In spite of all the political upheaval that greeted the election of presiding officers for the House of Representatives, the majority leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has said the House treated 327 bills between June and December 2015, with 264 passing first readings and 40 referred to committees.
Gbajabiamila, who was one of the reasons why the green chamber made news headlines for reasons other than making laws, told journalists in Lagos, Wednesday, that the figure was a sharp contrast to the 7th House of Reps, which had 132 bills in its first six months.
“The bills and motions sponsored and passed so far are clear demonstrations of the House’s resolve to make laws and embark on legislative activities for the good governance of Nigeria”, said Hon. Gbajabiamila, a member of the All Progressives Congress representing Surulere 1 Federal Constituency, Lagos State.
“Despite a bumpy start in June, the House has been able to step up to the plate and has busied itself in working for the progress of Nigeria”, the lawmaker added.
Reacting to criticisms that trailed the House of Reps’ decision to present 130 bills in one day earlier this month, Gbajabiamila said “Let me quickly pre-empt those who have questioned the rationale behind the presentation of 130 bills for first reading in one day”.
“Our Legislature is presently confronted with so many defective and obsolete provisions in our laws. What the current House has done is to put its members and the National Institute for Legislative Studies to work and in the course of reviewing existing laws, discovered provisions in our laws that had become obsolete both in language, spirit and effect.
“The Institute therefore recommended these bills for amendments and repeals. It was an all-encompassing exercise targeted at flushing out irrelevant and obsolete provisions from our laws”, the House leader explained.
The press conference was an avenue for Mr. Gbajabiamila to present a scorecard of the activities of the House six months after it was inaugurated.