President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected a bill seeking to establish the Nigeria Maritime University (NMU), passed by the national assembly.
President Buhari who resumed his second term in office today also declined assent to the Institute of chartered biochemist and molecular biologist bill 2019.
Deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, read the president’s two separate letters on the floor of the upper legislative chamber today, explanations being that funding provisions for the maritime university bill “are grossly excessive.”
“Pursuant to section 58 (4) of the 1999 constitution as amended, I hereby convey to the Senate my decision on 25th May 2019 to decline presidential assent to the Nigeria Maritime University Establishment Bill 2018 recently passed by the national assembly,” he said.
“I am declining my assent to the bill because the funding provisions are grossly excessive and will disrupt the operation of a number of government agencies and institutions.”
For the chartered biochemist and molecular biologist bill, Buhari said there is already an existing chartered institute biochemist.
“There is already an existing chattered institute biochemist of Nigeria established pursuant to CAP 1(12) laws of the Federation of Nigeria which has a similar mandate and function to the proposed Chartered Biochemist and Molecular Biologist,” he said.
“Section 11 a and g and sections 12 and 13 (1, 2 and 3) conflict with mandate and functions of the National Universities Commission (NUC).”