Acting President Osinbajo signs seven Bills into Law

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

Nigeria’s acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has signed into law, seven Bills recently passed by the National Assembly.

The Bills are Oaths (Amendment) Act, 2017, Defence Space Administration Act, 2017, Veterinary Surgeons (Amendment) Act, 2017, National Film and Video Censors Board (Amendment) Act, 2017, and the Pension Rights of Judges (Amendment) Act, 2017.

Others are, the Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (Establishment, etc.) Act 2017 and the Mortgage Institutions (Amendment) Act, 2016.

The Acts, other than the Defence Space Administration Act and the Institute of Soil Science Act are mainly amendments to the principal Acts intended to bring the Acts in conformity with current realities.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, confirmed the Presidential assent to the Bills.

The Oaths Amendment Act specifically enlists courts which were not in existence at the time the Oaths Act was made and which came into being upon amendment of the Constitution creating courts such as the Federal High Court, F.C.T High Court, National Industrial Court, among others named in the Amendment Act.

Also, the Defence Space Administration Act establishes the Defence Space Administration, to develop satellite technology and ensure security of the nation’s cyber activities, while the Veterinary Surgeons (Amendment) Act reduces the membership of the Veterinary Council.

The National Film and Video Censors Board (Amendment) Act reduces the membership of the Governing Board, and empowers the Board to regulate the import and export of movies.

Pension Rights of Judges(Amendment) Act expands the meaning of a judicial officer to cover the offices of the Chief Judge or Judge of the Federal High Court, President or Judges of the National Industrial Court and Chief Judge or Judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (Establishment, etc.) Act establishes the Nigeria Institute of Soil Science which is charged with the responsibility of regulating the profession of Soil Science, while the Mortgage Institutions (Amendment) Act reviews the prescribed penalties.

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