The bills rejected are Adeyemi Federal University of Education (Establishment) Bill, Federal University of Education Kano Bill, Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education Bill and Federal University of Education Zaria Bill.
Others are National Security Agencies Protection of Officers Identity Bill, Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency Bill, Environmental Managers Registration Council of Nigeria Bill, Industrial Development Income Tax Act Amendment Bill and Defence Research and Development Bureau Bill. Animal Diseases Control Bill,
Good Samaritans Bill, Chattered Institute of Directors of Nigeria Bill, Naional Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Establishment Bill, Federal University of Wukari (Establishment) Bill, Warehouse Receipt and Other Related Matters Bill, Federal Capital Territory Health Insurance Agency Bill, Nigeria Automative Industry Development Plant Fiscal Inscentive and Guarantees Bill and Nigerian Film Commission Bill and Proceeds of Crime Bill, were also part of the bills rejected.
Meanwhile, the President Buhari signed nine bills passed by the Eighth National Assembly, namely the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (Establishment) Bill 2019, National Institute of Construction Technology and Management (Establishment) Bill 2019, National Agricultural Seeds Council Act 2019 and Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Act 2019.
Others are Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria Bill 2019, Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund (Amendment) Act, 2019, Federal Capital Territory Primary Healthcare Board (Establishment) Act 2019 and Federal Capital Territory Hospitals Management Board (Establishment) Act, 2019.
Enang said, “The Eighth National Assembly has ceased to exist and every bill passed by the assembly, unless assented, cannot be communicated to the Ninth Assembly.
“The essence of communicating to the legislature is to enable them take action on it, either by way of examination or override the assent.
“The Ninth Assembly cannot comment or override or take any action on those bills unless it originates from First Reading. The President will still give consideration to those bills yet to be sent to him; either in assent or declination.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the recommendations of the Presidential Committee on the Impact and Readiness Assessment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.
By this, he will be signing the Phase one of the agreement in the course of his attendance at the Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the African Union and 12th Extraordinary Summit on AfCFTA in Niamey, Niger Republic in a few days’ time.