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Friday, 18 November 2016

Buhari signs eight bills into law in one day

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday make history by assenting to eight different bills passed by the National Assembly into law.
His special adviser on National Assembly matters, senator Ita Enang made the disclosure while briefing State House Correspondents on the developments at the presidential villa, Abuja.
The new Acts were:

*The 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 .

Enang said that the Bills which had become an Act of Parliament and by extension, laws reflected the agenda of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. According to the presidential Adviser, they were all initiated by the National Assembly as none was an Executive Bill. He said: “Mr. President assented to eight bills passed by the National Assembly. The different bills are on different sectors of the economy and development. The bills have, as from today, become an Act. “These bills were passed by the National Assembly and transmitted to Mr. President for assent and Mr. President today assented to them today and they have automatically become law. “Mr. President expresses his appreciation to leadership and membership 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 consonance with All Progressive Congress, APC, agenda and thanks the National Assembly very much. “He also directs that ministries, departments and agencies and all government functionaries, that whenever there is a bill pending before the National Assembly and there is a call for public hearing, they must attend and make inputs into those bills so that those inputs will be taken into accounts by the legislature when considering the bill. So that when the bills are eventually passed it would be easier to implement.”

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