Senate reveals plan on bills sent by Buhari

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The Senate is to set up a technical committee to study some bills that President Muhammadu Buhari declined assent to.
This followed a Point of Order raised by the Leader of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, at plenary on Tuesday.

While making reference to Order 43, Lawan said it was expedient for the Upper Chamber to set up a committee to take a look at the concerns raised by the President.

The bills are: National Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2018; Stamp Duties(Amendment) Bill 2018; Advance Free Fraud and other Related Offences(Amendment) Bill 2017; and Subsidiary Legislation(Legislative Scrutiny) Bill 2018.

Others are: National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism(Establishment) Bill 2018; National Research and Innovation Council(Establishment) Bill 2017; and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(Amendment) Bill, 2017.

The President also declined assent to Industrial Development(Income Tax Relief)(Amendment) Bill; 2018; Chartered Institute of Entrepreneurship (Establishment) Bill 2018; National Agricultural Seeds Council Bill 2018 and five(Fourth Alteration) Amendment Bills.

Lawan in his point of order, said, “I have listened to the bills you have read conveying the observations of Mr President for not signing so many bills.

“I am of the opinion that we should study all these bills that have been returned to us to understand the real issues
“I believe that we will have something to learn from it to avoid a repeat.

“This is because we put in a lot of time and our very limited resources. If at the end of the day, we are not able to get these things properly done it amounts to waste of time and resources.
“We need to take proactive action. In view of this, I suggest we set up a technical committee under the Chairman, Rules and Business.”

In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, asked Lawan to constitute the committee and forward the names of members to senate in plenary.

“Leader you can set up the committee and let us have the names and give a time frame for the committee to work,” Saraki said.

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