Senate

No Nigerian Will Regret Re-Electing Buhari, Says Omo-Agege

Deputy President of the Nigeria Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, on Saturday, said that no voting age of any Nigerian will regret re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term, saying that Mr President was committed to solving myriads of problems confronting the country. Omo-Agege said his emergence as Deputy Senate President was made possible through the efforts of President Buhari and other key leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Omo-Agege said this at his Orogun country-home, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta on Thursday evening, when he received a heroic welcome at the Osubi Airstrip in Okpe Council Area of the state. Since his election as Senator [Read]

My grandson once asked why people call me a liar – Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed, ministerial nominee from Kwara state, says his seven-year-old grandson once asked him why people refer to him as a liar.  Critics of Mohammed, especially on social media, are fond of replacing his first name with “liar”. Speaking when he appeared before the senate for screening on Tuesday, the former minister of information said he had ignored his critics until his grandson brought the issue to his attention. “My name as appeared on the CV is my correct name, which is Lai Mohammed. Don’t believe what they say on social media,” he said. “They call me all sorts of names and I used to ignore it until one day when [Read]

BREAKING: Amosun Scores Another Political Goal As Lawan Names Senate Committee Chairmen

  Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that former Ogun governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has scored another political goal as the Senate on Tuesday announced the composition of its standing committees as it adjourned plenary to Sept 24th. Some of the Committee chairmen are, Senators Barau Jibrin (Appropriations), Ali Ndume (Army), Dino Melaye (Aviation), Ibikunle Amosun (Capital Market), Ike Ekweremadu (Environment), Abubakar Kyari (FCT), Adeola Olamilekan (Finance), Ibrahim Oloriegbe (Health), Sikiru Oshinowo (Industry), Kashim Shettima (Interior). Others are: Teslim Folarin (Local content), Adedayo Adeyeye (Media and Public Affairs), Bassey Akpan (Petroleum Resources upstream) and Mathew Urhoghide (Public Accounts) See full list of all 69 newly [Read]

MINISTERIAL SCREENING: Senator Abaribe Commends Mamora for rejecting Buhari’s appointment

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator from Abia State, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has applauded Olorunnimbe Mamora, a ministerial nominee, for rejecting an initial appointment from President Muhammadu Buhari. Mamora, a former Senator, was among the 10 out of 43 ministerial nominees screened by the Senate on Wednesday. Buhari had earlier appointed him as the chairman of the Abuja Investment and Infrastructure Centre, an appointment, which he rejected in 2018. During the screening, Abaribe said Mamora felt relegated by the appointment earlier offered by Buhari. “We are very glad that finally, they have recognised who you are. You sat on this seat and did very well. And they used local materials to [Read]

BREAKING: President Buhari finally Sends Ministerial Nominees for Senate Confirmation [SEE FULL LIST]

President Mohammadu Buhari on Tuesday sent a list of 43 ministerial nominees to the Senate. At exactly 11:12am, President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan read the list at the plenary of the Senate, revealing that screening commences on Wednesday. Here is the list of the ministerial nominees from their respective states as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG:   [READ ALSO] BREAKING!!! Buhari Names Saraki As Minister 7 nominees from each geopolitical zones, with NORTH CENTRAL having 2 1. Abia – Uchechukwu Samson Ogah 2. Adamawa – Mohammed musa Bello 3. Akwa Ibom – God’swill Akpabio 4. Anambra – Dr Chris Ngige 5. South East, Anambra – sharon Ikeazu 6. Bauchi [Read]

Senate threatens to Shutdown, Sanction Bet9ja [READ MORE]

Senate has on Tuesday, threatened to Shutdown popular betting venture, Bet9Ja offices if the company fails to honour its invitation for a second time.  While speaking on Tuesday, in Abuja, during the verification of Lotto companies with license to operate in Nigeria, Chairman, Senate committee on youth and sport, Senator Obinna Ogba, PDP, Ebonyi, who noted that it was unfortunate that Bet9a refused to honour their invitation, said, “Clerk, write to Bet9ja again. If they did not honour your our invitation again, we will ask the National Lottery Commission to seal their offices.” Senator Ogba who noted that the Senate was making efforts to assist the lottery commission to generate [Read]

Senate Okays Adekoya’s Bill on Retirement Age Of Teachers

The Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers and Education Officers in Nigeria Bill, 2019 (HB. 2554) sponsored in the House of Representatives by Honourable Adekoya Adesegun Abdel-Majid, the lawmaker representing Ijebu-North/Ijebu-East/Ogun Waterside Federal Constituency on Tuesday got the Concurrence of the Senate as it was read and passed on the floor of the Upper House. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the Bill which sought to raise the retirement age of both Primary and Secondary school teachers as well as Education Officers from 60 to 65 years was laid before the senate by the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, and was passed after the third reading. It would be recalled that Adekoya’s [Read]

