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Reps to Buhari: ‘We are not your rubber stamp’

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The House of Representatives has reacted to claims by President Muhammadu Buhari that the National Assembly mutilated the 2018 budget by replacing priority projects with those that will be hard to implement.
The House told the President that it is not a rubber stamp that should return proposals made to it without making inputs.
Earlier today, Buhari had expressed displeasure while signing the 2018 appropriation bill over mutilation of the budget and squarely blamed the National Assembly, saying he signed the bill in order to avoid “further slowdown the pace of recovery of our economy, which has doubtlessly been affected by the delay in passing the budget.”
Criticisms by the President also bordered on the insertions by the legislature, late passage and increment of its budget.
Reacting to this, the green chamber in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, stated that the federal legislature is not a “rubber-stamp” and they have the “constitutional power of appropriation to alter, make additions, costs or reduce as it may deem necessary” hence their action is “justifiable.”
Speaking on the late passage of the bill, Namdas said it is the National Assembly’s desire to return our budget cycle to January-December but the 2018 budget also “came behind schedule in November 2017, even though this attempt was seen as one of the earliest in recent years.”
He urged the executive to hasten their reporting time to the National Assembly by complying fully with the Fiscal Responsibility Act.
The Spokesman also said heads of MDAs are equally at fault in the late passage reminding the President that he had to issue an order that they appear to defend their budget after repeated alarm by the legislature.
In respect of new projects in budget, Namdas explained that the legislature who are also representing their constituents had to reflect the wish of their people in the budget adding that “some of the projects designed by the executive, as high-sounding as their names suggest, do not meet the needs of the common man.”
He justified the National Assembly’s budget saying it remains “far below the N150bn in the years before 2015.”
He said: “Before 2015, the budget of the National Assembly was N150billion for several years. It was cut down to N120bn in 2015 and further down to N115bn in 2016. In 2017, the budget was N125bn and N139.5bn in 2018. This means that the budget of the National Assembly is still far below the N150bn in the years before 2015.”
The Reps Spokesman also welcomed the proposal by Mr. President to forward a supplementary budget to the National Assembly to address other areas of pressing demands and commend the President and the entire executive arm for a cordial working relationship.

 

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Senate Calls for Release of Leah Sharibu; Observes 2-Minute Silence in Honour of Hauwa Leman

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The Late Hauwa Leman

Today, the Nigerian Senate observed a two-minute silence in honour of Hauwa Leman, the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) humanitarian worker that was recently killed by Boko Haram.
Following a Motion raised by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and subsequent debate on the issue, the Senate resolved to observe a two-minute silence in honour of the deceased; pay official condolence visits to the families of the deceased; and ensure that the Federal Government, through its security agencies, must do whatever is necessary to guarantee the freedom of both Leah Sharibu and other surviving hostages of the ICRC being held by the insurgents.
Speaking on the resolution, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki said:
“Distinguished Colleagues, irrespective of the decision that we have taken, I believe that our committees on defence and security, as part of their own responsibilities should engage with the security agencies to find out if there are other issues that need to be addressed in order to prevent such reoccurrences,” he said.

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Senate Approves Budget of Security Agencies for 2019 General Elections

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Today at the Senate received, considered and approved the Report of the Senate Committee on Appropriations on the Budget of Security Agencies for the 2019 General Elections.
The Report, which was laid by Senator Danjuma Goje, the Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, was seconded by Senator Bassey Akpan, and approved by the plenary.

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Flooding: Nigerian Senate Takes Action

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Today, the Senate passed a Motion to address the recent flooding across the nation. The Motion, sponsored by Senators Kabiru Gaya and Senator Stella Oduah, and co-sponsored by 105 other Senators, called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately send relief materials to the affected victims in states across the federation.
The Senate further called on the Federal Government to convene a stakeholders meeting in collaboration with the Cameroonian Government to scrutinise the recurrent flooding in the country, in order to develop lasting solutions to the problem.
The Senate also urged the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to rehabilitate existing fans and dredge the major rivers to be able to take in flood waters.
The resolution further commended NEMA, the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief (PCFR) and other relevant agencies, organizations and individuals whose efforts in creating awareness have led to reductions in casualty levels.

