By Emman Ovuakporie Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA-SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has promised Nigerians that within the next five months all the 122 bills and 200 laws reviewed by the House committee on law reforms will be passed by the end of the first quarter of next year.
The speaker made this disclosure when he received the interim report of the committee from the Director General of the National Institute for Legislative Studies ,NILS, Dr. Ladi Hamalai in Abuja.
Dogara expressed satisfaction in Dr Hamalai’s competence and the committee members’ dedication and commitment which produced a professional touch to the enormous work presented.
According to him, democracy is all about rule of law and due process, adding that any democracy can only be as buoyant as the laws in place.
Dr Hamalai, while submitting the report said it is an outcome of thorough research, commitment and dedication which will go a long way in assisting the House of Representatives in achieving its Legislative Agenda.
The DG explained that the committee was able to review over 200 pieces of Acts in the Laws of the Federation and produced 122 draft Bills for the consideration of the House of Representatives.
It will be recalled that Speaker Dogara commissioned the committee on review of existing laws and law reform on July 23, 2015 headed by the Director General of NILS with Hons. Mohammed Tahir Monguno, Razak Atunwa, Ken Chikere, Madubueze Peter Obiano, Olabode Ayorinde and Simon Arabo as members.
Others are the president of the Nigeria Bar Association, Austin Alegeh; NBA Secretary, Afam Osigwe; Prof. C. O. Okonkwo; Olisa Agbakoba (SAN); Prof. Auwalu Yadudu; Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo; and Prof. Joash Amupitan, Prof. Okechukwu Oko; Dr. Shaibu Danwanka; as well as Prof. Ade Adekunle, the Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.