NASS Receives 2019 Budget of N8.83 Trillion

Following President Buhari’s notification informing lawmakers of his intention to present the 2019 Appropriation Bill, lawmakers at a joint sitting of the Senate and the House of Representatives converged on Wednesday, 19 December 2018 to receive the document. Termed the “Budget of Continuity”, the N8.83 trillion budget proposal is predicated on an average oil production of 2.3 million barrels per day, oil benchmark price of…

President Buhari’s veto of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill Kills Expectations on Electoral Law Reform

The legal framework governing Nigeria’s 2019 elections will remain unchanged following President Muhammadu Buhari’s rejection of the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment Bill on 7th December, 2018. This makes it the fourth time that the President has declined assent on the Bill despite National Assembly’s efforts to incorporate his previous observations in its last transmittal. Prior to the President’s last veto, the Bill had been rejected…

NASS Staff Call off Strike Action

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) on Thursday 20 December 2018 temporarily retracted from its position of strike action following assurances from National Assembly’s management to meet   demands from a Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS) agreement that was approved in 2010. It will be recalled that legislative activities at the National Assembly were initially grounded in early and mid-December of 2018 as staff halted…

Senate Holds Public Hearing on Vote Buying

The National Assembly Joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and Political Parties Matters has sought to address the issue of vote buying in elections as part of ongoing efforts to improve the electoral process. Through a public hearing conducted by the said Committee on Monday, 10th December 2018, various stakeholders were able to proffer solutions to a menace currently threatening the transparency…