SENATE THIS WEEK: Electoral sequence uproar and a fire outbreak

OrderPaperToday- This last week at the Senate would be remembered for its uniqueness, if nothing else, characterised by the heated debate between lawmakers. The usual clash between the Executive and Legislative arms of government took the backseat as lawmakers squabbled amongst themselves over the abuse of representative rights and the reordering of the sequence of the…

Constituency projects can’t be abused without collusion – DG Budget

OrderPaperToday – The Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Mr. Ben Akabueze, has said that lawmakers are not alone in the abuse of money allocated for constituency projects. He made this submission during an introductory visit from the OrderPaper Nigeria team on ConsTrack, a citizen advocacy and engagement platform for tracking Constituency Projects. He…

Constituency projects: “There is nothing to hide” says SGF

OrderPaperToday – The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has said that “there is nothing to hide” within the government, especially in matters that concern Constituency Projects. Mustapha, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Special Duties Office in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. William Alo,…

Performance Review: The Choice Before President Buhari

In 2015, President Buhari and his APC crew achieved the hitherto impossible. Running a shrewd campaign in which they adroitly exploited a combination of incredulous campaign promises, incisive propaganda and the inveterate frustration of Nigerians with the then incumbent government, they unseated a sitting Nigerian President and booted a ruling party out of power. President…

BUSINESS REVIEW: Total, Egina and the loopholes of a local content law

OrderPaperToday – If the Senate’s investigative hearing on the Egina oilfield has done anything so far, it is the exposure of all the difficulties involved in implementing laws within the country. With storage capacity of 2.2 million barrels of crude oil and a daily production capacity of 200,000 barrels per day, the Egina Floating Production…

Reps wants FG to patronize local manufacturers of automobiles

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to develop a policy that makes it compulsory for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to only purchase cars manufactured or assembled in Nigeria. Following a motion raised by Mr Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama (PDP, Edo) during plenary on Thursday, the green chamber also mandated its Committee on Industry…

Reps moves to investigate NEMA over N2.4billion contract

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has started investigating an alleged N2.4 billion contract awarded to Ulam Nigeria limited, against the agency’s approval limit as stated in section 16 (1) of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Act. The House further alleged that the Director General of NEMA awarded the contract to companies he has a…

Reps to probe Trade Ministry over $160m World Bank Project 

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has resolved to mandate its committees on Finance, Industries, Debt, Aids and Loans to investigate the circumstances surrounding the engagement of a Consultant for the World Bank $160m Employment Project. The House equally mandated the Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment, Finance as well as the World Bank to not…

Reps criticizes Airline operators for passengers’ rights violations

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has condemned airline operators in the country, for their callous violations of passenger rights. The House therefore mandated its Committee on Aviation to liaise with relevant airline operators in the country, to ensure that the latter respect passengers’ rights. The resolution follows a motion moved by Yusuf Tajudeen (PDP, Kogi)…

Valentine’s day: Senator battles for “best dressed” award

OrderPaperToday – In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, three senators adorned themselves with the colour red to mark the day’s celebration. While going through the morning ritual of calling for decorum, the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Olusola Adeyeye (APC, Osun) identified Senators Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi), Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos) and Sunmonu Monsurat (APC, Oyo) as…

Senate threatens agencies over 2018 budget, commends NCC

OrderPaperToday – The Senate has threatened to halt budgetary releases to agencies that fail to comply with its one-week ultimatum for submission of their 2018 budget. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, made this declaration after the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, informed the red chamber that only one agency –the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)– has submitted details…

Benue killings: Ortom in closed door at Senate

OrderPaperToday – The Governor of Benue, Samuel Ortom, has appeared before the Senate joint committees on Police affairs and National Security & Intelligence to give his report on the heinous killings in his State. The meeting took place in a closed-door session at the National Assembly complex on Wednesday and commenced at 12:55pm with the Governor giving his…