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Buhari declines assent to 5 more bills



President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has declined assents to five more bills out of the many transmitted to him by the National Assembly between November and December last year .

The President in separate letters dated 4th January , 2019 informed the federal lawmakers of his rejection of the bills which are the Maritime Security Operations Coordinating Board ( Amendment) Bill 2018, Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission ( Amendment) Bill 2018 and Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill 2018.

Others are the Federal Polytechnic ( Amendment) Bill 2018 and the Energy Commission ( Amendment) Bill 2018.

The President as stated in his letter of refusal of assent to the Maritime Security Operations Bill said the proposed amendments will create distortions and duplications with the functions and operations of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency ( NIMASA) .

On the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission ( Amendment ) Bill, President Buhari in his letter of refusal of assent , said the bill will interfere with and obstruct the smooth administration of revenue generating agencies of the federal government aside other infractions on extant laws.

While he cited drafting errors as reason for refusal of assent to Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill, the President kicked against move to weaken his power in the approval and removal of Governing Council members of Federal Polytechnics as envisioned in the rejected bill.

On the rejected Energy Commission ( Amendment) Bill, President Buhari said its provisions infringe on the Rural Electrification Agency ‘s power and mandates.

He however , transmitted to the federal lawmakers an executive bill titled : ” Transmission of the Food Safety and Quality Bill 2018″, for consideration and passage.

This is as he also forwarded to the Senate for confirmation, appointment of Modibbo Hamman Tukur as Director of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit ( NFIU).

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