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Acting President Osinbajo Signs 7 New Bills Into Law

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Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has signed Oaths (Amendment) Act, 2017; Defence Space Administration Act, 2017; Veterinary Surgeons (Amendment) Act, 2017; National Film and Video Censors Board (Amendment) Act, 2017; Pension Rights of Judges (Amendment) Act, 2017 and two other  bills into Law. The bills were passed by the National Assembly.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, made this known in a statement issued on Saturday.

The two remaining Acts are  Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (Establishment, etc.) Act, 2017 and Mortgage Institutions (Amendment) Act, 2016.

According to Enang, 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.

Enang said: “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.

“Defence Space Administration Act establishes the Defence Space Administration, to develop satellite technology and ensure security  of the nation’s cyber activities.

“Veterinary Surgeons(Amendment) Act reduces the membership of the Veterinary Council,” he said.

He also added that 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.

“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.

“Mortgage Institutions(Amendment)Act reviews the prescribed penalties. For bills transmitted but not listed herein, there are appropriate communication by the constitutional authority remitting same as allowed by law.”

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