Senate approves New Conditions of Service Extending Benefits/ Years of Service for National Assembly Staff

The National Assembly has increased the compulsory retirement age of all employees in its payroll from 60 years of age or 35 years of pensionable service to 65 years of age or 40 years of pensionable service in its new Conditions of Service. The conditions, which were passed, by the Senate on December 11, 2018 and the House of Representatives on December 12, 2018 became…

Governors and Senate take different Positions as NFIU Pass Regulations on Local Government Funds

The Senate and the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) have taken differing positions on the latest regulation by the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) that intends to reduce vulnerabilities created by cash withdrawals from Local Government Funds. The regulation, effective from 1st June 2019 bans transactions on State and Local Governments joint accounts. This means that funds will go directly to the accounts of local governments.…

Presidential Committee Meets to Implement Fiscal Autonomy for State Legislature and Judiciary

The Presidential Implementation Committee on Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary at a retreat in Abuja on Thursday 16th May and Friday 17th May adopted a communiqué on the modalities to implement the recently assented Constitution Alteration Act granting financial autonomy to State Legislatures and State Judiciary. The Committee which comprises of members from the Legislature, Judiciary, Executive and civil society organisations, among others,…

Minister of Health briefs Senate on Poor Healthcare Services In the Country

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has linked the deteriorating state of health care services across the country to poor funding and institutional lapses. This came following a resolution by lawmakers demanding an explanation about the decadence in the sector despite National Assembly’s budgetary allocations. Prior to its resolution, legislators had blamed the absence of necessary medical equipment and personnel for contributing to Nigeria’s…