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House of Reps suspend bill over plagiarism accusation


The House of Representatives has suspended the consideration of a bill after a member accused the Senate of plagiarism.

Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta), on Thursday told the house how a bill he sponsored was transmitted to the Senate for concurrence but was stepped down “for no reason”.

The bill is titled “Federal Polytechnic, Orogun, Delta State (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB.642)”

It is a usual practice in the National Assembly that bills that emanate from either of the chambers are passed by the other without debate.

“But to my greatest surprise, the bill was stepped down which has never happened before,” he said.

The bill was reintroduced as a Senate bill and sent to the House on Thursday for concurrence.

Mr. Ossai alleged that his bill was copied by his colleagues in the Senate.

He lamented that the Senate did not give credit to those who sponsored the bill from the House of Representatives.

“The bill brought before us today is carrying the same heading and contents with the one recently passed in this house,” he said.

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