OrderPaperToday – The 8th House of Representatives has treated 327 bills in the first six months of its existence.
40 of these bills have been referred to committees of the House for further legislative action after passing second reading.
These disclosures were made by Majority Leader of the House, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila on Wednesday in Lagos during a constituency briefing.
Gbajabiamila said 264 out of the 327 bills had been read for the first time and were awaiting second reading.
He said most of the bills and motions taken by the House were to further the implementation of the Change manifesto of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“In keeping with the resolve of the President to address the issues of insecurity, unemployment and corruption amongst others, we developed a legislative agenda that will guide the House in achieving its set objectives,” he said.
According to him, “the bills and motions sponsored and passed so far are clear demonstrations of the House’s resolve to make laws and embark on legislative activities for the good governance of Nigeria.
“Bills have been presented and resolutions passed to address the issues of insecurity, unemployment, economic reform, reform in the oil and gas sector of the economy etc.
“We are not there yet but we intend as a House to vigorously align with the hopes and aspirations of the Nigerian masses.”
On the budget he said the House would scrutinize the 2016,appropriation bill submitted by the president on December 22
“On the 2016 budget, we will look at the proposals and the document with a fine tooth comb, dot the ‘Is’ and cross the ‘Ts’ where and if necessary,” he said.