Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki

The Senate has passed the petroleum industry governance bill (PIGB).

It also passed the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism bill 2019, National Research and Innovation Council bill 2019, Stamp Duties act (amendment) bill 2019 and National Agricultural Seed Council bill 2019.

Other bills passed are Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme (amendment) bill 2019 and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) act 2010 (amendment) bill 2019.

Buhari had initially rejected the bills citing legal, constitutional and drafting issues as reasons for rejecting the bills after which the senate set up a technical committee to review the bills.

The bills were however, passed on Wednesday after Ahmad Lawan, senate leader, moved a motion and referred for the committee of the whole for consideration.

After the technical committee effected corrections, the senators considered the clauses of each of the bills and passed them on Wednesday.

The bills will have to also be passed by the House of Representatives before they are sent to Buhari for assent.

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