Category archives for: LEGISLATURE

1999 Constitution Amendments: N’Assembly votes on constitution review report after Sallah


The Senate and the House of Representatives are to vote on the final report on proposed amendments to the 1999 Constitution after the Eid-el Kabirý celebrations. The National Assembly proceeded on a combined two-week break for the country’s 54th independence anniversary and Eid-el Kabir on Tuesday. The House of Representatives in particular, will reconvene on […]

Nigeria’s parliament through the years


As Nigeria celebrates its 54th Independence Anniversary, it is pertinent to note that while the nation is expected to have advanced in democratic practice in all its forms and ramifications, the Legislature, which is the live-wire of democracy, is still grappling with the challenges of over-sighting the activities of the executive arm of government. Leadership […]

Wahala de! House of Reps in commotion over $9.3bn arms purchase

Oritsejafor Tambuwal and Jonathan

In this piece, JOHN AMEH writes on the controversy generated by the refusal of the House of Representatives to debate the $9.3bn arms purchase scandal. The disunity in the House of Representatives boiled over again on Tuesday when a matter that should ordinarily receive the overwhelming support of all members was sacrificed on the altar […]

Botched $9.3m arms deal: The war between APC and PDP lawmakers


For two consecutive days last week, members of the House of Representatives bickered over news of the seizure of $9.3m from Nigerian officials involved in a botched arms deal in South Africa. The episode climaxed with allegations of $50.000 bribe given to PDP lawmakers The ruling by the deputy speaker, Rep. Emeka Ihedioha had prompted […]

Update: Killing Of Motion On Controversial $9.3m Arms Scandal – Lawmakers Finally React

Killing of the motion on controversial $9.3 million

The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Rules and Business, Honourable Albert Sam-Tsokwa, at the weekend, lambasted those who are attacking the House over killing of the motion on controversial $9.3 million allegedly smuggled into South Africa by two Nigerians and an Israeli to buy arms for security agencies in the country. He […]

Why we opposed Jonathan’s $1bn loan —APC senators

The Senate

Members of the opposition. All Progressives Congress in the Senate on Friday clarified that their decision to vote against the approval of the $1bn loan request by President Goodluck Jonathan did not mean they were against the current war against insurgency in the country. Members of the APC in the upper chamber had kicked against […]

Amidst controversies, Jonathan gets approval to borrow $1billion

Jonathan Agreed To Serve One Term –Ex-Nasarawa gov

The Senate on Thursday approved a request for external borrowing of not more than N1 billion dollars by President Goodluck Jonathan to tackle security challenges in the country. This followed the consideration of the report of the Joint Committees on Finance, and Local and Foreign Debts on the loan request at plenary in Abuja. x […]

Scandal: APC Finally Reacts The Cover Up Of Smuggled $9.3m Probe By Lawmakers, Releases Statement

Lai Mohammed

The All Progressives Congress has condemned the attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government, working with some members of the National Assembly, to cover up the smuggling of $9.3m to South Africa on a private plane, saying the cover-up plans will fail because the issues involve transcend Nigeria. In a statement issued in Lagos […]

UPDATE: Senate okays Jonathan’s $1bn loan request for arms


The Senate on Thursday approved President Goodluck Jonathan’s request of $1bn external loan to fight the ongoing insurgency in the country. The decision was taken following the submission of the report of the Senate Joint Committee on Finance and that of Local and Foreign Debt by the Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi. Makarfi said the loan […]

$9.3m scandal: Reps probe bribery allegation, lawmakers bribe with $50,000 to stall debate

Osun House of Assembly

There was drama at the House of Representatives on Wednesday as the legislature ordered an investigation into the allegation that some lawmakers were given $50,000 to stall the debate on the controversial $9.3m seized by the authorities in South Africa on September 5. A move to debate the issue had failed on the floor of […]

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