The House of Representatives during sitting on Tuesday, 1st July, 2014 received and adopted a conference report on a Bill for an Act to repeal the Prisons Act, Cap. P29 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and to make comprehensive provisions for the administration of prisons in Nigeria; and for other connected purposes (HB. 107). Speaker Aminu Tambuwal granted leave to Hon. Umar Bature to move for the adoption of the harmonized Bill.</p>
<p>In his motion, Hon. Bature recalled with nostalgia that the Prisons Bill was passed by the House in June 2013 and conventionally transmitted to the senate for concurrence. A clean copy of the Bill was made ready for adoption after the two chambers met in conference in October 2013 and adopted the harmonized version. He added that owing to the importance of the Bill to the effective administration of criminal justice system and to the development and efficient management of the Prisons Services in the country, members were urged to support the adoption of the report. </p>
<p>In another development, the House passed for second reading, a Bill that sought to establish the Constituencies Development Fund for the purpose of even development of all constituencies in the Federation. The sponsor of the Bill, Hon Ben Nwankwo, exposed that the intendment of the Bill is to dedicate specific portion of the annual budget for the provision of infrastructural development and poverty eradication across the country. While he attempted to persuade his colleagues in the chamber to support a Bill he tagged a pro-people and poverty eradication Bill, he canvassed that this has become a trend in most developing nations. </p>

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