• National Assembly to complete constitutional amendment early 2017, says Saraki

    National Assembly to complete constitutional amendment early 2017, says Saraki

    Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that the on-going process of amending the 1999 Constitution being undertaken by the 8th National Assembly would be completed early next year.

    Dr. Saraki spoke Wednesday when the National Executive of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), led by its President, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmud (SAN), visited him at the National Assembly, Abuja.

    According to the Senate President, “on the issue of Constitution Amendment, we started very early on this because we know it can be a […]

  • CBN denies knowledge of Forex Act Amendment

    CBN denies knowledge of Forex Act Amendment

    According to reports, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has no plans to amend the Foreign-Exchange Act to provide for the imprisonment of anyone who holds foreign currencies, particularly the United States dollars, for more than 30 days.

    A statement from the CBN on Monday in Abuja said the apex bank “has nothing to do with such.”

    The Acting Director, Corporate Communications of the CBN, Isaac Okorafor, stressed that “the CBN, in line with its mandate, was committed to safeguarding […]

  • Ex-CJN urges constitutional amendment to narrow appeals to Supreme Court

    Ex-CJN urges constitutional amendment to narrow appeals to Supreme Court

    According to reports, the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Mahmud Mohammed, on Thursday called for a constitutional amendment to reduce appeals to the Supreme Court.

    The immediate past CJN made the call in his speech during a valedictory session organised for his exit from the bench.

    Mr. Mohammed said the volume of appeals filed in the apex court was overwhelming.

    “Permit me to re-iterate my comments made during the opening of the 2016-2017 Legal Year when I opined that our Supreme Court […]

  • CCB Act amendment has nothing to do with Saraki’s trial – Ndume

    CCB Act amendment has nothing to do with Saraki’s trial – Ndume

    Senate Leader, Alhaji Ali Ndume, said amendment of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) Act had nothing to do with ongoing trial of the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki.

    Reacting to the debate which the issue has generated among Nigerians, Ndume told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Tuesday that the National Assembly had no particular interest in the bill.

    “It is insulting on us to say that we are doing the bidding of Saraki, because laws are […]

  • ‘National Assembly amendment of CCB, CCT Act will fail’

    ‘National Assembly amendment of CCB, CCT Act will fail’

    According to reports, the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, SAN, and the immediate past Director-General of Nigerian Law School, Professor Tahir Mamman, SAN, have flayed the National Assembly for removing the control of the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, and Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, from the executive, saying the plan will fail.

    According to the two SANs, the action of NASS is informed by the ongoing travails of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, at the […]

  • SERAP condemns Senate’s amendment of CCB/CCT Act

    SERAP condemns Senate’s amendment of CCB/CCT Act

    Human rights group, the Social Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has questioned the rationale behind the amendment of the act establishing the Code of Conduct Bureau and Code of Conduct Tribunal by the Senate.

    The upper legislative chamber on Thursday altered the law, transferring the controlling power over the CCB and CCT to the legislature, away from the President.

    But in a statement, SERAP condemned the action, which it insists does not serve the interest of Nigerians but that of the […]

  • Senate suspends amendment of JAMB Act

    Senate suspends amendment of JAMB Act

    According to reports, the Senate on Wednesday said it has suspended the amendment of the Act establishing the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in order to allow for adequate consultation with stakeholders.

    The red chamber had approved the extension of the validity of the results of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) being conducted by JAMB to three years.

    The decision, the senate had said, was granted to reduce the financial burden of the examination on parents, students and JAMB.

    Chairman, Senate […]

  • Part-time National Assembly requires constitutional amendment – Osinbajo

    Part-time National Assembly requires constitutional amendment – Osinbajo

    As more Nigerians continue calls for membership of the National Assembly – the Senate and House of Representatives – to be made part-time due to the huge cost of running the two chambers, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has said such move would require a constitutional amendment.

    The Vice President, who was responding to comments from members during the 90th Anniversary of the Yoruba Tennis Club in Lagos yesterday, stressed that such change would “go through the National Assembly”, thereby […]

  • Buhari backs constitutional amendment to remove LGs from stranglehold of States

    Buhari backs constitutional amendment to remove LGs from stranglehold of States

    President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will support a constitutional amendment to free local governments from the stranglehold of state governments.

    Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said in a statement that Buhari made his position known when he received the leadership of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.

    Shehu stated that the President told the ALGON leadership that the amendment, when carried out, would better the lot of Nigerians at […]

  • Why I am sponsoring amendment to Procurement Act – Egwu explains

    Why I am sponsoring amendment to Procurement Act – Egwu explains

    Former Governor of Ebonyi State and Senator representing Ebonyi North Senatorial District, Sen. Sam Egwu, yesterday, explained that he was sponsoring a bill to amend the existing Procurement Act to encourage local manufacturers to invest more in local production.

    He also said the bill if passed by the National Assembly and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, would put an end to capital flight.

    Speaking to newsmen, at the weekend, in Abuja, while throwing more light on why he proposed an amendment […]