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Another set of bills passed by NASS bites the dust as Buhari declines assent

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has rejected another set of bills passed by the 8th National Assembly.

This was contained in a letter the President forwarded to the Senate leadership which was read by Senate President Bukola Saraki during Tuesday’s plenary.

The bills include Chartered Institute of Training and Development of Nigeria Bill, 2018; Nigeria Aeronautical Research and Rescue Bill, 2018; National Institute of Credit Administration Bill, 2018 and Ajaokuta Steel Company Completion Fund.

The others are the National Housing Fund Bill, 2018; Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria Bill, 2018 and National Biotechnology Development Agency Bill, 2018.

This is the third time in 2019 that President Buhari would not sign some bills already passed by the National assembly and on each occasion, he had pointed out reasons he was withholding his assent.

On January 17, the President had also informed the legislators that he would not sign five other bills into law. They were the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (Amendment) Bill; the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill; the Federal Polytechnic Amendment Bill; the Maritime Security Operations Coordinating Board (Amendment) Bills; and the Energy Commission (Amendment) Bill.

And again, on March 21, Buhari communicated to the Senate that he was rejecting five bills that had been sent to him for assent. They included the Nigeria Film Corporation Bill, Immigration (Amendment) Bill, Climate Change Bill, Chartered Institute of Pension Practitioners Bill and the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill.


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