Senate Dumps C’ttee Reports On Subsidy, Immigration As Seventh Session Ends

President of the Senate
President of the Senate
President of the Senate

By Nuel Suji, Abuja

Hope of considering the two controversial reports on subsidy probe and immigration tragedy investigation embarked upon by the committees of the Senate was dashed Thursday, as the Seventh Senate Session came to an end without the two reports being considered.

Already, the Senate has held its valedictory session on Thursday, crediting itself with the passage of 123 bills out of the 591 bills introduced, while it also considered 115 motions within four year of 7th Senate.

This was contained in a motion moved by the Leader of the Senate, Victor Ndoma-Egba, and 106 other senators at the valedictory session to mark the end of 4th Session of the 7th Senate.

While presenting the motion, Senator Ndoma-Egba listed some of the bills considered and passed as; Occupational Safety and Health bill, Pension Reform Act amendment (Repeal and Re-enactment) bill and Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition)bill.

Others, according to him, are Administration of Criminal Justice bill, Violence against Persons Prohibition Bill, Discrimination against Persons with Disability (Prohibition) bill, Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011 Bill and Proceeds of Crime bill among others.

He noted that the Senate effectively collaborated with Executive arm in the overall national interest, stabilizing the polity without undermining the integrity and independence of the Senate.

In his words,” the 7th Senate was inaugurated on the 5th of June, 2011 for a term of four years, which is today, successfully wounding up. The profound words of the Holy Books are eternally true that everything that has a beginning must of the necessity come to an end. History has once again been made today, he added.

According to him, “between June, 2011 and June, 2015 a total of 591 bills were introduced out of which 123 have been passed and others are at various stages of legislative processing and consideration.

Among the bills considered and passed are bills that have far reaching impact on the polity, such as- occupational Safety bill, pension Reform Act, Administration of Criminal justice bill, Violence against persons prohibition bill, discrimination against Person bill etc.”