The National Assembly: The Centre For Nigeria’s Progress

The National Assembly plays a significant role in the political system of Nigeria. It covers every aspect of Nigeria’s existence. Without its effectiveness, Nigeria’s socio-economic development will be brought to a standstill.

According to the Office of the President of the Senate, the National Assembly is the highest law-making body in Nigeria. It is a bi-cameral legislature with two (2) equal legislative powers in terms of law making. The Senate is the “upper chamber” and the House of Representative is the “lower chamber”. Nigeria practices the “presidential system” of democracy as against the “parliamentary system”.

The National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is established under section 4 of the Nigerian constitution and comprises a 109-member Senate and a 360-member House of Representatives. The body, modelled after the federal congress of the United States, is meant to guarantee equal representation of the states irrespective of size in the Senate and the proportional representation of population in the House. The National Assembly is located in the federal capital, Abuja. Bills introduced to the parliament must get the concurrent approval from the both chambers before the president could sign them into law.

The National Assembly has broad oversight functions and is empowered to establish committees of its members to scrutinise the bills and conduct of government officials.

The Senate has the unique power of impeachment of judges and other high officials of the executive including the Federal Auditor-General and the members of the electoral and revenue commissions, the power is subject however, to prior request by the president.

The House and Senate must agree before a bill is passed into law, which in turn must receive the president’s assent. Should the president delay or refuse assent (veto) the bill, the National Assembly may pass the law by two-third of both chambers and overrule the veto and the president’s consent will not be required.

The National Assembly is the “engine room” of Nigeria’s existence. It is a place where all the major activities that propel Nigeria’s progress are carried out. The ineptitude, negligence and lack of political will of most members of past National Assemblies have seriously stagnated Nigeria’s growth and economic development.

If the National Assembly plays its role significantly in timely approval of budgets, passing of citizen-impact bills and does not allow discrimination, anti-party rife, intra-party rife, nepotism, ethnicity and religion never to play key roles in its leadership, Nigeria will be raised to the realm of lofty and eye-catching development.

The Senate under the leadership of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the House of Representative under the leadership of the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, have taken one of the most impactful steps in this democratic dispensation by the constitution review that has taken place. The constitution which is the “leadership manual” of Nigeria (and any democratic nation) can only be amended if the National Assembly begins the process.

If the National Assembly must make the desired impact Nigerians hope for, it must fervently, without jeopardy of the wellbeing of Nigerians promote the basic institutional framework that are necessary to achieve good governance such as a commitment to transparency, effective government structures and oversight, anti-corruption laws, whistleblower protection and freedom of the press.

Since the National Assembly is the centre of Nigeria’s progress, if it fails, Nigeria fails. If it succeeds, Nigeria succeeds. Therefore, Saraki and Dogara should ensure at all times that their leadership trajectories make life-changing impact on Nigerians so that Nigeria’ progress will be rapid and its unity and existence can be sustained against all odds.

By Terfa Naswem

'Johnny' Video By Yemi Alade Becomes Most Watched Video By An African Lady On YouTube With Over 72 Million Views

Nigerian songstress, Yemi Alade has just accomplished a new milestone in her musical career on YouTube.

In 2014, she her released a hit song titled 'Johnny' and today, the video of the song has attained over 72 million views on YouTube making it the most watch music video by an African Woman.

At the time of writing this post, the 3 year old video already has 72,765,532 views on YouTube. 


MUSIC: Shyn XL - Ebelebe | @singer_shynxl

One of Nigeria's finest, gifted, multi talented musicians SHYN-XL drops his much anticipated SINGLE titled EBELEBE.

EBELEBE is a song born out of a deep place of TOTAL and ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE in Jehovah's protection and shield, as enshrined in the Bible book of Psalms 91.

I hope this song keeps you on your feet dancing, with the knowledge that you have a Father in Jehovah, who ensures and assures your safety, protection, and defense..


MUSIC: Damsel - Rainbow | @iam_damselhrh

Nigerian Most Sought after Female Artiste DAMSEL popularly called Her Royal Hottest (HRH), is Back! and ready to pull the grooves on your feet dancing to her dope joint **RAINBOW which is making heavy wave around town. It was produced by Jfem.

Damsel is not just a good performing and recording artiste over time but also unique and versatile in style and never stop to deliver beyond expectations.

Download and listen to the newly branded damsel.

Ig/twit: @iam_damselhrh


Meek Mill On Drake Beef: "I Was Like Out Of Control"

It feels like it’s been forever since the peak of Meek Mill‘s beef with Drake, and for his part, the MMG rapper’s pretty much over it. He says as much in a new interview with Ebro Darden and Laura Stylez on Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning, even admitting he didn’t exactly handle the situation the right way.

