…..earlier declined assent by Mr President
The Nigerian Senate has passed re-drafted version of the Nigerian Film Commission Bill, 2019 and two other Bills to which President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier declined assent.
Other re-drafted Bills passed today are: Nigerian Aeronautical Search and Rescue Bill,2019 and Federal University of Wukari(Establishment) bill,2019.
Recall that following the President’s refusal to assent to the afore-listed Bills, the Senate set-up a 7-member technical committee headed by Senator David Umaru, chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Legal Matters to look into the Constitutional and legal implications of withholding of assent to the Bills by the President and to make appropriate recommendations on the way forward.
…….Senate leader highlighted president’s reasons for withholding assent
The Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan, while making contributions, highlighted the president’s rationale for withholding the assent borders on his observation on some clauses in the bills.
For the Nigerian Film Commission bill, Senator Lwan said “Section 1 (k) of the bill states that 1 per cent of the proceeds for the television license for the national broadcasting commission shall be paid into an account to be controlled by the national film commission, it is in conflict with section 16 (1) of the national broadcasting commission act which stipulates the purpose for which expenditure to be generated by NBC will be used.
“Section 7 sub section (2) (d) of the bill advocated a 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 therein because it averts funds normally distributed to states of the federation.”
……Senate technical committee worked on President’s observations
Mr Lawan said a technical committee of the Senate had worked on the president’s observations and have re-drafted the affected clauses.
He, however, did not read out the amendments made to these clauses.
The Senate will wait for harmonization from the House of Representatives after which the bills will be transmitted to the president for assent.