“I won’t be part of attempt to gag the media” – House of Reps. Speaker, Gbajabiamila

The Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has disclosed that he will not be part of any attempt to gag the Nigerian media. He disclosed this while speaking at the Second Dinner/Award night organized by the House of Representatives Press Corps with the theme: “Recognising Good Governance And Legislative Excellence In The Face Of Adversity”. The Speaker noted that the Nigeria Press Council (NPC) amendment and other media bills were meant to bring the needed reforms to transform the media industry as well as the practice of journalism in the…

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House of Reps. mull removal of immunity for President, VP, Governors, Deputy Governors

The House of Representatives is set to commence debate on the general principle of a bill that seeks to remove all forms of immunity clauses conferred on the President, Vice President, State Governors and Deputy Governors in the 1999 Constitution (as amended). The private member Bill, which passed through First reading on the floor of the House, was sponsored by the immediate-past Chairman, House Committee on Army, Hon. Rimamnde Shawulu Kwewum and seeks to amend section 308 of the Principal Act. He maintained that the amendment being proposed will not…

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‘Buhari administration best in 100 years’ – Governor Masari

…’9m pupils currently benefit from FG’s schools feeding programme’ – Sadiyya Farouq Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has admonished a cross-section of Nigerians over what he describes as an unfair assessment of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. The governor spoke at the Government House during the flag-off of a stakeholder meeting for the enumeration of beneficiaries and scaling up of Federal Government’s National Home-grown School Feeding programme for Katsina State. With an average of over 800,000 school pupils from each state being fed every day, Masari noted that the…

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Senate passes 2021 N895.8bn Supplementary Appropriation Bill into law

…Approves Buhari’s $6.1bn foreign loan request The Nigerian Senate yesterday passed a supplementary budget of N895.842 billion into law. The passage followed a satisfactory report by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation,  Senator Jibrin Barau, where he explained that the supplementary budget would augment the effort of various government agencies to discharge their responsibilities. Barau pointed out that security agencies will be able to procure arms and equipment as they strive to combat insecurity across the country. After the report, Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan during the Committee of the whole considered…

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2023: Northern Elders reject Southern Governors’ resolution

…North will support candidate from any part of the country – CNG The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF) has rejected the position of the Southern governors that the 2023 presidency should be zoned to the southern part of the country. The Forum maintained that the region should not be compelled to accede to a democratically elected office that can be sought by any person irrespective of where he comes from. The position of NEF came barely 24 hours after the Southern governors insisted that the south must produce the next president…

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Southern Governors Forum back zoning of 2023 presidency to South

…Reject 3% revenue for oil communities in PIB The Southern Governors Forum has declared support for rotation and zoning of the Presidency to the South in 2023. This was contained in a communiqué issued yesterday, at the end of the Governor’s meeting in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos State. According to the statement, the Forum re-affirmed their commitment to the unity of Nigeria on the pillars of equity, fairness, justice, progress and peaceful co-existence between and amongst its people. Chairman of the Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, who made the announcement while addressing newsmen,…

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FG Intervention: “We’ve shared N9.5bn to vulnerable Nigerians in Katsina” – Minister

The Federal Government says it has so far disbursed N9.5 billion as conditional grant to 142,000 poor and vulnerable households in Katsina State. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiyya Umar-Farouk, disclosed this while distributing palm-top computers to 108 independent monitors of the social investment programme in Katsina yesterday. Umar-Farouk said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the expansion of the Social Register to accommodate more poor and vulnerable Nigerians in the conditional cash transfer scheme. The minister, represented by Director, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Aminu Tukur,…

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Aminu Ado Bayero sworn-in as Kano’s 15th Fulani Emir

The new Emir of Kano and Chairman, State Traditional Council Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero has been sworn-in as the 15th Emir of the Kano emirate. Picture caption: (L-R) Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Emir of Kano, Alh. Aminu Ado Bayero and Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje. The ceremony, which was held at the Sani Abacha Stadium, in Kano, attracted the roll call of ‘who is who’ in Nigeria. At the commencement of the ceremony, the State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, charged the Emir to cement the relationship between the government…

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Emir of Kano’s Bayero’s coronation, Staff of Office presentation holds today

…4,000 security personnel slated to cover event The 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero’s Coronation and Staff of Office presentation, is slated to take place today, Saturday. This is as the Vice-President, Professor Yomi Osibanjo and the President’s Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, are slated to grace the occasion. Speaking earlier while briefing the media on the forthcoming epics events, the Dan-Daka of Kano and a member of the Kano Emirate Council, Abbas Dalhatu, said the event is expected to receive heavy security attention to ensure a hitch-free…

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Finally, National Assembly passes Petroleum Industry Bill

…Allocates 3% operating expenditure of oil firms to host communities History was made yesterday, as the National Assembly yesterday passed the Petroleum Industry Bill, also known as PIB, after more than a decade. The passage of the Bill comes exactly 13 years after it was first presented to the National Assembly in 2008. The Bill was passed during the plenary, after careful consideration of each of the clauses by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The House first passed the bill, before the Senate followed suit. The Senate,…

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