Whistleblower bill scales second reading in Reps

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has taken another step towards passing the Whistleblower Bill as the bill scales through its second reading. The bill was jointly sponsored by Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos) and Kayode Oladele (APC, Ogun). According to Gbajabiamila, the bill will “provide for the manner in which individuals may, in the public interest,…

Senate approves 2017 budget of NCC, USPF

OrderPaperToday – The Senate has approved the 2017 budget of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF). The NCC’s budget comes up to the sum of N204 billion while the USPF is N9 billion. The approval was made after the Chairman of Senate Committee on Communications, Gilbert Nnaji, presented the report….

Senate summons DSS, Military, Police over Kaduna killings

OrderPaperToday – The Senate has summoned the State Security Service, the Military and the Police to address the incessant killings in Kaduna State. They are billed to appear next week. This follows a motion moved by Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna) on Wednesday, who lamented on the continued killings in the Birnin-Gwari LGA, despite the presence of security agencies…

Another veto move fails, as Reps kills Police funds bill

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has rejected a veto bill that sought to override the President’s rejection of the Police Procurement bill. The bill is one of those rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari, which the House presented for reconsideration in line with section 65 of the constitution. In his letter, the President noted that the…

Stanbic IBTC in trouble as Reps threatens arrest of First Bank MD

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has threatened the Managing Director of First Bank PLC, Adesola Adeduntan, with an arrest warrant if he continues to shun the House. The House is investigating the status of the Treasury Single Account (TSA), the compliance by government agencies and the role of Deposit Money Banks that held government funds…

JUST IN: Senate passes 2018 budget, jerks up oil benchmark 

OrderPaperToday – The Senate has finally passed the long-awaited 2018 Appropriation Bill. The budget, which was pegged at N8.6 trillion by President Buhari, was increased to N9.1 trillion after the National Assembly’s deliberations. Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari laid the budget in November last year during a joint session of the Assembly. As presented by the…

Killings: Government failing in primary responsibility to protect

By Jaye Gaskia  Let us begin by clearing the air on the contentious issue of the legitimacy or otherwise of the current constitution. I like many others who old or young, nevertheless date back to the anti-military and pro-democracy struggles have very serious reservations about this current constitution – the 1999 Constitution of the Federal…

IG of Police trying to frame me up, Saraki cries out

OrderPaperToday – The relationship between the legislature and executive took another hit today as the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, alerted his colleagues of a possible criminal frame up by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. After reading out today’s votes and proceedings, the President of the Senate gave an account of ‘some disturbing’…