A BREAKDOWN OF THE 33 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE; INTERPRETATIONS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS.

Just as promised some weeks ago, the 8th Senate under the leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki is fulfilling the Constitutional amendment process. The senate is riding on an already established record of numerous bill passage within its first 2yrs of inauguration. Thus, it is making a giant stride with the constitution review considerations.

The Constitution review committee, as chaired by the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, this week submitted 33 bills on the floor of the house for considerations. And we the use of the Electronic voting system (e-voting), 29 out of it were successfully passed yesterday.

Among the passed bills are the famous #nottoyoungtorun bill, Local government autonomy bill, restriction of tenure and financial autonomy of the states government.
Below is a breakdown, voting results, interpretations and status of each bill.

Bill 1: Amendment of the Members of the Council of States.
Interpretation: The Council of States which currently consists of the sitting President, living ex-presidents and the sitting Senate President and speaker should now include the ex-Senate president “provided that such a person was not removed from office by the process of impeachment”.

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Nigerians Celebrates Oloyede: As JAMB Returns N5bn into the Government’s Treasure Account.

Prof-Ishaq-Oloyede
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede (JAMB Registrar)

Ever since the realization of the brave act on Friday (21 July), praises and encomiums from all works of life have continued to reach the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede. The formidable titan made history by returning a whooping N5 billion to the government’s treasury just within a year in charge. The N5billion is the remainder of the budget spent on the conduct and planning of this year’s examinations.

The JAMB Registrar achieved this feat due to his Administrative acumen after successfully conducting 2017 JAMB Examination. This constitutes a change in the status quo as JAMB used to be known before now to always beg Continue reading

Democracy Day: ‘Dont Wish Us Dead; You Will Still Need Us as Mentors’– Obasanjo.

Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday in a conference, also attended by Aminu Tambuwwal of Sokoto state ane the Minister of Aviation (Osita Chidoka), pleaded with the nation’s youth not to wish the elders in the country “dead”, saying they will surely need them as “mentors” and “advisers” in their sojourn.

He stated categorically that his greatest fear about the Nigeria of today is about the “anger and frustration of the youths”. He likened the situation to a time bomb illustrating that if the situation is not well managed, it could lead to a “youth explosion.”

Nigerian youths are not getting help from anywhere lately and Continue reading

Democracy Day: Read The Acting President’s Speech Commemorating The Mid-term of The Present Adminstration in Office.

Dear Nigerians, I bring you good wishes from President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who as we all know is away from the country on medical vacation.

Today marks the second anniversary of our assumption of office. We must thank the Almighty God not only for preserving our lives to celebrate this second anniversary, but for giving us hope, strength and confidence as we faced the challenges of the past two years.

Our administration outlined three specific areas for our immediate intervention on assumption of office: these were Security, Corruption and the Economy.

In the Northeast of our country, the terrorist group Boko Haram openly challenged the sovereignty and continued existence of the state, killing, maiming,and abducting, causing the displacement of the largest number of our citizens in recent history. Beyond the North East they extended their mindless killings, as far away as Abuja, Kano And Kaduna.

But with new leadership and renewed confidence our gallant military immediately began to put Boko Haram on the back foot. We have restored broken-down relations with Continue reading

Tempo Gets Heightened As Lagos Prepare For Local Government polls. See time table and full list of sitting sole administrators.

In a matter of weeks, the political atmosphere in the economic capital of Nigeria, Lagos, will depict competitiveness and rivalry as the lgs/lcdas in the state are preparing for the long awaited Local government elections. The 57 LGAs and LCDAs in Lagos will be the battleground for politicians and political parties as they battle for supremacy.

It should be recalled a Lagos High Court had in 2015 declared all caretaker administration (sole administration) null and void and has given injunctions to the State government to conduct fresh elections within 90. After subsequent appeals, state government is only conditioned to make the elections a reality.

Already, the Akinwumi Ambode led government had promised all residents, politicians and electorates of fairness and transparency. The state electoral body’s representatives has also assured of a smooth running. The Chairman of the LASIEC (Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission), Hon. Justice Ayotunde Philips, through the state’s official web page, disclosed that the commission is determined to ensure a successful conduct of the forthcoming elections. See… http://www.lagosstate.gov.ng/blog/2017/02/01/lasiec-set-to-achieve-success-in-lagos-lg-elections/

In agitations for the main event, all participating political parties have been actively demonstrating the internal democratic process in choosing their anointed candidates. The electorates are also on the look out. Hopeful, finite democracy will carry the day. July 22ndn 2017 has been picked for the conduct of all 57 lg/lcds in the state. View the time table in the picture below.  Continue reading

National Assembly (1): The Senate. (plus comprehensive list of all its members and political parties)

The Senate arm of the National assembly (Red Chamber as it is informal referred) comprises of 109 members effecting 3 each from 36 states of the federation plus 1 member representing the Capital. This arrangement is strictly according to the constitution.

The Senate is only but one half of the Nation’s Bi-cameral structure of allowing two legislative houses to foster progress and development. The Federal House of Representative is the other half. Known as the ‘Red chamber’ for its Red chair settings in its hall, is the Upper House. The Senate alongside the Housed of Representatives (Green Chamber) are vested with the power to deliberate and legislate laws for the country.

 

Its members are so referred to as ‘Senators’. Each constituency is expected to elect 3 members each (FCT provides only One) under the electoral conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for four years. Elected members stand the chance of re-running at Continue reading

US Replies Jonathan: 2015 Election Reflected The Will of the People.

The United States of America has replied Nigeria’s former President (Goodluck Jonathan)’s accusations. The US government communicated this through the US Embassy spokesperson in Nigeria, Russel Brooks on Wednesday.

 

Following Goodluck Jonathan’s sudden outburst about the US Government under the administration of Barack Obama was hell bent on kicking him out of office back in 2015, Brooks had come out to debunk such claim insisting that President Muhammadu’s victory at the 2015 presidential election was outrightly the will of the Nigerian electorates.

 

Earlier this week, Jonathan said,
“President Barack Obama and his officials made it very clear to me by their actions that they wanted a change of government in Nigeria and we’re ready to do anything to achieve that purpose.
“They even brought some naval ships into the Gulf of Guinea in the days preceding the election.
“I got on well with Prime Minister David Cameron but at some point, I noticed that the Americans were putting pressure on him and he had to join them against me.
“But I didn’t realise how far President Obama was prepared to go to remove me until France caved in to the pressure from America.
“But weeks to the election, he had also joined the Americans in supporting the opposition against me.” Continue reading