11 June 2021 by James Itodo…
The Senate says it wil pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, and the Constitution Amendment Bill before proceeding on its annual recess .
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan stated this at a news conference to mark the second anniversary of the 9th Senate in Abuja.
Lawan in a speech entitled: “Beholding the Silver Lining in Nigeria revealed that the Senate was closer to passing the important bills before it.
He insisted that it is a mark of excellent effort for the 9th senate to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) after 20 years of failed attempts.
He explained that passaging the PIB would increase Accountability, probity, efficiency, equity and justice in that vital sector of our economy.
“Our efforts on the electoral bill are also noteworthy.
“The bill should not just improve the nation’s electoral governance system, but will strengthen our democracy, that we have all built since 1999′ he said.
He noted that the 2023 general election would be the seventh in the nation’s electoral cycle since the dawn of democracy.
He also said the senate would work to ensure financial autonomy for local governments, state legislatures and judiciary in line with its principled stand of strengthening democracy in Nigeria via practical implementation of separation of powers.
He also said the senate, and the national assembly have shown exceptional patriotism in seeking solutions to the challenges facing Nigeria via the interventions to some emergencies that confronted the nation in the last two years.
He said the 9th senate has been decisive in its interventions on the problem of insecurity.
According to him the senate has also aligned with the executive in the fight against corruption, saying that corruption was the bane on the nation’s development efforts.