INTERVIEW: How we can tame medical tourism, brain drain – Tejuoso

Senator Lanre Tejuoso is the Senator representing Ogun central in the National Assembly. He is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health. In this interview with OrderPaperNG, the senator bares his mind on a number of issues such as the lingering strike by health workers, the new health fund scheme, increased medical tourism, and some political issues. Excerpts by Titilope Fadare:…

BILLSBOARD: CAMA, Budget for FG, NCC passed

OrderPaperToday – It is no longer news that the National Assembly passed the 2018 budget during the week. The initially proposed budget of N8.6trillion by President Muhammadu Buhari was increased to N9.1trillion just as the oil bench mark was raised from $45 to $51. The following were approved for appropriation in 2018: N530billion for statutory transfers; N2.2trillion for…

Tucano: NASS abandons Buhari impeachment over reelection fears

OrderPaperToday – In spite of an alleged breach of the constitution by President Muhammadu Buhari in approving the release of $496million for the purchase of military aircraft without appropriation, uncertainty over their reelection has forced members of the National Assembly to abandon an impeachment move. Incidentally, the battle for political survival and control of party…

NASSThisWeek: 2018 budget passed as Senate hostilities with IGP escalate

OrderPaperToday – This week, the long awaited 2018 Budget was passed by the National Assembly while the Inspector General of Police versus Senate saga took another turn when the Senate President accused the IGP of criminal frame up. The CAMA (amendment) bill was passed in Senate while the House of Representatives passed Whistle blowers bill…

Crisis brews in Rivers Assembly over calls for Speaker’s resignation

OrderPaperToday – A crisis is heating up in the Rivers State House of Assembly over calls on the speaker, Mr. Ikuinyi Uwaji Ibani, to resign for alleged poor leadership and failure to cater for the welfare of staff. Recall that aawmaker representing Ahoada East constituency 1 in the assembly, Mr. Martins Mannah, recently called for the…

2018 budget: 1% for health care costs N57.1bn, says Senator

OrderPaperToday – The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Lanre Tejuosho, has announced that the 1 percent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the country, added to the health budget for 2018, costs N57.1 billion. This money is targeted at improving Primary Health Care centres, especially for vulnerable persons in the country. Tejuosho also noted…

Police denies Saraki frame up charge

OrderPaperToday – The Nigeria Police Force has  debunked allegations by the Senate President that the Inspector General of  police (IGP), Mr. Idris Ibrahim plans to implicate him in a case concerning six suspects whom were arrested and paraded by the police in for the murder of eleven innocent citizens in Kwara State. The police in a…

Senator: How IGP withdrew my security along a dangerous route

OrderPaperToday -Senator Emmanuel Bwacha recounted how his entourage of security officials were dislodged because he antagonised the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on his defiance of several summons to appear before the red chamber. Bwacha made this remark over an alarm raised by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who noted that there might be…

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,…