Senate passes 46 bills in a matter of hours

By Post Nigeria June 3, 2015 15:45

Senate passes 46 bills in a matter of hours

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday passed a record 46 Bills in less than five hours.

The National Assembly has faced criticism over its poor performance despite taking a huge part of the Government’s budget.

The passing of the Bills is coming a day to the end of the four year tenure of the 7th National Assembly.

It had been severally accused of spending about N600 billion in the last four years while only managing to pass 106 Bills.

The passage was done immediately the Bills were presented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang.

But the passage of the bills caused uproar in the upper chamber, even after the voice vote by the presiding officer and Senate President, David Mark, who announced, “The Ayes have it.”

Senator Mark told those who were not satisfied with the passage of the Bills to come tomorrow, being the next legislative day with their names and signatures for consideration.

Before the Bills were passed, the Senate had suspended Order 79 (1) of the Senate Standing Orders and deemed all the Bills as having passed first, second and third readings on the floor of the Senate.

Some of the bills passed are the Federal Saving Bank Act 2015, Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act Bill 2015, Community Service Bill.

More later.