There have been mixed feelings among Nigerians following President Muhammadu Buhari’s Vice, Yemi Osinbajo’s refusal to sign the 4 bills from the National Assembly.
At this point, Nigeria ought to have gone past the stage where by bills are being passed for just the sake of it giving the current state of things in the country.
Yesterday, February 22nd, 2017, Osinbajo who is currently the acting president following Buhari’s health vacation, made headlines after his refusal to sign Dangerous Drugs Amendment Bill 2016, National Lottery Amendment Bill 2016, Agriculture Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund 2016, and Currency Conversion Freezing Order Amendment Bill 2016 and returned them to the National Assembly citing, “concerns regarding words and phrases, and the spirit behind the amendment”, and due to “the existence of pending legal issue” as his reasons.
While we think that the bills are developmental in sight, care must be taken in signing them as they might not be all they seem. Thus, this is why Osinbajo’s decision should be appreciated by Nigerians.
There is no doubt that one of the reasons why policies and bills in Nigeria never work is due to lack of proper research and the inability of our leaders to understand vividly what they are getting Nigeria into by signing such bills or by implementing such policies.
For the sake of clarity and effectiveness, it is only wise that the president understands every word and phrase on all bills before signing them.
Nigeria is faced with educational backwardness, insecurity, unemployment and lack of basic amenities among other pressing issues.
Thus, it is only fair for those in power to see beyond themselves and come up with better plans and policies that are feasible and not just a paper work.
This will also help the government to ensure that the 2017 proposed budget which is by all means the highest in the history of the country is being used judiciously.
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