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Reps Set Parliamentary Record, Presents 130 Bills In One Day

Posted: Dec 11, 2015 at 5:32 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Rotimi Akinwumi
A new record was set in parliamentary business  at the House of Representatives on Thursday when a total of 130 Bills were presented at the floor of the House for first reading.
No assembly since the inception of democracy in Nigeria, either in the Senate or House of Representatives, has ever presented such a large number of Bills in a day.
Speaker Yakubu Dogara who justified the large number of Bill said for the change agenda to be effective, it must start by way of legislation and that explains the reasons why the House is investing in many bills to help achieve the aims of the government.
He disclosed that the House in line with its legislative agenda would clean up the laws of the country to be in tune with the realities of the day adding that many more bills were stockpiled in his office and advised lawmakers to sponsor them.
He assured that more bills are on the way and for the urgency of their legislative work, “we will ensure that these bills are passed before the end of first quarter of next year” adding that “from the next legislative day, at least 20 bills will be taken everyday”
According to the speaker, “I sincerely believe that apart from our commitment to clean up our statutes books, for any change to be effective, I believe it must start from the legislation”
He thereafter asked the Clerk to the House, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Omolori, read out the short titles of the Bills.
Some of the 130 bills include Corporate manslaughter bill, Medical and Dental Practitioners Act (amendment) bill, Psychiatric Hospitals Management Board Act (amendment) bill, Peoples Bank of Nigeria (repeal) bill, Marketing (breast milk substitute) Act (amendment) bill, National Mathematical Centre Act (amendment) bill, National Eye Centre Act (amendment) bill, Inland Fisheries Act (amendment) bill. Public private partnership Regulatory Commission bill and Food Drugs and Related Products (registration Act (amendment) bill.
Others are Loans (State Development Act (Repeal) bill, Medical Rehabilitation Therapists (Registration Act (amendment) bill, National Programme on Immunisation Act (Repeal) bill, Pre-Shipment Inspection of Exports Act (amendment) bill, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria Act (amendment), bill, Casino Taxation Act (amendment) bill, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure Act (amendment) bill, extradition Act (amendment) bill, Treaty to establish the African Union (Ratification and Enforcement) bill and Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Pesticide in International Trade (Ratification and Enforcement Act (amendment) bill amongst others.