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Electricity Tariff Hike: Senate suspends debate to seek legal consultation

Senator Barau Jibrin who presided over the day’s plenary stepped down the debate on electricity, saying the legal department would be consulted on the matter before further debate. The Senate has suspended debates on plans to halt electricity tariff hikes in the country as it awaits legal advice. This followed a report from the Committee on Power during Thursday’s plenary. OrderPaper recalls that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had earlier announced a hike in...

Approve N15bn, N9bn reimbursement to states for Airport construction – Tinubu to Senate

President Tinubu said the state governments had to be reimbursed because the federal government had assumed ownership and control of the airports. President Bola Tinubu has requested the Senate’s approval of the reimbursement of over N15 billion to Kebbi State Government for the construction of Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport, Birnin Kebbi. In addition, the president requests that the Nasarawa State Government be granted N9 billion in reimbursement for the building of Lafia Cargo Airport...

Senate accuses state governors of misappropriating funds

The Senate called on President Tinubu to immediately halt the allocation of funds to caretaker committee-led Local Government Areas. The Senate has accused State governors of misappropriating funds allocated to Local Government Councils in Nigeria.  This is as it claimed that Area Council chairmen are usually compelled to sign off cheques by State governors, who in turn allocate peanuts to them. This was a sequel to the adoption of a motion during Wednesday’s plenary, to...

Tinubu urges Senate to confirm SEC Board members

Tinubu urged the lawmakers to expedite the screening and confirmation process.  President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has requested the Senate to screen and confirm four persons appointed as members of the Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The President’s request was contained in a letter read by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio during Wednesday’s plenary. READ ALSO: Tinubu appoints Jim Ovia as Students Loan Fund chairman   The appointed members of the SEC...

Senate mandates IGP, security officials to curb killings in Enugu State

The Senate is worried following a massacre in the Nimbo community in the early hours of April 28th 2024, which left over 46 people dead and 14 persons injured, with their houses and other properties completely razed down. The Senate has called on the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, the Chief of Army Staff and the Director General of the Department of State Services to investigate, arrest and prosecute the criminal gangs attacking the...

Senate considers stiffer penalties for job racketeers

Disregard for federal character principles in job employment, and other irregularities that violate the Nigerian constitution must be met with stiffer penalties. The Senate is set to consider stiffer penalties to stem job racketeering, disregard for federal character principles in job employment, and other irregularities that violate the Nigerian constitution. This was disclosed Tuesday by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator Allwell Onyesoh (PDP, Rivers East), after a...

Breaking: Senate suspends plenary, adjourns to mourn colleague

Late Rep. Dogonyaro, until his death represented the Babura/Garki federal constituency of Jigawa State. The Senate has adjourned its plenary sittings till Wednesday, 15th May, 2024 to mourn its late colleague in the House of Representatives, Rep. Isa Dogonyaro. It also held a minute silence in honour of the late lawmaker This followed a motion by the Deputy Senate Leader, Oyelola Ashiru (APC, Kwara South) calling for an adjournment in line with the traditions of the...

Tinubu orders CBN to suspend implementation of cybersecurity levy

Following the outcry by Nigerians over the cybersecurity levy and the extra financial burden it would incur, President Bola Tinubu has ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to halt the cybersecurity levy’s implementation. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has mandated the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to halt the implementation of the cybersecurity levy policy and conduct a review. President Tinubu made this demand over the weekend in response to the House of Representatives decision...

Cybersecurity levy not punitive – Senate committee chairman insists

The Senate committee chairman overseeing cybersecurity has said the levy is not punitive but aimed at protecting national security and the economy. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence, Senator Shehu Umar Buba, has addressed the controversy surrounding the proposed implementation of the Cybersecurity levy by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The levy is provided for in the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) (Amendment) Act, 2024. He clarified that the levy...

Senate approves death penalty for drug traffickers

Senator Ali Ndume urged the Senate to replace “life imprisonment” with “death penalty” for convicted drug offenders. The Senate has approved the death penalty for those convicted on the charge of drug trafficking in the country, despite the current NDLEA Act which stipulates a maximum penalty of life in prison as the punishment. This resolution followed the consideration of a report of the Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters and Drugs and Narcotics,...

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