President Buhari withholds assent to four bills from National Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari has communicated his decision to withhold assent to four bills to the National Assembly.

At the House of Representatives, the presidential decision was contained in a letter read to members by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara during plenary.

The bills are the “Corporate Manslaughter Bill, 2018”; “Agricultural Credit Scheme Bill, 2018”; “National Child Protection Bill, 2018”; and “Court and Tribunal Standard Scale Fines Bill, 2018.”

Giving reasons for rejecting the bills, the president said several of its provisions were inconsistent with the 1999 Constitution and also rejected the agricultural credit scheme bill on the grounds that the National Assembly jacked up the fund created in the scheme to N50billion.

On the child protection bill, Buhari noted that the proposed agency would merely duplicate the functions of already established agencies and the Ministry of Women Affairs.

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