President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law, 8 bills passed by the National Assembly.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang, in Abuja, while briefing State House correspondents. The bills signed into law, according to the President’s SA are:
- Prevention of Crime Amendment Act, 2016
- The National Crop Varieties and Livestock Breeds (Registration) Amendment Act, 2016
- Telecommunications and Postal Offences Amendment Act, 2016
- The National Agricultural Land Development Authority Amendment Act 2016
- The Produce Enforcement of Export Standards Amendment Act 2016
- The Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute Amendment Act 2016
- Bee Import Control and Management Amendment Act 2016
- Water Resources Amendment Act 2016
Mr. Enang commended the president for assenting the eight bills at once, saying it is unprecedented because this is the very first time in this administration that eight bills are forwarded to Mr. President at a go for assent.
The President’s SA stressed that no such number of bills had been passed and forwarded at once to the president for assent and no such number of bills had been assented to, at a record time in all his years in the National Assembly except for the 46 bills which were passed a day to the end of an administration.
He says this is a reflection that the executive and the legislature are working together because the ministers attended every hearing that was called in respect of the bills.
Mr. Enang adds that it is notable that the bills were passed on various sectors and in giving assent to the bill, it did not lead to rancour or disputation as to what should be and what should not be.
According to Mr. Enang, the President expressed appreciation to leadership and members of National Assembly “for the great work they did in considering the bills and the details that have gone in, to consider the bills.
“Mr President considers the act as very vital to the present administration and in consonant with All Progressive Congress’s agenda and thanked the National Assembly.’’
President Buhari hitherto directed Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and all government functionaries to always participate actively and make inputs when new bills were being considered.