Bill Seeking Legalised Cultivation Of Marijuana Passes Second Reading

The bill seeking the legalisation and usage of industrial hemp plants for medical and scientific research is presently before the House of Representatives. According to Vanguard, the bill, which was presented by Princess Miriam Onuoha representing Okigwe North of Imo State, has passed the second reading. This was disclosed by Dr Tonye Jaja Clinton, a legal practitioner, during a media parley organized by Grow Cann Africa in Abuja on the benefits and opportunities of cannabis plants and CBD oil. This is just as experts from Canada have started pushing for…

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House Of Reps To Pass Petroleum Industry Bill

A 30-member committee with five members drawn from each of the six geo-political zones of the country, is expected to start work on the Petroleum Industry Bill in the third week of this month. The House of Representatives is set to pass the long-awaited Bill into law in September, a report by Vanguard suggested. The Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, said the House would go ahead with the process of amending and passing the bill even without the input of the executive. He said, “We don’t need the…

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The House Of Reps Discovered A Loan Agreement Concedes Nigeria’s Sovereignty To China

The members of Nigerian House of Representatives have discovered that clauses in a loan agreement by the Nigerian Government from China concedes the country’s sovereignty to China. Chairman of the House Committee on Treaties, Protocol and Agreements, Ossai Nicholas Ossai, raised the alarm while probing loans received by the government. The committee noted that the clauses in Article 8(1) of the commercial loan agreement signed between Nigeria and Export-Import Bank of China allegedly concedes sovereignty of Nigeria to China in the $400m loan for the Nigeria National Information and Communication…

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Having Failed The 48hrs Ultimatum, House Of Reps Seek Legal Redress In The Matter Of Godswill Akpabio

The Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Hon. Godswill Akpabio had insinuated that 60% of contracts awarded by NCDC were awarded to National Assembly members. Recall that TellAfrica had earlier reported that the issue became contentious as house members disprove the claim, hence, the 48hrs ultimatum given to the Minister by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila. The Minister has however failed to substantiate facts of the claim made within the speculated period. As a result, the speaker had reacted in a statement shared via all verified social media platforms of the Speaker of…

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NDDC SAGA: Full Script Allegations/ Counter and Drama As Pondei & Akpabio Put-up Defence At Reps Public Hearing

Adewale Adetoyese It was a Monday of an unlimited drama in Abuja at the sitting of the House of Representatives committee investigating the Niger Delta Development Commission, as the Minister of Niger Delta, Senator Godswill Akpabio, claimed that most contracts of the NDDC were awarded to members of the National Assembly. Our correspondent was gathered that members of the House of Representatives who were on panel including the acting chairman, Hon. Thomas Ereyitomi began to beg the Minister who proved unstoppable to stop talking. Akpabio, who was interrogated on the…

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NDDC Acting Chairman, Pondei, Faints During Questioning By House Of Representatives

The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Daniel Pondei, has fainted while being quizzed by the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission. Pointed fainted while being asked about the spending of the commission since he took over. TellAfrica shall keep you posted.

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774,000 Jobs: Lawan, Gbajabiamila meet Buhari

-Peculiar Ajibola The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, and the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday met with the President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) at the President villa at Abuja. The meeting centred on the recent argument that arose between the National Assembly and Minister of state, labour and employment Festus Keyamo, over the proposed 774,000 jobs. Recall that Keyamo has engaged members of the Senate and House of Representatives committee on a shouting match on the matter. While the National Assembly ordered Keyamo to suspend the…

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Reps. Order Arrest Of Acting NDDC Chairman Having Staged A Walk-Out On Legislatures

The Nigerian lawmakers at the House of Representatives have ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to arrest the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Prof Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei, for contempt of the legislature. The Interim Management Committee of the NDDC led by Pondei had walked-out on the committee when it appeared for the continuation of the investigative hearing of the commission. Pondei had questioned the credibility of the House Committee Chairman, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, saying he was corrupt as he had benefited from award of contracts in…

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The House Of Representative Uncovers N81bn Fraud In NDDC

The members of Nigerian House of Representatives have unravelled how the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission mismanaged N81.5bn between February and May 2020. The lawmakers revealed that an amount of N81.5bn left the account of the NDDC without due process. The said money was reportedly released for no specific implementation of any project. Recall that the 2020 budget defence of the Niger Delta Development Commission ended abruptly at the Senate on Tuesday as its Interim Management Committee failed to account for a shortfall of N143bn in…

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More Than 50 Members Of The House Of Representatives Allegedly Test Positive For Coronavirus

The House of Representatives today 7 July 2020 adjourned plenary until next week following the news that over 50 legislators may have contracted the novel Coronavirus. A member of the house told journalists that about 50 of his colleagues had been tested positive for the virus with some of them seriously ill. According to our findings, many of the lawmakers in both chambers of the National Assembly have tested positive for COVID-19 but refused making it public. One cannot tell if the recess will stretch to its usual two months…

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