By Henry Umoru
Nine days after he rejected five bills, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, declined assent to five more bills that were passed by the National Assembly and forwarded to him to sign into law.
In separate letters addressed to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, sighted by Vanguard yesterday, which will be read when Senate resumes plenary next week, Buhari listed the latest rejected bills as National Institute of Credit Administration Bill, 2018; Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency Bill, 2018; Ajaokuta Steel Company Completion Fund Bill, 2018; National Housing Fund Bill, 2018 and Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria Bill, 2018.
With this latest development, the number of passed bills in the current 8th Senate and refused to be signed into law by the President is now put it at 31.
Buhari had on March 20, declined assent to five bills passed by the National Assembly and forwarded to him to sign into law.
In separate letters addressed to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and read at Plenary, President Buhari listed the latest rejected Bills as Nigerian Film Corporation Bill, Immigration (Amendment) Bill, Climate Change Bill, Chattered Institute of Pension Practitioners Bill as well as Digital Rights and Freedom Bill.
Other bills earlier rejected by Buhari since 2015 include: the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), Stamp Duties (Amendment) Bill, Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, Industrial Development (Income Tax Relief) (Amendment) Bill, National Research and Innovation Council (Est.) Bill, National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (Est.) Bill and National Agricultural Seeds Council Bill.
Others are Chattered Institute of Entrepreneurship (Est.) Bill, Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences (Amendment) Bill, Subsidiary Legislation (Legislative Scrutiny) Bill, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Amendment) Bill as well as five constitution amendment bills.
Also rejected are: National Transport Commission Bill, Federal Road Authority (Establishment) Bill, National Broadcasting Commission Amendment Bill, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) Act (Amendment) Bill and Federal Polytechnics Act (Amendment) Bill.