President Buhari declines assent to three bills

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has decline assent to three bills recently passed by the National Assembly.

The three bills are the Police Procurement Fund establishment bill 2017, the Chartered Institute of Public Management of Nigeria bill 2017 and the Nigerian Council for social work establishment bill 2017.

President Buhari in a letter to the House of Representatives revealed that the decision was in pursuant to section 58(4) of the 1999 constitution as amended, pointing out that lack of clarity was responsible for the decision.

The President said he was declining assent to the Police Procurement Act 2017 due to lack of clarity regarding the manner of disbursement of funds and constitutional issues regarding the powers of the National Assembly to appropriate funds allocated to the 36 states of the federation and the  774 local government.

On the Chartered Institute of Public Management of Nigeria bill 2017, and the Nigeria Council for Social Work Establishment bill 2017, the president said he declined assent on the bills due to their lack of clarity and its Prohibition of persons who are not members of the institute from practicing.


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