In 10minutes outgoing senates passes 46bills

The Senate on Wednesday passed 46
bills into law within 10 minutes. The bills were earlier passed by the House of Representatives in the
outgoing Seventh Assembly.

The bills were introduced by the
Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules
and Business, Senator Ita Enang.

The development generated arguments
and side talk but the Senate President,
David Mark, had his way when he called
for a voice vote, and ruled in favour of
those in support of the passage.

Mark asked those who were not
satisfied with the passage of the bills to
raise objections in writing at plenary on

The Senate had earlier suspended
Order 79 (1) of the Senate Standing
Orders, creating the impression that all
the Bills had passed first, second and
third readings on the floor of the Senate
and concur to same.

Meanwhile, Mark has said the Senate
will continue further deliberations on
the controversial Fourth Alteration Bill,
which seeks to further amend the 1999
Constitution, on Thursday.

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