Support Lawan, Gbajabiamila Or Leave APC – Tinubu Tells Ndume, Other Lawmakers

  Newly elected APC lawmakers must tow the party line or be whipped out of the party, Bola Tinubu has said.  Mr Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, said that party discipline would be upheld in addressing the leadership tussle of the 9th National Assembly. Mr Tinubu said this while speaking with journalists in Lagos on Friday after a prayer programme organised by Islamic and Christian clerics to mark his 67th birthday. “Party discipline is key, we must be discipline in the party. We were a little careless in 2015. We created the opportunity for serpent to get into our party and that did not allow Nigeria to [Read]

FG may increase VAT to fund new N30,000 minimum wage [READ MORE]

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, has revealed that the Federal Government may have to increase Value Added Tax (VAT) to fund the new N30,000 minimum wage. During plenary on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, the Senate approved the N30,000 minimum wage which will increase the minimum wage from N18,000. While addressing the Senate Committee on Finance for an interactive session over the 2019-2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper, MTEF/ FSP on Tuesday, Udoma said many changes will have to be made to afford the new wage structure. “The current minimum wage of N18,000 is really too low. It is difficult for workers to [Read]

Buhari To Hand-Pick Next Senate President [READ MORE]

Ovie Omo-Agege, the lawmaker representing Delta Central senatorial district, says President Muhammadu Buhari will determine the next Senate President. He also stated that the next Senate President has to be loyal to the President. According to NAN, Omo-Agege said the All Progressives Congress (APC) would work towards avoiding the issues that led to the emergence of Bukola Saraki as Senate President. He said: “Anybody who is going to be Senate President in the 9th senate, must be somebody who is loyal to Mr. President, the party and the constitution. “The Senate President will be determined by Mr. President. Mr. President will indicate to us through the party who he wants [Read]

Senate Emergency Session: President Buhari Jittery, Planning to bribe APC Senators – Says PDP [READ MORE]

  The PDP alerts of moves by certain agents of the Buhari Presidency to bribe Senators of the APC extraction to protect the embattled President Buhari from imminent parliamentary sanctions for constitutional breaches and gross misconduct. Intelligence available to the PDP shows that this is the reason the jittery Presidency had summoned all APC senators to the Presidential Villa to a clandestine meeting on Monday night, ahead of the Senate’s resumption on Tuesday. The PDP have been informed of how the Buhari Presidency has been unsettled following national and international outcry over his constitutional breaches, particularly the assault on the judiciary in his attempt to forcefully remove the CJN, Justice [Read]

FG, APC Plot Saraki, Dogara’s Arrest Tomorrow – CUPP Alleges [READ MORE]

  NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that a Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was planning to violently take over the leadership of the National Assembly tomorrow. Addressing a press conference on Sunday in Abuja, the Spokesman of the CUPP and National Chairman of the Action Peoples Party (APP), Chief Ikenga Ugochinyere said the Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu who are both of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been marked for arrest Monday night. He said Senators Ahmed Lawan, Godswill Akpabio and Hope Uzodimma, according to the plan, would be announced “factional” Senate President, Deputy Senate [Read]

BREAKING: Senate To Reconvene Tuesday For Emergency Session, Debate Onnoghen’s Suspension [READ MORE]

  The Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, NEWS FLAKES NG can authoritatively report. A source in the National Assembly disclosed that the lawmakers would reconvene to discuss the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria. The source also confirmed that the National Assembly would hold a leadership meeting on Sunday over the matter. READ ALSO: Onnoghen’s Suspension: Buhari Has Sent A Dangerous Signal to the Entire World – Saraki [READ MORE] The Lawmakers had during Thursday’s plenary adjourned sitting until February 19, after the Presidential and National Assembly elections. But the decision to reconvene next week followed the suspension of Justice Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari on [Read]

I Am Not Part of Those Who Booed Buhari – Dino Melaye breaks Silence On Current Travails [READ MORE]

  The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, has said,he was never part of the lawmakers that booed President Muhammadu Buhari, during the 2019 budget presentation before a joint session of the National Assembly in 2018. The Senator claimed he was absent at the House of Representatives chamber on that day. Since the incident, there have been reports in the social media that the booing was led by the Kogi Senator. But Melaye, in his first reaction to the social media reports, said in a statement by his media aide, Gideon Ayodele, on Saturday evening that those that kept calling his name on the incident lied against him. [Read]

Senate Pays Dariye N85.5m Allowances in Prison [READ MORE]

  NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that Six months after his conviction by a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Senator Joshua Dariye is still receiving the N750, 000 salary and N13.5m monthly running cost from the National Assembly, The PUNCH can report. Investigations by our source revealed that Dariye, who represents Plateau-Central Senatorial District, was still receiving the allowances because his seat had yet to be declared vacant by the leadership of the National Assembly. Dariye, who was governor of Plateau State from 1999 to 2007, was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and convicted by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of an FCT High Court for embezzling N1.162bn. He was [Read]