Senate Priorites Constitutional Amendment
By Fidel Oseghale
The National Assembly has assured that it will give priority to the Petroleum Industry Bill, Electoral Reforms Amendment Bill and Amendment of the 1999 Constitution when it resumes plenary in January 2020.
Chairman of the National Assembly and Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, gave this assurance at a media briefing with Editors, Bureau Chiefs and Parliamentary Correspondents on Monday to highlight the achievements of the Senate since its inauguration in June, 2019.
The Senate President noted that the Electoral Reforms Amendment Bill will be passed ahead of the next electoral cycle in 2023 to avoid the political heat and pitfalls that trailed its passage in the 8th National Assembly shortly before the last general elections.
“The national amendment bill is a priority because of the urgent need to improve our electoral processes and skewer the democratic gains that we have made in the 4th republic. We are not oblivious of the interests and concerns some of these bills have generated from the public but we must not forget that lawmaking is a rigorous process that allows for all sides of the argument to be heard and the true will of the people established before a bill becomes a law.”
Lawan also noted that within the first six months of the 9th Assembly’s inauguration, the Senate has passed Six Bills into law.
“The benefits of the harmonious relationship with the Executives are evident in the timely passage of the budget and finance bills and the prompt assent by the President to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act 2004.”
He assured Nigerians that the Senate is ready and willing to confront all problems facing the country head-on including the power sector through appropriate legislative interventions.