Concerns Over Continuing High Turn Over Rate at NASS

There are strong indications of a high turnover of legislators in the forthcoming National Assembly (NASS) election scheduled for 23rd February 2019. While over 60 Senators will be battling for a re-election bid[1], half of the 360 lawmakers in the House of Representatives will not return having either voluntarily withdrawn, lost their primaries or aspired for governorship positions. As has been observed with NASS elections,…

NASS Postpones Plenary to 26th February, 2019

The National Assembly will reconvene plenary on Tuesday, 26 February, 2019 following the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) adjustment of General election dates to Saturday, 23rd January, 2019. Prior to its newly rescheduled date, the Senate and the House of Representatives had planned to resume on 19th February. The shift in resumption dates could increase the delay in commencement of deliberations on the 2019 Appropriation…

President Buhari assents to Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Bill

President Buhari has assented to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act, 2019. Among others, the Act establishes a Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission responsible for the identification of anti-competitive business practices and for the protection of consumers from the adverse effects of such businesses. It also sets up a Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal to hear appeals on decisions from the Commission. Under…

Low Outlook for Women in Forthcoming National Assembly Elections

Statistics on the candidates running for office in the 9th Assembly indicate concern for low female representation in the upcoming 2019 National Assembly Elections scheduled for February 16, 2019. According to the data released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in December (click here) only 232 women will be running against 1672 men for the Senate, while 528 women will compete against 4680 men…