Speaker Yakubu Dogara

Speaker Yakubu Dogara

100 Bills Scale First Reading In The House Of Representatives (@HouseNGR)

In furtherance to the promise of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, that the House will update the nation’s statutes and laws to make them more in line with present realities and improve the overall well being of Nigerians, the House today passed 100 bills through first reading.

The bills include the 54 submitted by the House-sanctioned Committee on the Review of existing laws of the Federation last week.

Recall that in December last year, the House of passed 130 bills through first reading. Many of those bills have scaled through second reading, while others are at different stages of legislative process.

Some of the bills that scaled first reading are Elder Person (Protection Bill); National Commission for Internally Displaced Persons, Refugees and Migrants; National Gas Resources Development Agency Bill and Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provision) Act (Amendment)Bill, 2016.

Others include the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Dispute (Enforcement of Awards) Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2016; Statutory Corporation Pensionable Officers (Retiring Age Limit); Treaties (Making Procedures) Act Amendment Bill and National Gas Resources Development Agency Bill.

Also, three bills scaled through third reading on the floor of the House of Representatives today. What this means is that the three bills have been passed by the House and now await concurrence with the Senate.

These are the bill for an Act to Make Provision for CompulsoryTreatment and Care for Victims of Gunshots and other related matters; Bill for an Act to provide for Corporate Manslaughter to Make Corporate Organisations Criminally Liable for Death of Employees arising from their Acts of Omission and other related matters and a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Railway Loan (International Bank) Act laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and for other connected matters.

The #NotTooYoungToRunBill, which seeks to reduce the age of eligibility for elective office, also passed second reading in the House today. 

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