• Lagos House of Assembly orders safety commission boss to vacate office until given approval

    Lagos House of Assembly orders safety commission boss to vacate office until given approval

    According to reports, the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday ordered the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission Hakeem Dickson, to vacate office until given approval by the House.

    The order followed an observation by the Chairman, House Committee on Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Olusola Shokunle, that Dickson was occupying the position without the approval of the House.

    Shokunle told the House that Dickson had not been given approved at any time by the Assembly.

    The lawmaker added that such a development […]

  • No Sharia Bill Before National Assembly, says Dogara

    No Sharia Bill Before National Assembly, says Dogara

    Amid speculations that a Bill to introduce the criminal aspects of the Sharia legal system across the country has passed second reading in the House of Representatives, the Speaker, Hon Yakubu Dogara has said there is no such proposed law before any of the two chambers of the National Assembly.

    He stated this while speaking at a reception organised for him and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal, by the Northern Nigeria Christian Politicians held […]

  • National Assembly proposes July to December for budget preparation

    National Assembly proposes July to December for budget preparation

    It was gathered that the National Assembly has proposed 15 key reform strategies that feature the adoption of a budget calendar, which will begin with the submission of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) by the second week in July. The timetable would end with the President signing the Appropriation Bill into law by the third week of December every year.

    A statement by Saraki’s Media Office said that the measures contained in a report submitted to Senate President Bukola Saraki […]

  • National Assembly yet to receive details of Buhari’s $29.9bn loan proposal

    National Assembly yet to receive details of Buhari’s $29.9bn loan proposal

    Barring last-minute move, the National Assembly was yet to receive the details of the Federal Government 2016-2018 External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan of $29.9 billion, 2017-2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) from the Executive arm of government, checks last night revealed.

    Sources close to the leadership of the National Assembly said yesterday that the details demanded by the lawmakers as precondition for the consideration of the President’s requests has not been submitted.

    Recall that both chambers of the […]

  • Kano Assembly approves life imprisonment for kidnappers, 15 years for rapists

    Kano Assembly approves life imprisonment for kidnappers, 15 years for rapists

    It was gathered that the Kano State House of Assembly on Monday in Kano passed into law, the bill seeking life imprisonment for kidnappers in the state.

    The Majority Leader of the Assembly, Yusuf Atta, read the Kidnapping, Abduction and Forced Labour Amendment Bill 2016 before the Assembly.

    Speaking shortly after the plenary, Mr. Atta said the committee of the whole Assembly passed the bill after considering the amendment.

    “The law has been in existence since 1963, but did not provide serious punishment […]

  • present 2017 budget to National Assembly – Presidency explains

    present 2017 budget to National Assembly – Presidency explains

    According to reports, the Presidency on Friday disclosed that the 2017 Budget will not be presented to the National Assembly until the conclusion and approval of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework/‎Fiscal Strategy Paper by the legislature.

    President Muhammadu Buhari had a fortnight ago submitted the 2017-2019 MTEF/FSP to the National Assembly for consideration and approval.

    At an an interactive session with journalists on Friday, the Senior ‎Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, promised that government agencies are already […]

  • Recession hits National Assembly, broke, borrows to pay workers

    Recession hits National Assembly, broke, borrows to pay workers

    Cash-strapped National Assembly has resorted to bank facilities to pay its staff their monthly salaries and allowances. But the facilities do not include the controversial running cost paid to lawmakers, as well as the salaries and allowances for their aides.

    About N4.5 billion is spent on the running cost of lawmakers in the two houses of the National Assembly. The sum of N13.5 million is paid to each senator while a member of the House of Representatives gets a little above […]

  • Publish your budget online – Bureau dares National Assembly

    Publish your budget online – Bureau dares National Assembly

    According to reports, the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) has challenged the National Assembly to publish the annual budget online to encourage transparency and accountability in governance,

    The BPSR Director-General, Dr Joe Abah, gave the advice at the reform seminar on Open Government and Transparency organised by the bureau in partnership with Right to Know (R2k), an NGO, on Wednesday in Abuja.

    He urged the National Assembly to learn from other developed nations, adding that doing so would make public servants […]

  • Jigawa Assembly passes law on HIV test before marriage

    Jigawa Assembly passes law on HIV test before marriage

    Jigawa State House of Assembly has passed a bill which makes it compulsory for all intending couples to undergo test for HIV/AIDs, twice, in the last three months before marriage is contracted.

    Reading the report at yesterday’s plenary,  Chairman  of the Committee on the control of HIV/AIDs, Ibrahim Suleman Gwiwa said the bill intends to provide free and compulsory HIV/AID test before marriage as well prohibit all forms of discrimination and stigmatisation against people living with virus.

    Gwiwa said the bill became […]

  • El-Rufa’i presents N215bn budget for 2017 to Kaduna Assembly

    El-Rufa’i presents N215bn budget for 2017 to Kaduna Assembly

    Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, on Wednesday, presented a budget proposal of N215.9 billion for the 2017 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly.

    El-Rufai said that a total of N130.3 billion, representing 60 per cent of the budget was for capital expenditure, while N85.5 billion, representing 40 per cent of the estimate, was for recurrent expenditure.

    He said that the opening balance for the 2017 budget stands at N15.8 billion, while N15.2 billion would be realised from Internally Generated […]

  • National Assembly seeks panel on Niger Delta, bill to stimulate economy

    National Assembly seeks panel on Niger Delta, bill to stimulate economy

    House of Representatives has concurred with the position of Senate in urging federal government to urgently raise a team comprising elected lawmakers in Niger Delta region to dialogue with the government in coordinating concerns of the people in the area towards ending all forms of restiveness in the oil-rich zone.

    In a motion by House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, the representatives are further urging President Muhammadu Buhari to prepare an Economic Stimulus Bill to the National Assembly to accommodate fiscal and investment […]