By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—THREE passed bills by the National Assembly, yesterday suffered major setbacks, as President Muhammadu Buhari declined assent to the Bills.
They are the Police Fund bill, Chartered Institute of Management and Nigeria Council of Social works bills.
In a letter to the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki by President Muhammadu Buhari, read by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary, Buhari explained that he did not sign them into law because the bills were ambiguous and lacked clarity.
The letter, which was dated January 26, 2018, was received February 2nd, 2018.
President Buhari’s letter read, “Pursuant to sections 58(4) of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, I hereby convey to the senate, my decision on 25th of January 2018 to decline presidential assent to three bills recently passed by the national assembly namely: “A. Police procurement fund establishment bill 2017. Due to lack of clarity, regarding the disbursement of funds as well as constraining issues regarding the powers of the national assembly to appropriate funds allocated to the 36 state governments and 754 local governments which conflicts with sections 80-82 and 120-122 of the 1999 constitution as amended.
“Chattered 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 all persons who are not members of the institute from practicing.
“Nigerian council for social works establishment bills 2017. Due to the lack 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 practicing.”