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#NewsRoundup: APC Senator demands NSA’s resignation, Lawan debunks report on ‘blocking defection’


Across the length and breadth of Nigeria, here are the biggest stories around Nigeria’s legislators and the institution of parliament you mustn’t miss this Monday:

APC Senator decries worsening insecurity, demands NSA’s resignation

The lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District, Mohammed Sani Musa, has decried the spate of insecurity in the country and called on the National Security Adviser (NSA) to resign.

Senator Musa who is elected on the All Progressives Congress (APC) and hails from Niger – one of the hotspots for terrorists’ activities made the call on Babagana Monguno on Sunday during an interview on Channels Television.

“What proactive action has the NSA taken? We have to call a spade a spade. If I was the NSA in this country, I will tender my resignation because I have failed,” the lawmaker lamented.

READ ALSO: Kaduna: Reps call for NSA’s sack, wants Security Summit report implemented

“I am not sitting on any Senator’s defection letter” – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has refuted reports that he is sitting on the defection letters of at least twelve lawmakers exiting the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Lawan, in a statement by his media aide, Ola Awoniyi, in denying the allegations which were said to be in a bid to block possible impeachment moves against him, declared that no Senator’s defection letter has been submitted to him as claimed in the report.

“The story insinuated that Lawan is sitting on the purported letters to protect his position as the President of the Senate. We hereby state categorically that the story is utter falsehood as there is no such letter before the Senate President,” the statement read.

READ ALSO: Senate President allegedly sits on letters of over 12 APC defectors

Insecurity: Despite recess, lawmakers abandon states for Abuja

There are indications that lawmakers in the National Assembly members across party divides may be avoiding their constituencies, due to the threat posed by worsening insecurity across the country.

As reported by Daily Sun at the weekend, some Senators who spoke with the paper, lamented that the fear of being attacked, kidnapped, or killed, has forced many politicians, to suspend movements to their states ahead of the flag-off of campaigns in September.

“It is becoming impossible for us to visit our states, villages, and constituencies. We are trapped in Abuja; movements for meetings and grassroots mobilisation for our re-election bids has been severely threatened by insecurity,” one Senator is quoted to have said.

Enugu Senator condemns human trafficking, makes case for women’s inclusion

The Senator representing Enugu East in the National Assembly, Chimaroke Nnamani has made a case for women’s inclusion in elective and appointive positions in government ahead of the 2023 general elections.

In a statement issued at the weekend to commemorate this year’s ‘World Day Against Trafficking in persons,’ the former Enugu Governor urged governments at all levels to provide stringent measures to curb trafficking in persons against women, children, and the girl child forthwith.

“Affirmative action is urgently needed to enable our women catch up or equalize in order to complement their male counterparts in the onerous task of developing the beleaguered nation,” Senator Nnamani stressed.

Opposition mounts as Reps reconsider bill extending the retirement age of Legislative Staff

Opposition is currently mounting against fresh moves by the House of Representatives last week to consider the report seeking to extend the retirement age of staff of legislative assemblies across the country.

With sketchy details on its sponsor(s) the legislation titled “Bill for an Act to Make Provisions for Retirement Age of Staff of Legislative Houses in Nigeria; and for Related Matters (HB. 1473), was first introduced in October 2021.

John Dyegh (PDP, Benue), one of the lawmakers opposed to the legislation at a session presided over by the Deputy Speaker drew his attention to the anomaly of making a law for the States’ and local governments’ legislative staff without giving them an opportunity to make inputs through a public hearing.

The bill is aimed at getting the retirement age of legislative staff extended from 60 to 65 years of age, and from 35 to 40 years of service whichever one comes first.

Ojochenemi Onje-James
Ojochenemi Onje-James
Ojochenemi Onje-James is a research writer and journalist with years of proven footprints in areas of crime and politics. She has M.Sc in International Relations and Strategic Studies; and B.Sc in Mass Communication.
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