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Five bills sent to the President for assent by the National Assembly were declined, between November and December 2018.

The Preseident informed the lawmakers in separate letters dated 4th January, 2019, of his rejection of the Maritime Security Operations Coordinating Board (Amendment Bill) 2018, Revenue Moblization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (Amendment) Bill 2018, and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill 2018, thr Federal Polytechnic (Amendment) Bill 2018 and the Energy Commission (Amendement) Bill were the other bills that were declined.

In his letter,the president stated that the refusal to assent to the Maritime Security Bill was because the proposed amendments would create distortions and duplications with the functions and operations of NIMASA. On the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (Amendment Bill), it was stated that it would interfere with the smooth administration of revenue generating agencies of the Federal Government aside other infractions on extant laws.

It was also stated that the Energy Commission (Amendment) Bill, infringed in the Rural Electrification Agency’s power and mandates. The president however sent an executive bill titled “Transmission of the Food Safety and Quality Bill 2018” to the lawmakers for consideration and passage.

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