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FUNDS ALLOCATION: Buhari Writes Reps, Withholds Assent To 3 Bills

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday sent a letter to the House of Representatives conveying his decision to withhold assent to three Bills passed by the National Assembly in December 2017.

The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, quoted the President in a letter as saying his action was in Pursuant to Section 58 of the 1999 Constitution.

The bills are: Police Procurement Fund Bill, Chartered Institute of Public Management of Nigeria Bill, and Nigerian Council for Social Work Bill 2017.

The President explained that there was no clarity with regards to the disbursement of the Police Procurement Fund, as it was in conflict with Sections 80, 82, 120 and 122 of the 1999 Constitution. The sections are on the powers of the National Assembly to appropriate funds allocated to the 36 States and 774 Local Governments.

Similarly, Buhari in withholding assent to the Nigerian Council for Social Work Bill 2017, said it lacked clarity on the scope of the profession of “Social Worker’’ and the nonmembers of the Institute it sought to stop from practicing.

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