Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has described the recent passage of 46 bills by the immediate past seventh National Assembly as legislative recklessness.
The NLC expresses profound shock and disappointment at the action of the seventh National Assembly which they took at the dying hours of their lifespan.
A statement released in Abuja yesterday by NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, wondered if the former legislators who had spent the last four years in the National Assembly without passing those bills suddenly started competing for the Guinness Book of Records for legislative infamy that made them to pass 46 bills “without legislation” in 10 minutes.
“By this singular action, our distinguished and honourable lawmakers have not only displayed gross disdain for the philosophy of lawmaking in a democratic setting, but they have even more so exposed their manifest lack interest in and commitment to the wellbeing of the country. They have by so doing, apart from ridiculing themselves, also unfortunately embarrassed the country in the eyes of the civilized global community.”
The umbrella body of 43 industrial unions in Nigeria urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to assent to the bills, advising him to return them to the eighth Assembly which would be inaugurated today.
“By skipping the first, second and third reading process, as well as the public hearing on these bills, our lawmakers have denied Nigerians the basic opportunity to interrogate the desirability or otherwise of these bills.
“In the light of the cavalier manner in which these bills were passed, the congress wishes to, with all sense of responsibility, call on Mr. President not to sign them into law. He should instead return them to the 8th National Assembly to be subjected to proper legislative procedures,” he said.
However, the NLC has expressed high expectations that the new lawmakers would depart from the opaque ways of the previous sessions of the National Assembly.
“Congress and, indeed Nigerians, expect the legislators to be prudent, accountable, transparent and more effective in their legislative and oversight functions.”

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