• I didn’t snub Senate – Udoma replies Ndume

    I didn’t snub Senate – Udoma replies Ndume

    It was gathered that the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, on Thursday described as untrue accusation by the Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, that he snubbed the senate by refusing to turn up for a scheduled meeting on Tuesday.

    Udoma in a three paragraph statement issued by his Media Adviser, Mr Akpandem James, expressed surprise over the allegations.

    The minister said while he was invited by the senate leadership to a meeting, the meeting could not hold […]

  • FG’s N500bn Intervention Fund bound to fail, says Ndume

    FG’s N500bn Intervention Fund bound to fail, says Ndume

    Majority Leader in the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, on Tuesday said the N500bn social intervention programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is bound to fail like the previous welfarist programmes of successive governments.

    Ndume said that the way the programme is structured and the process of its implementation would not benefit the target members of the populace.

    “Getting everybody involved is very important; but as of now, they are trying to run it exclusively and it is bound to fail; and […]

  • Why Senate rejected Buhari’s $29.9bn loan request – Ndume explains

    Why Senate rejected Buhari’s $29.9bn loan request – Ndume explains

    According to reports, the Leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume, on Tuesday said senators voted against President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for $29.9bn foreign loan due to technical issues.

    Briefing newsmen shortly after plenary, Ndume, who said that he was shocked that the request suffered such setback, expressed optimism the issues would be resolved and the request would be represented.

    He said, “The problem came on a technical ground; it is supposed to go to the committee level and the committee is supposed […]

  • 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 […]

  • I’ll fight those diverting grains for IDPs with my last breath – Ndume

    I’ll fight those diverting grains for IDPs with my last breath – Ndume

    According to reports, the Senate Majority Leader, Mohammed Ndume, at the weekend vowed to fight those involved in the diversion and theft of federal government’s grains to victims of Boko Haram insurgency with his last breath.

    Ndume, who is a senator representing Borno south, one of the districts severely affected by the insurgency, told journalists after taking possession of grains sent by the federal government since six months ago to alleviate the suffering of victims of Boko Haram in Borno State, […]

  • 100 trucks of grains for IDPs diverted under Jonathan – Ndume

    100 trucks of grains for IDPs diverted under Jonathan – Ndume

    Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, on Saturday claimed that 100 trucks of grains meant for to Internally Displaced Persons in the North East were diverted during the regime of former President Goodluck Jonthan.

    Ndume made the assertion in Maiduguri while handing over grains to Borno Government for the IDPs, supplied to the state by the Federal Government.

    He alleged the 100 trucks were diverted by the same contractor who also cornered 31 trucks of grains meant for IDPs since April.

    The senate leader said […]

  • We are moving all IDPs in Lagos, Abuja, Maiduguri back to Gwoza – Ndume

    We are moving all IDPs in Lagos, Abuja, Maiduguri back to Gwoza – Ndume

    Sen. Muhammad Ndume, representing Borno South at the National Assembly, on Tuesday announced plans to relocate Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Gwoza living in camps in Lagos, Abuja and Maiduguri back home.

    Ndume made the announcement while addressing newsmen in Maiduguri.

    He said that the IDPs would be evacuated to transit camps pending when they would be able to go back to their homes.

    “I am a serious advocate of dismantling the IDPs camps and I am working on that.

    “We plan to create […]

  • Praying with Buhari will improve executive, legislature relationship, says Ndume

    Praying with Buhari will improve executive, legislature relationship, says Ndume

    Mohammed Ali Ndume, Senate Majority Leader has revealed that lawmakers will be joining President Muhammadu Buhari during Ju’mat service at Aso Rock as part of measures to resolve the strain relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government.

    Ndume made this known in a brief interaction with journalists after worshiping at the state house mosque adding that the allegation that the 2016 budget was padded is false.

    “We are trying improve executive and legislature relationship. Part of the way is for […]

  • Herdsmen are not suppose to carry AK 47, says Ndume

    Herdsmen are not suppose to carry AK 47, says Ndume

    Nigeria’s Senate leader Ali Ndume on Thursday advocated stiff measures to deal with all forms of criminalities in the country while stating that herdsmen are not carry weapons such as AK 47 but sticks and cutlasses.

    Ndume who is also head of the Senate ad hoc committee to investigate the recent attack on Ukpabi-Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, gave the advice in interview with State House correspondents after a visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

    “In fact, it is […]

  • No amount of protest can force any Senator to resign – Ndume, Leader of the Senate

    No amount of protest can force any Senator to resign – Ndume, Leader of the Senate

    Sen. Mohammed Ali-Ndume, Leader of the Senate, said on Tuesday that no amount of protest would force any legislator to resign. Ndume was reacting to a protest by “Occupy National Assembly” group, calling for the resignation of the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki.

    Ndume stressed that there was a democratic process of recalling any senator, adding that protest was not the constitutionally recognised process. He described the protest as a “wrong precedence and anti-democratic’’.

    “That is why we are not trying […]