HOUSE of Representatives yesterday moved to amend the Terrorism Act of 2011 on the floor of the House. The bill titled: “A Bill for an Act to make Provisions for Offences Related to Terrorism, Prohibiting the Financing of Terrorism and Consolidate all Act Related to Terrorism” and “a Bill for an Act to Amend the Terrorism Act of 2011 for the Purpose of Applying Strigent Prison terms for Offences of Terrorism and Remove the Ambiguities in the Act and for Other Related Matters,” was sponsored by Hon Mohammed Monguno (APC, Borno). Leading the debate on the general principle of the bill, the sponsor of the bill, Monguno said that the bill, as amended in 2013, had become obsolete due to the international dimension of terrorism and the sophistication with which terrorists execute their dastardly acts. The lawmaker expressed concern that the existing bill was not in tandem with current reality, adding that there was need for the bill to be on the same page with international treaties and global standards. In her contribution, Hon Nnenna Ukeje, (PDP, Abia) recalled that the first amendment in 2013 was at the twilight of the bombing of the United Nations Building in 2013. She argued that there was an urgent need to upgrade the bill to place it at par with other world treaties and conventions like the international conventions on Human Right, Child’s Rights Act etcetera. Meanwhile, the House has passed for a second reading the Bill for an Act to Amend the Nigerian Television Authority Act to provide for independent and impartial television broadcasting for general reception within and outside Nigeria. The sponsor of the bill, Hon Kolawole Akinjo stated that the Act that established NTA restricted their transmission within Nigeria, which is no longer tenable in this era of digital broadcasting and transmission.

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