OrderPaperToday – A member of the House of Representatives from Bauchi State, Mr. Muda Lawal, has called on his colleagues in the National Assembly to shelve their 2020 annual vacation so as to allow them ample of time to treat very important national matters like the Electoral Act Amendment and the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), among others.
Mr. Lawal, who is of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said there have been series of breaks and interruptions occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic so his colleagues in the National Assembly should consider forgoing their annual recess to enable the lawmakers meet up with expectations of Nigerians in their legislative responsibilities.
The lawmaker who represents Toro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State said that forgoing the recess will afford the lawmakers the opportunity to attend to pressing national issues and critical bills currently before both chambers of the National Assembly.
Umar listed such critical bills to include the Electoral Act (Amendment) bill, the petroleum industry governance bill (PIGB) and several sections of the constitution which lawmakers have already proposed their amendments.
In a media statement issued in Abuja on Sunday night, the lawmaker contended that these amendments have become imperative especially because of the circumstances and therefore urged his colleagues to do the needful by placing the interest of Nigeria over and above their personal interests.
According to him, “if the National Assembly proceeds and thereafter returns from its proposed annual vacation in September, the distinguished Senators and members of the House of Representatives may not have the requisite time to debate and pass the Constitutional reforms as well as the Electoral (Amendment) Bill before the 2023 general elections and that passing the Electoral (amendment) Bill now would go a long way in curbing the types of anomalies that preceded in the 2019 general elections.
“The electoral reform is crucial at this moment as it would not only strengthen the integrity and legitimacy of our electoral process thereby preventing electoral violence but would also guide and protect the sanctity of Nigeria’s Democracy.”
Recall that the Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Mr. Benjamin Kalu, last week in a news briefing revealed that the Electoral Act (Amendment) bill and the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) were the two most important bills the House of Representatives have resolved to tackle once and for all in the interest of Nigeria’s democracy and economy.