Reps Pass 131 Bills for first reading


In an unprecedented move, the House of Representatives, this week, passed

131 bills through first reading.
It will be the first time such a feat will be achieved by any assembly

since the nation’s return to democracy 16 years ago.

The bills are part of the outdated laws and statutes which the 8th

Assembly under the  leadership of Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara promised to update

before the end of next year.
While referring the bills to the Rules and Business Committee for

scheduling for second reading, the Speaker asked the chairman to ensure

that at least 20 of them are listed for consideration in the coming week.

It will be recalled that the special committee commissioned by the House

to review outdated laws and statues ─▒recently paid the Speaker a courtesy

call and submitted its work, which has now been made into bills for

passage by the National Assembly.
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