The Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Pensions, Hon. Bamidele Salam, on Tuesday at the plenary, opposed a bill seeking to regulate Civil society commission.
The bill was presented by reps member representing Zaria Federal Constituency of Kaduna State in the House of Representatives, Abbass Tajudeen.
The bill which is titled Civil Society Regulatory Commission Bill, 2020 was to go through second reading on the floor of the House of Representatives before it was opposed.
Speaking while opposing the bill, Salam who spoke first in opposition of the bill referenced Sections 38, 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
Salam stated that, “the proposed Civil Society Regulatory Commission is against the spirit of Sections 38, 39 and 40 of the Nigerian constitution. It is an attempt to muzzle free speech and subject CSOs to needless monitoring which is against the spirit of the 1999 constitution.”
“The parliament is the bastion of democracy and is supposed to protect citizens’ rights and promote civil liberty. There are enough laws to regulate activities of all organisations such as the Corporate and Allied Matters Act. It is also not efficient at a time like this to duplicate agencies and commissions when we should rather be cutting down on cost of governance”, he concluded.
Five other members of the House of Representatives spoke on the Bill, expressing their opposition and maintaining the position earlier taken by Salam. The Bill was consequently stepped down.
Rep. Bamidele Salam who represents Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives has remained vocal about the need for the Legislature to act in the best interest of the citizenry at all times.