Drop Calls: Senate, Fashola Berate NCC For Defending Telecom Companies

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) came under criticism following an outburst against the commission by the Senate and Minister of Works for openly protecting telecoms companies over increasing cases of dropped calls. The attack came following the public hearing on a motion titled: “Increasing rate of drop calls and other unwholesome practices by telecom network operators in Nigeria that had robbed Nigerians of their hard earned billions of Naira.” The public hearing was organised by the Senate Committee on Communications in Abuja on Wednesday. The NCC had accused the Federal Ministry of Works of contracting construction of projects to contractors who cut cables of telecom companies, resulting into the drop [Read]

N37bn Not Enough To Renovate National Assembly Complex – Director

  Rawlings Agada, Director of Information, National Assembly, has said the sum of N37 billion, approved for the renovation of the assembly complex may not be enough for the work. [SEE ALSO] Ajimobi left N19,000 out of N5.2bn withdrawn 3wks to his handing over – Makinde The lawmakers on Tuesday, approved the sum for renovation work on the complex, and another N1 billion for constitutional amendment. Agada, while speaking with journalists, said the complex is in shambles, saying the national assembly dome had been leaking. [SEE ALSO] A woman with brain can turn a broke man to a millionaire – Toyin Lawani “The National Assembly needs a lot of work. I don’t [Read]

UPDATE: US Senate to decide Trump’s fate in January [SEE FULL IMPEACHMENT PROCESS]

WASHINGTON DC – Donald Trump’s impeachment is a black mark against his presidency of historic proportions, but it does not guarantee his removal from office. That decision lies in the hands of the US Senate, the other half of the US Congress, which will consider the issue during a blockbuster trial in January. Unlike in the House of Representatives, where a simple majority vote was enough to pass impeachment, two thirds of senators will need to vote to remove Mr Trump for it to happen. That means 67 of the 100 senators must back the move. Given there are only 47 Democrats or independents, 20 Republicans would have to support [Read]

Court sacks another APC lawmaker, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, declares PDP Candidate winner

  Justice Bello Kawu of the Federal High Court Sitting in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue the certificate of return to Barrister Dr. Obinna Uzoh, as the Senator-Elect for Anambra South Senatorial District. Justice Bello Kawu made this order in his judgement on the suit filed by Obinna Uzoh, which claimed that the Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, presented a forged National Examination Council (NECO) secondary school certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which enabled him to contest the Anambra South Senatorial Election. Dr. Obinna Uzoh also in his suit also challenged that the Young Progressive Party [Read]

We Won’t Declare Kalu’s Seat Vacant — Senate

  The Senate on Friday ruled out the possibility of declaring vacant, the seat of its Chief Whip, Senator Orji Kalu, following his conviction by a Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday, PUNCH reported. Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment over a N7.1bn fraud charges against him since 2007 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The judgment was delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris, 12 years after the EFCC filed the suit against him. Kalu was convicted alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited, and Jones Udeogu, who served under him as the director of finance and account at the Abia State Government [Read]

Hate speech: Senate receives court judgement criminalising bill

• AGF silence misleading, urges Lawan to halt all deliberation on the controversial bill Efforts to sell the hate speech bill to Nigerians suffered a setback as an activist delivered a court judgement to President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, to guide the Senate from the further attempt to gag free speech in Nigeria. The letter dated November 28, 2019, drew the attention of the Senate to the judgement of the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) forbidding Nigerian government from criminalising free speech in whatever guise. The letter was delivered by Mackay Chambers and Associates and reads in part: “We hereby inform [Read]

Sponsor of Hate Speech Forbid Bill On His Own – Senate

The Nigerian senate Wednesday distanced itself from the bill seeking for the establishment of National Commission for Prohibition of Hate Speeches, is on his own and has no its institutional backing. The bill is being sponsored by Sen Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi. It was first read at the senate on Tuesday. The upper legislative chamber said the bill like other ones, will be subjected to laid down legislative processes in determining its acceptability or otherwise. Reacting to the backlash that has been trailing the bill from the media and the general public since it was passed for first reading , senate’s spokesman, Sen Godiya Akwashiki, said it was too early to [Read]

JUST IN: Senate approves N10bn for Kogi State Government, Minority caucus kicks

The Senate is currently enveloped by crisis as the Minority caucus on Wednesday kicked against the approval of the sum of N10.016bn for the Kogi State Government few days to the governorship election slated for Saturday, November 16. The Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s opposition to the payment was sequel to the presentation and consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts on the issuance of sum of N10.016billion promissory note programme to the Kogi State Government and a Bond issuance to settle local debts and contractual obligations of the Federal Government – refund to states for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government. [Read]

Senate Re-announce Bill On Hate Speech

The Nigerian Senate has re-introduced a bill seeking the establishment of National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches, which shall enforce hate speech laws across the country, ensure the elimination of the menace. The bill is sponsored by the Senator representing Niger North, Aliyu Sabi and passed first reading during Tuesday’s plenary. The 8th Senate had tried to pass the same bill in 2017 without breakthrough. [Read]

Senate proposes three-year jail term for social media ‘offenders’

The Senate is proposing a three-year prison sentence for social media offenders. The bill passed first reading on Wednesday. Entitled ‘protection from internet falsehood and manipulations bill, 2019’, the bill is sponsored by Mohammed Sani Musa, senator representing Niger east. The proposed legislation was one of the 11 bills read for the first time on Tuesday. Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the sponsor of the bill said Nigeria needs the legislation because it would protect its “fragile unity”. “There has never been a time when Nigeria has been very fragile in terms of its unity than this period,” Musa said. [READ ALSO] FG Begins Moves to Sanitize, Regulate Use of Social [Read]

Drama as INEC Commissioner nominee tells Senate “I am an active APC member” during screening

– A nominee for a job at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Raheem Muideen Olalekan, claims to be a member of the All Progessives Congress (APC) – Olalekan’s screening was put on hold after the Senate discovered a petition against him – The Senate committee fixes a new date after Olalekan’s inability to provide convincing responses to questions There was drama on Tusday, November 5 at the National Assembly as a nominee for the position of Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) described himself as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He continued to stress that he was loyal to the party [Read]

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]