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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...

EXCLUSIVE: Fall of PDP from majority to minority in NASS

Once touted as the biggest political party, the PDP has receded drastically in fortunes from majority to minority in the National Assembly within the last 25 years of the federal legislature  For certain, the mantra of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of being the largest party in Africa has been stopped dead. In the past few years, the party has experienced a wave of defections despite its 16-year domination of Nigeria’s electoral politics, which was...

Former lawmaker and son of Kogi ex-governor, dies after Eid prayers 

He slumped and died on Wednesday shortly after he observed Eid-al-Fitr prayer in Abuja. A former member of the House of Representatives who represented Ankpa, Olamaboro and Omala Federal Constituency in Kogi State, Rep. Mohammed Idris, has been confirmed dead. The deceased was the son of a former Governor of Kogi State, Ibrahim Idris. READ ALSO: Eid-el-Fitr: House leadership calls for unity, prayers for Nigeria   Reports have it that he slumped and died shortly after...

AGENDA: Student loan, oil theft, budget oversight…6 issues of urgent public importance for NASS

As citizens continue to groan over economic hardship in the country and ahead of the resumption of the National Assembly (NASS) from a month-long break, OrderPaper lists some urgent national issues that could help alleviate the burdens on Nigerians  Lawmakers in the 10th Assembly will resume their legislative activities on Tuesday, 30th January 2024 after a 4-week recess. The holiday was observed due to the festive season immediately after passing the N28.7 trillion 2024 budget...

NIPRD spent COVID-19 funds on Diesel in 2023 – Reps

The Public Account Committee of the House has frowned at the Nigeria Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) for spending COVID-19 funds on other projects.  The House of Representatives Public Account Committee (PAC) has faulted the Nigeria Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) for using COVID-19 funds released in 2020 to execute other projects in 2023.  During an investigative hearing on Wednesday, January 24, the committee chairman, Rep Bamidele Salam (PDP, Osun), pointed...

UPDATE: Membership shift in 6 months of the 10th House

Since the inauguration of the current National Assembly in June 2023, there have been changes in the composition of lawmakers that make up the 10th House of Representatives due to factors such as judicial verdicts and resignations.    It has been over six months since members of the 10th House of Representatives were inaugurated and lawmakers commenced their responsibilities of lawmaking, oversight, and representation of citizens residing in the 774 local government areas across the country. ...

STANDOUT: 10 Bills of promise in 5 months of 10th NASS

Continuing our review of the first six months into the four-year tenure of the tenth Assembly, OrderPaper dives into the 1331 bills that have been sponsored thus far, selecting the top 1o  bills with the potential to have an impact on citizens and add value to the nation.      Lawmaking is one of the most common duties attributed to a legislator. While some would shy away from this duty, stating that the lack of...

INTERVIEW: We get calls everyday on school fees – Rep. Terseer Ugbor 

Rep Terseer Ugbor, in this 2-part series exclusive interview with OrderPaper, reveals that each member of the House of Representatives gets calls every day for support on the payment of school fees, which strongly supports the need for loans for indigent students After several years of unsuccessful attempts by successive administrations to introduce student loans for the payment of school fees, scholarships, and other educational credit schemes, the 9th National Assembly passed the Students Loans...

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