In the bid to review obstinate laws and upgrade them, a total number of 130 bills passed through first reading yesterday in the House of Representatives. Out of the 130 bills read, 127 of them will be amended, 11 will be repealed and 12, newly introduced.
Shortly before the bills were read by the clerk of the House, the Speaker Hon. Yakubu Dogara said, “this is the first time in the History of this House that these number of bill have been presented”.
According to him, the country has been functioning with old legislation which has not been effective adding that members should apply for more bills to be amended.
He reiterated that all the bills reviewed will be passed into law within the first quarter of next year. The Speaker further directed the rules and business committee of the House to slate not less than 20 bills for second reading every sitting day.
Some of the bills to be amended includes; 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 newly introduced 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.
-Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja