The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, received the report of the 2nd phase of the Ad-hoc committee, established by the Speaker, to review and reform existing laws. Presenting the report, the Chair Person of the Committee and Director General of the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), Dr Ladi Hamalai informed the Speaker and other Members of the House of Representatives, present, that the committee, which received financial support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), reviewed a total number of 305 Laws, recommended 127 for amendment and drafted 178 Bills.
Dr Hamalai noted that among the recommended Bills is the “Insurgency Victims Stigmatization Prohibition Bill, 2016” which seeks to criminalize stigmatization against victims of insurgency. She extolled committee members, who in spite of their busy schedules made time to ensure that the deadline was met and successes recorded.
In his response, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara commended the Committee for their sacrifice, commitment and patriotism. He noted that these have helped in changing and shaping the history of the House of Representatives. Adding that the committee’s contribution has gone a long way in enhancing the feat recorded by the House recently, which for the first time in its history passed 130 Bills for first reading in a single day.
It may be recalled that the Committee to review existing laws and law reform was inaugurated by the Speaker on the 23rd of July, 2016 with a mandate to assess all existing laws and identify areas that require reform, revision or further legislative action. They were also required to review all existing laws and determine the outdated laws in the statue books for the purposes of deletion or repeal by the National Assembly.
The next phase, which is the 3rd phase of the work of the committee will begin in July and end in December, 2016.