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”.

Votes: Continue reading

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THE EXECUTIVE VS LEGISLATURE RIFT; A SHARP LOOK INTO THE CAUSE.

2015 went down in our political history as the most dramatic year since the handover of governance to civilian powers. I remembered each month had its peculiar story. From January till December was a hit back to back. Thanks to our seasoned political actors and players.

The Elections, allegations and Counter responses from every sides of the divide drenched the nation into its strongest political mess. The aftermath of this mess spread into 2016 till 2017. As a matter of fact, we are still nursing the damages incurred. If care isn’t taken, we will walk into 2019 with the heaps.

The truth being that some issues were intentionally left unsolved and unattended to. As a result of the trending ‘selfishism’ or just a way to promote the already prophesied shenanigan initiated by the UN to be the aftermath of the 2015 elections. Recall that everyone had predicted the end of ‘Nigeria’ by 2015. The election came and went. We are not divided though, but the chants and body language as of today is pointing a delayed division at sight.

Nigerians voted out the ruling power in 2015 strongly because of two things: Continue reading

ONDO: Rotimi Akeredolu sworn in as 6th executive Governor of the state. (full text of his swearing in speech)

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Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu being sworn in as the 6th executive Governor of Ondo state.

Earlier today in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu(SAN) of the All Progressive Congress (APC) took the oath of office to be sworn in as the sixth democratically-elected governor of the state after Olusegun Mimiko of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Recall that he came out victorious from a closely contested gubernatorial election in November which almost pitched party leaders against one another. Amazingly and predictably, the presence of Leaders of the All Progressives Congress, including Bola Tinubu and Bisi Akande on the event held in Akure, the state capital indicated a renewed truce between him and the new governor after the controversy that trailed November’s gubernatorial elections.

In a later tweet, Asiwaju urged all state party members to Continue reading

Saraki Flags off the Made in Nigeria Challenge Twitter.

In an attempt to rescue the nation out of economic recession, focus is been drawn to the development and empowerment of local manufacturers for a successful turn around  and diversification.

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The 8th assembly headed by the distinguished Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, is showing profound commitment to this course. It will be recalled that the senate had in last year made a smart move to mandate government agencies to subscribe to the use of locally produced products rather than the imported counterparts. Particularly with the move to amend the Section 34 of the Procurement Act of the law which gives discretion to government agencies about patronizing locally produced goods. When this amendment see the light, will compel agencies to only buy and use locally made goods.

In the same plight, the Senate President had flagged off the Made in Nigeria challenge initiative via social media. According to him, the initiative is aimed at supporting the Small and Medium scale enterprise merchants in the country.

Yesterday, Saraki took to his twitter handle with a call to Nigerian manufacturers. They were required to mention him with tweets about products and their addresses for a retweet. The initiative was immediately commended as many young Nigerian entrepreneurs responded swiftly with captions and posts of their local products. Continue reading

PMB writes to the National assembly for modifications to 2016 budget.

imagesPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday has made a proposal to the National Assembly for a review of some items in the 2016 budget as amended. The adjustments which will translate to an upgrade of about 180.8b Naira is meant to address some financial urgencies.

The president’s proposal was contained in a letter to the National Assembly on Tuesday, in which he seeks a total N180.8 billion in virement for line items in both capital and recurrent expenditures. He has however traced the sudden augmentation to the activities in the Niger-Delta which has made multinational companies like Shell and Agip suspend some activities for a largepart of the year.

He said the destruction of oil installations had left his
administration unable to pay overhead costs as the nation has no viable alternative means of revenue has sufficed.

“The most viable option now is the virement of appropriated funds from heads or sub heads …,” Mr. Buhari concluded in the letter addressed to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara respectively.

Areas where the president said needed urgent injection of funds include security, intervention programs, education and services.
The president said there was no point allowing funds to lay idle in some agencies while activities are grounded in others due to financial shortfalls.

SARAKI: I’M HAPPY THE TRIAL HAS COMMENCED

In a media press release yesterday evening, after the commencement of the CCT trials against him. The Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki, has spoken with profound confidence through his Special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, about his prospective vindication.

The Senate President and the then Governor of Kwara state said he is Happy and Glad that the Trial Has Commenced on his false asset declaration in 2003. He further stated that the proceedings of today has given him confidence that if the trial is conducted fairly he would be vindicated.

The Senate President noted that even though the prosecution tried to bring in some dramatic narratives, it was clear that they were merely thrashing around and hoping to titillate the public with salacious tales. He added that he was hopeful however that when the time comes, his lawyers will have the opportunity to present his case.