Nigerian senate on Tuesday passed a Bill to establish a Commission against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
Tuesday’s passage of the Bill was sequel to the presentation & consideration of the senate committee report on national security & intelligence led by Senator Ibrahim Gobir.
Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (Establishment) Bill, 2022 (SB. 513) was read the Third Time and PASSED!
— The Nigerian Senate (@NGRSenate) July 26, 2022
The piece of Legislation is seen as a major boost to the years of efforts by the Nigerian government to control movement of small arms and light weapons across West, & beyond.
Prior to consideration of the senate report, President of the Nigerian senate Ahmad Lawan, described the Bill as “very controversial & sensitive,” & warned his colleagues not to be complacent.
BASIC & SECONDARY EDUCATION
Similarly, the Nigerian senate has passed a Bill to establish the National Senior Secondary Education Commission.
Senate passed the Bill following the consideration of the report of its committee on Basic & Secondary Education led by Senator Ibrahim Gaidam.
And in another development, President Buhari’s appointment of Mr. Mohammed Bello was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday.
However, Senate stepped down its planned second reading of a Bill seeking to amend the Federal High Court Act 2004, to increase the number of Federal High Court judges from 100 to 172.
Although no formal reason was given for stepping down the Bill, Voice of Nigeria observed that sponsor of the Bill, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was absent from the day’s plenary.
Meanwhile, a Bill seeking to amend the Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission scaled through second reading, while the National Poverty Alleviation Management Commission Bill was also read the second time.
The Bill seeks to establish a Commission to be saddled with the responsibility of coordinating & regulating all forms of poverty alleviation management funds in Nigeria.