Ministers defend $5.5bn loan at Senate

OrderPaperToday – The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said the $5.5 billion external loan as proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari would go a long way in benefitting the country by building new rail lines. President Buhari had written to the Senate on October 10 requessting the borrowing to fund some capital projects in the 2017 budgets. The…

Reps wants subsidies for cancer patients 

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Federal Government to provide subsidies for palliative care drugs and chemotherapy for cancer sufferers in the country. The House also called for the provision of radiotherapy machines for government hospitals. The calls emanated from a motion sponsored jointly by Mr. Zubairu Abdulmalik (APC, Zamfara) and Mr. James Abiodun Faleke…

Reps to probe $14bn loss to gas flaring

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called for a probe into how Nigeria lost up to $14billion to default in payment of fines for gas flaring by International Oil Companies (IOCs). The House accordingly resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the matter and report back within eight weeks for further legislative action. The decision…

Reps orders probe of Buhari’s N900tn payment for electricity

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Thursday ordered a probe of a N895 billion approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the payment of gas supply and generation companies (GENCOs). This followed a motion moved by Mr. Chris Azubogu (PDP, Anambra) who told his colleagues that while ₦701 billion was for the payment of assurance facility,  ₦194…

Senate sets new tax for tourists

OrderPaperToday – The Senate has set a new levy on every departure ticket from the country called Tourism Departure Levy as it passes the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation Act (amendment) bill. The bill seeks to repeal the extant Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation Act of 1992 and was first read on the 9th March 2017. Former chairman of…

Senate moves to probe Paris Club refunds to states

OrderPaperToday –  The Senate has set next week to examine the issues surrounding the disbursement of Paris Club refunds to state governments without the approval of the National Assembly. This was brought under of a point of order raised by Senator Samuel Anyanwu (PDP, Imo) on Thursday. Sen. Anyanwu raised concerns about state governors seeking for more…

Awolowo in serial contempt of Parliament as Reps orders probe

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Thursday resolved to set up an ad hoc committed to investigate the non compliance of its resolutions by the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Olusegun Awolowo. The House resolved that the yet to be named committee should report back to plenary within 2weeks. The resolution…

Reps moves to stop part-time lecturing

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has passed a bill through second reading to give the National Universities Commission (NUC) the power to regulate the activities of part time and visiting lecturers. The bill sponsored by Abbas Tajudeen (APC, Kaduna) is entitled ‘A Bill to act to amend the National Universities Commission Act, Cap, N81,…

Ohuzu: Reps to probe death in prisons 

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the death of Smart Ohuzu on Sunday, September 24, 2017 and other deaths in prisons in the last 12 months. The House also mandated its Committees on Interior and Human Rights to conduct an assessment of the state of medical facilities in prisons across the country to determine…

Reps suspends closure of NERFUND, to probe N10bn loans

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has asked Federal Government to suspend the planned closure of the National Economic Reconstruction Fund (NERFUND) until investigations have been concluded on allegations of mismanagement in the organization The Green Chamber also resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the activities of the Fund, particularly its debt…