Senate resolves to set up “Technical Committee” following mass rejection of bills by Buhari

OrderPaperToday– The Senate has resolved to set up a Technical Committee to consider bills vetoed by the President, following his frequent and multiple rejection of bills forwarded to him.

In a series of letters read by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, President Muhammadu Buhari informed senators of his decision to decline his assent on 15 bills.

The bills are: National Research and Innovation Council (Establishment) Bill, 2017; National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (Establishment) Bill, 2018; National Agricultural Seeds Council, 2018 and Subsidiary Legislation (Legislative Scrutiny) Bill, 2018.

Others are: Stamp Duties (Amendment) Bill, 2018; Chattered Institute of Entrepreneurship (Establishment) Bill, 2018; Industrial Development (Income Tax Relief) (Amendment) Bill, 2018; Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

Also rejected are five constitutional amendment bills namely bills No. 8, 15, 22, 24, and 28.

Reacting to the latest avalanche of vetoed bills, Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan advised the red chamber to set up a Technical Committee to look into the rejected bills and ensure that future passed bills are devoid of errors that could lead to the President’s rejection.

According to Lawan: “I have listened to the letters that you have read conveying the observations from Mr. President not to sign so many bills (sic). I believe we can have a platform to avoid this kind of things from happening.

“Therefore, I will suggest we that we reach a compromise for the Chairman of the (Committee on) Rules and Business and some loyal Senators or whatever to set up a technical committee. They will examine what happened, why those bills were not signed and why we may have excluded some things that may not be too serious but we probably did not take enough time to look at them.”

The submission of the Senate Leader was consequently adopted by the chamber.

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