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Senate Passes 46 Bills In 10 Minutes, Okays Buhari’s Request For 15 Advisers

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senate-chamber_anti_terrorism_billThe Senate at plenary on Wednesday passed 46 bills earlier passed by the House of Representatives on a single day.

While the entire Senate session lasted less than five hours, the lawmakers used about 10 minutes to pass the bills.

The decision followed a motion moved by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Ita Enang (APC-Akwa Ibom North-East) and supported by eight others.

The Senate equally approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to appoint 15 special advisers.

Mr. Enang, in the motion, called on the Senate to invoke Order 1 (b) of the Senate Standing Order to adopt a special procedure on the bills.

He explained that the motion was based on “mutual consent” and “legislative reciprocities”, as the House of Representatives was adopting a similar special procedure on bills transmitted by the Senate for concurrence.

Mr. Enang called for the suspension of Order 79 (1) of the Senate Standing Order, which stipulates that all bills should go through first, second and third readings before passage.

The passage of the bills led to a rowdy session, as some senators objected to the procedure adopted.

Reacting to the objection, the President of the Senate, David Mark, asked those opposed to the passage to present a substantive motion at Thursday’s plenary.

“I have ruled. If you disagree, you come back with a substantive motion tomorrow”, Mr. Mark said.

Some of the bills passed are Office of the Nigerian Financial Ombudsman Bill, 2015; Institute of Chartered Trustees of Nigeria Bill, 2015 and People’s Bank of Nigeria Act (Repeal) Bill, 2015.

Others are Nigerian Bank for Commerce and Industry Act (Repeal) Bill, 2015; Federal Saving Bank Act (Repeal) Bill, 2015; Loan (State Development) Act (Repeal) Bill, 2015; Chartered Institute of Statisticians of Nigeria Bill, 2015 and Nigerian Metallurgical Industry Bill, 2015.

The Senate also passed Federal Audit Commission Bill, 2015; Treasury Management Bill, 2015; Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and Investment, Securities (Amendment) Bill, 2015 among others.

Meanwhile, the Leader of the Senate, Victor Ndoma-Egba, said that the Senate would consider the amendment to the 1999 Constitution (as amended) at Thursday’s plenary.

The Senate, thereafter, adjourned plenary to Thursday when it would hold a valedictory session to mark the end of the 7th Senate.

The Senate passed the 46 bills just a day before the end of its four-year term.

The National Assembly has faced criticism over its poor performance despite taking a huge part of government budget.

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Fayemi Orders Resumption Of All Workers In Ekiti
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.

The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.

Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”

Also Read: #EndSARS Protests Politically Motivated – Kogi Governor

The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.

Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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