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- Kunle Emmanuel
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- Joined: Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:02 pm
- Location: Lagos
Yesterday the strangest thing happened when the Nigerian Senate passed a record 46 bills into law in just 10 minutes.
The bills were introduced by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang and all 46 of them had been recently passed by the lower House of Representatives.
The Senate’s decision to pass the bills was predicated on the fact that the life of the current assembly is expected to expire in a few days time and that enough resources had already been expended in processing the bills,hence there was the need to pass them and forward same to the President for his assent.
According to Enang, the “bills by this resolution are hereby read and deemed read a third time and passed, to be transmitted to the President for assent in accordance with the Acts (Authentication) Act, and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.
“That the votes and proceedings containing all bills be produced for adoption, as passed by the House.”
Among the bills passed is a bill to establish the Federal Capital Territory College of Nursing and Midwifery, Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy.
According to the bill, the College will have the status of a tertiary institution with rights and privileges enjoyed by other tertiary institutions of such. The bill also confers a corporate body status on the college with perpetual succession and a common seal with powers to sue and be sued in its corporate name.
Offices of provost, librarian, governing council among others will be created by this bill.
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