Senate Questions Ministry Of Education’s Budget

BudgetThe Senate has queried a 10 billion Naira increase in the 2016 Budget proposal of parastatals in the education sector.

Legislators at the upper House made the inquiry on Monday during a budget defence session at the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions questioned why 98.1 billion Naira was budgeted for education parastatals in the 2016 budget proposal.

The committee also expressed concern over personnel proposals of institutions including unity schools and universities, which were reduced.

In the 2016 budget breakdown, the education sector got the highest figures, a development that had been commended, as the nation’s education system needed to be reformed.

Senate Holds Valedictory Session, Reels Out Achievements

SenateAfter four years of lawmaking and supervising the works of the executive, where 591 bills were introduced out of which 123 bills were passed, the seventh Senate has officially come to an end.

The Nigerian Senate has held a valedictory session to mark the end of the seventh Assembly, to look back at some of the key moments in the Upper Chamber and set an agenda for the incoming Assembly.

The legislators were joined by some prominent former lawmakers inside the Senate chamber, who came to take part in the valedictory session.

For most of the Senators, it was the last time they would be sitting in the chamber.

The Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, set the ball rolling, speaking on some of the achievements of the seventh assembly.

The floor was then thrown open as lawmakers reminisced on their experiences in the last four years and the lessons learnt.

Despite the achievements of the seventh Senate, the upper chamber did not get around to enacting one critical law, Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which Nigerians expected they would.

The bill was immersed in controversies and lawmakers could not resolve the grey areas in the bill.

The Senate did not also attend to the reports of some critical investigations such as the report on the probe of the Immigration recruitment tragedy and the report on the investigation into the management of fuel subsidy.

The Upper Chamber also left behind the investigation on the mystery of the dead bodies found in Ezu River in Anambra State, the Malabo Oil Field transaction probe, as well as the investigation of the management of funds in Nigeria’s embassies and foreign missions.

No explanation had been given on why the reports were not considered, despite months of investigations.

All these now belong to the realm of history and it is left to the incoming eight Assembly to resurrect these reports, do justice to them and learn from the mistakes of the seventh Assembly.

However, the House of Representatives, on the same day, considered the report of its Adhoc Committee on the Petroleum Industry Bill and passed the bill.

Anambra: PDP Candidates Withdraw Petition, Supports Obiano

pdp candidates wit h draw petition from Anambra tribunalTwenty-One candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who lost the April 11 House of Assembly election in Anambra State, have withdrawn their petition from the Election Petition Tribunal.

After the PDP candidates withdrew the case, they pledged to support Governor Willie Obiano’s administration.

They had lost to the candidates of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) the same party that the Governor belongs to.

The PDP candidates said their action was in the spirit of moving the state forward,  citing the exemplary approach of President Goodluck Jonathan in conceding defeat to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, as their inspiration.

Receiving the 21 man delegation at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, commended their resolve to sheathe their swords saying, they have done noble in placing the interest of the state above their personal gains.

The Leader of the delegation and former House of Assembly member, Honorable Egwuoyibo Okoye, added that distracting the governor in the tribunal would slow down the pace of development in the state.