Senate re-passes Digital rights bill, 6 others

OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Tuesday re-considered and re-passed seven bills which were initially transmitted to the Clerk of the National Assembly for onward transmission to the President for assent.

The bills were reconsidered for re-passage after the Directorate of Legal Services and Technical Committee of the National Assembly observed some fundamental issues which necessitated fresh legislative action on some clauses in the bills.

In recent times, the National Assembly has exercised extra caution in the passage of bills following a flurry of rejections by the President. These series of Presidential snubs led the Senate to set up a “Technical Committee” to stem the tide of rejections.

The bills reconsidered and re-passed today are the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill; Nigerian Aeronautical Search and Rescue Bill; Climate Change Bill; Chartered Institute of Pension Practitioner of Nigeria Bill; and Chartered Institute of Training and Development of Nigeria Bill.

Others are the National Institute of Credit Administration Bill; Nigerian Film Corporation (repeal & Re-enactment) Bill.

The affected clauses considered today are Clause 2 (1)(2) of the Nigerian Aeronautical Search and Rescue Bill; Clause 2 (1)(4), 3(1)(f), 5(2), 7(1)(a) (2)(a), 8, 9, 17(1) of the Climate Change Bill; Clause 11 of  Chartered Institute of Pension Practitioner of Nigeria Bill; Clause 18 (2) & (6) of the Chartered Institute of Training and Development of Nigeria Bill.

Others are Clause 7 (3)(5) and 8 (1)(3) of the National Institute of Credit Administration Bill; Clause 4 (1)(2)(3) of the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill; and Clause 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 of the Nigerian Film Corporation (repeal & Re-enactment) Bill.

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