OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Wednesday reconsidered the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), the electoral act (amendment) bill and six others which were vetoed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The senate also passed the reworked bills and would be transmitted to the President for assent again.
The PIGB is one of four parts of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which seeks to reform the petroleum sector along sound corporate governance and institutional best practices.
But it was rejected by Buhari in July 2018 under the guise that it reduces his powers as the petroleum minister, among others.
Also redrafted is the electoral act 2010 (amendment) bill rejected four times by Buhari over the inclusion of card readers and other contentious issues.
The chamber also reconsidered the following bills for passage: National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Bill, National Research and Innovation Council Bill and Stamp Duties Act (Amendment) Bill, National Agricultural Seed Council Bill and Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund and
Presenting these bills before the chamber, the Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan, indicated that the rational for withholding assent on the bills have been addressed by the technical committee of the senate.
The bills were thereafter reconsidered and passed by the committee of the whole.
The senate also passed for second reading, six bills for amendments to various sections of the Constitution.
This comes after a resolution but the chamber to represent these bills for passage
The bills are on providing immunity for members of the legislature in matters 2019, replace the name ‘Nigeria Police Force’ with ‘Nigerian Police’, strengthening the judiciary,reflect functions of the Nigerian Security Civil Defence Corps,
Other amendments provide for the procedure for passing the constitutional alteration bill where the president withholds assent and for related matter, 2019 and specify the period within which the president or governor of a state presents the appropriation bill.
The bills were read for the second time and referred to the senate committee on constitutional review for more legislative work and to report back on Thursday.
Also slated for second reading to establish the Federal College of Forestry Technology and Research, Akamkpa and another to provide for the documentation and protection of Domestic workers and employers of domestic workers in Nigeria.