President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to assent to two bills forwarded to him by the National Assembly – adding that he chose not to sign the bills because of “certain words and phrases” used in the bills.
The two bills are the University of Wukari establishment bill, 2017 and Chartered Institute of Treasury Management establishment bill 2017.
The president however explained to the leaders of the National Assembly why he refused to sign the bills.
In separate letters to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara – which the senate president read on the floor on Tuesday – the president said his decision was hinged on the wrong use of some phrases in the bill.
The statement read: “Pursuant to section 58 (4) of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria 1999. I hereby convey to the senate my decision on the 25th of October, 2017 to withhold assent to the University of Wukari establishment bill 2017.”
“The rationale for withholding assent is regarding certain words and phrases utilised in the bill.
“For instance statutes should replace regulation throughout the bill for consistently. Paragraph 9 (1) of the first schedule should refer to the president and not the visitor and paragraph 5 of the first schedule should refer to sub-paragraph 2 and not sub-paragraph 3.
“The phrase treasury management is not defined in the bill, greater clarity maybe required regarding the impact of the bill of the central bank’s regulation of treasury managers in banks and the relationship between the professional institutes and other existing professional institutes that regulate treasury managers in Nigeria.
“Please accept senate president assurances of my highest consideration.”