During his feud with the 6 God, which birthed a handful of diss tracks and seemingly endless chatter about ghostwriting in Hip Hop, Meek says he was at a point in his life where he was “out of control.”

The 30-year-old MC added that he “could have approached things better” with Drizzy and he’d be willing to have a conversation with the Canadian music titan at some point.

“I was like out of control at that point,” Meek said. “The way I was coming at everybody. I offended a lot of people at that point. Even the way I was talking, the stuff I said … We had little things that I ain’t really agree with that I didn’t feel. And when I’m off the shits, I’m just off the shits. I’m just coming a thousand miles an hour. I don’t give a fuck about nobody, how I was coming. And me as a person now when I’m not like that…I think I could have approached things better. It is what it is.”

During the wide-ranging conversation, the Philadelphia MC also spoke about Nicki Minaj, Safaree, and his alleged involvement with Remy Ma’s “shETHER.”

“She put me on blast too. By the way, I never told that to Remy. If she ever do an interview, she probably will tell you that herself. I just was participating in all the bullshit because, when I’m in bullshit, everybody participating in that too. I don’t really give a fuck. It ain’t really about nothing. Fun and games.”

Usher Paid $1.1 Million To Woman Over Herpes

Grammy Award-winning singer Usher reportedly paid a woman he had sexual relations with $1.1 million in 2012  to settle a lawsuit after she had claimed the performer gave her herpes.

Court papers published Wednesday by Radar Online show that the “Confessions” singer was allegedly diagnosed with herpes around 2009 or 2010, about the time he filed for divorce from ex-wife Tameka Foster. The 38-year-old reportedly passed the disease to a celebrity stylist.

Usher was accused of “consciously and purposefully” withholding his diagnosis from the woman “and continued to have unprotected sex” with her. He also allegedly told the victim he had tested negative for the virus, despite a “greenish discharge” from his penis.

The unidentified woman said she started suffering from fevers and vaginal sores before she was diagnosed with the infection.

Usher paid for the stylist’s medical bills, a reported $2,754.40 in 2012 and settled the suit on Dec. 28, 2012.


How Corruption Recruits A Fighting Force Waiting For A Command

Zoning and rotational leadership are serious problems in Nigerian political system. To say that the North wants to rule perpetually is to miss the mark. Rather it is corruption, selfishness, greed and injustice leading to votes not being counted that caused this problem. So those placed in advantageous positions simply assign votes in their favour and declare them as votes to tally with the population of their areas. To correct this, we say that the very structure is to be re-structured with legislations that would take care of minority interest so that nobody is intentionally or systematically marginalized.

If oil producing areas were fairly treated, if the minorities were not marginalized, if there were free and fair elections where every vote counts, if some Nigerians were not regarded as second class citizens or as visitors/strangers as if they were foreigners, if nepotism, ethnicity and religion never played key roles in governance, Nigerians would not be agitating for restructuring and the Igbos would not be agitating for Biafra.

By: Terfa Naswem

What Is Goal Keeper Buffon and His Girlfriend Doing In These Photos?

Chi, an Italian Magazine, has released a picture of Italian football legend & Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, & his girlfriend Ilaria D’Amico catching some fun on a yatch while they were vacationing.

What the heck is going on down there? 


Sahara Reporters And Its Controversial Reports: A Call For Professionalism

Sahara reporters once reported that President Buhari was on life-support and would not be able to govern Nigeria again. This information made Fayose to even make more noise that he had such pictures and would expose the state of Buhari’s health.

The same Sahara Reporters recently reported that Buhari will be back to Nigeria on 27th July 2017 after his doctors confirm him fit.

My basic question to Sahara Reporters is what should we believe or not believe again from its stories? A lot of its reports recently have been baseless, full of political sentiments and propaganda. Where is Sahara Reporters heading to? What is wrong with it now? Sahara Reporters was a more dependable and very reliable online source of news. But today, many audiences no more understand what they should believe again from Sahara based on its so many recent controversial reports. Disjointed reports, reports with no fundamental issues, poor investigative reports, reports based on sentiments and propaganda now are Sahara’s best values; a gross abuse of professionalism is what this is.

I am calling on the publisher of Sahara Reporters Mr. Omoyele Sowore to desist from creating unnecessary tension in the Nigerian already heated polity. He should revitalized Sahara Reporters and should make it to be more acceptable now that many of its audiences have lost faith in it.

