Senate lauds agency on accelerated technology transfer 

February 29, 2024 Binta Shama 0

The Senate Committee on National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has commended its agency for championing local content development of solar-powered smart irrigation, tricycles, electric motorbikes and others with accelerated technology transfer. The chairman, Senate Committee on NASENI, Senator Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi, who led other members of the committee on oversight function visit to NASENI headquarters, Monday, expressed Read More

Breaking: Senate approves sack of top government official

February 28, 2024 Blueprint News 0

The Senate has approved a request by President Bola Tinubu to sack the Executive Vice Chairman/chief executive officer (CEO) of Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), Barrister Babatunde Irukera. Tinubu, in a letter read at the Senate plenary on Wednesday by the Senate President, GodsWill Akpabio, said that he was demanding the sack of Irukera based on inefficiency. Blueprint Read More

Senate confirms Cardoso, others as CBN’s MPC chairman, members

February 22, 2024 Blueprint News 0

The Senate on Thursday confirmed 12 persons to serve as members of the Central Bank of Nigeria Monetary Policy Committee. The confirmation followed a report submitted to the Chamber by the Senate Committee Chairman on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru representing Lagos East Senatorial District. Abiru said, all the nominees of President Bola Tinubu appeared Read More

Breaking: Senate halts planned removal of electricity subsidy

February 21, 2024 Blueprint News 0

The Senate on Wednesday, February 21, urged the federal government not to remove electricity subsidy given the present hardship in the country. The resolution of the Senate followed its consideration and approval of a motion moved during plenary on the need to retain the subsidy on electricity in the county for the foreseeable future. The motion was sponsored by a Read More

Retirement age: Group begs Senate to reject bill

February 19, 2024 Bode Olagoke 0

The fight between the management of the National Assembly and some aggrieved staff, has taken a new twist, following the stepping down on a Concurrence Bill in the Senate on Extension of retirement age from 60 to 65 years. On Sunday, a document revealed that some members of the union in the National Assembly, allegedly signed a communique, endorsing the Read More

Breaking: Newly elected senators sworn-in

February 13, 2024 Blueprint News 0

The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, presided over the swearing-in of the three newly elected senators during plenary. The oath-taking was administered by the Clerk of the Senate, Mr. Chinedu Akubueze at about 11:41 am on Tuesday. The lawmakers are Prince Pam Mwadkon (Action Democratic Party, Plateau North); Professor Anthony Ani (All Progressives Congress, Ebonyi South); and Mustapha Musa (All Progressives Read More

Senate plenary: I’m not a habitual late comer – Akpabio 

January 29, 2024 Taiye  Odewale 0

The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio has refuted allegation of being a habitual late comer for commencement of Senate Plenary since assumption of office in June 2023. An online medium had in its publication last week, alleged that Akpabio’s penchant for coming late on plenary days in the Senate, has not only affected the workings of the red chamber Read More

Senate okays Tinubu’s request to borrow $7.8bn, €100m

December 30, 2023 Admin III 0

The Senate Saturday approved President Tinubu’s request to borrow $7.8billion and €100 million as part of the 2022 – 2024 borrowing plan of the Federal Government.  Senate approved the request after it considered and adopted the report of its committee on Local and Foreign Debt. Tinubu had said that the Federal Executive Council under former President Muhammadu Buhari approved the loan facility on May 15, 2023 to Read More

Senate observes separate minute silence for Akeredolu, Na’Abba

December 30, 2023 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The Senate Saturday separately observed minute silence for the late Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’Abba. Incidentally, Akeredolu and Na”Abba died at different hours and in different places in the early hours of Wednesday this week at ages 67 and 65 respectively. Motion for a minute silence Read More

Senate observes minute silence for Na’Abba

December 30, 2023 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The Senate Saturday observed a minute silence for the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’Abba, who died on Wednesday in Abuja, at the age of 65. This followed a motion sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau Jibrin, on the demise of the late Speaker. Barau was the Chairman of the House Read More

Breaking: Senate passes 2024 budget, raises estimates to N28.7trn

December 30, 2023 Taiye Odewale , Abuja 0

The  Senate Saturday passed  an aggregate expenditure of N28.78 trillion naira as budget for the 2022 fiscal year, higher by N1.2trillion to N27.5trillion proposal submitted to it by President Bola Tinubu last month. It also increased the exchange rate from N750 to N800 per dollar while the 1.78mbpd daily oil production, US$77.96 oil benchmark price and GDP growth rate of 3.88% were approved as Read More

Breaking: Senate set to pass 2024 Budget

December 30, 2023 Admin III 0

The Senate will, Saturday, December 30, 2023 commence plenary by 1pm prompt to consider and pass the 2024 budget. The Senate had on Wednesday December 21, 2023 adjourned plenary till Friday December 29, to consider and pass the 2024 budget. However, in a statement by the Clerk to the Senate, Chinedu Akubueze, a few days later, the date was shifted Read More

2024 budget: Senate slams meagre allocations for Information Ministry, hails Malagi’s visions

December 12, 2023 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate through its Committee on Information frowned at meagre allocations proposed for the Ministry of Information and National Orientation in the N27.5trillion 2024 budget . Displeasure of the Senate at the paltry budgetary proposals made for the ministry was further fueled by clear cut visions its Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagi , rolled out for implementation in 2024 before Read More

Why I’m yet to show up for swearing at Senate – Lalong

December 8, 2023 Taiye Odewale 0

The Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Simon Lalong, has said industrial unrest would end in Nigeria if the Labour Ministry received adequate funding. Lalong stated this on Friday in Abuja when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Labour to defend the ministry’s budget for 2024. The ministry was given an envelope of N10bn as the budget for 2024 Read More

Akpabio: The uncommon senate president

December 5, 2023 Ahmed Tukur 0

One time US President, Barack Obama, in his famous book, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, said, “If you are walking down the right path and you are willing to keep walking, eventually you will make progress”. This cuts the picture of the President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Godswill Obong Akpabio, whose penchant for hard Read More

2024 N27.5trn budget: Senate releases sectoral details… works, finance, defence ministries get highest allocations

December 2, 2023 Taiye Odewale 0

The Ministries of Works , Finance , Defence and others, got lion shares of the N8.7 trilliom capital component of the N27.5trillion 2024 budget as contained in sectoral allocation details released by the Senate Committee on Appropriation on Friday. In the proposed allocations, the Ministry of Works gets N521.3billion , followed by Federal Ministry of Finance with N519.9billion , while Read More

2024: Senate passes N27.5trn budget for second reading

December 1, 2023 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Friday passed for second reading, the N27.5trillion 2024 budget after two days of exhaustive debate on its general principles by Senators across party lines . For expeditious consideration at committee levels and final passage before Christmas, the Senate mandated its committee on Appropriations , to after collation of reports from various standing committees, submit final report on the Read More

Breaking: Tinubu writes Senate on 2024 budget presentation

November 28, 2023 Admin III 0

President Bola Tinubu has transmitted an executive communication to the Senate, indicating his intention to present the 2024 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly Wednesday November 29, 2023. The time for the presentation is slated for 11am. President Tinubu’s letter of intent was read by Senate President, Godswill Akpabio at the plenary on Tuesday, November 28. Read More

Senate seeks Nigeria’s inclusion in $147billion global bitumen market

November 24, 2023 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Thursday made legislative move of including Nigeria in the $147billion global bitumen market with passage for second reading , a bill seeking for establishment of Bitumen Development Commission. Nigeria as stated in the bill sponsored by Senator Jimoh Ibrahim ( APC Ondo South) , has quantum of 5.9trillion barrels ( 938billion m³) of global in – place Bitumen Read More