The House of Representatives and the Senate have once more clashed as they engaged in a battle of supremacy over Bills despatched for concurrence.
On Tuesday, the 2 Bills obtained by the House for Concurrence from the Senate, had been each stepped down.
One is a Bill for an Act to Establish Chartered Institute of Directors of Nigeria to Provide Professional Training to Directors and Promote Effective Governance, Public Accountability and Professional Efficiency.
The different is a Bill for an Act to offer for the Establishment of Federal University of Agriculture and Technology, at Aboh, Delta State.
However, the 2 Bills had been ignored by members of the House of Representatives in protest towards the alleged abandonment of payments from the House by the Senate.
According to the House, about 69 Bills handed by the House had been awaiting concurrence by Senate.
Meanwhile, a Delta State member of the House, Osai Osai, acknowledged that the 2 Bills ought to be given concurrence, including that if there was any gray space to be sorted with the Senate, the principal officers ought to deal with such.
According to him, stopping Senate’s Bill will quantity to constructing a conflict that’s not wanted in a democracy and attempting to cease the enactment of legislation that’s throughout the powers of the lawmakers won’t augur nicely.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, in his reactions, decried the refusal of the Senate to provide concurrence to Bills despatched to it by the House.
Gbajabiamila stated whereas responding to Osai’s opinion that, “If you have a Bill you have laboured hard to work on and it has been in the Senate for six months, you won’t be saying what you are saying.
“Bills that come to this House from the Senate for concurrence should be given the same treatment as is done in the Senate.
“As I speak we have only four Bills from the Senate awaiting concurrence in the House, while we have 69 Bills awaiting concurrence in the Senate.’’
The Speaker further maintained that stepping down the Bills could not cause a rift between the two legislatures.
He said that the issue could be due to administrative challenges and ordered the Clerk of the House to liaise with the Clerk of the Senate to resolve the logjam, PM News.
Recall that on June 9, 2021, The House had for the third time within four months, accused the Senate of not concurring with bills transmitted to it, threatening to reciprocate by not passing bills from the other chamber.
The House was to consider among others, ‘A Bill for an Act to amend the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, No. 2, 2019 to extend the Tenure of the Resolution Cost Fund.
Ado-Doguwa had urged the lawmakers to pass the Senate bill.
However, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, said, “Leader of the House; please, I think you should talk to the Leader of the Senate that many bills are outstanding from the House in the Senate that requires the same mutual concurrence. And we will begin to study it. That is your responsibility.”