About 24 hours to the expiration of its tenure, and within 5 hours, the 7th Senate on Wednesday passed for presidential assents, 46 bills at a go without putting them through the usual legislative processes.
The bills hurriedly passed by the Senate according to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Solomon Ita Enang were bills already considered and passed in the House of Representatives, requiring senate concurrence.
He explained that similar bills like that from the Senate are also before the House of Representatives for concurrence stressing that if the Senate refuses to concur to the passage of the bills, those from the senate before the House , will also be rejected.
The national assembly has been heavily criticised for what is termed gross incompetence and low productivity despite consuming more than a fair share of the nation’s wealth.
Within a four year term of passing 106 laws, the National Assembly has spent about N600bn on itself.
The passage of the bills was faced with a mild drama where the President of the Senate David Mark insisted that the matter was not subject to a debate haven been approved