Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign into law the 63 bills that were hurriedly passed by the two chambers of the 7th National Assembly last week. The UNION reports that a total of 63 bills were passed by the Upper and Lower chambers in the last week of the 7th National Assembly. While the Senate passed 46 bills into law last Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed 17 bills into law on Thursday.
Reacting to the passage of the bills, the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, accused the federal legislators of embarrassing the country in the eyes of the civilised global community. Wabba also advised Buhari to return the bills to the incoming 8th National Assembly to be subjected to proper legislative procedures. “The Nigeria Labour Congress wishes to express its profound shock and disappointment at the action of the National Assembly in the dying hours in the lifespan of the 7th National Assembly.”
The Senate, apparently competing for the Guinness Book of Records for legislative infamy, passed 46 bills ‘without legislation’ in ten minutes, while the House of Representatives took turn the next day to pass 14 bills transmitted to it by the Senate, without following the regular legislative procedures.
“Whoever advised our lawmakers to take this reckless path to lawmaking has only succeeded in putting an indelible dent on whatever achievements that the 7th session of the National Assembly wished to be ascribed to it. By this singular action, our distinguished and honourable lawmakers have not only displayed gross disdain for the philosophy of lawmaking in a democratic setting, they have even more so exposed their manifest lack interest in and commitment to the wellbeing of the country.