Bill seeking free basic education, two others scale second reading

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Three bills have scaled through the second reading in the House of Representatives chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja. One of those which scaled through the second phase during Thursday’s plenary is the bill seeking to amend the Constitution to give legal backing to making free, compulsory, and basic education a fundamental human right for all citizens of Nigeria.

The second is a bill proposing punishment for the police or any other law enforcement agent who refuses to arrest any person as directed by a legislative house in the country. Although is unclear if the Constitution allows lawmakers to give directives to law enforcement agencies, but the lawmakers are attempting to amend the Legislative Houses Powers and Privileges Act 2017 to that effect.

The bill also seeks to prescribe the punishment for contempt of legislative houses and provide an exception to the kind of person to be compelled by a legislative house.

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