OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives today set a new record for itself as a total number of 130 bills passed through first reading in one fell swoop.
The bills were distilled from the review of outdated laws and statutes of Nigeria which the 8th Assembly under the leadership Speaker Yakubu Dogara promised to update before the end of next year.
Some of the 130 bills are extant Acts to be amended; some are laws to be repealed; while the others are newly introduced legislations.
Shortly before the bills were read by the Clerk of the House, Mr. Sani Omolori, the Speaker told the House that the bills emanated from the work of a high-level committee of prominent Nigerians constituted to recommend a total upgrade of outdated and obsolete laws in the country.
“This is the first time in the History of this House that these number of bill have been presented,” he said while asking members to approach his office and assume sponsorship of other of such bills due to be submitted soon.
He assured that all such bills would be passed into law within the first quarter of 2016 while directing the Committee on Rules and Business to slate not less than 20 bills for second reading every legislative day throughout next week.
Some of the bills that are proposed amendment to extant Acts include Medical and Dental Practitioners Act, National Eye Centre Act, Casino Taxation Act, Workers Compensation Act, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, Hire Purchase Act and Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.
Others include Prevention of Crimes Act, Water Resources Act, Student Union Act, Price Control Act and Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission Act.
Some of the bills for newly introduced laws are; Corporate Manslaughter Bills, Animal Health and Husbandry Technologist Bill, Nigerian Aeronautical Search and Rescue Bill, Federal Capital Territory Water Board Bill and Special Needs Bill.
Others include Police Procurement Fund Bill, Federal Capital Territory Public Service Commission Bill, Federal Capital Territory College of Agriculture, FCT Resettlement Compensation and Rehabilitation Board Bill and Recovery of Premises Bill.
Some of the bills that are laws to be repealed include Recovery of Public Property, Associated Gas Re – Injection Act and National Manpower Board Act amongst others.
It will be recalled that a special committee commissioned by the Speaker to review outdated laws and statues recently submitted its report which is now being drafted into bills for passage by the national assembly.