JUST IN : Buhari Declines Assent To Digital Rights Bill, Four Others, Gives Reasons


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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has conveyed to the National Assembly his decision to say no assent to 5 payments.
Stating a number of causes, Mr Buhari stated he wouldn’t assent to the Nigerian Film Commission invoice, Immigration Amendment invoice, Climate Change invoice, Chartered Institute of Pension Practitioners invoice and the Digital Rights and Freedom invoice.

His letters of decline was learn by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday.
Mr Buhari stated he determined to not signal the Digital Rights and Freedom invoice as a result of it “seeks to cover too many technical subjects and fails to address any of them extensively.”

“These areas include surveillance and digital protection, lawful interception of communication, digital protection and retention etc. Which are currently the subject of various bills pending at national assembly. We therefore suggest that the scope of the bill should be limited to the protection of human right within the digital environment to reduce the challenge of duplication and legislative conflict in the future,” the letter reads additional.

He talked about a number of causes he determined to not signal the Nigerian Film Commission invoice.

“Section 1 (ok) of the invoice states that 1% of the proceeds for the tv license for the nationwide broadcasting fee shall be paid right into a fund to be managed by the nationwide movie fee, it’s battle with part 16 (1) of the nationwide broadcasting fee act which stipulates the aim for which expenditure to be generated by NBC could also be used.

“Section 7 (2) (d) of the bill proposed 5% VAT on all film related activities to the national film development fund violates section 40 of the Valued Added Tax and ensuring formula described there in because it averts funds normally distributed to states of the federation.”

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The Immigration Amendment invoice was denied assent “due to the concerns expressed to the retroactive effective of the provisions of 38 (5) of the bill and the impact of the section on the ease of doing business initiative of the federal government. There are also concerns that if passed, the bill will be destructive to Nigerians in diaspora if other countries were to reciprocate the provisions of section 38 (5) in their immigration laws.”
The local weather change invoice was additionally not signed as a result of “the scope and guideline of the invoice replicates the perform of the federal ministry of surroundings which is charged with mainstreaming local weather responses and actions into authorities polices however doesn’t recommend the scrapping of the ministry.

“Setting up a council as urged by Section 2 of the invoice is dear to keep up because it quantity to proliferation of presidency businesses particularly when there are present businesses already performing the proposed capabilities.

On the Chartered Institute of Pension Practitioners invoice, Mr Buhari stated he declined assent as a result of ‘the targets of the Chartered Institute of Pension Practitioners created by the invoice are much like the targets of the Signified Pension Institute of Nigeria which is already in existence and purposeful and this may quantity to duplication of the capabilities of a individually constituted institute.

Concerns have additionally been raised in reference to the propriety of the non-public examine panel in conducting legal investigation as urged by part 8 (1) of the invoice.”


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