Chris Steven, Abuja
After a period of four years, the House of Representatives in the just concluded 7th National Assembly passed a total number of 143 Bills .
This was contained in a document provided by the House committee on Rules and Business .
Chairman of the Committee, Sam Tsokwa who briefed journalists in Abuja on Friday disclosed that the 7th House had a total number of 767 bills introduced out of which 70 where initiated by the Executive adding that 679 Bills were originated by members and 18 initiated by the Senate.
He said that 348 Bills are awaiting second reading while Bills pending in the various committees are 140, even as he said that 34 Bills are awaiting consideration as another 23 Bills were withdrawn.
On motions initiated by members of the House on various issues, he said that a total number of 868 motions were introduced.
According to him, a total number of resolutions reached by the House stood at 259 adding that 558 motions were referred to the various committees.
On petitions the House received, he said that a total of 112 petitions were received adding that 23 are awaiting consideration while 68 have been considered.
Speaking on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), he said, “I think we have made progress and must be commended”.
He said that the House did not have control over the bill now that it has been sent to the Senate adding that Rule 94 of the House provides for the fast tracking of the incoming House.
On his part, the outgoing Deputy Speaker of the House, Emeka Ihedioha said that the PIB was the “most extensive bill the House has ever passed” just as he added that the Executive arm of government provided the needed cooperation.
He said that nobody can claim ownership of the PIB which was passed on the last legislative day of the 7th House.
Ihedioha went further to say that the tenacity of the House on the Bill should be commended.