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Palliative funds do not come to Lawmakers – Reps

The House of Representatives has clarified that lawmakers are not given the funds for palliatives provided for their constituencies saying they are only allowed to be a part of the process.  The House of Representatives has clarified that lawmakers are not responsible for the procurement and distribution of palliatives to members of their constituency.  Rather, the green chamber revealed that the responsibility is handled by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security while lawmakers...

Reps to review constituency development fund bill

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, intends to review the Constituency Development Fund Bill to improve transparency and accountability in the utilization of funds designated for constituency projects. The speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Tajudeen Abbas (APC, Kaduna), has disclosed that he plans to re-introduce a revised version of the Constituency Development Fund Bill to the floor of parliament. The bill provides a legal framework for the management, disbursement, utilization,...

REPORT: 6 viral moments in 6 months of the 10th NASS

The National Assembly (NASS) has clinched headlines for many reasons throughout the year. In some cases, they triggered public outrage, and healthy debates in others. From the election of the National Assembly presiding officers to the purchase of luxurious SUVs cars for lawmakers, here are 6 viral moments created by the federal legislature in the second half of 2023 The National Assembly, for many reasons, was eventful throughout 2023. It clinched headlines and generated varying...

Reps minority caucus demands probe of Plateau massacre

The minority leader, Rep. Kingsley  Chinda, who issued a statement on behalf of the caucus, blamed political authorities and security operatives for the dark December Plateau massacre  The minority caucus of the House of Representatives has called for a probe into the latest round of violence that resulted in the death and displacement of many citizens in Plateau State.  The caucus made this call on Thursday, December 28, 2023, three days after armed men stormed...

Reps to probe looting of natural resources fund

The motion called for the probe of alleged diversion of billions from the natural resources development fund over the years The House of Representatives is set to investigate the usage of funds in the National Resources Development Fund established for the advancement of the solid minerals sector from 2002 to 2023. The House made this resolution at plenary on Thursday, December 21, 2023, following the adoption of a motion on the “need to investigate the...

Reps: Banks aiding sale of naira notes by POS operators

The House is set to investigate the failure of commercial banks to pay customers over the counter forcing them to patronize POS operators who sell naira notes at exorbitant prices  The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the sale of naira notes at exorbitant price by Point-of-Sale (POS) operators across the country.  The House expressed concern over the failure of commercial banks to pay customers over the counter, thus forcing them to resort to...

Echoes of currency swap as Reps want Chinese Yuan as reserve currency

The representatives are demanding the adoption of mechanisms to make the Chinese Yuan (CNY) an official foreign exchange reserve currency The House of Representatives has urged for the use of the Chinese Yuan as an official exchange currency as a way to mitigate the continuous depreciation of the naira.  This House made this resolution on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, following the adoption of a motion moved by Rep. Jafaru Gambo Leko (Bauchi, APC) on the...

Reps to probe $60 billion joint ventures by NNPCL

The House has directed its committees on finance and petroleum resources (upstream) to conduct a comprehensive investigation on all NNPCL joint venture operations over alleged $60 billion revenue loss The House of Representatives is set to probe the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) for the alleged loss of $60 billion to inflated cash call payments on Joint Ventures (JVs) over the years.  This resolution followed a motion which highlighted the “need to investigate the...

Budget of petroleum ministry is an unserious proposal – NASS

The National Assembly joint committee condemned the N9.6 billion 2024 budget allocation of federal ministry of petroleum resources The 2024 budget proposal of the ministry of petroleum resources does not support the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Tinubu, and therfore needs to be increaesd. This was made known during defence meeting of the ministry on Monday, December 18, 2023, at the National Assembly. Members of the National Assembly joint committee described the budget as...

Pull media budgets of all MDAs to information ministry- Rep

The House of Representatives committee on information has urged for increased funding for the ministry of information by aggregating all media budgets under its purview  The House of Representatives committee on information has called on the President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to ensure that there’s an increase in the funds allocated to the ministry of information in the 2024 budget. Expressing concern about the N2.59 billion budgetary allocation of the ministry, the committee asked for an...

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