Opposition lawmakers stage walkout as Reps pass Electoral Act without electronic transmission of election results

…Stops use of card readers The House of Representatives has passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, titled: “An Act to repeal the Electoral Act No. 6, 2010 and enact the Electoral Act 2021, to regulate the conduct of Federal, State and Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory elections; and for related matters“. This followed the adoption of a Motion by the majority leader of the House, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, that “amendments such as card reader, electronic and technological devices deleted”. The Motion, which was seconded by the chief whip Mohammed…

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Deadlock in House of Reps. over mode of voting

…Suspends further consideration of Electoral Bill till today…House summon INEC Chairman, NCC There was a stalemate yesterday during the House of Representatives debate on the Electoral Act amendment Bill. The House has however summoned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman,  Professor Mahmood Yakubu, and his counterpart at the Nigeria Communications Commission, (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta. The members at the consideration of the report had expressed their dissatisfaction with the decisions of the Chairman of the ‘Committee of Whole’, Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, on the controversial ruling on the mode…

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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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House of Reps ignore Southern govs, S/South demands, pass PIB for 3rd reading

…State Police bill scales 2nd reading  The House of Representatives yesterday passed through third reading the Petroleum Industry Bill, (PIB), in outright disregard for the demand of the 17 Southern Governors and South-South region for the reversal of 30% share for exploration of frontier basins and 3% or 5% host community trust fund. Recall that the House last week considered and adopted the 318 clauses report of the ad-hoc Committee on the PIB, chaired by the House Chief Whip, Mohammed Mongunu. The Green Chamber, unlike Senate that provided for 3%,…

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Just In: House of Representatives pass Petroleum Industry Bill

The Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) has passed third reading at the House of Representatives. This is coming 24 hours after the Green Chamber received the report on the Bill. The Bill passed the third reading on Thursday, after the chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Mohammed Monguno, presented a report and the lawmakers voted on 319 clauses of the Bill. Before the clauses of the bill were considered, Monguno said by passing the Bill, the ninth house would have succeeded in enacting important legislation. He added…

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Reps. investigate $30bn alleged revenue leakage

The House of Representatives has commenced investigative hearing into alleged 30 billion dollars annual revenue leakages arising from payments on account of foreign currency denominated contracts by companies. The Chairman, House Committee on Finance, Rep. James Faleke,and Chairman, House Committee on Banking and Currency, Rep. Victor Nwokolo, led members to commence the investigation yesterday in Abuja. Falake said that the committee would also investigate foreign exchange allocation to companies from sources such as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) autonomous, interbank domiciliary and over the counter purchase. The purchases, according…

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H/Reps summon Amaechi, NPA over N166bn unremitted revenues during suspended MD NPA Hadiza’s first tenure

The House of Representatives, yesterday, summoned the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the management of the Nigeria Port Authority, (NPA), over the unremitted sum of N166,685,929,000 revenue generated by the Authority as of December 31, 2016. According to the lawmakers, the said amount were not properly captured in the statement of account of the agency and other expenditures. The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, Rep. Busayo Oluwole Oke, issued the summon following the absence of the minister, the management of the NPA and the…

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Kano APC affirms suspension of House of Reps. member

Kano Municipal local government chapter of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), has affirmed the suspension of the House of Representatives member representing Kano Municipal district, Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada. The member was earlier suspended by the Sharada ward of the Party for his alleged affront on Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who is also the leader of the party in the State. The letter affirming the suspension of the lawmaker was signed by the chairman and secretary of the party in Municipal local government, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Maifata and Kamilu Sa’idu Bala,…

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House of Reps queries $10bn allegedly missing at NSA’s office

The House of Representatives ad-hoc committee investigating recovered loots and assets of government, at its hearing on Tuesday, raised eyebrows about $10 billion said to be missing from the coffers of the office of the National Security Adviser, (ONSA). The Committee also sought to know the status of another $6.1 billion paid by the ONSA into an account of one of its contractors without genuine implication. But the ONSA’s Director, Finance and Administration, Brig-Gen. Jafaru Muhhamed, who stood in for the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), said…

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House of Representatives demands FIRS Chairman’s resignation

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts has called on the chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, (FIRS), Muhammad Nami, to resign immediately if he is unable to discharge his responsibilities. The committee expressed its displeasure over the FIRS chairman for not responding to the invitation extended to him for a hearing on Wednesday.  The House of Representatives had begun an investigation into federal government ministries and agencies over allegations of tax evasion. However, the committee sent for Muhammad Nami again with a request to appear before it…

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