House of Representatives Passes 19 ‘Critical’ Bills In One Sitting
In continuation of its resolve to improve on the quality of and reduce the time frame within which bills are passed, the House of Representatives on Thursday passed 19 bills.
The bills, which, however, require concurrence of the senate and presidential assent to be made laws, cover serious areas of concentration of the present administration including anti-corruption, national minimum wage, strengthening of small and medium businesses, manufacturing sector, among others.
It will be recalled that the House only recently passed 130 bills through first reading on the same day. Many of those bills, it will be noted, have scaled through further legislative processes.
Some of the bills that were passed today include the bill for an Act to amend the Advance Fee Fraud and other related offences act, a bill for an Act to Amend the Dangerous Drugs Act, a Bill for an Act to amend the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund Act and a bill for an Act to amend the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act to modify the definition of Bank and Money Instrument, review the composition of the commission and harmonise the tenure of offices of members.
Also passed were a bill for an Act to Establish the National Child Protection and Enforcement Agency, a bill to Amend the provisions of the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Development Agency Act and a bill for an Act to Amend the Value Added Tax Act to review upwards the fines and penalties specified for offences under Act.
Another very relevant bill that was passed by the House is that of an Act to Regulate the Rights and Obligations under Tenancy Agreements and the relationship between the landlord and the tenant, including the procedure for recovery of premises in the Federal Capital Territory and other related matters.