Saraki’s senate 203 millstone bills, still counting


The exploits of the Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki since coming on board in 2015 has been very impressive and many of his critics most times have even wondered how he has been able to achieve progress despite the daunting political challenges that have been instigated against him.
Last week, the leadership of the Saraki-led senate entered the history books when it blazed the trail with the passage of 2003 bills, an unprecedented feat in the country’s legislature. The bills which included the much desired but long abandoned Petroleum Industry bill meant to unbundle the petroleum sector for better revenue accountability and treatment of the host communities plus some constitutional alteration bills have come with extra-ordinary focus, firm leadership and great tenacity by the charismatic and cosmopolitan leader. With the feat, the 8th Senate surpassed previous records in the numbers of bills passed by previous legislatures since the country returned to democracy in 1999. While the 5th Senate (2003 to 2007) passed 129 Bills in all; the 6th Senate (2007 to 2011) passed 72 Bills and the 7th Senate (2011 to 2015) had a total of 129 Bills respectively. Following the remarkable narrative, many political players, especially Saraki apologists have used the situation to underscore his political sagacity and leadership savvy even in the midst of seeming daunting challenges.
According to Saraki who commented on the achievements penultimate Thursday in a tweet through his personal handle (@Bukolasaraki), his colleagues in the upper chamber must take the bulk of the credit for their support and hard work that allowed the Upper Legislative Chamber to reach the milestone.
”As of today, the Senate has passed 201 Bills. We still have 15 months to go, yet, we have reached this milestone. I would like to thank my Distinguished Colleagues for their hard work and cooperation over the last 33 months”, he added.
However for the records, below is the full list of Bills so passed by the Nigerian Senate since June 9th, 2015 and the number is expected to swell in the coming days.
Total bills passed since June 9th 2015 = 203
Senate bills passed since June 9th 2015 = 85
Constitutional alteration bills passed = 29
Concurrence bills passed by the senate since June 9th 2015 = 89
Senate Bills passed since June 9th 2015
1.     National Railway Corporation Act 1955 N129 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment Bill 2015
2.     Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act CAP B2 LFN 2011 (Repeal and Re-enactment) 2015
3.     National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (est, etc) Bill 2015
4.     Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (est., etc) Bill 2015
5.     Electronic Transaction Bill 2015
6.     Agriculture Credit Guarantee Scheme Act (Amendment) Bill 2015
7.     Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (Est, etc) Bill, 2015
8.     Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill 2015
9.     National Poverty Eradication Commission (Est, etc)Bill 2015
10.     North East Development Commission (NEDC) (Est, etc) Bill 2015
11.     Erosion Control and Prevention Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2015
12.     Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous provision) Amendment Bill 2015
13.     Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effuru (Est, etc) Bill 2015
14.     Food Security Bill 2015
15.     Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (Establishment, etc) Bill 2015
16.     Environmental Managers Registration Council of Nigeria (Establishment, etc) Bill 2015
17.     Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (Establishment, etc) Bill 2015
18.     Nigeria Football Federation (Establishment, etc) Bill 2015
19.     National Sports Commission (Establishment, etc) Bill 2015
20.     Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Bill 2015
21.     Witness Protection Programme Bill 2015
22.     Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2015
23.     Defence Space Agency (Establishment, etc) Bill 2015
24.     High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja (Amendment) Bill 2015
25.     Air Force Institute of Technology (Establishment, etc) Bill 2015
26.     Credit Bureau Reporting Bill 2015
27.     2015 Appropriation Act (Amendment) Bill 2015
28.     2016 Appropriation Bill
29.     Federal Roads Authority (Establishment, etc) Bill 2016
30.     National Assembly Budget and Research Office (Establishment, etc) Bill 2016
31.     Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill 2016
32.     Federal Capital Territory Statutory Appropriation Act (Amendment) Bill 2016
33.     Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun Bill 2016
34.     National Lottery Act 2005 (Amendment) Bill 2016
35.     Electoral Act ?6 2010 (Amendment) Bill 2016
36.     Public Procurement Act (Amendment) Bill 2016
37.     Petroleum Industry Governance Bill 2016
38.     National Inland Waterways Act Cap N47 LFN 2004 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2016
39.     Nigerian Ports and Harbours Authority Act (Amendment) Bill 2016
40.     JAMB Act (Amendment) Bill 2016
41.     Nigerian Customs Service Bill 2016 and Nigerian Customs Service Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2016
42.     Warehouse Receipts Bill 2016
43.     Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Bill 2016
44.     Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Educational Institution Bill 2016
45.     Federal University of Wukari (Establishment, etc) Bill 2016
46.     Maritime University of Nigeria, Okerenkoko (Establishment, etc) Bill 2016
47.     2016 FCT Appropriation Bill
48.     Appropriation Bill, 2017
49.     Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment, etc) Bill 2015 (SB 173)
50.     National Unity and Peace Corps (Establishment, etc) Bill 2015 (SB 183)
51.     National Open University of Nigeria Act (Amendment) Bill 2017
52.     Federal University of Maritime Studies, Oron Bill, 2017
53.     National Institute for Legislative Studies Act (Amendment) Bill 2017
54.     National Research and Innovation (Est, etc.) Bill, 2017
55.     Compulsory, Free Universal Basic Education Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2016 and Universal Basic Education Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill 2016
56.     Nigeria Financial Intelligence Agency (Est, etc.) Bill, 2017
57.     Institute of Chartered Biochemist and Molecular Biologist Bill, 2016
58.     Whistle Blowers Protection Bill 2015
59.     Abduction, wrongful restraints and wrongful confinement for ransom bill 2017
60.     Prohibition and Protection of persons from lynching, mob action and Extra Judicial Executions Bill, 2017
61.     Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2017
62.     Hydroelectric Power Producing Area Development Commission (Amendment) Bill 2015
63.     Chartered Institute of Entrepreneurs (est., etc.) Bill 2015
64.     Chartered Institute of Capital Market Registrars Bill 2017
65.     Presidential Inauguration Bill 2016
66.     National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (Establishment, etc) Bill 2016
67.     FCT Statutory Appropriation Bill 2017
68.     Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017
69.     Federal University of Agriculture Kaaba (Establishment, etc) Bill 2016
70.     Federal Colleges of Education Act (Amendment) Bill 2017
71.     Niger Delta Development Commission (Amendment) Bill 2017
72.     Nigeria Arabic Language Village, Ngala (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2017
73.     Nigeria French Language Village, Badagry (est., etc.) Bill, 2017
74.     Demutualization Bill, 2017
75.     The Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) Bill, 2018
76.     2017 FCT Appropriation Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018
77.     Arbitration and Conciliation act cap A18 LFN 2004(Repeal and re-enactment) Bill 2018
78.     Emergency Powers (Repeal and re-enactment) Bill, 2018
79.     Federal University Gashua (establishment, etc.) Bill, 2018 (SB459)
80.     National Transport Commission (Est., etc.) Bill, 2018 (SB. 242)
81.     Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2018 (SB. 216)
82.     River Basin Development Act CAP R9 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 358)
83.     National Centre for Disease Control Prevention (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 256)
84.     Industrial Development (Income tax relief) Act CAP I7 LFN 2004 Bill, 2018 (SB. 638)
85.     Chartered Institute of Directors of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 424).
To be concluded on Thursday

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