2023: “Tinubu’s age is what his mum declared it to be”– Gbajabiamila 

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has taken a jab at those asking questions about the age of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.  Speaking at the rally for Tinubu and Kashim Shettima in Lagos yesterday, Gbajabiamila, in apparent reference to the controversy over Tinubu age declared that “his age is what his mother said he is”. “And if they are in doubt about his age, they should go and meet his mother to reconfirm”, the Speaker said. Recall that Tinubu’s mother, Alhaja…

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‘President Buhari set to announce deal with ASUU today, Tuesday’ — Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari will announce a deal reached with the Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU) today, Tuesday. Gbajabiamila disclosed this yesterday, after a closed-door meeting between the leadership of the union and the lawmakers at the National Assembly Complex. Briefing newsmen after the meeting, the Speaker said President Buhari has agreed to some demands of the lecturers after two meetings he (president) had with the House leadership. “That meeting was even better than the first one we had with…

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“Nigerians no longer want to hear about oil theft; treat oil theft as treasonous citizens” – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that Nigerians no longer want to hear about crude oil thefts, but about what the Government is doing to end it. Gbajabiamila, who described oil thieves as treasonous citizens who should face the full extent of the law, stated this while addressing the joint session of the National Assembly for the presentation of the 2023 budget estimates yesterday, in Abuja. The Speaker said that the position of the House was that their actions constituted treason against the country, for…

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“Crude oil thieves are like insurgents; must be treated like terrorists” – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has urged the Federal Government to treat oil thieves as terrorists by applying stiff measures to deter others. Gbajabiamila, who made the call on Tuesday while delivering his welcome remarks at the resumption of plenary, said oil theft threatens the survival of the country. The House of Reps. Speaker said the existing arrangement to prevent theft has not worked, hence, the government must consider means to curb the menace of oil theft. According to him, the “972,394 barrels of oil per…

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Economic Sabotage: ‘Massive crude oil thefts pushing Nigeria’s economy into coma’ – Senate President  

…Gbajabiamila also expresses concern The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, yesterday lamented that the generation and collection of revenues have remained Nigeria’s major challenges as well as the massive loss of revenue through oil theft, saying it is “debilitating and threatening to throw the nation’s economy into a coma”. Lawan, who made the observation in his opening speech while welcoming his colleagues from the long annual recess, noted that “revelations about the scale of oil theft shows that until the Government take decisive actions, Nigeria could soon lose any such revenue…

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Gbajabiamila summons ASUU, as Nigerian students threaten to shut down airports over lingering strike

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has summoned the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for a meeting over the on-going seven-month-old strike. This was contained in an issued letter, signed by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Yahaya Danzarta, and addressed to the president of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke. According to the letter, the Speaker expressed his concern over the failed negotiations between the Federal Government and the union. The letter partly reads, “The Hon. Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, hereby invites…

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President Buhari to present 2023 Budget in October – Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to present the 2023 Budget to the National Assembly in October, this year. Gbajabiamila said this when he addressed newsmen shortly after inspecting hearing rooms 028 and 234 of the House, which were expected to serve as the temporary chamber due to the ongoing renovation of the House complex in Abuja, yesterday. He said, “I am hoping that the budget will be presented latest by first week of October”, he said. The House Speaker…

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Party Primaries: Gbajabiamila condemns delegates system

…Blames State Govs. The Speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said using the delegates system to nominate candidates for elective offices is problematic, as according to him, the process can easily be hijacked. The House Speaker, who made the remark at plenary on Tuesday, also alleged that the Electoral Act amendment has been hijacked by some powerful forces. Recall that both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), among other parties, employed the delegates system, or indirect primary, to nominate candidates…

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Insecurity threatens foundations of Nigeria’s nationhood – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the current security challenges in Nigeria were a threat to the foundations of the country’s nationhood. The Speaker, however, noted that the Federal Government has responded to the challenges by taking certain measures such as increasing funding for the Police and the military, recruiting personnel for security agencies, among others. According to an issued statement, on Wednesday, by the media adviser to the Speaker, Lanre Lasisi, Gbajabiamila spoke when he delivered a paper, titled: ‘Democracy in Challenging Times:…

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Reps. to amend parties’ mode of primaries in Electoral Bill on today – Gbajabiamila

The House of Representatives is set to amend the provision of Direct Primaries in the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila disclosed this yesyetday, during his welcome remarks to members of the House after the Yuletide break. The Speaker said the version of the bill circulating is not the same as the version sent to President Muhammadu Buhari. He, however, assigned a committee to investigate this. According to him, the argument that political parties do not have a proper register of all their members…

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