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When the House of Representatives on November 30, 2022 passed the bills for the establishment of Federal College of Education, Dengi to replace the upgraded Federal University of Education, Pankshin and the Federal Polytechnic Nyak – Shendam LGA of Plateau State, it was just a matter of time before the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would concur on same.
At its seating today, December 20, 2022, the Senate passed into law the same bills, thus concuring with what the House of Representatives had earlier done in order to provide a legal framework for the institutions making them recognized by law and to enjoy funding from the federation account; and also assume the status capable of presenting and defending its budgetary provisions in the National Assembly.
Both bills were sponsored by the workaholic member representing Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Rt Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, Chairman, House Committee on Navy.
It is expected that by virtue of the concurrence by the Senate, the bills would be sent to Mr President for assent in the next one month in fulfilment of the processes required by law.
The news of what happened in the Senate floor today got Rt Hon Yusuf Gagdi visibly elated and was full of gratitude to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Speaker, Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, his colleagues for supporting him in ensuring that the bills passed through the necessary rudiments of lawmaking without undue delay.
In the same vein, the Maritime Trust Fund Establishment Bill, HB.1243, also sponsored by Rt Hon Gagdi, and was earlier passed by the National Assembly, but declined assent by Mr President due to a manifest defect,; and reviewed by the House of Representatives two weeks ago was also passed by the Senate after due concurrence.
If these are signed into law in the next thirty days , it would bring to six, the number of bills sponsored by Gagdi and have received Presidential assent. He would thereby be a history maker, being the first lawmaker in Nigeria to sponsor six Private Member Bills to receive Presidential assent within a legislative session, since the establishment of Nigeria’s National Assembly as a bicameral legislature.
The other three bills sponsored by Gagdi, which have already been signed into law are: Police Act 2020, the Federal University of Education, Pankshin Act 2021 and the National Hydrographic Agency Act 2021.
By all intent and purposes, his activities in the House of Representatives and others will put pay and stamp his authority as one who has gone to the National Assembly not to warm the benches.
For a man who has remained in constant touch with his constituents as well as dutifully engaging in oversight functions without fail, he cannot be said as it has been peddled around lately not to have provided a leeway and dividends of democracy to his people.
Having not been found wanting in all his task, we believe in our estimation, that it would be suicidal not to VOTE GAGDI AGAIN in 2023, having established himself as a workaholic for the cause of the people.
It is always In God That We Trust!
GAGDI STRATEGIC MEDIA TEAM
December 20, 2022