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Amnesty: Finance Minister questioned about N15 billion for amnesty programme


The Senate on Thursday asked the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun to release outstanding N15 billion in the 2016 budgetary allocation to the Presidential Amnesty Programme. The Upper Chamber also mandated its Committee on Niger Delta to investigate the circumstances leading to funding constraints of the programme, with a view to avoiding reoccurrence. The committee was given two weeks to …

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Constituency projects: Senate accuses civil servants of shady deals


The Nigerian Senate, on Monday accused Civil Servants of engaging in sharp practices during allocation of constituency projects and award of contracts. Through its committee on Poverty Alleviation and social welfare, the Senate blamed the non implementation of poverty alleviation constituencies projects on bureaucrats, “who sit on money and allocate contracts to themselves.” The committee also vowed to return sanity …

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Budget 2017 tops agenda as Senate resumes


Reps yet to get copies, says House member The Senate resumes plenary today with the N7.289 trillion 2017 budget topmost on its agenda. The Upper Legislative Chamber, it was learnt has resolved to beam its searchlight on all key assumptions upon which the budget was based. It would also examine critically the revenue base. With the highest recurrent expenditure allocation …

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APPALLING: Prospective ambassadors who cannot recite the National Anthem and pledge


Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on Tuesday took turn to lambaste some nominees for career Ambassadors who could not recite the Nigerian Anthem and National Pledge during their screen recently. DAILY POST recalls that 4 out of the 47 nominees who attended Senate screening in August this year fumbled when the committee asked them to recite the National …

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Senate rejects three grazing-related bills in one sitting


Three separate bills relating to the controversial grazing issue were yesterday stood down by the Senate. One of the bills, sponsored by Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, APC, Kano Central, titled A Bill for an Act to provide for the Establishment of grazing Areas Management Agency and for other related Matters, 2016, failed to scale second reading. The bill also seeks to …

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$30b Loan: We Will Not Dispute The Decision Of The Senate- Buhari


The Presidency has made it known that it will not dispute the decision of the Senate to reject the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to borrow $29.9 billion. The Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Sen. Ita Enang, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday. The Senate on Tuesday rejected the request of Mr. …

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Senate Turns Down Buhari’s Request To Borrow $30b


President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan to carry out external borrowing of funds was on Tuesday (November 1) dashed as the Senate majority voted against his request to do so. President Buhari had last week written to the Senate, requesting for the approval to borrow about $30bn as 2016 – 2018 External Borrowing Rolling Plan. The senate earlier requested that the breakdown …

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BREAKING: Senate rejects Buhari’s request


The Senate has rejected President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for authorisation to borrow about $30 billion. The president, last Tuesday, forwarded a request to the National Assembly to approve external borrowing plan of $29.960 billion to execute key infrastructural projects across the country between 2016 and 2018. He made the requests in two separate letters to the President of the Senate, …

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Senate Commences Debate on PIB Next Week


The Senate is finally schedules next week for the commencement of debate on the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, otherwise known as PIB, as well as the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP). The Senate will alongside the PIB commence debate on a bill to amend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Act, among other 24 bills …

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Senate Laments Exit of 47 Foreign Airlines


The Senate at ple­nary on Thursday expressed serious concern over the con­tinuous exit of some foreign airlines in Ni­geria as well as the suspension of operations by others, adding that the trend would further compound the plight of Nigeria’s travellers.   The Upper cham­ber said it supported the move by the gov­ernment to promptly intervene in the crisis bedevilling the …

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Dogara and Saraki disclose details of lawmakers pay


President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the Office of the Clerk of the National Assembly, Muhammed Sani-Omolori have agreed to make a full disclosure of the accounts of the National Assembly in few days, LEADERSHIP learnt yesterday. The helmsmen of the National Assembly and the management of the National …

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Tinubu speaks on Saraki trial. See more


Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the leader of  the All Progressives Congress (APC) has welcomed the withdrawal of forgery charge against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy Ike Ekweremadu. In  a statement by Tunde Rahman, Tinubu said the withdrawal of the charge was timely and will enable the National Assembly focus on the important work ahead. “To bring the progressive change the APC …

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