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BREAKING: Buhari Finally Signs Minimum Wage Into Law

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally signed into law a bill to increase Nigeria’s minimum wage with immediate effect. The bill, which was passed on March 19 by the Nigerian Senate, had earlier been passed by the House of Representatives. Buhari’s signing of the bill means that the country’s minimum wage will now increase from N18,000 to N30,000 naira. The development was confirmed on Thursday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the National Assembly matters, Senator Ita Enang. This is!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

Senate Passes NHIS, PIGB, INEC Bills

The Senate, on Wednesday, during plenary passed the National Health Insurance (NHIS) Act, 2003 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2019, the petroleum industry governance bill (PIGB) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) act 2010 (amendment) bill 2019. Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had initially rejected the bills claiming they had legal, constitutional and drafting issues after which the senate set up a technical committee to review the bills. However, the bills were being passed today after!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

Police Reform Bill Passage: What Nigerians Are Saying

The Police Reform Bill, 2019, codenamed ‘Senate Bill 683’ was passed on Wednesday by the Nigerian Senate after the third reading on the floor of the Red Chamber. The bill was passed after a report presented by Senator Tijjanj Kaura (APC-Zamfara North), which was seconded by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP-Abia North). The report was prepared by Senate’s Committee on Police Affairs. The police reform bill, which is aimed at improving policing standards in the country, was passed at a time Nigerians are calling for reform!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

BREAKING: Senate Passes Police Reform Bill

The Nigerian Senate has passed the Nigeria Police Reform Bill on Wednesday. This comes one week after the Senate passed the Police Trust Fund Bill. The police reform bill is aimed at improving policing standards in the country. Following its passage by the upper legislative chamber, the bill will now be transmitted to the House of Representative for consensus.

Senate Set To Override Buhari On Two Bills

The Senate has resolved to override the veto of President Muhammadu Buhari on the constitution amendment (Fourth Alteration No. 28) Bill 1999, and the Industrial Development (Income Tax Relief) amendment Bill. The two bills were part of the 17 bills that the president declined to assent. Mr Buhari also forwarded his reasons for rejecting the bill to the National Assembly. The constitution amendment bill seeks to stipulate the time within which the president or governor shall lay the Appropriation Bill before the!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

WANTED! Dr Ifeanyi Ubah In The Senate

Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, the chairman of Capital Oil, wants to go to the Senate and how seriously he would be needed there! The reason is: the Nigerian federation is now so rickety. The crookedness has to be straightened only through a series of constitutional amendments and negotiations that can be made possible by men and women with zeal, reach and capacity. The 6 regions (or zones if you like) have divergent needs and views of what Nigeria ought to be and nearly half of the skewed country does not mind if the country remains…

Senator JKN Waku Is Dead

Elder statesman and Fourth Republic Federal Lawmaker, Senator Joseph Kennedy Waku is dead. According to a family Source, Waku died yesterday evening at the National Hospital in Abuja after a brief illness. The senator was born on June 12, 1946. He was elected Senator representing Benue North West district at the National Assembly in 1999, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. A native of Waku village in Guma local government area of Benue state, Sen. Waku was at the Senate between 1999 and 2003.

BREAKING: Senate Cancels Planned Resumption Over CJN Onnoghen

The Nigerian Senate has cancelled its planned Tuesday resumption of plenary over President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). The Senate said it has instead filed a suit before the Supreme Court to seek legal interpretation of Onnoghen’s suspension by President Buhari. THE WHISTLER recalls that the upper legislative chamber had announced that it would be reconvening plenary on tomorrow to review the President’s action. This is a developing story…

Senate Holds Plenary Without Quorum, Ignores Own Rule

Despite its inability to form a quorum, the Senate on Wednesday breached its law and convened plenary. The standing rule, section 54(1), says the senate must have one-third of the 109 members (that is 37 members) for it to convene a sitting. The plenary today commenced with only 17 members present, as the Senate went ahead despite low attendance of its colleagues. Despite opposition by an unidentified senator who reportedly noted that they were yet to reach the required number, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki…

Bukola Saraki Needs Help, Fast

Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate and the Director General of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign is suffering and needs urgent attention. Were he still familiar with Medicine- his primary profession- he could have properly examined himself for the destructive symptoms of delirium and hallucination. If he were, we would have urged him to embrace the age-old axiom: Physician heal thyself! Nothing demonstrates Bukola’s fusty state of mind than his recent hallucinations with official figures of fuel importation…
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