House of Representatives passes 19 critical bills

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The House of Representatives has passed nineteen bills as part of its resolve to improve on the quality of the nation’s laws and reduce the time frame within which bills are passed.

The bills, which require concurrence of the Senate and Presidential assent to become laws, cover government’s priority areas that include anti-corruption, national minimum wage, strengthening of small and medium businesses, manufacturing sector, among others.

Some of the bills that were passed today include the bill for an Act to amend the Advance Fee Fraud and other related offences, a bill for an Act to Amend the Dangerous Drugs Act, a Bill for an Act to amend the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund Act and a bill for an Act to amend the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act to modify the definition of Bank and Money Instrument, Review the Composition of the Commission and harmonise the tenure of offices of members.

Also passed in the plenary session, are; bill for an Act to Establish the National Child Protection and Enforcement Agency, a bill to Amend the provisions of the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Development Agency  and a bill for an Act to Amend the Value Added Tax Act to review upwards the fines and penalties specified for offences under Act.

It will be recalled that the House recently passed one hundred and thirty bills through first reading in one day many of those bills  have scaled through further legislative processes.