Senate passes amendments to 2015 electoral act for INEC

Senate passes amendments to 2015 electoral act for INEC

The Senate has passed amendments to the 2015 electoral act empowering the Independent National Commission INEC to use electronic voting for conduct and transmission of results in future elections.

The Senate also legalised the card reader introduced by INEC for voters
accreditation in the 2015 general election and gave INEC powers to modify the voting process where there is challenge.

Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki who presided over the session on
Thursday thanked his colleagues for job well done and expressed optimism that the bill would improve the country’s electoral system and contribute to good governance.

The Senate is expected to transmit the bill to the house of representatives
for concurrence.

Read AlsoBuhari forwards 3 new nominees for NDDC board to Senate

Buhari forwards 3 new nominees for NDDC board to Senate

Buhari forwards 3 new nominees for NDDC board to Senate

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday forwarded the names of 3 new nominees for the board of Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC to the Senate.

The nominees are to replace the ones from Imo, Ondo and Abia States respectively earlier rejected on grounds that they were not from oil producing communities.

The new nominees are Lucky Omirisan from Ondo State, Hon. Chuka from Imo State and Mr. Nwogu N. Nwogu from Abia State.

Recall that the Senate in October 2016 rejected 3 nominees from the list of 19 nominees forwarded to senate by the president.

Read AlsoNigeria Military promises continuous protection of the Nation

Nigeria Military promises continuous protection of the Nation

Nigeria Military promises continuous protection of the Nation

Nigeria Military says it will continue to protect the nations territorial integrity against any form of aggression.

The director of defense information, Defence Headquarter Major General John Enenche made the statement while briefing newsmen at the maiden meeting of Defence Headquarters Media forum on Thursday in Abuja.

Eneche say the reason behind the meeting is to acquaint media with the activities of the service for proper dissemination to the public and to address grey areas of military activities.

He disclosed that several operations have been carried out across the country for the protection of life and property of its citizen.

Read AlsoEFCC arraigns law maker on certificate forgery – Nse Bassey Ekpenyong

EFCC arraigns law maker on certificate forgery – Nse Bassey Ekpeyong

EFCC arraigns law maker on certificate forgery – Nse Bassey Ekpenyong

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC has arraigned a serving member of the federal house of representatives Nse Bassey Ekpenyong.

He will be before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on a 9 count charge of forgery and altering a document.

The member representing Oron Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State in the National Assembly is said to have forged an Abia State Polytechnic Ordinary National Diploma Certificate and altered a West African Certificate School Certificate.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail with the sum of ten(10) million naira with one shorty in like sum.

Will he be addressed as honourable if found guilty? What a shame!

Read AlsoJAMB discontinues computer based test for UTME

JAMB discontinues computer based examination for UTME

JAMB discontinues computer based test for UTME

Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB says it will discontinue the
computer based test CBT method for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME due to low computer literacy level of candidates.

JAMB Registrar Prof. Ishaq Oloyede says the board will now revert to the old paper and pencil mode and its key device method that will eradicate the challenge of low computer literacy and phobia for mouse by some candidates.

Oloyede while speaking at the Strategic Planning Retreat on Monitoring and Supervision of 2017 UTME at Arewa House in Kaduna said the board will also setup dedicated UTME centers for visually impaired candidates in Abuja, Lagos and Kano in 2018.

Read AlsoFemi Falana urges President Buhari to terminate impunity in National Assembly  

Femi Falana urges President Buhari to terminate impunity in National Assembly

Femi Falana urges President Buhari to terminate impunity in National Assembly

Human Rights lawyer Femi Falana has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to adopt decisive measures and terminate the rain of impunity in the National Assembly.

He said recent development in the senate shows that the upper legislative
chamber has thrown caution to the wind.

Falana in a statement on Wednesday cited the decision by the senate not to screen the 23 newly appointed resident electoral commissioners until Ibrahim Magu has been removed from the office as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.

He also identified the summon issued on the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, for criticising the senate.

He added that the senate violated certain principles of law by suspending
Senator Ali Ndume for 6 months. Falana adviced the senate to reverse itself on the issue and return to part of constitutionalism in the interest of lasting democracy in the country.

Read AlsoFederal Executive Council FEC looks into National Assembly conflicts

Federal Executive Council FEC looks into National Assembly conflicts

Federal Executive Council FEC looks into National Assembly conflicts

The Federal Executive Council FEC has initiated a move that will look into issues surrounding the National Assembly and the Executive Arm of Government.

Vice President Yomi Osinbajo will be the chairman of the committee while
former law makers serving at the cabinet will serve as members.

The minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Lai Mohammed told the newsmen on Wednesday that the Executive is concerned about the relationship with legislature. He called on both arms of government to strive in all times to ensure checks and balances.

Meanwhile, the speaker of the house of representatives Yokubu Dogara says the current face-off between the executive and the legislature is normal in a democratic government. He says conflicts are normal parts of human existence and can be found even within the family unit.

The speaker said to achieve innovation and progress, people must be free to disagree and that the most important thing is for leaders of all arms of
Government to interpret the issues so they could lead to the nations progress. Adding that the house has always being supportive of the executive arm and has always overcome differences to ensure passage of key legislation in the interest of the country.

Dogara said the APC government has not disappointed Nigeria as it strives to meet expectations especially in tackling corruption and restoring security in the North-East. He said political leaders must realize that Nigerians made a lot of sacrifice to ensure the enthronement of the current government, so they must deliver on the promises made to the people.

Read AlsoSenate urge Buhari to order payment of pension arrears

NHIS deletes 23000 ghost beneficiaries from its database

NHIS deletes 23000 ghost beneficiaries from its database

The National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS says it has deleted 23,000 ghost beneficiaries from its database.

They are said to have enjoyed the benefits of the scheme illegally.

The Executive Secretary of NHIS Prof. Usman Yusuf disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday during the certification ceremony of the scheme’s information and Communication Technology Unit.

Speaking at the event the Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria Harriet Thompson said information Technology has a critical role to play in the delivery of government services to its citizens.

Read AlsoFormer NNPC boss seeks to discontinue with suit earlier filed

Former NNPC boss seeks to discontinue with suit earlier filed

Former NNPC boss seeks to discontinue with suit earlier filed

Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out 1 billion naira fundamental right enforcement suit filed by former Group Managing Director, NNPC Andrew Yakubu against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC and the Attorney General of the Federation over his detention in relation to over 3 billion naira cash recovered in his Kaduna home.

Legal Counsel to the former NNPC boss Adeola Adedipe told the court on Tuesday that his client has decided to discontinue with the case.

Adedipe noted that his client has been properly charged to court and granted bail as they consider it necessary to discontinue legal action.

His statement reads; “We consider it necessary to discontinue with this suit, we have served the notice on all the parties and they are not opposed to our application.”

Read AlsoSenate urge Buhari to order payment of pension arrears 

Senate urge Buhari to order payment of pension arrears

Senate urge Buhari to order payment of pension arrears

Senate on Tuesday urge President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate release 177 billion naira voted for payment of pension arrears.

The upper chamber said the fund was a bail-out created in the 2016 budget to redeem all federal government pension indebtedness.

The law makers said the provision for the bail-out of pensioners was seen as a viable alternative to help the country’s retirees.

Senator Emmanuel Paulker who sponsored the motion said if the federal government could release bail-out funds to pay outstanding workers salaries in the State, a small gesture should be used for the payment of pension arrears which is the government’s primary responsibility.

Read AlsoSenate suspends 27 nominees for INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners