Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday moved that the alleged deplorable state of the Presidential Villa Clinic should be investigated by the Committee on Health Services and report back within 3weeks. This is coming after several backslash on the deplorable state of the clinic by the President's family. This was sequel to a motion sponsored by Rep Henry Archibong, PDP, Akwa Ibom, entitled:’Need To Investigate The Deplorable Condition Of The State Clinic And The Alleged Deductions From The Salaries And Allowances Of The Medical Staff’. The House unanimously voted in support of the investigation as the presiding officer, Yakubu Dogara put the motion to a voice vote.
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions on Tuesday directed the Union Bank to unfreeze an account operated by former first lady, Patience Jonathan, in the bank. The committee, chaired by Rep Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (PDP, Abia), also directed other banks that may have frozen Mrs Jonathan’s accounts without any court order or a communication to that effect from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to unfreeze them. The committee frowned at the freezing of the accounts without court orders. Officials of Union Bank led by its lawyer, Kenneth Otowo, had told the panel that Mrs Jonathan’s account was placed under a ‘precautionary restriction’ following a directive by the EFCC. “We received a communication from EFCC to put a precautionary restriction on t
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has expressed happiness over the latest report released by the National Bureau of Statistics which indicates that the Nigerian economy has finally exited recession. In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker, said, the House of Representatives is gladdened by the goodness of the performance of the economy in the last quarter. He said this positive result is an indication that the economic policies of the APC administration are on track and the task ahead is sustained efforts by both the Executive and the Legislature in fast tracking program implementation for even more rapid economic growth and development. “We must now channel our energies towards measured aimed at jo
The Nigerian house of representatives has proposed that the constitution should be fixed such that the age limit for running for the presidential office be lowered to 35 years. The current minimum age for qualification for the office is 40. Besides, Nigerians from the age of 25 years may also be allowed to seek election into the state assemblies and the House of Representatives, down from the present 30 years. These are part of the fourth alteration of the 1999 Constitution laid before the House by the Lasun Yusuf- headed Constitution Review Committee last Thursday. The report is scheduled to be considered and adopted through electronic voting on Tuesday and Wednesday after which the House will proceed on its annual recess.
Sacked member of the House of Representatives, Herman Hembe has told the Supreme Court that he has spent all the salaries he collected as a member of the lower legislative chamber. Hembe said this in reaction to the court’s order, which compelled him to refund the salaries. “I have tried very hard to raise a loan to enable me comply with the above order of the honourable court, but have not yet succeeded,” read a letter he wrote to the court. “This honourable court in its judgement declared the primaries conducted by the 2nd respondent from 7th to 10th December, 2014 null and void and this granted the appellants relief four in her originating summons as reproduced in the judgement’s of this honorable court. “The court in its judgement struck out the appellants grounds of appe
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo last night met the leadership of the House of Representatives over the state of the nation. The meeting was held at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja, where a highly placed Presidency sources told DailyTrust that the meeting was at the instance of the acting president. Sources described the meeting as a “consultation” with the leadership of the House over critical national issues. Another source hinted that Osinbajo would seize the opportunity to brief the House leadership on his Tuesday's meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in London. Meanwhile, sources in the presidency had also listed the delay in the inauguration of the two new ministers-designate as an agenda for the meeting. The House had on Tuesday, asked Osinbajo to swear in Stephen
The recent surge in secessionist rhetoric across Nigeria came to us as little surprise; the signs have loomed on the horizon for long. Years of agitations, claims, and counterclaims, as well as invectives, even from erstwhile respected statesmen, were bound to strain the fragile bond between the constituent nationalities of this country. Recent activities of the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and various notices for Nigerians to quit parts of the country issued by different groups from the North, South-West and the Niger Delta are as deplorable as they are lethal to the peaceful existence of Nigeria. PREMIUM TIMES is concerned that what started as a revisionist romance with history soon metamorphosed into an avenue for name-calling and hate speech. Almost immediately, ...
The entourage from the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, APC to Speaker Yakubu Dogara last Thursday could not hide its appreciation of the loyalty the House leadership has continued to pay to the party. For a party and its leadership that has been well despised by the executive arm of government, finding other party members in government willing to exchange banters with was indeed much appreciated. Media reports the following day sought to present the visit of the national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and some elements of the leadership as a working visit done to appreciate the support of the House for the APC administration. At the end of the closed door meeting with the APC House caucus, the national chairman was reported to have proclaimed pro...
The House of Representatives has lend their voice on the rejection of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) saying that there is nothing wrong with with. Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Public Affairs, Abdurazak Namdas, told journalists in Abuja, “This Senate I know has cleared a lot of presidential nominees, whether ministers or for statutory appointments; they have done many screenings. “If out of a dozen they chose to make reservation on certain individuals, I think Nigerians should listen to them. “I can assure Nigerians that the legislature and the executive will continue to work together for the good of this country,’’ he concluded.