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SENATE RE-COMMITS NABRO, CURRENCY CONVERSION (FREEZING), TWO OTHERS & PASSES SEVEN BILLS FOR SECOND READING


The Upper Legislative Chamber on Wednesday re-committed four Bills back to the Conference Committee for rejigging. The committal was sequel to observed shortcomings in the legislation passed by the National Assembly. Two of the Bills were recommitted before they were transmitted to the President for assent, while the remaining two were sent back to the Apex Parliament after the President withheld assent as a result of observed shortcomings.

Reasons adduced by the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan on the re-committal of the first two Bills (National Assembly Budget and Research Office Bill, 2017 and Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria Bill, 2017) were that the legislation were passed by the National Assembly and transmitted to the Clerk to the National Assembly for further legislative action.
Accordingly, the Directorate of Legal Services, NASS scrutinized the Bills in line with its mandate and raised fundamental issues that needed to be addressed before the Bills could be transmitted for Presidential assent. The Senate Leader added that there is no defined procedure on the reconsideration of Bills passed by the National Assembly that have not been transmitted to the President for assent.

Sen. Lawan cited Senate Standard Order 1(b) that states “in all cases not provided for here in after or by Section or Order Practice of the Senate, the Senate shall by Resolution regulate its procedure”. Consequently, the Chamber has invoked Order 1(b) of its Standing Order as amended, 2015 to refer the Bills to respective Conference Committees that had earlier worked on them to consider the observations raised and report back to the Chamber in one week.

Similarly, the third and fourth Bills (Dangerous Drugs Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and Currency Conversion (Freezing) Order Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017) were returned to the Apex Parliament un-assented to by Mr. President based on concerns regarding certain words and phrases reflected in the third Bill that may be inconsistent with the Principal Act in Sections 6 and 21 respectively.

While the reason for the withholding of Presidential assent for the fourth Bill was based on concern regarding modalities for the communication of Asset Forfeiture. Accordingly, the Senate has equally committed the two Bills to the Conference Committee to consider the observations of Mr. President and report back in one week.
Nevertheless, the Red Chamber has also debated and passed for second reading seven Bills. The legislation that progressed to the next legislative stage include:
1) A Bill for an Act to make provision for the Suppression of Piracy and to provide punishment for the offence of Piracy and for matters connected therewith, 2017 (S.B. 254), sponsored by Sen. Nelson Effiong (Akwa Ibom South). The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Navy, to report back in four weeks.
2) A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Nigeria Postal Service Act CAP No. 127 LFN 2004, to provide for the operations and development of Postal Services, the establishment of Nigerian Postal Commission and for related matters, 2017 (S.B. 437), sponsored by Sen. Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos East). The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to report back in four weeks.
3) A Bill for an Act Amend the Arbitration and Reconciliation Act CAP A18 LFN 2004 and for other matter related thereto, 2017 (S.B. 362), sponsored by Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu (Oyo Central). The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to report back in four weeks.
4) A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Arbitration and Conciliation Act CAP A18 LFN 2004 and Re-enact the Arbitration and Conciliation Bill, 2017 for the modern regulation of Arbitration and Conciliation processes, recognition and enforcement of Arbitral Awards in International Commercial Arbitration and for connected purposes  (S.B.427), sponsored by Sen. Andy Uba (Anambra South). The Legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to report back in four weeks.
5) A Bill for an Act to Amend the Insurance Act 2003 to set minimum limit for compensation in the event of death, injury or loss of property of third party with respect to insurance of Public Buildings under construction and for related matters, 2017 (S.B. 275) , sponsored by Sen. Umar I. Kurfi (Katsina Central). The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions to report back in four weeks.
6) A Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of Armed Forces (Restriction on the use of fire arms in certain Internal Security Operations, etc.) and for other matters connected therewith, 2017 (S.B. 341), sponsored by Sen. David Umaru (Niger East). The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Defence, to report back in four weeks.
7) A Bill for an Act to provide for the Prevention, Control and Management of Sickle Cell Anaemia and for other purposes connected therewith, 2017 (S.B. 127), sponsored by Sen. Sam Egwu (Ebonyi North). The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, to report back in four weeks.    
 


  • 2017-04-11 03:44:55