Senate Set To Override Buhari's Veto On Two Bills
Senate Set To Override Buhari’s Veto On Two Bills

The Senate on Wednesday agreed to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto following his rejection of a constitutional amendment bill.

Among the two bills the lawmakers seek to override the President’s veto on is the bill that seeks to make it mandatory for the President and Governor of a state to lay the annual budget estimates before parliament, three months to the end of a financial year.

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The red chamber at plenary, also said it would override the President’s veto on the Industrial Development (Income Tax Relief) Amendment Bill.

The Senate also said it would reconsider and pass the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, Stamp Duties (Amendment) Bill and nine other bills earlier rejected by the President, and transmit them to him for assent.

They as well resolved to withdraw four other bills rejected by the President and discontinue further legislative works on them.

The resolution came after the adoption of the report of the Technical Committee on Declined Assent to Bills by the President.

David Umaru, the Chairman of the committee, told his colleagues that his panel scrutinised the 17 bills.

He recommended that 11 of them should be reconsidered and passed by the National Assembly.

He also recommended that four others should be withdrawn even as he called on the National Assembly to override the President’s veto on two bills.

The two bills to be overridden are, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No. 28) Bill, 2018 as well as the Industrial Development (Income Tax Relief) Amendment Bill.

President Buhari had in 2018 declined assent to the Constitution (Fourth Alteration, No. 28) Bill on the grounds that Section 2 (b) and 3 (b) of the proposal ‘appear not to take full cognizance of the provisions of Section 58 (4) of the 1999 constitution’.