The senate has resolved to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto on the bill seeking to stipulate a time within which the annual budget estimates must be submitted to the legislature.
The bill is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration No. 28,) bill 2018.
This fourth alteration bill is seeking to stipulate the timeframe within which the president or governor shall lay the appropriation bill before the national or state houses of assembly.
The resolution of the upper legislative chamber was sequel to the adoption of recommendations of a technical committee set up to review Buhari’s decision to decline assent to the bills on Wednesday.
Recall that the president has vetoed over 30 bills passed by the national assembly since he became president.
Sen. David Umaru, chairman of the technical committee, while presenting the report hinted that the constitution gives the senate the right to override the president.
“Therefore, the Bills having been rejected by Mr. President, the National Assembly even if it considers Mr. President’s observations or not, must pass the Bills again and be assented to by Mr. President or override the veto, in which case, Mr. President’s assent would not be required,” Umaru said.
To override the president, the senate would need at least two-thirds majority, which is 73 senators.
The committee also recommended that the upper legislative chamber reconsider 15 bills rejected by Buhari.
Some of the bills to be reconsidered are Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, 2018; National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (Establishment) Bill, 2018; National Research and Innovation Council Bill, 2018; Stamp Duties (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and Chartered Institute of Entrepreneurship (Establishment) Bill, 2018 among others.