President Muhammadu Buhari has declined assent to three bills passed by the National Assembly.

The bills are the establishment of Police Procurement Fund, Chartered Institute of Public Management of Nigeria bill and Nigeria Council for Social Work Establishment bill.

He made this known in a letter to the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The letter was read by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary on Tuesday.

The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara equally read the letter to other members of the House at plenary on Tuesday.

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In the letter, Buhari said he withheld assent to the bill on police procurement because of the lack of clarity on the distribution of funds.

He added that there were also constitutional issues regarding the powers of the national assembly to appropriate funds covered in the bill.

Buhari also said the rejection of the bill on the Chartered Institute of Public Management of Nigeria and that of the Nigeria Council for Social Work was due to lack of clarity in their provisions preventing members of the institute and council respectively from practising.

The letter read in part, “I hereby convey to the Senate my decision on 25th January 2018 to decline presidential assent to three bills recently passed by the National Assembly, namely Police Procurement Fund (Establishment) Bill 2017, due to lack of clarity regarding the manner of disbursement of the fund as well as constitutional issues regarding the powers of the National Assembly to appropriate funds allocated to the 36 states and 744 local governments which conflicts with Sections 80 to 82 and 120 to 122 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“The Chartered Institute of Management of Nigeria Bill 2017, due to lack of clarity over the scope of the profession of public management, that this bill prohibits persons who are not members of the institute from practising.

“Nigerian Council for Social Works (Establishment) Bill 2017, due to last of clarity over the scope of the profession of social works, that this bill prohibits all persons who are not members of the institute from practising.”

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