OrderPaperToday – The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has revealed that all outstanding bills will be transmitted to the President before Tuesday next week.
The Speaker made the disclosure on Thursday during plenary, as the House sped through passage of 7 bills, and bent it rules to ensure the passage of the bills through third reading.
The committee of the whole of the House presided over by the Speaker passed Nigerian French Village bill, Minimum Standards for Health care facilities bill, Federal University of Agriculture, Zulu, bill, Charter Institute of Forensic And Investigative Professional Bills, National Commission for refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons, National Health Insurance Bill and Asset Management Corporation Amendment bill.
The Charter Institute of Forensic And Investigative Professional Bills caused mild rancor as the Speaker seemed not to be interested in views of members who had issue with the bill.
The Deputy Chief Whip of the House, Pally Iriase (APC, Edo) raised several concerns on the bill, but the speaker would have none of it, and it took protest from other member for the speaker to accept amendment, as Iriase had earlier raised a point of order that the bill was considered and rejected by the House before.
“We do not have the time, we must consider all the outstanding bills before Tuesday, that’s why we have been considering bills for the past three weeks,” the speaker responded.
All the bills were subsequently read the third time and passed, a rare procedure in parliament.
The House also considered and passed through second reading appropriation bill for Federal Capital Territory budget and instead of referring to standing committee on FCT, the speaker referred the bill to committee of Supply.
The budget was presented to the House through a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, read by the Speaker as first reading.
The total budget for the FCT as presented by the speaker was N243,374,511,077 of which the sum of N55.4billion is for Personnel cost, N57.6billion for Over Head and N130.7billion for Capital Expenditure.
While moving the motion, the Speaker asked the Deputy Leader of the House to “just say something on the bill, no time”
Another member, Jones Onyereri who tried to speak on the bill was cautioned playfully by the speaker, “Hon Jones, you want to waste our time further.”
Jones consequently made a brief remark that expenditure on the budget should be extended to the satellite towns in the FCT.