The Senate on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 assured that the 2015 Appropriation Bill which the National Assembly was yet to receive from President Goodluck Jonathan, would be passed into law before 2014 ends.
This was made known by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, during a plenary headed by him in while welcoming senators back from Sallah holiday.
According to him, the Senate were expecting to receive the Bill from the president in few weeks time which after due consideration would be passed before the year runs out.
Senator Ekweremadu also assured that the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, and the Constitutional Review Amendment Bill would be given accelerated hearing for passage.
However, they didn’t read the letter from President Jonathan to introduce the Medium Term Expenditure Framework for 2015 and the Fiscal Responsibility.
It was learnt that the the bill to set up the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun has been passed into law by the Senate who charged the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF, with the responsibility of remit a minimum of two percent of its gross income for the university.
Furthermore, the Senate stated that university curriculum will include courses in Petroleum technology adding that provided overseas courses would be sponsored by the PTDF together with other government agencies solely for courses not available at the university as at the time of graduation.
The Harmonized Conference Report on National Health Bill, 2014, which was recently passed into law by the National Assembly was further adopted by the Senate who called on the President to sign the law.