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Edward Onoja Sworn In As Kogi Deputy Gov

Edward Onoja has been sworn in as the Deputy Governor of Kogi State. The swearing-in ceremony held on Monday at the Government House in Lokoja, the state capital. Onoja, a former Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello, was inaugurated shortly after he appeared before members of the Kogi State House of Assembly. Meanwhile the House of Assembly had on the same day confirmed Onoja as the deputy governor of the state  after he was screened by members of the House at the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in…

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SERAP Asks ICPC, EFCC To Probe Senate, MDAs Over ‘Employment Slots Scandal’

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has asked the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to: “jointly carry out a prompt, thorough, transparent and effective investigation into allegations that principal officers and members of the Nigerian Senate are using their official positions to get job slots from government agencies.”   SERAP also urged the anti-corruption agencies to: “probe allegations that some ministries, departments and agencies are selling the employment slots at their disposal, with a single slot being allegedly sold…

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FRSC: Riders Permit Not National Drivers License

Owing to the growing rate at which tricycle and motorcycle operators mistake Riders Permit issued in their respective states for the National Drivers License (NDL), the Federal Road Safety Corps has said that they are two different documents and permit can never be used in the place of the NDL.   In a statement, the  Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said the NDL is a national security document that embodies drivers information as contained in the national drivers database.   “All over the world, Drivers License is the only…

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Nigeria Needs Prayers To Overcome Challenges, Say Senate President

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said on Wednesday that Nigeria needs prayers to overcome its challenges. “Given the situation we are in today, the various challenges that Nigeria and its people face, we even need to pray more,” Lawan said while receiving in audience a delegation of the Christian Legislators’ Fellowship of the National Assembly. The delegation was led by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. The Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu was also in attendance at the meeting. The mission was to invite the…

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Senate Passes Amended Production Sharing Contract Bill

The Senate, in a bid to shore up Nigeria’s revenue earning, on Tuesday passed the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act 2004(amendment) Bill 2019. This was just as the upper chamber received a formal request from President Muhammadu Buhari seeking the amendment of the Act. The bill was passed by the upper chamber after consideration of the report of the Joint committees on Petroleum (Upstream), Gas and Finance. With the passage of the bill, it is estimated that Nigeria stands to benefit about N400 billion being revenue…

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Buhari Seeks N’Assembly’s Approval To Pay Kogi N10.06bn Refund

The Senate on Tuesday received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari for an approval to pay Kogi State Government N10.069 billion being refund of money spent by the state on behalf of Federal government. The request was contained in a letter dated 10th October, 2019 and read by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, during plenary. The requested amount is for the settlement of inherited local debts and contractual obligations of the Federal Government to the State for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government. President Buhari recalled…

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Senate President Explains Move To Amend Production Sharing Contract Law

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Monday justified the current move by the Senate to amend the law on Production Sharing Contract in the oil industry. Lawan said “it has become absolutely necessary for us to do so as a country so that we can generate more revenues from our endowments.” He spoke while declaring open a public hearing on the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract 2004(amendment) Bill 2019 which is being sponsored by Senator Albert Bassey Akpan. The public hearing was convened jointly by…

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Moghalu Quits YPP, Seeks Electronic Voting In 2023

Presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the 2019 presidential election, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu has resigned from the party. Moghalu who announced his resignation from the party via his twitter handle, @MoghaluKingsley on Monday, called for reform of the country’s electoral system ahead of the 2023 general election. The former Central Bank of Nigeria deputy governor, turned politician argued that unless the electoral process is fixed, the country’s democracy will remain weak. “Without electoral reform which includes electronic voting, our democracy will remain weak. Let’s fix this before…

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SERAP To Abuja Council: Withdraw Life Pensions For Ex-Officials In 14 Days

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has sent an open letter to Mr Abdullahi Adamu Candido, chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), urging him to use his good offices and leadership position to “urgently withdraw and revoke the bill/edict for the unconstitutional and illegal payment of life pensions to former chairmen, vice-chairmen, speakers and other officials of AMAC.”   SERAP said: “if the bill/edict is not withdrawn within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, we will take all appropriate legal action to challenge the illegality and to compel you to comply with our request.”   Under the bill/edict, AMAC’s past council chairmen would receive an annual…

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We Won’t Allow Ministers Frustrate December Target For 2020 Budget, Says Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said on Friday that the National Assembly will not allow Ministers or Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government to frustrate it from passing the 2020 Budget proposals by December. “The National Assembly will do the right thing; which is to work on the budget and pass it,” Lawan said at the unveiling of the Legislative Agenda of the House of Representatives. “We will not allow anyone to frustrate our desire to pass the 2020 Budget before the end of this year.…

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