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Protest in Kenya over proposed tax hikes in finance bill

Many protesters against the bill held signs and placards that read, “Do not force the taxes on us,” referring to the President of Kenya, William Ruto as Zakayo, the Swahili name for the biblical tax collector Zacchaeus. Hundreds of Kenyans have gathered in the country’s capital, Nairobi to protest against the Finance Bill 2024. The demonstration, which started on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, about 12:00 p.m, is intended to put pressure on the President of...

Setback for Wike as Senate steps down N98.5bn Abuja budget bill

The Abuja budget bill was stepped down because there were no details of how N98.5billion would be spent on as supplementary appropriation  The Senate has stepped down an Abuja supplementary budget bill seeking to approve a N98.5billion expenditure for ongoing projects within Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). This was during Wednesday’s plenary session when the Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti Central), sought the chamber to debate the bill and possibly approve it. This...

Just like Reps, Senate hurriedly pass bill to revert to old National Anthem 

The National Anthem bill was read for a first, second and immediate third reading last Thursday in the House of Representatives while it only passed first and second readings in the Senate. The Senate has passed a bill to revert to the previous National Assembly following the consideration of a report by the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters during Tuesday’s plenary. The chairman of the committee, Senator Tahir Monguno (APC, Borno North)...

Senate approves establishment of North West Development Commission 

The bill which scaled third reading was sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Barau Jibrin and 20 other senators from the seven states in the North West geopolitical zone. The Senate has passed the North West Development Commission (NWDC) bill seeking to address the challenges facing the seven states in the geopolitical zone. The passage of the Bill is a sequel to the consideration of the report of the Committee on Special Duties...

Senate moves to increase salaries, allowances of judicial officers

The bill amongst other things seeks to ensure significant improvements in the welfare capacity and independence of judicial officers holders at both the state and federal levels. The Senate has passed for second reading, a bill seeking to increase the salaries of judicial officers. The bill amongst other things seeks to ensure significant improvements in the welfare capacity and independence of judicial officers holders at both the state and federal levels. This followed the consideration...

Senate considers bill on unemployment benefit scheme

The bill sponsor says that the programme would assist in addressing criminal activity and insecurity that resulted from unemployment. The Senate has passed for second reading a bill seeking the establishment of a National internship and unemployment benefit scheme. This followed the consideration of a bill titled, “A Bill for an Act to Establish National Internship and Unemployment Benefit Scheme and for other matters connected therewith, 2024″ sponsored by Senator Shuaib Salisu (APC, Ogun Central),...

Senate extends implementation of 2023 budget till June 

President Tinubu had in a letter to the Senate claimed that the extension was necessary to ensure that the provisions of the two Acts were fully implemented.  The Senate has extended the implementation of the capital component of the 2023 budget as well as the N2.17 trillion 2023 supplementary budget until June. Extension of the implementation of the two appropriations was a sequel to a request from President Bola Tinubu which the Senate President, Godswill...

Tinubu writes Senate, seeks new salaries for Judicial Officers

The bill according to Tinubu will generate a new legal framework for the remuneration of judicial officers to improve their welfare. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has requested the Senate to approve the establishment of a new salary, allowance and official benefit for judicial officers. President Tinubu’s request was contained in a letter read by the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, during Wednesday’s plenary. READ ALSO: Senate backs Tinubu’s charge to army over killing...

Tinubu seeks repeal of students loans act, seeks re-enactment

President Tinubu forwarded a correspondence to the National Assembly seeking the repeal of the existing Act. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has forwarded a letter to the Senate and the House of Representatives, seeking a repeal and re-enactment of the Access to Higher Education Act, 2023, otherwise known as the Student Loan Act. President Tinubu’s letter came in during Thursday’s plenary at both chambers a day after the announcement of a temporary suspension of the commencement...

Senate damns Oronsaye Report, set to establish University of Education 

Despite Oronsaye’s report seeking to cut down the number of government agencies to reduce unnecessary wastage in the country’s expenditure, the Senate is keen on ignoring these recommendations. The Senate is set to establish a University of Education in Adamawa State as against the Oronsaye report which seeks to scrap and merge some government agencies to reduce unnecessary wastage in the country’s expenditure. This revelation was made in a bill titled, “A bill for an...

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