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Plenary Today: Senate silences Ireti over clash with Wike, other top stories 

The passage of this FCT supplementary bill clearly means that Ireti’s motion might no longer be taken as the Senate has also embarked on a recess. Senate silences Ireti over clash with Wike During the days plenary, on the second order of the day was a report from the Committee on FCT on the 98.5bn FCT Supplementary Appropriation Bill. However, opposing the consideration of this report, embattled Senator Ireti Kingibe (LP, FCT) raised a point...

Rivers Crisis: Clash over relocation, court bars pro-Wike lawmakers from parading as Assembly members

“Now, therefore, I, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, the Governor of Rivers State this 30th day of October 2023, Pursuant to the powers vested in me under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) hereby issue, order, and direct that all proceedings and business of Rivers State House of Assembly shall temporarily take place at the Auditorium…” A Rivers court has barred the Speaker of the pro-Wike faction of the state Assembly, Martin...

Rivers Crises: No end in sight as Mpigi sidelines Fubara for Wike

The unending feud in Rivers State seems to be blowing out of proportion with no solution in sight. There is no doubt that the political dogfight in Rivers State that has subsequently divided the state is gradually going haywire as Senator Barinada Mpigi (PDP, Rivers South East) joins in the fight. OrderPaper recalls there has been a political dispute between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Nyesom Wike, over the...

Insecurity: “Give me security votes to tackle insecurity in FCT” – Wike

Security vote is a monthly allowance used by state governors of the 36 states to fund security services within the states.  The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has requested permission from the Senate to include a security vote in the N1.1 trillion in the FCT 2024 budget. Wike made this appeal while defending the budget before the Senate on Monday.  OrderPaper recalls that the Senate had passed for a second reading...

“I don’t want to be your friend, is it by force?” – Wike lambasts Kingibe

Wike accused Senator Kingibe of blackmailing him and informed her that he could not be forced into becoming her friend The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike has lambasted Senator Ireti Kingibe (LP, FCT)  The former Rivers State governor also gave reasons why he and Senator Kingibe have never been in good terms since they both assumed their current position. OrderPaper recalls that earlier in January, Kingibe claimed that there was no...

Of the N1.147 trillion budget indicated, N140 billion was earmarked for personnel cost, while N280 billion was earmarked for overhead as well as N726 billion for capital projects. The Senate has passed for a second reading a sum of N1.1tn Federal Capital Territory 2024 Appropriation Bill. The bill titled, “2024 Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Appropriations Bill 2024, (SB 397),” was sponsored by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti Central) during Thursday’s plenary. Out of the N1.147...

Wike meets Senators, says insecurity in FCT has been sorted

Speaking to the Nigerian Senate about the security situation in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Minister Nyesom Wike noted that there have been positive developments in reducing it.  The Senate, in the early hours of the day’s plenary, resolved into a closed-door session to meet with the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, and the Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igwe. The closed-door session began at 12:18 pm and ended at 1:50 pm following...

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