The Senator representing Delta South Senatorial district,
James Manager, has stated that the Nigerian Senate was fond of passing bills that were not serious and of no relevance to Nigerians.
Speaking during plenary on Wednesday in reaction to the bill for an “Act to amend the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies and for other matters connected thereto, 2019″, sponsored by the Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan and two others, he argued that the bill was not necessary now.
James Manager warned that the bill would be one of those to be turned back by President Muhammadu Buhari, while advised the sponsors to withdraw the bill.
Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, the Senate has been passing bills that are not serious and this bill is one of those bills.”
“Lawmaking does not end here, it goes to the executive and Mr. President will not sign it and because of the calibre of people behind the bill, they should put heads together and do something about it”, Senator Manager insisted.
Earlier in the debate, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu recalled that the Institute received amendment from the name it used to bear to what it bears now.
He said, it would be counterproductive to change the name now, noting that the current status should be allowed to function for some time.
Having lost support from lawmakers, Senator Ahmed Lawan who read the lead debate on behalf of two other sponsors, Baba Kaka Garba and Senator Peter Nwaoboshi withdrew the bill.
The withdrawal was sustained by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki after it was seconded.
Odogwublog.com gathered that about 38 bills passed into law by Dr Bukola Saraki led 8th Senate were declined assent by President Muhammadu Buhari in the last three and half years.