Reps warn colleagues against proliferation of tertiary institutions

OrderPaperToday – Some members of the House of Representatives have warned the 8th Assembly to avoid ‘tertiary institution proliferation.’ The warning came on Thursday during deliberations on two tertiary institution establishment bills. The bills are: A bill to upgrade the Federal College of Education, Omoku to Federal University and a bill for an Act to establish the Federal…

Reps investigates $50biliion lost to illegal mining 

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the loss of over $50billion to illegal gold mining activities. The decision to investigate the matter followed the adoption of a motion by Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma (APC, Edo) during plenary on Thursday. Leading the debate on the motion, Agbonayinma stated that despite the need to diversify the nation’s…

Reps to probe oil field allocations 

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the process and financial proceeds of licensing for Nigerian oil fields. The decision to investigate the matter follows a motion raised by Diri Douye (PDP, Bayelsa) on Thursday. While presenting his case, Douye noted that over 30 oil fields have been given out to 40 Marginal Field…

Ekweremadu leads Igbo Senators to protest ‘one-sided’ federal appointments

OrderPaperToday – Senators from the South East led by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu have voiced their dissatisfaction with the appointments of head of agencies by President Muhammadu Buhari, claiming it has been lopsided. The Deputy Senate President in his remarks on the floor of the Senate today lamented that appointments by the President are…

Reps calls for probe into sales of mint naira notes

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Banking and Currency to investigate the black market sale of mint Naira notes. The lower chamber also asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to immediately withdraw all bad Naira notes from circulation. The decision followed a motion by Adekoya Abdel-Majid (APC, Ogun) entitled: “Need…

Danbatta tasks Govs on N145/meter right of way cost

OrderPaperToday – The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta, has urged state governors to comply with the approved right-of-way price brokered by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo. Danbatta made the plea at the Stakeholders’ engagement forum organized by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in Abuja on Tuesday. At the event, the…

Senate approves N348bn subsidy payments to Oando, Capital Oil, 72 others

OrderPaperToday –  The Senate on Wednesday gave approval for the payment of outstanding subsidy claims to the tune of N348 billion to Oando, Total, Honey Well, Capital Oil, Conoil, A.A. Rano, and 68 other petroleum marketers. The approval is sequel to a letter on Promissory Note Programme and a Bond Issuance to Settle Inherited Local Debts…

Senate to probe Kachikwu, DPR over oil lease irregularities

OrderPaperToday – Nigeria risks losing revenue worth more than $10 billion due to irregularities discovered in the process of lease renewals, allegedly being perpetrated by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). The Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) has revealed that the DPR has “willfully and deliberately” denied giving relevant information…

Buhari requests approval of N254bn for 2019 election

OrderPaperToday – President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate for virement of the sum of N164,104,792,65 in the 2018 budget to cater for the expenses of the 2019 election. This was indicated in a letter titled ‘Request for virement and supplementary 2018 budget’ read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Tuesday. Buhari said that a total sum…

The NLC and the future of work

By Oluwakorede Asuni I have read with some concern the news that the Nigeria Labour Congress (the NLC) is picketing MTN Nigeria and may have damaged equipment and facilities at some of the business locations in the country and even threatened staff and may have caused physical injury directly or otherwise to some staff of…

Kwara senator attacks Adamu, Omo-Agege over Saraki

OrderPaperToday – Senator Rafiu Ibrahim (APC, Kwara) has accused two of his colleagues continuously attacking the Senate President in order not to face justice. The accused senators are Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nassarawa) who is currently being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); and Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta) who has been fingered for sponsoring…