THE 8TH ASSEMBLY AND REJECTED BILLS: UNTIDY LEGISLATION OR EXECUTIVE EXCESSES
According to the 1999 constitution, The National Assembly is empowered to make laws by the provision of Chapter 1, Section 4- with the Senate and House of Representative functioning as the nation’s highest legislative body.
Innaugurated on the 9th of June, 2015 and scheduled to function till the 9th of June, 2019 when it ends, following the issuance of a proclamation letter by President Muhammadu Buhari, the 8th National Assembly has seen a total of 214 bills passed as well as 138 petitions submitted by the public cleared so far.
A total of 109 senators-elect and 360 members of the House of Representatives make up the 8th Nigerian Senate and current legislative work kicked off following the emergence of Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker, House of Reps and Bukola Saraki as the Senate President.
However it is opined by political scholars that the 8th Assembly is shrouded in political intrigues and controversies owing to the leaadership tussle in the National Assembly which has led to the government of the country been affected at large.
With so many bills successfully passed, the Senate President announced that the 8th Senate had been the most productive since 1999, as it surpassed the 7th Senate with 128 bills, the 6th Senate with 72 bills and the 5th Senate with 129 bills.
Number of successful bills or quality of the bills passed? How aware are people of the new bills?
The Morning Crossfire team (@wemimospot), (@abanjo1) and (@rotimisankore) dissects the issue of the 8th National Assembly.