to mandating the President to submit the annual federal budget to the National Assembly latest by the end of September.The proposed legislation tagged, SB 259, and sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal[...]

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Security agents helping bandits to procure light weapons — Senators

Some members the Senate on Wednesday accused the security agencies in the country of giving weapons to criminals. The lawmakers also indicted the Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigeria Immigration Service for conniving with criminals who smuggled arms and ammunition illegally into the country. They linked killings, kidnapping, banditry and other forms of insecurity in[...]

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Nigerians Begrudge Hate Speech and Social Media Bill, go out and Protest in Abuja

The Senate yesterday said it would not force the controversial hate speech and anti-social media bills on Nigerians.The upper chamber gave the promise as scores of protesters yesterday stormed the National Assembly demanding the immediate withdrawal of the bills aimed at regulating the social media and prescribing capital punishment for hate speech offenders. One of[...]

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Senate amends oil production Contract laws

The Senate yesterday began move to amend the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) Act following the consideration of a bill in that respect. Titled Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2019, the piece of legislation passed the second reading after an extensive debate before being referred to the committees on Petroleum[...]

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Ned Nwoko is cast aside as Peter Nwaoboshi is Confirmed Senator

The supreme court has dismissed two suits filed by Ned Nwoko challenging the election of Peter Nwaoboshi, senator representing Delta north. Nwaoboshi had emerged candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the October 2, 2018, primary of the party held in Delta state. Nwoko had filed a suit to challenge the emergence of Nwaoboshi.[...]

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CSO’s take a stand against Tobacco in the Senate!

NO fewer than 48 civil society organisations, CSOs, on the platform of Africa Tobacco Control Civil Society Organisations, ATCCSOs, have written to the Senate asking it to adopt the Tobacco Control Regulations to protect the present and future generations from the health and socio-economic consequences of tobacco use. In a letter dated May 21, the[...]

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Saraki warns EFCC to Stop Witch Hunt Against Him

The Senate President Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stop witch-hunt against him. Saraki made this known in a statement on Tuesday by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) reacting EFCC’s letter to the Kwara State Government demanding for all details of salaries, allowances, estacode[...]

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N’Assembly finally passes 2019 budget, increases it by N86bn

The Senate has passed the sum of N8.916 trillion as estimates for the 2019 budget as against N8.83 trillion earlier proposed by President Buhari. The new budget figure was passed after Danjuma Goje, chairman senate committee on appropriations, presented a report on Tuesday. The figure is N86 billion higher than the estimated presented by Buhari[...]

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Senate Declines To Name Kogi Oil-Producing State

The Senate has said it will not recognise Kogi State as an oil-producing state because it does not contribute to the Federation Account.  Isaac Alfa, the senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, had moved a motion at plenary on Wednesday entitled, ‘Need to Recognise Kogi State as an Oil-Producing State'. However,[...]

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The President is alarmed at the misrepresentaion of the Special Economic Zones in Public Relations

The presidency has expressed concern  that plans of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to fast-track Nigeria’s industrial development through the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) was being misrepresented in the public, including at a recent public hearing in the Senate. The presidency, in a document made available to  Newsmen on Monday in Abuja, said that SEZ[...]

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BREAKING NEWS: 30,000 Minimum Wage has been Approved by the Senate.

The Senate has today approved N30,000 as the new national minimum wage. This decision was reached after the upper chamber’s ad-hoc committee on new minimum wage headed by Senator Francis Alimikhena submitted its report. The Senate then went on to request the Federal Government to submit a supplementary budget to cover the new wage structure[...]

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Offa robbery: We were forced to implicate Saraki, suspects say

The three men charged to court over the April 5, 2018, bank robbery in Offa, Kwara state, told a high court in Ilorin, Kwara capital, that the confessional statements admitting to the crime, were obtained under duress. The police charged Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye and Adeola Abraham with criminal conspiracy to rob the banks, murder[...]

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