President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday night, appealed to the National Assembly to speedily pass the bills before it.
The bills, according to the President, included the money laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) bill, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Appropriation bill, Mutual Legal Assistant in Criminal Matters bill, Statutory Budget of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and bill for Acts for domestication of agreements for avoidance of double taxation between Nigeria and South Korea, Spain, and Sweden respectively.
The President made the appeal in Abuja while speaking during a presidential dinner to honour National Assembly members at the old Banquet Hall of the State House.
The President, who the lawmakers for their efforts that saw to the passage of the 2016 Budget, said the FCT and NDDC cannot execute their statutory mandates unless their budgets are approved by the National Assembly.
“It is on record that this is one rare occasion where the Appropriation Act was assented to with the schedule in details,” the President said.
According to President Buhari, the dinner was held first to mark 2016 Democracy Day and to also appreciate the National Assembly leadership, membership and management for the great work they have done, adding that
His administration is ready to observe the principles of separation of powers.
“Thus far, we in the executives have restricted ourselves to our constitutional roles,” he said.
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