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Published On: Fri, Mar 30th, 2018

Senate passes 201 Bills in 33 months

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  • Suspends plenary till April 10

By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu

The 8th Senate yesterday disclosed that it has passed two hundred and one Bill in its thirty three months in office, even as the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, commended his colleagues saying it is a no mean feat.
According to a statement released by the Media Office of the Senate President, Saraki, in a tweet on his personal handle (@Bukolasaraki), also commended his colleagues in the 8th Senate for their support and hard work that allowed the red 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”, the statement said.
It explained further that 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.
The Senate, yesterday, suspended plenary activities till April 10.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, made the announcement after the Deputy Majority Leader, Bala Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi South) moved that the Senate adjourn for the day.
The suspension is because of the Easter celebrations for which the federal government already declared Friday and next Monday public holidays.
While wishing his colleagues a happy holiday, Mr. Ekweremadu admonished his colleagues not to relent in praying for the nation.
“This is an opportunity for me to wish all of you and everyone a happy Easter; and please, let’s use the remaining period of the Lent to pray for our country for God to intervene in our lives and ensure that all these killings will stop and our economy would pick up and we continue to leave in unity and there would be progress all round.
“We believe that God would hear our prayers this period; and wish everyone a happy Easter and look forward to seeing you again on the 10th of April,” he said.

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