House Of Reps Resumes Plenary

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After about eight weeks of recess, the House of Representatives has resumed plenary.

The resumption comes a week ahead of that of the Senate.

While it is unclear what would be topping the agenda of today’s plenary, one of the issues to be discussed could include the 2020 Appropriation Bill, among other things.

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The National Assembly had repeatedly asked the Executive to submit the budget either by the end of September or by the first week of October to enable to them pass it before the end of the year.

They are, however, yet to receive the budget from President Muhammadu Buhari.

More to follow…

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege Fails To Resume Plenary

Senate To Appeal Court Ruling On Omo-Agege's Suspension
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Embattled Federal lawmaker, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege refused to resume legislative activities on Tuesday, May 15 as he promised.

Senator Omo-Agege had earlier on Monday told journalists in Abuja that he will resume plenary on Tuesday.

The Senate had suspended Senator Omo-Agege for six months over remarks he made alleging that the upper chamber had sinister motives in the ongoing amendment of the 2010 electoral act.

However, a Federal High Court in Abuja nullified the suspension of Senator Omo-Agege.

The Senate, therefore, said on Monday that it will allow Senator Omo-Agege resume plenary on Tuesday, May 15th in accordance with the court rulings.

The Senate Spokesman Aliyu Abdullahi said in a press statement that the upper chamber has filed an appeal against the court judgment and a motion for stay of execution of the judgement at the court of appeal.

PDP Reps Walk Out Of Plenary Over Member’s Defection

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives have walked out of plenary over the defection of a member to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Trouble started when a member, Raphael Igbokwe, who represents Ahiazu Mbaise/Ezinihitte Federal Constituency of Imo State, declared that he had defected to the APC.

After informing the House of his decision, opposition lawmakers asked the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, to declare Igbokwe’s seat vacant.

The Deputy Minority Whip of the House, Binta Bello, who raised a point of order after the defection, cited section 68 (1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution, insisting that the Igbokwe’s seat should be declared vacant.

But the Speaker ruled against her position after which the opposition lawmakers angrily walked out of plenary in protest.

They argued that rather ruling against their position, the Speaker ought to have called for an investigation into the provision of the Constitution on the matter.

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, was also at the session to witness the defection.

Igbokwe, 45, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2011.

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National Assembly Resumes Plenary After Seven-Week Break

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After a seven-week recess, the National Assembly is set to resume plenary.

The Federal lawmakers are expected to consider some critical issues as they resume.

Channels Television gathered that among the issues, which the Senate have lined up to consider in plenary are the issue of flooding in some parts of the country, the inadequate releases in the 2017 budget, and the need to stabilise and sustain the post-recession growth in the economy.

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The major motion before the House of Representatives is the need for urgent measures to permanently address floods in venue state.

The presiding officers of both chambers are also expected to give their welcome address which will state their positions on some topical issues and focus for the rest of the year.

Saraki Decries Saudi’s Visa Issuance Policy

Bukola-Saraki-Senate-President-NigeriaThe Senate President Bukola Saraki has criticized the entry visa issuance policy of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Nigeria for this year’s Lesser Hajj.

Senator Saraki, who arrived Medinah on Saturday listened to complaints from some Nigerians who are performing the Lesser Hajj and noted that the Saudi authorities, unlike other embassies in the country, refused to articulate a visa policy which potential visitors to the holy land can follow and obtain their entry visa without any difficulty once they meet the requirements.

In a statement from the media office of the Senate President, Senator Saraki stated that the present process in which visitors to Saudi must go through a third party has created artificial bottlenecks now being exploited by the travel agents and the embassy officials.

He said Nigerians are now made to suffer indignities arising from conspiracy between the embassy officials and the agents.

The Senate President further lamented that the process is fraught with corrupt practices.

He  reassured Nigerians that the Saudi visa policy will be one of the issues the Senate will look into when it resumes plenary later in the month and that the Saudi authorities as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja will be engaged to find a lasting solution to the problems of visa issuance to Nigerians by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Tambuwal Congratulates Jonathan, Buhari On Successful Polls

 TambuwalThe Speaker of the House of Representatives has congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan and President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, on the successful conduct and the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.

Speaking during plenary, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal said that President Jonathan would be remembered for playing a critical role to douse tension in the aftermath of the election.

The Speaker also commended the Chairman and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for their doggedness in the face of mounting pressures.

The President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has also commended President Jonathan for his show of sportsmanship in the aftermath of the election.

In response to the congratulatory call from the incumbent President, General Buhari said, “President Jonathan was a worthy opponent”.

World leaders have also congratulated Nigeria on the successful conduct of the 2015 presidential election.

Senate Passes 2015 MTEF, Approves $52 Oil Price Benchmark

Ministerial NomineesThe Senate has passed the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Policy Paper (FSP).

The Senate at plenary on Wednesday set the benchmark price of crude at $52 dollars per barrel, against the benchmark price of $65 dollars per barrel set by the Federal Ministry of Finance.

The Senate also set an exchange rate of one hundred and ninety naira to one dollar against one hundred and sixty five naira to the dollar set by the Ministry of Finance.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Ahmed Markarfi, said the benchmark price of crude was reviewed lower because of the falling price in the international market.

The Senate also approved the reduction of recurrent expenditure from N2.6 trillion to N2.4 trillion and increased capital expenditure from N633 billion to N700 billion.

Registration of Northerners: Senate Opposes Imo Govt’s Alleged Plan

Senate_ChamberThe Senate has asked President Jonathan to direct security agencies not to partner with the Imo State Government to issue identity cards to Northerners residing in Imo State.

This statement came after a conference meeting was held accusing the Government of planning to register Northerners residing in Imo State.

In a meeting on Thursday, at Abuja, the Deputy Majority Leader, Abdul Ningi, drew the attention of the Senate to an alleged plan by the Imo State Government to register Northerners in the state with the aim of issuing them identity cards.

The Federal lawmakers at plenary condemned the alleged plan describing it as unconstitutional and a gross abuse of the rights of citizens.

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorochas, had on Wednesday denied reports of plans to issue identity cards to Northerners resident in the state and has described the claims as being falsehood.

Gov. Okorocha, claimed that Northerners have enjoyed long standing hospitality in Imo more than any other state in the South-East and blamed those desperate for power as being behind the attempt to damage the cordial relationship between indigenous people of the state and the Hausa community.