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Published On: Wed, Jul 18th, 2018

Buhari to Senate: Why I withhold assent to Child protection, Standard Scale of Fines Bills

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By Musa Adamu and Ikechukwu Okaforadi

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate explaining why he is withholding assent to two Bills/recently passed by the Lawmakers.
The two Bills are National Child Protection and Enforcement Agency (‘NCPEA’) Bill of 2018 and Courts and Tribunals Standard Scale of Fines (CTSSF) Bill of 2017.
Explaining his reasons through a letter to the Senate yesterday, Buhari gave two reasons for rejecting the NCPEA Bill and one against (CTSSF).
On the NCPEA, Buhari said while all the proposed duties for the agency were already domiciled with Ministry of Women Affairs, assenting to the Bill would to the duplication of mandates of the MDAs.
On the second Bill, he the proposed standard scale of fines appeared ambiguous, adding that it did not “clearly state the manner by which any given offence will fall under.”
The two letters read:
“Presidential decision to assent to the NCPEA (establishment) Bill, 2018 “Pursuant to Section 58(4) of Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the Senate, my decision, on (21st June, 2018) to decline Presidential Assent to the National Child Protection and Enforcement Agency (‘NCPEA’) Bill of 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly.
“The rationale for declining Assent includes: a) All the proposed duties and responsibilities of the proposed agency are currently the statutory responsibilities of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs; and b) The creation of the NCPEA may lead to the duplication of mandates of Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (‘MDAs‘), which would result in the wastage of scarce financial and other resources.”
“President decision to decline assent to the Courts and Tribunal (Standard and Fines) Bill, 2017
“Pursuant to Section 58(4) of Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the Senate, my decision, on (21st June, 2018) to decline Presidential Assent to The Courts and Tribunals Standard Scale of Fines Bill of 2017 recently passed by the National Assembly.
“Specifically, you may wish to note that: a) The proposed standard scale of fines appears to be ambiguous, as it does not clearly state the manner by which any given offence will fall under.”

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