Gbajabiamila Signs, Sends 20 Bills For Senate Concurrence

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has signed 20 bills passed by the House for transmission to the Senate for concurrence.

Gbajabiamila signed the 20 bills, including the Armed Forces of Nigeria Trust Fund Bill, 2021, at a brief ceremony in his office at the National Assembly on Monday, according to a statement by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi.

The 20 bills are among many other bills passed by the House and forwarded to the Senate for concurrence before they are transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent.

The statement, titled ‘Gbajabiamila signs Armed Forces Trust Fund Bill, 19 Others for Transmission to Senate,’ said the Armed Forces Trust Fund Bill sought to establish the Armed Forces of Nigeria Trust Fund and provide a special financial support for the Armed Forces, make provision for regular training for personnel and the provision of security/defence equipment for effective defence of Nigeria’s territories.

The bill was passed by the House on October 13, 2021.

Another one is the National Agricultural Development Fund Bill, 2021, which would establish the National Agricultural Development Fund to provide funding for agricultural development. It was also passed by the House on October 13, 2021.

Other bills the Speaker signed were the National Assembly Library Trust Fund Bill, 2021; South West Development Commission Bill, 2021; North Central Development Commission Bill, 2021; North West Development Commission Bill, 2021, and the South East Development Commission Bill, 2021, among others.

The bills transmission is coming at a time when the House had placed embargo on consideration of bills transmitted to it by the Senate for concurrence.

The embargo is in protest against the alleged slow action by the Senate on House bills.

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