By: Terfa Naswem

NYSC Says No Batch "A" Stream II Corps Member Will Be Posted To Either Borno Or Yobe States

Authorities of the NYSC has said it would not post any corps member of the Batch A stream II to either Borno or Yobe state. 

This is dued to the fact that these states have been adversely affected by Boko Haram insurgency.


NAV & Metro Boomin Share "Perfect Timing" Tracklist

In two days, Nav and Metro Boomin will drop their long-awaited Perfect Timing project via Republic Records. Now, they’ve revealed the tracklist for the project.The album comes with a hefty roster of guests, including Lil Uzi Vert, Offset, 21 Savage, Playboi Carti, Gucci Mane, and Belly. As you already know, Metro will handle all of the instrumentals.
Glance over the list below. Perfect Timing is dropping July 21st.
1.”Perfect Timing”
2. “I Don’t Care”
3. “Hit”
4. “A$AP Ferg” Feat. Lil Uzi Vert
5. “Held Me Down”
6. “Minute” Feat. Playboi Carti & Offset
7. “Did You See Nav?”
8. “Bring It Back”
9. “Both Sides” Feat. 21 Savage
10. “Call Me”
11. You Know” Feat. Belly
12. Rich
13. “Need Some” Feat. Gucci Mane
14. “I Am”
15. “NavUziMetro#Pt2″ Feat. Lil Uzi Vert

BREAKING: NYSC Releases Calendar For 2017 Batch 'A' | Stream II Orientation Course

A statement signed by the management of the scheme reads: 
“The 2017 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) Orientation Course has been scheduled to commence on Wednesday, 26th July, 2017 nationwide. Highlights of the exercise are as follows: 
  • Registration/verification: Wednesday 26th July – Thursday, 27th July, 2017 
  • Registration Cut-off date: Midnight of 27th July, 2017 
  • Closing ceremony: Tuesday, 15th August, 2017 

Meanwhile, all Prospective Corps Members (PCMs) of the 2017 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) are to advised to watch out for information on the printing of call-up letters shortly. 

PCMs are advised to report promptly to the Orientation camps in their states of deployment at the camp addresses indicated in their call-up letters. 
Management wishes all Prospective Corps Members safe journey to their respective states of deployment and a hitch-free Orientation course.” 

The printing of Call-up letters will commence in the evening of Friday, 21st July, 2017.


Wizkid Drops New Album 'Sounds From The Other Side'

Popular Nigerian musician "Wizkid' has released another brand new album titled 'sounds form the other side'. Which is just 12 tracks with lots of downloads and lots of streaming you can download the album from: viperial.com

Hip-hop Surpasses Rock As The Most Popular Music Genre In The US

It’s a good day to be a hip-hop fan. According to Forbes, hip-hop has just surpassed rock as the most popular genre in all of music for the very first time ever here in the U.S.

According to a semi-annual report published by Nielsen Music, R&B and hip-hop make up 25.1% of all music consumption in the U.S., while rock claims 23%. For the first time since Nielsen started keeping tabs on American music consumption, hip-hop and R&B have overtaken rock.

Physicals aside, these numbers should not come as a surprise to anyone when we look at Nielsen’s top tracks of the mid-year: “The top streaming on-demand song (audio and video combined) is Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You,’ followed by Migos’ (feat. Lil Uzi Vert) ‘Bad and Boujee’ and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s (feat. Justin Bieber) ‘Despacito.’”

Other victories for hip-hop include a mention that “Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. is the leading album in total volume this year with total activity of more than 1.77 million units (albums, track equivalent albums and audio on-demand streaming equivalent albums combined)” and Drake’s More Life moved 1.69 million units. Following his big win at the Grammy’s, “Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book led all album on-demand streams with a unit increase of over 15 million.”

Pimp C's Wife Checks Young Thug Over "Big B's" Lyrics

The late, great Pimp C’s wife, Chinara Butler, made it clear that she isn’t feeling a recent Young Thug verse. She took to Instagram to address how Thugger speaks on disagreeing with Pimp C as he decided to express it on his verse on “Big B’s”.

The lyrics Chinara spoke on are as follow: ""Pimp C, I ain’t doing that, I’ma f**k her on the sheets, yeah/And all my n-ggas loyal like Bun B, hold on." She has a problem with Pimp C, born Chad Butler, not being around to defend that barb in person."

Pimp C's wife recorded a brief video for Jeffery, telling watch his mouth. "My thing is if Chad was alive you wouldn’t mention his name the way you did, so don’t do it now. Watch your mouth. He’s not here to have that conversation with you, but I am [...] keep that shit to your motherfucking self," she said.