Tag Archives: Senate

No one has asked me not to run for Senate President, Ali Ndume

A former senate leader, Ali Ndume, says the party leadership has not asked him not to contest as senate president in the ninth national assembly.

Sen. Ndume spoke with journalists in Lagos on Monday, indicating that at no time has the All Progressives Congress (APC) asked him not to run for the position of senate president.

According to him, Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, had explained that the party only recommended Ahmad Lawan as the preferred choice and had not imposed him on the senators.

“I have written the party, indicating my intention to contest. Even my national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, publicly said they only recommended Lawan and not that they are stopping anybody,” Ndume said.

“As I speak with you, nobody has consulted me to say ‘don’t run for Senate President’.  Everybody has the constitutional right to do that.”

The lawmaker said he joined the race to win since he has the support of his colleagues and party leaders to contend for the position.

“We have 109 senators and each of them have one vote. If you are contesting to be the Senate President, you have to reach out.  But at the beginning, I was cautious because I am a party man. So, when the party said ‘don’t go there,’ I did not,” he said.

“But the party came out again and said, ‘You can reach out to them now,’ so I reached out to them.

“So far, the response I am getting from my colleagues from the APC and other parties is very encouraging.  I am in this race to win; I am talking to everybody.  I have the telephone numbers of all the 109 senators-elect and I call them.

The lawmaker had in April released a document which contained his nine-point agenda for his tenure, if elected the senate president.

Senate may override the President’s vote on the timing for the budget submission

The senate has resolved to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto on the bill seeking to stipulate a time within which the annual budget estimates must be submitted to the legislature.

The bill is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration No. 28,) bill 2018.

This fourth alteration bill is seeking to stipulate the timeframe within which the president or governor shall lay the appropriation bill before the national or state houses of assembly.

The resolution of the upper legislative chamber was sequel to the adoption of recommendations of a technical committee set up to review Buhari’s decision to decline assent to the bills on Wednesday.

Recall that the president has vetoed over 30 bills passed by the national assembly since he became president.

Sen. David Umaru, chairman of the technical committee, while presenting the report hinted that the constitution gives the senate the right to override the president.

“Therefore, the Bills having been rejected by Mr. President, the National Assembly even if it considers Mr. President’s observations or not, must pass the Bills again and be assented to by Mr. President or override the veto, in which case, Mr. President’s assent would not be required,” Umaru said.

To override the president, the senate would need at least two-thirds majority, which is 73 senators.

The committee also recommended that the upper legislative chamber reconsider 15 bills rejected by Buhari.

Some of the bills to be reconsidered are Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, 2018; National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (Establishment) Bill, 2018; National Research and Innovation Council Bill, 2018; Stamp Duties (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and Chartered Institute of Entrepreneurship (Establishment) Bill, 2018 among others.

Senate Presidency: “I’m still in the race” – Ndume moves against APC’s decision

Defying the earlier endorsement of Ahmed Lawan (Yobe North) for the position of Senate President in the nineth National Assembly by All Progressives Congress (APC)’s, former Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, insists contesting for the position.

Ndume (Borno South), while making public his nine-point agenda yesterday in Abuja promised to improve upon the performance of the eighth Senate, adding that he would make the position less attractive by reducing what he described as ‘unnecessary privileges’ attached to the office

Pledging to uphold the independence of the legislature, he, however, expressed willingness to “work harmoniously and inter-dependently with the executive without undermining the principle of separation of powers.”

According to The Guardian Nigeria, Ndume said he would prioritise and ensure the passing of the Constituency Development Bill to make constituency projects more transparent, accountable, efficient and effective in the country.

“In synergy with fellow senators, I will ensure that the Senate will agree on timelines for confirmation, approval of bills, especially the annual budgets, which will not exceed 90 days from the date of submission.

“We will make laws that will block leakages and devise improved means of generating revenue, especially through amendment and review of the nation’s tax laws, which will help to reduce reliance on local and foreign loans to finance budget,” he stated.

Ndume also pledged to uphold the party’s principles and policies, adding that the Senate under his watch will make laws and review existing ones to be in tandem with APC’s next level agenda for the country.

N30,000 national minimum wage becomes law as Senate approves it

The national minimum wage has officially been raised to N30,000 following the passage of the minimum wage law as amended.

This passage by the upper legislative chamber passed the bill was based on their adoption of the report of its ad hoc committee on the national minimum wage at plenary on Tuesday.

The house of representatives had last year passed the bill which also pegged the minimum wage for both federal and state workers at N30,000, TheCable reports.

President Muhammadu Buhari sent the wage bill for consideration after the national council of state approved it.

The council had approved N27,000 while the federal government said it would increase it to N30,000 for its workers.

But the tripartite committee earlier set up by the federal government had approved N30,000 for both federal and state workers.

Speaking on the passage of the bill, Senate President Bukola Saraki expressed hope that it will boost the productivity of Nigerian workers.

“Let me join our colleagues to commend the efforts of the committee. More importantly, let me commend the patience of Nigerian workers and the leadership of the labour union, who have over the years been calling for this minimum wage and have carried their efforts responsibly,” he said.

“I want to commend the leaders of the organisations of the union. Let me also state that as government, we should ensure that at times like these, we should not wait for there to be strikes to do what is truly deserving for our workers.”

Ahmad Lawan, senate leader, said workers must not be allowed to go on strike before the necessary action is taken.

He said: “The Nigerian workers must show that the government is paying them and they are paying the government in service.”

Biodun Olujimi, senator representing Ekiti south, said the lawmakers have given the people a minimum wage but “it is not worth it if the states are unable to pay the minimum wage.”

The two versions of the bills passed by the two legislative chambers will now be harmonised before being transmitted to Buhari for assent.

Source: TheCable

Budget 2019 passes second reading at the Senate

The 2019 appropriation bill of N8.82 trillion has scaled second reading at the Nigerian the senate on Tuesday 19th 2019.

This development is coming three months after it was presented by
resident Muhammadu Buhari three months ago.

The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N4 trillion while N2 trillion goes for capital expenditure with N2.2 trillion and N492 billion for debt servicing and statutory transfers respectively.

When the floor was open for senators to comment on the Bill, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, senator representing Abia central, described the appropriation bill as a “budget of impossibilities”.

The senator said the statistics show Nigeria is still being held down by more debt.

He said: “With a total debt service of 25.7% and capital budget at 23%, it means we are paying more debt. Out of every one naira, 68 kobo is paid out. The federal government needs to go back to the drawing board.”

Ben Murray-Bruce who represents Bayelsa east senatorial district said compared to those of previous years, there is nothing new in the budget.

“The budget is not different from what we have been presented in the last 4 years,” he said, adding: “Recurrent expenditure of N4 trillion is too high. There are government agencies set up that have no value. These agencies must be scrapped.”

Mao Ohuabunwa of Abia north senatorial district said Nigeria is “consolidating poverty” with such an appropriation bill.

“We need to really look at this budget. Instead of reducing, we should ‘jerk up’ the budget by 10 trillion. What can 2 trillion do when we have on going projects,” he said.

“We need to block leakages and ensure taxes are collected and put into good use in the economy such as the basic health fund which the senate president started.”

Senate President Bukola Saraki subsequently referred the budget to the committee on appropriation which will report back in two weeks, TheCable reports.

Source: TheCable

« Older Entries