The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday, revealed that the Senate passed a total of 213 bills and cleared 138 petitions in the last three years of its inauguration, commending Nigerians for their support and encouragement.
Saraki, in a statement issued from Saudi Arabia where he is on lesser Hajj, said that the achievements of the Senate within the period would not have been possible without the backing of Nigerians, who played active role in the activities of the apex legislative Chamber since June 9, 2015.
He also noted that the present Senate was the most productive since 1999, pointing out that it surpassed the 5th Senate which passed 129 bills in four years, and equally had the highest number of bills, as against the 6th Senate with 72 bills, and 128 passed by the 7th Senate.
According to him, the present Senate has worked to grow the economy by passing bills such as the Companies and Allied Matters Act, the Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Act, the Credit Bureau Reporting Act and the Warehouse Receipts Bill, Nigerian Railways Authority Bill, National Transportation Commission Bill, which are aimed at providing significant reforms to the nation’s business environment and strengthening lending legislative frameworks to allow SMEs to access capital. “We have passed 213 bills, cleared 138 petitions submitted by the public. We are happy to say that this Senate is the most productive since 1999.
It has surpassed the 5th Senate which, with 129 bills in four years, had the highest number of bills, as against the 6th Senate with 72 bills, and 128 passed by the 7th Senate.
The number of petitions we have successfully treated to the satisfaction of Nigerians who filed them dwarfed the eight and six treated by the sixth and seventh Senate respectively,” Saraki said.The Senate President also highlighted some of the interventions of the Senate since June 9, 2015, stating that the impact of the work of the legislature in Nigeria’s system of governance was starting to be understood.
Saraki noted that the Senate was engaging with security agencies to ensure that all the necessary laws and funds needed to ensure the safety of lives and property in the country were put in place. He promised that the Senate and the National Assembly would continue to be transparent, accountable and responsive even as the nation and its political office holders prepared for the 2019 elections.