Workers from the various state Houses of Assembly under the auspices of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) on Tuesday stormed the National Assembly Complex in Abuja and drove away security operatives attached to the building to demand full implementation of financial autonomy for the state legislature.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, said that the National Assembly enjoys the confidence of Nigerians given the growing number of petitions brought before it, and received in the Ninth Assembly.
The National Assembly on Saturday postponed its resumption to enable lawmakers, who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to partake in the party’s membership registration and revalidation exercise scheduled to begin on Monday 25th January 2020.
Since the 8th Assembly released its budget to the public in 2018, the 9th Assembly is yet to practice Open Budget or Fiscal Transparency which is a thematic area under Open Government Partnership Nigeria signed on to.
Chief Mike Ozekhome, a senior advocate and constitutional lawyer has disagreed with Justice Minister Abubakar Malami, on whether the National Assembly has a right to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to address members.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has challenged those who are critical of the National Assembly to a debate on the relevance of the Legislature to Nigerians rather than criticising the funding of the Assembly.
Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila have been sent a request by a Nigerian group, to urgently publish all reports of corruption probes by the National Assembly since 1999.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the National Assembly will engage security agencies in the country with a view to upscaling operations in hot-spot areas to avert the killings of residents of Kaduna South senatorial district.
The Senate on Thursday reconvened to consider President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for approval of the revised 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework/Fiscal Strategy Paper, and revised Appropriation Bill 2020.
The Senate has commenced amendment of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010, following the consideration of a bill seeking to boost local content and strengthen the nation’s economy.