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Withhold Assent To 46 Last Minutes Bills, NLC Urges Buhari

Posted: Jun 8, 2015 at 1:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Innocent Oweh Abuja

Leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to withhold assent to the 46 bills hastily passed by the 7th National Assembly recently, insisting that the process was frost with legislative anomalies.

President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, gave the advice through a statement on Sunday, where he criticized the legislators as merely playing to the gallery rather than adhering to regular legislative process.

The 7th National Assembly had at the twilight of its legislative session hurriedly passed 46bills by voice vote, within 10minutes, a development that has elicited reactions from various stakeholders.

Wabba said President Buhari would be doing Nigerians much favour by returning the bills to the 8th National Assembly to undergo proper legislative process.

“In the light of the cavalier manner in which these bills were passed, the congress wishes to, with all sense of responsibility, call on Mr. President not to sign them into law. He should instead return them to the incoming 8th National Assembly to be subjected to proper legislative process.

“Whoever advised our lawmakers to take this reckless path to lawmaking has only succeeded in putting an indelible dent on whatever achievements that the 7th session of the National Assembly wished to be ascribed to it.”

“By this singular action, our distinguished and honourable lawmakers have not only displayed gross disdain for the philosophy of lawmaking in a democratic setting, they have even exposed their manifest lack of interest in and commitment to the wellbeing of the country. They have by so doing,apart from ridiculing themselves,also unfortunately embarrassed the country in the eyes of the civilised global community.”

He congratulated members of the incoming 8th National Assembly, while urging them to align themselves to the path of good governance.