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PARLIAMENT PRIMER: Simple Guide to Understanding the National Assembly

Nigeria’s National Assembly is perceived more in a negative light by many in the public domain. But understanding how this all-important arm of government works is vital for anyone interested in governance. This piece provides a simple guide for this purpose The Nigerian National Assembly is the legislative arm of the federal government and operates as a bicameral legislative assembly.  Located in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, the National Assembly has many legally mandated...

Again, Senate postpones resumption by another week

OrderPaper recalls that both Houses had last week, postponed their resumption originally slated for 16th April, 2024 to 23rd April, 2024 to ensure the completion of the renovation of the National Assembly Complex. The Senate has again postponed its plenary resumption to Tuesday 30th, April, 2024. This information was contained in a statement by the Clerk of the Senate, Chinedu Akubueze directed to Senators of the National Assembly on Thursday.  The statement read, “Distinguished Senators...

Federal Constituencies and Senatorial Districts in Nigeria’s National Assembly

In this report, OrderPaper’s Sharon Eboesomi gives a breakdown on the Federal Constituencies and Senatorial Districts under the Nigerian National Assembly. The National Assembly (NASS) is the democratically-elected body that represents the interests of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and its people, makes laws and holds the Government to account. According to Sections 47-49 of the 1999 Constitution: “There shall be a National Assembly (NASS) for the federation which shall consist of two chambers: the...

NASS Complex Renovation: Senate, Reps to return to main chambers next week 

After 19 months of holding plenaries at temporary Chambers, both the Senate and the House of Representatives, are returning to their main Hallowed Chambers on Tuesday next week.  Members of the House of Representatives and Senators are set to resume plenary sittings in their main Chambers next week on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 OrderPaper recalls that a contract worth N37 billion was given to Visible Construction Limited and a few other companies by the Federal...

The Battle: National Assembly vs the Oronsaye Report

Despite the Federal Executive Council’s (FEC) decision to fully implement the Steve Oronsaye panel report to reduce the cost of governance, restructuring, and rationalisation of federal agencies, parastatals, and commissions, the National Assembly is unmoved. Contrary to the Steve Oronsaye report, which suggests eliminating or merging several ministries, departments, and agencies to lower government expenses, it is no longer news that the National Assembly barely goes any week without considering establishment bills that question the...

INSIGHT: NNPCL, public revenues and the profit motive

Ever wondered how the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) earns and utilizes money and on whose behalf? This piece explores how the state-owned company generates income and makes profits as empowered by the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021 and how such revenues contribute to Nigeria’s economy. Until the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), 2021, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was a state-owned behemoth that played both regulatory and commercial roles in...

Examining Nigeria’s proposed Social Media and NGO Regulation Bill in light of international Human Rights standards

Is the regulation of NGOs or social media a viable step forward for Nigeria’s current democratic situation? In 2017, Rep. Buba Jubrin sponsored a bill that sought to regulate Non-governmental organisations and CSOs. The bill passed a second reading at the House and was subsequently referred to the Committee on Civil Society Organisations and Development Partners. After a massive protest, the bill died at the committee stage. However, the bill saw a revival very recently...

IDE: Bills and motions addressing educational challenges in Nigeria

In this piece, OrderPaper highlights some bills and motions in the 10th House of Representatives that aim to address educational challenges facing the country. Education in Nigeria is challenged by a wide range of issues including the high cost of education, inadequate funding, poor educational infrastructure, inadequate classrooms, classroom equipment (computers, projectors, laboratories, and libraries), lack of qualified teachers, and a poor or polluted learning environment, amongst others. Seeking to address the challenges facing the...

Ibadan explosion: Reps call for probe, arrest of suspects

The House of Reps is demanding an investigation into the Ibadan explosion and an arrest of the culprits. The House of Representatives has called for an extensive probe into the explosion in Ibadan, Oyo state,  that resulted in the death of 3 people, and 77 persons sustaining injuries on Tuesday, January 16, 2023. The House also called for the arrest and prosecution of persons suspected to be responsible for the blast.  In a statement issued...

National Assembly postpones plenary resumption by one week

The National Assembly had initially fixed 23rd January 2024 for its resumption after adjourning following approval of the 2024 Budget in December The National Assembly has postponed the resumption of its plenary session, originally scheduled for January 23, 2024 to the 30th of January, 2024. This was contained in a statement addressed to members of the House of Representatives by the Clerk to the House of Representatives, Yahaya Danzaria. Recall that the National Assembly had...

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