Femi Gbajabiamila says some members of Reps plagiarize bills.

Some members of the House of Representatives usually copy bills that had been passed and gazetted by previous Assembly to re-table  them for consideration on the floor of the lower chamber, House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila revealed yesterday.

Gbajabiamila who came under matter of privilege at plenary said it was appalling that despite their level of education, some of his colleagues engage in serious plagiarism at the country’s highest lawmaking body, thereby bastardizing and mocking the legislative process.

Daily Trust reports that the House is the second highest lawmaking body in the country.

Members of both chambers of the National Assembly are entitled to five aides each, among who are senior legislative aides that are supposed to help them in carrying out research on any matter that they intend to bring to the plenary.

He said instead of engaging in serious researches and coming up with good bills that would impact positively on the lives of Nigerians, some lawmakers cut corners and “dust some bills” all in an effort to get their names into those of members that have sponsored bills. 

Consequently, Speaker Yakubu Dogara who presided over the plenary sustained Gbajabiamila’s point of order and called on the chairman of the rules and business committee, Emmanuel Yisa Orker-Jev (APC, Benue) to henceforth take note of any such practice.
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