March 20, 2019

Buhari rejects 15 bills

Buhari rejects 15 bills
The President, Muhammadu Buhari has rejected 15 bills passed by the National Assembly for different reasons.
The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki on Tuesday during plenary read 15 different letters from the President on his decision to reject the bills.
The bills include; Chartered Institute of Entrepreneurship (Establishment bill), Industrial Development (Income Tax Relief) amendment bill, Advance Fees Fraud amendment bill, National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Bill, The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Amendment Bill).
Also, Stamp Duties Amendment bill; Subsidiary Legislation (Legislative Scrutiny); National Agricultural Seed Council; National Research and Innovative Council (Establishment bill); and the Electoral amendment.
Also, 5 constitutional alterations were rejected by the President. They include; amendments 8; 15; 22; 24; 28.
One of the constitutional amendment rejected is the State of the Union address, the president argued that it would create difficulties in if a fixed date is set aside for the state of the Union address.
The President in his letter, urged the Senate to pass Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offenses instead of an amendment to the NIMASA bill. While on Advance Fee Fraud, the president rejected the amendment, he noted that the new amendment has watered down punishments, by giving discretionary powers to the Court.
The notification to decline assents were sent to the Senate by the President while the National Assembly was on recess.
Reacting to letter, the leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan called for calm, while he also opined that a platform should be established so that issues of rejecting several bills would be avoided.
“I have listened to the letters that you have read conveying the observations from Mr President not to sign so many bills. What I believe, we can have a platform to avoid this kind of things from happening.
“We have put in a lot of time and our very limited resources. If at the end of the day, we are not able to get what we want, we need to take prompt action. 
“Therefore, I will suggest we take up a particular compromise after the chairmanship of the committee on Rules and Business and some loyal senators or whatever it is. we would set up a technical committee stating what happened, why those bills were not signed”.
The Senate, therefore, resolved to set up a technical committee as suggested by Lawan after the motion was put to vote by the Senate President.

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