by Usman Alabi
The National Assembly has passed a total of 8 bills which would be presented to the President for his assent.
The bills which are expected to tackle the recession currently being experienced in the country are: Telecommunication and Postal offences Act (Amendment) Bill, National Crop varieties, Livestock Breeds (Registration) Act (Amendment) Bill, Produce (Enforcement of Export Standards) Act (Amendment) Bill, Prevention of Crimes Act (Amendment) Bill, National Agricultural Land development Authority Act (Amendment) Bill, Bee (Import control and management) Act (Amendment) Bill and Agricultural and Rural management Training Act (Amendment) Bill.
This was disclosed in a statement by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki on media and publicity. He continued by stating that the bill received from the House of Representatives have been passed by the Senate for concurrence and onward presentation to the President.
“The bills, which are aimed at strengthening the laws of the Federal Republic, were considered and passed in a single sitting of the Senate, demonstrating commitment to employing all legislative mechanisms at its disposal to end the current recession in the country” the statement said. Accordingly, the Senate President emphasized the importance of the bills in ending the country’s economic recession
The statement added that the eight bills which are all primarily amendments to existing laws, are aimed at strengthening the enforcement mechanisms in sectors of that can help boost Internally (IGR).
“By now, it is clear that the Senators take Nigeria’s economic situation very seriously. If you recall, one of the points from the 21-point resolution passed by the Senate on the economy stated that it would fast-track all economic related bills. What this Senate has done is match its words with actions.
Saraki who is the Chairman of the National Assembly, said the 8 bills would be promptly forwarded to the President for his assent.
Moving forward, Nigerians can expect that the Legislature will adopt a united and efficient approach to getting Nigeria’s economy back on track
“This is only a first step and we will continue to work to ensure that at the end of the tenure, Nigerians will see that this is a people-centered National Assembly” He said.