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Osinbajo signs 7 bills into law less than a month as Acting President



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In less than a month he functioned as Nigeria’s Acting President, following the medical vacation of President Muhammadu Buhari in London, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has signed seven bills into law.

This was disclosed in a statement the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, released on Saturday in Abuja.

The statement listed the bills passed by the National Assembly and signed by Osinbajo as Acting President to include Pension Rights of Judges (Amendment) Act, 2017; Oaths (Amendment) Act, 2017; Defence Space Administration Act, 2017; Veterinary Surgeons (Amendment) Act, 2017.

Others are National Film and Video Censors Board (Amendment) Act, 2017; Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (Establishment, etc.) Act, 2017 and Mortgage Institutions (Amendment) Act, 2016.

According to Enang, “The Acts, other than the Defence Space Administration Act and the Institute of Soil Science Act are mainly amendments to the principal Acts intended to bring the Acts in conformity with current realities.

“The Oaths Amendment Act specifically enlists courts which were not in existence at the time the Oaths Act was made and which came into being upon amendment of the Constitution creating courts such as the Federal High Court, F.C.T High Court and National Industrial Court, among others named in the Amendment Act.

“Defence Space Administration Act establishes the Defence Space Administration, to develop satellite technology and ensure security of the nation’s cyber activities.
“Veterinary Surgeons (Amendment) Act reduces the membership of the Veterinary Council.

“National Film and Video Censors Board (Amendment) Act reduces the membership of the Governing Board and empowers the Board to regulate the import and export of movies.

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“Pension Rights of Judges (Amendment) Act expands the meaning of a judicial officer to cover the offices of the Chief Judge or Judge of the Federal High Court, President or Judges of the National Industrial Court and Chief Judge or Judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.

“Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (Establishment, etc.) Act establishes the Nigeria Institute of Soil Science which is charged with the responsibility of regulating the profession of Soil Science.

“Mortgage Institutions (Amendment) Act reviews the prescribed penalties.

“For bills transmitted but not listed herein, there are appropriate communication by the constitutional authority remitting same as allowed by law,” the statement read.

President Buhari travelled on January 19. Since his travel, Osinbajo has been the Acting President and has carried out several presidential duties.



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