‘No Anti-Social Media Bill Is Before The Senate’ – Saraki Says
A photo taken on May 29, 2015 show Senator Bukola Saraki. Saraki, a former governor of Kwara State, was elected Senate President in Abuja on June 9, 2015. | AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei/Getty Images
The Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki yesterday said there was no anti-social media bill before the senate. Speaking on the sideline of Lagos Business School Dinner in which he was a guest, Saraki said “We have only debated the Principle of the bill, we have not gone into the details of the bill, so if there is any part of the bill that does not conform to human right, be rest assured that the senate will do the proper thing. So there was no bill that was brought forward called social media bill.
“I think there is need for clarity on that and to let you know that those that led the protest, we have received their letters, we have told them to be rest assured that by the time it goes to committee work, and go to public hearing some of these things will come up. But you must understand that when those bill come to the floor of the senate they come as argument on the principle of the bill, and the principle of that bill was Frivolous Petition, nothing to do with social media but later on we did find out that there was a section in it about social media.
“That will go away when it comes to third reading when you start the third reading, where you consider section by section.
Delivering a speech titled “Macroeconomic outlook for 2016 and legislative perspective at Lagos Business School breakfast club end of the year Dr. Bukola Saraki said “The 8th Senate is today at an advanced stage of carrying out one of the most far-reaching legislative reviews ever embarked upon by the legislature in Nigeria with the Doing Business Development Project which is aimed at eliminating obsolete business regulatory laws that have outlived their usefulness and in their place provide adequate legal, institutional and regulatory mechanisms to drive a new modern economy.
“Prior to this we have strategically utilized formal and informal meetings with key stakeholders including the NBA, the SEC, RMFAC, the ICPC, FIRS, and many other relevant agencies of government and critical industry leaders with a view to using gathered information as a critical tool to fashioning out what will make Nigeria a favourable investment destination.