President Muhammadu
Buhari has formerly withdrawn
assent to three bills recently
passed by the National Assembly.
The Bills: Police Procurement
Fund, (Establishment) Bill:
Chartered Institute of Public
Management of Nigeria Bill
and Nigerian Council for Social
Work, (Establishment) Bill. The
bills were passed by the National
Assembly in December, 2017.
The president’s power to
decline assent is in pursuant
to Section 58(4) of the 1999
constitution as amended.
The president explained that:
“Pursuant to Section 58(4) of
the Constitution of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as
amended), I hereby convey to
the House of Representatives my
decision on January 25 to decline
presidential assent to three bills
recently passed by the National
Assembly.”
Buhari hinged his position
over lack of clarity in some major
aspects of the general principles
and some instances the objectives
of the bill.
For instance on the Police
Procurement Fund Establishment
Bill, he faulted lack of clarity
regarding the manner of
disbursement of funds, as well as
constitutional issues regarding the
powers of the National Assembly
to appropriate funds allocated
to the 36 state governments and
774 local governments which to
him conflicts with Sections 80-82,
and 120-122 of the constitution as
amended.
He made the same observation
on the Chartered Institute of
Public Management of Nigeria
Bill, noting that it lacked clarity
on the scope of the profession,
public management such that it
prohibits all persons who are not
members of the institute from
practicing.
Similarly, the president picked
holes in the Nigerian Council
for Social Work Establishment
Bill and was of the view that it
lacks clarity over the scope of
the profession and that the bill
prohibits all persons who are not
members of the institute from
practicing.

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