In the ever-evolving landscape of Nigerian politics, the transition from one House of Representatives to the next often carries with it a delicate balance of continuity and change. As the 9th House of Representatives concluded its tenure on June 7, 2023, it left behind a trove of critical outstanding bills that now lie in wait for the 10th House to revive.
These bills, carefully crafted to address pressing issues in the nation, have the potential to significantly impact Nigeria’s progress and stability as a thriving democratic state. Among the notable bills deserving a second chance are the National Electoral Offences Commission Establishment, Roads Fund Bill, Federal Roads Authority Bill, Vigilante Group of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, Enforcement of Legislative Summons, Power to summon the president and governors, power to enforce compliance of remittance of accruals into the federation account, and the review of revenue allocation formula.
Additionally, the legislative agenda includes essential bills like the timeline for the presentation of appropriation bills, State of the Nation and State of the State Address, Food Security, and Core Functions of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps. The 9th House, during its term, managed to pass 510 bills out of a total of 2232 processed, leaving a significant backlog.
According to the former chairman of the Committee on Rules and Business, Hon. Abubakar Fulata, a staggering 1197 bills awaited a second reading, while 581 were referred to committees. Furthermore, 275 bills were reported by committees, 308 were pending in committees, 106 were within the committee of the whole, and 64 were laid on the table awaiting consideration. This backlog underscores the need for the 10th House to prioritize and address these pressing legislative matters.
Why reintroduce the outstanding bills
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