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Buhari Signs 8 Bills into Law

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday
assented to the National Senior Citizens
Centre Act, 2018, and seven others.
The other bills signed into law are the
Legislative Houses (Power and Privileges),
2018; National Institute of Legislative
Studies (Amendment) Act, 2018, and
The Rail Loan (International Bank) (Repeal)
Act, 2018, and Avoidance of Double Taxation
Agreement between the Federal Republic of
Nigeria and the Kingdom of Spain
(Domestication and Enforcement) Act, 2018,
were also assented to by Buhari.
The President also signed into law the
Chartered Institute of Project Managers of
Nigeria (Establishment) Act, 2018, Chartered
Institute of Local Government and Public
Administration Act, 2018 and Nigeria
Agricultural Quarantine Service
(Establishment), Act, 2018.
Sen. Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant
to the President on National Assembly
Matters (Senate), made this known when he
briefed State House correspondents in Abuja
on Friday.
According to him, the National Senior
Citizens Centre Act, 2018, allows the
establishment of the National Senior
Citizens Centres by institutions and three
tiers of government in the country to cater
for the needs of the senior citizens.

“National Senior Citizens Centre Act which
makes it compulsory that institutions and
the government would establish and have
National Senior Citizens to allow for proper
care, training, orientation/reorientation and
care for senior citizens in Nigeria”.
He said the Legislative Houses (Power and
Privileges) Act “increases the power of the
legislature, gives the legislators immunity on
what they do on the floor and in plenaries,
and increases their powers to do their
legislative work more effectively”.
The presidential aide added that the Act
also gave the legislature and the legislators
through the appropriate officers, power to
effect arrest of any person who offended the
“The Legislative House Power and Privileges
Act, grants the Legislative Houses in the
National Assembly and State Houses of
Assembly immunity from litigation for
actions taken in plenary or committee
proceedings of the House or committee.
“It strengthens the power of the Legislators
to carry out their Legislative functions.
“The powers include powers to summon any
person to appear before her, give evidence,
including power of an officer of the
legislative House to arrest any person who
commits an offense against the Act.’’
He said the National Institute for Legislative
Studies (Amendment) Act establishing the
institute and widens her powers to include
powers to provide training courses and
award Degrees on Democracy, Party Politics,
Electoral Process, Legislative Practice and
Procedures, among others.

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