Senate President Ahmed Lawan has listed the achievements of the 9th Assembly after 20 months in charge.
The National Assembly leader listed these through a statement released by his Special Assistant to the President on New Media, Abu Sidiq.
“20 months into the existence of the 9th Senate and notwithstanding the disruption/set back resulting from COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, the Senate under the leadership of His Excellency, Dr Ahmad Lawan has introduced a total of 516 bills in the red chamber.
“Bills that have passed first reading in the Senate – 334
“Bills that have passed second reading and now before the appropriate committees – 140
“Bills that have passed third reading and PASSED into law – 42
“The above 516 bills broken down into their various stages of passage are Senate bills.
“There are 25 concurrence Bills which the Senate has received from the House of Representatives, 4 of which has been passed into law.
“516 senate bills + 25 concurrence bills gives a total of 536 bills brought before the Senate, and 42 Senate Bills passed and 4 concurrence Bills passed gives a total of 46 Bills that have been passed by the Senate.”
While noting the importance of bills passed, Lawan said what’s even more important are the qualities and purposes of those bills.
“The 9th Senate, concerned about ensuring that such bills are those that touches more on the lives of the people have focused more on the quality rather than the quantity.
“For example, the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract 2004 (amendment) Bill which was passed within the first four months of the 9th Senate ensures that Nigeria generates additional revenue of at least $1.5bn from oil business with the IOCs.
“There is also the Petroleum Profit Tax, Custom and Excise Tariff Act, Company Income Tax Act, Personal Income Tax Act, Value Added Tax, Stamp Duties Act, and Capital Gain Tax bills all passed within the first six months of the 9th Senate.
“The Senate has also passed the Public Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) Bills and is currently working on the Petroleum Industry Bill, The Electoral Act Amendment Bill, and the Constitution amendment Bill amongst many others.
“Passage of bills is not only the responsibility of the Senate. The Senate has received and attended to hundreds of petitions from Nigerians and has also considered nominations for appointments sent to the senate.
“The 9th Senate is not even two years old since inauguration. You can only but expect more to come in the years ahead,” he added.