Lawan accuses Govt officials of misadvising President Buhari to decline assent to bills
Nigeria’s senate president, Ahmad Lawan has accused some government officials of giving wrong advice to President Muhammadu Buhari, leading to decline in assention of bills passed by the National Assembly.
This accusation was made by the senate president during a public hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Health over an Act to amend the Orthopedic Hospital Management Board Act No. 21 of 1979 and for other related matters to provide for the establishment of the Federal Orthopedic Hospital, Kuta (Niger State), Bill 2021 and the National University of Heath and Medical Sciences Suleja, Niger State, (Establishment), Bill 2021.
Observing the absence of the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and the Minister of State, Health, Dr. Olorunmibe Mamora, the Senate President said the development is responsible for President Muhammadu Buhari’s non-assent to some bills passed by the National Assembly.
“I have a written speech for this event but before then where is the Minister of Health or Minister of State Health? Or is there anyone representing the Ministry of Health?
“This is an anomaly and we don’t take it lightly because sometimes, the National Assembly would process a Bill and the Bill will be taken to Mr. President for his assent and somebody will just go round and misadvise him that that Bill should not be assented to.
“And this is done mostly by Ministry officials. So, it is always in the interest of government and good governance that when there is a public hearing – the ministry, government officials, the technical people – should be around to hear the views of the people.
“And if they have any objection, they should say so in the presence of everyone, they should listen to arguments.
“Therefore it is sad that neither the Minister, nor the Minister of State, nor anyone from the Federal Ministry of Health is here to attend this particular public hearing. And nothing should happen to our Bills.”
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