President Muhammadu Buhari has signed eight bills passed by the national assembly into law.
The special adviser to the president on national assembly matters (senate), Ita Enang, made this known to state house correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday, November 18, 2016.
Enang revealed that the bills signed into law were: prevention of crime amendment Act, 2016; the national crop varieties and livestock breeds (registration) amendment Act, 2016.
Others were 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 president also signed the agricultural and rural management training institute amendment Act 2016; bee import control and management amendment Act 2016, and water resources amendment Act 2016.
Enang said the president expressed appreciation to the 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 them”.
“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,” he said.
He said the president also directed ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and all government functionaries to always participate actively and make inputs when new bills were being considered.
Enang commended the president for assenting the eight bills at a time, saying “this is unprecedented because this is the very first time in this administration that eight bills are forwarded to him at a go for assent”.
“In all my years in the national assembly except for the 46 bills which were passed a day to the end of that administration, 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,” he said.
“This shows that the executive and the legislature are working together because the ministers attended every hearing that was called in respect of the bills.”