Buhari begs N/Assembly to speedily pass money laundry bill, others


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ABUJA-President Muhammadu Buhari has
appealed to the National Assembly members to
ensure the speedy passage of five Executive bill
before it to help his anti-corruption war.

The bills are the Money Laundering and
Prevention Bill of 2016, Bills for Acts for
domestication of agreements for avoidance of
double taxation between Nigeria and South
Korea, Spain and Sweden respectively, Mutual
legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, 2016
the Federal Capital Territory Appropriation Bill,
2016 and Statutory Budget of Niger Delta
Development Commission (NDDC), 2016.

He made the appeal while hosting the members of
the federal legislature and some chieftains of the
All Progressives Congress, APC at the presidential
villa, Abuja on Monday night to a dinner to mark
the 2016 democracy day and his one year in
office.

The president who was particular about the
Federal Capital Territory Appropriation Bill, 2016
and Statutory Budget of Niger Delta Development
Commission (NDDC), 2016, stated that the
bodies would be financially handicapped to
execute their project and run the affairs of their
offices if their budget was not passed.

While pledging to uphold the principles of
separation of powers, President Buhari also
expressed gratitude to the lawmakers for passing
the 2016 budget.

He said: “This is first, to mark the 2016
Democracy Day and further to appreciate the
National Assembly leadership, membership and
management for the great work they have done in
considering and approving as thought fit several
bills and measures submitted by the executive
and those bills originated by the legislature which
have enabled the government function according
to law.

“Let me again appreciate the work of the National
Assembly for the painstaking and consensual
work they did with the Executive to deliver the
2016 Appropriation Act.

“It is on record that this is one rare occasion
where the Appropriation Act was assented to
with the schedule i.e the details. This is a good
start in our journey of change.

“I seize this opportunity to please draw attention
to the under listed bills which have been
submitted to the National Assembly and appeal
for accelerated consideration and passage.

“The bills include Bills for Acts of domestication
of agreements for avoidance of double taxation
between Nigeria and South Korea, Spain and
Sweden respectively; Federal Capital Territory
Appropriation Bill 2016; Money Laundering
(Prevention and Prohibition) Bill 2016; Mutual
Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill 2016;
and the Statutory Budget of the Niger Delta
Development Commission 2016.

“I am conscious that on June 9, 2016, the
National Assembly will complete one legislative
year.

“May I appeal to you to consider and pass these
submitted bills, particularly the statutory budget
of the FCT, the NDDC Budget and the budget of
statutory corporations.

“These bodies cannot execute their statutory
mandate nor incur expenditure for the year
unless their budgets are approved by the National
Assembly.

“I hereby re-state the commitment of this
administration to observe the principles of
separation of powers which defines and delineates
the functions and powers of each arm of
government.

“Thus far, we in the executive have restricted
ourselves to our constitutional roles. Therefore I,
as the President, and we as the Executive arm of
government will not interfere in the functions,
functioning and process of the Legislature nor the
Judiciary.

“In the same vein, I urge other arms of
government to please appraise and ensure that
each action conceived and taken by it is in strict
accord with its constitutionally limited powers.

“I urge you as legislators and the legislature to
take out time and communicate with your
constituents and other Nigerians the policies of
the government which are based on laws
approved by the National Assembly.”

Making his remarks earlier, the senate president
and chairman of the National Assembly, Bukola
Saraki, appreciated President Buhari for
invitation to dinner.

He was also excited that the country has
practiced 17 years of uninterrupted democracy,
saying “it shows that our democracy has matured.

“We will request for more and more of this kind
of interaction, now that the budget has been
released the food will be more sumptuous. It will
strengthen our relationship with the executive
and solidify the democracy of our country”, he
said.

Among those who graced the dinner were former
vice president, Atiku Abubakar, the leader of All
Progressive Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu,
National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun,
Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu
Dogara and APC Deputy national chairman,
south, Segun Oni.

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