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Buhari Declines To Give Assent To Three Bills

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President Muhammadu Buhari has declined to give his presidential assent to three separate bills passed by the National Assembly in 2017.

The President’s decision was disclosed in a letter sent to the Senate, which was read by the Presiding Officer of Tuesday’s plenary session, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu,

According to President Buhari, his decision not to endorse the bills were because they lacked clarity and also conflicts with the constitution.

The returned bills are the Police Procurement Fund (Establishment) Bill 2017, Chartered Institute of Management of Nigeria Bill 2017, and the Nigerian Council for Social Works (Establishment) Bill 2017.

The letter read in part, “I hereby convey to the Senate my decision on 25th January 2018 to decline presidential assent to three bills recently passed by the National Assembly, namely Police Procurement Fund (Establishment) Bill 2017, due to lack of clarity regarding the manner of disbursement of the fund as well as constitutional issues regarding the powers of the National Assembly to appropriate funds allocated to the 36 states and 744 local governments which conflicts with Sections 80 to 82 and 120 to 122 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“The Chartered Institute of Management of Nigeria Bill 2017, due to lack of clarity over the scope of the profession of public management, that this bill prohibits persons who are not members of the institute from practising.

“Nigerian Council for Social Works (Establishment) Bill 2017, due to last of clarity over the scope of the profession of social works, that this bill prohibits all persons who are not members of the institute from practising.”

 

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