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DINO MELAYE: A celebrity politician’s dramatic legislative sojourn  

With a stint of four years in both the Senate and House of Representatives, Dino Melaye left a long trail of drama to remember him for, writes Esther Adedoyin in this EX-NASS MEMBERS SERIES  Dino Melaye was born on January 1, 1974, in Kano State, Nigeria. From a young age, he showed a keen interest in the pursuit of social issues. A geography graduate from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Melaye’s educational journey provided...

Reps partner OrderPaper in implementation of parliamentary programme

In a significant affirmation of its status as Nigeria’s preeminent policy think tank that bridges the gap between citizens and parliament, OrderPaper has been listed as a key partner in the implementation of the Parliamentary Development Programme (PDP) of the 10th House of Representatives for the period 2023-2027 The 10th House of Representatives recently unveiled its four-year development plan, titled Parliamentary Development Programme (PDP) for the 10th House of Representatives, National Assembly, 2023-2027. This event...

EXPLAINER: All you need to know about the State Police Bill

The State Police Bill has become the most talked about item from the National Assembly this week. In this article, we present everything there is to the bill. OrderPaper, in its Legislative Intelligence Forecast Entry (LIFE) article for the week, had predicted that the issue of state policing would be on the radar at the national assembly. (Read the full article here.) As predicted, the House of Representatives on Tuesday passed for a second reading...

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...

Abbas, Chinda, Jaha, among 24 lawmakers to watch in 2024

The year 2024 holds high expectations of the National Assembly of Nigeria just as the lawmakers will be out and about their duties to deliver on the mandate of law-making, representation and oversight   A few days ago, OrderPaper focused on 12 senators in the first part of the signature series, 24 lawmakers to watch out for in 2024. In this sequel and presented in no particular order, the spotlight is on 12 lawmakers from the House of...

INTERVIEW: ASUU opposed to student loans for selfish reasons – Rep Ugbor

In the first part of this exclusive interview with OrderPaper, Rep. Terseer Ugbor, representing Kwande/Ushungo federal constituency of Benue State, gave insights on plans by the parliament to ensure a robust implementation of the law on student loans. In this concluding part of the interview, the lawmaker takes a swipe at the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for advocating for grants instead of student loans. EXCERPTS: Q: ASUU has not hidden its opposition to...

Remembrance Day: Reps vow continued support for Armed Forces

The House of Reps has reiterated its dedication to ensuring that the Nigerian Armed Forces is provided with the support it requires.   The House of Representatives has vowed to continuously support the Nigerian armed forces by swiftly approving the required supplementary and substantive appropriations it requires.  This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Chairman, House Committee on Media & Public Affairs, Akin Alabi (APC, Oyo) on Monday, January 15, 2024, in commemoration...

Palliative funds do not come to Lawmakers – Reps

The House of Representatives has clarified that lawmakers are not given the funds for palliatives provided for their constituencies saying they are only allowed to be a part of the process.  The House of Representatives has clarified that lawmakers are not responsible for the procurement and distribution of palliatives to members of their constituency.  Rather, the green chamber revealed that the responsibility is handled by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security while lawmakers...

FOR THE RECORD: Why the House prioritises consultations – Speaker

Remark by the Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, Speaker, House of Representatives, at the vacation of the House for the Christmas and New Year holidays on Saturday, 30th December, 2023 Honourable Colleagues, it is with a sense of gratitude, fulfilment, and pride that I address you today for the work we have collectively accomplished since the inauguration of this House on 13th June, 2023. Over the past six months, the House has been a beacon of...

SPOTTED: 10 motions in 6 months of the 10th House

10 motions of the 500 so far taken in half a year of the 10th House of Representatives offer a glimpse into how citizen-centric the green chamber is. It also speaks of the resolve of the chamber to see matters to reasonable conclusion It is about six months since the 10th House of Representatives was inaugurated on the 13th of June 2023. As legislators took time to settle in and went about their duties, Nigerians...

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