By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the National Senior Citizens Center Act, 2018 and the Legislative Houses (Power and Privileges) 2018 which gives law makers immunity from arrest or persecution on matters discussed on the floor of the National Assembly.
The National Senior Citizens Center Act, 2018, establishes the National Senior Citizens Center in the country to cater for the needs of the senior citizens.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, after the President assented to the bills.
Other bills that were signed into law according to Senator Ita Enang are the National Institute of Legislative Studies (Amendment) Act, 2018, and Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Spain (Domestication and Enforcement ) Act, 2018.
Others are Rail Loan (International Bank) (Repeal) Act, 2018, Chartered Institute of Project Managers of Nigeria (Establishment) Act, 2018, Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration Act, 2018 and Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (Establishment), Act, 2018.
The presidential aide explained that the Legislative House Power and Privileges Act, grant the Legislative Houses in the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly immunity from litigation for actions taken in plenary or committee proceedings of the House or committee.
It also strengthens the power of the Legislators to carry out their Legislative functions.
The powers include powers to summon any person to appear before her, give evidence, including power of an officer of the legislative House to arrest any person who commits an offense against the Act.
The National Institute for Legislative Studies (Amendment) Act establishing the Institute and widens her Powers to include powers to provide training courses and Award Degrees on Democracy, Party Politics, Electoral Process, Legislative Practice and Procedures among others.