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NIGERIA: Senate Received 187 Bills, Passed 12 in Third Session

The Senate yesterday said it received a total of 187 bills out of which it passed only 12 in the third legislative session which took off in June last year and ended on June 5, 2004.

Giving account of the parliament’s stewardship in the last one year in Abuja, the Senate Committee Chairman on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, said of the 187 bills, nine originated from the executive, while the remaining 178 were private members’ bills.

According to him, besides the 13 passed, the 187 bills also included those withdrawn, negatived, read a second time, committed to either standing committees or committees of the whole Senate.

He added that the list also included those consolidated, published but yet to be read or bills published in the Senate journal.

Further, he said the Senate confirmed various nominees from the executive including ministers, heads of government parastatals and departments, justices of the Supreme Court as well as the President of the Court of Appeal.  He added that the Senate confirmed the appointment of Mr. Godwin Emefiele as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

He also listed some of the bills passed by the parliament to include the Pension Reform Bill, Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition)Bill and Constitution (alteration) Bill.

According to him, the latter brought to four, the number of alterations the Senate had carried out on the 1999 Constitution so far. He also said the Senate in response to the rampaging security challenges in the North-eastern part of the country, approved further extension of the state of emergency in the three states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.

Enang also disclosed that when the Senate resumes from its two weeks break on the June 23, the chamber will focus on Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), screening and confirmation of ministerial nominees, budgets of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other federal government parastatals, statutory reports of agencies as well as matters bordering on electoral structuring and voters’ registration.The Senate yesterday said it received a total of 187 bills out of which it passed only 12 in the third legislative session which took off in June last year and ended on June 5, 2004.

Giving account of the parliament’s stewardship in the last one year in Abuja, the Senate Committee Chairman on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, said of the 187 bills, nine originated from the executive, while the remaining 178 were private members’ bills.

According to him, besides the 13 passed, the 187 bills also included those withdrawn, negatived, read a second time, committed to either standing committees or committees of the whole Senate.

He added that the list also included those consolidated, published but yet to be read or bills published in the Senate journal.

Further, he said the Senate confirmed various nominees from the executive including ministers, heads of government parastatals and departments, justices of the Supreme Court as well as the President of the Court of Appeal.  He added that the Senate confirmed the appointment of Mr. Godwin Emefiele as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

He also listed some of the bills passed by the parliament to include the Pension Reform Bill, Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition)Bill and Constitution (alteration) Bill.

According to him, the latter brought to four, the number of alterations the Senate had carried out on the 1999 Constitution so far. He also said the Senate in response to the rampaging security challenges in the North-eastern part of the country, approved further extension of the state of emergency in the three states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.

Enang also disclosed that when the Senate resumes from its two weeks break on the June 23, the chamber will focus on Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), screening and confirmation of ministerial nominees, budgets of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other federal government parastatals, statutory reports of agencies as well as matters bordering on electoral structuring and voters’ registration.

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