President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Nigeria Police Trust Fund bill and eight others passed by the Eighth National Assembly, while rejecting about 17 of such bills.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enag released the list of the assented bills on Wednesday.
Other bills assented to by the President included the Nigeria Natural Medicine Establishment Act; FCT Management Board and Health Insurance; Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Defence Bill; and the Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria Bill.
Also assented to were the National Institute of Construction Technology and Management (Establishment) bill; National Agricultural Seed Council bill; Agriculture Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund (Amendment) bill; and the FCT Primary Healthcare Board bill.
The bills rejected by the President were the Adeyemi Federal university of Education (Establishment) Bill; Federal University of Education Kano, Bill; Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education Bill; Federal University of Education Zaria, Bill; and National Security Agencies Protection of Officers Identity Bill.
Other rejected bills include the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency Bill; Environmental Managers Registration Council of Nigeria Bill; Industrial Development Income Tax Act Amendment Bill; and Defence Research and Development Bureau Bill.
The President similarly rejected the Animal Diseases Control Bill; Good Samaritans Bill; Chattered Institute of Directors of Nigeria Bill; Naional Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Establishment Bill; and Federal University of Wukari (Establishment) Bill.
Also rejected were the Warehouse Receipt and Other Related Matters Bill; Federal Capital Territory Health Insurance Agency Bill; Nigeria Automative Industry Development Plant Fiscal Incentive and Guarantees Bill; and Nigerian Film Commission Bill and Proceeds of Crime Bill.
Enang however said that there were other bills such as the Data Protection Bill HB02 2019 passed by the Eighth Assembly were still being considered by President Buhari, adding that the President’s decisions on those bills would be conveyed to the public in due course.
The Data Protection bill 2019 was sponsored by the current president of the Senate Senator Ahmed Lawan.
The bill is for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Data Protection Commission charged with the responsibility for the protection of personal data and data subjects’ rights and regulations of the processing of personal information; and for related matters.