The Senate has issued a two-week ultimatum to 37 revenue generating government agencies for submission of their 2017 budget to the National Assembly.

The war of words between the Executive and Legislature seems to have been re-ignited after Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Monday threw a shade at President Muhammadu Buhari’s approach to fighting corruption.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has announced that the Whistle Blower Protection Bill will be passed come July 2017.

Senate President Bukola Saraki; Speaker of House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara, and former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, are among the dignitaries at the launch of a book; ‘Antidote for Corruption’, by Senator Dino Melaye.

The National Assembly, on Thursday published details of its budget, becoming the first set of lawmakers to do so.

The Nigerian Senate has stated that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is the Acting President and not the coordinating Vice President as contained in President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical leave.

The Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday, fixed Thursday, May 11, 2017, for passage of the 2017 Appropriation Bill.

The prosecution on Thursday closed its case in the ongoing trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The lead prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), closed his case after calling his fourth witness, an official of the Ilorin Branch of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Mr Bayo Dauda.

The prosecution presented four witnesses in all.

Following the decision, counsel to the Senate President, Mr. Paul Erokoro informed the court of his client’s decision to file a no-case submission on the matter.

He asked the tribunal to provide the details of its proceedings, to guide the defense while making its application for no-case submission.

He further pleaded with the tribunal for time, to properly analyse the testimonies.

Reacting to the request, Mr. Jacobs said the defense ought to have been fully guided before making a no-case submission, adding that the request for time was unnecessary.

Mr. Saraki is facing 18 counts of false asset declaration-related charges. He is being tried at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Abuja.

Having opted against opening his defence in favour of a no-case submission, the Tribunal Chairman, Danladi Umar, fixed June 8 for the continuation of the case.

The President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a panel to review the wage demands of Nigerian workers.

Saraki made this known while he addressed workers at Eagles Square, Abuja, venue for the 2017 May Day Celebration.

The panel according to the Senate President will address all issues affecting Nigerian workers, which includes, increased wages, arrears of pension, promotion and allowances.

Saraki expressed the readiness of the National Assembly to play its part in ensuring that workers get their dues.

A statement by his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, quoted Saraki as saying, “Government must set up a high-powered committee representing all stakeholders who have the ability to engender confidence across board. They must be given clear terms of reference and realistic time to conclude their work and make recommendations.

“We in the National Assembly are ready to play our part to ensure the appropriation of necessary funds and enactment of appropriate laws to back up the resultant policies.”

Saraki commended the workers for their patience, understanding and co-operation to the Administration since its inception, “particularly at this period of economic challenge, stating that their positive attitude will not be taken for granted.”

He disclosed that the National Assembly members had on their own increased the proposed provision in the 2017 budget being worked on to take care of pension of retired workers.

The Senate President further assured the workers that the legislatures could still make provision in the 2017 budget to tackle financial implication of redressing arrears of promotion and allowances.

Senate President Bukola Saraki has said that he had no deal with opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the emergence of Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President.

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