Senate passes 25 of 447 bills, 115 resolutions in one year


Twenty five out of 447 bills introduced on the floor of the 10th Senate within its first year of existence were passed for third reading, while 115 resolutions were adopted.

 Giving the score sheet of performance of the 10th Senate within its first year of existence, Thursday, the Leader of the Senate, Senator Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele (APC Ekiti Central) said the 25 bills fully passed into law which comparatively accounts for  5.24% of the entire bills introduced within the timeframe.

 According to him, aside the 25 fully enacted legislations, no fewer than 275 bills (57.65%) were read first time within the timeframe, about 135 (28.32%) awaiting first reading; 45 (9.43%) awaiting the second reading; 43 (9.02%) currently at the committee stage and three bills (0.63%) were refused on different grounds. 

 He added that while only 13 (2.73%) of the total bills originated from the executive arm, 464 (97.27%) are private member bills.

 Bamidele said: “Apart from the bills, the Senate arrived at 115 resolutions, which are far-reaching in consequence; profound in their significance to our economic development and strategic to the cohesion, growth and stability of our Nation.

 “Each of these resolutions arose from motions of national importance, which different Distinguished Senators sponsored after due diligence was conducted. 

 “Also, within the timeframe, the Senate received and treated petitions from members of the public on diverse matters of grave concern. 

 “Despite time constraints, 50 of the public petitions were successfully and satisfactorily resolved.


 “The Senate equally screened and confirmed 215 nominees for different political offices at the request of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and in accordance with Section 147 (2-6) of the 1999 Constitution and other Acts of the National Assembly.

 “Among others, the confirmations include key appointments into the Federal Executive Council, Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the leadership of the Nigeria Armed Forces, Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.”

He   further explained  that the confirmation is key to national development which according to him,  “ no doubt sped up the process of forming or constituting the national government at a very critical time when our domestic economy was struggling to stay afloat; national security under threats and internal cohesion was seriously gasping for fresh breath.

 “Already, the first year has passed by, and we have decisively addressed issues of strategic national interest with utmost priority,” he stressed.