Seventh Senate passed 123 bills – Ndoma-Egba

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The Senate on Thursday said it passed 123 Bills, introduced 591 Bills and considered 115 motions.

This was contained in a motion moved by the Leader of the Senate, Victor Ndoma-Egba, and 106 other senators at its Valedictory Session to mark the end of 4th Session of the 7th Senate.

While presenting the motion, Mr. Ndoma-Egba said some of the bills considered and passed were Occupational Safety and Health Bill, Pension Reform Act amendment (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill and Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition)Bill.

Others, according to him, are Administration of Criminal Justice Bill, Violence against Persons Prohibition Bill, Discrimination against Persons with Disability (Prohibition) Bill, Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011 Bill and Proceeds of Crime Bill among others.

According to the Leader of the Senate, beside the passage of bills, the 7th Senate is remarkable for several reasons.

“It was scandal-free and stable. Its stability ensured the stability of the polity and this stability guaranteed the peaceful elections we witnessed on March 28 and April 11, which highlighted our democracy,” he said.

“For once, a party in government lost to a party in opposition, a milestone in our democracy.

“Lessons to be learnt from the last elections, therefore, is that a second term is no longer taken for granted.

“Incumbency has its limitations, impunity is unsustainable anywhere, and internal democracy is the only assurance to electoral victory,” he said.

He commended the Principal Officers of the 7th Senate under the leadership of David Mark.

He lauded them for their dexterity, maturity and the professionalism exhibited in steering the ship of the Senate irrespective of party affiliation.

Mr. Ndoma-Egba, however, regretted the stalling of the constitutional review, by the Executive in spite of the National Assembly’s resolve to bequeath an acceptable constitution to all Nigerians.

He also regretted the death of five senators during the life span of the 7th Senate and prayed God to grant then eternal rest.

The leader of the Senate, thereafter, called on the incoming National Assembly to exhibit courage in addressing the government’s basic obligations to the citizens.

He said security and social vices facing the nation was a manifestation of the high level of injustice, impunity and economic deprivation in the land, which they must address.

(NAN)


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