Senate declares new subsidy regime illegal
The Senate yesterday described the introduction of the N26 subsidy on the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol, as completely illegal and unwarranted. To this extent, the senate announced that it would begin an open investigation to expose the roles played by every official of government in the matter. Briefing…
Lawmakers kick as Senate shifts debate on $1b fund
Senators yesterday expressed disappointment over the failure by the leadership of the Senate to open a debate on the contentious plan by government to withdraw $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account to fund its war against insurgency in the North East.
Senate queries N10b vote for varsities’ solar power project in 2018 budget
The Senate committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, has faulted the N10 billion budget for solar power projects in nine universities. The Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe led committee wondered why the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) planned to spend a whopping N10 billion to provide solar street light for nine universities. This emerged as the committee…
Fuel scarcity: Senate to conduct nationwide filling stations inspection, summons NNPC GMD
The Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream says plans have been concluded for it to conduct nationwide inspection of filling stations over recent fears of fuel scarcity in the country. Chairman of the committee, Sen. Kabiru Marafa, stated this in a news briefing shortly after an investigative hearing on the matter on Tuesday in Abuja. Marafa…
Senate blames retired state judges plight on non-payment of benefits
The Senate yesterday said most retired state judicial officers in the country wallow in poverty and have been eating crumbs due to non-payment of their retirement benefits by state governments.
Senate passes Chartered Institute of Entrepreneurs bill
The Senate had passed the bill for an act to establish the Chartered Institute of Entrepreneurs to regulate and control the practice of entrepreneurship and other related matters.
Don’t play politics with civil servants, Kogi youths tell Senate
A statement by the NYCN Chairman, Mr Oladele Nihi on Thursday in Lokoja, said the council was deeply concerned over the purported donation of 1, 260 bags of rice to civil servants in Kogi.
Senate probes alleged abuses in NIS revenue, expenditure
“We cannot continue with this kind of nonsense. How can this be going on in a government of change? The report of the committee on interior would not be approved until they resolve the issues raised,” he said.