22 Feb 2017

Acting President Yemi Osibanjo Rejects Four Bills Of National Assembly




In a report by Channels, Yemi Osinbajo the Acting President has withheld assent on four bills passed by the National Assembly in
2016.

The bills include the Dangerous Drug Amendment Bill, National Lottery Amendment Bill, Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund Amendment and Currency Conversion Freezing Order Amendment Bill.

The Acting President in a letter read by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki at plenary gave several reasons for rejecting the bills.

According to the report, the Dangerous Drug Amendment Bills was rejected because of certain words and phrases that may be inconsistent with the principle Act and the spirit behind the amendment.

The National Lottery Amendment Bill was rejected because of pending legal challenges on the competence of the National Assembly to legislate on the matter.

In view of this development, Senator Dino Melaye however pointed out that in his opinion the Acting President and the Executive do not have the powers to reject bills passed by the National Assembly.

The Senate President thereafter intimated that the matter would be referred to the legal department in the National Assembly.

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