Senate yesterday approved the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill 2015, which harmonised the Criminal Code and Penal Code.
While the former is used in the South, the later is used in the Northern part of the country.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Umaru Dahiru.
The sponsor said that the bill is very important to Nigeria because in the past, lawyers and courts use the two codes: The Criminal Code in the South and Penal Code in the North.
Dahiru said: “What we did now is to harmonise the two and right now we have one code in place. This eases the application of the law, and the practice of law even for the courts.
“At present, we can only apply it in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT and the Federal High Courts which cut across all the states of the federation and I think eventually it is our hope states will adopt this bill that has been passed by us.
“We now have a uniform criminal system across the country and it eases prosecution in all cases. The thrust of the bill is that we have one common code.’’
Meanwhile, hard times await users of substandard electrical materials in building as the Senate yesterday passed the Nigeria Electricity Management Bill.
Senate President David Mark who presided during the passage of the bill said: “The bill is to carry out the functions of enforcement of technical standards and regulations, technical inspection, testing and certification of all categories of electrical installations, electricity meters and instruments to ensure the efficient production and delivery of safe reliable and sustainable electricity power supply and guarantee safety of life and property in the Nigerian electricity supply industry.
“I would like to congratulate all of us for passing this bill, but let me also say that passing this bill is one thing, making it function is another thing,” he said.
Mark further said that at present, the electricity industry is at its lowest ebb not only in terms of supply, but the way electrical technicians and technologists manage it, adding that, “unfortunately, most people just build houses, they don’t consult electrical engineers. They just get draughts men or whoever to do the drawing for them and by the time they wire the house, everything is a complete mess.”
He said the bill is designed to curb the fire incidents from electricity in our houses.
Senator Philip Aduda, sponsor of the bill, said it would boost operations in the electricity industry and ensure that technical standard is maintained.
Aduda said: “We will begin to ensure that they curb the issue of fire outbreak and other issues because with privatisation, the electricity industry has become liberalised and open and there will be so many kinds of importation and this will give the industry a boost. But we need to check and certify various equipment that will be imported into the country to ensure they are up to standard.”


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