By Femi Ogunshola
The House of Representatives passed 41 bills under the 9th Assembly, an official confirmed. House spokesperson Benjamin Kalu said the feat has been recorded since their inauguration on June 11, 2019. Kalu said in a statement released during the presentation of his activities report on Thursday in Abuja. .
He said 853 bills had been considered by the House since its inauguration.
It marked the 9th assembly higher in terms of performance in reviewing and passing bills than previous assemblies.
Kalu added that 66 bills are currently awaiting a decision by Committee of the Whole and 105 have passed second reading, noting that the House has so far considered 730 motions.
He said 484 motions were taken in the first session and a further 246 considered in the second session, noting that several of the motions considered by the House were the product of a diligent needs analysis.
This, he said, reflects the will of the people in exercising their oversight responsibilities as stipulated in Articles 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution.
He added that 98 of the resolutions addressed various insecurity-related challenges, while others addressed other socio-economic issues and executive performance issues.
Kalu said 163 petitions had been received by the House, which he said were all referred to the Committee on Public Petitions for consideration.
He said the House had made significant progress in reviewing the Petroleum Industry Bill (GDP), which he said passed second reading after extensive debate.
According to him, the House should receive the report of the ad hoc committee on GDP, after which the bill will proceed to adoption in accordance with the commitments of the House.
Kalu also said that substantial progress has been made on the Election Law Amendment Bill, adding that the bill deals with reform issues such as e-voting and political party financing.
According to him, the report of the committee concerned is currently before the House while the bill awaits its passage.
He regretted that the precautions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic had slowed down the activities of the House committees.
The spokesperson said there was a need to reduce the number of plenary sessions per week as well as other legislative activities requiring prolonged physical presence.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the spokesperson’s dashboard was to mark the second anniversary of the 9th Chamber. (NAA)