• Clears 15 Special Advisers for President Buhari

 

It was an unusual plenary at the Senate yesterday, as the Upper House passed a record 46 Bills within 10 minutes.
The bills were sent to the Senate by the House of Representatives for concurrence.
It also approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint 15 Special Advisers, SAs.
The National Assembly had been under criticisms over its poor performance despite spending a chunk of the Federal Government budget.
In the last four years, the National Assembly has spent N600billion, but managed to pass only about 106 bills within the period.
The action of the Senate came yesterday on the heels of a bill sponsored by Senator Ita Enang and eight other senators after suspending its rules and invoking Order 1, just a day before the end of its four-year term.
It was a rowdy session as some Senators protested their action, describing it as an exercise in futility. The opposing lawmakers accused the Senate of dumping the bills on President Muhammadu Buhari, few days after he assumed office.
They questioned the rationale behind the Senate’s rush to pass the bills on a day President Buhari travelled to Chad and Niger Republic.
Senate President, David Mark had to call some the protesting Senators to order before normalcy was restored in the chamber.
Senator Enang said they took the stand because of the short legislative time available to the Senate.
Enang disclosed that the Senate had also sent all the bills they had passed to the House of Representatives for the same concurrence.
Some of the bills passed by the lawmakers are the Federal Savings Bank Act 2015, Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act Bill 2015, Community Service Bill, among others.
They also passed the Sexual Offences Bill 2015 with highlights on Abolition of Child Prostitution, Child Sex Tourism, Sexual Harassment, Prostitution of Persons With Mental Disability, Indecent Exposure, Sexual Offences Related to Position Of Authority Or Persons In Position Of Trust, among others.
The Upper House will today hold a valedictory session and take the final decision on the Fourth Constitution Amendment Alteration Bill.


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