Buhari declines signing 2 bills on tourism into law.
– President Buhari has rejected additional two bills sent to him by the National Assembly –
The bills rejected are Nigeria Tourism Development Authority Bill and Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority Bill – With the latest rejection, the total number of bills so far rejected by President Buhari since June 9, 2015 has risen to 41.
President Muhammadu Buhari has again reportedly declined assent to two more bills transmitted to him from the National Assembly. According to The Guardian, President Buhari conveyed his decision to withdraw assent to the two bills in two separate letters to Senate president Bukola Saraki and read at plenary on Wednesday, May 8. The bills are Nigeria Tourism Development Authority Bill and Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority Bill.
With the latest rejection, the total number of bills so far rejected by President Buhari since June 9, 2015 has risen to 41. Giving reasons for declining assent, President Buhari said section 14(d), section 30(2d) of the Nigeria Tourism Development Authority (Repeal and re-enactment) bill contradicts section 4 (1-3) and paragraph 60 (d) of the second schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). He argued that Section 30 of the bill proposed tourism fee on all in-bound international travelers, tourism levy on all out-bound travelers and one percent tourism departure contribution fee per hotel room rate. It also fixed flat fee by the authority and a one percent corporate tourism development levy to be charged on revenues of banks’, telecommunications firms and other corporate entities. “This will be inimical to the growth of the tourism and hospitality industry in the country and constitute additional burden on the tourism business,” the letter reads.
The president also said he rejected the Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Bill based on funding and overlap of functions. “The bill as currently drafted subjected the Ministry of Water Resources, the Ministry of Environment and Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) to the supervision of NIWA,” he said in the letter.