President Muhammadu Buhari has declined to sign the bill seeking to establish the Nigeria Maritime University (NMU) and the institute of chartered biochemist and molecular biologist bill 2019.
Both bills were passed by the national assembly and transmitted to the President for assent as required by law.
President Buhari’s decision not to assent to the bills were contained in two separate letters sent to the Senate on Thursday and read by deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu on the floor of the Senate.
The President attributed his reason for not assenting to the maritime university bill because the funding provisions for the institution are grossly excessive.
He said, “Pursuant to section 58 (4) of the 1999 constitution as amended, I hereby convey to the Senate my decision on 25 th May 2019 to decline presidential assent to the Nigeria Maritime University Establishment Bill 2018 recently passed by the national assembly.”
“I am declining my assent to the bill because the funding provisions are grossly excessive and will disrupt the operation of a number of government agencies and institutions.”
In refusing to sign the chartered biochemist and molecular biologist bill, the President noted that there is already an existing chartered institute biochemist.
Buhari said, “There is already an existing chattered institute biochemist of Nigeria established pursuant to CAP 1(12) laws of the federation of Nigeri which has a similar mandate and function to the proposed Chartered Biochemist and Molecular Biologist.”
“Section 11 a and g and sections 12 and 13 (1, 2 and 3) conflict with mandate and functions of the National Universities Commission (NUC).”