Senate highlights priorities ahead of resumption

Senate highlights priorities ahead of resumption

The Senate has highlighted some of its legislative priorities as its resumes from its annual recess on Tuesday, September 26.

In a statement signed by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate stated that it would look to prioritize the passage of the three petroleum industry bills that are at Committee stage; social justice bills like the Jungle Justice Bill; employment-related bills like the Occupational Safety Bill and the Existing Vacancies Bill; and work to ensure that senators present the views of their constituents after the recess meetings and consultations.

“Over the last few weeks, legislators from the 8th Senate have been traveling around their constituencies and meeting with the stakeholders and citizens that they represent. When we resume on Tuesday, Nigerians can be rest assured that the views and voices of all Nigerians will be considered in all the Senate’s activities.

“We have several noteworthy Bills that are at various stages of consideration like the Existing Vacancies in the Federal Civil Service (Prohibition) Bill, which will help to ensure that all federal government civil service employments are properly advertised. We also have the Occupational Safety and Health Bill, which will ensure that employees receive adequate legal protections in their places of work.

“Of course, we cannot forget the three Petroleum Industry Governance Bills that have been sent to the relevant committees for work. These three Bills are aimed at providing legal frameworks and other critical aspects of the petroleum industry not captured in the recently passed Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB).

“We will also consider resolutions on the next actions to take with the flooding that has occurred in several states across the nation. Through our oversight powers, we will continue to work with executives at various levels to ensure that our town planning laws are updated to mitigate against flooding and other man-made disasters,” the statement quoted the Senate Spokesperson as saying.

Recall that the upper legislative chamber had embarked on annual recess on July 27, 2017.

OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja

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