Senate, World Bank seek end to states’ mismanagement of loans

Leadership of the Senate on Thursday met with officials of the World Bank on how to ensure proper utilisation of loans obtained by state government from the global lender. The Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, after emerging from the closed-door meeting, told journalists that the World Bank was interested in the judicious […]

Senate passes bill pulling NFIU out of EFCC in 24 hours

Twenty-four hours after the Senate mandated its Committee on Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption to sponsor a bill seeking autonomy for the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, the bill has emerged. The committee was given four weeks to do its job. Chairman of the panel, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, at the plenary on Thursday presented the bill seeking to establish the […]

Magu: Senate threatens showdown with Presidency

Barring any change, members of the Senate may call for the suspension of consideration and confirmation of appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari over a comment credited to  Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, that executive appointments did not require legislative approval based on Section 171 of the Constitution. Protests came from the lawmakers when a letter from […]

Senate wants FG to consider 2014 confab report

The Senate has urged the Federal Government to consider the report of the National Conference held in 2014. Specifically, the Senate said it would go through the recommendations made by the confab to determine the solutions to the current agitations across the country. Members of the Senate made the resolution at a plenary on Wednesday […]

Senate dumps N5 fuel levy

•Investigates NNPC on alleged petrol subsidy, scraps FERMA Senate has dumped a proposed National Roads Funds Bill, which recommends increase in pump price of petrol, to fund road projects in the country. Lawmakers also passed a Bill scrapping the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and replaced it with Federal Roads Authority (FRA). The bill, sponsored […]

Senate probes telcos over poor network

The Senate, on Tuesday, mandated its joint committees on Communications and Trade & Investment to investigate increasing rate of dropped calls and other unwholesome practices by telecommunication network operators in Nigeria. The Senate also mandated the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to “invoke the appropriate provisions of the law and other extant agreements to protect consumers […]

Senate passes Petroleum Industry Bill

The Nigerian Senate has passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, the long-awaited legislation that promises broad reforms to the nation’s oil and gas industry. The report on the bill, produced by the Senate joint committee on gas, petroleum (downstream) and petroleum (upstream), was presented on Thursday by Donald Alasoadura, APC-Ondo. After a clause-by-clause consideration, with […]

Senate will pass petroleum bill soon – Lawmaker

Sen. Clifford Odia (PDP-Edo Central) on Monday said that the Senate would soon pass the Petroleum Industry Bill. Odia gave the assurance in an interview at Auchi, headquarters of the Etsako-West Local Government Area of Edo. The lawmaker assured the people of the Niger Delta that the senate was working assiduously to ensure that the […]