Nigerian Senate Passes 11 Bills in One Year

The Eight Senate, which was inaugurated on June 9, 2015 under the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, has passed 11 Bills in all.

Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Business, Babajide Omoworare, said the 11 bills were among the 300 bills brought before in the Senate.

Omoworare said 189 bills were at the first reading stage; 54 have been read second time and referred to committees.

He noted that several others were awaiting publication in the journal; three withdrawn to be represented by sponsors while one was negatived.

The Osun East senator listed the passed bills as .Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act CAP B2 LFN 2011 (Repeal and Re-enactment Bill, 2015

National Centre for Cancer and Treatment Bill 2015, Electronic Transaction Bill, 2015, 2015 Appropriation Act (Amendment) Bill 2015, Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2015, High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja (Amendment) Bill 2015, Federal Capital Territory Appropriation Act (Amendment) Bill 2016, 2016 Appropriation Bill 2015, Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme Bill 2016, Environmental Health Officers (Registration etc) Act 2002 (Amendment) Bill and Nigeria Institute of Soil Science Bill, 2016.

Omoworare also said the Senate passed 96 landmark resolutions, confirmations and received 159 petitions.

In the House of Representatives, Speaker Yakubu Dogara said the House passed 85 bills out of the 685 bills received.

“About 98 per cent (675) of them were members’ bills, 10 executive bills and out of the bills, 416 are awaiting second reading.

“One hundred and thirty bills have been referred to committees; three are awaiting consideration and it is instructive to observe that 85 of these bills have been passed by the House so far,’’ he said.

Dogara said the number of bills introduced in the last one year represented the highest annual consideration of bills by the House since the return to democratic governance in 1999.

Saraki, in his seven-page speech said the upper chamber has achieved a lot and will continue to emphasize matters that directly touch on Nigerians.

“We must find a way to bring the best brains in our country on board wherever they may be found. If we are able to mobilise the best human resources that God has bountifully blessed our country with, I have no doubt that with God on our side; we shall overcome,” he added.




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