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Senate Passes 46 Bills In 10 Minutes, Okays Buhari’s Request For 15 Advisers

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senate-chamber_anti_terrorism_billThe Senate at plenary on Wednesday passed 46 bills earlier passed by the House of Representatives on a single day.

While the entire Senate session lasted less than five hours, the lawmakers used about 10 minutes to pass the bills.

The decision followed a motion moved by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Ita Enang (APC-Akwa Ibom North-East) and supported by eight others.

The Senate equally approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to appoint 15 special advisers.

Mr. Enang, in the motion, called on the Senate to invoke Order 1 (b) of the Senate Standing Order to adopt a special procedure on the bills.

He explained that the motion was based on “mutual consent” and “legislative reciprocities”, as the House of Representatives was adopting a similar special procedure on bills transmitted by the Senate for concurrence.

Mr. Enang called for the suspension of Order 79 (1) of the Senate Standing Order, which stipulates that all bills should go through first, second and third readings before passage.

The passage of the bills led to a rowdy session, as some senators objected to the procedure adopted.

Reacting to the objection, the President of the Senate, David Mark, asked those opposed to the passage to present a substantive motion at Thursday’s plenary.

“I have ruled. If you disagree, you come back with a substantive motion tomorrow”, Mr. Mark said.

Some of the bills passed are Office of the Nigerian Financial Ombudsman Bill, 2015; Institute of Chartered Trustees of Nigeria Bill, 2015 and People’s Bank of Nigeria Act (Repeal) Bill, 2015.

Others are Nigerian Bank for Commerce and Industry Act (Repeal) Bill, 2015; Federal Saving Bank Act (Repeal) Bill, 2015; Loan (State Development) Act (Repeal) Bill, 2015; Chartered Institute of Statisticians of Nigeria Bill, 2015 and Nigerian Metallurgical Industry Bill, 2015.

The Senate also passed Federal Audit Commission Bill, 2015; Treasury Management Bill, 2015; Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and Investment, Securities (Amendment) Bill, 2015 among others.

Meanwhile, the Leader of the Senate, Victor Ndoma-Egba, said that the Senate would consider the amendment to the 1999 Constitution (as amended) at Thursday’s plenary.

The Senate, thereafter, adjourned plenary to Thursday when it would hold a valedictory session to mark the end of the 7th Senate.

The Senate passed the 46 bills just a day before the end of its four-year term.

The National Assembly has faced criticism over its poor performance despite taking a huge part of government budget.

(NAN)

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

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Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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