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Akpabio, Lawan Engage In Heated Argument During Senate Plenary

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There was a heated argument during plenary on Thursday, July 11, between Senate President Godswill Akpabio, and his predecessor, Senator Ahmed Lawan, over the official sitting time of the Red Chamber.

According to Senate rules, the official commencement time for the Senate plenary is 10 am, however, it has reportedly become common practice for sessions to start much later in the 10th Senate, often around 11 am or even later, due to the lateness of the lawmakers.

On Thursday, the Senate, through a motion brought forward by Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele, sought to formally amend its rules to shift the official sitting time from 10 am to 11 am.

However, the move was opposed by Lawan.

The immediate past Senate President told Akpabio that the reason for changing the sitting time to synchronise with the House of Representatives—was not convincing or “scientific” enough.

He insisted that there were no substantial reasons to shift the sitting time and highlighted that lawmakers were more energetic in the early hours, making a 10 am start more productive. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

“The explanation that the change was to enable the Senate to synchronise its sitting time with that of the House of Representatives is not saleable to senators,” Lawan stated as quoted by Tribune.

He added that pushing the sitting time to 11 am would extend the sessions till 3 pm, a time when committees should be actively working.

In response, the Senate President, Akpabio, reminded Lawan that the 11 am practice was inherited from Lawan’s 9th Senate.

This position was rejected by Lawan who stated that “No, that is not correct!”

Akpabio also clarified that starting at 11 am did not necessarily mean sessions would last until 3 pm, suggesting they could end by 1 pm instead.

As the back and forth continued, Senator Bamidele intervened, explaining that senators often had multiple engagements, including oversight duties and committee assignments, which sometimes kept them working late into the night, making a 10 am resumption challenging.

Akpabio swiftly called for an emergency executive session to address the issues privately following the rising tension among the Senators.

 

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NERDC Executive Secretary, Junaidu Is Dead

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Junaidu died in the early hours of Thursday, July 25, in Damaturu, Yobe State, where he attended the Joint Consultative Committee on Education (JCCE) program.


Prof. Ismail Junaidu, the Executive Secretary of the National Education Research Development Council (NERDC), is dead.

Junaidu died in the early hours of Thursday, July 25, in Damaturu, Yobe State, where he attended the Joint Consultative Committee on Education (JCCE) program.

Information regarding the cause of his demise, however, was limited at the time of filing this report. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Daily Trust, however, quoted a source who wished to remain anonymous, stating that the NERDC chief first collapsed and subsequently passed away.

However, this assertion has been disputed by a representative of NERDC.

“He did not slump, death just happened,” the official NERDC official told journalists.

The remains of Junaidu have been transported to Katsina for burial, which is later on Thursday.

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BREAKING: We’ll Expose Economic Saboteurs In Petroleum Sector

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The Nigerian Senate has made a pledge to expose all the saboteurs in the nation’s petroleum sector and those responsible for the importation of toxic fuel into the country.

The Senate ad-hoc committee constituted to investigate the alleged economic sabotage in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry made this vow on Thursday at a press conference in Abuja.

The chairman of the ad-hoc committee, who is also the Majority Leader of the Senate, Opeyemi Bamidele, read the text of the press conference, flanked by all members of the panel.

According to him, “We are also taking this task seriously to address fundamental issues that pose grave threats to our economic prosperity, fiscal stability, and public health as a federation. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

“In line with our mandate, we will definitely unravel the roots of economic sabotage in Nigeria’s petroleum industry and make necessary recommendations that will entrench global best practices in the industry and open it up for more investments, especially in the midstream and downstream sectors.

“We are utterly committed to this mandate. We shall also carry out this national assignment without fear or favour.

“We shall be fair and just to all parties with a view to promoting and protecting the strategic national interests of our fatherland.”

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Tourist refuses warnings and gets bitten by King’s Guard horse.

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A visitor has gained widespread attention on the internet when a video showed her getting too close to a King’s Guard horse and suffering a rather serious injury For many years, tourists have been enthralled with the King’s Guards, hoping to take pictures with the immaculately attired men and their majestic horses…Click Here To Continue Reading>> …Click Here To Continue Reading>> READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

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