President Buhari declines assent to 15 bills, writes Saraki

President Buhari declines assent to 15 bills, writes Saraki

- President Buhari declined assent to 15 bills

- This was contained in the letter he wrote to Senate president, Bukola Saraki

- The Senate resolved to review the rejected bills

President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly written a letter to Senate president, Bukola Saraki, after he declined assent to 15 bills.

Premium Times reports that following the president’s decision, Saraki read out the letter on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, October 9.

The Senate decided to set up a technical committee to review the rejected bills.

The rejected bills are National Research and Innovation Council (Est.) Bill, 2017; National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (Est.) 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 (Est.) 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.

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President Buhari also introduced Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Bill, 2018 to the upper chamber and requested that the bill be considered and passed into law.

Senator Lawan called for the review of the rejected bills.

He said: “I have listened to the letters that you have read conveying the observations from Mr. President not to sign so many bills. I am of the opinion that we should take advantage of this device that is all these things that have been brought to us and understand.

“What I believe, we can have a platform to avoid this kind of things from happening. We should put in a lot of time and our very limited resources. If at the end of the day, we are not able to get what we want, we need to take prompt action.

“Therefore, I will suggest we take up a particular compromise after the chairmanship of business and rules and some loyal senators or whatever it is, we would set up a technical committee stating what happened, why those bills were not signed we may have excluded some things that may not be too serious but maybe we have not taken too much time to look at them."

The suggestion was put to a vote and lawmakers unanimously voted for the committee to be set up.

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Meanwhile, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, of the APC said lawmaker from his party would take the first opportunity open to them to remove Saraki as Senate president.

“Our demand has not changed, in fact, that demand has been accentuated by the directive of the APC national leadership,” Omo-Agege representing Delta central senatorial district said.

The APC senator called on Saraki to resign his position as the Senate president, insisting that he lacked the moral ground to retain the position after defecting to the PDP.

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