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SPOTLIGHT: Regina Akume, former first lady in the House

From the first lady of Benue state to the House of Representatives, Regina Akume comes to parliament with the experience of enjoying perks and privileges. Will her background spur her to deliver service effectively or hamper her? Rep. Regina Akume is the wife of Sen. George Akume, the former governor of Benue State and the incumbent Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). Over the years, she has proved to be a powerful anchor...

SPOTLIGHT: Oshiomhole as emerging show stopper in Senate

In the 10th Senate so far, it is rare to have a plenary session where Oshiomhole does not make a significant contribution. As a norm, the Senate exercises legislative authority in representation, making laws and carrying out oversight and some senators are notably making concerted efforts to close up the gaps left by their predecessors. Presently, public confidence in legislators is very low and with the rate of increasing interest in the legislature, political observers...

ANALYSIS: Opposition members shun party positions in budget debate

Contributions of opposition members during the 2024 budget debate suggest that the role expected of them by their parties may be evaporating even before things start to get hot  Barely 24 hours after the President, Bola Tinubu, presented the 2024 budget, the House of Representatives commenced debate on its general principles. The lawmakers say this was to hasten the assessment and approval of the appropriation bill. OrderPaper observed the submissions of the lawmakers between Thursday...

INSIGHT: How opposition senators debated 2024 budget

The near acquiescence of opposition senators in debating the 2024 budget proposal from President Tinubu gives a foresight into the vibrancy or otherwise of the 109-member Senate under the Bola Tinubu presidency  The Senate passed the N27.5 trillion 2024 budget for second reading on Friday, 1st December, 2023. This was after senators subjected the general principles of the budget to a two-day debate which seemed more of a ritual and evidently lacking in rigours. Each...

Ndi Kato: 5 challenges youths face as first-timers in Nigerian politics

In this encounter with Titilope Fadare, Ndi Kato, a gender activist and politician, shares her experience in politics and offers 5 tips worth considering by young people looking to enter the fray.  Are you thinking of venturing into politics as a youth obviously not in 2019 but in 2023? Just before you buy your nomination and expression of interest form, there are five likely challenges you might encounter as a greenhorn. Ndi Kato is a...

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