Buhari refuses to assent to four bills passed by NASS

Buhari refuses to assent to four bills passed by NASS

Chidi Samuel|

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday rejected four bills passed by the national assembly and sent to him for signing.

In a letter sent to the house of representatives and read at plenary on Thursday, the President offered a wide range of reasons for refusing to assent to the bills.

The bills include the Corporate manslaughter bill, 2018; Agricultural credit scheme (amendment) bill, 2018; National Child Protection and Enforcement Agency bill as well as Courts and tribunal standard scales of fines and financial penalties bill

President Buhari Buhari said he rejected the corporate manslaughter bill because its provisions were inconsistent with the 1999 constitution.

He also said he withheld his assent to the agricultural credit scheme (amendment) bill on the ground of increase of the credit therein which was initially tagged at N100 million.

The president added that the National Child Protection and Enforcement Agency bill is a duplication of duties of existing agencies such as National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

For the courts and tribunal standard scales of fines bill and financial penalties bill, the president said the bill contradicts existing laws in place.

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