President Buhari rejects Revenue Mobilization bill and four others

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President Muhammadu Buhari has declined assent to five different bills transmitted to him by the National Assembly late last year.

The president rejected the Maritime Security Operations Coordinating Board (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (Amendment) Bill 2018.

Others are Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill 2018, Federal Polytechnic (Amendment) Bill 2018 and The Energy Commission (Amendment) Bill.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the resumption of plenary on Wednesday, read Buhari’s letters where he gave reasons for declining assent on the legislation.

Giving reasons for rejecting the Maritime Security Operations Coordinating Board (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Buhari said the proposed amendments will create distortions and duplications with the functions and operations of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.

Rather, he urged the Senate to focus on passing the suppression of piracy and other maritime offences bill currently before it in order to achieve a more comprehensive review of the operations of the maritime sector.

Buhari said he rejected the RMFAC (amendment) bill because it will interfere with and obstruct the smooth administration of revenue generating agencies of the Federal Government.

He also referred to drafting errors as reasons for rejecting the Bankruptcy and Insolvency bill stressing that a number of provisions in the bill needed to be properly domesticated and aligned to the Nigerian law.

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