- 20 months into the existence of the 9th Senate, a total of 516 bills have been introduced
- An aide to Senate President Ahmad Lawan has taken time to give a breakdown of the bills
- The Senate under Yobe-born Lawan will soon reach the two-years threshold
The 9th Senate under the leadership of Senator Ahmad Lawan has introduced a total of 516 bills in the red chamber.
This was revealed by the special assistant to the Senate President on new media, Abubakar Usman, on Thursday, March 4.
Providing a breakdown of the bills via a thread on Twitter, Usman reeled out the numbers as follows:
1. Bills that have passed first reading in the Senate - 334
2. Bills that have passed second reading and now before the appropriate committees - 140
3. Bills that have passed third reading and PASSED into law - 42
Usman also stated that there are 25 concurrence bills which the Senate has received from the House of Representatives, 4 of which has been passed into law.
He said 516 Senate bills + 25 concurrence bills give 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.
In comparison to the 8th Senate, 250 bills were passed into law in four years under the leadership of Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Meanwhile, Senator Lawan recently declared that drug barons in Nigeria provide terrorist groups like Boko Haram as well as bandits and kidnappers with arms and ammunitions to undertake criminal activities in the country.
Lawan made the comment on Thursday, March 4, when the chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (rtd), paid a visit to his office in Abuja.
Recall that the Nigerian Senate recently asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency across the country with immediate effect.
The demand was part of the Senate’s resolution on Wednesday, February 17 as a holistic response to the mounting security challenges across the country.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.