Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara on Wednesday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) was able to take governance from the then ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) through a common sense revolution.
Dogara said this in a speech to his colleagues on the one-year anniversary of the 8th House of Representatives in plenary.
While recalling the controversy surrounding the appointments of some principal officers for both the majority and minority parties, Dogara stated that the House took off on a democratic note.
“Permit me to request that we cast our minds back to that historic day when we were sworn in as members of the House of Representatives in this hallowed chambers.
“That event was greeted with a lot of hope and expectations from Nigerians after a common sense revolution swept aside the ruling party and ushered in the opposition into office for the first time in Nigeria’s modern political history.
“There was not just a change of guards at the executive level, but also at the legislature as well. The change involved both political parties and personnel, “the Speaker said.
Highlighting the achievements of the House in one year, he said the House passed a total of 85 bills in the first legislative year of the 8th National Assembly which is the highest the lower chamber has passed since the country returned to democratic rule in 1999.
“A total of 685 bills was received in the House. The bulk of these bills, indeed, about 98 percent, 675 were members’ bills, 10 executive bills.
“Out of the bills, 416 are awaiting second Reading; 130 Bills have been referred to Committees; three bills are awaiting consideration. It is instructive to observe that 85 of these bills have been passed by the House so far.
“Only yesterday, June 8, 2016 we met with the leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors in an attempt to force a resolution with relevant executive organs in order to obviate the need for the Association to embark on indefinite national strike capable of causing untold pains and hardship to our constituents,” he said.