OrderPaperToday – In what seems to be a recurring trend, President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld assent to four bills passed by the National Assembly.
The President in a letter read on Thursday by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara informed the House of his decision to decline assent to the bills.
The bills include the Corporate Manslaughter bill, 2018; Agricultural Credit Scheme (amendment) bill, 2018; National Child Protection and Enforcement Agency bill; and the Courts and Tribunal Standard scales of fines and financial standard bill.
According to the letter, the President said he rejected the corporate manslaughter bill because its provisions were inconsistent with the 1999 constitution.
He disclosed further that he withheld his assent to the agricultural bill on the ground of increase of the credit therein which was initially tagged at N100 million.
The President added that the child protection bill is a duplication of duties of existing agencies such as National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
For the courts and tribunal scales of fines bill, the President said the bill contradicts existing laws in place.