OrderPaperToday – President Muhammadu Buhari has declined assent to 18 bills passed by the 8th National Assembly, including the proceeds of crime bill meant to aid the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
The bills are: Adeyemi Federal university of Education (Establishment) Bill, Federal University of Education Kano Bill, Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education Bill, Federal University of Education Zaria Bill, National Security Agencies Protection of Officers Identity Bill, and the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency Bill.
Others include: Environmental Managers Registration Council of Nigeria Bill, Industrial Development Income Tax Act Amendment Bill, Defence Research and Development Bureau Bill, Animal Diseases Control Bill, Good Samaritans Bill, Chartered Institute of Directors of Nigeria Bill.
The remaining are: National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Establishment Bill, Federal University of Wukari (Establishment) Bill, Warehouse Receipt and Other Related Matters Bill, Federal Capital Territory Health Insurance Agency Bill, Nigeria Automative Industry Development Plant Fiscal Incentive and Guarantees Bill, Nigerian Film Commission Bill and the Proceeds of Crime Bill.
In a statement released by ‘Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate)’, Ita Enang on Wednesday, it was explained that the president had dissolved the eight assembly by the proclamation of its successor and as such “every bill passed by the assembly, unless assented, cannot be communicated to the ninth assembly.
“The essence of communicating to the legislature is to enable them take action on it either by way of examination or override the assent, the ninth assembly cannot comment or override or take any action on those bills unless it originates from first reading.”
He noted that there are a few other bills which are still being transmitted by the National Assembly to the president.
“The president will still give consideration to those bills either in assent or declination. The president is within time within which to consider these bills for a ‘yay’ or a ‘nay’,
“We will relate with the leadership of both chambers on the rational”, the statement added.