House of Representatives Passes 19 Important Bills In One Sitting


The House of Representatives on Thursday, May 26, 2016 passed 19 important bills which only needed the accent of the presidency and the senate to become laws.

Only recently, the house also passed 130 bills through only first reading on the floor of the house.
The speedy passage of the bills, it was learnt, was part of the lawmakers resolve to improve on the quality of and reduce the time frame within which the bills are passed.

The bills 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.

Some of the bills that were passed 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.

Others are 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 harmonize 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 the act.

Then house also passed the bill for 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.

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