BY SOLOMON AYADO and AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja
Senate President Bukola Saraki has pledged the cooperation of the Senate with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to ensure easy passage of bills.
Consequently, Saraki has immediately directed that all pending and prospective bills before the Senate be made available to the NBA for their input which, according to him, would improve the quality of such bills.
The Senate President stated this on Thursday when the NBA Legislative Advocacy Committee led by Paul Erokoro (SAN) paid a courtesy visit on him in Abuja.
The NBA committee had visited the National Assembly to solicit that the association be allowed to make its input to bills being considered by the Senate before any passage.
But Saraki said he was in complete agreement with the NBA that their input is necessary before bills go for public hearings.
His words: “l agree with you entirely as part of recommendations that we must have collaborations. I am surprised that our bills are new to you and that you don’t have free access to them. We have these bills on our website. You should be able to access them.
“Going forward, I think that instead of you waiting for us, by your experience, there are areas that require necessary input and I think we should be able to collaborate closely.
“We’ve done this in the business sector where we set up a working group with Nigeria Economic Summit Group and my office and we’ve been able to work together in some business related bills.
“Some of these bills require amendment, some are outdated, and some are not inline with today’s practice. We have been able to come out with a road map which we are following and the economic sector is enjoying the efforts in the business communities and infrastructure.
“We’ve passed the Railway Bill, Road Transport, Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and Secured Transaction bills. All these are as a result of collaboration. If there are other areas that need amendment or on general issues in the society, we want the NBA to partner with us. We will be very happy to work closely with you. All we can assure you is that it is our responsibility to pass these relevant Bills,” he stated.
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