Buhari Signs Extradition Law, FCT Budget, Others
Buhari Signs Extradition Law, FCT Budget, Others – President Muhammadu Buhari has assented an extradition law consistent with extant protocols. His Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, stated yesterday in Abuja that his principal also signed into law the 2018 budget of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He said with the Extradition (Amendment) Act, 2018, “this Act vests jurisdiction on extradition proceedings now on the Federal High Court and no more the Magistrate’s Court or magistrates.”
Enang added: “The amendment further introduces a new section 15(2) preventing a double jeopardy as protected by Section 36(9) of the constitution which prevents a person surrendered to Nigeria in accordance with extraction treaty; obligation from being arrested, detained, extradited or otherwise dealt with in Nigeria or any other country within the Commonwealth or any other nation having same extraditing agreement with Nigeria.”
The presidential aide said a total of N371.532 billion was approved as the 2018 budget for the FCT. “The Act allows aggregate capital and recurrent expenditure of N371, 532,518,887 up to the financial year ending December 31, 2018,” he stated.
Other bills sanctioned by the president were the National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (Establishment) (Amendment) Act 2018, Nigerian Institute Of Mining and Geosciences, Jos (Establishment) Act 2018, and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control And Prevention (Establishment) Act 2018.
He went on: “This Act is an amendment to the 2007 Act and more succinctly defines matters of appointment to the council, empowers the agency or appropriate person to cause the immediate abatement of imminent environmental pollution while appropriate warrant or court order is sought to ensure public safety, among others.”
The Geosciences and mining piece of legislation establishes the institute, which provides courses of instruction, training, and research in the fields as well as produces technicians and skilled personnel to man the industries in the sectors.
The disease centre law, on the other hand, is aimed at promoting, coordinating and facilitating the prevention, detection, and control of communicable ailments and other public health emergencies in the country.
Obasanjo tasks states on local councils’ autonomy bill “The state governments that are either working against the passage of the Local Government Autonomy Bill are enemies of the people and must be treated as such,” former President Olusegun Obasanjo stated yesterday.
Speaking in Abeokuta, Ogun State, the ex-leader regretted that only nine of the 36 states had signed the bill passed by the National Assembly to crystallize development at the grassroots.
Obasanjo made the observation while addressing the Jerry Ugokwe-led Friends of Democracy, who paid him a courtesy visit. The elder statesman introduced the reforms in 1976 while holding sway as a military Head of State.
He told his guests that the bill, among other things, was to make council areas autonomous “like the state governments.” His words: “When in 1976, we brought in local government reforms, it was meant to be the third tier of government and not to be subjected to the whims and caprices of any other government, just the same way the state governments are autonomous.”
He decried that 42 years after, that aim was yet to be achieved, adding: “Rather most of the state governments are virtually stealing local government funds that the Federal Government appropriates to them monthly.”
He continued: “Local government is meant to be autonomous. But from what we know, most states have incapacitated the councils. They have virtually stolen their money in what they called joint account. They are to contribute 10 per cent but they never contribute anything.
“So, what we have across the country are local government areas that have functions but cannot perform them. They have staff but most of them cannot pay the workers and we keep getting excuses upon excuses.
“The bill passed by the National Assembly has only been signed by nine states. I am proud of those states because they are what you will call progressive states that really believe in democracy.”
The Owu chief further said: “My own state (Ogun) is one of them. I will say kudos to the Ogun State government. In the South-South, only Bayelsa and Cross River have signed it. Kudos to those two states.
“In the North East, it’s only Bauchi. In the North West, it is only Sokoto. In the North-Central, we have four states – Kwara, Niger, Plateau and Benue. I will say kudos to the executives and legislatures of those states.”