“Out of the 27 laws signed by the executive, 22 of the laws came from the House of Representatives”. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara, disclosed this while receiving the final report of Prof. Ladi Hamalai-led Law Reform Committee.
While commending the Committee for its sacrifice, commitment and patriotism, in discharging this assignment, the Speaker noted that the work of the committee has been the catalyst for the remarkable feat recorded by the House of Representatives within the past two years. He added that the output of the Law Reform Committee would greatly impact the history of the 8th National Assembly. “These have helped in changing and shaping the history of the House of Representatives. The committee’s contribution has gone a long way in enhancing the feat recorded by the House of Representatives.”
Presenting the report, the Chair Person of the Committee and Director General of the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), Prof. Ladi Hamalai informed the Speaker that the committee, diligently went through three phases of review Workshops and Round Tables sessions that harvested critical opinions from relevant stakeholders, professionals and experts with vast knowledge of the workings and implementation of relevant laws. Among them were, Senior Judges, Professors of Law, Legal Luminaries, Heads of relevant agencies of both government and the private sector as well as University Vice Chancellors.
According to Prof Hamalai, a total of 405 Laws were reviewed and 248 Bills were drafted by the committee. While 161 have undergone First reading, a total of 54 Bills have scaled through Second Reading, just as 13 Bills have been referred to Committees.
Prof. Hamalai urged the House to expedite action on the passage of Bills like the Whistle Blowers Bill, while disclosing that the National Institute for Legislative Studies has commenced the drafting of a Bill for the management and utilization of the recovered stolen funds.
It may be recalled that the Committee to review existing laws and law reform was inaugurated by the Speaker on the 23rd of July, 2016 with a mandate to assess all existing laws and identify areas that require reform, revision or further legislative action.