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National Assembly reviews 300 laws

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh (Abuja) and Isa Abdulsalami Ahovi (Jos)
27 March 2017   |   4:10 am
The National Assembly has directed the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) to review 300 laws it had identified in the education sector and other development areas for review and subsequent amendment.

National Assembly

The National Assembly has directed the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) to review 300 laws it had identified in the education sector and other development areas for review and subsequent amendment.

Director General of NILS, Ladi Hamalai who disclosed this at a workshop added that about 182 bills are being processed. She listed some of the laws already recommended for amendment to include Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), Electoral Act, Legal Education Consolidated Act and Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), among others.

Hamalai said the workshop would afford stakeholders the opportunity to have an input in the development of laws for federal universities and assist in harmonising them to develop a sustainable legal framework for the growth of the nation’s educational system.

She urged the Committee to recommend an update of the nation’s universities laws to international best practices to reflecting the dynamism, growth and current challenges in the country.

On his part, Professor Cyril Okonkwo said the purpose of the workshop was to give stakeholders an opportunity to make input in the reform of universities laws. Vice chancellors of federal universities across the country, researchers as well as representatives of the National Universities Commission (NUC), attended the event.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly would soon pass the bill on people living with disabilities into law. Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Disability Matters, Dr. Samuel Ankale stated this when he visited the Plateau State Disability Rights Commission (PSDRC) to mediate peace among the various disability units.

Ankale pointed out that there cannot be any meaningful progress in the pursuit of the commission’s mandate when members are not united, adding that corruption in all its ramifications would not deter the commission.