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Lawmakers disagree over residents’ registration bill

By Gbenga Akanmu
Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Monday, disagreed over a bill for the registration of residents of the state for the purpose of creating a standard data bank.

Entitled: “Lagos State Residents’ Registration Agency Bill,” the bill is in its second reading stage.

There was a division among the lawmakers over the provisions of the bill, which those in opposition claimed were inadequate and advised that it be sent back to the executive arm for more information.

Members in support of the bill disagreed with their colleagues, arguing that because of the importance and merits of the bill, it should be allowed to proceed to the next stage.

They argued further that the inadequacies observed by their colleagues would be addressed at the committee and public hearing stages, since they as lawmakers, had the power to make necessary amendments to any bill before the House and members of the public could make inputs during public hearing.

When the Majority Leader, Taiwo Kolawole, who presided over the day’s plenary session put the matter to voice vote, it was difficult for him to decide which of the two sides had the majority. He then urged the members to signify by raising their hands.

At the end of the voting, those who were in support of the bill moving to the next stage carried the day with nine votes, while those who wanted the bill sent back to the executive had eight votes. One member abstained.


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