On a weekly basis, TheNewsGuru.com, (TNG) will be showcasing short incisive reports on happenings in the Nigerian upper legislature laced around legislative business sessions and national issues.
To kickoff the snippet this week, TNG takes a look at abandoned multi-billion naira residential quarters for principal National Assembly officers, NASS roof leakage, the controversial Nigeria Press Council bill and Twitter ban.
Read details below and do keep a date with us again next week
Eight years after been awarded, multi-billion Naira residential quarters for principal officers remain uncompleted
Eight years after the award of a N10billion residential quarters for principal officers, the massive structure is yet to get to completion stage.
The contract which was awarded during the President Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2012 has seen three assemblies, the 7th, 8th and 9th which is half way through.
The construction started during the 7th Assembly under the watch of Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and Senate President David Mark.
TNG recalls that the Senate President in the 8th Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki and his counterpart in the House, Speaker Yakubu Dogara had rejected the quarters.
NASS roof leakages: FCDA insists it was caused by seepage blockage
The Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA has insisted that the roof leakages that almost disrupted legislative sessions last Tuesday was caused by what it described as seepage leakages.
Till date, the NASS management has kept a sealed lip over the ugly incident that ought to have been adequately managed by it.
Nigeria Press Council Bill not designed to deal with journalists-Hon Odebunmi
The Nigerian Press Council amendment Bill is primarily designed to address its shortfalls and make necessary adjustments.
This was disclosed by Hon Segun Odebunmi, Chairman Reps Committee on Information and Government Affairs after viral reports that the Bill will further gag the Nigerian Press once it’s amended and passed into law.
Twitter ban: Gbajabiamila backs FG, insists national security supersedes freedom of speech
The Speaker of the House of Reps, Rep Femi Gbajabiamila has stated that the ban on Twitter supercedes freedom of speech because national security was involved.
The speaker who just clocked 59 made this revelation in a chat on a national television program saying:
The people actually elected lawmakers to represent them but when national security is involved it has to be adequately addressed.
TNG recalls that PDP reps had to stage a walk out of plenary when the House resolved to give the Federal Government ten days to respond to their queries on Twitter ban.
The PDP reps had insisted that there’s no law like that in Nigeria and asked the FG to arrest them instead of their constituents.