Buhari returns five bills to Senate as Reps suspends debate on 2019 budget

By Abiola David

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to the National Assembly (NASS) five bills passed by the Senate but which rejected.

The president’s decision to return the bills was conveyed in a different letters dated 4th of January 2019 and was addressed to the president of the Senate.

The letter was read at the floor of the Senate during the plenary by the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

The bills are Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission Amendment Bill (RMAFC), 2018; Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill, 2018 and Federal Polytechnic Amendment Bill, 2018.

Others are 2018 and Energy Commission Amendment Bill, 2018. The Maritime Security Operations Coordinating Board Amendment Bills.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives on Thursday, suspended the debate on the general principles of the 2019 appropriation bill.

The bill which was listed for debate on the order paper as the first order of the day was suspended because the lawmakers could not get copies of the document.

The debate of the bill is expected to be treated on the next legislative day.

President Muhammadu Buhari had presented a budget proposals of 8.61 trillion naira to a joint sittings of the National Assembly last December.