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Senate Continues Process of Confirming Nominees for ICPC

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Today, the Nigerian Senate continued the process of confirming the appointment of the Chairman and Members of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission.
In a motion moved by the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, and seconded by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi, the Senate sent the names of the 9 nominees to its Committee on Anti-Corruption for further screening.
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, asked that the Committee report back to the full plenary in two-weeks.

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Senate Approves Appointment of Muiz Banire as Chairman of AMCON

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Today, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Mr. Banire, Muiz Adeyemi (Ph.D, SAN) for appointment as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in compliance with Section 10(1) of the AMCON Act of 2010.
The motion for consideration of the Report was moved by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, and seconded by Senator Suleiman Adokwe. The Senate then dissolved into the committee of the whole for the clause-by-clause consideration of the report of Mr. Banire’s appointment, whereafter the nomination was confirmed by the full plenary.

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Senate President Swears in 2 New Senators

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Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Distinguished Senator Lawal Gumuau from Bauchi South

Today, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, swore-in two new Senators. The Senators are Distinguished Senator Lawal Gumuau from Bauchi South and Distinguished Senator Ahmad Baba Kaita from Katsina North.

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Distinguished Senator Ahmad Baba Kaita from Katsina North.

 

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Senate Continues Consideration of INEC 2019 Budget

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Today, the Senate continued consideration of the Executive Communication from President Muhammadu Buhari, on the Approval of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) 2019) election budget.
The motion for consideration was moved by Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, and seconded by Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi.
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, then referred the Executive Communication to the Senate Committee on INEC to report back on the next legislative day.

 

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NASS postpones resumption to October 9

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Clerk of the National Assembly, M. A. Sani- Omolori has announced the extension of the annual recess of lawmakers due to activities of the primaries of political parties.

Different political parties would be engaging in primaries to produce flag-bearers of elective positions for the 2019 elections.

The federal legislature was billed to resume on the 25th of September after over two months of break.

But a statement from Omolori declared the new resumption date to be Tuesday, 9th October.

The statement said “all distinguished Senators and Honourable members are expected to resume plenary session by 10 am on the 9th of October, please.”

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NASS Joint Committee Approves New Electoral Bill

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The National Assembly has produced another version of the electoral act amendment bill addressing concerns raised by president Muhammadu Buhari.

In the latest version which is the 4th in the series, the use of card reader is clearly spelt-out.
The document however eliminates the contentious issues of sequence of elections.

The joint committee on electoral act met for the second time in two days and at the end of the closed door session which lasted several hours, a decision was finally reached on the electoral act amendment bill 2018.
With the lawmakers coming up with what they believe is a clean version for presidential assent.
The latest version which the lawmakers hope would be their final copy is a blend of the older versions albeit with slight but significant amendments.
Quite notable is the outright removal of a poisonous clause on sequence of election.

The new version takes away from the national assembly the power to legislate on local government elections but restores section 138 c & d which explains the grounds on which elections can be challenged.
The new version may have finally rested the controversy over card reader with the lawmakers admitting that card reader was not included in the last version of the bill turned down by president Buhari.

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APC Asks Saraki To Reconvene National Assembly Now

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is hiding under the yet-to-be assented Electoral Act Amendment Bill to draw attention away from what it described as the treasonable actions of the senate president, Bukola Saraki who has refused to convene the National Assembly to consider at plenary the crucial 2019 election budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The All Progressives Congress therefore, insisted that the National Assembly must be convened immediately.
The party noted that the Electoral Amendment Bill passed by the National Assembly was alive and awaiting assent noting that assent to bills in all democratic governments reflect the prudence and discretion of the president in balancing the powers of key constitutional bodies and understanding the concerns of the executive.
APC condemned what it regarded as the abuse of office by the senate president backed by his PDP cohorts in sabotaging the executive, specifically INEC.
The APC called on all Nigerians, civil society and the international community to resist the on-going travesty and legislative rascality being perpetuated by the senate president and the PDP, saying the sanctity of Nigeria’s electoral system is being threatened by the orchestrated sabotage and deliberate attempt to weaken INEC, as Nigeria prepares for general elections in 2019.

 

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