Senate Passes 46 Bills In 10 Minutes

Barely a day before end of their tenure, senators yesterday passed 46 bills within 10 minutes at a sitting. The bills were sent to the Senate for concurrence, having been passed on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Similarly, the Senate also approved the request of for the appointment of 15 special advisers.

Passing the bills which stood in the name of the , , , the Senate suspended Order 79(1) of its Standing Orders, which allowed it to suspend regular procedures.

Many senators, however, opposed the speedy passage of the bills, saying they could not go through the bills or debate them.

Moving a motion for the adoption of “special procedure” for concurrence of the transmitted bills from the House, Enang argued that the legislative time available to the Senate between now and the end of the legislative term “on or about 3rd of June, 2015 is limited.”

He also argued that time and resources had been expended in processing the bills, hence the need to pass and forward them to for assent.

“By mutual consent and legislative reciprocities, the House of Representatives is adopting the same special procedure and passing such bills passed by the Senate and transmitted to her for concurrence,” he stated, before moving for the invocation of Order 1(b) of the Senate Standing Orders 2011 (as amended), to adopt a special procedure on the bills forwarded for concurrence.

He also moved for the suspension of Order 79 (1) of the Senate Standing Orders 2011 (as amended) to adopt a special procedure: treating the bills as having passed through first, second and third readings on the floor of the Senate, and concurring to same respectively.

Meanwhile, the votes and proceedings containing all the bills, as earlier passed by the House, are to be produced for adoption at today’s valedictory plenary of the Senate.

The 2015 bills include: Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Establishment, etc) Act (Amendment) Bill; Office of the Nigerian Financial Ombudsman Bill; Institute of Chattered Trustees of Nigeria; National Convict and Criminal Records (Registry); Community Service; People’s Bank of Nigeria Act (Repeal); Nigerian Bank for Commerce and Industry Act (Repeal); National Commission for Rehabilitation Act (Repeal).

Maintenance Orders Act (Repeal); Federal Saving Bank Act (Repeal); Loan ( Development) Act (Repeal); Nigerians in Diaspora (Establishment) Commission; Electronic Transactions; Chattered Institute of Statisticians of Nigeria; Nigerian Metallurgical Industry; Federal Audit Commission; National Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation Act (Amendment); Nigerian International Financial Centre (Establishment), and Investment and Securities (Amendment).

Others include: Nigerian Communication Satellite; Federal Capital Territory Education Resources Centre (Establishment, etc); Labour Institutions (Establishment); Witness Protection Programme; Institute of Mediators and Conciliators; Legal Education Act (Amendment); National Health Insurance Commission; National Economic Intelligence Committee (Establishment) Act (Repeal); Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy; FCT College of Nursing and Midwifery; Oaths Act (Amendment); FCT Health Management Board (establishment); Passport ((Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment); Chattered Institute of Management Accountants of Nigeria.

Also among the bills are: FCT Water Board (Establishment etc); Institute of Local Government and Administration; Whistle-blower Protection; Family Economic Advancement Programme (Establishment, etc) Act (Repeal); Family Support Trust Fund Act (Repeal); Nigeria Industrial Development Bank (Guarantee) Act (Repeal); Treasury Management; Legislative Powers and Privileges Act (Repeal and Re-Enactment); Anti-Torture; Lobbyist (Registration and Regulation; National Hospital for Women and Children, Abuja (Establishment etc) Act (Amendment); Nigerian Prison Act (Repeal and Re-Enactment), and Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Act (Amendment).

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