The members of the House of representatives have decided to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to withhold assent from the bill establishing the Peace Corps of Nigeria, TVC News reports.
To successfully do this, a two-third majority of members of the house of representatives and the senate will be needed in a joint sitting of the two houses of the national assembly.
This decision was announced by Abdulrazak Namdas, spokesman of the house during a press briefing on Wednesday.
“We are in the process of overriding the veto of the president on ten bills, excluding the electoral act, but which includes the Peace Corps bill,” Namdas said.
The bills he listed include a bill for an act to establish the Chartered Institute of Treasury Management, a bill for an act to establish the Nigerian Council for Social Works, a bill for an act to amend the currency conversion, freezing orders act to give discretionary powers to the judge of high court to order for forfeiture of assets of affected persons, and a bill for an act to establish the police procurement fund.
Others listed by the house spokesperson are a bill for an act to amend the environmental health officers council registration act, a bill for an act to establish the Chartered Institute of loan and risk management of Nigeria, a bill for an act to establish the Chartered Institute of Public Management of Nigeria.
A bill for an act to establish the Chartered Institute of Exports and Community Brokers of Nigeria and a bill for an act to establish the Federal University, Wukari were also listed.
On the bill seeking an amendment of the electoral act which Buhari also rejected, Namdas said the lawmakers agreed with the president that section 138 of the amended electoral act unduly limits the right of the candidate to a free and fair election.
He also said the lawmakers will work on areas on which the President diagreed with them and re-introduce the bill.
“We will re-gazette the electoral act and expunge the areas which the president mentioned and which we are in agreement with the president and in line with the constitution.”
“We will then bring it back for debate and re-transmit it to the president for assent.”
Naija News recalls President Buhari had sighted duplication of duties as well as lack of funds for his decision not to sign the Peace Corps bill.